The New England region of the USA inspires visitors with fabulous snowscapes in the wintertime — often marked by bright blue skies. In addition to dozens of top-notch skiing and snowboarding centers, New England offers the following winter adventure activities. Get ready for some real fun — and don’t forget to bundle up!
Snow Tubing: A Gigantic Slide
With snow tubing, hop aboard a circular air-filled tube and slide downhill at top speeds on specially groomed slopes. You can enjoy this fun alone or together with family and friends. You need no previous knowledge or special equipment. Some facilities offer snow tubing at night — a magical experience under starry skies — and special short snow tubing runs for small children. You’ll find snow tubing at many ski resorts including Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine and King Pine Ski Area in the state of New Hampshire. In Massachusetts, New England Sports Park is a stand-alone snow tubing park off I-95 just an hour north of Boston, or head to western Massachusetts to Ski Butternut. For more snow tubing locations: Maine, New Hampshire.
Snowmobiling: Whizzing through Snowscapes
Tens of thousands of snowmobilers explore Maine's trails every winter. Maine offers 14,500 miles of groomed and marked snowmobiling trails maintained by almost 300 clubs — the most trails of any state in the eastern U.S. Touring Maine on a snowmobile will allow you to go places and see sights that few people access at any time of the year. Snowmobile rentals are available at sporting camps, four-season resorts, recreational outfitters and snowmobile shops.
Snowmobile outfitters offer guided tours catered to novice or advanced riders. Travel around lakes, and through fields and forest, or try the more challenging terrain of backcountry woods trails and mountains with elevations near 4,000 feet. Outfitters can also make lodge-to-lodge arrangements for overnight trips. Maine resorts that offer snowmobiling adventures include Northern Outdoors and New England Outdoor Center. In Vermont, Stowe Snowmobile Tours offers experiences in several locations, including a two-hour backcountry tour through Mount Mansfield State Forest for both the beginner and advanced rider. Special tours are also offered for children. Snowmobile tours and rentals are available throughout New England.
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Snow Safari: Climb While You Ride
For another unique New England winter adventure, head to the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Safari Tour of Alpine Adventures in Lincoln, New Hampshire, attracts great attention from New England television stations. In an Austrian army transport vehicle called a "Pinzgauer" your vehicle will bump and grind through the roughest of snowy terrain. A highlight — in the truest sense of the word — will be to scale Barron Mountain, where you will have a spectacular view of winter scenery.
Snowshoeing & Extreme Sledding
Snowshoeing is offered at many ski resorts and ski centers throughout the New England region. Many inns and bed & breakfasts also offer guests complimentary use of equipment so they can head for adventure right out the back door!
In western Massachusetts, try snowshoeing at Canterbury Farm, Maple Corner Farm Cross-Country Ski Center, or Hilltop Orchards adjacent to a winery. In New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley, you can snowshoe (on Nordic ski) trails on a 65 km network of trails. Come in February for their popular Chocolate Festival with trailside chocolate treat stops. In Connecticut, there's Woodbury Ski & Tubing in Woodbury and Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center in Farmington.
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- Maine snowshoeing information
- Snowshoe trips in New Hampshire
- Snowshoe trips in Massachusetts
- Snowshoeing in Rhode Island
- Connecticut snowshoeing locations
Mush! And we're not describing the snow! Dog sledding is another increasingly popular activity offered at several New England locations. In Maine and New Hampshire, New England Dogsledding offers fun and educational dog sledding, mushing and sled dog tours in the Bethel, Maine/Sunday River Ski Area, in the North Conway, New Hampshire region, and the "wild" Grafton Notch Umbagog Lake Wildlife Refuge area in Dixville Notch. More information: Maine, New Hampshire
Sit back and relax as beautiful horses take you through sparkling snowy landscapes, often with the joyous ring of sleigh bells. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are offered at many resorts, inns, and farms throughout New England such as Allegra Farm in East Haddam, Connecticut. Some places even offer magical nighttime rides in which the only noise is the whoosh of the runners through the snow. Sleigh rides are a perfect way to enjoy the New England scenery and get the holiday spirit!
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