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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Bretton Woods Nordic Center

210 Mt. Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods, NH 03575

Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods Nordic Center (603-278-3322, www.brettonwoods.com) part of the Omni Mount Washington Resort, has 100 km of xc ski and snowshoe trails, and is located on the grounds of the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. The grand hotel at the southern base of the mighty Mt. Washington with 1,700 acres of spectacular scenery is home to the world class Bretton Woods Nordic Center. This full service ski center has its own parking area and houses the ski school, rental equipment, warming and waxing rooms and the award-winning Tree Top Nordic Demo Center that offers xc ski gear, clothing, and accessories. The center has a fireplace with couches and food service with tables and seating.

This area located off Route 302 in the Crawford Notch area averages 200 inches of snow every year. The Mountain Road trail may be the most fun to be had on xc skis in New England. This 7 km trail is accessible from the top of the Bethlehem Express high speed quad at the Bretton Woods alpine ski area (5 minutes from the Nordic Center via complimentary resort shuttle) is situated with a great groomed downhill (which is marked and can be avoided) as well as incredible scenery and views. There are also lift-accessible mountaintop snowshoe trails that have stunning views of Mt. Washington.

Ski to the yurt or cabin on Mt. Stickney. A 5 km xc ski trail south of Route 302 between Bretton Woods and the AMC Highland Center has flatter terrain along an old railroad bed.

Bretton Woods

Trail fees are $19 for adults (ages 18–64) and $17 for teens (ages 13-17), and $12 for juniors (ages 5-12) and seniors (ages 65 and older). Children (4 and younger) ski free. Snowshoers can use the skate lanes of the cross-country trails with a trail pass and there's also 11 km of dog-friendly trails. One chairlift ride to ski the Mountain Road at the alpine ski area is $10.

There are telemark lessons and rentals available at the alpine area. Snowshoes are available for sale or rent. Moonlight Tours are set for each month. High-Alpine Eco Tours are also offered early January through mid-March, Sundays at 10 AM and 1 PM led by an Appalachian Mountain Club Guide for $27 adults and $24 children or seniors. Other resort activities include dog sledding, sleigh rides, a year-round Canopy Tour with 10 zip lines, and a full service spa. Discounted rates for hotel guests are offered for most activities.

Bretton Woods

To get the full resort experience, guests who stay at either the Omni Mount Washington Hotel or Omni Bretton Arms Inn (both with trail access out your doorstep) can ski free at Bretton Woods Nordic Center or Alpine Ski Area on "Stay Here- Ski Free" package starting at $89 per person per night. CCSAA member