For the Love of SNOW!
It’s the happiest day of the year here at the Snowvillage Inn. Snow has been falling off and on all week and the trees are decorated with a light frosting of the white stuff. So we are now turning our attention to winter plans and all the adventures you can enjoy outside in the snow. Here are our suggestions for how to enjoy SNOW.
Snowshoeing is a fun, easy activity that you can learn quickly, with no lessons or expensive equipment required. It can be a great cardio workout or a contemplative walk through the woods with your sweetie. Either way, it will take you places you can’t see from a car or a road.
Anyone can snowshoe—It is as simple as walking. Snowshoes are easy to put on and take off, just like putting on another pair of shoes. Snowshoeing requires modest physical effort with no fancy techniques or theories to learn. A beginner’s learning curve is immediate. And best of all, when you snowshoe, you can burn up to 45% more calories than walking or running at the same speed!
Snowvillage Inn has its own Snowshoeing Center on-premises with acres of beautiful trails. Our trails meander through our property offering majestic mountain views of Mount Washington and the Presidentials. Whether you are an experienced snowshoer or a first-timer, you’ll find our trails a snowy adventure!
We offer a Romantic Snowshoe for Beginners Package to make snowshoeing the perfect activity for you this winter.
The surrounding North Conway region is home to some of the oldest ski areas in the United States, including Black Mountain and Cranmore Mountain, both of whom opened in the 1930s!
We make it easy to ski and stay with our Ski the White Mountains Package. Your two-night stay includes two lift tickets to Attitash and Wildcat, 3-course dinner for 2, full country breakfast and all the apres-ski coziness you could ask for.
Find a Frozen Waterfall
Yes, it’s possible! We are surrounded by the White Mountains and near many hiking trails national forestland. If you’ve never seen a frozen waterfall, you are in for a treat. It will take a little planning, the right equipment, and clothing, but many are easy to access. Bring snowshoes or microspikes, wear warm layers and a backpack with essential items like a compass, blanket, extra hats, gloves, snacks, and water. Some examples include Madison Cascades in Madison, NH; Diana’s Baths in Bartlett, NH; and Silver Cascades in Crawford Notch, which you can actually see from Route 302!
Remember the joy of sledding as a child? You can relive those simpler times when you visit Snowvillage Inn! You can sled on our grounds, or find out where the locals sled, as outlined in this article. It costs nothing. Just BYOS (bring your own sled!). Want to go faster? It’ll cost you, but two local tubing parks are nearby at Cranmore Mountain and King Pine Ski Areas.
Make a Snow Sculpture
In the old days, we would call them “snowmen.” Today they are snow sculptures. Call them what you will, but with all the snow we get up here, you can build ‘til your heart’s content. We’re so good at it up this way that we host a National Snowsculpting Competition at Black Mountain every winter.
So get out there in your snow pants, hats and mittens and build your own Frosty, then retreat to your room at the Snowvillage Inn, enjoy some hot chocolate (maybe with a little something from Kevin at our bar mixed in for extra fun), and relax in front of a fire!
As winter and cold weather take hold of our mountain town, the ice thickens on local lakes. Then the ice skates come out and the fun begins. Pond skating is an art form in and of itself. We love it so much around here that a local non-profit holds a pond hockey festival every year! If you’re not up for skating yourself, you can watch these young ‘uns go at it on skates on beautiful Purity Lake in Madison. But to really get into the fun, bring your own skates for your stay at Snowvillage Inn and skate on Crystal Lake in Eaton. With our iconic Little White Church in the background and the mountains all around, you’ll swear you’ve fallen into a Currier and Ives print. Local skate rentals are available too, just ask.
Yes, this is a thing. Quite possibly the best way to enjoy the snow is from the inside. Watching the snow fall through a frosted window is the closest you can get to zen outside of an ashram. Birds flitter to and from our feeders. Alpenglow shines a warm light on distant mountain peaks. And there you are, at the Snowvillage Inn in your slippers with a hot cup of coffee drinking it all in. The Danish call it “hygge,” a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that gives you a feeling of contentment. We like to call it a typical winter’s day at the Snowvillage Inn!
No matter how you want to have fun with snow, the Snowvillage Inn has you covered! Snow is the start of it all. Book your winter stay with us!