OTHER ACTIVITIES AT SKI NH RESORTS
Not everyone who visits New Hampshire ski resorts enjoys the rush of zipping down the hill on skis or a snowboard. New Hampshire ski areas now offer many more activities than just skiing and snowboarding. A variety of other year-round activities have been added that allow non-skiers to have fun, as well as skiers and snowboarders who want to try something new.
Situated high on the slopes of Bretton Woods the Canopy Tour desendes over 1000 feet of elevation, the 3-hour tour takes nature-lovers and thrill-seekers across a series of tree-top zip lines through a network of platforms. The Williwaw Racing Zip is the final portion of the canopy tours and is located at the base of the mountain; it is also available as a single ride for those who don't want to take the entire canopy tour. The Kids’ Snowmobile Park is where kids ages 4-13 can test their driving skills and drive snowmobiles. Dog sled rides at Mount Washington Resort allow you to cruise through the woods behind a team of Alaskan Husky sled dogs; rides are generally available mid December-mid April. Ice skating and sleigh rides are also available at the Mount Washington Hotel. Back at the base lodge, the Slopeside Climbing Wall suits all abilities of climbers. Custom backcountry ice climbing lessons are also available.
Cranmore Mountain Resort
The Mountain Coaster consists of thousands of feet of twisting, turning fun down the mountain at rider-controlled speeds through banked turns. Guest can also try the Giant Swing which allows up to four people to swing and arc higher and higher above the ground. Want an entry level zipline? The Soaring Eagle Zip-line lets you share the ride with a friend.
Great Glen Trails
The custom all-wheel-drive SnowCoach is equipped with a 4-track system that allows guests to ascend 4.5 miles up the Mt. Washington Auto Road during the winter months. Tours are approximately an hour and half long and depart daily from December through March from the base lodge.
King Pine at Purity Spring Resort
King Pine offers ice skating in the Tohko Dome ice rink. Guests can skate into evening under the lights, ice skates are available to rent. Sleigh rides are offered at Purity Spring Resort, rides last approximately 30 minutes and will take you from open fields and pastures, through spruce-lined, back-country trails and back to Purity Spring Resort.
The Adventure Center, Loon's base camp for winter adventure, is a portal to cross-country skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals are available, as is a shuttle that runs to and from Loon's beautiful cross-country trail system.
For those who want to get their heart pumping (but want gravity to do all the work) Loon’s snow tubing center is the place to go. Lift-served tubing is offered Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on weather conditions. Tubing is available every day during holiday periods. Tot tubing is also available for kids seven years of age and under.
Snowbike riders can control turns, braking and stopping while heading downhill on snow. The bikes have skis mounted to the base and the rider wears small skis on their boots as well. Within 60 minutes most riders are able to have great control over a Snowbike.
Guests can visit Town Square for a horse-drawn sleigh ride. The sleigh is pulled by a pair of Belgian draft horses for 30 minutes, travelling along the scenic village roads offering views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Guests looking for a little more adventure should experience a twilight dogsled excursion. On Friday and Saturday nights travel by moonlight or headlight and learn about dog sledding. There is also indoor ice skating and Athletic Club located in Waterville Valley Town Square.