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The Lakes Region: Skiing

Its no secret that New Hampshire is easily one of the best places for skiing in the East, if not in the entire nation. The state's resorts are recognized nationwide for their easy accessibility, well-maintained trails, and breathtaking natural beauty. Additionally, the high elevations and latitude keep ski areas in action for most of the year with consistent snow cover and plenty of happy skiers.

Sking in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire  - A winter wonderland
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Sking in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire  - A winter wonderland

Not only is the Granite State first-rate when it comes to cross-country and Alpine skiing, but it's also a popular spot for snowmobiling, boasting more than 6,000 miles of extensive, interconnected snowmobile trails. These trails are kept up by dedicated volunteers from 120 snowmobile clubs from across the state, collectively contributing about a quarter of a million hours in volunteer work each year.

New Hampshire is now sharing a series of Commerce Zone Trails with its neighbor, Vermont. These snowmobile trails wind past businesses, restaurants, and lodging, all of which cater to snowmobilers. These are primarily in the North Country, a short drive to the north of the Lakes Region. The Commerce Zone Trails loop back and forth between the two states, allowing snowmobile riders legally registered in New Hampshire to ride on Vermont's trails, and vice-versa.

A must-see for snowmobiling enthusiasts is the New Hampshire Snowmobile Museum at Bear Brook State Park, near Concord, just to the south of the Lakes Region. This is the only state/private partnership museum complex in the nation, first sponsored by the Bureau of Trails in 1985. The snowmobile museum features an extensive collection of vintage snowmobiles, as well as a considerable amount of unusual memorabilia.

Always remember when snowmobiling in New Hampshire to play it safe. Newcomers to snowmobiling should take a safety course, most of which are sponsored by snowmobile clubs across the state. By learning basic snowmobile safety tips and rules, you'll have a better time on the trails.

Make sure to always prepare each time you set off on the trails. Check the forecast, inspect all your machinery and equipment before leaving, and make sure your first aid, repair, and survival kits are intact. Once you're on the trails, obey the speed limits, the maximum of which is 45 mph.

Lastly, don't drink when you snowmobile. Snowmobiling under the influence of alcohol is both dangerous and illegal. You could lose or driver's license if caught riding under the influence. In fact, most fatal snowmobile accidents occur while the operator is intoxicated.

Obey these simple rules, and enjoy the ride.

New Hampshire Ski Areas

Nestlebrook Farm on the River
Jackson, NH 03846
(603) 383-0845
AMC Pinkham Notch
Gorham, NH 03576
(603) 255-3951 Snowphone
Dixville Notch, NH 03581
(800) 255-0800 NH
(800) 255-0600 U.S./Canada
Bear Notch Ski Center
Bartlett, NH 03812
(603) 374-2277 Snowphone
Bretton Woods
Bretton Woods, NH 03575
(603) 278-5181 Snowphone
Deer Cap Ski Touring Center
Ossipee, NH 03814
(603) 539-6030
Eastman Cross-Country Center
Grantham, NH 03753
(603) 863-4500 Snowphone
Franconia Inn XC
Franconia, NH 03580
(603) 823-5542
(800) 473-5299 Snowphone
Great Glenn Trails
Pinkham Notch, NH
(603) 466-2333 Snowphone
Gunstock Cross-Country Center
Gilford, NH 03246
(800) 486-78625
Hampshire Hills Ski Touring Center
Milford, NH 03055
(603) 673-7123 Snowphone
Inn at East Hill Farm
Troy, NH 03465
(603) 242-6495
(800) 242-6495 Snowph outside NH
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
Jackson, NH 03846
(603) 383-9355
(800) 927- 6697 Snowphone
King Pine
East Madison, NH 03849
(603) 367-8896
(800) 373-3 754
Loon Mountain
Lincoln, NH 03251
(603) 745-8111 ex. 5568
(603) 745-8100 Snowphone
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring
Intervale, NH 03845
(603) 356-9920
Nordic Skier
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
(603) 569-3151 Snowphone
Norsk Cross-Country Center
New London, NH 03257
(603) 526-4685
(800) 426-6775 Snowphone
Perry Hollow X-C
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
(603) 569-3055
Red Hill Inn/Ski Center
Center Harbor, NH 03226
(603) 279-7001
Sugar Shack Nordic Village
Thorton, NH 03223
(603) 726-3867 Snowphone
Sunset Hill House Touring Center
Sugar Hill, NH 03585
(603) 823-5522
(800) SUN-HILL Snowphone
Temple Mountain XC Center
Peterborough, NH 03458
(603) 924-6949 Snowphone
Waterville Valley Base Camp
Waterville Valley, NH 03215
(603) 236-4666
(800) 468-2553 Snowphone
Windblown Cross-Country
New Ipswich, NH 03071
(603) 878-2869 Snowphone
Woodbound Inn
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 532-8341
(800) 688-7770 Snowphone
New Hampshire Snowmobile Association
772 Rte. 3A, Suite 14
Bow, NH 03304-4010
(603) 224-8906

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