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Any new XC trails or XC ski areas?

Postby JeffOYB » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:16 am

Anyone know of any new XC trails or XC ski areas that have opened in recent years?

I don't mean just a new connector within a trail system. But a new trail somewhere that didn't have one. Well, maybe if an XC ski area has expanded in a noticeable way, that wd be neat to know.
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Re: Any new XC trails or XC ski areas?

Postby jt10000 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:11 am

JeffOYB wrote:Anyone know of any new XC trails or XC ski areas that have opened in recent years?


http://fasterskier.com/fsarticle/dismal ... stern-n-y/

Has snowmaking and wide trails good for racing.

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Re: Any new XC trails or XC ski areas?

Postby LewLasher » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:27 am

jt10000 wrote:http://fasterskier.com/fsarticle/dismal-winter-produces-nifty-new-venue-in-northeastern-n-y/

Has snowmaking and wide trails good for racing.

And that's about all that it has. A grand total of 5 (count 'em) kilometers of trails. And that is including the 0.28 kilometer (in other words, about 280 meter) snowshoe-only trail "K". Yes, the 5 kilometers are painstakingly dissected into 11 trail segments, as depicted on this (absolutely precious) trail map:

http://www.goremountain.com/files/public/2Nordic_Map_20172.jpg

Still, it does count as a new ski area, and it is definitely better than not having it.

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Hardwick, Vermont community trails

Postby LewLasher » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:37 pm

JeffOYB wrote:Anyone know of any new XC trails or XC ski areas that have opened in recent years?

I'm hoping that 2002 counts as "recent", because this is a pretty cool example of a community-built trail system.

See https://hardwicktrails.com/

Hardwick is a small (population about 3000) town in rural Vermont. (Less than 15 miles from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, I note, and less than 10 miles from the Highland Lodge trail system.) In 2002, they built a trail system for year-round use. 6 miles are designated as hiking trails, and 5 miles as single-track bicycling trails. I can't figure out from their trail map which trails are used for cross-country skiing or for snowshoeing.

According to their Web site, they got a grant from the state to help with construction of the trails in 2002. The land is owned by the town, the school district, and a number of private property owners. Volunteers and donations provide for grooming in the winter and mowing in the summer.

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Hartland, Vermont winter trails

Postby LewLasher » Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:01 pm

Here's another community trail project in Vermont, although their Web site doesn't say how recent it is:

http://www.hartlandwintertrails.org/

Hartland is a small (population about 3,300) town in rural Vermont.

They have 12 miles of trails, all on private land, for winter use (cross-country skiing and snowshoeing) only. Their grooming equipment includes a Pisten Bully.

Their Web site has the minutes of their annual meetings in 2008 and 2009, so they have been around for at least 10 years.

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Re: Any new XC trails or XC ski areas?

Postby JeffOYB » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:12 am

Hardwick looks good -- trails designed by Morton. Very low key website and Facebook. Skiing is hardly apparent on the website but the FB had grooming updates this winter. No user pics. I wonder what the demographic is...

Hartland has been trails since the 70's, used by HS skiers, more recently better organized.
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