Thrills, Hills and Chills

When will it snow? That’s what everyone wants to know as thoughts turn to winter’s outdoor thrills. Connecticut can be a lot of fun once the snow does fly, with ski areas, cross-country trails, deep snowy woods and lots more. Take the family out on a chill- and thrill-filled Getaway and get some color into their cheeks.

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  • Holidays
  • Winter

  • Mount Southington Ski Area
  • Heritage Hotel
  • Snowy Trails to Conquer
  • Connecticut Trolley Museum
Mount Southington Ski Area, Southington

Mount Southington Ski Area

Start with a day of skiing, snowboarding, tubing or shredding at the terrain park on Mount Southington. This long-standing spot for local thrills offers over 50 acres with 14 trails for beginners to experts. Check the website for updated snowmaking and open trail information.

Heritage Hotel, Southbury

Heritage Hotel

After a day on the slopes, find a comfy place to bunk. Kids love properties with an indoor heated pool, and Heritage Hotel in Southbury is a good bet, with pools, game room and special activities for kids. You’ll find several other good choices listed here.

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Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center, Farmington

Snowy Trails to Conquer

Next day, try snowshoeing, one of the easiest winter pastimes for kids and adults to learn. In Cornwall Bridge, rent snowshoes at Housatonic River Outfitters. The staff can direct you to one of several area routes based on your party’s ages and abilities. Portions of the Appalachian Trail and Mohawk Mountain State Forest are popular spots. Or, if you wish, head east to Winding Trails in Farmington, where you can rent snowshoes, skate skis (short skis propelled by a skating motion) and/or cross-country skis. The trails are extensive through this 350-acre natural site.

Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

Connecticut Trolley Museum

Finally, if you’re visiting Connecticut on select dates through December, head to the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor. Winterfest, a popular nighttime celebration, features model train layouts, visits from Santa and outdoor rides on antique trolleys (dress warmly!).