Winter in New England can be served up two ways – quiet, calm, and meditative, or packed with adventure. The Monadnock region has plenty of both, especially when it comes to the great outdoors. So layer up, put on an extra pairs of socks, and strap on your spikes – nature awaits!
Between skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, tubing, and hiking, the Monadnock region has you covered for outdoor excitement at this time of year. Though some winter hiking excursions may be too advanced for youngsters, there are plenty of destinations that are great for all ages.
Hit the Slopes
Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride is a local favorite, complete with a park, pub, and weekly entertainment to boot. Lift tickets start at $69. Midnight Madness (cheaper lift tickets from 9pm to 1am on the weekends) kicked off in December and will run through the season. Nothing beats riding these awesome trails under the moonlight!
Granite Gorge Ski Area in the Roxbury/Keene area is another awesome spot to bring the whole family, with both cross country and downhill skiing, as well as tubing (even for the little ones!). Enjoy weekend night skiing and snowshoeing on 10 miles’ worth of trails at prices as low as $7-$10 a day. Snowshoe rentals and lessons are also available.
Follow the Footprints
For another flavor of adventure, winter hiking is abundant in the Granite State, especially in the Monadnock Region. But be sure to dress warm and bring the crampons and/or snowshoes because trail conditions are constantly changing with the weather. The extra precautions are worth it because the stellar winter views you’ll find are unlike anything you’ve seen before.
One thing you’ll notice almost immediately when you hit the trails is the near absence of sound, all noises muffled by the layers of snow. The tranquility that comes with winter hiking makes the experience both unique and exhilarating.
Not sure where to trek? Pack Monadnock is a great place to start, with absolutely incredible views surrounding its peak. There are different trails for different levels of experience, so do your research before committing to a route.
Strap on Your Snowshoes
Last but certainly not least, the snowshoeing possibilities are endless in the Monadnock region! Snowshoeing is an option at just about any mountain or trailhead, including grand Mt. Monadnock itself, so always make sure your shoes are packed before you take off for an adventure-filled day. They are a must in the list of winter gear – not only is this activity fun for all ages, but it’s an inexpensive and exciting way to soak in nature during this magical season.
Windblown Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in New Ipswich is a fan favorite and 100% of their trails are open so far this season. With around 25 miles of beautifully crafted and maintained trails, the scenery is hard to beat. Windblown comes complete with a warm base lodge with restrooms and food for purchase, an overnight hut available for rent, ski and snowshoe rentals, and lessons on the weekends for either activity. The lodge and trails are open from 9am-5pm, with fees ranging from $10 to $15.
The Dublin School’s Nordic Center also generously makes their nine miles of trails available to the public when they’re not in use for events. You can even follow the trails right down to the Dublin General Store and grab a bite from their wonderful deli!
Whichever snowy pastime you choose, you will want to stay awhile at a nearby Bed & Breakfast, Inn or hotel https://www.monadnocktravel.com/stay.html
The wonder of winter in the Monadnock Region will enthrall you as you explore the beautiful countryside. A season that’s both great for getting cozy and setting out on the trails, winter is an excellent time to visit the Monadnock region.