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    Seeking Suggestions for an afternoon on skis or snowshoes near Conway

    I'm coming up to do Mt. Doublehead cabin for the night on Feb. 27 and will arrive the day before, for a night at the White Mt. Hostel in Conway. I've got two friends who will join me. One is a backcountry skier, like me, the other is more comfortable on less steep terrain. Since we'll be skiing the Doublehead trail the following day I think the bc skiers will have at least one thing that is more suited to them. I'd like to find a place where we could go during the afternoon of the 26th that might suit us all. Ideas that I am considering are a Greeley Ponds (or similar) ski tour or a hike to some worthy destination.

    The less skiing inclined member of the group and I have combined our interests on occasion. Last winter, after a Baldpate slog, we went lift-served skiing the next day and then, after a night at the hostel, on the way home stopped in Warren to go find Waternomee Falls. The W.F. trail was skiable for me and snowshoeable for my friend. Going up we were well matched in our pace and going down, since it took me a little while to get things buckled down, etc. we weren't too far apart in getting back to the truck. Something like that can work too.

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    Since you'll be in the Jackson area (eventually), why not try one of the skiing/snowshowing trails in nearby Carter Notch?

    The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation's web site has plenty of information about all sorts of options. You could try the Bog Brook Trail, Wild River Trail, and Rainbow Trail to head up the back of Carter Dome. Even if you don't summit the actual peak, the southern summit area (about 0.7 miles from the actual summit) has a nice, open, flat area with great views of the southern Presidentials and Mount Washington -- particularly nice in the winter.

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    If you're looking for something akin to Waternomee Falls, if the Ellis River is frozen enough to cross, then Winniweta Falls is could be a nice trip along some old logging roads. If you head up to Pinkham Notch, taking Old Jackson Road out to Lowe's Bald Spot would be a longer, but very pleasant trip, with some options to explore Lila's Ledge too.
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    And don't forget that for the bc folks there are various new glade areas open. One is on Baldface in Maine up 113 and the other is right in lower Bartlett off East Branch Road. I think there's another in Randolph probably (Peakbager will know). For casual trails there is also Shell Pond off 113.

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    I am not a BC skier but yes there is ski glade in Randolph. When I hiked by it a few weeks ago it was pretty bony. Not much base left after the warm spell but today's and Sundays snow may help. Randolph plows the parking lot all winter.

    Here is link to the Granite Backcountry Alliance. https://granitebackcountryalliance.org/

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    Here's to those who plan their treks around the interests and skills of their friends.

    Faced with a similar challenge some years ago, on an unsettled winter day with a mix of whiteout snow squalls and breaking sun, we had a gratifying hike to Iron Mountain. We could not drive the road all the way to the trailhead so that stretch was a combination of road walk and xc skis and eventually snowshoes as the trail got steeper. Through some fortuitous breaks in the clouds we were able to see the stark gray face of the SE Presidentials; it was chilling just to look at. Beyond the summit there are some cliffs and again a break in the weather gave glimpses of a beautiful valley down below ... I know not what but it was quite an inviting contrast to the earlier scenery to the north. Another squall hit us on our return, a figurative kick in the butt to get back to the car and the tailgate and hearty dinner waiting with a sense, right or wrong, that we'd earned it.

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