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Plenty of Activities Make the Milan Nansen Winter Festival a Family Destination

Winter festivals are a rich North Country tradition, with their roots in the heritage of the immigrants who settled the region, particularly those from Scandinavia, who relished skiing, skating and sledding to warm their bodies and spirits during the cold days of winter. We can promise you rosy cheeks, a hearty appetite, and plenty of fun at this year’s Milan Nansen Winter Festival on Sunday, January 27, at Milan Hill State Park and in downtown Milan.

The highlight of the Milan Nansen Winter Festival is Sunday’s ski racing, but a generous sprinkling of other winter activities make this a wonderful family destination event.

Nordic skiers who’d like a challenge will want to enter the 14 km race (10 a.m.) that winds through canopies of towering white pines and past spectacular views of the Presidential and Mahoosuc Mountains at the Milan Hill State Park. It draws skiers from across the northeast, some of whom participate the day before at the Jackson XC White Mountain Classic 30 km race. A 5 km Fun Ski (11 a.m.) is perfect for those looking for a recreational ski tour, and the 1 km kids’ race is among the Festival’s most popular events! Register for these events online at www.skinansen.com.

Organizers have added new events for 2013, including a broomball tournament at 1 p.m. at the ice rink across from the Milan Village School, followed by free skating; a bigger kids’ activity area, that will include snow sculpture competitions and more; and ice sculptures created by the students from White Mountains Community College in Berlin. Dog sled tours will whisk riders along a wooded path adjacent to the race course, and sledding will also be available, so pack your flying saucers along with your skates and skis!

When you need to take a break from all the outdoor activities, warm up by browsing the Farmers Market and food vendors in the Milan Village School's gymnasium. Ski movies and a heritage ski display from the Moffet House round out the Festival.

While Sunday’s events are the main attraction, organizers have also planned a Burning of the Greens, ice skating, music and cocoa hosted by the Milan Village School PTO, at the ice rink across from the school, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, for those who want to get a jump-start on Festival activities.

Looking for nearby accommodations? Several lodging establishments will keep you warm and comfy both before and after your day’s adventures. The Mahoosuc Inn (www.mahoosucinn.com), Dubee Our Guest Bed and Breakfast (https://sites.google.com/site/dubeeourguestbandb/home), both in Milan, and the Stark Village Inn (www.whitemtridgerunners.com/gtb/news/starkinn.htm) are the three best local options. Check the NH Grand website (www.nhgrand.com) for other lodging options in the region.

For additional information, click on www.skinansen.com or email info@skinansen.com.