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The Winnipesaukee View, Issue #008
November 09, 2009
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November 2009 Newsletter Issue #008


In this issue:

  • Things to do around the holiday season
  • Skiing this winter
  • Other winter sports


It's that time of year again!  The temperature is falling and the wood stoves and fireplaces are blazing with warmth.  It's hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us.



It seemed like summer was short this year.  Perhaps because of all the rain.  The cool temperatures began early as well.  It feels like these past few months were a blur.  August was warm and dry, so we fit all of our activities in and the month flew by.  Next thing you know, school has started including homework and sports.  Before we knew it, Halloween was here.


Holidays

Guess what's coming soon?  The holidays!  Your schedule gets busy and you look for ways to enjoy the Christmas spirit.  I've always looked in anticipation to the holiday season.  The decorations come out, families get together and good feelings are all around.  When I was a kid this was an exciting time of year.  I looked forward to decorating the house, baking goodies and making crafts.  Now, it's my kids turn.  They look forward to all the decorating, baking and creating.  On top of it all, they have started writing their Christmas list.



To help you get into the holiday spirit, I've come ups with many Christmas events n the lakes region.  You'll find things to do with Santa, craft fairs, and many other activities.  Even if you can only get to a couple of activities, it'll be worth it.



Winter

Now, it's time to get ready for winter and the fun you can have doing the many activities in the colder weather.  There are a lot of people that just want summer activities.  They don't want to be cold.  Sometimes it feels really good to just stay bundled up in a snuggly blanket drinking hot chocolate and staying away from the cold weather outside.  I look forward to days like that as well.  But....



It does get pretty boring staying inside day after day.  That's when it's time to get out and enjoy what the winter season has in store for you.  I'm looking forward to the first measurable snowfall.  Skiing will start.  Did you know that some ski areas in New England have opened already?  I remember skiing the first weekend in November many years ago.  It seemed to set the pace for the winter season.  Now, I'm lucky if I get on the slopes during Christmas break!  Yes, the joys of parenting.  We still have fun, though!



Skiing

So, if you haven't tried already, then downhill skiing is a must-learn for this winter.  You start out on the "bunny" slope and gradually move up from there.  Your confidence and skill level grows quickly if you learn the right way. 



There are many places to ski in New Hampshire.  If you want gorgeous views and a mountain that caters to all levels, then you'll want to try Gunstock.  The view of Lake Winnipesaukee and the nearby mountain ranges is pretty awesome.  Gunstock has terrain that caters to all skill levels.  It's definitely a family oriented ski mountain.  In fact, they have just installed a brand new quad ski lift for the beginner area.  It'll be an exciting year.



For the more advanced skier and the daring, you might want to look into Freestyle skiing.  Learn to do jumps and tricks each weekend at Gunstock's Freestyle Academy.  They always focus on safety and fun.



Cross-country skiing is an option for those that want a slower pace and a good workout.  There are many places to try this invigorating sport.  Follow the groomed trails at various x-country centers or create your own trails at golf courses or in a field.  Get a group together and cross-country ski under a full moon.  It's fun and you can see where you're going.



Other Winter Sports

There are other winter sports to try as well  Snowmobiling around the countryside brings you a new appreciation for the area.  The trails take you from town to town in a roundabout way.  When the lake freezes over, take your sled across the ice.  You'll be there in no time.



Ice skating is an inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors.  When the ponds freeze, spend some time skating across the ice.  It's fun and a great way to learn balance.  If you take your kids, they might like it so much that they want lessons.  Next thing you know they've become a full fledged hockey player or figure skater. 



Enjoy the holidays!

 

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Happy Travels!

Sharon



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