Winter activities that will keep you cool — and your kids will think so, too!
Ever used a sailboat before? Then you’ll take to ice boating quite nicely. To do it, the bottom of a boat is fitted with skis and designed to run over ice. You can sail for pleasure or join a yachting league for competitive racing. Finally, a reason to wear nautical apparel year round.
New England Ice Yacht Association, meet ups across New England, theneiya.org
Chickawaukie Ice Boat Club, Lake Chickawaukie, Rockport, Maine, iceboat.me
If there were to be a wintry version of shuffleboard, curling would be it. The game involves sliding stones on a sheet of ice toward a target area, which requires some finesse — more than you’d anticipate. League competitions can get pretty rambunctious!
Cape Cod Curling Club, 37 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, Mass, capecodcurling.org
North End Curling Club, Steriti Rink, 561 Commercial St., Boston, northendcurling.club
This is no leisurely cycle. Heavy duty fat bikes feature tires that span 5 inches across, enabling them to move in any terrain — including snowy trails. You get the benefit of a strong cardio workout amidst stunning winter scenery. At most locations, you can rent bikes or bring your own.
Kingdom Trails, 478 Route 114, East Burke, Vermont, kingdomtrails.org
Bretton Woods, 99 Ski Area Road, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, brettonwoods.com
Yes, it’s a funny word that doesn’t really offer a clue as to what this activity is all about. But, we’ll tell you, and better yet, you can bring your dog along. Skijoring is a Nordic style of skiing and a workout for you both, as your dog (who ideally weighs more than 30 pounds) is harnessed to your waist and pulls you along on skis as you explore mountainous New England terrain.
New England Dogsledding, 797 Golf Links Road, Colebrook, New Hampshire, newenglanddogsledding.com
Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mountain Road, Rangeley, Maine, rangeleylakestrailscenter.org
Polar Bear Plunge
Welcome in the New Year with this popular, annual tradition at beaches across the region. There’s nothing more invigorating than running into the frigid ocean with a few dozen of your closest and equally adventurous friends, right? South Boston’s L Street Brownies are the oldest “polar bear” club in the country and have been diving into the Boston Harbor for more than 100 years.
L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim, BCYF Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Road, Boston
Newport Polar Bear Plunge, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Drive, Newport, Rhode Island