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.
961 Main StreetBerlin, NH, 03570Phone: 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.
Route 16 at Pinkham NotchGorham, NH, 03581Phone: 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.
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.
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.
1573 US Route 302Bartlett, NH, 03812Phone: 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.
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.
33 Village RoadWaterville Valley, NH, 03215Phone: 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.