White Mountains ski areas present the sport at its best
1251 Eaton Road (Route 153)
East Madison, NH, 03849
Enjoy the White Mountain scenery on skis at this family resort
This winter, come to Purity Spring Resort in the majestic White Mountains and get the best of skiing on hills and flats. The King Pine Ski Area features alpine skiing and snowboarding. 17 downhill trails await the beginner, intermediate and advanced skier, while 6 lifts, a terrain park, sylvan glades and a full-service PSIA-certified ski and snowboard school ensure that you’ll have a fun, safe time. Rent classic and skate skis at the King Pine Rental and Tune Shop. Your lift tickets include complimentary Alpine and XC skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice skating. Get out onto Purity Spring’s 20km of XC and Snowshoe trails that traverse the varied terrain around Purity Lake.
153 Main Street
Jackson, NH, 03846
The Northeast’s finest cross country skiing is here.
Cross country skiing’s special magic and the finest ski trails in the eastern United States are to be found at the Jackson Touring Center. Set in and around one of New England’s most charming villages, there’s skiing for every taste and ability. The area is filled with old growth forest, there’s an international race course for competitive and high energy skate skiing and there’s even an on-trail warming cabin and Cocoa Café. The Jackson X-C Ski School offers beginner, private and group lessons with PSIA certified instructors. Rent top of the line equipment , stay in cozy and hospitable lodging, and enjoy great food in the many restaurants, delis, taverns, country stores, bakeries and cafes on and near the trails.
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH, 03251
Winter Season opens mid-November - Are you ready for some super skiing?
Here’s what you’ve been looking for in a top-flight outdoor recreation destination. Located just two hours north of Boston, Loon Mountain offers superb big mountain skiing and snowboarding in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Rated one of the most accessible mountain resorts in the East by readers of Ski Magazine, you’ll find 2,100 feet of vertical with terrain for all abilities on three peaks – including an award-winning progression of terrain parks. There’s 99% snowmaking coverage and New Hampshire’s only Superpipe. Kick back, take in the beautiful winter landscape at your own pace and enjoy the snow as you like it – with snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and a thrilling zipine ride over the frozen Pemigewasset River at the ready.
Franconia Notch State Park
Franconia, NH, 03580
72 trails and glades; terrain parks, 264 acres of skiable terrain; 2,180-foot vertical drop; 97% snow making
Skiing and Snowboarding --
Cannon calls itself a living legend and apparently many skiers and others agree. It is known for good terrain for all skiers, natural beauty, and affordability. At 4,080 feet, Cannon’s summit is called the highest in New Hampshire, and that can mean very low temps and some ice. Cannon offers the Tuckerbrook Family Area for learning and practicing on trails and glades for beginners and lower intermediate skiers. Cannon’s cool aerial tram (one of only two on the Right Coast) takes skiers and riders to the top of mountain.
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.
Wildcat Mountain Ski Area
Route 16, Pinkham Notch
Jackson, NH, 03846
49 trails and glades; 1 terrain park; 225 acres of skiable terrain; 2,112-foot vertical drop; 90% snow making
Skiing & Snowboarding -- Wildcat Mountain has a deep history and loyal fans. Known as a great mountain for families and kids. Wildcat has good snow because of its 2,000-foot base elevation and 200 inches of snowfall a year. It usually is the last New Hampshire ski area to close for the season. Wildcat has the longest novice ski trail in New Hampshire. Wildcat Valley Trail is an expert Nordic (cross-country) ski trail extending from the summit of Wildcat to Jackson Village.
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.
Waterville Valley Resort
1 Ski Area Road
Waterville Valley, NH
60 trails; 265 skiable acres; 2,020 feet vertical drop; cross country skiing; snowshoeing; snow tubing; fat biking
Skiing and Snowboarding -- Waterville Valley Resort was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained four season resort. Known as New Hampshire’s Family Resort, it features 265 ski-able acres with an altitude of 4,004 feet and vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 60 trails, and 11 lifts. In 2016 Waterville Valley is celebrating its 50th anniversary and hosting the U.S. Revolution Tour. In 2017 Waterville Valley Resort will open Green Peak Expansion, the first Resort’s expansion in more than 30 years and the only one on the East Coast. Lodging options include country inns, condominiums and all-suite hotels. The Adventure Center at the Town Square offers 70 km of groomed trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking.
Everything 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
45 trails and glades; 143 acres of skiable terrain; 1,100-foot vertical drop; 98% snow making
With a 1,100 vertical Black's peak rises to 3,303 ft. with views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. The mountain has 40 trails and glens evenly divided among novice, intermediate and expert. There are four lifts.
Bretton Woods Mountain Resort
99 Ski Area Road
Bretton Woods, NH, 03575
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
Skiing & Snowboarding – Bretton Woods in the largest ski area in New Hampshire, and certainly one of the most popular. It was voted #1 for three years in a row in Ski Magazine's Reader's Poll. For an unprecedented third year in a row, Bretton Woods has been ranked #1 in the East for grooming. All the statistics for Bretton Woods are grand in scope: the summit elevation is 3,100 feet, with a vertical drop of 1,500 feet. With a north-to-northeast exposure, the season usually runs from early November to mid-April. The average annual snowfall is more than 200 inches.
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)
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
Skiing and Snowboarding -- Classic New England ski area with a variety of trails for all levels of skier ability, along with glades recommended for experts. It is the sister ski area to Wildcat Mountain. The new Abenaki terrain park, opened in 2012-13, is located on Bear Peak and on Lower Myth Maker and Kachina trails. Easily reached from the Abenaki lift mid-station. Attitash has an excellent ski and snowboard school. Back country glades are not maintained or patrolled by Attitash; these areas are recommended only for expert skiers.
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.