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XC Skiing, Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, and Ski & Skate Rentals

Occom Pond Is Open for Skating!!!!!!!!! as of 1/14/2017

 The Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center maintains over twenty-five kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails on Oak Hill and Garipay Field in Hanover, New Hampshire, as well as the ice on Occom Pond for ice skating. The Cross Country Ski Center has two facilities. One is based out of the DOC House on Occom Pond, which provides equipment rentals for skiing, skating, and other winter activities, as well as group and private instruction. The other facility is at Oak Hill, located in the north-east corner of Hanover. To get there, go north on Route 10 past the Golf Course, turn right at the Co-op Market, then take a sharp left after the road turns to dirt — park in the first lot on the right.

trail map previewDownload a trail map (PDF, 2.1 MB).

Passes required! Download a season trail pass application (Word, 22KB), or stop by the basement of Robinson Hall, or buy a day pass at DXC on Occom Pond or at Oak Hill for $14, half day for $8 after 2 PM.  

For downhill/alpine skiing and snowboarding, visit the Dartmouth Skiway.

Rentals at the DOC House and Oak Hill

XC Ski PackageFull
Day
Week
Children up to 12 $9 $55
Dartmouth Students $15 $75
General $20 $105
Snowshoes or Ice SkatesDay Week 
Children up to 12 $7 $30
Dartmouth Students $10 $50
General $15 $60
Hockey Sticks  
  $2 N/A

 

 WE will be open for rentals Sunday January 1st and Monday January 2nd for rentals

Hours: 10 am to 6 pm) (DOC House) and 11 am to 5 pm (Oak Hill), Tuesday - Friday — 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday (both locations) — Closed Monday except MLk Day  and Presidents Day
Hours may depend on snow conditions so please call ahead: (603) 643-6534 (DOC House) Opens the week of Christmas or  603-643-7426  (Oak Hill) Opening as of December 13th with limited hours. email dartmouthcrosscountryski@gmail.com

Waxes and ski accessories, wax recommendations, skate sharpening, weather and trail reports, and free trail maps.

Ski Passes

Season Trail PassBefore
12/15
Starting
12/15
Adult $125 $155
Dartmouth Employee/Ski Club/ Seniors $115 $140
Dartmouth Students $55 $55
Family/Household Max $315 $345
 Seniors (Garripay Only)    $70
Day Trail Pass

Child (0-5)

FREE

Junior (6-12), Seniors (Garripay only)

 $5

Adult

 $14 before 2 PM

$8 after 2 PM

Seniors are 68 years and older. 

Oak Hill Ski Touring Center Trail User Guidelines:

1. Downhill skiers have right of way
2. Ski on the right and pass on the left
3. Adjust your speed to the conditions
4. When overtaking announce your
presence by stating “on your left”
5. Assist any injured person in need of
help.
6. Respect the Classic tracks – do not
skate or snowshoe across them
7. No walking on ski trails
8. When stopped move to the side of trail
9. Do not walk dogs on any part of the ski
trail

Oak Hill Fat Bike policy (No Bikes on Garipay Field)

Fat Bikes are allowed on a trial basis
1) All fat bikes must have a trail pass.
2) No biking on soft snow (if you leave a rut 1 inch or deeper, having hard time riding in a straight line or need to push you bike, it is too soft)(if you experience this get off the trail system and notify the staff the the trails should not be open to fat biking in current conditions)
3) Tires must be wider than 3.5″ and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi.
4) Bikes yield to all other users. Cross-country Skiers don't have brakes, so bikes are responsible for staying out of their way. Watch skiers' poles. They can be fragile and expensive.
5) Dartmouth XC staff "will monitor conditions and usage and restrict fat bike use when appropriate
6) The use of Fat Bikes on the trail system is best during off peak trail usage. Please avoid Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 3 - 5pm.
7) Please check in at the Oak Hill Center for Fat Biking conditions or our website for same

 

XC Ski Lessons 

Clinics CALL OAK HILL TOURING CENTER 603-643-7426 to reserve a spot!!!!

Every Saturday a classical ski group class is offered in the morning, 9:30 - 11:00; a skate group lesson is offered in the afternoon, 1:30 - 3:00. On Sunday, skate clinics in the morning; classic clinics in the afternoon; conditions permitting. Several levels, no experience necessary. $25/person, does not include rental or trail pass. Call (603) 643-6534 to reserve space.

Private Lessons 
By appointment, $40 per hour, $50 with rental. Trail pass not included.

Other Services

Winter Equipment 
Available for rent: mountain snowshoes, backcountry ski packages, lanterns, mountaineering boots, clothing (mittens, jackets, etc.), tents, stoves, sleeping bags, and more!

Winter Programs 
For information on telemark skiing lessons/clinics, winter mountaineering, and other winter programs, contact the Outdoor Programs Office at (603) 646-2428.

 

Occom Pond Activities Open for Skating!!!!

Bring the whole family for cross country skiing, skating and sledding. • Skates, snowshoes, and skis are available for rent. Skates sharpened while you wait.

Perfect Weekend Activities! • With an open fire to keep warm and great fun for everyone, the Cross Country Ski Center is the perfect place for families or groups of friends to come spend their Saturdays. We offer a social atmosphere and friendly staff.

Sections of Golf Course off-limits • Please stay off roped areas of the golf course!

Groomed Trails Off-limits to Dogs • Please remember, no dogs are allowed on or near groomed trails. Please keep your dogs twenty-five feet away from all groomed ski trails.

 

Programs

 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Story Time and Marshmallow Roast
at the DOC House at Occom Pond
11AM – 12PM Stories will be read to children ages 3-8 with their parents, by the fireplace in the main room of the Dartmouth Outing Club House. We will roast marshmallows by the campfire afterwards.

Thursdays, January 26 through March 9 2017 Women's Thursday Ski Club

You will experience 3 different types of skiing over these 6 sessions taught by professional ski instructors. This includes 2 days of instruction in each of the following: Telemark, Classic and Skate skiing. The group meets every Thursday from January 26th until March 9th (excluding Feb. 23rd).  Public Price: $250    Student/Employee of Dartmouth Price: $200

Friday, February 3, 2017

TBA Winter Event on the golf course if weather permits with the DOC House too

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Story Time and Marshmallow Roast
at the DOC House at Occom Pond
11AM – 12PM Stories will be read to children ages 3-8 with their parents, by the fireplace in the main room of the Dartmouth Outing Club House. We will roast marshmallows by the campfire afterwards.

Wednesday, February 8 2017

Kendal at Hanover Free Guided Snowshoe Tour Free guided snowshoe tour from Kendal at Hanover to Oak Hill, and back. Snowshoes and trekking poles will be provided for no addition cost. Please call the number listed below to reserve your spot. This program is for Kendal residents only.

Saturday, February 10, 2017

Full Moon Ski Tour and Bonfire Join us for our first full moon guided classic cross country ski tour of the season! We will depart at Garipay Field at 7 p.m. so come ready to ski and dress warm! If you need rental equipment, please pick it up from Oak Hill Touring Center before 5 p.m. the same evening. There will be a complimentary guide, hot chocolate and bonfire at the end of the tour. Price: $5 Rentals: $10

February 10-11, 2017

Dartmouth Carnival will take place. The Dartmouth Skiway will host the alpine events as usual, while the cross country events will be back at the home venue at Oak Hill as part of the Winter Carnival tradition. Please come out cheer on the BIG Green or maybe sign up to volunteer. We will ask you to plan your XC skiing over at Garipay so we can keep the course in the best shape for the competition. More information will be posted.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Story Time and Marshmallow Roast
at the DOC House at Occom Pond
11AM – 12PM Stories will be read to children ages 3-8 with their parents, by the fireplace in the main room of the Dartmouth Outing Club House. We will roast marshmallows by the campfire afterwards.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Family and Friends Day Join us at Oak Hill for our first Family & Friends Day celebration! We'll have marshmallows to roast, hot chocolate to drink and half off rentals and day passes. Come enjoy a beautiful day of skiing here in Hanover with your family and friends!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Full Moon Ski Tour and Bonfire Join us for our second full moon guided classic cross country ski tour of the season! We will depart at Garipay Field at 8 p.m. so come ready to ski and dress warm! If you need rental equipment, please pick it up from Oak Hill Touring Center before 5 p.m. the same evening. There will be a complimentary guide, hot chocolate and bonfire at the end of the tour. Price: $5 Rentals: $10

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 1/18/17