Winter in New England can be a fun and magical time. While some consider winter a time to be inside huddled against the cold anxiously awaiting spring, true New Englanders know winter as a time that offers a completely new and rich set of activities. For those who wish to stay inside winter is the time that most major orchestras and theater companies have their main seasons – so there is a rich set of cultural, and arts and entertainment offerings. It can also be a a lot of fun to snuggle up next to a fire in the fireplace or wood stove and watch it snow outside.
Winter Outdoor Activities
But if you stay inside all winter you miss so much of the fun. Winter in New England is also a time to get outside and enjoy a wonderful and diverse offering of outdoor activities, including:
- Dog Sledding – Dog Sledding in New England means sled dog clubs, sled dog races, and sled dog rides and outings ranging from a few hours to days in length. If you have always wanted to try your hand at mushing through the snow behind a team of sled dogs, you will find ample opportunity in New England.
Ice Skating – what can be more iconic of New England than skating on a frozen pond. Opportunities abound to get outside on local ponds, and many inns, such as the Nestlenook Inn in Jackson, New Hampshire, also offer outdoor skating. If you like to add a hockey puck to your skating, New England is home to the Pond Hockey Classic held every year on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire and on Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont.
- Skiing – Some of the best skiing in the United States can be found in New England. There are numerous choices for downhill or alpine skiing as well as cross country or Nordic skiing. So whether rushing down a mountain, or gliding through a glen, New England has plenty to offer skiers of all abilities. All six New England states have skiing. To learn more, visit our page for each of the states:
- Skijoring – What is skijoring? Think cross country skiing while being pulled by dogs, a horse, or a motor vehicle and you have it. Skijoring can be enjoyed in many different places throughout New England.
- Sleigh Rides – What could be more romantic than being wrapped up in a blanket in a sleigh with the one you love? Sleigh rides abound in New England and are a wonderful and low effort way to get outdoors in the winter.
- Snow Shoeing – Snow shoeing is great fun, wonderful exercise, and a sure fire way to work up a sweat even on the coldest day. Many cross country ski areas also allow snow shoeing, but the beauty of this sport is that you can strap on the snow shoes and blaze your own trail too.
- Snowmobiling – There are literally tens of thousands of miles of snowmobile trails in New England including Maine’s well known 14,500 mile interconnected trail system that is marked and groomed by nearly 300 snowmobile clubs.
Snowtubing – Fun for the whole family with no learning curve. Tubing is a great, easy, and fun way to get outdoors on a winter day.
So whether you intend to spend winter inside huddled up near the fire with a steaming mug of hot chocolate, or outside becoming one with the elements, winter in New England is a time to be embraced and enjoyed.