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Mar 7, 2015 11:00 AM

NH1 Top 5: The best winter activities in NH


It's been a long, snowy winter in the Granite State so far with seemingly endless snow accumulations and record-low temperatures.

Fortunately for New Hampshirites, there are a variety of outdoor activities that can help mitigate cabin fever. We've listed the top 5 outdoor activities to partake in during the winter in NH.

5) Snowshoeing

Not only are snowshoes incredibly practical for maneuvering through snow-packed terrain, but putting them on and hitting the trails is also a pastime for N.H. natives. N.H. is home to more than 50 state parks and many of them offer groomed snowshoe trails, which can be found by following this link.

4) Ice Fishing

If you find yourself near any frozen body of water in New Hampshire during the cold winter months, odds are you'll see people ice fishing. Various towns and recreation departments across the state hold tournaments and derbies that are open to the public. New to New Hampshire or ice fishing? Although many of the classes have already been held for this winter's season, N.H. Fish and Game offers a vast list of free ice fishing classes offered throughout N.H., which can be found by clicking this link. Definitely something to keep in mind for next winter.

3) Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling, an N.H. classic. When enough powder falls on the ground, many in N.H. gas up the snowmobile and head out for a ride. It's not uncommon to see packs of snowmobilers crossing the heavily-wooded major roadways like Routes 4 and 16. The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association offers safety classes, an interactive trail map that tracks conditions and even a list of snowmobiling clubs in each county, which can be found by clicking this link.

2) Ice skating and Pond hockey

Whether it's on a pond or in an arena, casual or competitive, nearly everyone in the Granite State is someone or knows someone who laces them up. For skaters, you don't have to travel far before coming across a safely frozen body of water or arena that offers free skate time. The Everett Arena in Concord offers public skating time for $5 Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sundays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ending March 18, and in Manchester the JFK Memorial Coliseum has public skating for $3 until the end of March. New Hampshire is also a big time hockey state that boasts a loyal Boston Bruins and University of New Hampshire Wildcats fan base. On top of that, New Hampshire is home to some major annual pond hockey tournaments like the Black Ice tournament in Concord and the New England Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith. There's no doubt that N.H. residents love hitting the ice when the weather turns cold.

1) Skiing and Snowboarding

Home to over a dozen ski resorts, New Hampshire is a hot spot in the Northeast for skiers and boarders looking to carve through some soft powder while taking in some majestic scenery that attract skiers from across the country. With all the snow NH saw this winter, skiing and boarding was a must. Where's the best place to go? According to Onthesnow.com, the top five ski destinations as Loon, Cranmore, Crotched, Granite George and King Pine. Additionally, Henniker's Pats Peak and Manchester's McIntyre Ski Area are small mountains that are excellent spots for beginners to learn to how to ski/board on trails that are enjoyable for novices and advanced skiers alike. To learn more about skiing and snowboarding in NH, follow this link.


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