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5 Places To Cross Country Ski In & Around The Hanover Area

Nov 25, 2020 01:27PM ● By Kaitlyn Malone
The New England snows turn the hills, valleys, trees, and rivers into a winter wonderland. Everything seems to become quieter, and we can take in the beauty of nature in a whole new way. What better way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and surrounding landscape than with cross country skiing! It is an experience you can enjoy outside and absorb the ever-changing winter views while breathing in the cold, fresh air as you glide over the top of the snow. You can safely cross-country ski with your friends and family this winter and partake in a shared adventure, which you can reflect on as you sip hot cocoa by the fire. Hanover has many places nearby to cross country skiing, and we have decided to share a few of our favorite spots.

Here are 5 places to go cross country skiing:


Oak Hill Touring Center

This is a great place to go for cross country skiing.  Oak Hill Touring Center offers many groomed trails for you to explore. The Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center maintains the many ski trails on Oak Hill in Hanover for an easy, safe, and smooth experience. Oak Hill Touring Center also offers private instruction, group instruction, and many other great programs during winter. They are closed on Mondays, but they are open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm on the weekend. Please check out the website for more information about classes, rentals, and the trails, as well as for the trail user guide.

Storrs Pond

During the warmer months of the year, the trails around Storrs Pond Recreation Area is frequented by joggers, and mountain bikers and the area is active with folks using the recreational facilities for camping, swimming, and tennis. But during the winter months, Storrs Pond becomes a quiet and peaceful place to visit. There are many trails in the area that intertwined around the pond and through trees, sometimes going uphill and sometimes going downhill. You can ski these trails for a tranquil experience as you take in the pond's beauty and the snowy trees. It is a large enough area where you can often find a quiet spot and explore yourself.  The Storrs Pond is located near the bottom of Oak Hill, which we know has many trails as well. For more information, see the website below:

Trescott Property

The Trescott Property is an excellent area for cross-country skiing! There are about 13 miles of moderate trail you can ski through with gorgeous views. The trails are open from dawn till dusk. The trails are managed by professional foresters who make sure that the forest continues to thrive healthily and the water remains clean and protected. It is recommended you bring your map and compass along on your cross-country skiing outing. Please see the website for more tips on navigating the Trescott trails and what you can expect when you arrive there.

Norwich Nature Area

The Norwich Nature Area is a lovely place for cross-country skiing. The trails are easy to moderate and relatively short, which makes it perfect for a relaxed day out in nature. Most of the trails are in woodland and are surrounded by abundant animal and plant life of about 35 acres of land conservation. There are a few locations marked in the Nature Area with a map locating them at the trailhead, and there are historical markers. You can wander through the land here as you cross-country ski and go off-trail if that intrigues you. You are only asked to stay respectful of your surroundings. Please see their website for more information.

Hartland Winter Trails

Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Hanover are the Hartland Winter Trails located in Hartland, Vermont. These trails have been maintained as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing routes since the mid-1970s by a small group of volunteers. A few generous landowners have allowed the building of the trails on their properties, which has supported the beautiful network of trails that exist today. These trails are well-groomed, and you can always find some easy, fun, and beautiful trails to try. Check out the Facebook page for more information.

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