Embrace the winter by tackling some fierce and frozen sports.
Whipping down the slopes of Stratton Mountain is a sure cure for the winter blues.
Dust off your skis and head to the mountain. After recent major renovations, the Stratton Mountain Resort now boasts luxurious gondola lifts and more than 300 new snow guns. There’s nothing better than the first snow of the season, so head north as soon as you can to explore the 19 black diamond and double black diamond trails that twist down the mountain. For those less practiced, lessons are available at any skill level. 43 VT Rte. 30, Bondville, VT, 800-787-2886
Cabin Cat Skiing
Hit the trails in a new way at Sugarbush Resort with cabin cat skiing, which uses snowcats to reach spots that are otherwise inaccessible. The Remote Fireside Dining at Allyn’s Lodge package lets you hitch a ride up the mountain in a comfy snowcat (TV included), enjoy a three-course meal in front of a roaring fire, then venture back down the mountain for a night ski. 102 Forrest Dr., Warren, VT, 800-537-8427
Combine your crush on wine with your love of the outdoors. Hilltop Orchards, nestled in the Berkshire Hills, doubles as a professionally designed Nordic ski center. On more than four miles of trails, you’ll glide through the orchard and twist through the woods, with certified instructors there to help. At the end of your day, stop by the winery and relax in front of the fireplace. 508 Canaan Road, Richmond, 800-833-6274
Ready, set, mush! Reared in a humane environment, the Alaskan huskies at Eden Ethical Dogsledding will take you on an exhilarating journey along private trails winding through 140 acres of Vermont backwoods. You’ll learn about the workings of a real dog pack and witness the unspoken hierarchy with your own eyes. Tours last 45 minutes or more during the winter, with the option of driving the sled yourself. 1390 Square Road, Eden Mills, VT, 802-635-9070
Channel your inner mountain man at Stowe Mountain Lodge, where you can climb the wintry terrain through Smuggler’s Notch. Your guide for the three-hour excursion will be there to belay while you rappel down the mountainside. Unwind later with an 80-minute massage in the lodge’s massive spa. 7412 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT, 802-253-3560
See the harbor from a new vantage point this winter by lacing up your skates and heading out on Boston Harbor Hotel’s Rotunda Rink. For its Winter on the Wharf program of seasonal offerings, the hotel transforms the area around its iconic archway into an icy wonderland. End the adventure with a warm cocktail at the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille. 70 Rowes Wharf, 617-439-7000
Leave the high heels and suede loafers at home and strap on some snowshoes at Mount Equinox this season. You’ll trek through the woods of the 900-acre estate on picturesque trails accommodating every skill level. Later, enjoy dinner at The Marsh Tavern at Equinox. 3567 Main St., Rte. 7A, Manchester Village, VT, 800-362-4747
Learn how to harness the mountain wind by taking snowkite lessons at Hardwater Kiting. The sport combines elements of skiing, sailing, ice climbing, and flying to create an unforgettable arctic experience. The experts provide the gear and guidance you’ll need to speed across the beautiful lakes of Mount Washington Valley. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure. 122 Depot Road, North Conway, NH, 603-986-2784