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THE BALSAMS WILDERNESS SKI AREA
Address: 1000 Cold Spring Road, Dixville Noth
Phone: 800.255.0600
Web: www.thebalsams.com
Email: info@thebalsams.com
Hours: daily 9 am to 4 pm

Cross-country skiers traverse through the grounds of the resort's 15,000-acre private estate, which offers both challenging, steep terrain and trails marked specifically for learners. Voted "one of the top cross-country ski resorts in North America" by Snow Country magazine.

Number of Trails:95 km of trails, 85 double-tracked for skating and classic skiing, 35 percent novice, 48 percent intermediate, 17 percent expert. Telemark and backcountry skiing daily. 27 km of dedicated, marked trails for snowshoeing
Rates:adults $15 full day, $12 half day
juniors $12, $8
seniors $12
children five and under free
Rentals:full day $25, half day $20
skate skis $28, half day $23
Instruction:group lessons $28, private $48

BEAR NOTCH SKI TOURING CENTER
Address: Rte 302, Bartlett
Phone: 603.374.2277
Web: www.bearnotchski.com
Hours: daily 8 am to 4 pm

The scenic trails at Bear Notch offer riverside views, flat meadows, and more challenging hills. Also offers guided nature tours.

Number of Trails:more than 70 km of trails, with everything skate groomed and tracked, unlimited backcountry
Rates:weekdays adults $12, juniors/seniors $8
weekends adults $15, juniors/seniors $10
over 70 and under seven free
Rentals:skis or snowshoes $15
Instruction:group lessons $20, private lessons $35

BRETTON WOODS
Address: Rte 302, Bretton Woods
Phone: 603.278.3322 or 800.258.0330 for lodging
Web: www.brettonwoods.com
Email: skiinfo@brettonwoods.com
Hours: daily 8:30 am to 4 pm

The Bretton Woods Nordic Center is based on the sprawling grounds of the Mount Washington Hotel and the White Mountain National Forest. Call 603.278.3333 for snow conditions.

Number of Trails:100 km ranging from novice to expert, 95 percent groomed
Rates:adults $17, teens 13 through 18 $14, children under 13 and seniors $10
call for details
Rentals:call for details
Instruction:call for details

CRANMORE MOUNTAIN LODGE
Address: 859 Kearsarge Rd, North Conway
Phone: 800.356.3596 or 603.356.2044
Web: www.cml1.com
Email: thelodge@northconway.com

A bed and breakfast member of the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Association.

Number of Trails:65 km, tracked and groomed for skiing
Rates:weekdays adults $9, children under 13 and seniors over 60 $7
weekends and holidays $10, $8
children under six and seniors over 70 ski free
subject to change
Rentals:available at nearby Ragged Mountain
Instruction:call for details

EASTMAN CROSS COUNTRY CENTER
Address: Exit 13 off I-89, Grantham
Phone: 603.863.4500
Web: www.eastmannh.org/ski
Email: recreation@eastmannh.org
Hours: daily 9 am to 4 pm

Snowshoeing, sledding, and ice-skating also available. Open Dec 1 through March 31.

Number of Trails:37 km of trails and a 75-foot-diameter skating pond
Rates:adults $12, juniors and students $8 (discounts available for Eastman residents)
half day $10, $6
Rentals:$18, $13
snowshoes $15
ice-skate rentals $14, $12
Instruction:semi-private lessons $15, private $30, junior ski clinic $10

FRANCONIA VILLAGE CROSS COUNTRY CENTER
Address: Rte 116, Franconia
Phone: 603.823.5542 or 800.473.5299
Web: www.franconiainn.com
Email: info@franconiainn.com
Hours: daily 8 am to 4 pm

Horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, and tubing hill also available.

Number of Trails:65 km of tracked and groomed trails: 35 km for backcountry, 5 km for skating. Terrain ranges in difficulty
Rates:trail fee $12
Rentals:adults $20, children $10
Instruction:group lessons $40, private lessons $60

GREAT GLEN TRAILS AT MOUNT WASHINGTON
Address: Rte 16, Pinkham Notch
Phone: 603.466.2333
Web: www.greatglentrails.com
Email: info@greatglentrails.com
Hours: daily 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Winter season begins in late Nov or early Dec, depending on snow conditions. Snowshoeing, climbing wall, and tubing also available.

Number of Trails:40 km of trails, groomed with both double tracks and a skating lane. Snowmaking coverage is 2 km
Rates:adults $18, juniors/seniors $12
Rentals:skis $20, $14 for juniors
Instruction:adult and senior lessons $45, juniors $30

GUNSTOCK
Address: Rte 11A, Area Rd, Gilford
Phone: 603.293.4341, ext. 502
Web: www.gunstock.com
Email: info@gunstock.com
Hours: daily 9 am to 4 pm; subject to change

Backcountry tours and clinics offered throughout the season, as well as skijoring (cross-country skiing with your dog).

Number of Trails:52 km, 25 km tracked, 37 km skate-groomed
Rates:call for details
Rentals:call for details
Instruction:call for details

JACKSON SKI TOURING FOUNDATION
Address: Main St, Jackson
Phone: 603.383.9355 or 800.927.6697
Web: www.jacksonxc.org
Email: info@jacksonxc.com
Hours: daily 8 am to 5 pm, Dec through March

The nonprofit foundation is chartered to maintain the ski trails around Jackson and the White Mountain National Forest. You must be a day or season member to use its trails. The base lodge offers a place for skiers to meet, obtain trail information, and get rentals and instruction.

Number of Trails:154 km of trails
Rates:adults $19, seniors $15, children ages 10 through 15 $8
Rentals:adults $16, juniors and children $10
Instruction:PSIA-certified ski school's group lessons $16, private lessons $35

KING PINE
Address: Rte 153, E Madison
Phone: 603.367.8896 or 800.373.3754 for lodging
Web: www.kingpine.com
Email: info@purityspring.com
Hours: sunrise to sunset, weather permitting

The Nordic Center at King Pine features scenic trails on the grounds of Purity Spring Resort and through the pines of the New Hampshire Audubon Sanctuary.

Number of Trails:22 km of groomed trails, 15 km skate-groomed and tracked
Rates:weekdays, adults $6, juniors $4
weekends and holidays, adults $9, juniors $6
Rentals:14
Instruction:group lessons $28, private lessons $68

KING PINE
Address: 1251 Eaton Rd (Rte 153), E Madison
Phone: 603.367.8896 or 800.373.3754 for lodging
Web: www.kingpine.com
Email: info@kingpine.com
Hours: Mon, Wed, and Thurs 9 am to 4 pm; Tues and Fri 9 am to 9 pm; Sat 8:30 am to 9 pm; Sun 8:30 am to 4 pm; and holidays 8:30 am to 9 pm

King Pine's gentle terrain is ideal for children and beginners, but thrill-seekers can ski "Pitch Pine," one of New England's steepest trails. Area includes a skating rink, indoor pool, nursery, tubing area, and fitness complex.

Number of Trails:17 total, 44 percent novice, 31 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced
Rates:weekdays adults $9, juniors $6
weekends adults $6, juniors $4
Rentals:14
Instruction:$40 for First-Timer Package
private lessons $68/hour

LOON MOUNTAIN
Address: Kancamagus Hwy, Lincoln
Phone: 603.745.8111
Web: www.loonmtn.com
Email: loon@loonmtn.com
Hours: weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, weekends 8 am to 4 pm

Loon's Nordic and Adventure Center also hosts snowshoeing, ice-skating, indoor climbing, workshops, and Nordic rental/trail/lesson packages.

Number of Trails:20 km, all except steeps are groomed and tracked for skating and classic skiing
Rates:call for details
Rentals:call for details
Instruction:call for details

MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY SKI TOURING CENTER
Address: Rte 16, Intervale
Phone: 603.356.9920
Web: www.crosscountryskinh.com
Email: ski@MWVSkiTouring.org
Hours: daily 8 am to dusk

These scenic trails connect Intervale, Kearsarge, North Conway, and Mount Cranmore and offer views of the Saco River and Mount Washington.

Number of Trails:more than 65 km, groomed as weather permits
Rates:hefty package discounts available for inn guests. Weekdays adults $10, juniors/seniors $7
weekends adults $15, juniors/seniors $10
Rentals:15
Instruction:group lessons $15, private lessons $30, semi-private lessons $20

NORDIC SKIER
Address: 47 North Main St, Rte 28/109, Wolfeboro
Phone: 603.569.3151 or 800.605.2537 for lodging information
Web: www.wolfeboroxc.org
Email: info@wolfeboroxc.org
Hours: daily 9 am to 5:30 pm

Varied terrain maintained by the Wolfeboro X-C Ski Association.

Number of Trails:30 km of groomed trails, 15 km of ungroomed backcountry
Rates:adults $10
juniors under 12 and seniors over 75 free
Rentals:$15 adults, $10 juniors
Instruction:group lessons $20/hour for adults, $10 juniors
private lessons $35/hour, semi-private $29/hour

THE NORDIC CENTER AT WATERVILLE VALLEY
Address: Rte 49, Waterville Valley
Phone: 603.236.4666 or 800.468.2553 for lodging reservations
Web: www.waterville.com
Email: info@waterville.com
Hours: weekdays 9 am to 4 pm; weekends 8 am to 4 pm (subject to change)

Call 603.236.4144 for snow conditions. In addition to skiing, the Base Camp Adventure Area offers snowshoeing, winter hiking, skating, and sleigh rides.

Number of Trails:70 km through the valley and White Mountain National Forest, groomed and tracked, ranging from novice to expert
Rates:adults $19, juniors/seniors $14
Rentals:adults $19, juniors/seniors $16
Instruction:private and group lessons available
call for details

WINDBLOWN CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Address: 1180 Turnpike Rd, New Ipswich
Phone: 603.878.2869
Web: www.windblownxc.com
Hours: daily 9 am to 5 pm

This family-owned and -operated resort is located just over the Massachusetts border.

Number of Trails:40 km groomed trails, 12 km novice, 18 km intermediate, 10 km expert
Rates:on weekdays, adults $13, seniors $10, students $8
weekends adults $16, students $10
Rentals:snowshoes $12
skis $17 for adults, $13 for children
Instruction:group lessons $15, private lessons $35/hour

WOODBOUND INN
Address: 62 Woodbound Rd, Rindge
Phone: 603.532.8341 or 800.688.7770
Web: www.woodbound.com
Email: info@woodbound.com
Hours: daily dawn to dusk

The 200-acre resort on Lake Contoocook offers skating, tobogganing, and skiing.

Number of Trails:18 km, all groomed
Rates:trail fees $15 for adults, $12 for children under 12
Rentals:no longer available
Instruction:none