Winter on the Lakes

Now that the colder weather has set in and my wood stove is on full blast, I thought that I would write about the ice, the chill and the snow…winter in the Lakes Region. 

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I’ll be honest, I am more a fan of the other three seasons, but as always the Lakes Region has done it again and has something for everyone. Since moving up to New Hampshire I am surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes which add to the wonder and awe of winter. My favorite things about winter are sledding, tubing and snow shoeing. I know for most it is snowboarding and skiing, but let’s face it I grew up in Rhode Island and never even went to a ski mountain, never participated in a winter activity on said mountain, until I was in my twenties. Sledding was where IT WAS AT in Rhode Island!!!  

These are two of my favorite things…sledding and tubing. Definitely check out the Laconia Sledding Hill on South Street. It is open from 4-10 PM and is kept up by the town and is lit up for all to enjoy. That’s pretty cool, not only is it well kept, its also lit up and safe. I’ve also heard the Tilton School has an amazing sledding hill. If tubing is more your speed and man, I mean SPEED, check out Gunstock Mountain, you can even get a season’s pass!

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If you enjoy snow shoeing as much as I do, the Lakes Region has many beautiful trails for you. This sport moves at a slower pace and allows you to really take in the fresh air and joy of the season. Its also great exercise for all of you that prefer outdoor activities to the gym. Ahern State Park in Laconia sits on over 100 acres of land and overlooks Lake Winnisquam. Franklin Falls Dam is another fun snow shoeing trail is located at Ramblin Vewe Farm in Gilford. 

If you prefer snowboarding and skiing Ragged Mountain and Gunstock Mountain are awesome.

Another sport…ice skating. If this is more your thing, the spins and twirls and even laps around a pond or rink, check out Opechee Cove in Laconia. Of course you can always check out the Laconia Ice Arena which offers many events, skate times, and is home to the Laconia Leafs a junior professional hockey league.

And how cool is this?! Each year Laconia hosts the World Champion Dog Sled RacesThis event has been held in Laconia since the 1930’s and will be held again this year in February. And snowmobile trails, yup…we got em’. Did you know the first snowmobile was made in Ossipee, NH? For any and all information check out Lakes Region Snowmobile Club.

One thing I am still wrapping my brain around is going out on the ice with a truck, drilling a hole and setting up camp. Really?! The Lakes Region is well known for this, especially during the annual Ice Fishing Tournament. Each year thousands of people come together on the Lakes and hope to win the grand prize of money or even a brand new boat! This event is a fundraiser for the Meredith Rotary.

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy on snow days, even though staying in to keep cozy and warm at the wood stove with hot cocoa sounds appealing, the Lakes Region has some great things going on.  

You could go roller skating at Laconia Skate Escape, check out the inflatable bouncy houses at Jump N Joy, make a stained glass window or create a masterpiece out of clay at Art Escape  or catch a flick at Smitty’s CinemaIf you have never been to Smitty’s you must check it out-it has comfy seats that recline, and they serve you food and your favorite beverage throughout the show! There are also some amazing local theaters such as The Winni Play House or The Franklin Opera HouseSo many options, and so little time!

 Simply put, the Lakes Region has it all, something for everyone this winter season!