Winter Outdoor Fun in Merrimack Valley

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Once Old Man Winter starts his shift in the northeast, many New Englanders opt to stay indoors and enjoy the warmth of a fireplace on a cold winter’s day. However, some Bay Staters thrive in the winter and want to spend their free time outdoors enjoying all that the winter has to offer in our region from skiing and snowboarding to tubing, winter walks, and hikes through snow-laden paths. 

If you are one of those hardy New Englanders who loves being outside no matter what the thermometer says, we have a couple of places you may want to check out in the Merrimack Valley this winter. 

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

Located on Powers Road in Westford, Massachusetts, the Nashoba Valley Ski Area is a great spot for a day of fun on the slopes. Whether you like to ski, snowboard or want to take a turn flying down the hill on a tube, Nashoba has you covered. 

Snow lovers of all ages can find fun and excitement at Nashoba. Their exceptional location close to Boston and neighboring communities as well as their large host of activities makes it a great day or night activity. 

Don’t know how to ski or snowboard? Nashoba offers multi-week lessons, private lessons, or one-day lessons to get you started on the hill or to remind you of skills you learned in past seasons. If you are an experienced skier, Nashoba also offers a racing team that will get your heart pumping and your adrenaline soaring. 

For those who just want to enjoy the snow or winter weather, Nashoba offers a tubing park off Great Road in neighboring Littleton, MA. Spend the day with family and friends riding your tubes down the hill and enjoying a rush of speed. Then grab a bite to eat at Nashoba’s restaurant The Outlook while you recover from all that fun. 

To find out more, get directions or reserve your tickets, visit Nashoba Valley Ski today. 

Walden Pond State Reservation 

Love to be outdoors in the winter but don’t feel the need to strap sticks to your feet and fly down a mountain? Well, Walden Pond State Reservation may be more your speed if you are seeking to be outdoors but in a more tranquil setting. 

Enjoy a contemplative winter walk or bring your cross-country skis to enjoy a swing around Walden Pond, a National Historic Landmark that remains open from 5:00 a.m. to a half-hour after sunset year-round. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the natural beauty of the area and your snow boots because New England is known for its regular storms. 

Download a map to plan your trip or wander along the paths to your heart’s content. Walden Pond is a perfect place to enjoy the winter outdoors. 

For more ideas on winter fun either indoors or outside, visit the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau for a comprehensive list of things to do and places to see. 

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