[From the Summer 2021 issue of New England Ski Journal]
With a sense of normalcy returning this summer, people will find new ways to enjoy New England during the warm months. Whether it be quiet walks in the woods, swimming in a local pond or lake, pedaling a bike on a rail trail, ziplining through the canopy, hiking a 4,000-footer or navigating Class IV rapids, there’s plenty to keep every member of the family engaged, exercising and connected to the outdoors.
Many folks will want to strike out on their own, finding places to hike, camp, bike or paddle on trails or waterways with varying degrees of challenge. Others may find the somewhat more structured activities at a resort area more to their liking. Resorts throughout the region offer mountain coasters, ziplines, ropes courses, climbing walls, horseback riding and much more and are gearing up for an exceptionally busy summer.
“Ski areas that offer summer attractions and activities are approaching this summer season with a lot of optimism,” said Ski New Hampshire president Jessyca Keeler. “We’re hearing that tourism travel is expected to witness huge increases this year, which bodes well for the attractions and outdoor recreation industries, because people are still looking for those fresh air experiences. However, travelers should check the hours of operation in advance and/or whether you need reservations at any attractions they are planning to visit.”