Plenty of snow has us raring to get outdoors and enjoy all that white gold! If you like to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, snowmachine, dog sled, fat bike, ice fish, or ice skate, head for points north this winter for a wonderful day, weekend or longer visit.
We’ll start you off with a few of our favorites!
Choose from a Full Roster of Winter Activities at Bretton Woods Ski Area
Mother Nature has dumped over five feet of snow on the Bretton Woods Ski Area so far this season, making for some great runs on the mountain, which boasts an incredible 62 trails, 35 glades, three terrain parks, and 10 lifts for days and days of terrific skiing and snowboarding. Try the night skiing, too!
Just across the road from the downhill ski area is the Bretton Woods Nordic Center with its 100 km of groomed trails through beautiful forested areas and open fields, providing lots of choices for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Both ski areas include knock-out views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, as well as the iconic and much photographed red-roofed Mt. Washington Hotel.
The Bretton Woods Ski Area and Omni Mt. Washington Resort pull out all the stops when it comes to winter activities. In addition to skiing or snowshoeing, bundle up for a fun time dog sledding, take a sleigh ride, go snowmobiling, twirl around on your ice skates, tube down a slick hill, fat bike some trails, let the kids zoom around in their own snowmobile park, try an ascent on the slopeside climbing wall, and be sure to leave some time for the resort’s amazing canopy tour!
- 2-4-1 Wednesdays, when two adults ski or ride for the price of one, during non-holiday periods.
- $25 Powder & Pasta. Ski or ride from 4-8 p.m. and fuel up with a pasta dinner on Friday and Saturday nights through March, including these holidays — January 14 and February 18-22.
- $55 Next-Day Upgrade. Available for Monday-Friday next day, non-holiday tickets.
- MLK Monday Madness. On January 15, celebrate with $60 tickets (must be purchased in advance).
- Ski NH Weekend. On January 28, first time Alpine ($39) and Nordic ($19) skiers can take advantage of these learn-to-ski packages. Bonus: On January 27 & 28, come to Bretton Woods with lift tickets or season passes for three or more NH ski areas, including Bretton Woods, to be entered into a raffle for a 2017-18 season pass to Bretton Woods to be drawn at the end of the weekend.
Check the website for additional information and more deals! www.brettonwoods.com
Plan to Get Your Winter Fun On at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
Bring the family to Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Pinkham Notch for a day of energizing winter fun. Eager to try out those new cross-country skis? Choose from 45 km of groomed and backcountry trails that wind through the most beautiful scenery at the foot of Mt. Washington; most trails are double-tracked for both classic and skate-style skiing.
Snowshoeing is even easier than cross-country skiing, and if you’ve never strapped on a pair of snowshoes this is the place to give it a try. Bring your own or rent a pair at Great Glen.
Kids just love the tubing hill (and aren’t we all kids at heart!). This is tubing done the traditional way: tube down the hill and walk back up. Over and over, for a whole lot of fun!
Fat biking has quickly caught on as a major sport, and winter fat biking is something you should try. It’s especially exhilarating on the Great Glen trails.
- January is Learn to Ski Month. Just $19 every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (except January 15); for first time skiers only. Includes skis, boots and pole rentals. 1.25 hour lesson.
- Ski with a Naturalist. Ski with an Appalachian Mountain Club naturalist and learn all about the flora and fauna of Pinkham Notch. Free tour, with purchase of a trail pass. Offered January 13 & 27 and February 10 & 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
- Sunrise SnowCoach Tour. Board the heated coach for a ride up Mt. Washington to treeline for an amazing view of the mountain and the winter sunrise. Offered January 14, and February 18, 21 & 25. These tours fill up fast! Reservations required.
- Ski with an Olympian. The three, one-hour lesson package ($199) will have you taking tips from Olympian Sue Weymss, the ski school director.
Great Glen Trails has an incredible number of winter programs in progress throughout the season. Check the website (((www.greatglentrails.com))) for more information.
Mush On! at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel
The frisky and friendly sled dogs at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel are born to run and love nothing better than pulling a sled of happy visitors on the beautiful, snowy fields and trails around their Jefferson kennel.
Visitors are encouraged to pet the dogs and help harness them to the sleds. You can even take a turn driving. At the end of a run, it’s traditional to walk the line petting each dog, handing out treats, thanking them for a job well done, and getting some doggie kisses in return!
This winter the dogs (and their owners) are loving the snow and have cooked up some exciting excursions.
- Fido’s Favorite is a 1.5-hour introductory dog sledding adventure, suitable for anyone 2 or older.
- Mini Mush is a cost-cutting option that is perfect for families and small groups. The 1.5-hour introductory course includes meeting and greeting the dogs, helping to prepare the sleds, short rides, and time at the end to properly thank the dogs.
- 3-Hour Adventure. For those who want a longer ride time.
- Musher for a Minute. This crash course is for anyone who has dreamed of handling a sled and team of dogs. For those 12 and older.
- Howl at the Moon. Experience the thrill of a nighttime sled dog ride. 1.5-hours; for those 5 and older.
Get all the details at https://dogslednh.com/.
Snowmobiling in Northern NH Means Miles & Miles of Groomed Trails
Every winter, thousands of people head to northern New Hampshire to zip along the more than 1,500 miles of excellent groomed snowmobile trails that wind through the region — from the deep woods at the Canadian border; over stark and lovely Dixville Notch and onto the shore of Lake Umbagog; to the top of Jericho Mountain in Berlin; under the shadow of Mount Washington in Bretton Woods and Twin Mountain; and along the wide open meadows of Jefferson and Lancaster.
You’ll discover a snowmobile trail for every skill and every expectation, and snowmobile trails that lead you right where you want to go. Many restaurants, hotels, motels and inns have direct access to the extensive snowmobile trail system that crisscrosses the region. Check out www.nhgrand.com for dozens of dining and lodging options to help you enjoy your stay.
Tip #1: Trail conditions are updated each week by New Hampshire State Parks. Sign up so you know about the snow before you go: http://www.nhstateparks.org/Activities/snowmobiling/trail-information.aspx
Tip #2: All snowmobilers must register their sleds in New Hampshire. The fees are considerably less expensive if you join as members of a local snowmobile club. Registration information is available from the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association. www.NHSA.com
Deals & Details:
- Tall Timber Lodge. Pittsburg has over 200 miles of groomed trails and you can enjoy them all with the lodge’s All Inclusive Snowmobile Rental Package that includes a daily machine rental along with top notch accommodations for two in a cabin with a fireplace and Jacuzzi, a full breakfast each morning and a nightly three-course dinner. Two options are available. Learn more here. http://www.talltimber.com/tall-timber-all-inclusive-packages/tall-timber-snowmobile-rental-package/
- Cabins at Lopstick. All 57 comfortable cabins are on or near a snowmobile trail in the Pittsburg trail system. Bring your own sled or rent a Skidoo from Lopstick. Lopstick offers several two- and three-night Ride and Stay Snowmobile packages or can create one to suit your situation. Learn more here. https://www.lopstick.com/packages/ride-and-stay-snowmobile-experience-package/
- Located right on Route 3 North, Mom’s in Lancaster has everything you need to enjoy your time on the trails, including new and pre-owned sleds, dozens of accessories, parts and service. You can also register your snowmobile here. https://www.momslancaster.com/
- White Mountain ATV Rental in Gorham can help you out in a jam. Their experts can tune up your snowmobile, fix a pesky problem, and have you back on the trails in no time. http://whitemtatvrental.com
- Ice Fishing is also popular in the Pittsburg region, and the Cabins at Lopstick (((www.lopstick.com))) can set you up with all you need to enjoy great fishing on Lake Francis (brown trout) and First, Second and Third Connecticut Lakes (cusk lake and brown trout). https://www.lopstick.com/experiences/the-winter-experience/