A Quick list of winter activities for you to enjoy in the Mt. Washington Valley.
Easy access from your stay at Cranmore Inn.
- ICE CLIMBING –
Sound like something you’ve never done, or thought of doing? Perfect! Mt. Washington Valley is considered one of the best ice climbing destinations on the East Coast. With varying terrain for climbers and hikers of all levels, along with access to several ice climbing schools and equipment outfitters in the Valley, make it the perfect place for both newbies and experts alike.
With its HQ store in North Conway, The International Mountain Climbing School offers everything from new and used gear, to the yearly IceFest festival, to instruction throughout the winter months. REI, and Ragged Mountain Equipment are also great places to shop for gear, equipment, and great advice. Many of the winter guiding companies mentioned above offer day-long, or multi-day programs to introduce those interested to the world of ice climbing in the Mt. Washington Valley.
Be sure to have a plan and complete gear for your winter adventure before you come, and that starts with checking the place you plan to play. The Granite State Safe campaign helps educate those visiting New Hampshire this year with the basic tenants of travel to the region, yet all visitors should take their planning a step further by contacting the business(es) they plan to visit and checking their safety protocols so each person coming to the Valley will be fully prepared.
2. FAT BIKING –
Well, winter is here. Time to put the bike away until spring, right? Wrong! Both Great Glen Trails and Mt. Washington Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation now have their trail networks open for fat bikes. How do I get this fat bike that you speak of?! Stan and Dan Sports, as well as The Great Glen Trails rental shop offer fat bike rentals and equipment to purchase. Both stores are locked and loaded with new bikes in the fleet in preparation for high demand this winter season!
3. SKIING –
If you’re visiting North Conway and the Mt. Washington Valley, then you probably already know how much a skier’s paradise this place really is. With 13 ski resorts and XC Centers, there is more skiing terrain here than anywhere else in New England. Afterall, you don’t get named the #1 ski town in North America unless you have access to steeps and deeps, glades to groomers, and easy hills for first timers. Without a doubt you’ll find the kind of terrain you seek in the Valley. Enjoy your stay at Cranmore Inn and enjoy a two-minute drive to the slopes at Cranmore Mountain Resort. Roll out of bed, enjoy cooked to order breakfast and coffee, and hit the slopes for the day without the long commute to powder paradise!
4. TUBING –
Looking for an alternative to skiing while still enjoying the snow and the mountain? Just look for lighted tubing hills at King Pine Ski Area, Cranmore Mountain Resort and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. While Mom and Dad are skiing, the non-skiers in the family can enjoy going up and down the hill on inner tubes made for snow sliding. Same sliding and fun. Less falling down.
- SNOWSHOEING –
SHOW SNOOEING?? No, no, no. Snowshoeing! If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Just head to the trails at any of the six XC centers, or head out into the woods and blaze your own trail. Snowshoe rentals and sales are available at most of the XC Centers plus through REI North Conway, in North Conway. There are also clinics available at most of these outfitters.