It’s January in New Hampshire and that means cold weather, and plenty of snow. As I look out my window to the back meadow, I can see the barn with its snow covered roof hung with icicles. The trees are touched with white and the meadow has a sweeping carpet of soft, deep snow. It’s just beautiful!

About a foot of our snow fell last Saturday night, and the temperature has been hovering around fifteen degrees since then so there is no icy crust and the snow is soft and light. These are perfect conditions for cross country skiing or snow shoeing. I have my own equipment and am an experienced skier so the closest place to ski is nearby Pisgah Park. The park is open to skiers, hikers, snow shoers or snowmobilers and is big enough (14,000 acres) to accommodate all. There are two entrances to the park in Chesterfield with ample parking.

For groomed trails and a weekend warming hut, try the Outing Club ski trails at the Brattleboro Outing Club. The trails wind all around the golf course and into the surrounding woods and offer varying levels of difficulty. A day’s pass is $15 and we have “Buy one, get one free” coupons at the Front Desk.

Grafton Outdoor Center, in Grafton, Vermont, is a 40 minute drive from the Inn. Grafton is open daily and has groomed cross country ski trails, and snow shoe trails. They also have snow making, ski and snowshoe rentals, ski lessons, a tubing hill, a skating pond, and a warming hut with snack bar. I always find it relaxing to start on the front flat section near the warming hut and then go up into the trails in the woods when I’ve warmed up a bit. Our newest special at the Inn is an overnight stay with two Grafton day passes included. Check it out at:http://www.chesterfieldinn.com/specials.html

At this time of year, the best way to enjoy the cold is to bundle up, get outside, and enjoy the show that Mother Nature is putting on for all of us!