> How reliable is the road down through the White Mountains, NH (from
> Gorham/Shelburne to Jackson Village)?
> This is Route 16 (aka: White Mountain Rd/Pinkham Notch Rd)according to
> Google maps, but terrain shows it going right through the mountains, so
> I wonder if it often turns into a snow covered mess.
Unless it's actively snowing, you should have no trouble on the road
at all. One thing New Hampshire is very good at is snow removal and
> Also, I notice that Tuckermans Ravine seems to have some regular XC
> trails. How many KM of classic? (not counting the heavy duty stuff
> Tuckermans is known for, just what can be skied on regular xc gear.)
> Which trails might be best suited for older skiers (if any)?
Can't help you there -- I think you're talking about the AMC trails,
in the national forest, which I believe are all somewhat back-country-ish,
and never groomed, as far as I know. But right in Pinkham Notch there's
Great Glen Trails, with 45 km of groomed trails,
I think they groom everything for classic. I find the entire Great Glen
system relatively easy to ski.
I haven't been at Great Glen recently, because just a few miles down
the road in Jackson, we've had great conditions, since the beginning of
January when we finally got snow. As of this morning, Jackson has 86km
groomed & tracked. A few people tried to ski all of it for Jackson's
annual groomed trail challenge, but nobody managed it this year. More
than enough terrain of all difficulty levels.
(I'm a season member at Jackson, have been for years, and rarely ski
anywhere else, especially in years like this when we haven't had winter
down in Massachusetts.)