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Old 03-02-2019, 11:49 AM   #1
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I'm getting interested in Alpine Touring Skiing (skiing/hiking up hill and then skiing down with locked bindings) and am researching starter equipment. Was wondering what suggestions people have with regards to where to do this. Many ski areas allow this "uphill skiing" but am more interested in the smaller hills in the Lakes Region, maybe something you hike 30-60 minutes, ski down, and repeat a couple of times. Some of the trail sections on the back of Mt Major may be good candidates.

Anybody doing this in the Lakes Region area .vs. heading to the Whites? Any spots you are willing to share?
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:00 PM   #2
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I believe the rock pile has a ski touring event. Let's you try out skiing on either telemark or alpine skis with 'skins'.

I was looking at the 'skins' at the Glen XC shop a couple of weeks ago. I kind of like the idea but only on telemark skis rather than alpine. I occasionally XC as well as alpine.
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I've seen quite a few people doing this on the Belknap and White Mountain trails. In fact, someone posted a video of the Tripyramids a few weeks ago. I'll see if I can find it.

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Here you go! https://m.facebook.com/groups/163169...56932539728493

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OK, admittedly it is a bit of a drive but the view alone would make it worth it.
I ski there regularly and there is never a day goes by when I don't see folks skiing up the Ravine and Vistaway trails. Ravine is a steady moderate climb on a constantly groomed trail with snowmaking and hiking up for 60 minutes should get you at least halfway up. Vistaway is a trail at the top that puts you into what seems like an arms reach to Lafayette. Not sure about the cost for a touring pass, but if you are 65 and a NH resident the downhill pass is free The Cannon ski patrol is not only extremely proficient they are also extremely hands off during the week and unless you are being a total jerk nobody will bother you. Be aware though that during the weekdays the Cannon regulars tend to cruise fast and straight down the fall line but are usually in total control ...well almost always, sometimes the need for speed overcomes good sense YEEEHA!
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Do it right and you’ll never have an issue. Info below

https://www.cannonmt.com/mountain/uphill-policy

https://www.gunstock.com/about/policies/

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Be aware though that during the weekdays the Cannon regulars tend to cruise fast and straight down the fall line but are usually in total control ...YEEEHA!
Sounds like your talking about me.haha. We love to crank high speed turns. The uphill pass is $15 and there is a designated route. Please stay on it and single file only.
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I'm getting interested in Alpine Touring Skiing (skiing/hiking up hill and then skiing down with locked bindings) and am researching starter equipment. Was wondering what suggestions people have with regards to where to do this. Many ski areas allow this "uphill skiing" but am more interested in the smaller hills in the Lakes Region, maybe something you hike 30-60 minutes, ski down, and repeat a couple of times. Some of the trail sections on the back of Mt Major may be good candidates.

Anybody doing this in the Lakes Region area .vs. heading to the Whites? Any spots you are willing to share?
I did some light touring at Gunstock. Hike up Try Me (see map below) towards the cell tower. You can then traverse across the ridge up to the summit, and then ski down. Not the Whites by any measure but a fun little tour, especially for beginners.
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