Dad with kids ice fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

New Hampshire Winter Activities: 5 Ways to Play in the Snow

We never turn up our noses at cozy indoor winter days, but we also aren’t the hibernating type here in Meredith. When it’s covered in a fresh winter blanket, our great outdoors hold just as much joy as they do during the dog days of summer. Bundle up and enjoy these New Hampshire winter activities just outside our front doors.

5 New Hampshire Winter Activities for a Flurry of Fun

Ice Fishing

If you’re lured out to the lakes every summer but have yet to step foot on the water’s frozen surface with a pole in-hand, a guided ice fishing trip on Lake Winnipesaukee is the perfect way to break the ice (figuratively, of course). Tim Moore Outdoors offers 8-hour fishing charters and provides all the works (including hand warmers!). While you’re on the prowl for white perch and lake trout, be sure to admire the scenery in all it’s snow-draped glory. 

Dog Sledding

If you ask us, rosy cheeks are part of the package during a dog sledding excursion. Valley Snow Dogz offers dog sled tours in multiple locations, including Benton’s Sugar Shack Campground and the occasional trip around Squam Lake. A ride with the family of mushers and their canine companions will guarantee a memorable (and adorable) afternoon of winter fun.

Snowshoeing

Whether you bring your own or need to rent a pair, our neck o’ the woods offers some of the best sites to explore by snowshoe. See your favorite summer hiking trail with a new look or stick to the groomed snowshoe sections at Gunstock Mountain Resort or Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center. No matter which path you pack down, you’re in for a blizzard of scenic snow shots overlooking our mountains, lake, and ponds.

Ice Skating

If the thought of ice skating on New England’s largest lake is a bit nerve wracking, we understand. Leave that to the New England Pond Hockey Classic pros and practice your pirouettes on a smaller surface — Kraine Meadow Park in nearby Moultonborough is home to a rink where skaters can enjoy some freestyle fun (when the weather cooperates).

Skiing and Snowboarding

If the mountains are calling, answer them! Gunstock Mountain is just a short drive away and offers everything to warm a snow-lover’s heart. In addition to skiing or snowboarding on the slopes, you can also tear down tubing hills, roll through trails on a fat bike, or glide over the snowscape with some cross country skiing.  

As fun as it is filling those frosty days with these New Hampshire winter activities, you’ll need a welcoming place to warm up once in a while. Whether that place is a seat at one of our restaurants or curling up by a fireplace in one of our suites, Mill Falls at the Lake puts you in the perfect spot to stay and play all winter long.

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