Gliding over undulating snowfields on pristine new tracks set by North Shore Nordic Association groomers may be nirvana, but it’s not the only way to enjoy a truly Nordic experience.
I was the lucky winner of the raffle prize at the North Shore Nordic association fundraiser last June - a weekend getaway at the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) in Alstead NH. I conscripted my brother and two outdoor sports loving friends, planning an early January backcountry skiing adventure.
The impeccably furnished Hilltop House - one of 5 homes available to WCT members – provides the perfect, serene base for a wide range of outdoor activities on the Association’s 3,000 acre woodland playground. Hiking, fishing, swimming, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, shooting, mountain or gravel bike exploration, all are available right outside the door, year-round.
Lack of skiable snow cover didn’t stop us from hiking miles of well marked trails, debating what animal made those fresh wildlife tracks, and spooking a few quail in the process. And it certainly didn’t stop us from working up an appetite appropriately sated by classic Swiss Fondue accompanied by Savoie and Austrian whites.
You don’t need to fly to Scandinavia to find Hygge*. Check out https://tonewct.weebly.com for more information on and how you, too, can enjoy this unique property.
*Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.