Winter in the White Mountains

Winter is here!  There is definitely lots to do here during the cold season. Just check this out:

The Polar Express started this year just after Thanksgiving. Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, hop in the Polar Express at the Conway Scenic Railroad to live yourself the famous book story. Get into your PJs and your best Christmas spirit for this unforgettable journey. You’ll have hot cocoa in the train, sing Christmas songs with all the excited little fellows and stop at the North Pole, where a sea of elves will welcome you and guide you up the mountain. There, you will be read the story of the Polar Express and meet with Santa who will choose you is getting the first gift of Christmas… Magical! If you want some tickets for this journey, click here…

Cranmore Mountain is just 1 mile away from us and is definitely the family destination. Cranmore has 1,200 feet of vertical with 50 trails and glades, sunny southwest exposure and slopes with lots of room to turn. There are 9 lifts, including the Skimobile Express high-speed quad, for short lift lines. Cranmore is blanketed by 100% snowmaking, plus improved grooming, top quality snow and consistent conditions all season long. The Arctic Blast Tubing Park is the coolest Tubing center you’ve ever seen. With two lifts, snowmaking, lights and much more, you’re sure to have the time of your life! Night skiing is offered on Saturday nights from late December through mid-March, on 11 trails and 3 lifts for all ability levels, including the Darkside and Other Side Terrain Parks, Beginner Basin, South Slope, North Slope, Hurricane and more. On top of this, fireworks will light the skies at 7:30pm on selected Saturday nights. Cranmore will be open until midnight on New Year’s Eve as part of our Crantastic New Year’s event. New in 2010, the Mountain Coaster for hours of fun, year round. When staying at Cranmore Mountain Lodge, our guests get discounted lift tickets, discounted tubing tickets, discounted Mountain Coaster rides!

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Attitash is 20 minutes from us and includes 70 trails across 2 mountains: Attitash and Bear Peak. The Attitash side of the resort is classic New England Style skiing while Bear Peak offers newer wide open cruisers, glades and trails straight down the fall-line. With 310 skiable acres, 12 chairlifts and a Terrain Park rated as the biggest and best park in the Mount Washington Valley, which is over 1700′ of ramps, table tops, huge air hits and jibs. They have 10 rails including flat rails, trapeziod, kink down, flat down flat, boxes and more!

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For the most vertical value in the White Mountains, ski Wildcat Mountain Ski Area in Pinkham Notch, NH, for breathtaking views of Mt Washington from its 4,000 foot plus summit, and 225 skiable acres. With New England’s most powerful Quad chairlift, access 2,112′ vertical in just 6 minutes, discover high elevation and the most natural snow, ski 3 continuous miles of beginner’s terrain from the summit,  and experience the magic of Spring skiing in March and April. Wildcat is only 15 minutes away from Cranmore Mountain Lodge.

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Great Glen Trails is only 15 minutes from us, across from Wildcat Mountain, at the base of Mt Washington. Glide on skis along gentle or challenging forest trails. Drive up Mt Washington aboard the SnowCoach or slide on a snow tube. Snowshoe to a cozy cabin or discover the wilderness. Your adventure is up to you.  Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire,  offers adventures in all shapes and sizes. When staying at Cranmore Mountain Lodge, our guests enjoy FREE x-country skiing, FREE snowshoeing, FREE tubing, discount on ski rentals and lessons, and discount for the snowcoach.

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Also, check out these other Alpine, Nordic and Snowshoe ares:  Bretton Woods, Black MountainKing Pine Ski Area, Bear Notch, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation.

Muddy Paw Sled Dog kennel is a kennel comprised of 86 dogs, ranging from racing Alaskan Huskies, to Siberians and Malamutes. The kennel focuses of rescuing Alaskan huskies in need of a home, giving them a “job for life”. Their favorite thing to do is share the passion and adventure of dogsledding from the musher’s perspective. Tours aren’t just sitting in the sled and going for a ride, but involve interacting with dogs, and learning aspects of a culture that many people don’t get to experience. The kennel is located in the heart of the White Mountains, minutes from Santa’s Village and about 45 minutes from North Conway. Check out our Dog Sledding Package!

In addition to public skating, hockey programs and home to many figure skating clubs for children and adults, Ham Arena also features a pro shop stocked with equipment, sticks, skates, and gear from Easton, Jofa, CCM, and more. The lowest prices, guaranteed professional fitting and the absolute best skate sharpening anywhere! An on-site pizza and snack shop, and even a video games area is great for Birthday Parties. They can be held during all public skating sessions or by purchasing private ice time.  So whether you’re looking for a rainy day activity or a change of pace — a great workout or just a few hours of family fun — be sure to visit the Ham Arena in Conway, just 15 minutes from Cranmore Mountain Lodge!

Horseback riding is offer year round, on 70 acres along the Saco River with panoramic Mountain Views! You can also experience a romantic Victorian Carriage Ride or a Wagon Ride. When staying at Cranmore Mountain Lodge, our guests get $2 off horseback riding and $5 off a sleigh ride for two!


Synnott Mountain Guides is a year-round mountain climbing guide service operating out of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley. We are your Mt. Washington experts, offering winter ascents, mountaineering courses, ice climbing, Observatory summit overnights, Presidential traverses, and backcountry ski adventures.






Kris Ebbeson Photo Journey

Since 1997, Kris Ebbeson has hiked the hundred highest mountain peaks in New England, including all of the 4,000 foot mountains inMaine,New Hampshire, andVermont, as well as several of the mountains in upstateNew York. Many of them she has hiked more than once, in every season. She has also hiked in the Grand Canyon and in several of the nearby National Parks in theSouthwestern U.S.You will learn some of the history of the area and the nature surrounding you, and she will help you capture beautiful photographs of sights along the way, all while providing you a very relaxing journey! The White Mountains of New Hampshire are wonderful for snowshoers of all levels and age. Snowshoeing is the best way to discover the Mt Washington Valley, especially when you do it with an experienced guide who can help you get the best out of your winter hike, by sharing local secrets, following wild animal tracks in the snow, discovering snow covered boulders or icy formations along streams and guiding you into the wild. There are many options – clear days call for a hike upMountWillardfor sweeping views into Crawford Notch or a trip up Cathedral Ledge trail and the wonderful views of the valley and mountains. When the weather is less cooperative or the wind is strong and temps are low, there are still wonderful wild places to visit that are more sheltered and yet offer views of a different sort.

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Black Mountain

Black Mountain is in the heart of the spectacular Presidential Mountain range high above scenic Jackson, with a terrain for all abilities, sunny southern exposure and protected from the winds, with no massive crowds and very affordable! And it is only 11 miles away from us!

Check our Black Mountain Ski & Stay Package

For more ideas about what to do when you are not a skier, please check out this post!

One response

30 11 2008

Merry Christmas from Seattle!

Oh, how I wish I lived closer to you so I could visit the places you’ve described. The train ride, horse-drawn sleigh of Cranmore Lodge and the skating rink sound incredible!!!

I happen to be a member of Somewhere in Time, Unlimited which is a historical costuming group based in Seattle, WA (USA). They put on about 4 major Events per year and participate in several “Dress-up Opportunities” which take place in the community during the year.

If you’d like to see us in costume, hop out to our website at: and click on Past Events. I’m loading up more and more photos all the time, so check back often for the most recent events.

Merry Christmas from this side of our country, the GREATEST place to live on earth!

Auntie Rita in Seattle

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