New Hampshire is home to over 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails that crisscross across the state connecting to trails in Maine, Vermont, and Quebec. To put that in perspective, if you were to drive from Manchester, NH to Sacramento, CA and back again, you’d only cover roughly 6,000 miles. That’s a lot of miles of trails!
So, your family or friends want to go on a ski vacation in the White Mountains, but you don’t ski or snowboard? Don’t fret. There is plenty of fun indoor and outdoor activities you can do while everyone else is skiing. Ski resorts and surrounding towns are no longer just for skiers. Lincoln-Woodstock caters to everyone from the Olympic ski racer down to Grandma snapping photos of her grandbaby skiing for the very first time.
The White Mountains are a wonderful ski vacation destination for the whole family. With plenty of family-friendly mountains, professional ski schools, and lots of extracurricular activities, a family ski trip is easy to plan. But, there is lots to consider before booking your lift tickets. Just like any family vacation, planning and executing a winter ski vacation with little ones can be hectic, to say the least. But, teaching children to ski from a young age allows them to enjoy the great outdoors year-round, participate in an active sport, and lets you spend valuable time with your family and create memories to last a lifetime.
While the western White Mountains are a major ski destination during the winter months, it’s also a great place to strap on a pair of snowshoes or crampons and hit the hiking trails. The trails are way less crowded this time of year!
After the last chair stops churning at 4 pm, what do you do? Most people will head back to their condos or hotel rooms to relax before heading out for dinner. Others will head straight to the hot tub and call in a pizza from GH Pizza. For those looking for an evening of fun, Lincoln has several local restaurants and bars perfect for après ski.
Nothing is more frustrating than long lift lines on the perfect ski day. With the high costs of lift tickets, you want to get as many runs as possible. Weekends, holidays, and school vacations are all high traffic days on any ski mountain.
Bad Weather? No Problem! Not every day can be a bluebird day on the slopes. Maybe you're not a skier or fan of the cold in general? Sometimes the temperatures drop below zero, or Mother Nature decides to pound us with a blizzard. It’s okay to take a break from skiing and enjoy some of the many indoor activities that you can do without bundling up in 100 layers of clothing to stay warm.
You don’t have to go far to find one of the best spots for a romantic getaway in New England. Imagine snowshoeing hand-in-hand with your sweetheart amongst the glistening pines as the sun hits their icy needles just right. Snow-capped Franconia Ridge serves as your beacon as you meander through the White Mountain National Forest for a romantic picnic beside the warm fireplace at the Lonesome Lake Hut at Cannon Mountain.
Whoever decided to strap a piece of metal across the bottom of their foot and glide across a frozen pond must have either been crazy or brilliant. The history of ice skating is a bit murky, but many people believe that it originated in the Scandinavian countries over 5,000 years ago, which would make sense because those countries have some pretty good hockey players! Based on old drawings in literature, some believe that it may even date back to the Middle Ages.
For skiers and snowboarders, winter is never long enough. It comes and goes in a blink of an eye so you’ll want to get as many days as possible on the slopes. With several long holiday weekends coming up this winter, why not book a three-day ski weekend getaway with the whole family?