Six Cross-Country Skiing Centers in the White Mountains, NHPhone:
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.
45km of riverside, wooded and village trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing
Trails travel though hayfields, spruce and hemlock forests, and hills, More than half of the network is rated easy. Trail are groomed for classic and skate styles of Nordic skiing and for snowshoeing. These trails connect Intervale, Kearsarge, and North Conway Village. Skiers and snowshoers can enjoy views of the Saco River and Mount Washington.
The facility now offers opportunities for fat biking, or fat tire biking, so named because of the wider tires, which allow travel across snow. Fat tire bikes are allowed to use ungroomed trails and the bike trail in Whitaker Woods anytime. Two nearby bike shops, both a short ride from the trails, offer rentals for $30 a day.
The Northern part of the trail network includes easy trails from the Touring Center toward the inns along Route 16A in Intervale or along the Saco River toward North Conway. The Central section includes easy trails from Inns near the Scenic Vista. Travel into North Conway through Whitaker Woods or head north along the Saco River. The Village section of the network includes the trails through Whitaker Woods in North Conway. People may ski with their dogs only in Whitaker Woods. Day memberships are $7 to $15, depending on skier age and time of week.
Cross-country skiing is superb, and scenic, at this classic country inn
A classic country inn set in a picturesque mountain valley, the Franconia Inn is a winter paradise for cross-country skiers. The inn maintains a network of trails totaling over 25 beautiful miles. The extensive X-C trail system begins right outside the inn’s doors and takes skiers on woodsy trails over brooks and across meadows with stunning riverside views. Most of the trails are single-track in width, which provides skiers with an intimate feeling with the forest. At the Franconia Village X-C Ski & Outdoor Recreation Center, you can rent skis, boots, poles and children’s equipment (as well as snowshoes, tubes and ice skates, when you’re in the mood for more winter adventures).
Route 16 at Pinkham NotchGorham, NH, 03581Phone: 603-466-3988
Outfitter and outdoor center with 45 km of trails for cross-country (XC) skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing; family friendly
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is a family- and kid-friendly place for cross-country skiing in the classic and skate ski styles; snowshoeing; and snow tubing. It has 45 kilometers of both groomed and back country trails. A beginner’s section outlines everything you need to do cross-country skiing. Back country trails for experienced Nordic skiers. Trails are groomed every day for classic and skating skiing; most trails have two tracks. Snowshoeing may be done on all the groomed or marked back country trails In the White Mountain National Forest. An Appalachian Mountain Club naturalist conducts Moonlight Snowshoe tours.
SnowCoach tours are offered up to tree line of Mount Washington. Glen View Café offers many food choices and great views from the dining room.
Nordic Center at Waterville Valley
Town SquareWaterville Valley, NH, 03215Phone: 603-236-4666
70 km of trails for all abilities for XC skiing and snowshoeing; village provides all comfort needs
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 showshoeing, child trailer sleds known as pulks, repairs, waxing, and tuning. Open daily, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Village offers lots of places to eat, shop, and enjoy ice skating, fireworks, sleigh rides, and seasonal events.
22 km of trails for all abilities for XC skiing and snowshoeing; Purity Spring Resort provides all comfort needs
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. 15 km’s of our trail network 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 lodging, ice skating, fireworks, sleigh rides, and seasonal events and dining at Traditions Restaurant and Pub.
Bretton Woods Nordic Center at the Mount Washington Resort
100 km of trails adjacent to Mount Washington Resort for XC skiing and snowshoeing; ice skating; rentals; lessons
On the grounds of the historic Mount Washington Hotel and the White Mountain National Forest, the Bretton Woods Nordic Center is on the grounds of the Mount Washington Hotel and is among the biggest cross country areas in the East, with a 100-kilometer trail network. Ice skating is available.
Trails cross terrain that includes fields, hard wood forests, past ponds and streams. Groomed for classical track Nordic skiing and skate skiing or snowshoeing. Some trails are part of the Mount Stickney system. Warming cabins may be found on some trails. Nordic racing program.
Trails passes for a day are $7 to $14; chairlift ride to Mountain Road Trail is $10; on Wednesdays except holidays, two may ski for the price of one. Also available are Learn to Cross Country Ski packages, including passes, rentals and lessons.
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center
Route 302Bartlett, NH, 03812Phone: 603-374-2277
65 km of trails for Nordic (XC) skiing and snowshoeing with views of the White Mountains
An old farmhouse is the base for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Sixty-five 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. Day passes are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors over age 60, and free for youth with an adult.