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Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Bethel Nordic Center at the Bethel Inn in Bethel, Maine -

On the Common, Bethel, ME 04217

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The Bethel Inn Resort (800-654-0125, 207-824-2175, www.bethelinn.com) is On the Common in Bethel at the Bethel Inn Resort. There are beautiful views of the Mahoosuc mountain range and there is a xc ski center (207-824-6276) with 35 km of groomed trails for skate and classic skiing. The field trails have gentle terrain and mountain vistas while the forest trails are more challenging. There's 5 miles of trails for snowshoers and snowshoe rentals are available.

There is a trail side warming hut and the center's main facility has snacks, drinks, a ski shop, sitting areas to warm up, and storage lockers. There is a ski shop with waxes, apparel, and equipment for adults and kids.

There are discounted prices for students, kids, and seniors on the rental gear for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Ice skates are $5 to rent. Ski lessons are also available daily.

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Kids can go Trolling for Trolls at the Bethel Nordic Center skiing in search of trolls placed along the ski trails in various places. They use a map and a punch card and if they find all the trolls and return to the center with a completed card, they can exchange it for a big delicious cookie.


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The Bethel Inn Resort has been in operation since 1913 and there are 158 rooms with accommodations including traditional inn rooms, deluxe rooms or suites, and luxury townhouses. Inn rooms have private baths, cable TV, telephones and deluxe rooms also include fireplaces. There is a health club with spa services on site. Meals are available in a main dining room or the Millbrook Tavern and Grille for lunch or dinner.

Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 63 at Gray. Take Route 26 north to Bethel. Take right on Church Street after the village common. From the south, take I-93 and Exit 35 to Route 3 north to Twin Mountain. Take Route 115 North to Jefferson to Route 2 east to Bethel. From the south on Route 26 follow the signs to the Bethel historic district, cross the train tracks on to Main Street to 4-way intersection. Turn left on Broad Street. Bethel Inn is 21 Broad Street.

The Sunday River Ski Resort, which is one of the most comprehensive alpine ski resorts in New England is 6.8 miles away. Bethel, ME has all that is expected of a New England town focused on travelers with restaurants, shops, and a full list of activities all year long. CCSAA member