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Black Mountain. Friendly, informal Black Mountain has a warming southern exposure. The Family Passport allows two adults and two juniors to ski at discounted rates. Midweek rates ($35) are usually the lowest in Mt. Washington Valley. The 40 trails and glades on the 1,100-foot mountain are evenly divided among beginner, intermediate, and expert. There's a nursery for kids six months and up. Enjoy guided horseback riding in the summer. 373 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson, NH, 03846. 603/383–4490; 800/475–4669 snow conditions. www.blackmt.com.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. One of the nation's top four cross-country skiing areas, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation has 97 mi of trails. Many of the trails are groomed for regular cross-country and skate skiing. You can arrange lessons and rentals at the lodge, in the center of Jackson Village. 153 Main St., Jackson, NH, 03846. 603/383–9355. www.jacksonxc.org.
Nestlenook Estate and Resort. Nestlenook Estate and Resort maintains an outdoor ice-skating rink with rentals, music, and a bonfire. Snowshoeing and sleigh rides are other winter options; in summer you can fly-fish or ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Dinsmore Rd., Jackson, NH, 03846. 603/383–7101. www.nestlenookfarm.com.
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