Nordic Nirvana


INSET: The Alton Central School nordic team gets fired up on the trails at Gunstock Thursday afternoon. From left are Blake Pappaceno, Derek Pappaceno, Kenny Fontaine, Nathan Archambault and Mason Pappaceno.

FOREGROUND: Bill Kosla takes a few laps on the fresh snow from Wednesday’s storm at Bolduc Park on Thursday afternoon.  

(Karen Bobotas photos/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Lakes Region offers many cross-country skiing options


LACONIA — For those who like to use muscles rather than gravity to propel them on skis, there is no lack of cross-country skiing options available in the Lakes Region and beyond.

Bob Bolduc, the 73-year-old founder of Bolduc Park, enjoys the cardiovascular benefits of cross-country, or Nordic skiing. The park has trails and touring across 40 acres of land. Lessons are available.

“You come out here for an hour,” said Bolduc, whose family owns Piche's Ski Shop. “You're breathing in the fresh air. And you're doing cardiovascular exercise without realizing it.

“It is probably the best aerobics exercise that you can do. Your upper body is going and your lower body is going.”

Alpine skiing

He is also accomplished in downhill, or Alpine, skiing, where gravity provides speed and the chairlift takes the skier back up the hill.

Bolduc finds Alpine skiing more expensive, and in some ways more constraining, than Nordic skiing.

A person can cross-country ski in most places where there is snow — no chairlift, or lift ticket, required. Cross-country skiing equipment is also less expensive.

Many Nordic skiers like the freedom of exploring of winter terrain.

“You don't have to come here,” Bolduc said Friday morning at the park. “If you've got 40 acres in your backyard, you can just go.”

Great outdoors

Outside of the park, on land he owns, Bolduc likes to do winter touring.

“I'll go Alpine skiing during the week and I'll cross-country on the weekend,” he said.

He skis out to a frozen lake, pops out of his skis, and attaches ice skating blades to his boots.

“I'll skate down and talk to all the fishermen,” he said. “Then I'll go back, put my cross-country skis back on and ski home.”

Winter solitude

Tim White works at the Nordic Skier Shop in Wolfeboro, which serves as headquarters for 30 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails.

“There are a lot of people who like the solitude of cross-country skiing,” he said.

“When conditions permit, you can cruise through the woods. There is peace and quiet. It is a quieter and less hectic environment than snowmobiling or a lift-served area. It's a nice way to get away.”

On its website, the Wolfeboro Cross Country Ski Association boasts, “There are no big crowds, no big expenses, just healthy exercise, fun and quality time with your family and friends.”

Sandwich Winter Carnival

For those who want to learn more about cross-country skiing, the Sandwich Winter Carnival could be just the ticket. It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, and will include a skiing and waxing clinic at 9 a.m. on Quimby Field, hosted by Inter-Lakes High School varsity ski coach Steve Olafson.

There will also be an all-ages, all-abilities cross-country ski race, starting at 10:30 a.m. Sandwich Parks and Recreation Director Ole Anderson has more information. He can be contacted at 603-284-6473 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Most downhill ski areas also offer cross-country trails and instruction, including Waterville Valley Adventure Center, Gunstock Mountain Resort XC, Loon Mountain Resort, Cannon Mountain and Ragged Mountain.

More information online, see Ski New Hampshire,

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Doris and Ralph Fecteau, of Laconia, took advantage of the fresh snow and blue skies on Jan. 18 by cross-country skiing at Bolduc Park. The couple used to ski more often, and resolved this winter to return to the activity. “It’s a great course for a beginner or someone just taking it back up again,” Doris said of Bolduc Park. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)

New Hampton man facing child pornography charges


LACONIA — A New Hampton man is facing multiple counts of possessing child pornography, a crime that carries the potential of 15 years in prison.

A Belknap County Superior Court Grand Jury has indicted Jonathan Bristow, 54, of 1040A Route 132 North, Apt. C, New Hampton, on 10 counts of possession of child sexual abuse images. The charges allege that Bristow had images of children in various sexual poses stored on his cellphone.

Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois said that charges against Bristow came out of a joint investigation by Nashua and New Hampton police. He declined to discuss what may have led authorities to become suspicious of Bristow.

The indictments list Sept. 25 as the date of the alleged offenses. Livernois said that date was when police "came into possession" of Bristow's cellphone.

He subsequently was arrested on the charges on Nov. 1 and, since then, has been confined to the Belknap County Department of Corrections jail in lieu of $100,000 cash-only bail.

Possession of child sexual abuse images is classified as a Class A felony and carries a punishment of 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison.

Livernois said Bristow is scheduled to appear before a judge in Belknap County Superior Court on Feb. 2, at which time the issue of bail, a negotiated plea, and/or admissibility of evidence could be argued.

Bristow's trial is set for April 16, when jury selection is scheduled to begin.

Choate pleads not guilty to animal cruelty

BRISTOL — Jennifer “Bobbi” Choate, who was scheduled to appear in Plymouth’s 2nd Circuit Court on Monday on animal cruelty charges, has waived arraignment, entering a plea of not guilty.
Choate was charged with five counts of animal cruelty for keeping seven German shepherd dogs in the unheated basement of a burnt-out home at 90 Chestnut St., Bristol. The temperature was down to 12 degrees when police discovered them in the aftermath of a Dec. 13 fire that killed 29 other dogs that had been sheltered in a cottage on the property.
An earlier fire, on Nov. 22, had occurred at the main house, killing nine dogs and leaving the home uninhabitable, without heat or electricity.
The first cruelty charge related to the unheated conditions; the second charge alleged that seven of the dogs were in metal cages that were not dry or able to maintain the dog’s body heat; the third for failing to provide the necessary care to a dog with an ear infection dating at least to Oct. 31; the fourth for failing to provide care to a dog with a paw infection which resulted in the need for an emergency amputation; and the fifth with leaving unattended the 29 dogs that perished in the fire inside the cottage which had heat lamps attached to the cages and resulted in the fire.
The case will continue with a trial management conference on Feb. 15. By then, additional charges brought by the Alexandria Police Department against Choate for keeping 22 German shepherds in an unheated barn on Burns Hill Road, Alexandria, are likely to be incorporated, according to court officials.

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