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Featured Trip: Abenaki Loop XC Ski
January 11, 2016

by Ethan Hipple

This could be the perfect beginner cross-country ski or snowshoe trail for kids and families. It is a mellow 1.7 mile loop trail that rolls through hemlock birch forests and a large open horse pasture, complete with grazing horses. And perhaps the best part is that it starts and ends at the vintage Abenaki Ski Area, run by the Town of Wolfeboro, which has a new lodge at the trailhead complete with a crackling fire, hot cocoa, and snacks! The lodge serves the bustling little downhill ski area and also is a major access point to the 30km of groomed cross-country ski trails that meander through Wolfeboro. To top it off, there is also an indoor ice arena adjacent to the lodge and trailhead, so if you time it right, you can drop in for their Public Skating Session and do multiple winter fun activities in one day!

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