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New Hampshire

Snowshoeing in Mt. Washington Valley

Although snowshoeing has been around since Indians populated this area, its popularity has grown tremendously in recent years.

The cumbersome shoes made of rawhide and rope have been replaced with new lightweight, high-tech materials. With 770,000 pristine acres of White Mountain National Forest land surrounding Mt. Washington Valley, the snowshoeing opportunities abound in Mt. Washington Valley. Snowshoes can be rented at many of the ski areas as well as many local shops, and even some Bed & Breakfasts.

Among the areas offering showshoe trails and rentals are: Bear Notch Ski Touring Center, Bretton Woods, Great Glen Trails, King Pine Ski Area and Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center. A number of these areas also offer clinics, including how-to courses, animal tracking workshops, demo days, and events surrounding snowshoeing.

The Appalachian Mountain Club offers a number of overnight programs, too. And if you want to snowshoe in luxury, visit some of the inns in the area with their own private trails, including The Snowvillage Inn (they also offer rentals) The Forest, A Country Inn or The Darby Field Inn.

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