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Blazing New Trails

Proctor is the recent beneficiary of a $250,000 grant to build upon the already extensive Nordic trail system surrounding the Proctor Ski Area.  This exciting initiative, while focused on Nordic skiing, will serve as a multi-use facility for many outdoor pursuits. The enhancements designed by legendary trail designer John Morton of Morton Trails (Thetford, VT) include the widening of existing trails to meet FIS standards (FIS is the international governing body for skiing) and the creation of new trail sections to connect the race loops so that the course can now host championship level competitions. In addition, the new courses will feature full snowmaking on over 2.5 km of trails making Proctor the only FIS homologated Nordic course at any high school in New England featuring full snowmaking.



While improvements to the Nordic trails are the focus of the enhancements, the multiuse focus of Proctor’s woodland management program will ensure that many will benefit from the improvements including hikers, mountain bikers, and runners. Coordinating efforts of all contractors involved has been critical to ensure environmental impacts are minimal. Through the efforts of Proctor Ski Area manager Garry George and Proctor Woodlands manager David Pilla, minor logging by Chuck Rose of Webster, NH has been completed. Trail grading to ensure proper elevation gains on the course by Sandy Eneguess Tractor Service of Peterborough, NH, welding of snowmaking pipes by Hewitt’s Welding of Laconia, NH, and snowmaking installation by Snow Economics, Inc - HKD of Natick, MAwill continue throughout the fall in preparation for the Nordic season this winter. The Proctor Ski Area will now be amongst the very best comprehensive ski facilities in the northeast and will continue to serve Proctor, Andover, and the greater ski community of New England.
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Located in  Andover, NH,  Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 912. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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