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March 1, 2013

Let the fun shine

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

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“Mount Washington is considerably less accessible during the winter,” Wemyss said.

Baring bad weather, the snow coach brings nine passengers 4 miles up the auto road, just past the tree line. For safety reasons, the coach does not bring passengers to the summit during the winter. However, for the most adventurous riders, reaching the tree line is just the start.

“We allow people to snowshoe down the road,” said Wemyss. “We had a couple from Germany this morning that snowshoed the whole way, and they loved it.”

With trips daily, and two-for-one pricing on Fridays, the SnowCoach can be the perfect activity to begin your weekend up North.

How To: Mount Washington Auto Road SnowCoach, Gorham, N.H., 603-466-3988 or www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com

Dog Sledding

Although you may think of dog sledding as an exotic Arctic adventure, it is becoming more and more common in New England.

“I get a lot of people who have it on their bucket list,” said Corina Alexander, owner of Mush Mellow Dog Adventures in Sanbornton, N.H.

While people come for the exotic allure, they return for the calm, and the chance to spend quality time with the dogs.

“People talk about the whole experience of being on the trail, how it is so quiet and peaceful,” said Alexander.

Dog sledding can also be an adventure for your favorite four-legged friend. Mush Mellows offers a “run your own dog” program, where dogs who like to pull at the leash can have a chance to pull a sled.

“All dogs can do it,” Alexander said. “But you want a dog with a desire to run and pull.”

Whether you come dog sledding to experience the fresh air, the animals, or the thrill, you certainly won’t be the only one having fun.

“The dogs love it. You can really see it when they’re barking to go.”

How To: Mush Mellow Adventures, Sanbornton, New Hampshire. 603-286-2652 or mushmellowadventures.com.

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