Cold weather got you down? Me too!
Or if you’re in a warmer climate, perhaps you’ll enjoy seeing a rare sighting of the powdery white stuff – snow. This is not one of my regular review posts but rather an activity guide and collaboration.
Recently we had such a tease of warmer weather for a few days after the first winter blizzard. Unfortunately it’s now back to bitter cold! During the winter, my ideal scenario would be to hide under a mountain of blankets and hibernate with hot beverages until spring arrived. However, we shouldn’t limit ourselves from exploring during the winter just because it’s cold! With the help of other bloggers, I’ve compiled ideas for activities you can enjoy even OUTDOORS during the winter featuring some enticing photos to inspire you to get out. Alternatively, I also have several ideas for the future blog post for INDOOR activities if you’d rather stay toasty. Stay tuned!
When I was little, I wanted to be like Michelle Kwan. After a few years of lessons, I’m no Olympic figure ice skater, but the sport is still my favorite outdoor winter activity. I love going to the Boston Common to skate at the Frog Pond especially during the holidays. With the lights strung up on the trees and good holiday spirits wafting through the air, I’ve always had a nice time there (even if it is crowded sometimes). My favorite memory is when everyone left the rink for the Zamboni, a man proposed to his girlfriend right on the ice! Everyone cheered when she said yes. Even if the admission and skate rental fee is a bit much sometimes, I also enjoy walking around the Common and Public Gardens with a hot cup of cocoa just for the scenery.
One unavoidable thing about living in New England is dealing with the snow. So we slide down it on either flat surfaces or something with rails and call it sledding! A more enjoyable pastime than shoveling or digging out my car. Ok, yes, I know that New Englanders didn’t invent sledding, but we sure enjoy it. When I was growing up, my parents took me and my sister to a school near our house with a huge, sloping lawn on its campus that let families sled on it. Even though I could never tolerate roller coasters, I always loved sliding down the hill on my flyer snow sled. Also sometimes falling off and getting a face full of snow. Fun! You can use pretty much anything with a smooth surface, including pool/beach floats if you’re visiting from somewhere warmer. Just make sure there’s enough soft snow to break your fall if you lose your balance! Some fancy sleds even come equipped with handbrakes.
❆ Dana aka Hanna’s Other Half
❄️ Is winter over yet? ❄️ I’m channeling my “fire bending” 🔥🔥🔥 to will some warmer weather at Ice Castles. Or do you think it looks more like Evil Ice Queen? 👸🏻Thankfully next week the temperatures will rise slightly above freezing! . . What are your plans for the weekend? I was originally planning to hibernate, but made plans to do a painting event inspired by wanderlust! ✈️🎨 . . . #teamkaptainkenny #realwomentravel
If the idea of a Winter Wonderland appeals to you, then I’d highly recommend perusing the Ice Castles in New Hampshire! Think of it this way: Winter is the ONLY season you can enjoy the man-made icicle palace with your friends and family. Not only do they look cool (excuse the pun), but you can also play in all of the ice structures. One of my favorite activities from this memorable experience was flying down the giant ice slide. The large ice structure has 360° of picturesque backgrounds and unique nooks to explore. At night the scenery changes from the bright frosty blue to illuminated by a variety of changing colors for a lights show. I waited for a few moments on the ice throne to get a photo when it turned a fiery red to capture the “Fire and Ice”.
❆ Yours truly, read more in Ice Castles in New Hampshire Guide & Pro Tips
Ski lifts with my kids are one of my winter happy places. The world is at peace. No disruption to our little talks and we know that exhilaration awaits! What is your winter happy place? On the blog this week Family Skiing in New Hampshire. ⛷ Link in bio. . . . . . #ski #skiing #familytime #skiingislife #family #serioustalks #attitash #skilift #skiliftselfie #winter #visiting #travels #travelphotography #tagsta_travel #beauty #amazing #arountheworld #tourist #instago #instaclickiftheweek #ig_worldclub #worldcaptures #tourism #worldplaces #worldingram #traveller #traveler #tourlina #travel2next #lovingplaces
The mountains of New England have many options for great downhill skiing and tubing. Our mountains are perfect for families, as we have conifer-covered, ungroomed runs right alongside long and easy green runs. The slopes are in quintessentially cute towns with streets full of small shops and restaurants. Our go-to ski resorts are in New Hampshire but some other favorites are in Newry, Maine (Sunday River) and Sugarbush, Vermont.
❆ Jamie at The Daily Adventures of Me where you can read more about family skiing in NH, see more on her Instagram.
I love going skiing. It is a great way to get outside in the winter and get some good exercise. Recently I got the opportunity to go skiing at Sunapee, NH. It was so fun to get to go up on the chairlifts and leisurely come down the trails. If you are looking for a fun winter activity I highly recommend a day on the slopes.
New England has cold winters but you can stay warm outside! Cross country skiing is a great work out, you will get warm despite the chill in the air. One of our favorite spots for cross country skiing is Windblown in New Ipswich, New Hampshire. The groomed trails of all levels are perfect for skiers of any level.
❆ Cathy at Nothing but New England where you can read more about local hiking. See more on her Facebook.
Have you tried any of the outdoor winter activities listed above? I know I’ve attempted all of them aside from downhill skiing. If so I’d love to hear about it! Got any ideas we might have missed? Please share!