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March 1, 2013

Let the fun shine

It's almost over! Make the most of winter before snow melts

By the time March rolls around, who around here isn’t feeling at least a little bit frosty toward winter?

After months of snowfall and frigid temperatures, old-favorites sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing begin to lose their appeal. That’s all right: There are plenty of other activities to free you from an end-of-season rut. Just check these out!

Ziplining

When most people think ziplining, they picture lush rainforests, rather than snow-covered mountains. However, winter can be the best time to zipline through the White Mountains, says Allan Guilbeault of Alpine Adventures in Lincoln, N.H.

“The views are better, because there are no leaves on the trees,” he said. “They’re amazing.”

Plus, lower temperatures and smaller groups add to the appeal.

“We do bonfires out there, and it has a much more adventurous feel during the winter,” Guilbeault said. “It feels like an expedition.”

Of course, during the winter, just getting to the zipline can be a trek. Alpine Adventures uses Pinzgauer vehicles, military monstrosities developed in Austria to get through the most rugged terrains.

“Our off-road tours are adventures in and or themselves,” said Guilbeault.

If you didn’t get enough of flying high on the zipline, check out The BigAirBag when you return to town. This tubing set-up with a twist sends thrill-seekers down a 40-foot-tall ramp, careening fifteen feet into the air before landing on a giant, soft airbag.

Sledding may never seem the same!

How To: Alpine Adventures, Lincoln, NH. 603-745-9911 or www.alpinezipline.com.

Sleigh Rides

If you’re looking for something a little less adventurous, a sleigh ride could be the perfect way to spend a romantic evening, or an afternoon with the kids. During the winter months, Charmingfare Farm in Candia, N.H., moves its trail horses onto sleigh duty.

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