February Break in the White Mountains
Conquer the Slopes!
The White Mountains provide New Hampshire with some of the best ski terrain in the east. Grab your gear and make some angles up on the hill.
Alpine Skiing & Riding:
Attitash Mountain Resort | Bretton Woods | Cannon Mountain | Cranmore Mountain Resort | Loon Mountain | Waterville Valley Resort | Wildcat Mountain XC Skiing: Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center | Jackson Ski Touring | Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring
Start Your Engines
A great way to experience the beauty and fun of winter in the White Mountains is a tour by track. The Mt. Washington SnowCoach drives guests up to treeline on Mt. Washington (approximately 4200 ft) into a sub-artic world for a truly unforgettable adventure. Want to control your own power driven experience? Sledventures in Lincoln offers guided snowmobile tours for all abilities through beautiful Franconia Notch.
Mother Nature and a "Cool" Education
Take a guided family hike to big views without big effort. Join a naturalist to learn more about the flora and fauna that make the White Mountains so special. Scout for animal tracks and listen for bird calls. Or experience the science of climate and weather on New England’s highest peak through interactive exhibits and live video links.
Appalachian Mountain Club | Squam Lakes Natural Science Center | The Trails in the Wood, Believe in Books Literacy Foundation | Weather Discovery Center
Fly or Climb
Looking for another adrenaline fused experience this winter? Why not try an exciting adventure that still allows you to enjoy the fresh mountain air. Soar above the forest floor and over rivers, climb across suspension bridges and up hiking trails – all while enjoying spectacular mountain views. Or harness up and test your rock climbing skills with the help of knowledgeable staff.
Alpine Adventures | Bretton Woods Canopy Tour & Indoor Climbing Wall | Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park | Loon Mountain Zipline Adventure & Indoor Climbing Wall | North Country Climbing Center | Vertical Ventures Aviation | White Mountains Helicopter
Take a Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride
Experience a different sort of horsepower! There is nothing like dashing over the fields and through the woods on a scenic sleigh ride. Grab your sweetie, or your family, and enjoy a timeless way to make spirits bright as sleigh bells jingle on. There are a variety of outfitters offering wagon and sleigh rides plus horseback riding throughout the White Mountains Region, from Waterville Valley to the Mount Washington Valley.
Farm by the River Stables | Franconia Notch Stables | Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort | Purity Spring Resort | Waterville Valley Town Square
Lace up those Skates
Nothing says winter in New England like the time-honored tradition of gliding across freshly cut ice on sharp skates. Ice skating offers a fun, family activity at affordable rates. Visit any of the rinks listed below – a great opportunity to practice your circles and figure eights! Be sure to call ahead for public hours.
Loon Mountain Adventure Center | Plymouth State University Ice Arena | Purity Spring Resort | RiverWalk Resort | Waterville Valley Ice Arena
Mush the Dogs
Ever wondered what it’s like to be pulled over the fields and through the woods by a powerful team of eager sled dogs? Or maybe you’d like to work on your dog-driving skills? Experience this thrilling adventure on a one to three hour tour complete with a meet and greet, ride, and plenty of dog treats.
Mountain View Grand Resort | Muddy Paw Dog Sled Kennel
Shop till you drop
Step inside distinctive art galleries, antique and specialty shops, and clothing boutiques, it’s all tax free.
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Discover the sweet life by visiting the home of the world’s longest candy counter. Check out a maple sugar house and museum filled with maple syrup-making artifacts and area memorabilia. Sample mature cheddar cheese aged two years and handcrafted chocolate confections. There’s something for everyone’s taste buds!
Bavarian Chocolate Haus | Chutters | Fadden’s Maple Sugarhouse | Fuller’s Sugar House | Harman’s Cheese & Country Store
Wine Tasting & Brew Tours
New Hampshire’s long history of brewing beer dates back to 1635, so we’re pretty good at it! Tour a brewery and sample unique recipes inspired by the characteristics of the White Mountains and local flavor. Enjoy taster pours and gourmet wood-fired pizza in a restored 18th century mill on the Ammonoosuc River. Or explore a specialty shop offering artisanal foods and libations, plus wine tastings.
Purple Tomato | Schilling Beer Company | Seven Birches Winery | Woodstock Brewery
Whatever the reason you're staying inside, try one of these indoor activities and turn it into a memorable one.
Funspot | Mystery NH | Museum of the White Mountains | New England Ski Museum | Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
For the Night Owls
Star Gazing - When the stars come out in late winter, the air is clear and sharp and they glitter and twinkle as they wander across the sky. In the White Mountains, you’re all the closer to the expanse of night and you see what generations of star gazers have observed and if you think about it, that’s pretty neat. Perhaps the most famous star gazers were Margret and H. A. Rey, who wrote about the adventures of Curious George. They summered in Waterville Valley to watch the stars and he wrote The Stars and Find the Constellations . Today, Waterville Valley, which has taken steps to protect its dark night skies, is a great place to view the heavans. The Rey Center and its partner, the New Hampshire Astronomical Society offers monthly Night Sky Watches at the Curious George Cottage.
Alpenglow Watching - The sunset lingers now, in less of a hurry to depart the day and as it drops below the horizon, its last rays cast beautiful rosy light on the snow covered peaks. The sky behind them takes on hues of pink, changing to mauve and then purple in the fading light, before night folds over the landscape. The best place to view it? Anywhere you have a panorama of the mountains. Take the time to watch the day end. It’s not a sight you ever forget.