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

Pond CLOSED  today for skating!!!!!!

 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
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


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) email

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

Ski Passes

Season Trail PassBefore
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)


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



 $14 before 2 PM

$8 after 2 PM


Seniors are 68 years and older.

Reciprocity for Season Trail Pass Holders

Group A
Showing your DXC Season Trail Pass gets you one day of skiing at each area for the 16-17 season. At these ski areas, you should check in with staff working at the ski area and get an appropriate ticket.
Nordic Center Restrictions
Craftsbury Out door center Oak Hill must be open
Dexter Norsk none
Kingdom Trails none
Quechee Club Nordic Onley
Bolton Valley None
Stowe Touring center Not valid on saturdays
Woodstock Inn Nordic none

Group B
With this group there is discount with proof of display of pass
Ski area Discount/Deal Restrictions
Waterville Valley Nordic 50% off during mid-week day pass
$5 off weekend Black Out Days
1/16/17 thru 1/18/17
2/13/17 thru 2/20/17
Gunstock $5 pass none
Jackson XC $5 off day pass rate none
Great Glen %50 off day passing none
Wolfeboro Cross Country Center $5 pass none
King Pine $5 off day pass rate none
Bretton Woods $5 off day pass rate Black Out Days
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring %50 off any day pass None

Dartmouth offers $5 off the daily rate to participating ski areas in Group B

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
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

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) 643-7426 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.



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.

Friday, 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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Occom Pond Party 12-3 with LOTS of family fun on ice. This is the annual gathering put on by Hanover Recreation Department to show their appreciation to the community. Plenty of games for the kids, Dartmouth Marching Band, Ice castle, Ice slide  and plenty of food. Come on and join the fun.


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, February 26, 2017
Free Waxing Clinic
12pm – 1pm
Drop in for this free 1 hour waxing clinic. We will be giving demonstrations on cleaning, brushing, and preparing the glide and kick zone of classic skis. We will also cover how to choose the right kick wax for the conditions. There will be time for a Q & A after the clinic so bring any questions you may have! Please call to reserve your spot.

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: 2/19/17