Would you go surfing in the winter? What about playing arcade games from yesteryear? The Southern White Mountains is all about switching up expectations of what you can do during the winter season. This region is home to smaller mountains and countless ice-capped lakes. It also has pretty paths through wintry woods, local wines to write home about, and plenty more!

Travelers looking to add another day to their stay (or swap out these activities for another region’s offering) can select from our assortment of 1-day winter itineraries or our 2 – 3-day itinerary.

Prior to setting out on your adventures, please check the operating dates and hours for all listed dining and activity options, as winter schedules vary. Also, book online ahead of time for experiences you know you don’t want to miss; many listed options sell out regularly and well in advance. 



Where are you starting your day? If you’re anywhere near Nashua (on the southern border of NH), we’d recommend kicking things off with an indoor surfing or skydiving Session at SkyVenture NH. But if you’d rather stick to a winter classic, head further north to the Lakes Region and Gilford, NH, where you can buckle on those ski boots for a half day of skiing at Gunstock Mountain Resort!

SkyVentureNH opens at 11am on weekends, so plan the rest of your day accordingly if you’d like to go with this option.


SkyVenture & Gunstock



Grab lunch on your own, and make it a good one! Your next adventure is a wintry walk in the woods.

Head to Page Pond Community Forest in Meredith, NH to explore the 8.3-mile network of easy to moderate trails. Be sure to pack microspikes to avoid slips in any icy sections. Feeling ambitious? Page Pond also has a 2-mile multi-use trail suitable for cross country skiing once the snow starts building up for the season; just keep in mind that this option is ungroomed and you'll have to bring your own gear.

If you've had enough outside time, stay warm, get nostalgic, and have a blast at Funspot (Weirs Beach, NH), a local favorite packed with both modern and throwback arcade games.


Southern Winter Itinerary (Page Pond Community Forest & Funspot)



Dinner is only a quick drive from the afternoon’s activities. We’d recommend either Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant if you’re still craving those Thanksgiving holiday flavors, or stopping at one of the many Common Man properties in the Meredith area. Diners will have their choice of American classic comfort dishes at The Common Man itself, or options ranging from Italian fare to homey dinners with a “cabin by the lake” kind of flare.

Whichever you pick, we propose toasting the day and recapping favorite moments over your meal. Then, it’s time to hit the road and head back home!

Hart's Turkey Farm & The Common Man


Combine Christmas and a mountaintop castle, and you can start to imagine the decorated splendor of Christmas at the Castle, a special holiday event at Castle in the Clouds (Moultonborough, NH) which runs through Thanksgiving weekend. If this lovely event has already passed you by, we’d recommend tax-free shopping at the Tanger Outlets Tilton for those last-minute additions to your gift giving list.


More than any other season, winter in the White Mountains is a time to pack sensibly. Bundle up for all your winter excursions, including waterproof outerwear, warm layers, hats, mittens, winter boots, microspikes, and other seasonal necessities. Local outfitters are a great place to supplement your winter wardrobe and gear.

Outfitters include:


Remember to keep safety in mind for all your adventures. Check the forecast often, as conditions can change quickly. Make sure your car is in good working order for the challenges of winter driving, call ahead to confirm that your desired activities and dining options remain open, and always opt to explore within you and your group’s abilities and comfort levels. We encourage purchasing a Hike Safe card as well.