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Ossipee Lake House • 34 Long Sands Road • Center Ossipee, NH 03814 • Phone:  303-546-6400

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Winter Fun Things to Do During Your Stay at Ossipee Lake House

Ossipee Lake House

34 Long Sands Road

Center Ossipee, NH 03814

Make wonderful memories at Ossipee Lake House. Enjoy the winter wonders of the area and then come back to the elegant warmth of Ossipee Lake House, start a roaring fire in the fireplace, cook and enjoy a fine meal. You can bask in the warmth of the great room while looking out over the beautiful snow-covered lake as the sun sets behind the Ossipee Mountains. A special magic occurs when everyone is warm and comfortable sitting inside looking out over the winter landscape while laughing and relaxing inside the secure warmth of the great room.


Ossipee Lake House sits at the very edge of Ossipee Lake in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and at the gateway to the White Mountains. The large map below shows the location of Ossipee Lake House and many, but not anywhere near all, of the winter recreation features of the area. Details on these activities are on this page below the map.


 

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding -- Less than 20 minutes away. More information on skiing and snowboarding



 

Cross Country Skiing -- Out the door of Ossipee Lake House and in the area. More information on cross country skiing



 

Snowmobiling -- Out the door access to the entire network of groomed New Hampshire snowmobile trails. More information on snowmobiling



 

Ice Skating -- Out the door of Ossipee Lake House



 

Other Fun Activities -- Ice fishing, excellent dining, museums More information on other fun things to do



This page focuses on winter recreation. Click here for a map also showing warm weather recreation, dining, and other activities.

For a map focusing on warm weather recreation click here.


Of course, you can visit North Conway, about 40 minutes north through beautiful scenic areas, to enjoy its dining establishments and factory outlet stores.
MAJOR HINT FROM EXPERIENCE: During the seasons when many visitors go to North Conway (especially weekends during summer and fall foliage season) you can avoid serious traffic delays by travelling to North Conway via Rt 153 and Rt 302, instead of Rt 16, as shown on this small map (click for larger version)


The following map can be zoomed out to see a larger area. You can also switch between the map view and satellite view to get a sense of what this wonderful area has to offer with its mountains and charm.


Below the large map are additional details on many of the winter recreation opportunities near Ossipee Lake House.

Map Key

Ossipee Lake House

Skiing & Snowboarding--as close as a 10 minute drive for family and night skiing

Cross country skiing by Ossipee Lake House & nearby areas

Ice Skating--indoor and outdoor, including on Ossipee Lake

Snowmobiling--ride from Ossipee Lake House to Corridor 19 and 100s of miles of trails

Museums, exhibits, demonstrations



You can scroll the following map to see icons in other areas and also zoom in and out.

Clicking on an icon will give more information about that location.



Winter Fun at Ossipee Lake House Vacation Rental Villa

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding!


Satisfy that sudden urge to ski at one of three areas closer than an hour's drive, one less than 20 minutes away.



King Pine -- 12 miles and 17 minutes

Drive less than 20 minutes for great family skiing and terrific fun on short notice, and it has NIGHT SKIING.
For more information click here.

Attitash Mountain -- 35 miles, 50 minutes
For more information click here.

Cranmore Mountain -- 30 miles, 50 minutes
For more information click here.
Also, at the Mountain Adventure & Tubing Park has Snow Tubing, Mountain Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zipline & Giant Swing

Black Mountain at Jackson, NH -- 36 miles, 55 minutes
For more information click here.

Wildcat Mountain -- 45 miles, 70 minutes
For more information click here.

Waterville Valley -- 57 miles, 80 minutes
For more information click here.



Cross Country Skiing Galore!


Lots of places for cross country skiing, including the following nearby state forests with groomed trails.


Cross country ski out the door of Ossipee Lake House on Ossipee Lake or go up Long Sands Road to where the conservation trail starts at Constitution Park and tie into trails

Ossipee Lake House to Constitution Park via Long Sands Road

Freedom Town Forest (Trout Pond) -- about 8 miles (14 minutes) from Ossipee Lake House.

This 2,600 acre forest has trails for use by snowmobiles, cross country skiers, and snowshoe hikers and joins other conservation areas to produce a 5,000 acre region. For a description of the Freedom Town Forest click here and also click here.
For a trail map click on the trailmap image.
For a map from Ossipee Lake House to the Red Kiosk near Shawtown Road (this kiosk has maps and Jackman Ridge Trail parking) click on the directions map image.

Pine River State Forest, Effingham, NH -- 8 miles (12 minutes) from Ossipee Lake House, such as the Duncan Lake Trail in Pine River State Forest. Pine River State Forest is near Rt 16 by the Hannaford Supermarket

Hemenway State Forest, Tamworth, NH -- 20 miles, 35 minutes from Ossipee Lake House
Click on the map images for full size maps of the trails at Hemenway State Forest

 

Tamworth Outing Club groomed cross country skiing trails maps can be found by clicking on the adjacent image.
These trails are near the north edge of Hemenway State Forest.

King Pine Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoe Reserve. Only 10 miles, about 15 minutes, from Ossipee Lake House for cross country and downhill skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing.
For more information click here.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (Jackson, NH)-- Largest cross country ski trail system in the Eastern United States. 154+ km of trails for all abilities interlace the village and wander into the White Mountain National Forest. Rte 16 North to Jackson Village. Take second (northern) entrance Rte 16A into the village. The Jackson XC Base Lodge is located on 16A just north of the community church. The xc ski trails are all over town.
For more information click here.



Snowmobiling!

Start at Ossipee Lake House and Drive Snowmobiles Directly to Trails Throughout New Hampshire!


 

Drive from Ossipee Lake House up Long Sands Road to where the conservation trail starts at Constitution Park and tie into trails

Ossipee Lake House to Constitution Park via Long Sands Road

  • Long Sands Road is a public road maintained by the Town of Ossipee.


  • I checked with the Town and because Long Sands Road is so sparsely used permission is granted to drive snowmobiles down it to Constitution Park where the Ossipee Valley Snowmobile Club maintains a trail that leads to Ossipee Lake. Always be aware that Long Sands Road has automobile and truck traffic so stay close to the side of the road and proceed cautiously.


  • Going across Ossipee Lake leads to New Hampshire State Snowmobile Corridor 19.


  • Corridor 19 goes north to Canada and also leads to 100s of miles of other groomed snowmobile trails.


  • Trails from Constitution park also lead to trails going across Rt 25


  • Trails from Constitution park also lead to Abbott & Staples and Boyles Family Market where food and gasoline may be purchased



State law requires that all operators 12 years of age and over possess either a valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s License or have successfully completed an approved OHRV or Snowmobile Safety Education Class, which may be done online. Click here for more information on license requirements and click here to find out about online classes.



Other fun winter recreation opportunities at Ossipee Lake House


Ice Skating -- all of Ossipee Lake beckons for you, your family, and your guests to get out to ice skate.

Skate and then come up the deck and go through the sliding glass doors into the elegant warmth of the great room and have hot chocolate by the fireplace.

Also, covered skating at King Pine ski area, refer to information above.



Ice Fishing -- on Ossipee Lake. Click here of ice fishing information.



Snowshoeing -- easily done starting with Constitution Park up Long Sands Road and the forest across the street from Ossipee Lake House. The wetlands/forest on the other side of Long Sands Road from Ossipee Lake House are part of the Ossipee Lake House grounds and that property joins the Ossipee Lake Natural Area.

All public New Hampshire trails are multipurpose, unless otherwise marked, so snowshoe along the sides of groomed snowmobile and cross country trails.


Excellent dining -- Close by (see map part way down the page found by clicking here) and also in North Conway, about 40 minutes up Route 16.
For starters we suggest:


Year round Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm.
Great fun for kids of all ages as well as adults of all ages. Features a working farm with excellent guides describing the farm's operations and equipment, with focus on the historic ways things are done. The house is both a museum and craft education center.

For more information click here


Wright Museum of World War II -- World War II changed our country and this museum features memorabilia of American life from 1939 to 1945 and is dedicated to celebrating Americans' sacrifices and achievements during WW II. Features American life before the war and how life changes during the war. Much more than a war museum and also has equipment and weapons used during WW II. For more information click here.

Wright Museum Montage

Portland Head Light -- the museum is closed during the winter but the lighthouse grounds and the fort next to the lighthouse are open year-round. The majesty of the Atlantic Ocean as it pounds and surges against rugged rocks is spectacular in the winter. For more information on this classic lighthouse click here.