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Welcome to Mt Washington Valley, New England's premier snow sports playground.  Here we're all about the snow! The 13 ski resorts and XC Centers in Mt Washington Valley are all within a half-hour of North Conway, named among the top 25 ski towns in the world by National Geographic in 2012 and the #1 Affordable Ski Town by TripAdvisor in 2012 and 2013.  We've recently been named among the best towns for ski bums too!  It's all here.

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 SNOW REPORTS: January 30, 2015, 8:00am:

Here is a quick trail and lift count  at the Valley's seven ski resorts and 6 XC Centers from this morning: 

Attitash - 58 trails. 7 lifts. Base depth: 12" - 24". Snowfall past 24 hours: 3." Snowfall past 72 hours: 12." Season snowfall total: 49".  Presently snowing. 

Black Mountain - 42 trails. 3 lifts. Base depth: 20" - 32". Snowfall past 4 days:14". Season snowfall total:  35".  Presently snowing.

Bretton Woods - 62 trails/34 glades. 8 lifts. Base depth: 18" - 36". Snowfall past 72 hours: 14" to 17". Season snowfall total:  94". 

Cranmore - 47 trails. 6 lifts. Base depth: 15" - 28".Snowfall in the past 24 hours: 2".  Snowfall in the past 72 hours: 8".  Season snowfall total: 42". Snow today.

King Pine - 17 trails. 5 lifts. Base depth: 20" - 36". Snowfall past 24 hours: 3".  Snowfall in the past 7 days: 15". Season snowfall total: 50". Snow today.  

Shawnee Peak - 40 trails. 5 lifts. Base depth: 22" - 36". Snowfall in the past 72 hours: 18".  Snow today. 

 Wildcat - 47 trails. 4 lifts Base depth: 24" - 40".  Snowfall in the past 24 hours: 2". Snowfall in the past 72 hours: 14" to 16". Season snowfall total: 104".  Presently snowing lightly. 

Here's a look at the cross country ski and snowshoe terrain open at the Valley's six XC centers: 

Bear Notch Ski Touring - 45km open. 30km classic, 35km skating. Base depth: 12"- 20".  New snow in the past 72 hours: 7". Snow predicted today. 

Bretton Woods Nordic -  100km open. 35km classic/44km skate groomed.  Base depth: 10" - 24". Snowfall in the past 24 hours: 2" Snowfall in the past 72 hours: 14" - 17". Season snowfall total: 94."  Snow today.  

Great Glen Trails - 45km open, 20km tracked/20km skate groomed. 45km of snowshoe trails open. Base depth: 16"- 20". Snowfall in the past 24 hours: 2". Snowfall in the past 72 hours: 18". Snow today.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation - 122km open, including backcountry. 69km classic; 69km machine groomed tracks. 33km of snowshoe trails open. Base depth: 17" - 25."  Snowfall in the past 24 hours: 1".  Snowfall in the past 72 hours: 8" to 10". Snowing today.

Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring - 30km open from Whitaker Woods to 1785 Inn. 30km skate groomed. 45km snowshoe trails. Base depth: 5"-11." Snowfall past 24 hours: 2". Snowfall in the past 72 hours: 11". 

Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve - 15km classic and 15km skating. Snowfall past 24 hours: 3".  Snowfall in the past 7 days: 15".

Please note: Remember, daily hours, conditions and information for Mt. Washington Valley's 13 ski resorts and XC centers is weather-dependent and based upon today's date only. Be sure to check the resort's ski reports for updated information as trail, lift and snow depths will change daily.


Taking advantage of a foot of new Juno snow at Bretton Woods on Jan 28th and January 27th, 2015.  Photo by Mark Butterfield.

XC skiers out on the trails for some fresh powder at Bear Notch Ski Touring on Jan 28, 2015.  Photo by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.

A bluebird day for riding and views at Wildcat Mountain on 1/21/15. Photo by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative. 

Up on edge at Cranmore on  Jan 21.  Photo by Jake Williams

Snowshoers take to the trails on 1/18/19 at Jackson XC Center. Jackson XC photo. 

Skating in Schouler Park, North Conway Village with Cranmore Mountain lit in the background. (Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative photo).

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Charity on the slopes

While Mt. Washington Valley, NH is a premier destination for your family vacation offering tubing, skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and more, it's also a hub for skiing and riding events to benefit those in need. This winter, why not combine a great day out on the slopes with a cause that is near and dear to your heart.  It's a win:win. Heart pumping time on the trail and gifts of heart to help others, just in time for National Heart Month!

Cranmore Mountain is always buzzing with events to benefit the Valley's non-profit organizations. Coming up on February 8, 2015, Cranmore's "Hope on the Slopes, Race to Beat Cancer" is in its 37th year of raising money for the American Cancer Society. Participants can ski, board or tube in teams or individually to help fund cancer research and services. Registration begins at 8:45am and the race begins at 10:00am. Entrants will enjoy organically roasted coffee by Good Vibes Coffee Roasters and lunch provided Flatbread Pizza.The awards ceremony will take place after lunch at 1:00pm, on the third floor of the Main Base Lodge.

Great Glen Trails is honoring Carl Johnson, a legend at the Outdoor Center who passed away from ALS in 2006, with a Ski-A-Thon fundraiser on March 14th. To raise money for ALS research, Nordic skiers are encouraged to lap the Great Glen five kilometer course as many times as possible from 12:00 to 3:00pm. Registration is $20.00 and includes a trail pass. All funds will be donated to the ALS Association and there is no limit to the amount of funds individuals can raise, in addition to the entrance fee.

These are just two of many events that are not only a great way to spend time as a family, but a great way to support causes that are near and dear to your heart. For a complete list of upcoming charity events in the Valley - both fundraisers and "fun-raisers," click here

Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh

With all the recent snow that's fallen in Mt Washington Valley, why not indulge in the ultimate romantic ride?  Mt Washington Valley offers a number of different options for sleigh rides from cozy and cuddly to family oriented.  Thinking of making February the month for that special proposal?  We've got the perfect idea! Take a sleigh ride and ask her (or him) to marry you along the way. Here's a look at some of the sleigh ride options available in Mt Washington Valley.

Fireside Sleigh Rides is a favorite among families.  It starts in Conway with a sleigh driven by Percheron horses and a warm hot chocolate or cider as you board your sleigh.  Take in views of the Saco River with the White Mountains as the backdrop with Mount Chocorua, The Moats and Mount Washington and end the ride with a campfire and s'mores.  Memorable, for sure!

If your focus is on romance, the Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast features romance packages complete with a stay at the country inn, full breakfast and a sleigh ride experience. Elopement packages  include a stay in a deluxe room with a two-person whirlpool tub and fireplace, full breakfast each morning, sleigh ride and complimentary bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, small cake OR chocolates waiting for you in your room. A Justice of the Peace is also onsite for an additional fee to complete your wedding getaway. Imagine making your proposal on a private sleigh ride overlooking Cranmore Mountain lit up in the background. 

Whether its family memories or intimate escapes, a sleigh ride can be the highlight of your Mt. Washington Valley vacation. Click here for a complete list of options for your upcoming getaway. 

Where the deals are

Bretton Woods is paying homage to retired and active duty military service men and women and their families on Jan. 31st for Veteran's Appreciation Day. Lift tickets and trail passes are complimentary to all veterans with a valid Military ID and family members are also eligible for military discounts with proper ID. Veterans will also receive a complimentary lesson with New England Disabled Sports. Reserve now at (603) 278-3398. 
Show your support for February's Heart Month with Great Glen Trails and wear red on Feb. 6. Spend the day at the outdoor center wearing your best red sweater or outfit and receive 50% off trail passes, rentals and a Go Red Dress pin. 
Get an early start to your ski weekend and enjoy Wildcat Mountain lift tickets for only $50.00 every Friday throughout the month of February. 
Learn to wax your skis like a pro with Jackson Ski Touring Foundation's free waxing demo. Offered every Saturday, from 12-1pm, sessions take place in the touring center and participants will learn how to maintain waxless and waxable Classic and Skate skis. The Foundation also offers a free wax room to skiers. 
Test out the best demo equipment on the market at Cranmore Mountain for only $20 with Sport Thoma's Demo Days every Sunday throughout the season.   
For all the ways to save when it comes to skiing and riding throughout Mt. Washington Valley, click here. 


Celebrate your favorite team's win on Super Bowl Sunday with Mt. Washington Valley's ski resorts. The game will be playing in the mountain's taverns, so you can ski all day and come in and warm up with specials on food and drinks without missing the score.  

King Pine Ski Area is hosting a Super Bowl party on Feb. 1st. Purchase a lift ticket and you're automatically entered to win great prizes, including a 2015-16 King Pine season pass. Judging of the "Number One Fan" begins at 1:30pm and the drawing of prizes begins at 2:00pm in the Fireplace Room.

Kicking off Super Bowl weekend with weekly "Den Sessions, Attitash Mountain is hosting live, acoustic music from 2-4:30pm on the Bear Peak side of the mountain."

It's Tuesday Tapas at Margarita Grill. Every Tuesday, enjoy specials such as chicken & andouille sausage sliders, blackened salmon tacos, fried goat cheese with caramelized onions and more. Join the restaurant in Glen, NH for authentic Tex-Mex cuisine to warm you up after a day on the slopes and pair it with a fresh take on the classic Margarita. 

Click here for more ways to combine football and skiing over Super Bowl weekend, enjoy live music and dine on all the valley has to offer with apres-ski and local's night specials. (And everyone is a local in the valley!)