Mt Washington Valley Ski Resorts - Fast Facts and Info at a Glance
Mt. Washington Valley offers 13 ski resorts and XC centers all within a 45 minute (or less) drive of North Conway, NH. It's here that skiers will find more steeps, slopes and sliding than anywhere else in New England. For a complete description of Mt Washington Valley ski resorts visit www.SkiMWV.com You'll find a quick overview of each resort and XC center below.
SKI MT. WASHINGTON VALLEY
SKI RESORT FAST FACTS
Mt. Washington Valley, NH is home to seven Alpine ski resorts and six Nordic (cross-country) ski and snowshoe centers. Together they offer 250 Alpine trails and 450 km of cross county trails for classic and skate skiing. At the center of it all is North Conway, voted among the top 25 ski towns in the world by National Geographic, among the top three ski destinations by Snoweast magazine readers and among the "coolest ski towns" by Men's Journal. Perhaps most importantly Mt Washington Valley has been named the most affordable ski destination in the Northeast by TripAdvisor for 2012 and 2013. Below, you'll find resort fast facts and more for Mt. Washington Valley's award winning ski and XC resorts.
Attitash Mountain Resort
Rt. 302, Bartlett, NH
Lodging: 800-223-SNOW (7669)
Marketing contact: Thomas Prindle, Marketing Director, email@example.com
Vertical Drop: 1750' (Attitash), 1450' (Bear Peak)
Base Elevation: 600' (Attitash and Bear Peak)
Summit Elevation: 2350' (Attitash), 2050' (Bear Peak)
67 Trails: 27% most difficult, 46% intermediate and 27% novice
11 lifts: 3 quads (2 high speed detachable), 3 triples, 3 doubles and 2 surface lifts
Terrain Parks: New for 2012/13 season, the new Abenaki Park located on Bear Peak and situated on Lower Myth Maker and Kachina trails will feature progressive features and jump lines that flow and are easy to get to from the Abenaki lift mid-station. Also look for Freeride Series Event set-ups to appear in season over on Lower Ptarmigan.
Tree Skiing: 60+ acres of terrain located on both Attitash Mountain and Bear Peak
Total Skiable Acres: 310+
Trail Mileage: 23 miles
Snowmaking: Attitash is home to one of the state's most advanced snowmaking systems and is capable of covering 98% of our terrain and trails.
Average Annual Snowfall: 120 inches
Average Season Length: Late November into April
Mountain Exposure: Northern (Attitash and Bear Peak)
Uphill Lift Capacity: 14,385 pph
When Attitash opened in January 1965, it became known as the “red carpet ski area,” for its customer service and business philosophy of limiting lifts lines by limiting the number of tickets sold daily. In the mid-1990s, Attitash dramatically increased the available skiing & riding acreage by developing the Bear Peak area that included the installation of a high-speed summit quad chairlift as well as adding open glades, wider intermediate terrain, some of the state’s most sought after alpine race trails including Illusion, and the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel. Acquired by Peak Resorts in 2007, Attitash Mountain Resort has continued to make improvements and resort enhancements including state-of-the-art snowmaking and the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster.
Attitash Mountain Resort is operated by Peak Resorts, which also operates nearby sister resort Wildcat Mountain (joint lift tickets and season passes available in the winter), Crotched Mountain in Southern New Hampshire, Mount Snow in Vermont, as well as numerous other mountains in the Midwest U.S.
Bear Notch Ski Touring
Rte. 302, Bartlett, NH
Josh Garland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Total km: 70
Groomed: 60 km
Tracked: 60 km
Skate Groomed: 60 km
Snowshoe: 60+ km
Bear Notch Ski Touring is a full-service cross-country ski and snowshoe center. Skiers begin memorable winter adventures at the 200-year-old farmhouse base lodge. More than 60 km of meticulously groomed trails include scenic field, forest and riverside loops with exciting and challenging trails leading into surrounding mountains. The center offers guided tours, ski school, retail, rental and demo center. Homemade bread and soups are on tap daily. Lodging, restaurants and trailside picnic tables are accessible from groomed terrain. It’s dog-friendly, kid-friendly, family-friendly and very skier friendly.
Located in the heart of the pristine upper Saco River Valley, Bear Notch Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center offers meticulously groomed trails for all ability levels. Beginners can enjoy a scenic and simple ski through our lower fields and out to the ever-changing Saco River with its breathtaking views up the Saco River Valley toward Crawford Notch.
Intermediate and advanced skiers will find ample challenges in the rolling terrain of our 10km village loop that connects them to hillier portions of the trail network, allowing for an extended ski. Well-behaved dogs and their humans are always welcome on our trails, where they can join you and your family as you all enjoy the best snow in the valley.
Rte. 16B, Jackson, NH
Snow phone: 800-475-4669; Reservations: 800-698-4490
Genn Anzaldi, email@example.com
Vertical Drop: 1,100 ft.
Total Acreage (trail and glade): 200
Snowmaking Coverage: 98%
# of Trails: 45 - 33% Novice, 34% Intermediate, 33% Expert
Lifts: 4 - 1 triple, 1 double, 1 Platter Pull, 1 J-bar
Summit elevation: 3,303
A New England tradition since 1935, Black Mountain offers inspiring terrain packed with fun and excitement. Nestled in the heart of the White Mountains, Black's tranquil peak rises to 3,303 feet with breathtaking views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range. Skiing and snowboarding are offered on 40 trails and glades and 1,100 feet of scenic vertical. Black's ski school has a long and successful history with commitment to value.
Black Mountain is an independent, family-owned and operated mountain. Friendly people have been the heart of Black Mountain for more than 75 years. Family is the focus, from the terrain, to the staff, to the skiers and riders. The area embodies the tranquility and beauty of classic New England skiing with a rustic lodge for après ski enjoyment. The mountain’s southern exposure provides protection on windy days. Providing a great value in lift ticket prices, the area has plenty of ski terrain to keep every family member happy. Black’s peak rises to 3,303 ft. with views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. Among the improvements for this winter are a complete rebuild of one of the snowmaking pumps and drive motors and replacing the main water distribution station. The triple chairlift also received new computer controls for greater reliability.
Rt.302, Bretton Woods, NH
Lodging/Info: 603-278-1000 or 877-873-0626
Marketing contact: Craig Clemmer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vertical Drop: 1,500 ft.
Total Acreage: 464
Number of Trails: 62
Number of Lifts: 10
In the 2013/14 SKI Magazine Reader's Poll Bretton Woods was named:
#1 in the East for snow, grooming Service, Weather and Family Programs.
Daily Lift Schedule: Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday: 8am-4pm
Night Skiing and Riding Schedule (4-8pm): Friday & Saturday nights, January 3 - March 8, 2014
nightly December 26-31, 2013, nightly January 17-19, 2014, nightly February 14-22, 2014
Night Trails: Bigger Ben, Bretton's Wood, Almost Home, Rosebrook Lane, Rosebrook Meadow
Night Lifts: Bethlehem Express High Speed Quad, Learning Center Quad
The largest ski area in New Hampshire, Bretton Woods is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013/14 winter with special events and specials on lift tickets. Bretton Woods is renowned for its beautifully groomed wide-open trails serviced by ten lifts including four high-speed quad chairs, four freestyle terrain parks, and breathtaking vistas of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. The area is consistently rated among the best in New Hampshire for family programs, service, on-mountain food and lodging by readers of SKI Magazine. Elegant lodging options are available at The Mount Washington Hotel, with packages including its “Stay Here, Ski Free” offer. Resort amenities in addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding include 100 kilometers of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowtubing, children’s programs and an indoor climbing wall. The recently-added year-round Canopy Tour includes more than ten zip-lines, sky bridges, rappels and a dual racing zip into the base area.
Bretton Woods Nordic Center
Rt.302, Bretton Woods, NH
Lodging/Info: 603-278-1000 or 777-873-0626
Marketing contact: Craig Clemmer, email@example.com
Total km: 100
Groomed: 95 km
Tracked: 95 km
Skate Groomed: 90 km
Backcountry: 5 km
Snowshoe: 100+ km
One of the nation's top Nordic resorts, Bretton Woods, part of Mount Washington Resort features scenic trails for all disciplines of Nordic sports: classic and skate skiing plus snowshoeing and even 11km of dog-friendly trails. Nordic enthusiasts enjoy wide, well-maintained trails, lift-serviced terrain and a full-service Nordic Center. An extensive trail network connects with Bretton Woods alpine area to the west and the Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center to the east. Ski and snowshoe rentals, ski school, ski repair, waxing rooms, and locker rooms are available. The Grille restaurant is open for lunch and refreshments; and the award-winning TreeTop Nordic Sports Shop offers clothing, equipment and accessories. The Nordic trails interconnect the wide variety of dining, and shopping options around the Resort, and is anchored by the historic Mount Washington Hotel. Enjoy a popular full-moon ski tour, and be sure to check out the High-Country Snowshoe Center located in the Base Lodge at the Bretton Woods alpine area.
Cranmore Mountain Resort
1 Skimobile Road
North Conway, NH
Marketing contact: Becca Deschanes, BDeschenes@Cranmore.com
Vertical Drop 1,200 ft.
Total Acreage (trail and glade) 170+
Snowmaking Coverage 98%
# of Trails: 57 (including 6 glades)
-16 easier (28% of total)
- 25 intermediate (44% of total)
- 16 most difficult (8 trails, 8 glades) (28% of total)
Lifts: 9 - 1 express quad, 1 triple, 3 doubles, 4 surface
Night Skiing: 12 trails/3 lifts
Skiable Acres 170+
Longest Run 1 mile
Upper Double Feature Progression Park
Lower Double Feature Progression Park
Director's Cut Skier/Boarder Cross
Additional Adventure/Mountain Adventure Park
What do you get when you combine a classic New England ski town, Olympic-quality snow, and popular family programs? You get a family ski trip of historic proportions. That's what Cranmore Mountain has been offering families for over 70 years, right in the heart of North Conway Village. Ride the Express Quad to the summit in 4 ½ minutes. Once you're there, the whole family can come down together or find their way to the bottom on their own, in a safe, friendly setting.
Cranmore has entertained families for over 75 years with fun and festive winter activities. For this winter guests will find a new BR 350 snow groomer and improvements to the snowmaking system including 45 new high-efficiency tower snowguns. Other recent improvements include replacing the historic East Double Chair with a triple chairlift. For those looking to try something different, the Soaring Eagle Zipline, Mountain Coaster and Giant Swing operate all winter. Guests can enjoy Cranapalooza, with night skiing, tubing, live music, and a variety of fun family activities every Saturday night and most holiday periods. Located in the heart of North Conway, there are plenty of nearby choices for dining, lodging, and tax-free shopping. The new master plan for Cranmore involves a totally new facelift for six of the skier services buildings and new condo construction.
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
Rt. 16, Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH
Meg Skidmore, Meg@greatglentrails.com
Total km: 42
Groomed: 22 km
Skate Groomed: 22 km
Backcountry: 20 km
Snowshoe: 42 km
Snowmaking Coverage: 5%
Guests can enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing, snowtubing, rentals, ski shop, and lessons. Skate, track, or backcountry, the trail system has terrain for every skill level. Family programs include family snow days, snowshoe tours, kids programs and family lesson packages. The base lodge features panoramic views of the northern Presidential Mountains. The Trails Total Ticket includes cross country skiing, snowtubing, a session on the climbing wall and one trip on the SnowCoach up Mount Washington, all on one ticket.
Great Glen Trails is home to the SnowCoach, which is your ticket to Mount Washington's world above treeline. Winter brings a whole new set of sights and sounds to the White Mountains: the crisp mountain air, the crystal blue skies, and the soft crunch of new snow. And, the SnowCoach is the best way to experience them all.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
153 Main St., Jackson, NH
Thom Perkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Total km: 154
Groomed: 93 km
Tracked: 93 km
Skate Groomed: Up to 88 km
Backcountry: 61 km
Snowshoe: 40+ km
Jackson XC boasts the largest trail system in the East with superb grooming and a beautiful base lodge in picturesque Jackson Village. Boston magazine voted Jackson XC as the "Best Cross Country Skiing in New England". The center's "out-the-door" trails lead from inn-to-inn and to a dozen restaurants. Novice skiers enjoy a fine balance of assistance and adventure, while expert skiers enjoy extraordinary scenic beauty and plenty of challenge. Jackson has a full spectrum of trail options.
It’s the largest and oldest (since 1888) cross country ski and snowshoe trail system in the eastern U.S. featuring trailside accommodations at a wide range of lodging options and a variety of restaurants. Skiers will find cross country skiing and snowshoeing, a full-service rental shop, retail shop, and lessons housed in a spacious modern lodge with fireplace, showers and locker rooms. Magnificent vistas of the Presidential Range, wide-open fields, and the Ellis River are found along the trails. Nearby are sleigh rides and ice skating.
New for the 2013-14 winter skiers will benefit from a new $175,000 grooming vehicle and early season and detailed grooming implements. Trail improvements and increased access to high elevation plateau “Prospect Farm” with its reliable snowpack. There’s a new Waffle Hut on the Ellis River Trail and an expanded Storyland Element Garden for younger children.
Snowshoe tours head out 5 times a week on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays and free waxing demonstrations take place each Friday.
King Pine Ski Area
Rte.153, East Madison, NH
Lodging/Info pkgs: 800-FREE-SKI
Marketing contact: Aly Coakley, email@example.com
Vertical Drop: 350 feet
Total Acreage (trail and glade): 48
Snowmaking Coverage: 100%
# of Trails: 17 - 44% novice, 31% intermediate, 25% expert
Lifts: 6 - 3 triples, 2 surface, 1 tubing
Night Skiing: 8 trails/3 lifts
Twisted Pine Terrain Park with half pipe
Tubing Park with lift
King Pine has been a New England family tradition for decades. Each alpine ticket includes complimentary XC skiing, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and ice skating at any point while the ticket is valid. Located just 15 minutes south of Conway, NH, King Pine offers 17 trails and glades, 75 percent of which are suited for beginners and intermediates. A new double-black diamond trail, Pine Brule, is sure to please advanced skiers and boarders. The Twisted Pine Terrain Park offers myriad hits, rails and a professionally groomed half pipe. Purity Spring Resort also offers charming, family friendly accommodations.
King Pine is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, affordability, grooming and consistent snow conditions. Since 1962, the ski area has been owned and operated by the Hoyt family, who also own the affiliated Purity Spring Resort. Skiers and snowboarders will find hits and rails in the Twisted Pine Terrain Park. Experts can carve turns on Pitch Pine and double-black diamond Pine Brule. All lift tickets include complimentary cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Other winter activities include night skiing and snowtubing. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, and lodging.
King Pine/Purity Spring Nordic Center
Rte. 153, East Madison, NH
Lodging/Info pkgs: 800-FREE-SKI
Marketing contact: Aly Coakley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Total km: 22
The King Pine & Purity Spring Nordic Center features 22 tracked and skate-groomed kilometers of forested trails winding around scenic Purity Lake. Skiers traverse through the grounds of Purity Spring Resort and twist through tall pines in the adjacent New Hampshire Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Trails range in difficulty from beginner to expert, and are open from sunrise to sunset. Classic and skate-ski rentals are available at the King Pine Rental Shop.
Additional amenities at King Pine and Purity Spring Resort include alpine skiing and snowboarding, snowtubing, snowshoe tours, ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, an indoor pool/hot tub and fitness center... plus a warm, caring atmosphere that keeps families coming back year after year.
MWV Ski Touring & Snowshoe Center
279 NH Rte. 16/302, Intervale, NH
Total km: 65
Groomed: 65 km
Tracked: 60 km
Skate Groomed: 40 km
Backcountry: 5 km
Snowshoe: 65 km
The Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Center boasts inn-to-inn touring on over 60 km of trails. Skiers wind through riverside hayfields, mountainside spruce and hemlock forests with a diverse selection of terrain. Trails connect the towns of Intervale, Kearsarge and North Conway, offering views of the Saco River and magnificent Mt. Washington. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available. Lessons are offered for all levels. The annual Chocolate Festival is always scheduled on the last Sunday in February and features inn-to-inn skiing with chocolate treats at each stop.
119 Mountain Road, Bridgeton, ME
Marketing Contact: Rachel Wilkenson: email@example.com
Vertical Drop: 1,300 ft.
Summit Elevation: 1,900 ft.
Main Exposure: Northeast
Total Acreage (trail and glade): 239
Snowmaking Coverage: 99%
# of Trails: 44 (25% novice, 50% intermediate, 25% expert)
Total ski acreage: 249 acres
Night Skiing Trails: 19
Lifts 5: 2 triples, 1 quad, 1 double, 1 surface
Terrain Parks: 2; half pipe
The longest running ski area in Maine, Shawnee Peak offers great value and family fun. Located just one hour from Portland, 20 minutes east of North Conway and 2½ hours from Boston, Shawnee Peak offers more than 43 trails - 19 lit for night skiing, four gladed areas for all ability levels, two terrain parks, a 400' half pipe, five lifts, 98 percent snowmaking and an unprecedented big-mountain experience combined with small-town friendliness and value. Shawnee Peak is home to the most night skiing in New England.
Rte. 16, Pinkham Notch, NH
Thomas Prindle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Skiable Acreage: 225 acres includes wide groomed trails, glades, bumps, steeps and tree skiing
Trails and Terrain Parks: 49 trails, 1 terrain park
Summit Elevation: 4,062 feet
Elevation Base: 1,950 feet
Vertical Drop: 2,112 feet
Trail Ratings: Beginner 25%; Intermediate 45%; Expert 30%
Polecat Trail: Longest novice ski trail in New Hampshire, 2.75-mile beginner trail from the summit
Wildcat Valley Trail: A 17.8 kilometer expert cross-country ski trail, with a 3,240-foot vertical from the summit of Wildcat to Jackson Village along the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation trail system.
Lifts: 1 High-speed Detachable Quad: Wildcat Express Quad (6,700 feet), base-to-summit in less than 7 minutes, services entire mountain, 3 Triple Lifts: Tomcat Triple (4,450 feet), Bobcat Triple (2,700 feet) & Snowcat Triple (1,500 feet), 1 Surface Lift: Snowbelt
Uphill Capacity: 6,700 skiers/rider per hour
With dramatic, close-up views of Mt. Washington, plenty of natural high-elevation snow, a wide variety of terrain, and a classic, friendly ski culture, Wildcat offers the consummate Northeastern big mountain skiing and riding experience. The Wildcat Express quad is a powerful summit lift, whisking skiers to 4,062 feet in just 6 minutes, and provides access to long ski trails, uncrowded slopes, the #1 scenery in the North America (SKI magazine, many years running). Fly half a mile down the mountain at speeds up to 45 mph on the expanded ZipRiderTM zip-line cable ride at heights up to 70 feet above ski trails (to operate as scheduled, weather permitting). Stay in nearby North Conway, Jackson Village or Gorham, all offering an excellent choice of lodging, dining and entertainment.
Wildcat Mountain is a year-round destination, located in the Mt. Washington Valley in Northern New Hampshire's White Mountains RegionThe views from the summit of Wildcat Mountain are simply breathtaking, with Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range directly across the way. The view and the landscape of Wildcat Mountain attracts summer and fall visitors to ride to our 4,062-foot summit on the Wildcat Express, which operates as a Scenic Gondola in the summer months, while converting to a high-speed quad chairlift in the winter months. Leisurely explore The Way of the Wildcat Trail at our base area, or, for thrill-seekers, absorb the scenery on our four-person ZipRider zip-line, which operates in the summer months.
In the winter, Wildcat Mountain has been ranked amongst the East’s top ten ski resorts for scenery, challenge and value by readers of SKI Magazine. Owned and operated by Peak Resorts, Wildcat and its nearby sister resort, Attitash Mountain Resort, located 20 minutes south of our mountain, offer interchangeable lift tickets and season passes, combining for 535 skiable acres.