Cold Temps Good News For Nordic Skiers

Dec 29, 2014

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  Thanks to snow blowing, most lifts and at least half the trails are open at New Hampshire's major downhill ski resorts. Now, upcoming cold temperatures will mean more cross country trails can open up, too.

Gunstock will begin blowing snow onto its cross country trails on Monday night.  Marketing Director Bill Quigley says getting snow onto these narrow, tree-lined trails requires the assistance of a local farmer. "They actually load the snow into a manure spreader," he says, "and then we drag it around with a snowcat and a tractor to spread it on the trails."

Quigley says kids on the local Nordic race team, which had been training at the base of Gunstock’s downhill slopes, are looking forward to shredding their own trails.  

At the Bretton Woods ski resort, Craig Clemer says business picked right back up after last Friday's rain. He says the cold front will mean better conditions for downhill skiers, as well.