Once per Winter season, we usually meet our long time friends from Boston, Ron and Phyllis, for some Cross Country skiing. This year, we decided to go to one of the best places around, Jackson, New Hampshire. The town is the center of a huge cross country network stretching into the surrounding hills and White Mountains. There is a large cross country lodge right in town. The ski touring foundation has made this area a significant destination for skiers of all levels of skill.
It was our luck to arrive when conditions were excellent. Our first day of skiing was blessed with extensive trails full of softly packed powder which was freshly groomed. We took off on the easier Ellis River Trail in the 23F temperature with clear blue skies. After a great sandwich lunch at the J Town Deli, we skied some more in the town environs. Dinner at the Wentworth Hotel was scrumptious.
That night, the snow fell for hours while we slept. We woke up to about 8" of fresh powder, and a beautiful landscape to boot. Our skiing experience at the Eagle Mountain House area, both in the fields and the more difficult trails, was superb. My favorite trail, The Wave, was in great condition for us all to enjoy. Luckily, I wore my gaiters, which protected me from the flying and abundant powder.
The Wave is a blue trail, which involves lots of climbing and then lots of descending. I have to say that Helen did a great job, never complaining about the climbs, and attacking the multiple descents which significant vigor. We all got lots of exercise.
Our stay at the ellis River Lodge was excellent. The accommodations were very comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our breakfasts were especially yummy before a day outside skiing. All in all, our weekend cross country skiing with our friends was a great success. Where to next year?