Everybody knows that the White Mountains has awesome downhill skiing and snowboarding at some of the best ski areas in the Northeast. Check out Loon Mountain Resort , Cannon Mountain , Attitash Mountain Resort , Cranmore Mountain Resort , Wildcat Mountain , Bretton Woods , and Waterville Valley Resort if you don’t believe us.
However, if you’re not one to hit the slopes, or want to mix up the winter fun, the White Mountains offers a variety of winter activities sure to please every member of the family.
The adventure doesn’t stop just because it’s winter! Alpine Adventures offers incredible off-road tours, a variety of zipline courses, guided snow shoe tours, and the thrill of the Thrillsville Aerial Adventure Park.
Mount Washington Auto Road Snow Coach-Gorham
Take this scenic, guided ride to the breath-taking tree-line on top of Mount Washington. The Snow Coach uses tracks instead of wheels to take visitors up to approximately 4,200 feet where the views are unrivaled.
Great Glen Outdoor Center is a playground for winter enthusiasts. Offering a multitude of winter activities such as XC skiing, tubing, and snowshoeing, the whole family will enjoy a day outdoors.
Soar above the White Mountains in a helicopter
White Mountains Helicopter in Warren and Vertical Ventures in Whitefield will take you on unforgettable winter helicopter rides around and above the White Mountains. Plan an adventurous, romantic date or bring your camera to get aerial shots of our beautiful mountain peaks. Check this one off your bucket list!
The outdoor pool at Riverwalk Resort at Loon Mountain gets transformed into a skating rink in the winter, complete with a toasty fire pit. Enjoy public skating or watch one of the stunning ice shows and events, happening throughout the season. Need an escape from the elements? Waterville Valley ’s Ice Arena is an indoor rink that hosts public skating as well as hockey tournaments.
Muddy Paw offers dog sledding adventures for those looking for a shorter ride, and those looking for a longer, adventurous journey through the White Mountains. Or, take a romantic night-time tour so you can howl at the moon!
Escape Room Adventures
You and your team have 60 minutes to solve puzzles, clues, and unlock locks to “escape” these themed escape rooms. Mystery NH in North Conway and Time Quest NH in Littleton create fun and safe environments for teams to try to beat the clock and solve the mystery of the room.
Seven Birches creates local wine to tempt any palate. They offer daily wine tastings as well as a ‘Meet the Winemaker Tour” where you can get a behind the scenes look (and taste) at how this delicious wine goes from grape to bottle.
Live a Little Fitness-Lincoln
For adults, Live a Little Fitness offers yoga classes by fireside, with beer, and with massage elements added in. Looking for a place for the kids to burn off some energy, bring them in to try out the Beam Play Zone, which is an interactive floor tablet with dozens of games for kids to choose from.
Cross Country Skiing
Not only does the White Mountains cater to the downhill skier, but there are also several great places to cross-country ski with incredible mountain views as your back drop. Check out Jackson Ski Touring Foundation , Great Glen Outdoor Center , Bretton Woods Nordic Center , Nordic Center at Waterville Valley , and the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Center .
Snowy day, windy day, cold day…whatever the weather, it’s a great time to check out the indoor rock climbing wall at North Country Climbing Center. This is a fun activity for beginners to the advanced climber.
After a day of being outdoors, or when the elements are too extreme to even go outside, the Kahuna Laguna Indoor Waterpark will make you feel like it’s a summer day. Splash around in the Wiki Wave Pool, or scream your way down one of their four water slides. The Bamboo Bay Adventure Tower has rope bridges, a water cannon, and much more to keep the kids entertained.
Opening January 5, this magical ice castle was created using pipes, water, and thousands of icicles and is so unique, you just have to experience it for yourself. The castle is lit up at night and events throughout the season include visits with the Enchanted Frozen Princess and Fire Performances.
The stage will be lit up this winter and performers are waiting to entertain you! Performances include an Allman Brothers tribute band, a magic show, several comedy shows, a kid’s theatrical performance, and a film series throughout the winter.
There are many trail systems within the White Mountains that can only be reached by snowmobile. SledVentures in Lincoln offers guided snowmobile tours along the Corridor 11 snowmobile trail and Northern Extremes Snowmobiling in North Conway offers self-guided snowmobile tours within the Bear Notch Road trail system, as well as snowmobile rentals.