All kinds of Nordic skiing have been highlighted at the 2018 Winter Games. While cross-country skiing has a rich Olympic history, its roots also run deep in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Experienced skiers and first-timers alike can take advantage of the substantial Nordic terrain and amenities of Waterville Valley Resort, located just 2 hours North of Boston in the heart of the White Mountains.
Waterville Valley’s Adventure Center maintains more than 70 km of groomed trails for skate and classic cross-country skiing, plus snowshoeing and fat biking, with terrain for every ability level.
While the trail system meanders through the surrounding White Mountain National Forest, the town of Waterville Valley is reminiscent of a mini Olympic Village, with downhill and cross-country ski trails, a fitness center, indoor ice arena, shops, restaurants, and a variety of lodging options centered around the quaint Town Square. The U.S. Olympic Team trained in Waterville Valley for the 1972 Winter Olympics and the resort hosted the U.S. National Cross-Country Championships in 1979. Today, 3-time Olympian, Kris Freeman, continues to train on the local trails and partners with the Adventure Center to offer an Advanced Skate Clinic each season.
Beginner trails and a learning area leave directly from the Adventure Center in Town Square. Rentals and lessons are available, as are guided cross-country ski and snowshoe tours for all levels and ages. Daily trail passes cost $21. There are lower rates for teens (13-18), college students, and members of the military at just $18. Youth (6-12) and seniors (65+) are $16 per day. Cross-country ski equipment rentals are $23 and pulks, sleds for carrying children or gear pulled by skiers, are even available for adventurous parents.
In addition to Nordic skiing, there is a wealth of activities available for both adults and children. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are alternative ways to enjoy the surrounding White Mountains beyond strapping on ski boots. Let the staff at the Adventure Center set you up with snowshoe rentals or a Fat Bike. A Fat Bike demo ride is offered on Sunday and Thursday at 1 p.m. (conditions permitting) for only $15 plus the cost of the rental. Or explore some nearby hiking trails on foot. Other seasonal options include snow tubing, dog sled excursions, and a full-service ice rink right in Town Square.