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Guilt-free chocolate treats in the White Mountains

Cross country skiing is a great way to see the Mount Washington Valley
Cross country skiing is a great way to see the Mount Washington Valley
©Stillman Rogers Photography 2010

Imagine an afternoon of chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate fountains and fondue, brownie sundaes, chocolate cookies – with enough exercise in between to burn off the calories. Join this sweet day on the trails of the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation this Sunday, February 23, at their 25th Annual Chocolate Festival.

A winter outing with chocolate treats

Cross-country ski, snowshoe from inn-to-inn along the trails of a 45km network, through a spectacular snow-covered landscape with mountain views, stopping for chocolate treats at inns, most of which lie along the trails.

These trailside stops welcome ticket-holders between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. And you can present your Festival Pass on the day of the event to other North Conway area businesses for more special offers. Inns and other businesses offering chocolate treats to ticket-holders include 1785 Inn, Eastern Inns, The Local Grocer, Old Field House, Riverside Inn B&B, New England Inn, Stonehurst Manor and the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment. McKaella's Sweet Shop will serve chocolate at the Whitaker Woods Meeting House. A few others will offer treats, all of them listed on the pass and shown on the festival map.

Getting your tickets

All participants must purchase a 2014 Festival Ticket, which includes a daily trail pass, use of the shuttle, and chance to win a $200 gift certificate to be used at any participating member business. Advance purchase price is $30 per person, on February 23, it’s $35 per person. Tickets purchased online will be held at the Touring Center for pick up between 9am - 6pm on either Saturday, February 22nd or Sunday, February 23rd.

Where to get equipment - lodging packages

The total distance is approximately 15km, or 9km if you ride the complimentary shuttle between the Touring Center and the 1785 Inn. Rentals of cross country ski packages and snowshoes will be available at the Touring Center (603-356-9920) and New England Mountain Sports (603-733-5241). Lodging packages that include festival tickets are also available at area inns and B&Bs.

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