Outdoor Skills: Winter Hiking 101

Date and Time

Friday, January 19, 2018 5:00PM - Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:00PM


Highland Center at Crawford Notch,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday)


This program is designed for 3 season hikers interested in trying out winter hiking and gaining skills to be able to do this on their own. Program Highlights: •Participants will learn how to prepare for winter hikes •Route planning (terrain considerations, weather considerations, timing) •What to carry (10 essentials plus winter considerations and tips for staying warm) •What to wear (appropriate clothing, layering) •Types of gear (snowshoes, traction, poles) •Participants will learn basic use of snowshoes, poles, and traction •Participants will learn basic map reading and compass use •Participants will GO on guided winter hikes, options including: •Mt. Willard (best view of Crawford Notch) •Arethusa Falls (highest waterfall in NH) •Mt. Avalon (a great winter hike with a unique view of the Presidentials) •Participants will learn about snow shelters •Participants will learn basic winter ecology and wildlife tracking along the way during hikes Sample Itinerary: Friday: Check in and Pre-Trip Meeting Check in to the lodge any time after 3pm. 5:00pmMeet & Greet 6:00pm Dinner 7:30pm Welcome & Orientation to AMC Winter Considerations for Hiking Safety & Tricks for Comfort Saturday: Our Adventure Begins! 6:30am-8amBuffet breakfast 8:30amGroup Meeting & Pack up AMSnowshoe Clinic & Snowshoe Hike PMSnowshelter building 5:00pmFireside Social Hour 6:00pm Dinner 7:30pm Featured Evening Program Sunday: Final Adventure and Wrap-Up 6:30am-8amBuffet breakfast 8:30amGroup Meeting & Pack up AMHalf Day Snowshoe Hike, Focus on Navigation 12pmLunch, farewells!

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $299 member / $329 non-member
*Lodging on Friday and Saturday nights Dinners on Friday and Saturday Breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday Lunch on Saturday and Sunday Free use of equipment and clothing from the L.L. Bean Gear Room Guided programs and activities throughout the weekend

Past participants say...

"The highlight was the Level 1 Butt Slide down Mt. Avalon! Both guides were the finest examples of what AMC guides should be!" Nick, participant, January 2016 "Both guides showed an immense amount of information that was both comprehensive and practical. Thank you!" Participant, January 2016

Driving Directions

Driving Directions to Highland Center at Crawford Notch and Shapleigh Bunkhouse Address to enter into GPS: U.S. 302, Bretton Woods, NH 03595 (44.22° N, 71.41° W) From Greater Boston Area: 1. Take I-93 North to NH Exit 35 toward Rt. 3 North. 2. Take Rt. 3 North for 10 miles. 3. Turn right onto Rt. 302 East and continue 8.3 miles to Highland Center, located on right side of road. Or 1. Take I-95 North to NH Rt. 16 North (NH exit 4) 2. Follow 16 North to 302/16 Junction in Glen, NH. 3. Turn right onto Rt. 302 West. Follow for 15.8 miles to Highland center, located on left side of road. From Portland, ME: 1. Take Rt. 302 West approximately 90 miles to Highland Center, located on the left side of the road. From Montreal: 1. Take AutoRt. 10 East to AutoRt. 55 South (north of Magog). 2. Take AutoRt. 55 South to I-91 South (at US/Canada line). 3. Take I-91 South to I-93 South (VT Exit 19). 4. Take I-93 South for 22.2 miles to Rt. 302 East (NH Exit 40). 5. Take Rt. 302 East to Highland Center, located on the right side of the road. From New York City (and Hartford, CT, or western MA): 1. Take I-95 North to I-91 North (Exit 48). 2. Take I-91 North through MA and VT to Rt. 302 East (VT Exit 17). 3. Take Rt. 302 East to Highland Center, located on the right side of the road. Approximate driving times and mileage to Crawford Notch: • From Boston, 160 miles, three hours. • From Portland, 90 miles, two and a half hours. • From New York City, 360 miles, seven hours. • From Montreal, 175 miles, three hours and a half hours.

winter hiking 101



Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


AMC Guides are passionate about the outdoors and have the skills necessary to ensure safe adventures. Certified in wilderness medicine, with focused training in outdoor leadership and risk management, guides provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They possess local natural and cultural history knowledge and solid backcountry skills, and they follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.