Skiing/Downhill and Snowboarding
There are two great downhill skiing options within a short ride from Antrim and Bennington.
Crotched Mountain Ski Area in Bennington has 100% snowmaking, 1000’ vertical, 100+ acres of skiable terrain, 25 total trails & glade areas, five chair lifts, (including one high speed) and 100% terrain night lighting.
Tel: 603.588.3668 Web Link: www.crotchedmountain.com
Pats Peak Ski Area is in Henniker and has 10 lifts, 23 trails and slopes, 6 gladed areas, 100% snowmaking, night skiing with a vertical drop of 710‘.
Tel: 603.428.3245 or 1-888.PATS.PEAK
Web Link: www.patspeak.com
The Antrim Recreation Department sponsors a Ski and Ride Club for Crotched Mountain Ski Area offering discount passes and Wednesday ski lessons after school. If there is demand Antrim Recreation will also arrange senior ski days at Crotched Mountain. Call 588-3121 for more information.
There is cross country skiing available at two of the local golf courses (Crotched Mountain Resort and Monadnock Country Club) and trails that have been used by snowmobiles e.g. the Rail Trail in Bennington.
You might take advantage of many of the trails in our Special Places and with luck you will find tracks made by other cross country skiers. You also might try Franklin Pierce Lake or Gregg Lake. Otherwise you are on your own.
New Hampshire offers some of the best snowmobiling in the United States with 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails many of which are made possible through partnerships with private landowners. Local snowmobile club volunteers work tirelessly to construct, maintain and groom this vast trail system.
Visit the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association website, www.nhsa.com, for registration information, trail maps and conditions, local snowmobile clubs and events.
Join a snowmobile club and receive discounted Registration Fees. Night Riders Inc. in neighboring Hillsboro is the closest club. For more information go to, www.nightridersnowmobileclub.com or find them on Facebook (Hillsboro NightRiders) for club information, trail conditions and volunteer opportunities.
Stop in at Livingston’s Arctic Cat on 123 Henniker St. Hillsboro, www.livingstonsarcticcat.com to register your sled and purchase parts and accessories. The club meets the 3rd Friday of each month from September through April at Oxbow Campground in Deering, NH. Club volunteers groom the well-marked trails in Antrim, Deering, Hillsboro and Windsor.
Trailhead parking is located in Hillsborough on Rt. 9, mile marker 40.8, at the former Diamond Acres and at High Tide Restaurant 239 Henniker Street in Hillsborough.
Several local restaurants are located on the trails including Alberto’s in Bennington, Subway in Hillsborough and Intervale Farm Pancake House in Henniker.
As always, ride safely and have fun!