Lodge to Hut: Women's Backcountry Ski to Zealand

Date and Time

Friday, February 1, 2019 5:30PM - Sunday, February 3, 2019 3:00PM


AMC Highland Center,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


This adventure is designed for women in search of a fun winter expedition on skis. The trip begins with an orientation session and overnight at AMC's Highland Center at Crawford Notch. The next day we gear up for the ski expedition to AMC's backcountry hut at Zealand Falls. One night is spent at the hut preparing a group dinner, checking out the winter sky at night and learning about winter ecology in the White Mountains. The terrain moderately challenging and the pace will be comfortable with plenty of time to explore and learn. Led by AMC's professional Outdoor Guides Participants should have intermediate to advanced cross-country skiing skills. Participants must be comfortable carrying an overnight pack over moderately challenging terrain. Participants must be willing/able to carry their extra clothing, sleeping bag and group food for 6 miles with 1200 feet elevation gain to Zealand Falls Hut. Our planned mode of travel is on skis (they can be rented locally if needed), but please keep in mind that conditions can be variable and snowshoes/microspikes will be our alternate mode of travel. Hut accommodations are rustic with wood stove heat for the common space and cooking facilities. Bunk rooms are not heated. Program Highlights: •Group of women •Awesome backcountry touring •Night sky observations •Natural history explorations including animal tracks and snow Sample Itinerary: Day One 3:00pm Check in to your room any time after 3pm 5:30pmGroup Meeting, Trip overview 6:00pm Dinner at Highland Center 7:30pmWrap up trip overview, gear check. Day Two 6:30-8:00 Breakfast 8:30 Leave for the trailhead 9:00am Begin Ski! 3:00pm Approximate arrival at Hut 5:00pm Dinner preparation 6:00pm - Dinner Cleanup Night sky observation Day Three 7:00am Breakfast preparation and breakfast 8:30am - Pack up and depart from hut 2:00pm - Return to Highland Center for hot showers 3:00pm -Wrap up and goodbyes

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $339 member / $379 non-member
*•Lodging package includes 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 night lodging at Highland Center, 1 night lodging at Zealand Falls •Instruction and guides •Free use of equipment from the LL Bean Gear Room at Highland Center Lodge. o This does NOT include backcountry or XC ski gear. Participants must bring their own skis, boots, poles or arrange to rent them prior to the trip. Ask us about recommended ski gear

Past participants say...

•"Especially good for people interested in backpacking but intimidated. [Our guide was] super proactive in preparation, problem solving, and considering implications of multiple options." Participant, February 2016 •"Loved the camaraderie from the group. Great way to try out a new adventure because it's all planned for you and you feel safe with the guides." Participant, February 2016



Instruction (Skills)
Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Highland Center at Crawford Notch
Zealand Falls Hut




Adults (18+)


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


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.