New England's highest and most majestic mountain peaks are in New Hampshire. When snowfall arrives, the White Mountains are a perfect backdrop for invigorating winter activities. Skiers and snowboarders alike will find challenging terrain at the region's slopes, of course. Though, you don't need to speed downhill in order to embrace winter in this snowy mountain playground, located just over two hours north of Boston. Whether dreaming of a family adventure, a getaway with friends, or a cozy couple's escape, enjoy these memorable White Mountains attractions.
The rugged White Mountains are home to downhill ski and snowboard trails for all abilities and all personalities. Ski resorts are complete family destinations, like Attitash, Waterville Valley, and Cranmore Mountai Then, there are steep and unforgiving slopes deep in the White Mountain National Forest, such as Wildcat Mountain and Cannon Mountain, which is home to New Hampshire's most vertical drops. The state's largest ski area, Bretton Woods, was named top in the East for snow by readers of Ski Magazine for the second straight year in 2015.
Whether you're an experienced rider or a timid beginner, Northern Extremes Snowmobiling in Bartlett has the equipment and instruction you need to give this exhilarating winter activity a try. It's easier to snowmobile than you might imagine, and there's no setting more sublime than the White Mountain National Forest, whether you set out on your own or on a guided tour along well-maintained trails.
Imagine gliding across a snowy landscape behind a team of Alaskan Huskies, Siberians, and Malamutes. Indeed, rescue dogs are given a new lease on life and a chance to do what they are born to do. At Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in the White Mountains, you can experience the thrill of dog sledding and help contribute to the care of more than 100 abandoned and neglected pups. Winter dog sled tours can be customized for couples, families, and other groups.
The Bretton Woods Canopy Tour at the Omni Mount Washington Resort is open daily year-round. In the winter, your flight above the crystalline pines will take your breath away. It's a memorable bonding experience for couples, and if you're brave enough to keep your eyes open, you'll see the White Mountains from the magical perspective of a bird in flight.
The Mt. Washington Auto Road may be closed to vehicular traffic during the winter months, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the splendid views of the Presidential Range from this century-and-a-half-old mountain pass. Simply board a SnowCoach for a 75-minute ride above the tree line. Sturdy, all-wheel-drive SnowCoaches operate from mid-December through mid-March, weather conditions permitting.
Farm by the River in North Conway, New Hampshire, will take you on a throwback journey aboard a horse-drawn sleigh this winter. You can choose to stay overnight at their B&B and book a romantic excursion complete with champagne, chocolates, and faux-fur blankets. Arrange for an on-site Justice of the Peace to transform your wintry ride into an epic start to your new life together with the white-dressed White Mountains as your witnesses.
Spend 60 to 90 minutes bouncing over rugged, snow-covered terrain aboard a Pinzgauer. What's a Pinzgauer? It's an Austrian-designed mountain-climbing military vehicle, and Alpine Adventures in Lincoln will take you on a White Mountains winter safari aboard one of these durable, 11-passenger, 6-wheel-drive trucks.