Nothing beats a bright winter day spent carving up the slopes. But the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. More and more ski resorts throughout the Northeast are keeping their trails open after sunset to add another element of fun to the winter experience. And it’s not just for skiing and snowboarding. Parks have a host of exciting activities to keep your adrenaline pumping well into the night. These are a few of the top spots for night skiing, night snowboarding and much, much more.
Sunday River’s South Ridge and North Peak trails stay open until 6:30 p.m. on weekends and during holiday weeks. All-season passes and daytime lift tickets are valid for night skiing, and specific night skiing tickets are available as well.
But there is one activity that Sunday River offers for the truly adventurous that sets it apart: overnight dog-sledding and Nordic skiing trips. Operated by the Mahoosuc Guide Service, these two- and three-night trips are a combination of mushing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Food, plus all winter equipment such as skis, poles, boots, parkas and sleeping bags are provided. Just a note: Winter travel can be physically challenging. Participants should be able to ski or snowshoe for 4 miles with a light pack.
Stratton Mountain doesn’t have night skiing, but it does offer just about every other nighttime snow activity you can imagine. The Resort’s Coca-Cola Tube Park features four lanes of lift-serviced snow tubing, plus a warming hut with light refreshments and fire pit. The park is open on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m., and on Sundays until 5 p.m.
Stratton’s snowshoeing season runs through mid-March. Evening guided tours are available for all skill levels on the resort’s Nordic trails. In addition to regularly scheduled tours, Stratton offers special snowshoeing and cross-country skiing events on Saturday nights.
Stratton also offers nightly ice skating until 8 p.m., 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Guests can enjoy soup and sandwiches, hot cocoa, music and a campfire under the stars.
New Hampshire’s Crotched Mountain turns night skiing into an event. Every weekend the mountain hosts Midnight Madness, when trails stay open from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Skiers can enjoy fire pits, giveaways and drink specials, all while listening to music from live DJs.
Jiminy Peak offers night skiing until 10 p.m. on 25 of its 45 trails and all three of its terrain parks. Jiminy’s Mountain Coaster, one of the first in the country, is also open late on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. You can control the speed of your descent, allowing you to take a leisurely ride down the mountain or speed up to 23 mph through 3,600 feet of twisting, turning excitement through the woods.
While snow tubing has become a popular activity at ski resorts across the country, nobody does it quite like Camelback Mountain. With more than 40 lanes, Camelback is the largest snow tubing park in the country. Two magic carpet lifts take you to the top of the mountain where you zip down 100 feet. When the sun goes down, it’s time for Galactic Snow Tubing, where the tubing park turns into an LED light show. If that wasn’t enough, the snow tubing park has its own lodge and dining options, as well as a waffle cabin on weekends and holidays. The park is open until 8 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Smugglers’ Notch may not have night skiing, but it certainly offers more than enough nighttime activities to keep you busy. Sir Henry’s Hill Tube Sliding is open until 8 p.m., as is the natural outdoor ice skating rink located next to the Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center.
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