Cross-Country Skiing for Beginners on the Rolling Hills of Wolfeboro, N.H.

December 29, 2015

 Abenaki Ski Area

This could be perfect cross-country skiing for beginners, whether they’re kids or entire families. It is a mellow 1.7 mile loop trail that rolls through hemlock birch forests and a large open horse pasture, complete with grazing horses. And perhaps the best part is that it starts and ends at the vintage Abenaki Ski Area, run by the Town of Wolfeboro, which has a new lodge at the trailhead complete with a crackling fire, hot cocoa, and snacks! The lodge serves the bustling little downhill ski area and also is a major access point to the 30km of groomed cross-country ski trails that meander through Wolfeboro. To top it off, there is also an indoor ice arena adjacent to the lodge and trailhead, so if you time it right, you can drop in for their Public Skating Session and do multiple winter fun activities in one day! Read more about this trip.

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Ethan Hipple

Along with Kim Foley MacKinnon, Ethan Hipple writes AMC's Great Kids, Great Outdoors blog. He fell in love with the outdoors as a teenager, when he worked on a Student Conservation Association (SCA) trail crew. He has directed the New Hampshire Conservation Corps and is currently the Parks Director for Portland, Me., where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and their two kids. His latest book for AMC is Outdoors with Kids Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, cowritten with Yemaya St. Clair.