Join us in partnership with the Castle in the Clouds for a family friendly cross-country ski event on Saturday, February 24th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm to celebrate the newly groomed trails!
Gather in the fields at Shannon Pond at 10:00 am where a roaring campfire and hot cocoa will await you. Skiers of all ages are welcome to stop by and take a trip along the trails at their leisure. A guided trip lead by LRCT’s Land and Stewardship Director, Dave Mallard, will be offered starting at 9:30 am and will return by 12:00 pm. Dave, along with Justin Chapman of the Red Hill Ski Club, will bring participants along portions of the newly groomed trails for a total of approximately 2 miles over easy to moderate terrain, where they will hear about the natural history of this 5,381 acre property and the story of how this project was brought to life. Participants are required to bring their own ski equipment and should dress appropriately for the conditions. We also recommend that you bring plenty of drinking water. This event is free and open to the public, however, registration for the guided trip is required and space is limited. Please fill out the form below if you would like to join us for this portion of the event. Donations are welcome.
Offering groomed trails has been a goal for LRCT since 2002 when the property was purchased. At that time, the Appalachian Mountain Club was engaged to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the property’s trails and carriage roads. This winter, thanks to the availability of a groomer and snowmobile from the Squam Lakes Association, and the services of committed and experienced volunteers – Justin Chapman, and Jeff Hussmann of the Nordic Ski Program at Moultonborough Academy – this goal has been achieved. Groomed trails currently extend from the Hiker Parking Lot at the top of Ossipee Park Rd, loop along the field near Shannon Pond, and follow the Settlement Trail.
After your morning of skiing, stop by the Carriage House for lunch; winter hours are Friday-Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.