White Mountains New Year's EveBreak the routine and start your year in an unforgettable new way

Upper West Side
Upper West Side
Broadway and West 76th Street
4 Days
4 Days
Intensity
6/10
21+

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Ring in the New Year with Adventure

The stunning landscape of the White Mountains, draped in a thick blanket of snow, sets the stage for an entirely new holiday experience.

As you snowshoe through the mountains, you'll experience it all - from a cozy valley lodge to an authentic mountain hut where you’ll find the warmth of a wood stove and discover what it means to be a backwoods mountaineer. As your team wakes up in this pristine environment you’ll begin the new year renewed with an appreciation of our environment and your own capabilities.

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Level 6/10
Upper West SideBroadway and West 76th Street
4 Days
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear

Large backpack, at least 40 liters. No daypacks, shoulder bags, duffels, etc. Everyone will be required to carry a portion of our food to the lodge.
Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees or less
Capacity for 3L of water in bottles (if you opt for a bladder, please also bring at least 2 L bottles as backup as bladders and hoses often freeze)
Gaiters
Camp towel
Headlamp
Neck warmer / balaclava
Trekking poles or ski poles
Sunglasses
Small first aid kit
Money for meals on the road on day one and four
Toiletries
Personal medications
Sleeping bag liner (highly recommended)

Snowshoes and microspikes will be provided as needed

Wear

Essential Clothing

Base layers, top (moisture wicking long sleeve)
Insulating layer, top (down jacket)
Base layers, bottom (long underwear, running tights, etc)
Waterproof, insulating mountaineering or ski pants
Fleece top and pants
Waterproof, warm shell jacket with a hood
Warm hat
Neck warmer/balaclava (must cover all exposed skin)
Mountaineering gloves or mittens
Light or liner gloves

Trip Package

Included

Round Trip Transportation from New York City
Licensed and medically trained guide team
Accommodations
Meals as outlined in itinerary
Group equipment
Park permits and fees

Not included

Personal gear and equipment
Meals not outlined in itinerary
Gratuity for guides

Weather

The White Mountains are legendary for their extreme weather. Expect high winds and extremely low temperatures at higher elevations. Summit temperatures can get as low as double digits below zero with wind chill and snow is almost certainly guaranteed. Valley conditions will be slight more mild but plan for freezing temperatures and snow anytime you're outside in this region.

Lodging

Night one: Joe Dodge Lodge

Your first evening will be spent in Joe Dodge Lodge, a small room bunkhouse in Pinkham Notch. You will be in a room with up to three other guests from our group and will be in a bed with linens provided. There is a common area for all guests to enjoy. There are bathrooms and showers. Dinner and breakfast will be served at the visitor center next door.

Night two: Carter Notch Hut

Carter Notch Hut is located in the Wildcat Range and sits at 4,422 feet. During our stay, the bunkhouses will not be heated so an appropriate sleeping bag is required. Pillows are provided but blankets and linens are not. Meals will be prepared by your DO guides and all adventurers will be asked to help hike in the food for the stay along with their gear.

Night three: Shapleigh Bunkhouse

Your final evening will be spent in a shared bunkhouse adjacent to the Highland Center in Crawford Notch. You will be in a bunkhouse with up to 16 other guests and will be in a bed with linens provided. There is a common area for all guests to enjoy. There are bathrooms and showers and dinner and breakfast will be enjoyed at the Highland Center.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This trip is a perfect step into winter hiking for anyone with basic hiking experience and a moderate level of fitness. Previous snowshoeing experience is preferred but not required, and a basic comfort in winter conditions will certainly help you enjoy your trip more. We recommend allocating at least six weeks to train if you are new to winter hiking.

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