10 des meilleurs: Excursions hivernales

If you love snow and mountain excursions then there are few better places to getaway then The Bray Hill House. From dog sledding and snowmobiling to skiing and ice climbing the White Mountains have it all at your fingertips. Relax at the end of the day by the fire or in the sauna.

Muddy Paws Dog Sledding

5 Stars, 17 minutes away in Jefferson. Year around dog sled rides. An amazing unique experience that lets you connect with dogs, appreciate their teamwork, try your hand at mushing and enjoy the exhilarating ride. It's not just a ride, dog lovers can get involved by helping harness the dogs to the sled, hand out treats to them after, and even sponsor a dog. The dogs love pulling the sled and the Muddy Paws Mushers have a strong bond with the dogs. Positive, uplifting and fun for all ages! 603.545.4533 website

Christmastime at Santa’s Village

5 Stars, 13 minutes away in Jefferson. “Pure Joy Family Style” rings true with the visitors who return year after year and love this theme park gem in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Live performances, tons of rides, games, real reindeer, immaculate grounds and layout, and dedicated staff have all made Santa’s Village a top rated amusement park in the US. The must visit family destination here. Tip: Arrive at the park during the last three hours of the day receive a ‘return pass’ to come back and visit the park for a full day. 603.586.4445 website

Bretton Woods Ski Resort

4.5 Stars, 30 minutes away in Bretton Woods. NH's largest ski area ranked #1 in the East for Snow again this year by SKI magazine! Since 2013, Bretton Woods has held the top 2 positions in Snow & Grooming, ensuring a great day on the slopes for all. 603.278.3320website

Cannon Mountain Skiing

4.5 Stars, 40 minutes. Winter brings snow and skiing to Cannon Mountain, voted #1 in the East for Value by the readers of Ski Magazine, three years running. Cannon also rates high on scenery, diversity of terrain and family/learning facilities and trails. 603.823.8800 website

Northern Extremes Snowmobiling

5 Stars, 30 minutes away in Bretton Woods, NH and 45 minutes away in Bartlett, NH - Northern Extremes offers guided & self-guided snowmobile rentals on the Family Friendly Bear Notch snowmobile trail system. This 50 mile closed loop trail system offers spectacular views of Mt Washington & Mt Chocorua. Along the way riders can stop at a scenic vista, picnic along Swift River or look for moose. Trails are patrolled & groomed daily by the State of New Hampshire and White Mountain Trail Club. The Bartlett location allows them to have the longest snowmobile season in New Hampshire renting snowmobiles from December to April. 603.374.6000 website

North Ridge Mountain Guides

5.0 Stars, 25 minutes away in Twin Mountain, NH. Take your outdoor adventure to the next level. Learn to ice climb a waterfall in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch or Summit Mount Washington home of the World’s worst weather. Professional guides give you an experience you will never forget! 978.944.2885 website

Ski Hearth Farm

5 Stars, 35 minutes away in Sugar Hill, NH - Trails were custom designed by John Morton, a well-known designer of nordic trail systems. They have approximately 30 km available with varied terrain of flat field skiing and challenging hill climbs, downhills, and tight turns. The trails were designed for single direction skate skiing and they are one-sided tracked for classic. Also offer dog-friendly sections for those who can't leave their furry friends at home. 603.823.5560 website

Mount Washington SnowCoach

4.5 Stars, 47 minutes away in Gorham, New Hampshire - Mt. Washington SnowCoaches leave the base area of the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and climb up about 4.5 miles, or two thirds of the way to the summit. Upon arrival at the “Top of the Tour”, passengers are invited to exit the SnowCoach for a few minutes for photos and video opportunities before climbing back aboard for the downward journey back to the base (you can also snowshoe down if you choose!). At times views can be breathtaking overlooking the protected Great Gulf Wilderness and the Presidential mountain range. At other times high winds and snow can be experienced allowing passengers to witness the extreme conditions which Mount Washington is so well known for. At all times the warmth and safety of the SnowCoach are just steps away. 603.466.3988 website

Wildcat Mountain

4.5 Stars, 47 minutes away in Gorham, New Hampshire - Wildcat Mountain, located in pristine Pinkham Notch, offers up over 2100 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding terrain for any ability level, all accessed in under 7 minutes by the Wildcat Express Quad. Consistently ranked #1 for scenery in the East by Ski Magazine's Resort Poll, Wildcat also finished in the top ten for character, value, challenge and overall satisfaction for 2015. See what all the positive buzz is about! 888.754.9453 website

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

4.5 Stars, 47 minutes away in Gorham, New Hampshire - A magnificent winter setting at the base of Mount Washington Offering cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, SnowCoach rides and family fun daily. Feel right at home in the beautiful lodge. 603.466.3988 website

Nordic Skiing at the Mount Washington Resort

4.5 Stars, 30 minutes away in Bretton Woods, NH - Across the grounds of the historic Mount Washington Resort and the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, the Bretton Woods Nordic Center is one of the largest cross country ski areas on the East Coast. The 100 kilometer trail network crosses open fields, meanders through woods of spruce and fir, passes beaver ponds and mountain streams, and traverses open hardwood stands. 603.278.3322 website

Honorable mentions:

Team O’Neil Winter Rally School

5.0 Stars, 32 minutes yet only 15 miles away in Dalton, New Hampshire. World class driving instruction offered year round for every skill level, single and multi day class offerings. Each day builds on the last, progressing onto more advanced skills, vehicles, and terrain. Learn to handle any condition: snow, ice, mud, rain. Only on Dalton Mountain in New Hampshire! 603.444.4488 website

*Star ratings from TripAdvisor.

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