Hi, I’m Rod Wilson of the WMNF. Here’s a trivia
question for you: We all know there are many great ski areas in the White Mountains…
But which ones operate within the National Forest under special use permit from the United
States Forest Service? The WMNF offers plenty of opportunities for
visitors, from scenic vista drives, week -long hikes in the heart of wilderness, great downhill
ski areas, incredibly backcountry skiing opportunities, and climbing routes that could challenge even
though most ardent climbers. A summer resort since the early 1800’s, the
area became a winter resort in the 1930’s and has never looked back. There are five
downhill ski areas, miles of cross country trails and so many things to see and do that
vacationers come year-round. Want to know which ski areas operate within
the National Forest under special use permit from the United States Forest Service? They
are Attitash, Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley and Wildcat. There are also cross country
permits at Bretton Woods, Great Glen Trails, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, Bear Notch
Ski Touring Center, and Waterville Valley. There Ski areas run the gambit from wide-open
and easy trails to, narrow steep and technically challenging trails. For you backcountry and cross-country skiers,
just about all of the hiking trails are open to skiing and snowshoeing. For those of you
who prefer more maintained cross-country areas, there are several cross-country ski resorts
in the area. The mountains also provide plenty of opportunities for the backcountry enthusiasts.
The ravines and bowls on the mountains hold snow late into the year and Tuckerman’s Ravine
on Mount Washington is famous for their spring skiing. Skiing there often lasts into June
and sometimes even into July because there is so much snow. Of course, there is no cushy
lodge for après-ski pampering, much less a chair lift to take you back to the top.
This is strictly “earn your turns” skiing. Thanks for watching. There is more information
coming up to help you enjoy your visit to the White Mountain National Forest.