New Hampshire has long been a favorite vacations place for families because the range in activities offers something to suit everyone. It can be a refreshing alternative to overpriced theme parks to create a family vacation that is built around winter sporting and events. Many of the places to stay that are near ski areas in New Hampshire have unique family accommodations that put more of an emphasis on sharing time together than just giving everyone separate rooms. Much of this comes from the traditional style of winter living that puts an emphasis on small areas that are easily heated over staying in accommodations where everyone has their own space. Between the physical exertion of the day, close quarters at night, and good food everywhere you look – your family is more apt to enjoy and deepen their bonds while skiing in New Hampshire than anywhere else.
A different kind of beauty
There are many national and state parks. In New Hampshire that have helped to preserve the natural beauty and challenge of the landscape. The different geographic areas of New Hampshire all share in being a part of the White Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. These peaks have helped to keep down slash and burn development and promote the growth of an industry that is dependent on teaching people to enjoy the outdoors for its health. The result is that much of New Hampshire retains its wild appeal but it is one that is stewarded carefully by the people who live and visit there. You can plan a vacation for your family that lets you enjoy all of the winter activities New Hampshire has to offer, or you can plan a vacation that also lets you be a part of the process of taking care of this natural beauty. Whatever the shape your vacation takes, there is plenty to do outdoors that will keep you are your family busy, happy and enjoying their time together.
Traditional winter sports
If you are looking to book travel to some of the places offering the best in traditional winter sports in New Hampshire such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing or ice fishing; there is no shortage of places to choose from. A better way to begin to build your family vacation is to decide which of the sports is going to be the main focus and then to pick an area that offers the best match to the varied skill level of your family. If you have very small children, you want to pick a place that has other entertainments for them such as Storyland. Storyland is right in Pinkham Notch which also has some of the finest skiing around so everyone is happy. Cross country and ice fishing enthusiasts are going to like exploring the Bretton Woods area which offers guides and tours of its lake and trails. If you plan on ice fishing just make sure you have all the appropriate fishing permits and licenses to do so. You can purchase your license online so it is easy to make sure you are ready to go.
Winter at a higher speed
If your family is at the age where the need for speed seems to be the order of the day you can find the best snowmobile and snowboarding trails on the more advanced slopes like Cannon Mountain, Black Mountain and Mount Cranmore. The New Hampshire Snowmobile Association host numerous events and competitions around the state you may enjoy and the extreme East Coast Sno Cross race takes place here as well. Snowboards are going to like the developed half pipe and parks of Waterville Valley as well as enjoy the challenge of the backcountry trails. The accessibility of New Hampshire to major New England and Montreal based colleges has allowed a strong culture to grow around the sport of snowboarding that can bring new challenges to the sport as skills are being honed and styles evented right in front of you.
Getting the right gear
You can rent most of the larger pieces of gear and sport specific gear but making sure you own the basic outdoor gear and equipment for winter is essential. You want to make sure that you have layered clothing that fits you well and personal hydration systems before you head out to try the wilds of New Hampshire. It is also important that kids, no matter what age they are, have their own personal equipment as well short of the sporting equipment itself to keep them warm and safe outside.