By Susan Farewell
If you even remotely think of cross-country skiing as being less thrilling than downhill, you will be in for a major wake-up call skiing down the back of Wildcat Mountain in Jackson New Hampshire.
The premiere cross-country ski adventure in the east, this self-guided, ungroomed trail runs 17.8 kilometers, dropping 3,240 vertical feet, taking you through magnificent birch tree glades and a pine forest providing spectacular views of the White Mountains along the way.
Competent skiers should be in top condition and wear heavy metal-edged skis with sturdy backcountry boots.
No one should attempt the trail alone.
Best to stop in at the Jackson Ski Touring Center to get guidance and updates on conditions before heading up. You can get one-way chairlift tickets to access the summit of Wildcat Mountain and then ski right down to Jackson.
Allow between 3-5 hours.