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30 March 2019

Cross-Country Skiing Adventures in Northern NH


For this time around, there isn’t much to write about that is fresh and new.  Most of my recent outdoor activity has been limited to the enjoyment of cross-country skiing (a.k.a. XC-skiing) here in my home State of New Hampshire.  And so, this posting will consist merely of a few snapshots taken during those ski outings.

Oftentimes, “cross-country skiing” and “Nordic skiing” and are used interchangeably.  But technically, Nordic skiing is a term that encompasses several skiing styles, i.e. cross-country, Telemark, and alpine touring.  And, cross-country skiing itself can be further divided into four subcategories, i.e. classic, skate, light touring, and backcountry touring.  Click HERE for a detailed description of all these skiing styles.  Most of my skiing is a combination of light touring and classic style, along with some occasional backcountry touring.


 XC-Skiing along the Saco River near Bartlett, NH

Backcountry skiing near Bartlett, NH.  The view includes (L to R) Mt. Nancy, Mt. Bemis, and Hart Ledge

Late evening XC-Ski in woodlands near Bethlehem, NH.  Have often thought that sunsets are sort of like “slight-of-hand” magic . . . now you see them, now you don’t.

XC-skiing at USFS’s Beaver Brook trail system near Twin Mountain, NH

Colorful ice formation as seen when XC-skiing USFS’s Hayes-Copp trails near Gorham, NH

XC-skiing in an open meadow along USFS’s Hayes-Copp trails near Gorham, NH.  This vista of the Carter Range extends from Imp Face (LEFT) to Carter Dome (RIGHT)

A view of Nelson Crag in the Presidential Range as seen when XC-skiing USFS’s Hayes-Copp trails near Gorham, NH.

In late-winter the Mooseway XC-ski trail was used to access Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge.  This photo features Cherry Mountain as viewed across frozen Cherry pond.

Photo taken while skiing along the Mooseway XC-ski trail

Was truly “wowed” by my first visit to the Crescent Ridge Glade backcountry ski area!  The views from the wildlife clearing shown here are spectacular!  Click HERE for more information about Crescent Ridge Glade.

Zooming in on King Ravine from the wildlife clearing at the Crescent Ridge Glade backcountry ski area

A slightly zoomed view of The Nubble from USFS’s Beaver Brook XC-ski trails near Twin Mountain, NH

Delightful combination of blue sky and white birch as viewed when XC-skiing USFS’s Beaver Brook XC-ski trails near Twin Mountain, NH


Hopefully, this blog posting will contain something of interest for those who share my enthusiasm for cross-country skiing.  But regardless of whether you have no interest in this sport, or have yet to try it, perhaps you at least derived some measure of pleasure from viewing the photos within this report. 😃


One Day in America said...

You picked picture-perfect days for your ski outings, John!
I love the white birch and blue sky photo. All your photos make me eager for next year's cross-country ski season.
I'm wondering if you saw a moose along the Mooseway XC-ski trail!

1HappyHiker said...

Hi Rita,

Well, throughout the season, I often ski two XC-ski trails that incorporate the word “moose” in their name. One is named the Mooseway, and the other is named the Moose Watch. This year, I did not see a moose on either trail. However, in years past, I have caught a glimpse of an occasional moose on the Mooseway XC-ski trail. Unfortunately, climate change has caused a surge in what is known as winter tick which has caused a significant decline in the moose population throughout New Hampshire and other parts of New England. The winter ticks don't carry disease, but they cause significant blood loss in moose which leads to death from acute anemia and massive weight loss. A University of NH research project estimated that about 50,000 ticks can be found on one moose at any given time.