There is something almost magical about making tracks in the fresh snow of a cross country or snowshoe trail. The only sound you hear is the “swish, swish” of your feet in the snow. The White Mountains is certainly known for an abundance of wooded trails that are perfect for hiking, biking, or enjoying other winter sports. We also know of some great spots that have entire trail systems for you to enjoy and spend the day outdoors. Take a peek!
Never been snowshoeing before or just want to experience something a little different? Alpine Adventures offers guided back-country snowshoe tours complete with scenic vistas, beautiful wooded trails, and the assurance of a knowledgeable guide. Part of the adventure is being driven out to the trailhead in one of their 6-wheeled mountain vehicles. Make it an evening affair during one of Alpine’s Guided Twilight Snowshoe Tours being offered Fridays and Saturday through the winter.
The Adventure Center at Loon Mountain Resort is a winter playground for those looking to get outside and enjoy what the White Mountains has to offer. The cross-country trails at Loon Mountain are wide and follow a network of historic logging roads. There are trails for every level of skier, from the gentle paths along the Pemigewasset River to the more challenging switchbacks up the side of Black Mountain. Guided and self-guided tours are available. Looking for a slower paced meander through the woods? The snowshoe trails weave through towering white pines, and gives you a chance to stop and explore the snowy world around you. Guided tours are available with options that take you around the Pemi River, or at the summit of Loon Peak via the Loon Gondola.
Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation
Head to Intervale to discover the 45km of groomed cross country and snowshoe trails that are designed for all abilities. The trail system weaves through riverside hayfields, rolling hills, and hemlock forests for a diverse and scenic experience and connects the villages of Intervale, Kearsarge, and North Conway.
State of the art groomed trails await you in the picturesque and quintessential village of Jackson. Stunning views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range dominates the landscape of the 450 km trail system. If you need a little break, stop at the warming cabin and Cocoa Café on the Ellis River trail or grab a bite at one of the pubs and inns that are near the trail.
Mountain vistas and over 100km of groomed trails across open fields, spruce and fir forests, and beaver ponds will set you up for a serene and scenic experience at Bretton Woods. If you need a lesson, let the experience Nordic staff guide you through your day, and rentals are available for both skis and snowshoes. Elevate your experience by riding the Bethlehem Express quad lift to 5 miles of groomed trails at the Mount Stickney Cabin.
Located at the base of Mount Washington (views galore!), Great Glen Trails has 45km of groomed and backcountry trails and they encourage people who are new to the sport to give it a try. Ski school is available as are rentals. The trails are open and welcoming to snowshoes as well! Enjoy the solitude of venturing out into the woods during the day, or keep your eyes and ears open and challenge your senses during an Evening Snowshoe Tour led by a naturalist from the Appalachian Mountain Club.
The XC and Snoweshoe Reserve at Purity Spring offers 20km of scenic trails that meanders around Purity Lake and winds through the Hoyt/Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. There are trails for every ability level and is open sunrise to sunset. Snowshoe tours are also available as are special Moonlight Tours.
Whether you’re at Waterville for alpine skiing and need a change of pace, or plan to spend the day exploring Town Square, include a visit to the Adventure Center where you can access over 70km of trails that traverse through the White Mountain National Forest. Trails are groomed and are available for cross-country, snowshoes, and fat bikes!
The Franconia Inn maintains the 65km of cross-country and snowshoe trails at the Franconia Village XC & Outdoor Recreation Center. The single track trails wind through meadows, serene woods, and over babbling brooks. Keep your eyes out for views of Franconia Ridge peeking out from the trees. Rentals are available.
Where education and exercise come together! The trail system in the 100-Acre Wood on the Believe in Books property are open for outdoor recreation including snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Many of the trails are groomed and there are options for beginners up to the more advanced adventurer. Families will enjoy the ½ mile Storybook Trail where they can experience children’s storybooks in a unique way.
Along the grounds of the historic and preserved Lucknow Estate, are miles of trails through the woods and up mountains for year-round enjoyment. If you are looking to experience the winter woods on cross-country skis or snowshoes, there are several loop trails on the property that are perfect for a day of adventuring. Explore around the horse pastures, Shannon Pond, and enjoy views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding mountains.
If you’re spending some time adventuring in the Lakes Region, check out Gunstock Mountain Resort’s Outdoor Center which includes 50km of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Get your headlamp and try out their Evening Snowshoe Ridge Tours. Hop on the Tiger Chair to ascend the mountain then traverse the ridge via snowshoe.