New England Winters

 snowy ridge

It is winter in New England, it gets cold really cold – 20 degrees cold.  Winter here is anywhere from 3 months to almost 5 months.  I hear many people really hating winter this time of year because they think there is nothing to do when it is cold out.    From the beauty of snow and ice to all the fun activities that are available only in the winter I have come to look forward to winter and with such long winters that is great.  Here are some of my favorite winter activities.

Cross country skiing is great exercise and it is really hard to be cold while working up a sweat!  A great place to start is Windblown cross country ski area has beautifully groomed trails, warming huts, knowledgeable staff, rental center and a family friendly cafeteria.     If you have skis there are many great places to go for free, one of my favorites is Bedford ski trails.

Windblown Ski Area New Ipswich, NH  http://windblownxc.com/

Bedford, NH cross country ski     http://www.bxcsc.org/

Snowshoeing is great if skiing isn’t for you but you still want to be outside in the winter. You never know what beauty in nature you will find when outside exploring!

Beaver Brook in Hollis, NH offers snowshoe rentals as well as some guided walks on their beautiful trails.   http://www.beaverbrook.org/visit-us/snowshoeing-at-beaver-brook/

Snowshoe suggestions for NH   http://traveltips.usatoday.com/snowshoeing-londonderry-nh-105311.html

Link to beautiful snowflakes  https://www.flickr.com/photos/chaoticmind75/

ice

Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH    Ice slides for the kids and the willing grown ups.  Only walking required, I do recommend very warm clothes and boots for walking in the shaved ice.  The artistic ice sculptures are beautiful day and night it really is a magical place.

http://icecastles.com/

ice castle pic

Ice skating inside available on bad weather days and outside rinks all over New England with many free of charge.

Nashua, NH    http://www.conwayarena.com/

Exeter, NH skating   http://www.therinksatexeter.com/publicskating.htm

Public skating in MA    http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/recreational-activities/ice-skating.html

Sledding is great for kids but also for bringing out the fun in grown ups.

http://www.wmur.com/escape-outside/new-hampshire-sledding-hills-still-popular-during-this-time-of-year/24644254

Snow tubing like sledding but can be more of a group event especially with lodge time after.

Pats Peak Ski Area  Henniker, NH    http://www.patspeak.com/snowtubing.html

Nashoba Valley  Westford, MA  http://www.skinashoba.com/tubing.html

Snowmobiling in the White Mountains is a great way to see the trails with speed.

Great links for many activities in New England   http://www.discovernewengland.org/new-england-activities/winter-adventures/

Indoor climbing is a great indoor workout and kids usually love it, probably because they are naturally great at it!

http://verticaldreams.com/

http://www.metrorock.com/splashpage

http://www.metrorock.com/newburyport

http://www.evorock.com/

Indoor bounce places great way to burn off some stress and have some laughs for kids of all ages

http://www.altitudeparkma.com/page.cfm?pageid=Altitude-Trampoline-Park-Billerica-MA

http://www.skyzone.com/westborough/AboutUs/WhatisSkyZone.aspx

http://getairportland.com/

Museums and Aquariums  both are art to me, one is just nature’s art.

Currier Museum of Art   http://www.currier.org/

New England Aquarium   http://www.neaq.org/index.php

Winter really can be a fun time to get out and explore!  Try a few or try them all and you will wish winter was longer!  Share your ideas for adventure in the winter with me, I am always looking for a new adventure.  Winter is a great time to Roar Loud!

 

About Cathy

Cathy (aka “Wildcat”) is not your typical travel/adventurer. Whether it is traveling across the globe or exploring her beloved White Mountains of New Hampshire, this mother of 4’s curious nature has led her to find adventure everywhere she goes. Her blog RoarLoud.net was first started to chronicle the training and journey to the “Rooftop of Africa” – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since that time, RoarLoud.net has expanded to highlight everything connected with the unique and fascinating adventures a Wildcat can find. She shares with her readers tips, advice, and encouragement to find their strength and inner “ROAR”.
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  1. […] 5. A great way to take advantage of the snow is by doing some fun winter sports. In Rhode Island, we ski and snowboard and tube at Yawgoo Valley in Exeter.  It is a really small mountain which makes it well-suited for kids to learn to ski. We  also go to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, a full-scale vacation site with many more trails. Here is another article about an adult trip to nearby Bretton Woods in NH by RoarLoud. You can also snowshoe, snowmobile and cross country ski. When we want to do these winter activities we head to Fox Carlton Pond in Maine where we stay in their beautiful  small  lodge and they schedule these excursions for us. RoarLoud also has a good article that gives ideas of where to do other winter sports  here. […]

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