Snow, White Mountains Weather Photos

Snow scene along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112), in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA in blizzard conditions.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Snow, White Mountains Weather Photos – During the winter months, the New Hampshire White Mountains come to life. Skiers take to the ski resorts, snowmobilers ride the hundreds of miles of groomed trails, and hikers explore the snow-covered trails. Winters that produce lots of snow are good for the New Hampshire economy (tourism industry), while the winters that have little snowfall can be detrimental to the local economy.

My favorite time of year to shoot in the White Mountains is during the winter season. When covered in snow the landscape of the White Mountains is transformed into a peaceful winter wonderland. Included in this blog article are a few snow scenes that showcase the winter season.

Appalachian Trail - Extreme weather conditions near the summit of Mount Washington during the winter months in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Appalachian Trail – Mount Washington, New Hampshire
 

Many outdoor enthusiasts take to the alpine zone of the Presidential Range during the winter season to summit the legendary Mount Washington. Known for the worst weather in the world, Mount Washington has taken the lives of many. But the risk versus reward still attracts hikers from across the world during the winter months. Conditions are constantly changing on Mount Washington, but the landscape of the alpine zone is stunning even in whiteout conditions (above).

Lincoln Woods Trail during a winter day in the New Hampshire White Mountains. This trail utilizes the old railroad bed of the the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893 - 1948).
Lincoln Woods Trail – Lincoln, New Hampshire
 

When snow-covered, the railroad bed of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad is well defined, more so than any other season. The Lincoln Woods Trail (above), which utilizes the EB&L Railroad bed, showcases how straight sections of the railroad were. In operation for over fifty years, one of the unique features of the EB&L Railroad was the miles of straight railroad. Today these flat railroad grades allow easy hiking for the young and old.

Franconia Notch State Park - Flume Covered Bridge in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA during the night.
Flume Covered Bridge at Night – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

Night snowshoeing in the White Mountains is a favorite pastime among many winter outdoor enthusiasts. And the Flume Covered Bridge / Gorge area in Franconia Notch State Park is a popular spot for night snowshoeing. And even during the night, the Flume Covered Bridge (above) is picturesque.

Franconia Notch State Park - Stairs Falls in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. This waterfall is located along the Falling Waters Trail.
Stairs Falls – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

Waterfalls in the White Mountains take on a new look when covered in snow. Stairs Falls (above), located on Dry Brook, in Franconia Notch is not tall by any means, but it packs a punch. And during times of high water, it is impressive. When covered in snow, it is a classic New Hampshire winter scene.

Forest on the northern slopes of Mount Jim in Kinsman Notch of Woodstock, New Hampshire USA during the winter months.
Mount Jim – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

The peacefulness of a forest after a snow storm is indescribable. When covered in snow the forest (above) on the northern slopes of Mount Jim in Kinsman Notch is heaven. And if I were to use only one image to showcase a snow scene of the New Hampshire White Mountains it would be this one.

Downes - Oliverian Brook Ski Trail in winter conditions in the White Brook drainage of Albany, New Hampshire. This trail follows the old railroad bed of the Swift River Railroad (1906-1916). And this location is near the old St Johns Camp site. Signs of logging can be seen on the hillside.
Downes – Oliverian Brook Ski Trail – Albany, New Hampshire"
 

Cross-country skiers explore the White Mountains during the winter season. And the Downes – Oliverian Brook Ski Trail (above) is a popular ski trail. This section of the trail follows the old railroad bed of the Swift River Railroad (1906-1916). Signs of logging from the Kanc 7 Timber Harvest project can be seen on the hillside.

Beaver Brook Shelter along the Appalachian Trail (Beaver Brook Trail), on the north side of Mount Moosilauke, in Kinsman Notch of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the winter months. This shelter is an Adirondack-style shelter, sleeps 8 hikers, and was built in 1993/1994.
Beaver Brook Shelter – Appalachian Trail, New Hampshire
 

Winter camping is also a favorite pastime among outdoor enthusiasts. Beaver Brook Shelter (above) along the Appalachian Trail, on the north side of Mount Moosilauke, is a great spot for winter camping. This area usually has lots of snow. Built in 1993/1994 this is an Adirondack-style shelter that sleeps 8. A similar scene represents the month of February in my 2018 White Mountains New Hampshire calendar.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can view more snow scenes here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in the environment and historic preservation of New Hampshire. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society. His blog articles are intended to create awareness for historic preservation and land conservation.

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2 Responses to “Snow, White Mountains Weather Photos”

  1. Scott Joyce

    Hi Erin,

    I so appreiciate your efforts for environmental awareness, and just sharing the beauty of the northen New England region. You do wonderful work!

    Sincerely,

    Scott

    Reply
    • Erin Paul Donovan

      Hi Scott,

      I am glad you enjoy my work. The New Hampshire White Mountains are so beautiful! And we need to preserve the scenic beauty of the mountains so future generations can enjoy them.

      Reply

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