Featured CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
Southeast of Littleton and east of Twin Mountain, the Bretton Woods Nordic Center has 100 km of cross country ski trails in the spectacular mountain scenery under the shadow of Mt. Washington. The trails through glades of spruce and fir are groomed for skate and classic in-line and offer vistas dominated by the Presidential Range. The trail system is divided into three trail regions: Stickney Trail Systems, Deception Trail System and the Ammonoosuc Trail System. For the most part, the trails are easy or moderate.
South of Littleton and Franconia, a great 45 km trail network criss-crosses the Easton Valley. Over 65 km of cross country skiing trails are groomed and provide outstanding views of the Kinsman ranges, Mount Lafayette and Franconia Notch.
North of Concord and northeast of Laconia near Gilford, the Gunstock Cross Country Ski Area has over 50 km of trails over 2,400 acres with 37 km groomed for classic in-line and skate skiing. Plus, there are an additional 12km of ungroomed backcountry trails.
West of Concord and southeast of Sunapee, the Dexters Inn Trails by Norsk has 25 km of cross-country ski trails for classical skiing only. Formerly the Norsk XC Ski Center, the trails are snowmobile groomed on the weekends-only. Trails are rated 35% easy, 45% intermediate, and 20% advanced.
Southeast of Littleton, the Waterville Valley is nestled into the south-central WMNF. There are over 70 km of machine-groomed nordic ski trails. The Waterville Valley Ski Touring Center trail system is adjacent to the Greeley Pond Ski Trail (8.7 km) and Livermore Road Ski Trail (3.4 km).
Northwest of North Conway near Bartlett, the Bear Notch Ski Touring Center has 65km of cross-country ski trails. The trail follow the Albany Brook and also the Saco River all the way east to the Attitash Mountain Village. The trail system is known for its scenic waterfalls and challenging hills.
Near Pinkham Notch, the Great Glen ski center has 45km of cross country skiing trails with 20km groomed. There are nice vistas of Mt. Washington and the snowcapped Presidential Range.
Northeast of Concord and north of Wolfeboro, the Wolfeboro ski center has 30km of groomed cross country skiing trails. The trails are spread across two trail networks located on the Abenaki property and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust property in the Sewall Woods Conservation Area.
Northeast of Concord near Madison, the Purity Spring Resort XC Reserve has 22km of cross country skiing trails winding through the forests surrounding Purity Lake. The trail system also traverses the resort grounds and wind throught the pine forest of the Hoyt Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary.
West of Nashua and southeast of Peterborough, the Windblown Cross Country Ski Area has 40km of groomed trails. The rolling trails pass through open meadow and through pine forest. This ski area may only be open on the weekends.
Northeast of Keene, the Granite Gorge nordic center has 12km of cross country ski trails. The trails are partially groomed for both skate and classical skiing. The trail system loops around Otter Brook Dam and also passes through the Otter Brook State Park. The main ski trail is sometimes referred to as River Run Trail. The trails are maintained by the U.S. Army Corp on Engineers.
East of Lincoln, the Loon Mountain cross-country ski trail system consists of 20km of tracks along the Pemigewasset River. The cross country skiing trail system at Loon Mountain is also known as the East Ridge Trail System.