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Winter Activities in New England


Winter in New England is a mosaic of contrasts that all fit together for a great travel experience. Bright days reflected against a covering of white lead to crystal-clear nights with stars glistening overhead. A day of invigorating outdoor activities is followed by comfort food next to a warming fire. Along the ocean the coastline quiets and its beauty takes on more somber coloring. New England's cities pulse with cultural activities. Winter festivals are great fun.

 new England winter activities

Alpine ski areas range from full service mountain resorts and ski towns in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, to smaller-family oriented ski areas in every state. The medium-sized to larger areas offer great lodging packages, more and longer runs, and a wide variety of off slope services from spas to sleigh rides. Apres-ski nightlife in the ski towns is exciting and vivid.

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are the best way to enjoy winter in New England up close. Either activity is easy to learn. There are Nordic ski areas at major resorts as well as specific cross country ski and snowshoeing venues. Equipment rentals and instruction are available. Many parks and reserves also maintain trails for skiing and snowshoeing.

Snowmobiling has become a major winter pastime. Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine maintain thousands of miles of interconnected snowmobiling trails. Outfitters and guides throughout snow country provide advice, guided tours, and rentals so winter hikers and skiers can explore the back country.

People who don't ski, be assured that there's plenty for you to enjoy at New England's ski towns, starting, simply enough, with the gorgeous surroundings. Beyond that, there are outdoor adventures like snow tubing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and ice skating; and indoor fun at shops, galleries, and restaurants. You can tour and taste at wineries or breweries; get a soak or a massage at a spa; play with your kids at indoor climbing walls and arcades. Find non-skiing fun at Okemo Valley and Ludlow, Vermont; Loon Mountain, Lincoln and North Woodstock New Hampshire; and at Stowe, Vermont.

Ski Areas

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Snow Tubing

New England Ski Conditions

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