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New England Winter Season

It currently is winter and peak ski season in New England. The six state region boasts 63 downhill alpine ski areas, most of which are located in the three mountainous northern states of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

In addition to alpine skiing, there are many other outdoor activities such as tubing, cross country nordic skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, dog sledding, horse sleigh rides, ice fishing, sledding, snowboarding, and ice hockey that are popular across the region.

Guide to New England Skiing:

10 Best Winter Towns in New England:

New England Winter Season Activities:
Snow Tubing

Cross Country Nordic Skiing

Downhill Alpine Skiing


Pond Ice Skating

Dog Sledding

Sleigh Ride

Ice Fishing



Outdoor Ice Hockey
Winter Weather Update for Southeastern Massachusetts USA

The SE Massachusetts region where I live and where Plymouth is also located had up until last week gotten off pretty easy this winter with regards to the weather. Very little snow had fallen this season and people living in this region had to drive two hours north to experience the classic New England winter and all the outdoor sporting and other activities associated with it (see my 20 February 2019 post above).

That all changed in the last five days as we just got three snow storms in quick succession. The first two were not bad as they each dropped some four inches of snow. The storm that hit last night however brought much more with totals exceeding one foot in many places (including where I live). It took me three hours shoveling out my driveway today. My back is now acting up and I am very exhausted.

The scene from my back door

My cleared out driveway after three hours of shovel work
Boston - The Hub

Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 685,094 in 2017, making it also the most populous city in New England. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Upon gaining U.S. independence from Great Britain, it continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education and culture. The city has expanded beyond the original peninsula through land reclamation and municipal annexation. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing more than 20 million visitors per year. Boston's many firsts include the United States' first public park (Boston Common, 1634), first public or state school (Boston Latin School, 1635) and first subway system (Tremont Street Subway, 1897).

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Aerial View of the downtown (harbor in the forefront and Charles River in top right corner with the City Cambridge on the other side)

Skyline at night from the harbor

Beacon Hill Homes

Boston Symphony Hall (circa 1900) - home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops - considered to be one of the world's best acoustic music venues

Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Swanboat in the Boston Public Garden (Boston Common and Boston Public Garden are adjacent to one another creating some 75 acres of parkland located in the the heart of the downtown)
The White Mountains of New Hampshire are the highest peaks in all of the the northeastern US and just under a 3 hour drive from Boston. I used to do at least one overnight hiking trip in this wilderness region each year. The following videos give you a feel for what this experience is like. There are many different trails throughout this range (which consists of 48 separate mountain peaks in excess of 4,000 feet above sea level) that are maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club. This hiking enthusiast group also operates a number of camp sites, huts, and lodges throughout the range where people can stay overnight while on their hikes. You will note from the videos the abundance of rock near the summits above the tree line and understand why the Granite State is the nickname for New Hampshire.


AMC White Mountains Huts & Bunkhouse Lodges
I love the Boston Pops Orchestra, very familiar with them.

We had a lot of gorgeous buildings like the Symphony Hall but unfortunately a certain German decided in 1942 that we
shouldn't have such luxury and bombed the city repeatedly taking all the lovely buildings like that out.

We have a lovely city now but buildings like that will never be built today, mainly because of cost I think.

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