Unleash your adventure spirit at zip lines, caves, ski trails in the White Mountains
The White Mountains region of New Hampshire is so magnificent in all seasons that it’s not surprising various entrepreneurs there have devised businesses to help get visitors outdoors, on land, sea, and in the air. Mountain trails
are used by hikers in summer and cross country skiers in winter. In Pinkham Notch, you can join a guided bird watching tour or paddling trip on the Androscoggin River. A SnowCoach can get you to the top of Mount Washington to see the mountain winter in comfort. Zip lines and tours of glacial caves take adventurers above the Earth and underneath it. The varieties of outdoor adventure can keep the whole family
enthralled. Lodging ranges from family resorts
to cozy B&Bs
64 Railroad Street
Lincoln, NH, 03251
This amazing winter wonderland is made of solid ice and snow
Grab a good pair of sturdy boots, a snug jacket, a hat and mittens and head to the Ice Castles, where everything (including pathways) is made of ice and snow. Strolling through the castle, where walls are 10 feet thick and 10,000 icicles a day are placed to make the interior magical, you’ll encounter tunnels and caves, frozen fountains, chairs and thrones, sculptures and towers, some of which reach 25 feet into the air. Plus, there are slides! With lights frozen into the ice, there really is a feeling of fantasy, especially at night, when colored lights sync up to music for a spectacular light show. Tickets are guaranteed to sell out each weekend - be sure to buy yours in advance on our website!
3 Village Road
Waterville Valley, NH, 03215
Four-season activities beckon you from this comfortable mountain lodge
Reconnect with family, friends and the great outdoors at Black Bear Lodge, in the heart of the White Mountains’ fabulous Waterville Valley Resort. Check in to one of the lodge’s 107 individually owned units, all with fully equipped kitchens and all sleeping from four to six people, then head out to ski (downhill and Nordic), skate and snowshoe in the winter; hike and bike past waterfalls on color-intense trails in the fall; and go kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing and swimming in Corcoran’s Pond in the summer (or view magnificent Snow’s Mountain from a chairlift). The resort’s popular Freedom Pass also gives you access to an indoor ice arena, gym and White Mountain Athletic Club. Hop on board the shuttle to go from one amazing outdoor adventure to another. Memories are made here.
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH, 03251
Zips, giant climbing web, log jam maze fill a day with action
New Hampshire’s longest scenic gondola skyride to the mountain top is just the start of the action at Loon Mountain. Ride a snow tube down for the excitement that awaits at the base. Trvel a zipline across the Pemigewasset River and into the Aerial Forest Adventure Park. Scale a rock wall, rent a bike, navigate the LogJam Maze, or climb a 30-foot-tall spider web. Young kids will love the bounce house and fun inflatable games at Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard. While you’re at the summit, visit glacial caves and walk a scenic nature trail. Grab lunch or a snack at the Summit Café, which serves up great food and some of the best views of the White Mountains in all of New England.
33 Village Road
Waterville Valley, NH, 03215
Everything is great about the outdoors at this NH resort
When the folks at Waterville Valley talk about the great outdoors, they are not exaggerating. Mountains – to hike up or ski down – are everywhere. Take the chairlift up Snow’s Mountain and bike down, “chimney” down a short rock face at Mount Osceola or opt for something a little more sedate with a walk through the national forest that surrounds the resort. Swim in Corcoran’s Pond or one of the many pools at the resort’s lodging properties – or drive for a few minutes to a swimming hole. Play tennis or golf; rent a paddle boat, canoe or kayak; take advantage of the skateboard and inline skate park and outdoor dirt BMX track; join a pickup basketball game – or just enjoy the starry night sky. Many of these activities are included in the price of your room with the Waterville Valley Freedom Pass.
Route 16 at Pinkham Notch
Gorham, NH, 03581
Outdoor adventure for summer and winter explorers
Four-season adventure awaits your family at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch. In warmer months, head out on scenic trails for a hike, a run, or bike ride through the majestic White Mountains. Join a guided bird watching tour or paddling trip on the Androscoggin River. In winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are the way to get around on a trail system of easy and rolling terrain. Skiers of all abilities can find their own level of activity, challenge, and fun. Trails are groomed with both double tracks and a skating lane and run through the forests at the base of Mount Washington. Or you can jump onto the SnowCoach and tour the mountain in winter from a comfortable seat. Outdoor fun for all tastes!