Cross-Country Ski Places in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is one of the most visited states in New England for winter sports, and cross-country skiing is one of the most popular ski activities. Cross-country skiing is not only enjoyable--it's a great workout. There are 18 cross-country ski resorts listed on the Cross Country Skiing in New Hampshire website. While cross-country ski trails can be found in all regions of the state, many of them are in northern New Hampshire. The following ski locations are all CCSAA (Cross Country Ski Areas Association) members. (Pictured below: Cross country skiier at the base of Mount Washington, NH)
 

Great Glen Trails

In Pinkham Notch, at the base of New England's tallest peak, Mount Washington, is the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. There are 40 km (25 miles) of groomed cross-country trails, ski rentals and lessons are available, and a cross-country Olympian is on the teaching staff, according to the center's website. Snowshoe trails are shared with the skiing trails. Great Glen also provides tubing, sledding, snacks and hot meals, a wax room, a ski patrol and a retail shop. Base elevation is 1,621 feet and the highest trail reaches an elevation of 4,200 feet. Trails are groomed daily for classic and skate skiing, and most are double-tracked. On Sundays, skiers at Great Glen Trails have the opportunity to ski with a naturalist from the Appalachian Mountain Club.

 
 

Jackson Ski Touring

Jackson, about ten minutes drive from North Conway, is an idyllic cross-country skiing village with the White Mountains as its backdrop and charming covered bridges, rivers, inns, dining and even a white church steeple. The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation maintains 93 km (58 miles) of groomed cross-country trails and 45 km (28 miles) of snowshoe trails. Ice skating, sleigh rides, and sledding are also offered in the area. Base elevation is 755 feet and the highest trail reaches an elevation of 4,100 feet. The numerous trails are perfect for any age or level of skier, as there are very easy trails as well as extremely challenging ones. Lessons, rentals, a wax room, a ski patrol, and a retail shop are available.

Nordic Center at Waterville Valley

The perfect place to come if the members of your family can't agree on whether to step into their downhill skis or their cross-country skis, the Nordic Center at Waterville Valley is conveniently located within one mile of the fantastic Waterville downhill resort, which has a vertical drop of 2,020 feet. The Nordic Center offers access to 76 km (47 miles) of groomed cross-country trails. Trails are groomed daily for both classic and skate skiers. Visitors will find a warming hut, shops, lodging, and a skating arena, and the center is surrounded by views of the White Mountains.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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