Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Haleytown Road and the roads of Brownfield. 9:00 am

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The weather forecast looks good for Thursday!

This is a good ride for a nice day. It covers almost all of the pleasant biking roads in Brownfield, Maine. Starting out of the Maine Visitor's Center, the ride goes south on Haleytown Road, then turns left on Hampshire and goes into the village of Brownfield, bearing left onto Main Street, Route 160. Cross Route 5, staying on Route 160,  and cross the Saco River. Bear left to go up Lord's Hill Road, enjoy some views, enjoy the downhill, then right onto Rocky Knoll where you will do a few short but energetic hills. Return by Route 160 and then Pig Street for some nice flat riding.  Heading back on 160 and then Hampshire, bear left on good pavement to Sam Brown's Hill for more good views. The bridge on the downhill side of Sam Browns Hill may be still under construction, if, so turn back from the summit and return to Haleytown via a nice downhill.

Start at the Maine Visitor's Center on Route 302, just over the border in Fryeburg, Maine.

Ready to ride at 9:00 am

Distance 30 miles. Many shorter options are possible!

Add 8 more miles by riding the bike path from the Visitor's Center out and back.

Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30577803

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Basin. 9:00 am

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The weather forecast looks good. I delayed in posting because I wanted to confirm that the thunderstorms would be arriving late in the afternoon and would not be a bother to us.

Lets do The Basin ride, it should be a good morning ride, not too hot. We can return before the temperature goes up to much.

Let's meet in North Fryeburg at the corner of South Chatham Road and Route 113, alongside the park next to the Saco Valley Fire Station. As you already know, please do not block the fire station parking area. No bathroom facilities here, use the porta-potty at the little white church at the corner of Fish Street.

Start, Ready to Ride, at 9:00 am

We can head to Fish Street first and do MacNeil, then out on Union Hill and Meadow to the Stow Store. Bring a lunch and/or snacks. You can pick up food at the Stow Store. We can picnic and refill water bottles at the Basin Campground. 

Heading back will be a good ride, a few uphills, but mostly downhill, hope for a tailwind.

Total mileage: 28,   This ride allows for many options to shorten or lengthen the ride and choice of route to get from place to place. 



Here is a map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30519118



Monday, July 1, 2019

Bartlett 4th of July Parade: Muster at Attitash, 9:40 am

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

ThursdayBike is on the 4th of July this year. With so much traffic in the valley, there is no Big Ride, just this traditional Small Marching/Coasting in the parade with lots of laughs.

Bring your kids and grandkids! We will have 3 generations of cyclists marching with the bike club this year! Therefore we are entering the judging contest. We will need to be judged before 10:15am.

If you cannot be there that early, just bike over there in time to line up for the parade no later than 10:50. Parade starts at 11:00. The line-up occurs in the baseball field on Route 302, west of the post office, west of the rr tracks.

Information on the BARTLETT 4th of July Parade, marching with the Bicycling Club Banner:  Same routine as in the past:

If you have never been to the Bartlett 4th of July Parade, it is worth a trip. What a hoot!! It drips with small town charm. Lots of fire trucks (bring ear plugs...), old cars and "floats" pulled by lawn mowers. Politicians and Miss Mt. Washington Valleys in tiaras perched in convertibles. It starts at 11:00. This is a big deal --- they actually close Route 302 for this event, causing a huge 4th of July Traffic Jam of confused, surprised and cranky tourists (and locals). But the show must go on! 

Best way to see this spectacle is by bike. Meet at the Attitash parking lot at 9:40 am, ready to ride, at the far west end of the lot, away from the lifts, in the shade. We can ride over to Bartlett Village before Route 302 turns into a linear parking lot of annoyed drivers. After the parade, get a bowl full of strawberry shortcake made by the church ladies and gents, hot dogs prepared by the cub scouts or ice cream from Trail's End. After the festivities, you could do some miles on River Road, if you like.

By then the traffic should clear for returning to our cars at Attitash. 

Meet at 9:40 am, ready to ride at Attitash. I have some red white and blue bling for decoration if you need it.  You cannot dress up silly enough. Try for the red, white and blue for your bike and/or for you. We will need to bike over there to be judged, cut off for the judging is 10:15 am.

Here are a few prime examples for you to attempt to emulate:












Wednesday, June 26, 2019

North Road to Bethel 9:30 am

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Looks like good summer weather for Thursday, maybe some t-storms coming in the afternoon. A 9:30 start should work for this and hopefully avoid any issues. North Road is a gem, and should be beautiful with all the lush greenery and wildflowers n bloom.

Meet at the North Road starting point, in the parking area at the intersection of North Road and Hogan Road, north of the dam. Get there by driving north on Route 16 to Gorham, take a right onto Route 2, go about 3 miles looking for the big beautiful stone house on the left.  After the stone house, take a left onto North Road. Cross the Androscoggin River at the dam and head up a short distance. Where the road bears hard right, you go left into the parking area on the dirt Hogan Road.

Although there are 10 riders doing the Cross NH Adventure Trail this week, we will be finishing on Thursday on North Road, so we will see you out there!


Ready to Ride at 9:30 am.

Bring a lunch or snacks to enjoy at the riverside park in Bethel.

Total distance: About 39 miles

Map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13189960


Hi from the oldest general store in the USA, "the Brick Store" in Bath:




Crossing the suspension bridge over the Ammonoosuc River, in light rain, in Littleton. The rain poured down later for cocktail hour, not a problem!



Monday, June 24, 2019

Lupines are in peak bloom!


If you are in need of a beautiful bike ride, the lupines are in full bloom in the Randolph-Jefferson-Whitefield area!  Valley Road is spectacular! Head up there while they are in peak season!





Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Cancelled

Thursday, June 20, 2019

I am gun-shy on setting up a ride after last week's cold weather and pedaling hard to get back before too wet and hypothermia.

The forecasts indicate some rain early, then clouds, but more rain coming in either at 11:00 or at 2:00.

I give up. I am cancelling the ride this weekend hoping for a change in this weekly conundrum!

BETTER WEATHER STARTS NEXT WEEK!!


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bear Notch Road, out and back form Attitash. 9:00 am

Thursday, June 13, 2019

After looking at all the forecasts on TV and online, tomorrow's weather should be OK for a morning ride. Rain could come in by 1:00, or 2, or 3, plus or minus.

Maybe a close to home ride, get in some exercise and chat. Let's start at Attitash, the far end of the parking lot. We ride to Bartlett Village, then go up Bear Notch Road to the top. Return back down, and do Bartlett Village and Stillings Grant. For a shorter ride, climb up as far as you like, then return earlier and do Stillings Grant.

Meet: Attitash parking lot, far end, 9:00 am.

Mileage? Rather short, but this way we won't get wet. 16 miles or maybe 20, short and sweet!


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wet Side Road Pasaaconaway and Kanc. 11:00 am

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Looks like the weather will probably clear up in the morning. I think by 11:00 the sun might start to show up, if the forecasts are correct.

I am posting the local default ride, because it is hard to be sure of the weather. If it does look nice, then there is a ride to do!

I cannot join in tomorrow, I am in Concord for a meeting.....

Meet at 11:00 am, ready to ride, public parking lot behind the Eastern Slope Inn.

Head out the usual West Side Road to Passaconaway, to the covered bridge or as far up the Kanc as you want to go!


Here we are at DiCocoa's in Bethel last week!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Maybe a ride on Thursday

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The weather forecasts are again a challenge. It might work for a ride on Thursday, but I will need to study the forecasts tomorrow to see if any consensus is reached.

I wanted to do the ride on the Franconia Notch Bike Path, starting at the Loon Mt. Ski Area, but typically I want really good weather for that ride.

Check back on Wednesday evening to see what the weather allows us to do!



Last Thursday at DiCocoa's in Bethel:




On the Bethel Pathway:




Wednesday, May 29, 2019

North Road, Shelburne to Bethel, 10:00 am

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Looks like reasonable weather for Thursday, clouds with chance of sunshine. The temperature will be 60 degrees at the start but will warm to 70 as we ride along. Light breeze from the south, not as issue for the east-west ride. This is a fine day, as compared to some, recently.

Let's check the springtime green and flowering trees and fields on North Road. If you have never done North Road....it is an absolute bikers paradise, a real gem. -- It runs parallel to Route 2 on the north side of the Androscoggin River - the traffic stays on Route 2, good place for it. 

Let's start this time in Shelburne Village instead of the usual Hogan Road parking area. It cuts out some miles, cuts out a few sharp climbs at the very end, and adds a nice ride on a quiet road with nice views. Good for the early season. The Shelburne Town Officials are glad to have us there!! 

Start: Ready to ride at 10:00 am. 

Total Mileage: about 35. 

Park in Shelburne Village: To get to the parking area take Route 16 north to Gorham, take a right on Route 2 heading east, go about 4.5 miles. Take a left into Shelburne Village, (might be signed as Meadow Road) then very shortly afterward take a right into the tiny village. Park in the playing field/ballpark (Chester Hayes Memorial Park) on the left side of the road (via a dirt driveway).

Bring lunch to enjoy at the riverside park in Bethel. There is a convenience store just before the park, if needed.

Carpool?  If you want to carpool, meet in Jackson at the parking lot across the street from the J-Town deli at 9:10 am, otherwise, see you in Shelburne.

Map:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30119451



NEWS FLASH:

EARLY NOTICE: The Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail Ride, End-to End!

June 25-27, Tue-Wed-Thur

Ride on the first and only official border-to-border bike route in the State of New Hampshire. The ride traverses the northern flanks of the White Mountains following the Ammonoosuc River on rail trail, dirt roads and paved backroads from Woodsville to Littleton. Paved roads, a dirt rail trail in the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, the lupine fields and Presidential Range views of Valley Road, and the Presidential Rail trail take us to Gorham. More rail trail and the scenic but interesting Hogan Road brings us to North Road and then onto pavement to Bethel.

Check it out:  www.crossnewhampshire.org

To do this route easily and leisurely (with time to enjoy being a tourist in our own area...likely seeing and enjoying places never noticed before), we will ride 3 days, the first is the shortest mileage (about 22) due to shuttling. Day 2 is 35 miles, Day 3 is 29 miles. First night's lodging is in a motel on the Main Street in Littleton with a movie option at the local theater and dinner out at a brewery, second night will be at Hub North (a lodge totally revolving around cyclists!) in Gorham with an eat-in dinner there.

Dates are going to be Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, June 25, 26, 27. I am choosing these dates so that we can enjoy sunshine and good weather (right??), plus the lupine and the wildflowers should be blooming along the way, hopefully the bugs will be diminishing. 

I am arranging lodgings, shuttles and dining options, and now need to get an approximation of how many are interested. Gear will be shuttled, you don't need to use panniers to transport your wardrobe. 

What bike to ride? The better questions is probably: "What tires to ride on?"  The name of the route contains the word "Adventure" because this route is a combination of paved backroads, dirt roads, rail trails, rec paths. Some of this is smooth as silk, some dirt roads are smoother and nicer riding than pavement, some sections of rail trail are smooth and fast, some not.  Tires matter here. Skinny road bike  tires will be tedious on the soft and crunchy stuff and unstable in some places, rugged mountain bike knobbies will be tedious and draggy on the paved roads. A hybrid or gravel bike with wider tires would be good. If you are concerned about not having the right bike for this adventure, contact me. There are good, light, fast, wide, slick tires (made by Compass:https://www.renehersecycles.com/compass-tires/) that can be put on your mountain bike for happiness on ALL surfaces. There are also few bikes in the stable that are available to borrow. Contact Tom and me for the way to shoe your steed for this event.

Please let me know if you are interested or considering joining in. There are 3 confirmed riders already!
Stay tuned for more info!


Enticements: 

Ride ANY PART of the xNHAT and get a sticker: (you will get one for this Thursday's North Road ride!!)




For you special BORDER TO BORDER riders... you get the special prize...the Embroidered Patch:






Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fryeburg Farmlands Tour... from the Maine Visitors Center: 10:00 am

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Mostly Sunny, mid to high 60's, 6 mph breeze. OK!!  Looks GOOD! Let's go!!

Let's enjoy the brilliant spring green in all of the farms and fields of Fryeburg. I have not seen the new foals at the draft horse farm yet, so let's include Cornshop Road to see them. We can bike all the way to the Stow Store for an early season ice cream.

Start at the Maine Visitor's Center and ride part of the bike path then up Rt 113 to Cornshop, Fish, Union Hill (beware of dog, we will proceed here as a wary growling group) and over to the Stow Store, returning by 113 or Green Hill Road, choose either one. This lollipop-shaped loop can give us 31 miles of rather flat riding, relatively. It can be less if you like, you could meet the group at the Weston's Beach and have a 27 miler.

Meet: Fryeburg, Maine Visitor's Center on the border between NH and ME, on Route 302.

Time: Ready to Ride at 10:00 am

Time: for Weston's Beach starters: 10:15 am

Map:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13070790


Hey...That's the Tuesday Dirt and Pavement Ride Group from yesterday. We are at Rollo Falls just off of the Presidential Rail Trail near the Bowman parking lot (Castle Trail parking). We fought the headwinds and the schizophrenic weather day (Sprinkles - Sunshine, repeat all day) to be be rewarded with downhill and a tailwind all the way home. We look overdressed for late May biking.






Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Haleytown Road and Brownfield Loop 10:00 am

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Looks like a good day to ride, the forecast seems to be cooperative!  

How about the Brownfield Loop -- it has options for long or short versions that you can choose from, no big climbs, just relatively short hills for good health. Pleasant roads to ride. 

Meet: Maine Visitor's Center, Fryeburg. It is on the right, just over the NH-ME border on Route 302.

Time: Ready to ride at 10:00 am

Haleytown Road to Hampshire Road to Pig Street and back by Sam Brown Hill. Great view from the top!

The loop is 22 miles, cut it a few miles shorter if you like, bypassing Sam Brown Hill. Do a lap on the bike path when you return and add 8 miles to the day.
I look forward to riding this route as springtime slowly appears in the forests and farms!

Here is a map:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29994655






Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Fields of North Fryeburg: 10:00 am

Thursday, May 9, 2019

It should be a good day, cloudy but mild, for a scenic, easy ride in the North Fryeburg-Chatham-Stow area. 

Start 10:00 am, ready to ride, next to the North Fryeburg Fire Station at the corner of Route 113 and South Chatham Road.  The ride will check out the status of the corn, potato, soybean and turf fields. Is there a new family of foals at the draft horse farm?

The route starts south on Route 113 to Cornshop, then Route 5, Fish, McNeil, Harbor, Union Hill, Meadow, the Stow Store and, if you like some extra miles, the Chatham Loop. 

Basic ride to Stow Store: 21 miles. Add the Chatham Loop: 28 miles total.

If you want to carpool to North Fryeburg, meet at Grant's parking lot at 9:15. Otherwise, see you in North Fryeburg!  Rob will be your gracious host!

Note that Hurricane Mountain Road is still closed. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

RIde Cancelled due to cold and damp weather

Thursday May 2, 2019

I watched many different forecasts and checked out more online. They tend to agree, rain in the early morning, clearing by about 8 or 9:00. The clouds linger and the temperature stays in the low to mid forties.

I don't think too many ThursdayBikers will complain too much as I cancel the ride. Let's hope for springtime next week!!

For those of you interested in the Tuesday Dirt and Pavement Ride... First one of 2019 will be next Tuesday, weather permitting! The Presidential Rail Trail was fun to ride on Monday, so that will likely be the choice, Gorham to the Castle Trailhead via the rail trail and Durand Road. Check the blog on Sunday night for the details. You can access it via the club calendar, where there is a link. You can also go directly to the blog: www.tuesdaydirtnpavement.blogspot.com.

Last Thursday's ride was to Rocky Gorge and then further up the Kanc. There is an interesting log jam in the gorge:








Tuesday, April 23, 2019

First Official ThrusdayBike of the Season: The Kanc, 10:30 am

Thursday, April 25, 2019

For the first official ride of the season, let's do a ride up the Kanc to Rocky Gorge. The river should be spectacular after all this rain. It is not a hard ride, just a gradual grade alongside the river. The road is smooth and clean, there is hardly any traffic at this time of the year.

There are a variety of distances that can be done. For those wanting more distance, ride up to Bear Notch Road or beyond. We will spread out along the way, traveling at different paces, but we typically all meet for snacks at Rocky Gorge. The day looks good for weather!!

Let's meet at 10:30 am, ready to ride, at the Saco Ranger Station at the start of the Kanc. There is not a lot of parking available here, so carpool over there. Perhaps start in Conway Village and bike over? One place to start is at 10:10 am at the south end of the big parking area at the shopping plaza that contains the Conway State Liquor and Wine store on Route 16 in Conway, where the old IGA was located. It is next to Rockingham Electric Supply and across the street from Super Shoes. I will park there and bike over the covered bridge and through Conway Village to the Kanc. Another place to park could be at the Ham Arena.

From the Ranger Station to Rocky Gorge and back is about 18 miles. Go to Bear Notch Road and get 24 miles. Starting at the IGA parking lot adds 3 miles round trip.

Bring snacks or lunch. See you there!

Bear Notch Road, below the gate, on Tuesday. Not ready to ride, yet....

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Cancel for Thursday, BUT bike today? Kanc, Saco Ranger Station at 1:55 pm

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The weather forecast is for clouds and low 40's. Showers coming in in the afternoon. Ugh, not very enticing. What to do?

I looked at some trailheads yesterday and saw crusty conditions and lots of debris. I am sure there is likely better quality snow somewhere, but the low 40's makes me think it could be crusty and not a day for basking in the spring sunshine on soft corn snow.

As for biking... low 40's and clouds once again just does excite me... after we have seen really nice days on skis and on bikes it is hard to get excited about heading out for a ski or bike.

I think I will just say no to this Thursday.

Anyone want to bike TODAY, Wednesday, in the afternoon? In the warm spring sunshine? Meet at the Saco Ranger Station on the Kanc ready to ride at about 1:55-2:00 pm. We will be riding by at that time and will make a swing thru the parking lot to look for bikers to join us.  Join in!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Bear Notch Road and Experimental Forest Roads 10:00 am

Thursday April 11, 2019

Looks like it is not a difficult choice between skiing or biking.... It is snowing as I write this.

Let's do Bear Notch Road and the Experimental Forest Roads. Thursday looks like a good day, with sunshine and temperatures headed up into the high 40's.

Meet at the parking lot just below the gate on Bear Notch Road at 10:00 am. We will climb up on the road and turn onto the Experimental Forest Roads, following them to the summit. The snow should slowly soften as the morning progresses, giving us a good trip downhill on Bear Notch Road.

Bring lunch and beverage, also, sunscreen!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Prospect Farm 10:00 am, meet at JacksonXC to carpool

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The temperature will drop tonight and will only climb to about 38 degrees in the afternoon. The sun and the temperature will soften the snow just enough for good skiing tomorrow. Prospect Farm was groomed today (Wednesday), so that will make a nice surface. It was excellent on Monday, even though it was quite windy, most of the trail was protected from that chilly wind.

Meet at JacksonXC, in the parking lot next to the lodge. It is likely that the lot at Madeline's will be a swamp so avoid parking there. Carpool up to Prospect... it has been good skiing so it is a popular place to be! I will not be able to join in... I am off to CT and I am going to leave early in the day to be able to  do a bike ride on the snow-free bike paths down there.

Susie, Jackie and I skied Bear Notch Road on Tuesday. It was good; crispy until the sun warmed up the snow, then just enough softening for the trip down.  A loop up there using the road and the Experimental Forest Roads just might be next week's plan. I think it might be a bit too crispy tomorrow with the colder temperatures.


Jackie took these photos of Susie and me on Bear Notch Road...it will be awhile before we can bike it:




The big rocks that mark the edge of the parking areas at the scenic pull-outs are not at all visible, not even as lumps in the snow. There must be at least 3 feet of snow packed down hard on the road:




Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Bretton Woods, 9:30 am Bring you JacksonXC pass for half price

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Let's do the last grooming day at Bretton Woods. I have been there many days over the past week after they received 18" of powder from last weekend's storm. It has been excellent! It is crisp fresh groomed in the morning then softens a bit, today started the slightly slower skiing (but not at all mush) at about 1:30, tomorrow it will likely soften earlier, due to warmer temperatures.

Plan A is to ski up Ammonoosuc Spring Trail to Mountain Road, head up to the T-bar. If in operation, ride the T-bar up to the cabin for lunch at the picnic table. Bring lunch and beverage. If not in operation, ski up the T-bar route.

Although the desk staff said it was not groomed today, I ventured over to the trail system to check it out because it looked freshly groomed to me as I drove past. Yes, the Ammonoosuc Spring Trail was groomed nicely. The Water Bucket Trail had not been groomed but was nice skiing because it had softened. I did not go up too far due to time constraints.

I think it should be good for Plan A. You can determine this as you climb up. Plan B is to ski the other trails, which have been excellent, with excellent views and warm sunshine... no hat no gloves no jacket...and no klister needed (hard wax for grip at least up until now). Those with waxes, be sure you have treated your skis with F4 and carry some along, just in case.

Meet at Bretton Woods Nordic, in the lodge at 9:30 am.  Bring your JacksonXC pass for half price.

Carpool out of the Attitash parking lot, far end away from the lifts at 8:50 am.

I cannot join you (argh!, so disappointed) but you will be in the good care of Rob, he knows the routes.

Enjoy, and send me a report!!


Bretton Woods yesterday:




Bretton Woods today, lunch break with a view:






Tuesday, March 19, 2019

JacksonXC at 9:30 am

Thursday March 21, 2019

Ah Ha!!! The weather WILL be fine tomorrow for ThursdaySki. Maybe not the perfect sunshine as we have had over the past few days, but not the previously forecasted rain. The Bombogenesis is scheduled for Friday - Saturday...More snow!!!

Let's stay relatively close, just in case. How about meeting at JacksonXC at 9:30 am?

My hope would be to do the North Hall, Maple Mountain, Kenney, Ellis one way from the Rocky Branch. It should warm up enough to have this route be soft and fun.

See you in the lodge at 9:30, we will review the grooming, the temperature and the conditions and then shuttle up to Rocky Branch.


Fotographer Frank's Foto of us last week in the mild springtime weather!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

JacksonXC, 10:00 am

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Looks like warm temperatures so it should be good skiing!!  Let's meet at JacksonXC and choose the best trails of the day. Maybe a long trip on the North Hall, Maple and Keeney? Lunch in the sun on the Maple Mountain Loop? Maybe East Pasture??

We will decide based on the grooming report. Meet in the JacksonXC center, ready to ski at 10:00 am. Bring lunch and/or snacks plus a beverage.

I am now returning from Washington DC by train. I was attending the National Bike Summit, as one of 4 participants representing New Hampshire. One of the best parts was using the DC bike share system, "Capitol Bikeshare" for an on-bike seminar observing bike infrastructure in Arlington and also as a means to commute to Capitol Hill. We lobbied (first time I have ever done this...) for attention to Alternative Transportation in the current transportation legislation and, of course, to introduce the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail. We met with the aides of NH Senators Shaheen and Hassan and Representatives Pappas and Kuster.

One of the surprisingly popular modes of alternative transportation in the DC area is the electric scooter, another share system like the bike share. They are everywhere.

Great to be on a bike again!! Awakening the 'Saddle".










Saturday, March 2, 2019

Bear Notch Ski Touring

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Let's do the Bear Notch "Tour de Bartlett". It will be cold, with a west wind, so we will travel with the wind behind us from the ski touring center to Attitash on the groomed trails.

The Tour de Bartlett starts at the Bear Notch Ski Touring Center and goes up into the Experimental Forest, crosses Bear Notch Road, travels down an excellent trail to the railroad tracks.We then will ski east on the tracks and cross Route 302 to Thorne Pond and then on the trails through the woods to Attitash.

To do this one way tour, meet in the Attitash parking lot, near Matty B's. We cannot park right behind Matty B's, but we can park as close as we can in the ski area lot. Meet there at 10:00 am. We will leave a few cars there then carpool over to the ski touring center.

If you live near Bear Notch, just meet us there at 10:15 am and you will get a ride back to your car at the end of the skiing with the rest of the drivers.

Dress warmly and bring food and a thermos of a hot beverage. We can enjoy bread and soup a the touring center on our return.

Trail Passes:
For over 65:  $15
Adults: $20





Wednesday, February 27, 2019

JacksonXC at 10:00 am

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Once again I will not be able to join in on ThursdaySki. Always disappointing for me when I cannot ski on Thursday. I will be returning from CT on Thursday, arriving too late to enjoy the snow and camaraderie. I look forward to next week!!

So again, meet at JacksonXC in the lodge, ready to ski at 10:00 am. If I was there I would be suggesting a one way from the Rocky Branch parking lot via the North Hall to the Keeney to Ellis and back to the Center. Epic! This was all groomed today (Wednesday), and with some fresh light snow on top, Thursday could be excellent. Perhaps Maple Mountain Loop will be groomed on Thursday, so add that to the plan.

I wish I could join in!

By the way,

Did you see that JacksonXC season pass holders-ThursdaySkiers photo bombed the Bretton Woods ski report for a few days after our epic adventure on the slopes, T-bar and Mountain Road??
Below is a screen shot of their ski conditions report page. We were displayed during the start of vacation week:


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

JacksonXC at 12:00 noon

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Thursday will get more snow to add to the winter wonderland that we are enjoying! We will be skiing in t-shirts throughout April on this deep base. Looks like over 4 feet of snow compacted by the Piston Bully on the trail bridges on the North Hall. Most I have ever seen. Wow!

I cannot attend this week, I have a bike meeting (North Country Bike Plan invited the Cross NH Adventure Trail!) over in Lincoln at 3:00. I was trying to figure out a way to do both skiing and meeting, but with the storm coming in it is not likely good driving to get in an early morning ski.

I am going to set up a default ski for those of you who would like to get out into the fresh snow. To avoid all of the winter weather advisories, how about meeting at JacksonXC at 12:00 noon. East Pasture could be amazing in the fresh, ungroomed snow on the previously groomed platform (it was heavenly yesterday!). Actually, any trail would be good!!

If you plan to ski but want to know if anyone else is attending, email me and I will connect you.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bretton Woods, 10:00 am BRING JACKSON SEASON PASS

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you ThursdaySkiers!

For a Lovely ski for the day, lets head up to Bretton Woods.

Meet at the Bretton Woods XC Ski Lodge at 10:00 am, ready to ski by 10:15. Tickets are half-price if you show them your 2019 season's pass from JacksonXC or Great Glen. For adults and seniors, the price with the season's pass is $10.50.  A Honey of a deal!

I know we all would Love to do Mountain Road. I called the XC Center today and they told me that it might be groomed for us, might be groomed on Friday, not sure. The alpine ski area does the grooming so they told me to call the alpine area in the morning to see if it was groomed. Depending on the snow, we might enjoy it even if not groomed.  Even if we cannot do it, we can certainly have plenty of Sweet skiing to do! I will update this blog in the morning if I find out any info on Mountain Road.

Bring beverage, lunch and/or snacks (chocolate hearts?)

Perhaps wear red for Valentine's Day??

For carpooling: meet at the far west end of the Attitash Parking lot at 9:20 am.

XOXOXOXOXO

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

JacksonXC at 10:00 am

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Since I am away this Thursday, I am just posting a ski at Jackson at 10:00 am. You can meet there and choose the best route of the day. If you can do East Pasture, or the Kenney-Hall-Ellis Loop, go for it!!!

See you all next week!


XC skiing in Vermont, nice views!!








Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Cancelled, again.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Last week I cancelled the ThursdaySki due to warm temperatures and rain. This week I cancel due to  single digit temperatures and wind.

I didn't want to do this again, but I think the prudent thing for me to do is to cancel the ski for this week due to the serious windchill.

I wanted to head up to Bretton Woods to do the Mountain Road adventure, but we will have to delay this until we have more pleasant weather.




Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rain? 45 degrees?? Cancelled.

Thursday, January 23, 2019

The skiing has been so great over the past weeks, actually, over the past 2 months!

It is just not fair to get rain on top of all this beautiful snow. Oh well, a day off to do the chores that have been accumulating due to superb skiing. Good news is that since there is so much snow, the rain will just soak in and be just fine for more skiing by Friday.

So I will cancel for this week, and hope for a better forecast for next Thursday!  If all goes well it could be a Bretton Woods, Mountain Road adventure.

If we can't ski this Thursday, at least we can look at a few photos:


On the Eagle:







Views from inside the Dollof Farm Cellar Hole:






Wednesday, January 16, 2019

JacksonXC at 10:00 am One way down the Ellis

Thursday, January 17, 2019

It’s groomed, it has been superb, excellent, awesome, epic. Let’s do the One Way Down the Ellis from Rocky Branch.

This is a good trip on a cold day. We will carpool up to the Rocky Branch and ski down from there. A slight up on the Hall brings us to the Kellogg which is an excellent downhill on excellent snow.
The snow has excellent glide and we will need a few double poles and will have an excellent cruise down the tracks.

Did I say excellent enough???

Lets meet at 10:00 at the lodge.
Dress warmly, a balaclava or face coverage by a scarf or neck-up is a good idea!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

JacksomXC 10:00 am

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A report from some intrepid BC skiers (Barb and Bill) after their expedition today indicated to me that we are much better off staying on the groomed surfaces for tomorrow's ski. The snow was heavy and slick, hard to control on any downslope. The day looks cloudy with snow flurries, so we will be much better off enjoying the freshly groomed trails. Let's ski at Jackson.

Meet in the Lodge, ready to ski at 10:00 am. If the Keeney Loop is ready for us, that will be the first choice!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

JacksonXC 10:00 am

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope you all have another year of fun adventures wherever you may roam!

We don't need to roam too far this week, let's head over to JacksonXC. the crowds are gone and the Ellis River Trail just recently opened up all the way out. Lets head out there and do the whole thing.

Meet in the JacksonXC Lodge, ready to ski at 10:00 am. Bring snacks or lunch. We might have some fresh snow coming down while we ski in a winter wonderland!

See you there!