In Londonderry Business is Good. Skiing is Better!

Dec 31, 2012 No Comments by

A stunning sunrise on the forest and fields of Londonderry this morning, the clean white snow is just a bit squeaky at 20 degrees.  With the winds calm and the sun bright it is time to get out on the trail!

Snowshoe or ski if you have the day or afternoon off this New Years Eve get out and make some fresh tracks.  Snow conditions on the trail include a 9 inch base that came down wet and heavy last week with a 5 inch powder top from this weekend.

Grooming is underway this morning, this will freshen up grooming that was done this weekend on the over three mile trail in the orchards and woodlands around Adams Pond.  If you start at the trail head in this photo you will find it just north west of the Mack’s Barn.  The groomer is kept in the shed behind the barn so you may find some bonus broken trail in the area.

A early morning view of a Nordic Skier on the Mack's Farm Road in Londonderry, New Hampshire

Looking towards the Adams Pond Ski trail head down the farm road. Photo by Andy Mack Jr. 8am Monday December 31st 2012

I would travel the North loop first, with the sun coming up you will get some nice shadows forming as you travel around the young orchard across from Moose Hill School.  This will get some uphill slopes out of the way early too!

The trail will bring you back east with the Morison House complex on your left, the windblown snow untouched by man or machine with the historic post and beam buildings is always like something out of a 1800?s New England Snow Scene Painting.

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Along the town forest, you may note that it has been cleared since last year.  If you decide to head in, you may find the logging road that will take you to the new area next to the common.  The bandstand has some picnic tables if you are thinking of a outdoor winter picnic.

Back on the trail the North Loop will take you back to the main trail head and the entrance to the Adams Pond area.  If you have not been on this trail you are in for a treat.  The deep thick forest is very peaceful with the trees dusted from the weekend snow.

With temps in the 20?s overnight you may run into some skaters on the pond.  That is if they are up to removing the snow!

The new bridge will take you over the dam, to the other side.  For those that got a bit nervous in past years the railings are back in service.  The groomed trail continues over the natural gas pipeline that runs our clean fired Granite Ridge Power Plant to the north of the Musquash.  You won’t notice the pipeline, just that you are crossing a clearing after exiting the pond area.

The south loop is likely familiar as it is one of the most popular U-Pick fields in Londonderry.   The path is a little windblown by the old maples on the Scenic Byway Adams Road if we do have wind.  This fine New Years Eve morning all is calm and bright.

This loop has been listed as 1/8 of a mile, you may find it a bit longer, especially if you include the trip from the dam.

Back through the woods and by the Adams Pond after all you do need to get back to your car.  That is unless you are lucky enough to Live, Work and Play in Central Londonderry.  In that case just ski up to the hot tub and take a break, you will have earned it with this workout!

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About the author

Relocating to Londonderry in 1982 Steve Young was looking to find a community that was close to the high technology beltway in Massachusetts. It also needed to have farms and orchards like the one he lived on in Upstate New York near Lake Ontario. Serving on a variety of Local Boards and Commissions he understands the unique nature of Londonderry. Surrounded by a transportation infrastructure the core of Londonderry are farms and recreation.
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