Destination Snow: Five All-Star Winter Family Getaways

Destination Snow: Five All-Star Winter Family Getaways

Now that we’ve all survived the holiday season, we can turn our full attention to the advancing menace of dropping temperatures and cabin fever! If you’re like most parents, you have a NASDAQ-style stock ticker tape running through your mind at all times of seasonal places you might escape to for some unplugged family escapades. So before you look for nifty lists of ways to combat cabin fever, and since nothing quite makes us appreciate warmth like a couple of great outdoor wintertime expeditions — and hot chocolate always follows these adventures — pull out the parkas and get out and play at one of these New England wonderlands.


Omni Mount Washington Resort

Show your kids what a true display of elegance looks like at this luxurious and grand hotel and National Historic Landmark opened in 1902. With over 400 acres to explore at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, there are trails and terrain for every skill level and generation! Door-to-door shuttle service will whisk you around the massive property at the touch of a finger, ensuring you’ll have time to tube, skate, ski or jump on a fat-tire Nordic bike (um, that sounds cool). There’s even a kid’s ski jumper terrain park! Lessons can be found at the Nordic facility, Alpine ski and snowboard school, and the Hobbit school for 4- to 12-year-olds. In addition to the indoor pools, you can take a dip in the year-round outdoor pool nestled in the heart of the White Mountains and heated to 90 degrees. Jump on the High-Speed Quad to lunch at Latitude 44, the mid-mountain restaurant, one of 13 dining options.

Insider Info: Parents with young children can get a two-for-one lift ticket and take turns on the mountain so one can stay and the other can play. MLK weekend offers reduced ticket prices.

Bretton Woods, NH,


Purity Spring Resort

This family-owned, turn-of-the-century lakeside country inn offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice-skating, and nighttime skiing and snowboarding at King Pine Ski Area, part of the Purity resort. If you can tear yourself away from the lift-serviced snowtubing chutes at the Pine Meadow Tubing Park, there are 17 downhill trails and the Twisted Pine Terrain Park to explore. Just learning? Its gentle terrain makes this the perfect place to start — and finish in the indoor heated pool and hot tub. Lodging options are abundant, and will accommodate everyone’s desires, from slope-side ski-in, ski-out condos to traditional guestrooms in the Main Inn.

Madison, NH,


Camden Snow Bowl

Alpine skiing with ocean views anyone? “Ski the Sea” is the tag for this community-owned ski area — the only East Coast ski destination with dramatic sea views. With its small-town feel, 20 trails and almost 1,000 feet of vertical elevation, this getaway has charm and adventure covered. It even has a claim to fame as home to the country’s only original, gravity-operated 400-foot-long wooden toboggan chute! The Snow Bowl hosts the U.S. National Toboggan Championships every February. Nestled among midcoast Maine’s quaint harbors, there is no shortage of amazing food and lodging across the nearby towns of Camden, Rockport, Rockland and Lincolnville. Check out Snow Bowl Partner Deals. 

Camden, ME,


Smuggler’s Notch

Where every day is a snow day! This premier New England family resort, voted best of the East and No. 1 kid-friendly resort by “Ski Magazine”, has your kids’ activities and family entertainment covered on and off Vermont’s Green Mountains like a Disney Cruise Line ship. Whether you’re on a daycation or a winter holiday, Smuggler’s Notch, which offers three mountains, gladed terrain, and six parks, is sure to offer your perfect agenda. Smugg’s Ski & Ride School at Snow Sport University has lessons for every age and ability, all-day children’s programs with entertainment, and even a specially  dedicated ski introduction slope and conveyor lift for toddlers. Ready to go inside? Head to FunZone 2.0 Family Fun Complex for the ultimate indoor laser tag, arcade and recreation. STEAM activities, bonfires and dance parties are sprinkled across the activity schedule so there’s always a surprise! Don’t forget your suits for the indoor pool, which is open until 9:00 p.m. if you’re still awake by then.

Jeffersonville, VT,


Lake Morey

Are you a cross-country lover? Make this lake resort home base for a weekend of nature-loving, trail gliding, pickup hockey games, snowshoeing, skating and sledding. Skate rentals are complimentary, and Lake Morey boasts the longest skating trail in the U.S., a 4.5-mile loop around the stunning lake. For the best of both worlds, alpine ski areas such as the Dartmouth Skiway and Burke Mountain surround the resort and are easily accessed.  

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16 Jan 2019

By Alyson Gregory