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New Hampshire cross country skiing areas welcome all comers

New Hampshire has a large variety of places to do cross-country (Nordic) skiing. Some are connected to big downhill (Alpine) ski areas and many more operate as cross country touring centers that specialize in that form of skiing alone. Most places that welcome cross-country skiers also offer snowshoeing, along with snowshoe rentals and lessons. New Hampshire Parks & Recreations offers a bunch of helpful snowshoeing resources.

A few touring and Nordic centers allow skiers bringing their dog companions. At least one Nordic ski center can set you up with a skijoring harness to ski while being pulled by dogs. A good overall source of information on cross-country skiing in New Hampshire is Ski New Hampshire.

Cross Country Skiing at Waterville Valley - Photo Credit NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Cross Country Skiing - Great Glen Trails - Gorham, NH
Great Glen Trails

Route 16 at Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988

Superior equipment, instruction, base camp and, most important, trails for cross-country skiing

It’s hard not to wax poetic when you talk about the cross-country skiing at the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. It’s the combination of the striking White Mountains vistas, the knowledgeable staff, the superior equipment available and, of course, the quality of the trails. You can rent classic or skate skis in confidence, knowing new equipment is available every season. Groomed terrain is accessible right from the comfortable base lodge, with its lockers, showers, a wax room and a fireplace. No road crossings, just, well-marked terrain for all abilities. There’s a learn-to-ski package that includes a lesson, trail pass and equipment rental. Or, take semi-private ski lessons for ages 5 and above. The center’s Outfitters Shop is known for being one of the best Nordic ski shops around.
XC Ski Center - Franconia Inn - Franconia, NH
Franconia Inn

1172 Easton Road Franconia, NH, 03580 Phone: 603-823-5542 Toll-Free: 800-473-5299

Skiing and snowshoeing with spectacular views at this White Mountains inn

Everything you need for a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing getaway is waiting for you at the Franconia Inn, which sits on 65 acres in the White Mountains. At the X-C Ski Center, there are 40 kilometers of groomed trails and ungroomed terrain for all experience levels. Glide over a loop around the airfield with a panoramic view of the Kinsman Mountain Range or weave through the trees and over the rivers on trails behind the inn. You can rent skis, boots and poles at the ski shop. Check the website for a number to call for trail conditions. After your skiing or snowshoeing outing, head to the inn’s outdoor hot tub or enjoy candlelit dining in the restaurant or a beer by the fire in the pub.
Cross Country Skiing - Androscoggin Valley Chamber - Berlin, NH
Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

961 Main Street Berlin, NH, 03570 Phone: 603-228-0836

Skiers, snowshoe enthusiasts love the many options in this winter-centric region

Snow comes early and often in the Androscoggin Valley, NH region, making it ideal for cross-country skiers and snowshoeing enthusiasts. Imagine skiing or snowshoeing over groomed trails, or striking off into fresh powder, noting tracks of deer, foxes and rabbits along the way. The Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Center offers classical and skate skiing, a warming cabin and ski and snowshoe rentals. Jackson XC features fun snowshoeing and cross-country trails. And you can glide or trek over 45 kilometers of trails through riverside hayfields and mountainside spruce trees at the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation. After a day of playing in this winter wonderland, cozy up to cocoa by a roaring fire at a restaurant, then sleep soundly in one of many welcoming lodging accommodations.
Snowshoeing - America's Stonehenge - Salem, MA
America's Stonehenge

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-8300

No mystery here: The snowshoeing is great for all ages at America’s Stonehenge

There may be a mystery about who built America’s Stonehenge, an outdoor history museum of stone structures and astronomical alignments. But there’s no doubt about the fact that the daytime snowshoeing at the site is a great time for people of all ages and abilities. Trails wind through 105 acres of peaceful woodlands wildlife habitats. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them (first come, first served). Sleds are recommended for really young visitors unable to wear snowshoes. Candlelight snowshoeing, in January and February, is a romantic (and mysterious!) experience. Planning to visit Stonehenge’s maze of manmade chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places while you’re there? Check out the 11-minute video on the website and download the app for a self-guided audio tour.
Cross-Country Skiing - Town of Bethlehem, NH
Town of Bethlehem

Lots of trails for Nordic skiers, snowshoe enthusiasts to choose from in this beautiful area

It’s no wonder fans of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing think they are dreaming when they visit the bustling, beautiful region surrounding Bethlehem, NH. The picturesque region in the White Mountains is home to groomed trails and back-country treks. Many community trails and pathways convert to cross-country and snowshoeing trails in the winter, from the easier trails at Bretzfelder Park to the 65 kilometers of trails at the Franconia Village X-C Ski & Outdoor Recreation Center that wind through forests and meadows and over brooks. The Ammonoosuc River is the backdrop to the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail, 19 miles of trails that even go over an 1832 covered bridge. The Bretton Woods Nordic Center is one of the largest cross-country areas in the East, with 100 kilometers of trails.
Group Centers Captioned - White Mountain Nordic - New Hampshire's White Mountains
White Mountain Nordic

Six Cross-Country Skiing Centers in the White Mountains , NH Phone:

Great cross-country skiing, for beginners to experts, offered at six Nordic centers

Six White Mountain Nordic Centers in New Hampshire offer more than 400 kilometers of exciting cross-country ski trails, winding through the 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest and through classic New England cross-country villages. Over 280 kilometers of groomed trails are tracked for classical skiing; over 270 kilometers are groomed for skate skiing. Trails include gentle terrain perfect for beginners, and there’s unlimited back-country skiing. A friendly, knowledgeable staff is on hand to advise you on the best trails and equipment, based on your experience, and lessons and cross-country ski equipment rentals and lessons are available for everyone from novices to experienced skiers. Learn-to-ski packages are also offered. Lodging and dining options dot the trails.
Winter View - Monadnock State Park - Jaffrey, NH - Photo Credit Steven Thomas
Monadnock State Park

169 Poole Road Jaffrey, NH, 03452 Phone: 603-532-8862

Hiking on Mount Monadnock; camping; cross country skiing; open year-round

Monadnock State Park is thousands of acres of protected lands around 3,165-foot-tall Mount Monadnock. The park and mountain are famous for their extensive hiking opportunities. Cross-country skiing is done in winter. Note that pets are not allowed in the park. - XC Ski Trail Map (PDF)
Nordic Center at Waterville Valley - Waterville Valley, NH
Nordic Center at Waterville Valley

33 Village Road Waterville Valley, NH, 03215 Phone: 603-236-4666

The White Mountain National Forest is the setting from 70 kilometers of trails groomed daily for classic track and ski skate styles. Trails for all skill levels depart from Nordic Center in Town Square.
The Nordic Center offer a large variety of rental and retail gear for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, child trailer sleds known as pulks, repairs, waxing, and tuning. The Village offers lots of places to eat, shop, and enjoy ice skating, fireworks, sleigh rides, and seasonal events.
Purity Spring Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing - Madison, NH
Purity Spring XC & Snowshoe Reserve

1251 Eaton Road - NH Route 153 Madison, NH, 03849 Phone: 603-367-8896

The Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve features a scenic trail network that wind through forests surrounding Purity Lake and twist through tall pines in the adjacent New Hampshire Audubon Sanctuary. 20km of trails are tracked and skate groomed allowing classic and skate skiing options. Nordic ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the King Pine Rental Shop and lessons are available. The Nordic trails interconnect with Purity Spring Resort's lodging, ice skating, fireworks, sleigh rides, and seasonal events and dining at Traditions Restaurant and Pub.
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center - Bartlett, NH
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center

1573 US Route 302 Bartlett, NH, 03812 Phone: 603-374-2277

An old farmhouse is the base for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. 65 kilometers of groomed trails in the White Mountains at a location between Bretton Woods and North Conway. Ski or snowshoe among beautiful views, past waterfalls, across meadows and over tough hills. Lessons for all abilities. Lots of equipment for rent or sale, and demonstrations.
Nansen Ski Club at Milan Hill State Park - Milan, NH
Nansen Ski Club at Milan Hill State Park

427 Milan Hill Road Milan, NH, 03588 Phone: 603-787-3097

This network of about 12 kilometers of challenging groomed trails is operated by a club as a non-profit. This is hilly skiing. Grooming is done by volunteers, but there is no sweep of trails at the end of each day. Prepare for wind chill at the top of the hill
Eastman Cross Country Center - Grantham, NH
Eastman Cross Country Center

6 Club House Lane Grantham, NH, 03753 Phone: 603-863-4500

The community recreational organization welcomes non-members for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating on days passes. 12 trails, from easy to difficult. Lessons and ski clinics are conducted by professional instructors. Lessons on weekend. Equipment rentals are available, and the Ski Shop has wax and other items to meet the needs of skiers. Ice skating is free.
Windblown Cross Country - New Ipswich, NH
Windblown Cross Country

1180 Turnpike Road - NH Routes 123 &124 New Ipswich, NH, 03071 Phone: 603-878-2869

This Nordic skiing and snowshoeing center is the high mountains entering the Monadnock Region. Forty kilometers of trails that accommodate all ability levels. Continuous grooming; rentals of ski and snowshoeing equipment, lessons on weekends. A base lodge offers restrooms, wood-heated lounge, healthy food or bring-your-own-lunch. The lodge and trails are open 9am to 5pm when snow conditions permit.
A Warming Hut cabin is open to all skiers during the day and may be rented overnight by up to 15 people. Overnight users ski or snowshoe in a half a mile, packing in their food and sleeping gear.
Gunstock Cross Country & Snowshoe Center - Gilford, NH
Gunstock Cross Country and Snowshoe Center

Route 11A Gilford, NH, 03429 Phone: 603-293-4341

The Nordic Center at Gunstock has extensive trails for skate skiing and classic track skiing as well as single-track snowshoe trail in the woods. Lots of lessons and program for beginner skiers. Mountain Magic program for beginner skiers includes a group lesson, trail pass, and rental equipment. Trails for skijoring -- hands-free skiing harnessed to your dog -- and skijoring lessons are available. Various tours include Snowshoe Tours at Gunstock Snowshoe Park, Saturday Night Ridge Tour for snowshoeing, Nature Tour walk in the woods, Adventure Tours, and custom tours. The Nordic Center is full stocked with new cross-country skiing equipment for sale or rent. Trail passes by season and by the day allow access to cross country and snowshoe trails.
Pine Hill Ski Club - New London, NH
Pine Hill Ski Club

220 Mountain Road New London, NH, 03257 Phone: 603-381-8685

Pine Hill Ski Club was created to maintain cross country ski trails in New London, Sutton, and Wilmot. Skiing is on almost 20 kilometers of trails groomed for classic track Nordic skiing. Most ski trails are in rolling terrain that most beginners and intermediate skiers can do. Two trails for advanced skiers. Dogs are welcome.