Now that winter has landed, gone through customs and has made it clear that it’s here staying for a few months, this would be a good time to look at fun activities to do in this whitest of seasons.
New England – located in the far northeast of the United States – happens to be blessed with historic towns and beautiful coastlines and beaches, but what attracts most visitors are its inland mountain ranges, lakes and rolling farmlands. From December through March, these places are absolutely ideal for winter sports. The mountains offer world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities; the lakes allow for ice skating and ice fishing; and the farmlands are crisscrossed by great trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Best New England Winter Sports
Skiing and Snowboarding
The Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire are the prime skiing and snowboarding destinations in New England. Especially Vermont is home to a huge number of winter resorts: there are no less than twenty resorts and thirty cross-country ski centers. Some of the most popular New England winter sports destinations in Vermont are Killington, Sugarbush, Okemo Mountain, Stratton, Stowe and Jay Peak Resort.
The slopes in New Hampshire provide some fantastic white winter thrills as well. Popular destinations include Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods and Attitash.
In Maine the renowned Sugarloaf ski area is where many U.S. Winter Olympians have their training grounds. Needless to say that the slopes are world-class over there. Additionally, the Sunday River Resort is home to more than 130 trails and is spread out over eight mountains, not too shabby either.
Other winter sports in New England that guarantee heaps of fun are snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, both possible all across New England. Recommended destinations in Massachusetts are Canterbury Farms, Hilltop Orchards and Maple Corner Cross-Country Ski Center. Connecticut’s best snowshoeing is found in Woodbury and Farmington. And again, Vermont’s and New Hampshire’s mountains are the place to be.
For snowmobiling there is no place like Maine. The state is home to no less than 14,000 miles of marked snowmobiling trails and almost 300 clubs. Snowmobiles can be rented at shops, high-end resorts and sporting camps alike.
Dog sledding tours are offered in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. It’s an ideal and unique way to explore the wintry landscapes. In Maine you should head to Bethel or Sunday River; in Vermont dog sledding can be done at Eden Dog Sledding, north of Stowe; and in New Hampshire you can head into the wilderness in North Conway and Dixville Notch.
Other joyous New England winter sports include ice climbing, ice skating and snow tubing. There are countless accommodation options throughout the region, from classy resorts to homely B&Bs and mountain huts.