The Lincoln-Woodstock area, just inside the White Mountain

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The Lincoln-Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sharon 603-745-6621 ext. 201
2002
Winter Forest Treks
Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing in Lincoln-Woodstock
The moderate paces of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing provide the best
way to see the woods, fields, and rime-frosted ridges of the winter landscape, and New
Hampshire's Lincoln-Woodstock region–amid the stunning scenery of the White
Mountain National Forest–offers some of the most spectacular trekking in New England.
Whether you choose cross-country skiing on groomed trails or opt to snowshoe into the
back woods, the region offers breathtaking trails for all ability levels and numerous
options for equipment rentals, lessons, and guided or self-guided outings.
Imagine: The peaks of the Presidentials are cloaked in fresh snow. The long views
through the quiet winter forest are exhilarating. You spot tracks of moose, snowshoe
hare, and red fox. The air is clear and cold, but as you trek through hardwoods to another
sweeping vista, you are warm.
The Lincoln-Woodstock area straddles Interstate 93, the main north-south
thoroughfare of New Hampshire. Just inside the White Mountain National Forest, it is an
easy reach from points south, offering visitors a winter sports getaway in some of the
most spectacular scenery in the East. More than 50 lodging choices include several types of packages with accommodations that range from classic country inns, to fullyequipped condominiums, to full-service resorts.
"If you can walk you can snowshoe," is an old proverb that still holds true–
particularly with today's high-tech, durable snowshoes that are designed for a variety of
terrain and snow conditions. Cross-country skiing (also called Nordic skiing) is equally
easy to learn, and with your body weight distributed over the surface of long, straight
skis, you can skim along on top of deep snow. Two rental outfitters in LincolnWoodstock offer visitors the chance to try snowshoeing or Nordic skiing with
experienced guides. North Country Adventures offers half-day snowshoe tours that
include lunch from the Sunny Day Diner, rental, transport, and guided instruction for
$39.95. Out Back Kayak rents snowshoes and Nordic skis for $15/hour and also offers
guided tours. The Great American Ski Renting Co., Rodgers Ski Outlet, and Village Ski
and Snowboard (all in Lincoln) also offer equipment rentals.
The Lincoln Woods Trail, just outside Lincoln on the Kancamagus Highway, is a
haven for snowshoers and Nordic skiers. Sheltered by a canopy of trees, the trail leads to
Black Pond, Franconia Falls, and the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Experienced trekkers
can head off into the backwoods to explore trails leading to other stunning vistas.
The Mountain Wanderer Map and Bookstore in Lincoln sells White Mountains
maps and guidebooks, and proprietor Steve Smith is happy to offer trail advice to visitors.
"The Flume Trail has an excellent snowshoe loop and is also great for cross country.
Lincoln-Woodstock is a great place for these sports." The Innisfree Bookshop in Lincoln
is also an excellent place to find maps and guides.
Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln offers 35 km of meticulously groomed trails
that wind along the Pemigewasset River with loops for all abilities. Snowshoers can
explore Loon's network of both alpine and cross-country trails. Rentals, lessons and
workshops, and trail passes are available at Loon's Adventure Center.
Imagine gliding on Nordic skis across an open field bathed in the light of a full
moon. This romantic guided tour is offered at the Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area, one of
the largest cross-country areas in the East. Bretton Woods' 100 km groomed-trail network
meanders through glades of spruce and fir, over open fields past beaver ponds and
mountain streams, and offers breathtaking views of the Presidential Range. The trail
system is designed for all ability levels and features a machine-made track for traditional
Nordic skiers, as well as a skate lane for both skate skiers and snowshoers. This year
Bretton Woods opened its all-new Nordic Ski Center that includes locker rooms, a rental
shop, and dining area with a cozy fireplace.
If you're in the mood for traditional New England hospitality, choose a snowshoe
or Nordic Ski & Stay package at a historic country inn. The Sunset Hill House in Sugar
Hill, with spectacular views of both the White and Green Mountains offers a Friday or
Saturday night package that includes a 4-course gourmet dinner, fresh country breakfast,
trail pass, and equipment rental for $99 pp/do. The inn's 30 km of groomed and natural
trails skirt along a ridge through 70 acres of woods to the Franconia iron mines.
Franconia Inn's 105 km of interconnected trails on National Forest land and
Franconia Notch State Park offer spectacular scenery and loops for all ability levels. The
inn's cross-country ski escape includes two nights lodging, gourmet dinners each evening,
a trail pass, and Nordic ski or snowshoe rentals from $145 pp/do. The Nordic Centers at
both inns also offer lessons for beginners.
Feel free to use this information to craft a story about Nordic skiing and
snowshoeing in this beautiful region. If you have questions, need photos, want help
planning a trip, or need more information please call the Lincoln-Woodstock Chamber of
Commerce at 603-745-6621 or visit www.lincolnwoodstock.com.
Lincoln-Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 358
Lincoln NH 03251
Phone: 603-745-6621 ext. 201
Fax: 603-745-4908
www.lincolnwoodstock.com
Information on lodging (including online reservations), dining, shopping, and area attractions.
LODGING
www.lincolnwoodstock.com/lodging.html
More than 50 lodging choices in the Lincoln-Woodstock area, including resorts, hotels, motels, inns,
and condo rentals. Online reservation service, steals & deals, and special packages, including several
Ski & Stay packages.
NORDIC SKI AREAS
Loon Mountain
Location: Rt.112, Lincoln
Phone: 603-745-8111
Lodging: 800-227-4191
Web: www.loonmtn.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Total Kilometers: 35 km
Tracked: 25 km
Skate Groomed: 25 km
Trails are pristine, uncrowded, and meticulously groomed and tracked. Loon offers a Novice Special
that includes a one-hour lesson, rentals, and an all-day trail pass for $49. Call for ski/snowshoe &
stay packages.
Sunset Hill Nordic Center
Location: 231 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill
Phone: 603-823-7244
Lodging: 603-823-7244
Web: www.sunsethillhouse.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Total Kilometers: 25 km
Tracked: 25 km
Backcountry: 25+ km
Views of 5 mountain ranges on historic groomed trails. Ski/snowshoe & Stay packages start from
$59 pp/do midweek.
Franconia Village Cross Country Ski Center
Location: Rt. 116, Franconia
Phone: 800-473-5299
Lodging: 800-473-5299
Web: www.franconiainn.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Total Kilometers: 105 km Tracked: 65 km
Backcountry: 40 km
Trails meander through magnificent National Forest land, with some following Coppermine Brook
to the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Ski/snowshoe & stay packages available at Franconia Inn.
Bretton Woods Cross Country
Location: Rt. 302, Bretton Woods
Phone: 603-278-3322
Fax: 603-278-3337
Web: www.brettonwoods.com E-mail: [email protected]
Total Kilometers: 100 km Tracked: 95 km
Skate Groomed: 90 km
Located on the grounds of the historic Mount Washington Hotel, 65% of the extensive trail network
is in the White Mountain National Forest. Rentals, lessons, and themed tours offered.
Further information on Nordic Skiing:
Ski NH
PO Box 10
N. Woodstock, NH 03262
800-887-5464
Web: www.skinh.com; E-mail: [email protected]
Additional Area Ski/Snowshoe and Stay Packages:
Alpine Village Resort
Main Street, North Woodstock
800-684-3543
www.alpinevillageresort.com
Indian Head Resort
Route 3, Lincoln
800-343-8000
www.indianheadresort.com
On-site groomed cross-country trails that connect to the Franconia Notch Bike Trail and the Corridor
11 Trail (watch for snowmobiles). Cross-country Ski & Stay packages include breakfast and dinner;
from $54 pp/do midweek.
Nordic Inn Resort
Route 112, Lincoln
800-536-1038
www.nordicinnresort.com
Nordic Inn Too!
Route 112, Lincoln
888-883-2305
www.nordicinn.com
SKI AND SNOWSHOE TOURS AND RENTALS
North Country Adventures
Linwood Plaza, Lincoln
603-745-8600 www.e-northcountryadventures.com
Snowshoe tours include rental, transport, lunch, & guided instruction for $39.95
Out Back Kayak
Main Street, North Woodstock
800-529-2577 www.outbackkayak.com
Rentals and guided tour packages for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Great American Ski Renting Co.
Main Street, Lincoln
603-745-6444 www.skidemo.com
Rodgers Ski Outlet
Route 112, Lincoln
603-745-8347
Village Ski & Snowboard Rental
Main Street, Lincoln
603-745-8852 www.villageskiandsport.com
TRAIL MAPS AND GUIDES
Innisfree Bookshop
The Mill, Lincoln
603-745-6107
Mountain Wanderer Map & Book Store
Route 112, Lincoln
800-745-2707
www.mountainwanderer.com
TRAIL INFORMATION
White Mountain National Forest
603-447-5448 (Saco Ranger District, Conway)
www.fs.fed.us/r9/white/recreation/skiing
Lincoln Woods Cross-Country Ski System is located on the Kancamagus Highway (Rt.112) just
outside the center of Lincoln. National Forest information, a warming fire, and hot beverages are
available at the Visitor Center. 12 km of maintained trails include the Lincoln Woods Trail and Pine
Island Trails (easiest), and the more difficult Pemi East Side Road, Black Pond, and Franconia Falls
Trails. There are numerous other trails throughout the White Mountain National Forest.
Franconia Notch State Park
www.franconianotchstatepark.com
MILEAGES to Lincoln-Woodstock
 2 - hours from Boston
 4 hours from Providence, Rhode Island
 3 1/2 hours from Montreal
 2 1/2 hours from Portland, Maine
 6 1/2 hours from New York City
Lincoln-Woodstock is known as one of the most accessible four-season family vacation destinations
in the Northeast, located right off Interstate 93 at exit 32. Lincoln-Woodstock offers a variety of
activities including recreation, attractions, and nightlife. Year ‘round the area offers tax-free
shopping at dozens of unique stores, superb dining, an extensive selection of lodging and a full
calendar of special events
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