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Weekend Winter Activities to Get You Outside

If you’re coming to spend a weekend with us in the White Mountains, get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and experience the stunning winter scenery that surrounds you. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.

Take a horse drawn sleigh ride

The White Mountains offers an idyllic backdrop to a traditional horse drawn sleigh ride. Whether it’s for a romantic outing, or a scenic tour with family, there are several great options for you to check out. Franconia Notch Stables offers hour long excursions through fields and forests with views of Mt. Lafayette, Kinsman Ridge, and Cannon Mountain. Blankets are provided and feel free to bring your choice of warm beverage to enjoy on the ride. The Omni Mount Washington Resort’s sleigh rides bring riders on a tour of the historic resort grounds with the snow-covered Mount Washington in the background. Reserve a private ride or ride with a group. Purity Spring Resort’s sleigh ride adventure will bring you along wooded trails, and beautiful fields which ends with an outdoor fire and hot cocoa. Head to Riverwalk Resort at Loon Mountain for a ride around the resort and down by the river.

Ski and Ride in the White Mountains

We have some of the best skiing and riding in the Northeast! Amazing trails for kids, beginners, and the more seasoned. Depending on which mountain you’re at, you will experience stunning views of the Presidential Range or Mount Washington. Events and special themed ski days happen continuously, so check out what Cannon Mountain , Loon Mountain Resort , Attitash Mountain Resort , Wildcat Mountain , Cranmore Mountain , Bretton Woods , and Waterville Valley have to offer!

Book a Snowmobile Tour

The conditions are great for snowmobiling and the White Mountains offers many trails to explore. Sledventures in Lincoln offers guided group and private snowmobile tours to everyone from the beginner to the expert. See Franconia Notch in a new way as your ride down Corridor 11. Northern Extremes Snowmobiling in Bartlett takes guests on a guided tour on the Bear Notch Trail System or take a ½ day tour from Bretton Woods and enjoy the trails around Mount Washington.

Snowshoe in the woods (And bring your camera!)

There are more trails than can be mentioned that are suitable for snowshoeing here in the White Mountains. For those just looking to get outside and get some fresh air, there are some easier trails to snap on the snowshoes and enjoy the scenery. Lincoln Woods , at the beginning of the western side of the Kancamagus Highway, is a 2.6 mile trail that runs along the Pemigewasset River. Many other trails stem off of this, so your walk can be tailored to your ability and the length of time you want to be out in the woods. The Discovery Trail , also on the Kancamagus Highway, is a 1-mile loop trail that incorporates signs about the history, and natural aspects of the White Mountains. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation maintains 40km of trails suitable for snowshoeing. Self-guided, and guided tours are available. Great Glen Trails offers groomed and ungroomed trails for every experience level. Bring your own snowshoes or rent some of theirs. Looking for a guided snowshoe tour? The AMC Highland Center and the Pinkham Notch Joe Dodge Lodge both offer snowshoe tours led by experienced and knowledgeable guides.

Aprés Ski in the White Mountains

Finished with a long day on the slopes? Not a skier but still enjoy entertainment, food and drink specials, and giveaways? Not only do the mountains offer aprés ski events including live music, logo gear giveaways, and drink and food specials, but the restaurants are jumping aboard the bandwagon. Check our website for a list of great restaurants in the White Mountains.