General Information

Tower Trail NansenThe trail network is open to skiing and snowshoeing and offers a wide variety of both challenging and moderate terrain (approx 16K).  Trails located at Milan Hill State Park, 427 Milan Hill Road, Milan, NH.

Nansen Ski area is within one hour’s drive of several other quality groomed nordic ski areas with varying terrains, views, and trail levels.

Animals are welcome but must be leashed and under control. All waste must be cleaned from the trails as required by State Park Rules. The Park is open to all allowable uses. Please be considerate of all uses and be sure animals are not blocking oncoming skiers that may not be able to stop or slow down in time.

Our mission is still based on the philosophy of Norwegian Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen who saw skiing and winter sport as the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Established in 1872 we are one of the first organized ski clubs in America and the oldest continuously operated. Based in Berlin, New Hampshire we serve the Androscoggin Valley by providing groomed nordic ski and snowshoe trails at Milan Hill State Park in Milan, NH.

Nansen Ski Club is dedicated to providing a healthy outdoor experience for children, youth, and adults of the surrounding communities as well as out of state visitors who are always welcome to a wonderful winter experience.

We have expanded the existing trail network  with some new flat connector trails to allow for practicing technique and increasing access to other trails with easier terrain and have constructed a beautiful timber-framed warming hut for members to use anytime and nonmembers are welcome when a volunteer hut host is onsite (typically try to cover weekends at minimum).

The winter activities at Milan Hill State park are funded and sustained almost entirely by member donations to the Nansen Ski Club. Your support directly finances ski events, grooming efforts,  insurance, and continuous trail improvements. Thank you and happy skiing.


“The oldest club in the country appears to be the Nansen Ski Club… Originally known as “The Ski Club” and the “Berlin Mills Ski Club,” it was later renamed for Fridtjof Nansen after his crossing of Greenland on skis.” – AlpenGlow Ski History


The Nansen Ski Club of Berlin (New Hampshire), recognized as the oldest existing ski club in the country… The club, in a partnership with New Hampshire Division of Parks, developed a ski touring trail network in Milan Hill State Park after its former location was earmarked as a site for a new federal prison.” –Cross Country Skier Magazine