What we're about

We are a group of diverse skiers and riders active in cross country, telemark, alpine, and/or snowboarding based out of Boston area. Our leaders run both backcountry and resort trips in White and Green mountains. We are organized under the Appalachia Mountain Club (AMC), which is a large collection of small groups like ours. AMC offers a structure for leadership training, peer-approved leaders, and workshops taught by volunteer instructors to help others improve their skills and participate at a higher level. Our trips are open to everyone based on ability, although participants in backcountry trips are usually screened to insure they don’t end up somewhere they don’t belong. (New England backcountry can be variable). We are NOT a young singles group, retirees on skis, or Men on a Mission. We are diverse in the style and ability of our trips and the ethnicity and age of our members. We are serious about skiing with competent leadership, but loose enough to have fun on the way. So be adventurous! Check us out and be part of our fun.

It is very important to read the full trip descriptions first, not just the trip titles, before RSVPing. Thank you.

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WAIT-LISTED XC Ski: Waterville Valley!

Waterville Valley

$24.00

This trip is presently wait listed, we are trying to line up more leaders to increase the number of skiers we can take.

All abilities and beginners welcome! This trip is run by the AMC Boston Chapter Ski Committee. Register for the trip on by clicking on the "Register Now" button on the AMC Club System. This will gather your info and an emergency contact and will click you through an electronic waiver. If you haven't yet created an AMC log-in it will walk you through creating one (however, you don't need to be an AMC member to attend). https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/135639

Join us for a day of machine cut track kick and glide skiing on Waterville Valley's 70+ km trail network. We will likely split into two groups; one moderate to vigorous-paced group may stay out on the trails all day and the other relaxed to easy-paced group may ski a few hours, return to the lodge for lunch, then ski a few hours in the afternoon. In both cases, you can either bring your own lunch or buy one from a cafe in Waterville Valley. If you are on the trails all day, be prepared to carry your lunch! There isn't a remote Yurt or warming hut, so the weather may influence if people want to stay outside all day or not.

Ability Level & Pace: Beginner to advanced skiers welcome on our tour. We recommend beginners take a group lesson before attending this trip, or take a lesson in the morning and ski with the group in the afternoon. The group will likely break into a relaxed/easy paced group and a moderate/vigorous group. Extremely fast (and skaters) or slower skiers are welcome to self-guide.

Trail Passes: Participants should self-pay the $24 center trail fee. Please see the Waterville Valley Nordic trail pass website for details about costs http://www.waterville.com/nordic-passes/. Conditions: These trails are machine groomed for both skate and classic skiing, and trails are patrolled. Trip may run in marginal conditions, but lack of snow and/or rain will likely cancel the trip. Consult the co-leader with questions. Ski conditions, trail map and driving directions are available at the Waterville Valley Adventure Center website below.

Gear List: Rent Nordic XC skis/boots/poles onsite or bring narrow XC skis/boots/poles for machine cut tracks. Very small daypack or fanny pack with 1l water, snacks, spare jacket, lip balm/chapstick, sunglasses, spare gloves, and balaclava or hat. Wear clothing, gloves, hat, balaclava, glasses/goggles per expected weather. Use map from adventure center and/or GPS app on smartphone for navigation.

Detailed directions and start time will be provided by the leaders after registration.

Ski to the B-52 Crash Site from AMC's Lyford Lodge in Maine

LITTLE LYFORD LODGE & CABINS

$505.00

This is an AMC sponsored backcountry ski trip with significant costs for lodging. Please register via the "Register Now" button on the AMC Listing here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/134975

Come ski with us on a unique advanced BC tour from AMC's Lyford Pond Camps (LPC) to the B-52 crash site on the northwest shoulder of Elephant Mountain near Greenville, Maine. As a bonus, we will also seek out the tail section, which is on AMC's property on the southwest shoulder of Elephant Mountain.

Trails and snow conditions will vary greatly; the surfaces are a combination of dirt roads, trails and some bushwacking. Snow conditions will vary from some of AMC's groomed trails to snowmobile trails to totally untracked snow. We will strive to make the grades moderate, but there may be some shorter steeper sections. Thus, full skins and metal edged BC skis with at least about a 70/55/65mm profile are required. High topped leather or possibly lighter plastic boots are recommended, depending on your ski ability in BC conditions.

We will meet in Greenville at Northwoods Outfitters on Sunday, then drive and ski as a group from the winter parking lot to Lyford Pond Camps, approximately 7 miles; on Thursday we will reverse this. You can have one duffel bag brought in by snowmobile at an additional $25 per bag per trip (book on your own) or carry all your own gear for free. We will have three full days Monday to Wednesday for attempts to get to the B-52; these are long days at about 15 miles. If we reach our objective early in the trip there is lots of terrain to explore. Detailed itinerary and maps/gps files will be shared with participants.

We will be staying in a rustic but cozy and comfy cabin at Lyford Pond Camp that will have a mix of bunks/beds. Heating is by wood stoves. Our cabin may not have electric power, but overnight charging can be had in the main lodge and cabins are lit by propane lamps. Dining will be hearty and healthy and served family style in the main lodge dining room. Wine/beer are available for purchase/consumption in the main lodge. Participants are welcome to BYOB for consumption in the cabins.

Per AMC policy, cancellations > 14 days prior receive a full refund minus a $25 fee and < 14 days prior will forfeit the full amount. Please see the trip brochure on the web links for more detailed info. Please register via the AMC Activities database and the leaders will follow up with you.

Also please feel free to contact Mike Barry at [masked] or[masked] or Peter Logan at [masked] or[masked] to sign up and for questions.

Related Link(s):
Trip Brochure: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VYiVYj5HKfQScO9CYmNo9L3ZyMyEft4W/view?usp=sharing

Lyford Lodge Website: https://www.outdoors.org/destinations/maine/little-lyford/

B52 Crash Info1: https://www.northernoutdoors.com/b52-crash-site-maine-snowmobiling/

B52 Crash Info2-Wikopedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1963_Elephant_Mountain_B-52_crash

Maine Woods Ski Touring Trip @ West Branch Pond Camps

West Branch Pond Camps

$600.00

REGRETS as of 11/19/2021 this trip is WAIT-LISTED

This is an AMC sponsored backcountry ski trip with significant costs for lodging. Please register via the "Register Now" button on the AMC Listing here:

http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/135118

Come join Mike and Jim for four days and three nights of front and back country ski touring in the Maine Woods! Home base will be rustic cabins at the West Branch Ponds Camps. Each day we’ll head out in two groups: a “front country” group led by Mike that will glide along low and medium pitched trails that have been expertly groomed by our host Eric and his friendly team, and a “back country” group led by Jim seeking out some steeper terrain, trail blazing and bushwhacking as we explore the nearby bowls and peaks. If you have the appropriate equipment and skills, you are welcome to join whichever group suits your fancy that day! Each night we’ll reconvene at WBPC and enjoy a hearty dinner and breakfast the next morning in the communal dining room as we swap stories about the day’s adventures.

If tracked skiing is your thing, bring your light classic touring XC skis and boots (such as Fischer Superlight with[masked] profile) and be ready to ski 10-15 miles and up to 1,000’ of vertical each day. If you want to hang with the back country crowd, bring your wider 55-70mm metal edged skis, gaiters, and climbing skins (or at least kicker skins) for the uphill sections, and expect 6-10 miles and up to 1,500’ of vertical each day. See link below for a suggested packing list. Of course, due to variable weather and snow conditions, the leaders will adjust the itinerary as needed each day for the safety and enjoyment of the group.

We’ll meet in Greenville, ME at noon on Thursday, Feb 3 and leave Greenville by noon on Sunday, Feb 6, so that you’ll be able to make the 4.5hour drive from Boston leaving early Thursday morning early and getting back to Boston by Sunday night. Carpools will be facilitated.

Regarding COVID, participants do need to be comfortable with sharing a cabin with 3-4 others and eating in a communal dining room. We will encourage folks to spread out to the extent possible, but we cannot guarantee 6’ spacing at all times. We welcome the use of masks, but note they are not required. As of now, AMC doesn’t require or ask vaccination status, but that may change by the time of the trip.

Feel free to contact Jim Hutchinson at [masked] or[masked] or Mike Barry at [masked] or[masked] if you have any questions.

Related links:
West Branch Pond Camps
https://westbranchpondcamps.com/
Sample Back Country Route - Pinnacle/West Peak Traverse
https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=13.4/-69.2942/45.5674&pubLink=WzqKAFzdZCUFFp9XxYnN5YlH&trackId=1a2c4bfa268738c7d64c01e5cdcc2f7d
Suggested Packing List
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zznzvkuqrl4muhg/WBPC_Suggested_Packing_List_2022.xlsx?dl=0

Waterville Vally XC

Waterville Valley Resort

Join us for a day of skiing on Waterville Valley's 70+ km network of groomed trails. We will explore the intermediate trails at a moderate pace. Bring your lunch or buy one from the cafe. Due to COVID, we may be eating outdoors or in our cars.

Register at https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/137275

Ability Level: Skiers with some experience on intermediate blue trails will enjoy this trip.

Gear List: Nordic XC skis/boots/poles for machine cut tracks, bring your own or rent from the nordic center. Small daypack or fanny pack with 1l water, snacks, spare jacket, lip balm/chapstick, sunglasses, spare gloves, and balaclava or hat. Wear clothing, gloves, hat, glasses/goggles per expected weather.

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Beginner Nordic at Waterville Valley

Waterville Valley

$48.00

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