Winter can be hard and unrelenting. But in the right place and in the right setting, it can also be wonderfully enjoyable. The following three properties are exceptional any time of year, but winter and the accompanying shroud of cottony snow magically transform these remarkable properties into winter playgrounds that will beckon you to come out and play. From the moment you cruise up the long drive, decked out in all its holiday splendor, you know you’re in for a winter treat. And this is only a taste of what’s to come. Omni Bedford Springs Resort sits on 2,200 acres and they’re all yours to explore, giving you the opportunity to rekindle your zest for outdoor adventure. Renew the spirit of family and take to the outdoors for some great family fun. So much snow, so much to do. Skiing and snow tubing For outdoor winter fun, look no farther than Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. Located only 35 minutes from Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Blue Knob is the highest skiable mountain in Pennsylvania, so you can count on the most challenging and longest ski trails in the state. Best of all, you’ll find a wide range of activities to suit whatever you’re looking for, including skiing, snowboarding, tubing and cross-country skiing. Ice skating Looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy? Try Galactic Ice, which offers everything from public skating to figure skating to ice hockey. What are you waiting for? Lace ’em up and hit the ice. Fire pits If your idea of “winter activity” is more casual than active, there’s a fire pit located on the front lawn of the resort where you can enjoy cocktails and conversation. What better way to finish the day than lounging under the stars, warming by the fire and roasting s’mores with your friends and family? There are even cozy blankets available for use at the Frontier Tavern host stand. Kick the snow from your boots and take a load off, you’ve earned it. Spa You’ve played hard in the winter air, so now take it easy at the 30,000-square-foot destination spa, one of the few spas in the country utilizing natural spring water in all of its treatments. Each treatment is inspired by the resort’s eight mineral springs, first used by the local Native Americans for their healing properties. Sample the historic “Bedford Baths” using Omni’s signature indigenous product line, inspired by local herbs and botanicals. Unwind with a soothing massage or beauty treatment or simply spend a few moments in the serene spa garden. As grand as the history behind it, Omni Mount Washington Resort is gracious in ambiance and generous in amenities. A favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities, the hotel delights every sense with its signature spa, decadent dining facilities and a plethora of winter activities. Suffice to say, you’ll never want to leave this hideaway in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire–one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 20 Ski Resorts in North America. Alpine and Nordic skiing If you’ve come to ski, you’re in for a real treat. Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, is consistently recognized for superior snow quality and grooming by SKI Magazine. Ski and snowboard on 464 acres, including 63 trails, 35 glades and three terrain parks. Ten lifts, including four high-speed quads, and the state’s first 8-passenger gondola debuting for the 2019-20 ski season, make your ride up the mountain almost as fun as the ski down. And because night skiing is available, your day on the slopes doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. The 100km Nordic trail network lets you explore the resort and surrounding forests closer to the ground – unless you choose to elevate your ski day with the lift-serviced high-country Nordic network. Canopy tour One of Yankee Magazine’s Unforgettable Guided Adventures, the award-winning Bretton Woods Canopy Tour is something you definitely won’t want to miss. The three-hour tour will take you across a series of nine treetop zip lines, two sky bridges, three rappels and a network of platforms as high as 70 feet in the ancient hemlocks. Ice skating Complimentary to resort guests, ice skating is an exhilarating way to enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding grounds of the beautiful, historic resort. Snowshoeing Experience the wonder of snow-covered trails from a perspective you can only discover on snowshoes. With little to no learning curve, snowshoeing can be enjoyed by people of varying ages and fitness levels. From an easy stroll to a backcountry hike, this sport offers a great way to stay fit while reveling in the great outdoors. Guided Snowshoe Expeditions and tours are also available throughout the season to help you explore the 100-km trail network at Bretton Woods. Tubing Our sculpted, packed-powder tubing run is made for thrilling speeds. Perfect for the whole family, you’ll want to attack the hill again and again. Laugh it up as you spin, glide and slide down the fun run. Best of all, you don’t need any experience, special skills or lessons – just rent a tube and let the fun begin. Elevate your winter experience with exhilarating thrills. The 25,000-square-foot spa brings the outdoors inside. Spa Inspired by the distinctive setting, the 25,000-square-foot spa brings the outdoors inside to treatment rooms with sweeping views of Mount Washington, the Presidential Range and Crawford Notch. Signature treatments feature custom Mountain Mist products rich with traditional New England botanicals that have been used for centuries to soothe muscles, smooth and protect the skin and reduce inflammation. Like the surrounding abundant natural beauty, The Spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort will open your mind, rejuvenate your body and soothe your spirit. See why it’s one of Boston Magazine’s Top ranked New England Spas. Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, The Omni Homestead Resort is situated in the ideal environment for outdoor pursuits every family member can enjoy. With more than 45 acres of wide, well-maintained trails, the slopes are perfect for skiers of all levels. If you’re a beginner, you can quickly get up to speed by taking a few lessons at Sepp Kober Ski School or introduce your little ones to skiing with the Little Penguins Program open to children ages 5-11. Not really a skier? Then go tubing or try the ice skating rink. Regardless of how you enjoy the day, there’s a fire pit and s’mores waiting for you on the Casino Lawn or hot cocoa at the Mountain Lodge, where you can trade stories of all the day’s events. Skiing and snow boarding Designed to provide comfortable and gentle terrain, the teaching area allows new skiers to prepare for an easy transition to the beginner-friendly lower trail or the main lift. Advanced skiers can take to the intermediate trails The Glades, Escape and Upper Main, while the most seasoned can test their skills on the Nose Dive or The Chute. Expert grooming and state-of-the-art snow-making equipment ensure your skiing experience will be nothing short of perfect. Ice skating Slip on a pair of skates and glide across the ice. Grab a hold of a loved one and take a couple of laps around hand in hand. Try a figure eight, an unsteady pirouette or simply shuffle about while surrounded by holiday lights and music. Tubing Snow tubing is the perfect family-friendly activity, offering all the classic thrills of sledding. The tubing park features well-groomed lanes and a new tubing area conveyor, the Penguin Express, to effortlessly get you back to the top for another run. Mini Snowmobiles Cruise through the snow on one of our mini snowmobiles. Little ones are welcome to take a whirl around on snowmobiles made just for them. Treat your mind, body and senses to a rejuvenating experience. Spa The Omni Homestead Resort’s comprehensive wellness services offer an award-winning spa, a full-service fitness center and natural mineral springs and sparkling pools – all the amenities designed to promote healthy habits and to re-energize you. The outdoor Serenity Garden is an area where guests can stimulate reflex points on the soles of their feet with the River Reflexology Walk, soak in historic hot springs, relax in the naturally pressurized Deluge Shower and unwind in the Finnish sauna. A spring-fed pool and whirlpool are also available all year. Three incredible winter destinations, one difficult choice. Enjoy a full range of winter activities in some of the most beautiful natural settings in the world. Then, after a long day of lifts and riding on state-of-the-art, groomed trails, head back to the resort to soothe sore muscles with an indulgent spa treatment, followed by a savory gourmet dining experience that highlights local flavor. Now all you have to do is choose your destination.