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Ice Skating at Jackson Arena

Ice Skating at Jackson Arena
ice skating main
Enjoy an inexpensive afternoon of family fun.

This indoor skating rink has open-air sides, so you can enjoy the benefits of a heated lobby and protective roof, with the feel of an outdoor rink. Meet friends during free skate, or enjoy more aggressive rink time with the puck. Skate rentals and sharpening are available.

$3 per person| 802-253-3721|Gostowe.com

Fuller's Sugarhouse

Fuller's Sugarhouse
NH tapped maple tree
Come grab a taste of New Hampshire's rich and sugary history

Tapping into one of New Hampshire best treasures, come visit Fuller’s Maple Sugarhouse to see how maple tree sap becomes the best syrup in the world. Their new sugarhouse incorporates maple production and syrup making all in one location, making it easy to see the whole process. Definitely make sure to bring home a bottle of syrup, as well as some of the maple sugar candy, my personal favorite. $2.96-$67.50; 877-788-2719. (photo courtesy of jmd41280)

Alpine Adventures Snowmobiling and Off Road Safari's

Alpine Adventures Snowmobiling and Off Road Safari's
Alpine adventures off road
An off road experience that you won't soon forget

With hundreds of miles of trails all around the state, there’s no better way to experience all the wilderness New Hampshire has to offer than on a snowmobile. Guided snowmobile tours of the White Mountain area are fun filled, safe, and guaranteed to be something you will never forget. If a snowmobile is a little too much for you or your party, take a trip on one of their custom off road Pinzgauers (Swiss army transport vehicles). Padded bucket seats can fit up to 11 passengers, and gnarly trails and stunning vistas make this a 4-wheeling experience like none other in the White Mountains.

Loon Mountain Snow Tubing

Loon Mountain Snow Tubing
Loon snow tubing
Family fun for all ages right in the middle of Loon

Located under the Little Sister Chairlift on the east side of the mountain, Loon Mountain offers family fun for all ages with their snow tubing park. Multiple trails of differing grades makes sure there’s safe fun for everyone, and chairlift access means you won’t have to worry about walking up the hill at the end of the run. $16/hour; 603-745-6281.

Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center

Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center
Enjoy a vigorous trek on the perfectly groomed mountain trails for a secluded cross country skiing adventure at Sun Valley Resort.
Photo Courtesy of Sun Valley
An old fashioned place devoted to simple snow fun.

Enjoy Nordic skiing, skate skiing, or snow shoeing through 30 kilometers of wooded Vermont trails. Located in East Warren, Vermont, the 60-acre property has trails, ski and sled rentals, and lessons for beginners. Seventeen winters at the Lake have treated owner Lenord Robinson well. At age 80, he still skis 10K each day, competes in local decathlons and triathlons, and enjoys helping young people find their passion for outdoor adventure. Come to Blueberry Lake and meet the man who started it all. Kids from the valley ski free, and dogs are welcome.

GPS Scavenger Hunt

GPS Scavenger Hunt
geocaching
Test out your wilderness skills during a family-friendly GPS treasure hunt.

This modern-day scavenger hunt is fun for the whole family. Using a GPS, visitors seek out and find hidden treasures, called caches, which contain a logbook and a prize. This treasure hunt is also known as “geocaching,” and takes place in the normally-unexplored terrain of Whistler. You can participate in geocaching year-round, and there are a variety of different adventures to embark on. There are family adventure-stay packages available through Four Seasons Whistler, as well.

Ziptrek Tours

Ziptrek Tours
ziptrek tours at whistler
These year-round canopy tours let you sail through the tree tops side-by-side with your friends and family.

Over 4,000 LED lights make the forest sparkle during Whistler’s winter evening canopy tour, the “Zip n Chill.” Riders are guided through the trees and taken to a cabin on Blackcomb Mountain where they enjoy dinner with the group. The resort also offers two other tours that run year-round.
Whistler, British Columbia | 800.944.7853 | whistler.com/zipline

 

SNO-LIMO

SNO-LIMO
snolimo
If you want to experience the thrill of the mountains, but aren't a skier, call SNO-LIMO and they'll tour you around on a ski-mounted chair.

This service offers an adventure that brings non-skiers to the ski hill. Riders—often non-skiing family members, small children and older adults— sit in a chair operated by a guide on a controlled run down green or easier-blue runs. The service has catered to everyone from 6-month-old twins to 105-year-old great grandmothers, and makes sure that each ride is unique to the person whom they’re guiding. If you want to experience the mountain in a safe and unique way, this is the way to do it: they’ve been serving Whistler for five years, and have guided over 23,000 tours.

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