North Conway is the heart of the Mt Washington Valley. Surrounded by the villages of Bartlett and Jackson plus Mt Washington to the North. Madison and Conway Village to the South, Fryeburg, ME to the East and over 700,000 acres of the protected White Mountain National Forest to the West.
The valley area is home to 97 restaurants and cafes plus over 285 shopping outlets, country stores and boutiques all with tax free shopping. The area is truly a four season destination.
Winter Activities while you Vacation in the White Mountains
Winter in the White Mountains is Awesome!!! If you think that all winter has to offer is sitting at home waiting for Spring Time you are wrong!! There is always a lot happening in The Mount Washington Valley – Here are some of our favorites.
Skiing and Riding
Perfect location to stay if you want to Down Hill Ski or Snowboard. Close to Attitash Ski Resort, just minutes to five Major Ski areas such as family friendly Black Mountain, Bretton Woods, Cranmore Mt. & Wildcat Mt and within an hours drive of a dozen Major Ski resorts…Sunday River – Cannon Mt. – Loon Mt. and more – Check out your options!
Cross Country Skiing
Our favorite is Bear Notch Ski Network or choose from hundreds of miles of trails with varied terrain options -Skate groomed, traditional and back country. Lessons for the whole family are available. With many other incredible ski areas just a few moments away, such as Jackson Ski Touring, Great Glen Trails, Bretton Woods and more.
If you can walk you can snowshoe – it is great fun for the entire family! You can find you own way in the White Mountains or there are several areas such as Great Glen Trails, Bear Notch Ski Network and Mt. Washington Valley Ski Network where you will find both groomed and un-groomed options. Rentals are available at most outdoor shops as well as at the snowshoe areas.
Ice Climbing and Winter Mountaineering
Don’t let a little snow stop you from experiencing the mountains. Winter in the White Mountains is incredible. With the right gear and knowledge you can enjoy hiking and climbing in the winter. We are minutes to the National Forest as well as some great climbing venues such as Frankenstein Cliff and Pinkham Notch a great resource Neice.com. There are many well respected schools locally such as International Mountain Climbing School, Eastern Mountain Sports, . Winter mountaineers are reminded to register before heading out to the hills!
In The Mt. Washington Valley winter takes on a life of its own. As the first flakes of snow fall to the ground a fantastic energy fills the air. We roll out the white carpet with hundreds of miles of trails to welcome you to some of the best riding in New England. Local favorites Bear Notch Trail Network and Bretton Woods all the way to Canada. Hop on your snowmobile, rev up your engine, jumping the trails and discover snowmobiling in New Hampshire.
Fun for all ages! If you are looking for thrills and excitement in a family safe environment this is a fun option. Cranmore Mt. and Great Glen Trails
Enjoy classic New England Winter Wonderland in a traditional horse drawn sleigh. You will feel as though you have just stepped into a Currier and Ives painting at Nestlenook Farm! Sleigh Rides can be a romantic escape for two (a great way to “pop” the question) or a fun family event filled with songs and hot chocolate.
Here in the beautiful Mt. Washington Valley you can ice skate both indoors in a well maintained rink, outside on one of the many groomed rinks in North Conway and Jackson or skate fireside through a Currier & Ives scene at Nestlenook Farm just around the corner in Jackson Village.