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New Hampshire

Ice Skating & Ice Climbing

With the opening of the Ham Ice Arena on West Main Street in Conway, Mt. Washington Valley moved ice skating to a new realm. This indoor ice arena offers a pro skate shop, rentals, cafetaria and seating for 400 on bleachers. There is public skating on most afternoons, and lessons, hockey and other ice sports throughout the week.

In East Madison, the Tohko Dome at Purity Spring Resort offers a covered, lighted outdoor rink, along with rental skates and plenty of hours for skating everyday. Skate rentals are $5 and admission to the rink is $4 per person, unless of course, you have a King Pine ski ticket for the day, in which case admission is free.

The North Conway Outing Club maintains a free rink in Schouler Park. Free skating is offered throughout the day and evening, although several slots have been reserved for childrens' and adult hockey games.

To the north, skaters can enjoy the ice on Emerald Pond at Nestlenook Farm and Resort in a lovely Victorian setting. There's a warming hut and skate rentals available too. Additionally, Cranmore Mountain Resort has a skating rink open day and night on weekends and holidays with rentals available The towns of Conway, Bartlett and Jackson also offer ice skating rinks.

Ice Climbing among the best in the world
Accomplished ice climbers know that Mt. Washington Valley is among the best places in the world to train.

It is said that the terrain in the Valley closely simulates that on Mt. Everest, which makes this area an enticing hot spot for ice climbers. Climbers can obtain gear, advice and participate in climbing schools and programs at the EMS Climbing School or International Mountain Equipment. Ragged Mountain Equipment is another favorite store among ice climbers, as the often hard-to- find technical equipment may be found here. The Appalachian Mountain Club offers programs on ice climbing, and winter camping, too.

Ice climbing in Mount Washington Valley
Ice climbing in Mount Washington Valley



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