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10 Fantastic Socially Distant Activities for Winter

With so much to do in and around the resort this winter, social distancing is entirely possible.  The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has put together a list of ways to enjoy the outdoors and still maintain your distance from others.

Family Skiing

 It's more important than ever to “know before you go” to the as Covid restrictions include mandatory reservations at some ski resorts, social distancing, and mask-wearing by all, plus limited access in some cases.  Be sure to have a plan call ahead to make reservations if required. The Granite State Safe campaign helps educate those visiting New Hampshire this year with the basic tenants of travel to the region.

Skiing

There’s a good reason that North Conway – at the center of Mt Washington Valley – has been named the #1 ski town in North America. With 13 ski resorts and XC Centers, there is more skiing terrain here than anywhere else in New England. From steeps and deeps, glades to groomers, and easy peasy for first-timers, you’ll find the kind of terrain you seek in the Valley.  Plan to enjoy winter with plenty of room for social distancing at the seven ski resorts and six XC Centers.  Need lessons?  They’re available for all levels. Would you like to rent or purchase ski equipment or apparel?  You’ll have multiple options at Mt Washington Valley’s tax-free ski shops on and off the mountains.  Be sure to check with the ski resort or XC Center where you plan to go.  Reservations may be needed and limits on ticket sales may be in place to ensure adequate space for safe social distancing.

Skiing at Cranmore
Fat biking

Your days of biking no longer must be confined to spring, summer and fall. Both Great Glen Trails and Mt. Washington Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation have opened their trail networks for fat bikes. Need gear? Stan and Dan Sports plus the Great Glen Trails rental shop offer fat bike rentals and equipment to purchase, and both have geared up their fleets for the 2021 winter, expecting strong interest this season.

Tubing

Another reason that Mt Washington Valley makes the ideal winter destination with plenty of opportunities for social distancing is the alternative activities for non-skiers at the ski resorts.  Look for lighted tubing hills at King Pine Ski AreaCranmore Mountain Resort and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.  While Mom and Dad are skiing, the non-skiers in the family can enjoy going up and down the hill on inner tubes made for snow sliding.  Masks are required and tickets may be limited to allow for distancing to ensure that this will be a safe and fun activity for the whole family this winter.

Snowshoeing

The best thing about snowshoeing is that it’s easily accessible and if you can walk, you can snowshoe.  Choose to head to the trails at any of the six XC centers, or head out into the woods to create your own trail.  Snowshoe rentals and sales are available at most of the XC Centers plus through REI North Conway or Eastern Mountain Sports – both in North Conway.  You can often access clinics via these rental locations too

North Conway Snowshoeing
Ice skating

Lace up your skates and hit the ice. Enjoy groomed indoor facilities at Ham Arena or Tohko Dome or take to the ice, day or night, at the outdoor rink just down the street from the resort at Schouler Park. The area is lit at night for the unique experience of skating under the stars!

Dog sledding

During the pandemic getting up close and personal has been a no-no. However, when it means getting to know the amazing sled dogs at Muddy Paws Sled Dog Kennel that’s a whole different story.  Enjoy a winter adventure from their kennel in Jefferson, NH.  You’ll get instruction then have the chance to drive the sled yourself or simply sit back and take in the beautiful scenery.

Snowmobiling

From Pelham to Pittsburg and right through Mt Washington Valley, New Hampshire offers 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails, and there's one right behind the resort! Corridor 19 trails surround and wind through Mt Washington Valley. These snowmobile trails are made possible through partnerships with thousands of landowners who generously open up their land for the recreation of snowmobiling along with State Parks throughout New Hampshire. Countless club volunteers work tirelessly to construct and maintain this vast trail system, including the Mountain Meadow Riders, who groom and maintain the Corridor 19 trails surrounding Mt Washington Valley. In addition, Northern Extremes Snowmobiling rents sleds, clothing, and gear and provides guided tours from their location in Bartlett.  Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals offers snowmobile and ATV rentals plus guided events too.  Both offer expert trail advice and guidance. 

North Conway Snowmobiling
Guided winter tours & hiking

Hoping to get out into the mountains this winter, but not sure of your ability or gear for winter adventures?  Choose from a number of guided programs and instructional workshops from outfitters like Northeast MountaineeringRedline Guiding, or White Mountain Woman’s Adventures. With programs adapted to meet all Covid protocols, learn everything from basic winter hiking and backcountry skiing skills to frozen waterfall repelling, ice kiting and other mountaineering adventures.  With 700,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest surrounding Mt Washington Valley, the options for winter hiking are seemingly endless. 

Ice climbing

Mt Washington Valley is considered one of the best ice climbing destinations on the East Coast. The abundance of terrain coupled with the number of ice climbing schools and outfitters in the Valley make it the perfect place for ice climbers from beginners to expert. The International Mountain Climbing School and its HQ store in North Conway offer everything from new and used gear to the yearly IceFest festival and instruction throughout the winter. Other outfitters like Ragged Mountain Equipment, Eastern Mountain Sports, and REI North Conway are ideal places to shop for gear and get great advice. Also, many of the winter guiding companies mentioned above offer day-long or multi-day programs to introduce those interested to the world of ice climbing in the Valley. 

Kahuna Laguna Water Park

after enjoy these great activities outdoors, come inside and warm up in our 84-degree water park. One of USA Today's Top 10 water parks in the country, the fun is endless! Splash and play all day -- race down the water slides, ride the waves, dodge the geysers, unwind in the hot tub, and so much more. An exciting wet and wild adventure for all.

Kahuna Laguna Water Slide