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Mount Washington Valley: Winter's Hometown

Mount Washington Valley: Winter’s Hometown
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If winter could settle down and just stay, this is where it should be: in a valley rimmed with mountains, peopled by skiers and climbers who see a 200-foot frozen waterfall as an invitation; where ice skates never grow rusty; where pubs fill in the evening with ruddy-cheeked youth sharing that day’s adventure; where hotels have seen a century’s worth of visitors who come because of the mountains, not the beds.

Some 28 small towns and villages claim the valley for their personal geography, and within these towns you’ll find seven alpine resorts, more than 200 miles of snowmobile trails, and 300 miles of cross-country trails — but it’s the mood, the desire for winter to come full blast and to linger, that sets the valley and its people apart from anywhere I know. Here’s a starter kit for enjoying a Mount Washington snow day.

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