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New Hampshire Insiders Guide: Favorite Beginner / Intermediate Ski Trails

  • Blue Square, Cannon Mountain

    1. Blue Square, Cannon Mountain


    At Cannon, blue-square Vista Way gives you more skier cred than most-and after skiing it once, you'll understand why. Hop on the Aerial Tramway or Cannonball Express quad chairlift to the 4,080-foot summit and get ready for the view. Seemingly close enough to touch, you see Mount Lafayette and the surrounding mountains, nothing else. No condos, no lights, nothing-except pure majestic nature.

  • Blue Square, Bretton Woods

    2. Blue Square, Bretton Woods


    According to Guinness World Records, a fairly reputable source, Chutters in nearby Littleton has the world's longest candy counter. Straight out of a sugar-induced dream, there's a Chutters store located at the top of the Zephyr high-speed quad that's open on weekends and during school- vacation weeks. Those who are lucky enough to ski or ride with their grandmothers know there's nothing sweeter than a stop at the candy shop and a cruise down blue-square Granny's Grit, where both the young folks and the young at heart can enjoy the rolling, twisty terrain.

  • Blue Square, Gunstock Mountain Resort

    3. Blue Square, Gunstock Mountain Resort


    Gunstock's Zip Tour is the longest zip line canopy tour in the continental U.S. and offers some of the best views of the area. Instead of a zip, take a majestic and magical ski run from the peak, and follow Gunsmoke for a twisty-turny trail with an unrivaled on-snow vantage point of the Lakes Region. If you're lucky, you'll be able to ski this trail in one big gulp without stopping, so that you can enjoy the dance-like rhythmic flow all the way to the bottom.

  • Blue Square, Cranmore Mountain Resort

    4. Blue Square, Cranmore Mountain Resort


    Take one: Action. If it's good enough for Hannes Schneider, who relocated from the Alps to the Whites, it could be good enough for James Bond, right? If Bond ever visited the Whites, Cranmore's signature trail Skimeister would be the perfect location for a ski-chase scene. Every twist and turn of this intermediate cruiser highlights an interesting and perfect view of the valley. Around one corner, surprise ... Mount Washington pops out. Located on the north side of the mountain, ride either Lookout Triple or Skimobile Express to access Skimeister.

  • Green Circle, Loon Mountain Resort

    5. Green Circle, Loon Mountain Resort


    Once you've learned the basics, head to Bear Claw for a run that begins at the top of Loon Peak and meanders 2.5 miles to the base. It's a green circle, but it appeals to all levels. If you're new to skiing, be sure to rest along the way. Even though the pitch is gentle, it's a long trail, and to keep your legs fresh you'll need to pace yourself.

  • Blue Square, Mount Sunapee Resort

    6. Blue Square, Mount Sunapee Resort


    For a sunny disposition, start your day in the Sunbowl area. And for a stellar view of Lake Sunapee, head to Upper Wingding, an intermediate run with gently rolling terrain that gets progressively twisty as you ski down through Middle Wingding. Drop into the “natural zone” at the bottom of the trail on skiers' right to make some turns in the trees.

  • Green Circle, Ragged Mountain

    7. Green Circle, Ragged Mountain


    If you're new to skiing but have friends who are more accomplished, then ride the Spear Mountain lift with your gang to the summit. On your way up, you'll see the expert trail Showboat, but remain calm. Just because you rode the lift with your friends, that doesn't mean you have to ski with them. With lots of terrain for beginners to experts, all accessed from one lift, they can ski a black trail while you take a leisurely mellow run down Cardigan, the longest trail at Ragged, and wide, too, so you can take a break or two on the side. The best rest stop is halfway down, with a view of Mount Cardigan and its rocky summit. Then get ready for another ride to the top with your buddies.

  • Blue Square, Waterville Valley Resort

    8. Blue Square, Waterville Valley Resort


    Ride the high-speed White Peaks express quad and use the time saved for a quick "take in" at the Schwendi Hütte. First take in the majestic views from the outside deck. Then take in some scrumptiousness: made-to- order breakfast sandwiches, home- made fruit strudels, sticky buns, cinnamon rolls with cream-cheese frosting, homemade soups and stews, fondue, hot cocoa. Then from Oblivion, take in the sunny 270-degree view of three-peaked Mount Tripyramid while you schuss down this blue- square trail on Waterville's aptly named Sunnyside area.

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