TAMWORTH — The Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth will welcome Jeff Leich, executive director of the New England Ski Museum, who will give a talk based on the museum’s current exhibit, “Before and Beyond the Lifts: Sketches of Backcountry Skiing” on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

Backcountry skiing — skiing without mechanical access via ski lifts — is enjoying a new popularity made possible by the ready availability of lightweight, sophisticated alpine touring equipment.

Many skiers have been attracted to venture away from established ski resorts with their networks of ski lifts, and ski uphill with climbing skins and adaptable bindings to access ski trails and newly-trimmed glade lines through the forests of northern New England.

Though the equipment and some venues are new, the concept is ancient. In his talk, Leich will revisit the origins, equipment, legends and lore of human-powered skiing.

This program is free and open to the public. The Cook Memorial Library is located at 93 Main Street in Tamworth Village.

For more information or directions, call the library at (603) 323-8510.

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