Cross Country Skiing in North Conway

Ready for a full body workout among the beauty and tranquility of the White Mountains? Cross Country skiing might just be for you. Here are 5 reasons to strap on a pair of skis , grab your dog, and explore the miles of cross country trails in and around North Conway!


It’s Good for You

Cross country skiing provides an extreme cardiovascular workout. Nordic skiers use their entire body, both upper and lower, so they get full-body results. Also, downhill skiers use chairlifts to get up the mountain, cross country skiers have to ski up the hills themselves. So don’t get stuck repeating the same cardio exercise indoors this winter, instead hit the trails for a new type of workout.

No Lines!

There are no lift lines when you go cross country skiing. In fact, there are no lines at all! Nordic skiing lets you get away from the crowds and bustle of alpine ski mountains, plus it’s a less expensive sport. Enjoy a ski day without avoiding collisions and lines all day long.

Killer Views

Cross Country skiing is a great way to explore the backcountry. The White Mountains are a place of stunning natural beauty, and the local trails let you experience the tranquility and scenery as you glide along. Ski along the Saco River, through meadows and woods, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, too!


Cross country skiing is a safe alternative to downhill skiing. Helmets are not required, and if you do take a tumble there is substantially less risk than if you were hurtling down an alpine mountain. Generally, the sport is a low-impact alternative to downhill skiing.

Fido Can Go, Too

Certain trails, like Whittaker Woods here in North Conway, allow you to bring your dog with you. You and your doggo can both reap the benefits of a romp in the woods. Stay at a pet-friendly Pinkham Vacation Rental home when you visit, so you don’t have to leave your best friend at home! Remember to clean up after your dog on the trails though, so you don’t ruin the experience of your fellow skiers.

Where to Go

There are six Nordic (cross country) ski centers located within half an hour of North Conway (click here to learn more), which offer over 400km of trails combined: Bear Notch, Bretton Woods, Great Glen Trails, Jackson XC, Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center, and the Purity Spring Resort XC & Snowshoe Reserve. Whittaker Woods is a good option for those who want a quick ski in town.

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