Families having lots of fun in the snow in New Hampshire
Poncho and Gonzo the sled dog brothers

Families having lots of fun in the snow in New Hampshire

Dog sledding, is just one of the ways you might not have thought of to have fun in the snow here in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley that includes 27 towns surrounding Mount Washington, the pinnacle of the 6,288-foot White Mountains

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Hold on for thrills in the treetops of New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods
Enesi on the zipline at Bretton Woods Canopy Tour

Hold on for thrills in the treetops of New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods

Yhe Bretton Woods Ski Area Canopy Tour is a combination of nine progressively thrilling zip line rides, two hikes across suspension bridges way up in the trees, and a couple of incredible rappelling experiences. It was the latter that really tested our mettle.

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At the historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel for the holidays
The Omni Mount Washington Hotel at sunset under a full moon on Christmas Eve

At the historic Omni Mount Washington Hotel for the holidays

There is plenty to do at this historic resort—from NH largest ski area, plenty of groomed cross country and snow shoe trails, dog sledding, sleigh rides and indoor and outdoor pool and gargantuan spa where my daughter and I indulged in blissful massages yesterday.

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Families on a hike through the snowy woods of New Hampshire
Exploring a partially frozen waterfall along the Crawford Trail

Families on a hike through the snowy woods of New Hampshire

We’re hiking in the snow—micro crampons on our feet on the Crawford Trail in New Hampshire, with a guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highlands Center. In case you are wondering, the needles on the spruce are spikey--thus “spikey spruce” and the needles on the balsam are soft (“friendly fir”!).

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A special place for adventurous families from the AMC in New Hampshire
The gingerbread collection inside the AMC Highland Center

A special place for adventurous families from the AMC in New Hampshire

Welcome to the Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center, a short drive from Mount Washington, New England’s tallest peak. Some of the families we meet the weekend before Christmas have made a visit here an annual tradition, like the Canes, who have come nearly every year since their nine year-old was a baby.

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