It’s been one of the coldest winters in recent history, and according to Punxsutawney Phil, we’ve got a way to go before we can start dreaming of spring. Instead of just “getting through” winter, why not start enjoying it by getting outside and experiencing all that New Hampshire has to offer this time of year? In this month’s Secondwind blog, we’re sharing some great ways to enjoy (maybe even embrace) winter in the Granite State—just in time for school vacation!
Alpine and Cross Country Skiing
With over 30 alpine and cross country skiing locations, New Hampshire makes skiing accessible to nearly everyone. To find a ski area near you, visit skinh.com. The site also includes an updated ski conditions report, events calendar, and more.
If you’d rather sit down and let gravity do the work, snow tubing might be for you! Many ski facilities offer snow tubing and some have a dedicated lift for the tubing area. Visit skinh.com for a list of ski areas that offer snow tubing.
Snowshoeing provides many great fitness benefits and allows you to take in New Hampshire’s winter beauty at the same time. Not sure where to start? Check out the parentingnh.com article, Where to go Snowshoeing in New Hampshire, or trails.com’s list of the best snowshoeing trails in New Hampshire.
The Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond in Portsmouth, NH was created by a volunteer committee in collaboration with Strawbery Banke Museum. Read more.
Ice skating is another fun family activity that provides a lot of exercise. Before you lace up your skates, check out this list of the 10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in New Hampshire, compiled by bestthingsnh.com. Be sure to bring along some hot cocoa!
According to trailsunblazed.com, Mt. Tom is one of the easiest winter hikes among New Hampshire’s 4,000 footers and provides your best chance of encountering the always audacious gray jay of the White Mountains.
Feeling cooped up? Put on your warm layers and take the family on a winter hike! Winter hiking provides great exercise and gives you a unique view of your surroundings with trails that are much less crowded than during the warmer days of the year. To map out some of the best winter hikes in New Hampshire, visit tripsavvy.com or trailsunblazed.com
If you’re looking for a totally unique winter sport, consider dog sledding. You and the entire family can take a lesson on how to harness this centuries-old form of transportation. Learn how to hitch dogs, use key commands, and even drive! For a list of some of New Hampshire’s dog sledding facilities, visit parentingnh.com.
Snowmobiling is a great way to explore New Hampshire’s scenic winter terrain. Our state boasts over 7,000 miles of snowmobiling trails, perfect for both beginning and seasoned riders. Check out visitnh.gov to learn everything you need to know about snowmobiling in New Hampshire—from lessons and rentals, to guided rides, to the best trails and places to stay.
If snowmobiling isn’t your speed, consider a good, old-fashioned sleigh ride. Whether you’re looking for a romantic ride for two, or a scenic excursion for the whole family, check out visitnh.gov for a list of sleigh ride providers throughout the state.
Nothing makes winter more magical than an ice castle! Visit the Ice Castles in Lincoln, New Hampshire, where you can wander among 25 million-pounds of sculpted ice. Experience hand-crafted ice slides, tunnels, archways, and twinkling LED lights. To make the most of your visit, be sure to read these guidelines. This is a popular attraction and tickets do sell out. Don’t forget your camera!
Looking for More Winter Activities in NH?
If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy the Granite State this winter, check out Parenting New Hampshire magazine’s Guide to Winter in NH. It’s chock full of resources, including a searchable calendar. Have anything to add to our list? Be sure to write a comment below.
Get Outside and Have Some Fun!
Virtually every region of New Hampshire offers great things to learn and do during the winter, so there’s no excuse—get outside and have some fun!