Friday, January 1, 2010

Guided Snowshoeing in NH

Snowshoeing has become a "hot" winter sport. Lots of nature centers, mountain areas, and organizations are now promoting some type of snowshoeing activity. It's fun, low cost, and easy to do. And there's plenty of room out on the trails.

So, here's a sampling of some guided snowshoeing programs to check out in New Hampshire this winter. And for those of you who prefer to go out without a guide, check back soon -- I'll be posting some trails you can explore on your own.

Guided Snow Shoe Programs
Beaver Brook Association (Hollis, NH)
-- There's something for everyone here. There are Beginner Snowshoe Hikes for Women on Jan. 30th and Feb 27th; A Yoga and Snowshoe program on Jan. 16th; Wildlife Tracking on Snowshoes on Jan. 24th, as well as Winter Fitness Hikes at a moderately fast pace every Friday morning, January through March, plus more. Check it all out in their winter newsletter.

Nashua Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a snowshoe program beginning January 13th. It's a daytime activity, taking place in Mine Falls Park in Nashua every Wednesday and Friday morning at 10 a.m. For more information, call Tom at 603-589-3370.

Eastern Mountain Sports offers a guided snowshoe trek along the Saco River in North Conway, NH. Check out the Eastern Mountain Sports site for more.

Loon Mountain has a guided snowshoe hike of the summit. This one is for intermediate snowshoers. Check out the Loon Mountain site for details.

Jackson Ski Touring Center offers instructional guided nature hikes on snowshoes throughout the winter. Check out their website for information.

NH Audubon Society offers snowshoe programs as well. In Auburn, the Massabesic Audubon Center rents snowshoes throughout the season and has a guided Snowshoe and Tracking program on Feb. 13th. The McLane Center in Concord offers Winter Wildlife Hikes on snowshoes, conditions permitting, of course.

So there you have it! A few programs to get you started on this great cardio activity, particularly if you are new to the sport and looking for guidance. If you know of any other programs in the state, be sure to leave a comment.


The Former PK said...

Perfect timing for your post Lucie! King Pine also does this great program called Winter Trails Day where you can get a FREE snowshoe or cross-country lesson from 1-3pm. It just happens to be this Saturday (Jan. 9). Justin and I took advantage of this last year for XC skiing and learned SO much. The trail pass and equipment rental is complimentary, so it's just really a great way to check out the sport. Here's their Web site: http://www.kingpine.com

On another note, Justin and I just did a big snowshoe/ski trip up in Maine and I plan to write up something for this blog. Hopefully I will e-mail it to you by the end of the week and you can post it (if you want of course).

Lucie said...

Would love to post about your yurt camping trip here! Funny, but I just finished reading about your incredible trip on your blog a few minutes ago and was going to write to ask if you would share.

Thanks for the info on King Pine. I'm going to look into that and will be sure to share it on Twitter, too.