Okay, let's be real for a second.

Winters in this area are hard for a multitude of reasons. It's cold, it's dark, seasonal depression is at an all-time high, and the snow prevents many of us from doing the things we love.

Now, this isn't an issue for all of us. Many welcome the winter season and the snow it brings. Countless New Englanders love visiting the ski slopes or ice rinks, and with good reason. It can be fun going with family or friends to one of the area's many resorts and spending time in the great outdoors.

But what about those who aren't into winter sports, like this writer?

For people like us, this time of year is, well, boring. You can frequent bookstores, coffee shops, or bars, and there's nothing wrong with that. Still, if donning a pair of skis isn't your thing, the list of things to do around here majorly shrinks.

So what are some ways to pass the time during the long winter months for those who don't enjoy winter sports? Here's what locals recommend.

24 Things to Do During the New England Winter if You Aren't Into Winter Sports

Haven't gone skiing before but want to give it a try? Here are some recommended resorts in New England to get started.

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Now let's have a look at some more advanced spots...

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What ski mountains are the best mountains in New England for advanced and expert skiers/snowboarders? See the most difficult/best mountains for those looking for some difficult terrain.

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