8 Fun Winter Activities In New Hampshire

1. Go Cross-Country Skiing

Not only does the state of New Hampshire cater to the downhill skier, but there are also dozens of great spots to cross-country ski with incredible mountain views as your back drop.

The Jackson XC Ski Touring Trail system offers spectacular views of Mount Washington and the rest of the White Mountain region while spanning across three river valleys and 60 square miles. Or you can check out the Bretton Woods Nordic Center for 49 scenic trails with forest views in a remote setting.

2. Go Tubing

Tubing is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy together as no unique skills, lessons or equipment are needed to join in on the fun. NH features two lift-serviced snow tubing parks at Loon Mountain and Cranmore for a full day of snow tubing fun. Opt to head further north and for just $20 per person, spend an entire day at Great Glen Trails, an old-fashioned family outdoor center located in the town of Gorham.

3. Go Snowmobiling

You won’t find a better place to learn to operate a snowmobile safely than the state of New Hampshire. Book a guided snowmobiling tour this winter for the entire family to enjoy, with miles of snow covered trails to cover with the beautiful White Mountains as your back drop. It doesn’t get much better than this!

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4. Rent A “Fat Bike”

Want to try a new and unusual winter activity this season? Try out fat biking! Head over to Great Glen Trails, rent your very own fat bike, and rip around on 28 miles of groomed trails at the base of Mount Washington.

5. Go Snowshoeing

Strap on the snowshoes and hit some of the best (snow covered) trails that New Hampshire has to offer. Visit one of NH’s State Parks for access to dozens of picturesque trails. A perfect way to spend a day full of snowy trails in the frosty forest.

Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown – There are many trails starting at the skiers’ parking lot located off Podunk Road, offering intermediate to advanced terrain for snowshoeing and XC skiing.

Crawford Notch State Park, Hart’s Location – Take the short trail up to Arethusa Falls (1.4 mi) or Ripley Falls (.5 mi), great for beginner and intermediate snowshoers.

Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham – Enjoy a variety of terrain and the winter wildlife near Burnham’s Marsh at Pawtuckaway State Park.

6. Take A Hike

New Hampshire is best known for its abundance of hiking trails that can be accessed all year long. The dangers and challenges presented by hiking during winter must be considered to ensure your safety. NH reminds hikers to always hike safe by being fully prepared for winter conditions and rapidly changing weather. Hike Safe is a programed developed by the White Mountain National Forest and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to develop and create a Mountain Safety Education Program for the state of New Hampshire. Click here to purchase your own Hike Safe card today.

7. Go Ice Skating

Hit the ice for a day of fun in New Hampshire. The state offers dozens of places for ice skating that are both in and outdoors.

Nestlenook Farm, Jackson – Enjoy ice skating on 3 maintained ares of skating park. An enclosed warming center greets you with a fire and hot chocolate to warm up after a cold day on the ice. The cost is $10 for adults (over 13) and $7 for children 6 and older. Children under 5 are free. Rentals are $9 per hour or $12 for the day for all ages.

Schouler Park, North Conway – Schouler Park offers outdoor public skating in the heart of the White Mountain region in North Conway. Enjoy hours of skating in one of NH’s most iconic and most visited areas in the entire state.

Dorrs Pond, Manchester – Weather permitting, Dorrs Pond in Livingston Park is cleared of snow during the winter months and offers a wonderful skating venue free of charge. You’ll find a Warming Hut adjacent to the pond where visitors can warm up by the wood stove.

8. Go Dog Sledding

Visit Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel for a unique dog sledding adventure located in Jefferson. They offer winter tours ranging from introductory experiences to interactive clinics, as well as a winter trip for guests of all ages. A truly unique once-in-a-lifetime experience you don’t want to miss!
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