If you have a family pass to the Dartmouth Ski Trails, make use of it! Go ski the trails at Oak Hill where we practice during the week; try Garipay field, which offers a great 5K loop that even beginners can manage, or venture across to the Dartmouth golf course (the other side of Rte 10, across from the new COOP by the roundabout) and try the classic trails. You can also hit the Dartmouth trails from the comfort of the Outing Club House at Occum Pond. They will also rent you equipment (all sizes) for the day, and sell a day pass if your BKL skier is the only one in the family with a season pass to the Dartmouth trails.
In addition, there is excellent local skiing to be found in Thetford (the Thetford Academy trails behind the Academy at the top of Thetford Hill), in Norwich (Parcel 5, about two miles west on Beaver Meadow Road, look for the sign marked ‘5’), at Huntley Meadow (a 2K loop groomed on the meadow on Turnpike Road, left off Main Street, about half a mile north of Dan & Whit’s). There is also an extensive network of trails behind Stella’s Restaurant on the Green in Lyme.
The Pine Hill Ski Club in New London, NH has 15 miles of classically groomed trails (no skate skiing). Pine Hill sometimes has skiable trails when other local areas are not open, so you may want to bookmark their trail conditions report. Parking is located 1/2 mile east of the junction of Shaker Road and Mountain Road near Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London on the right side of Mountain Road. Look for the ski club sign on the right side of the road.
Mont Sainte Anne
Mont Sainte Anne is an incredible destination for family skiing and well worth the 5 hr drive. This holiday there were masses of children and adults skiing on perfectly groomed trails. It was ideal! We hope to get a Ford Sayre group going up there between Christmas and New Year’s in 2014. Start thinking about it now! Check out what they have here:
Ask the coaches and program heads for additional tips on some epic local family skiing on weekends…
Maine Huts & Trails
If you haven’t heard of us, we are a non-profit organization located in western Maine that operates 4 off-the-grid, backcountry eco-lodges with over 80 miles of people-powered recreational trails. In the winter months (December – March) we groom and track our trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.
Overnight guests at our huts receive two hot meals prepared by our staff using Organic, locally sourced ingredients, as well as a bagged lunch for the trail. All of our lodges feature composting toilets, hot showers, cozy lounge areas and drying rooms to keep you warm and comfortable throughout your adventure.
We offer group discounts, Full-Hut rentals and a variety of guided and unguided adventures for groups of all ages and ability levels. Our Recreation Programming Manager, Lani Cochrane, is a Registered Maine Guide who has been featured in many Outdoor publications, including; Maine Magazine and Women’s Quarterly. Her superior knowledge of the Maine woods and Scenic Waterways make her a huge asset not only to the Maine Huts & Trails team but for the guests coming to visit the huts. Lani can lead your group through our extensive trail network while sharing her love and knowledge of the surrounding area.
This March, 2015, we will be hosting our annual Maine Huts & Trails Marathon and Ski Tour. This is a great opportunity to test your skills in either a competitive environment or on a casual day ski. We will be offering 20K, 40K and 60K race formats with multiple age categories. Come experience the beauty of the western mountains of Maine while exploring the Maine Huts & Trails system.
For more information on Maine Huts & Trails please check us out at www.mainehuts.org or give me a call directly at (207) 265-2400 ext. 110.