Winter in Mt. Washington Valley

Winter is snow much fun in Mt. Washington Valley!

Welcome to New England's premier skiing, snow sports and winter playground. The fun starts right here in North Conway NH and you don't have to travel far to find the best skiing in the east. We're all about the snow and the multitude of activities you can enjoy when you visit! With seven Alpine Resorts and six Nordic & Snowshoe Centers, all within 1/2 hour of North Conway Village, skiing is our primary winter sport, Not a skier? Not a problem! There is so much more to do. Tubing & zip lining, ice skating, scenic chairlift rides, snowmobiling with over 200 miles of trails winding through the White Mountain National Forest, dog sleddingsleigh rides, world-class ice climbing, ride to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast or come in out of the cold to enjoy a fun indoor activity. There are lots of exciting winter events plus wonderful choices for lodging from motel to resort. Find your getaway here.

7 Alpine Ski Resorts

6 XC & Snowshoe Centers
Attitash Mountain Resort
Black Mountain
Bretton Woods
Cranmore Mountain Resort
King Pine at Purity Spring Resort
Shawnee Peak
Wildcat Mountain

Bear Notch Ski Touring
Bretton Woods Nordic Center
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
Purity Spring XC & Snowshoe Reserve
Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring &
Snowshoe Foundation

North Conway with the lights of Cranmore in the background. Photo:

Let the photos tell the story! 

Back to back storms have delivered up to a 18" of new snow last week and we have the potential for some significant dumping between two storms predicted this weekend! Better start planning that winter getaway to Mt Washington Valley!

January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month.  Ski Resorts and XC Centers throughout Mt Washington Valley are encouraging first-timers to try out the sport by offering specially priced lift tickets and trail passes, lessons and rentals.  Visit for all the details. 

Here are the snow reports from Mt Washington Valley’s 7 ski resorts on Wed, January 16, 2019

Attitash -59 trails/44 groomed, Kachina Terrain Park open, 242 acres of skiable terrain and 7 lifts. Base depth: 12"-24". 6" of new snow in the past 7 days. 55" snowfall total this season.

Black Mountain - 35 groomed trails, 2 lifts. Base depth: 18"-36". Received 10" of new snow in the past 7 days.

Bretton Woods - 63 trails/35 glades, 457 acres skiable terrain 7 lifts. Base depth: 20"-42". 17" snowfall in past 7 days. 95" to 124" of snowfall to date this season.

Cranmore - 48 trails/39 groomed runs & 2 terrain parks, 151 skiable acres and 4 lifts. Base depth: 18" - 28".5" of snowfall in the past 7 days and 56" of snowfall to date. Tubing & Adventure Park open Fri-Sun.

King Pine - 100% open with 17 trails of all-groomed runs & Twisted Pine terrain park,/50 acres of skiable terrain. Base depth: 12" - 24". 4" of new snow in past 7 days. 44" of snowfall this season.

Shawnee Peak - 34 trails/27 groomed & 3 terrain parks open. 4 lifts running. 20" - 28" base. 9" of new snow in past 6 days.

Wildcat  - 100% open with 48 trails/19 groomed and 225 skiable acres, 3 lifts running. Base depths: 20" - 30". 11" new snowfall in past 7 days. Snowfall this season: 89".

Here are the trail reports from Mt Washington Valley’s 6 XC Centers on Wed, January 16, 2019

Bear Notch Ski Touring - Open with 22 km of fresh classic and skating groomed trails. Base depth: 18" - 28". 13" of new snowfall in the past 7 days. Bear Notch is always dog friendly.

Bretton Woods Nordic Center - 100% open. 57 trails (101km). 33 trails/64km track set, 42 trails/77km skate groomed. Base depth: 6"-18". 15" of snow in past 7 days. Snowfall to date: 95"-124".

Great Glen Trails - 43km trails. 19km tracked, 25km skate, 43km snowshoe terrain. Average depth: 16". 1" of newsnowfall in the past 7 days. Season snow total: 95" to date. SnowCoach running & Fatbiking - call ahead.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation - 56km open, 50km groomed, 45km track set, Base Depth: 10" - Snowfall in past 7 days: not reported.

Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Preserve -  Now open with 15 trails,12km of trails tracked, 12km state groomed . Base depths of 8-12". Crossing the lake is “pass at your own risk”, this includes the Lake Trail, Narrows Trail and Lodge Connector lake crossing.

Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation - Open with 45km in Whitaker Woods and Intervale networks, 45km single tracked and 45km snowshoe trails on Whitaker Woods & Intervale Networks. 10km Fatbiking trails open in Whitaker Woods. Base depth: 10"-14. 4" of new snow in the past 7 days.


Friends gather to catch their breath and take in the view at Wildcat on an absolute bluebird day, Tuesday, Jan 15. (Wildcat photo).

The groomers are busy on Bodes Run at Bretton Woods  (Bretton Woods photo)

Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation received a new Favero Lorenzo Snow Rabbit 3X Groomer on Monday.  Look forward to some great tracks on their trails! (Credit: Barbara Sisson photo),

During these bluebird days, skiers and riders can see for miles and miles to Mount Washington and beyond from the top of Attitash (Attitash photo).

Cheers! Nothing beats a hot chocolate toast at Stickneys Mountain Top Cabin, Bretton Woods! (Bretton Woods photo).

Is that the sun or a perfectly shaped star?  What a day to be on the trails at Cranmore! (Cranmore photo)

Skiers get first tracks on beautifully groomed trails at Attitash (Credit:

Skiers enjoy ski-in/out trail access from the new Glen House Hotel at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center (credig:

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