Location: Meet at Squam Lakes Association headquarter's waterfront, located at 534 US Rt. 3 in Holderness. Click Here for a Google Map.
Registration: Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Click here to register for this program.
Come glide over the frozen water of Squam Lake on your cross country skis. If you’ve never stepped in ski boots before, this is a great opportunity to learn some tips and tricks on the basics of cross country skiing. If you’ve been skiing all your life, this will be a fun opportunity to step out on the snow covered ice to explore the lake in a unique way only possible during the winter. You’ll need to bring a pair of skis, ski boots and poles, lots of layers, water, and snacks. We will have a leisurely ski out to one of SLA’s islands, Moon or Bowman, if group energy and/or time permits. If it’s a clear day we can identify the mountains surrounding Squam Lake from the surrounding Squam range, the Sandwich Mountains, and other mountains to the north and south of Squam.
What to Bring: Participants should bring a pair of cross country skis, including boots and poles, clothes/layers for varying conditions including wind, water, and snacks. Click here to view a list of SLA recommended gear for winter hiking.
Audience: Anyone interested in skiing on Squam Lake. All levels of skiers are welcome, including skate skiers and classic skiers.
This Week's LRCC Guides:
My name is Sydney Kahl, and I am from Plymouth, New Hampshire. I graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in May 2018 with an Environmental Studies degree, and minors in Creative Writing and Outdoor Studies. After graduating I spent the summer working for the Utah Department of Natural Resources as an Aquatic Invasive Species technician on Lake Powell, and then came back east to work at Lakes of the Clouds hut on Mt. Washington for the Appalachian Mountain Club this fall. I spent the summer of 2015 working for Squam Lakes Association as a Squam Conservation Intern, and I am very excited to be back as a Lakes Region Conservation Corps member for the winter!
Hi! My name is Adel Barnes and I’m originally from Seattle, Washington. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon, not Maine—but I’m excited to visit this other Portland I keep hearing about) where I received a B.S. in biology with a focus on microbiology, as well as minors in English and philosophy. This summer I completed my first year of AmeriCorps service with the college-access nonprofit, College Possible, and I’m ecstatic to be joining the LRCC-SLA team for my second year. I anticipate that this will be a year full of adventures and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to give back to our environment. In my free time, you’ll probably catch me reading science fiction, heading to the coast for some tide pooling, trying to find someone to play volleyball with, and/or listening to Queen.
SLA's Adventure Ecology Programs:
Throughout the year, the Squam Lakes Association offers free programs open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics. The Adventure Ecology programs are presented by the Lakes Region Conservation Corps members who spend their year on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the Association's mission. For more information about the SLA's educational programs please click here or call our office at (603) 968-7336.
Lakes Region Conservation Corps
The Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) is an AmeriCorps service program that develops skills and experiences for conservation professionals. LRCC members are the driving force behind the Squam Lakes Association’s conservation efforts. The program provides hands-on conservation work experience and numerous certifications over a broad range of areas, which ensures that LRCC members are capable of independently approaching a variety of tasks in the environmental conservation field. Members remove invasive species from the Squam watershed, manage and act as caretakers at our backcountry campsites, maintain the SLA’s 50+ miles of trails, educate the public on local and regional conservation initiatives, spearhead reports on conservation efforts, lead SLA volunteer crews and ensure the daily functioning of the Squam Lakes Association’s programs. Click here to learn more about the program.