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Love the White Mountains in winter, but you can’t ski? Try: Snowcoach tours, tubing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fat biking, ice fishing

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 2, 2018 10:12:17 AM / by Mary Lhowe, Editor,

Mary Lhowe, Editor,

North Conway is the number-one ski town in North America, and non-skiers can days of outdoor fun here, too. Below are some excellent ideas, stacked from soft-adventure to hard-body caliber.


 Snowcoach tours up Mount Washington

Driven by 4 MaxTracks rather than wheels, Mt Washington Auto Road’s 12-passenger vans carry guests up to the tree line on Mount Washington, at approximately 4,200 feet, offering insight into a sub-arctic world. SnowCoaches leave the base area of the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and climb up about 4.5 miles. At the top, passengers may leave the SnowCoach for a few minutes for picture taking. Click here for complete fare information.


Snow tubing in Mount Washington Valley

Mount Washington Valley has four tubing parks and hills within its ski resorts. Jut climb on the tube and fly. You will feel like you’re 7 years old again. Anyone can do it! Cranmore Adventure Park has a 10-lane tubing park, open Fridays through Sundays and school vacations. People love King Pine People Ski Area’s Friday night torchlight snow tubing under the stars and lights.  Bretton Woods tubing park at the Omni Mount Washington Resort is near the Stone Pillar Lodge, with tubes for guests and the public for rentals. And Great Glen Trails offers a tubing hill free for visitors to Great Glen Trails. 


Snowmobiling in Mount Washington Valley

Snowmobilers will enjoy more than 600 miles of trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Add to that four snowmobile rentals and guide services. Click here to read more about the snowmobile outfitters in Mt Washington Valley.

 Snowshoeing in Mt Washington Valley, NH

All of Mt Washington Valley’s 6 XC Centers offer snowshoeing trails.  And many of the XC Centers offer guided snowshoe hikes or moonlit guided snowshoe tours on selected weekends.  Check the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce master calendar for snowshoe tours. Snowshoe rentals are plentiful via the XC Centers’ rental shops too.



 Fatbiking in Mt Washington Valley

Fatbiking = bicycling on snow with super-wide tires (hence the name). Great Glen Trails and Mount Washington Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation have opened their trail networks for fatbikes, and Stan and Dan Sports and the Great Glen Trails rental shop offering fat bike rentals and equipment to purchase. Fatbike tires allow the rider to seemingly float across the snow while leaving a rut that is no deeper than one inch.



 Ice Fishing in Mount Washington Valley

Fish Nerds and its boss, Clay Groves, offer two decades 20 years of ice fishing experience. All fishing equipment, bait and tackle are included.

 Photos (except for SnowCoach): Wiseguy Creative Photography.

2 February 2018


Mary Lhowe, Editor,

Written by Mary Lhowe, Editor,

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