Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Winter in New England

Cool Activities You Can Only Enjoy During the Winter Season

Winter Activities in New England
••• Killington's state-of-the-art snowmaking guarantees a long ski season. Courtesy of Killington.

New England is lovely when blanketed in winter white, and cool activities make this frozen season one you'll warmly embrace. This is skiing and snuggling season, a time to enjoy the invigorating freshness of a winter day, then sip hot cider in front of a fire with the one you cherish. Here are 10 ways to experience the best of winter in New England.

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    Ski New England

    Sunday River
    ••• Maine's Sunday River offers one of the longest ski seasons in New England. Media photo courtesy of Sunday River, © Nick Lambert

    New England's ski slopes are the perfect destination for a winter getaway with friends or family. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced skier or snowboarder looking for new challenges, you'll find suitable terrain at dozens of ski resorts in the region.

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    Snow Tubing in New England
    ••• Tired of being stuck indoors this winter? New England is the ideal place to try tubing. Visit any of these New England tubing parks, and you'll discover how fun and exhilarating snow tubing can be for the whole family. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    You don't need lessons. There's no expensive equipment to buy. And your shins won't ache at the end of the day. It's no wonder that in New England, snow tubing has become a popular alternative to skiing. With more than a dozen New England tubing parks offering fast-paced fun, families visiting the region this winter will find ample opportunities to give tubing a try.

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    Winter Getaways in New England
    ••• A fireplace in your room makes your New England winter getaway romantic and toasty. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    After a day of playing in the snow or strolling arm-in-arm through this winter wonderland, nothing is quite as romantic as retiring to your room at a charming and cozy inn and lighting a crackling, comforting fire in your own fireplace. Here are 10 New England inns where you'll find a fireplace in each and every guest room.

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    Great Wolf Lodge New England
    ••• Trade waffle-sized snowflakes and frigid temps for 84-degree warmth and the thrill of being doused in gallons of liquid precipitation at Great Wolf Lodge New England. © 2014 Kim Knox Beckius

    Is a New England winter getaway out of the question for those who hate bundling up? Heck, no. Here are seven New England places where, even on cold, frigid days, you may just forget that it's winter.

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    Ice Castle NH White Mountains
    ••• The ice castle is just one reason to visit New Hampshire's White Mountains in the winter. © 2017 Kim Knox Beckius

    Each winter, frozen water becomes a building material in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Step inside the Northeast's coolest ice castle, and you'll be dazzled by what can be achieved when humans collaborate with Mother Nature. Photo ops abound inside this enormous icicle palace.

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    Cross Country Ski Tracks in Vermont
    ••• Experience the quiet majesty of the Vermont woods on cross-country skis. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    Vermont is New England's winter sports capital, and if careening downhill on skis or a snowboard isn't your thing, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy playing in the fluffy white stuff. Here's your guide to 10 places in Vermont where you can cross-country ski or snowshoe. It's great exercise, without the risk of injuring yourself on the downhill slopes.

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    Glide on the Ice

    Ice Skating in New England
    ••• Deering Oaks Park Pond in Portland, Maine, is a picturesque place to ice skate. "Deering Oaks Pond" © Corey Templeton @coreytempleton, flickr.com Creative Commons License

    Ice skating can be romantic, fun and great exercise! Here are some of the best places to ice skate in New England:

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    Cape Codder Resort Heated Year-Round Swimming Pool
    ••• Swim outdoors all winter long at resorts in New England like the Cape Codder in Hyannis. © 2013 Kim Knox Beckius

    You may find this hard to believe, but you can swim outdoors in New England even  in the dead of winter. Here's your guide to hotels and resorts in the region that keep their heated outdoor pools open year-round.

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    Go Snowmobiling

    Snowmobile in New England
    ••• Don't be intimidated! Snowmobiling is easy to learn, and New England outfitters will introduce you to this fun winter pastime. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius

    Have you ever tried snowmobiling? You'll find miles of trails to explore in northern New England and outfitters that will show you the ropes and lead you on guided adventures. Northern Extremes in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains is one of the best.

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    See Winter Scenes from a Dog Sled

    Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in New Hampshire
    ••• Dog sledding in New England is an unforgettable winter adventure. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius

    If you're ready for a unique winter adventure, book a dog sled tour. New England is home to several dog sled tour operators, who will gladly take you for a ride and maybe even teach you how to drive. Here are three to consider:

    • Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel offers dog sled tours not only in winter but spring through fall. The more than 100 rescue dogs trained to pull dog sleds delight in the work that earns them a forever home, and dog sledding is a winter adventure that's memorable and fun for New Hampshire visitors of all ages.
    • Peacepups Dog Sledding in Lake Elmore, Vermont, offers dog sledding day tours with a team of Siberian Huskies. Mushing 101 sessions are available for those who'd like to learn to drive a dogsled.

    • Northern Exposure Outfitters Sled Dog Tours in Brookfield, Massachusetts, offers dog sledding tours and lessons even in the spring and fall when there's no snow.