Originally Posted by KevinF
Originally Posted by Needham
Okay, (positive) change of plan for me. After bemoaning my Mon-Fri job yesterday, I realized I actually had no meetings on Friday, and could take a day’s vacation at short notice. So I’m planning to leave home early AM tomorrow and drive up to NH for some left-overs before continuing on up to Maine.
I’m thinking probably Bretton Woods to go explore their glades looking for the snow that will get blown in there today. My other thought was Cannon, mainly for Mittersill. Any thoughts from the accumulated wisdom of this group on either plan (or alternative suggestions)?
Google gives 107 miles, 2.5 hours for the drive from Bretton Woods to Rangeley. Anybody know that route – will it be a tough drive with today’s snow and the snow showers forecast for tomorrow afternoon?
Paging @LiquidFeet for Mittersill info. It's been a few years since I've been over to Mittersill; back then, it was a lot of poking around for tree shots, etc. There are only a handful of more open "trails".
Bretton Woods does have a lot of widely spaced glades that basically nobody skis... they don't have much pitch though, so unless you're really taking a direct line, you could bog down, especially if this snowfall is of the "wet and heavy" variety (unless you have surfy powder skis ).
As for Bretton to Rangeley. I don't think it would be a "tough" drive -- looks like the storm ends tonight, so that gives them 24 hours or so to get the roads cleared. But I wouldn't plan on making it in 2.5 hours either. There's going to be a lot of steep hills and sharp curves to deal with. The roads aren't flat, straight or particularly smooth up in that neck of the woods.
The drive from the Twin Mountain area (Cannon, Bretton Woods) to Rangeley via Rt. 16 through the deep boondocks of NH and Maine is actually not too bad, given that you will have daylight in the wake of the recent time change. I have not done that exact route recently, but 2.5 hours seems plausible, barring bad road conditions or trucks in front of you. Make sure to start with a full tank of gas, as there aren't a ton of service stations along the way.
I would just throw out there that you might consider Wildcat as well, since it might be one of those rare days when conditions there are stellar, and of the three areas it has, IMHO, the most interesting terrain (sorry, LF). Agree that the some of the Bretton Woods glades might be fun, but suspect they will have groomed out everything else. And even if not, if there is any amount of fresh snow to slow you down, you might find yourself poling straight down the hill just to avoid coming to a complete stop. Cannon appears to be pretty vulnerable to wind blowing snow off the trails, and is somewhat out of the way when traveling from Boston suburbs to Rangeley.