New Hampshire is such a fun place to play in winter. Whether you snowmobile or ski, there are plenty of places to explore. To get the inside-scoop, we turned to the HPM North team as they are in-the-know and their back yard is essentially this playground.
Great Places to Snowmobile in New Hampshire
There are more than 7000 miles of snowmobile trails in New Hampshire so plenty to places to enjoy this winter sport. HPM's Carole, who works out of the Laconia office, enjoys starting in the town of Twin Mountain and making her way all the way to Pittsburg. This ride can take anywhere from three to four hours but is well marked for food and gas. She also loves this ride as you are just a stone's throw from Canada and the scenery is beautiful!
Dee out of the HPM Bristol office can be found on her snowmobile riding along the Nash stream in the Nash Stream State Park. The scenery is breathtaking.
Another great ride is the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail, though it may not be for the faint of heart as it can be rough in some places. The scenery is great as you can see a quintessential covered bridge in the town of Bath.
If you want to extend your journey, you can pick up the Montpelier and Wells River Trail in Vermont from Woodsville. This is a great ride as you can really feel in touch with nature as you can see beaver ponds and deer or perhaps even the occasional bear or moose.
The Northern Rail Trail is the longest rail trail in New Hampshire at 58 miles long. This makes for a great snowmobile ride. The trail follows the Mascoma River and crosses it several times.
Great Places to Ski in NH According to the Locals
If skiing is your sport, whether cross-country or downhill, there are plenty of places explore in the Granite State according to the HPM North team.
Beth of the HPM Franconia office prefers to cross-country ski and loves the trails maintained by the Franconia Inn and the Franconia Village Cross Country Ski Center. Here there are more than 40 miles of trails that go over streams and through fields and can really give you a sense of being in touch with nature.
You may also find Beth gliding along the trails at Ski Hearth Farm in the town of Sugar Hill. The farm's website is great as it can give you an update on the current conditions before you make the journey.If downhill skiing is more your passion, then there was mutual consensus that Attitash is the place to go as it is neither too difficult, nor too cold when compared to other ski resorts in New Hampshire.
Gunstock also got a shout out as it typically has fewer tourists.
Whether you snowmobile, cross-country ski or downhill ski, there is plenty to do in New Hampshire during these long winter months. Get out there and enjoy!