Join us for a day of moderate paced, machine cut track kick and glide skiing on Waterville Valley's 70+ km trail network. We will likely split into two groups; one may stay out on the trails all day and the other may ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. In both cases, you can either bring your own lunch or buy one from a cafe in Waterville Valley. If you are on the trails all day, be prepared to carry your lunch! There isn't a remote Yurt or warming hut, so the weather may influence if people want to stay outside all day or not.
Ability Level & Pace: Novice to advanced skiers welcome on our tour. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending this trip, or take a lesson in the morning and ski with the group in the afternoon. The group will likely break into a faster and more moderate paced group. Extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide.
Trail Passes: Participants should self-pay the $21 center trail fee. Please see the Waterville Valley Nordic trail pass website for details about costs http://www.waterville.com/nordic-passes/.
Conditions: These trails are machine groomed for both skate and classic skiing, and trails are patrolled. Trip may run in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult the co-leader with questions. Ski conditions and area map available here: http://www.waterville.com/nordic-snow-report
Registration & Waiver: This trip is sponsored by the AMC Boston Ski Committee. Register for the trip on the Boston REGI system. You will be asked to sign an AMC Waiver at the start of the trip. The waiver can be viewed at: https://www.outdoors.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Volunteer-Led-Activi...
Gear List: Narrow XC skis/boots/poles for machine cut tracks.
Very small daypack or fanny pack with 1l water, snacks, spare jacket
Lip balm/chapstick, sunglasses, spare gloves and balaclava or hat.
Wear clothing, gloves, hat, balaclava, glasses/goggles per expected weather
Use map from adventure center and/or GPS app on smartphone for navigation
Mike Barry is a reformed alpine skier who leads multi day XC Ski tours in Maine, Quebec, Norway and the Whites with the Boston Chapter & Adventure Travel Committees. His favorite places to ski are Norway for BC touring (though Maine is close!) and downhill in the French Alps (now on Telemark skis). Mike has been involved in the Club as a Boston Chapter Chair, Club Board of Directors and is currently on the Adventure Travel Committee, and is an active chapter bike and ski leader.