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Non-Skiing Activities at NH Ski Areas

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.

Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods
Canopy Tours descend 1,000 feet via hiking trails, suspension bridges and nine zip-lines. 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. New for this winter is the Kids’ Snowmobile Park where kids ages 4-13 can drive snowmobiles in a dedicated area.  Dog sled rides at Bretton Woods allow you to cruise through the woods behind a team of Alaskan Husky sled dogs; rides are generally available Thursday-Sunday. Sleigh rides are available at the Mount Washington Hotel. The Slopeside Climbing Wall is located in the ski area base lodge and suits all abilities of climbers. Ice climbing lessons are available for beginner winter climbers. Ice skating is offered with skate rentals available.

Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway
The Mountain Coaster consists of thousands of feet of twisting, turning fun down the mountain at rider-controlled speeds through banked turns. The Giant Swing allows up to four people to swing and arc higher and higher above the ground. The Soaring Eagle Zip-line installed this summer will operate all winter. Regardless of the weather guests can enjoy the Indoor Adventure Zone; attractions include the Bungy Trampoline where guests strap in and bounce and flip, Spider Mountain, a 24 foot tall cylinder kids can climb and descend on an inflatable slide, and a Bouncy House.

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford
The recently constructed ZipTour will be available to guests throughout the winter, offering eight different zip-lines including the longest zip-lines in the continental United States. Guests control their own speed and can even stop to enjoy the spectacular views.

Mount Sunapee, Newbury
The newly-added Canopy Zip-Line Tour will be available this winter on weekends and holidays. Guests can enjoy a 2 1/2 hour guided tour with eight zip-lines, three rappels and a rope bridge. Riders soar almost a mile above and through the treetops as they descend South Peak.

Loon Mountain, Lincoln
On weekends and holidays Loon offers their Zip-Line Ride that runs over 700 feet over the Pemigewasset River and back. Guests can also visit the adventure center and enjoy the outdoor ice skating rink.

Great Glen Trails, Pinkham Notch
The 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.

King Pine at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison
King Pine offers ice skating on an illuminated, zamboni-groomed Tohko Dome ice rink; ice skates are available to rent. Sleigh rides are offered in conjunction with neighboring Burnt Meadow Stables; rides last approximately 30 minutes and explore fields and trails through the woods.

Waterville Valley, Waterville Valley
Guests can visit Town Square for a horse-drawn sleigh ride. The sleigh is pulled by a pair of Percheron draft horses for 45 minutes, travelling along the foothills of the valley. There is also indoor ice skating located in Waterville Valley Town Square.

Pats Peak, Henniker
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.

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