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Year-Round Sports in New Hampshire
With abundant natural landscapes like pristine mountain ranges, Atlantic beaches and clear blue glacial lakes, New Hampshire offers seasonal adventures outdoors and exhilarating sports for everyone. From the revved-up engines of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway to serene golf courses nestled in valleys and some of the top ski slopes in the country, one thing is for sure -It’s time to grab your gear and hit the road!
The mountains in New Hampshire offer sports attractions for all seasons. In the winter thousands flock to famed ski hills throughout the state. Summer activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing. Awe-inspiring lakes like Lake Winnipesaukee of the 'What About Bob?' movie are surrounded by lush foliage and gorgeous trails. The coves around New Hampshire’s largest lake are great places to try water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving and paddle boarding. SUP-NH Paddleboard Rentals and Sports & Marine Parafunalia are two funky places in the Lakes Region that rent out water sports equipment.
Line up for a day on the greens at one of New Hampshire’s championship golf courses like Brentwood Golf Course in the city of Keene. Enjoy breathtaking views along the Ashuelot river where gentle greens roll into scenic river banks providing challenging elevation changes along 36 holes. Play one, or both, of two unique18-hole courses. The North Course is a par 72 across 6,976 yards and the South Course is also a par 72 but at a slightly shorter distance of 6,952 yards.
For courses with mountain views, check out the Donald Ross-designed Mount Washington Resort Golf Club in Bretton Woods or the historic Waterville Valley Golf Club in the heart of the White Mountains. Both courses are over a century old and offer a classic New England setting. Play either nine or 18 holes. Dine in casual ambiance after your game and discover why these courses are both highly rated by locals and visitors of New Hampshire.
Skiing & Snowobarding
You can see the excitement on the face of an experienced skier or snowboarder as they prepare to cut down the slopes for the first time in the season. Luckily, in New Hampshire, there are a lot of places where snowbirds can keep this exhilarating momentum going. In the northern part of the state, North Conway, at the foot of Cranmore Mountain has been hailed as New England’s top ski resort town since the 1930s. Cranmore Mountain offers over 200 skiable acres, 5 trails and nine lifts with varying terrain for all levels.
Cannon Mountain Ski Area, near Franconia, is set in the White Mountains. This northern New Hampshire state-owned ski resort offers the highest summit with the most vertical slopes in the state. Ten lifts service 265 acres of skiing. Trails range from beginner to advanced with lessons available. Cannon Mountain Ski Area is notable for a great value at affordable prices.
Another family favorite is Waterville Valley Resort, set on Mount Tecumseh in the White Mountain National Forest. This central New Hampshire ski resort is known for long runs, the longest of which is three miles. Look forward to spending your day shredding down the resorts 52 runs or freestyling in the terrain park.
If you are planning a ski vacation in the southern region of New Hampshire, look to Mount Sunapee Resort in Sunapee State Park. Just west of Newbury, Mount Sunapee Ski Area is just 90 minutes from Boston. It offers 66 runs, 10 lifts and three terrain parks for all the snowboarding tricks you care to do.