Winter in New England Winter is a great time to visit New England. Snow usually arrives in late November and hundreds of villages and small towns can provide the perfect backdrop for a winter wonderland getaway. Pre Christmas special activities such as Freeport, Maine’s ‘Sparkle Weekend’ or Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s ‘Christmas Stroll’ are wonderful ways to celebrate the season along with great outdoor recreational opportunities. Skiing is available in all the New England states, though most downhill ski areas for skiing and snowboarding are in the northern states. Many international visitors love the atmosphere at the New England areas because locals truly enjoy sharing their love for the outdoors with visitors. Explore the snow tubing options throughout New England, where you can enjoy a relaxing or thrilling afternoon with your family. Sleigh rides are romantic, thrilling, and a great way to see the small towns of New England. Families love snowmobiling in New England, too — vast trails and exciting runs mean your family and friends get the thrill of high-speed and beautiful country. Snowshoeing in the backcountry is as popular as ever, with guided snowshoe tours and untouched backcountry. Skiing in New England is a family favorite and a great thing to do with friends, offering challenging hills and beautiful scenery.Sophisticated snowmaking capabilities in recent years have made many of the area’s snow and ski conditions extremely reliable and many youngsters love their experience at the wonderful ski schools that can be found at all areas. If downhill skiing is not your sport, there are plenty of other activities such as great cross country skiing trails, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, luxury spa opportunities (at many of the New England Inns & Resorts properties) or just enjoy a good book and the picture perfect postcard of a New England landscape from the warm fire of your New England country inn!