Ski areas in NH offer skiing among breathtaking winter surroundingsNew Hampshire is a skier’s paradise. The fabulous White Mountains has Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Wildcat Mountain, Attitash, Bretton Woods, and Cannon Mountain, and others. It is easy to ski two or more mountains in a few days. Non-skiing members of the family to also enjoy local shopping, dining, and sightseeing.
Elsewhere are Gunstock in the Lakes region and Mount Sunapee and Ragged Mountain in the Dartmouth region. Scattered throughout New Hampshire are smaller ski areas that are great for families and beginners. See Deals, Cross Country Skiing, and Events and ski area listings. Or contact Ski NH, the state’s ski marketing group.
New Hampshire Ski Conditions
DealsMost ski areas offer discounted season passes, stay-and-ski packages, gift cards, or other bargains. These are discount programs by members of Ski NH (603-745-9396).
Ski NH Anywhere, Anytime Lift Tickets 2016-17Buy a customized combination of lift tickets to your favorite ski areas in your choice at Black Mountain, Cranmore, Dartmouth Skiway, Granite Gorge, Gunstock Mountain, King Pine, Loon Mountain, McIntyre, Mount Sunapee, Pats Peak, Ragged Mountain.Ticket inventory is limited. Packages can be purchased online at SkiNH.com, or by phone at 800-887-5464). Details.
4th & 5th Grade Snowsports Passport 2016-17Every Ski NH downhill and cross country ski area is contributing one or more free lift ticket for fourth- and fifth-grade students. Every area also has one additional offer on things like lessons, rentals, lift tickets, and trail passes for other family members. Some blackout dates apply. From $35. Details.
Cross-Country (Nordic) SkiingNew Hampshire has a wealth of cross-country skiing, both at traditional downhill ski mountains and also at centers established specifically for cross-country (Nordic) skiing. Below is a sampling.
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center in Bartlett. An old farmhouse is the base for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, offering rentals and gear, hot food, nature experts, and groomed trails.
Bretton Woods Cross Country in Bretton Woods. Nordic skiing, skating and snowshoeing on fine trails that connect to the Stickney trail system. Services at Tree Top Nordic Sports Shop.
Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center in Hanover. Based at the Dartmouth Outing Club House on Oscom Pond and Oak Hill, where lessons are given.
Eastman Cross Country Center in Grantham. All essentials for Nordic skiing under one roof: gear, lessons, special events.
Franconia Village Cross Country Ski Center. Cross-country center is in Franconia Inn. Rentals available for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating.
Granite Gorge Cross Country in Keene. Good snow conditions and lots of cross-country trails, recently reconditioned.
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Gorham. This place covers all winter snow sports except downhill skiing. Cross-country skiing, skating, snowshoeing, snow tubing, family programs.
Gunstock Cross Country & Snowshoe Center in Gilford. Cross-country skiing, nature and snowshoe tours, wine tastings, skijouring.
Jackson XC in Jackson. The vast trail system has trails that lead from inn to inn and to a dozen restaurants, with magnificent vistas of the Presidential Range. Full range of services.
Loon Mountain Cross Country in Lincoln. Adventure Center in an old barn is the base for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, telemark, and after-ski activities.
Nordic Skier Wolfeboro Cross Country in Wolfeboro. Enlarged trail network with terrain for all abilities, warming huts, and free skiing for younger children. Stay and Ski Free packages available.
Pine Hill XC Ski Area in New London. A community-based organization with low-cost cross country skiing near Mount Sunapee Country Club.
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve in East Madison. Purity Spring Resort is base for equipment and starting point. Trails wander through the Hoyt Audubon Sanctuary.
Waterville Valley Resort Nordic Center. Seventy km of cross-country trails explore the White Mountain National Forest. Trails for all abilities.
Windblown Cross Country in New Ipswich. Twenty-five miles of trails in the Monadnock Region. Telemark and back country skiing on logging trails.
Ski Area Listings
153 Main Street Jackson, NH, 03846 Phone: 603-383-9355
The Northeast’s finest cross country skiing is here.
1251 Eaton Road (Route 153) East Madison, NH, 03849 Phone: 603-367-8896 Toll-Free: 800-373-3754
Ski up and down and all around at King Pine
60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-6281 Toll-Free: 800-229-5666
Winter Season opens mid-November - Are you ready for some super skiing?
Abenaki Ski Area
390 Pine Hill Road Wolfeboro, NH Phone: 603-569-5639
7 glades and trails; 0 terrain parks; night skiing; 18 skiable acres; 200-foot drop; annual snowfall 21 feet; 50% snowmaking
Waterville Valley Resort
1 Ski Area Road Waterville Valley, NH Phone: 603-236-8311
60 trails; 265 skiable acres; 2,020 feet vertical drop; cross country skiing; snowshoeing; snow tubing; fat biking
Evrything Else -- Winter activities include NASTAR (National Standard Race) recreational racing with a giant slalom format; snowboarding; snow tubing; dog sled excursions; horse drawn sleigh rides; indoor ice skating arena; and an indoor climbing wall.
Black Mountain Road Jackson, NH, 03846 Phone: 603-383-4490 Toll-Free: 800-698-4490
45 trails and glades; 143 acres of skiable terrain; 1,100-foot vertical drop; 98% snow making
Flanders Road (off Rte. 114) Henniker, NH, 03242 Phone: 603-428-3245
26 trails and glades; snowboarding; snow tubing; night skiing; snowshoeing; 103 acres of skiable terrain; 770 foot vertical drop; 100% snow making
Everything Else -- Learn about and enjoy snowshoeing at the Forest Discovery Trail. Mountain has plenty of dining and pub life.
Wildcat Mountain Ski Area
Route 16, Pinkham Notch Jackson, NH, 03846 Phone: 603-466-3326
49 trails and glades; 1 terrain park; 225 acres of skiable terrain; 2,112-foot vertical drop; 90% snow making
Wildcat, Attitash, Crotched Mountain jointly offer a Vertical Value Card, which saves you 10 percent off holiday tickets, 25 percent off weekend tickets and half off midweek rates. The card can be used toward the $30 Sunday afternoon half day lift ticket, and on Bring-a-Friend Wednesdays. Wildcat is the sister mountain of Attitash ski area.
Everything Else -- Three cafeterias, rentals and lessons, some included in packages; child care.
Bretton Woods Mountain Resort
99 Ski Area Road Bretton Woods, NH, 03575 Phone: 603-278-3320
62 trails; 35 glades; three terrain parks; ten lifts, including four high-speed quads 92% snow making; night skiing and riding Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays; 464 acres of skiable terrain
Everything Else – Bretton Woods offers a ski & snowboard school children’s programs, rentals & repairs, terrain parks, trail maps, ski groups, racing, a competition center, guided winter adventures, and adaptive skiing.
Attitash Mountain Resort (and Bear Peak)
Route 302 Bartlett, NH Phone: 800-223-7669
67 trails and glades; terrain parks, snow tubing; night skiing; cross-country; 310 acres of skiable terrain; 1,750-foot vertical drop; 98% snow making
Wildcat, Attitash, Crotched Mountain are selling a Vertical Value Card, which saves 10 percent off holiday tickets, 25 percent off weekend tickets, and 50 percent off weekday rates. The card can be used toward the $30 Sunday afternoon half day lift ticket, and on Bring-a-Friend Wednesdays.
Everything Else -- Child care provided. Ski and snowboard rental. Plenty of restaurants and bars at the two base areas and in Mount Washington Valley. The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel has luxury lodging and a dynamic after-ski scene. Attitash’s Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster is 4,000 feet of banked curves down the mountainside. Riders occupy two-person carts on steel tracks. The Coaster is open when resort is in winter operation.
Franconia Notch State Park Franconia, NH, 03580 Phone: 603-823-8800
72 trails and glades; terrain parks, 264 acres of skiable terrain; 2,180-foot vertical drop; 97% snow making
Everything Else -- Child care; ski shop with rentals and repairs; snow sports school. After-ski scene is dynamic at the Cannonball Pub; lots of lodgings in Franconia region.
Mount Sunapee Ski Area
1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH, 03255 Phone: 603-763-3500
66 trails and glades; 4 terrain parks, 233 acres of skiable terrain; 1,510 -foot vertical drop; 97% snow making
Everything Else -- Lots of ways to save on lift tickets with a variety of passes and discount programs. A 4.0 College Pass allows college students unlimited skiing and snowboarding at Pico, Okem, Mount Sunapee, and Killington. The pass includes five half-off College Buddy Tickets. Check details of the program
Ragged Mountain Resort
620 Ragged Mountain Road Danbury, NH, 03230 Phone: 603-768-3600
20 trails and glades; terrain parks, snow tubing; 220 acres of skiable terrain; 1,250 -foot vertical drop; 84% snow making
Everything Else -- Child care at the Moosery. Nice, friendly pub with traditional food for outdoors men and -women. IN summer, enjoy the 18-hole, par-72 golf course.