Nordic Ski Report


The following is a Nordic Skiing update for Whitaker Woods in North Conway as of February 22nd    


Members and Friends,

We’ve gone from cold winter pow to spring, frozen granular snow all in less than five days.  But…, we still have lots of snow and it has a good, solid base that will well withstand this warm spell we are presently experiencing.  We are currently grooming almost 100% of the network with trails open from Whitaker Woods north to 16A, including the Hayfield Loop and Pasture trails in the the Intervale, along with the Lower East Branch trail.  With this warm and sunny weather, the Hayfield or Pasture trails make a great tour choice with views all around.  The Lower East Branch is a nice ski down alongside the Saco River and the view of Mount Washington off the top of Vista Trail in Whitaker Woods cannot be beat today.

Skiers have been coming in this week complaining about sticky waxless skis.  This is the time of the year that a occasional application of a liquid or paste wax will really help the glide performance of a waxless ski.  Maxiglide or Swix F4, Toko Express waxes help prevent snow from globbing up on the fish scale bases.

Enjoy the warm weather, but let’s think snow!

Rates for the public are as follows:
                                     Weekend/Holidays            Midweek
ADULT (15-59):                    $15                                 $10
JUNIOR (6-14):                    $10                                   $7
CHILD: (under 6):                 free                                free
SENIOR: (60-70):                $10                                   $7
SENIOR (70+):                     free                                free

1/2 DAY (1-dusk)              
ADULT:                                 $10                                   $7
JUNIOR:                               $7                                     $5

SEASON PASSES are available at the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment seven days a week starting each season on December 1st.  The initial pass is $15.00 which covers photo, pass lamination and processing.  Renewal passes are processed for $5 per season by bring in the old pass and having it renewed and stamped each season.  Resident passes are valid for use in the entire network of trail both Whitaker Woods and the Intervale network.

SAU#9 and SAU#13 students ski for free.  Students should display their Student ID while skiing (or student passes are available for $5 at the Touring Center).

Season Passes for non-resident, non-taxpayers (everyone else), are  also available.  Adult $85, Junior $65, Senior $65 and Family $155.

Trail passes are available at the Whitaker House during the mid-day (weather condition dependent), the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain, Eastern Slope Inn, 1785 Inn, Stonehurst Manor, Local Grocer, and several other locations (refer to the web page or trail map for other locations).

Refer to the web site for additional information, including the Fat Tire Bike policy, trail map, event listings, etc. at