The mountains of Mt. Washington Valley, NH are where your little ones will take their first ride down the bunny slope. They’re where your kids will grow confident enough to take the high-speed quad to the top of the mountain on their own, and beg you for “just one more run!” You and your kids will make lifelong friends on these mountains, and many return for multiple generations!
The ski areas in the White Mountains hold a lot of a history, not just as some of the oldest and most storied ski areas in the country, but they also hold a special bookmark in the history of the families that ski at them. So gather yours and come up for a ski vacation in Mt. Washington Valley, NH!
Attitash Mountain Resort, located in Bartlett, NH, combines two big, mountains; Attitash and Bear Peak. Between them you can ski 68 trails and 11 lifts. You’ll find traditional New England runs that combine technical and challenging terrain with wide-open cruisers suited for all abilities.
Black Mountain, located in Jackson, and overlooking its village, offers a quintessential New England ski experience. This mountain packs a lot of fun across 143 acres, 45 trails, and 5 lifts. Families love skiing here, and many first got on a pair of skis at Black Mountain. While there are many easy cruising trails for those just starting out, Black Mountain also challenges the seasoned skier with glades and 1,100 feet of vertical drop.
Bretton Woods Ski Area consistently ranks #1 in the east for snow, grooming and scenery by Ski Magazine. With views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Mountain range, it’s no wonder why! Located in Bretton Woods, NH, skiers will find 464 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 63 trails and 35 glades and New Hampshire's only 8-passenger gondola!
Cranmore Mountain Resort crests North Conway Village, and is just one-mile outside of the town. It offers 170 skiable acres with three terrain parks, nine lifts and 56 trails. Skiers will find 15 expert or Black Diamond trails, 25 intermediate or Blue Square Trails, and 16 easier or Green Circle trails.
King Pine Ski Area is where many skiers first got their start! A family-friendly, fun and approachable mountain in Madison, NH, King Pine offers 45 acres, six ski lifts and seventeen trails. While most of its terrain is designed for intermediate and beginner skiers, King Pine is where you’ll find New England’s steepest trail - Pitch Pine - so steep that even the most experienced skiers get a thrill every time they make their way down it.
Shawnee Peak is the only mountain in Maine within the Mt. Washington Valley! Located in Bridgton, Maine, you’ll get views of Moose Pond, and the White Mountains. This ski area packs in a ton of fun with family-friendly skiing and the most night skiing in New England! You’ll find 40 trails, 7 glades, 3 terrain parks and snowmaking on 98% of the mountain.
Wildcat Mountain is steeped in history, starting with its trails that were cut by hand by members of the Civilian Conservation Corp, a federal program created during the 1930’s. Using axes and cross-cut saws, members of this corp built one of the first ski racing trails in the United States, Wildcat Trail. Now that trail has grown to 48 trails spread over 225 skiable acres, 80 acres of glades and 2,100 feet in vertical drop.
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center offers picturesque flat meadows, as well as challenging hills, that will lead you to pristine waterfalls and trails that follow the Saco River. Located in Bartlett, NH, this family owned and operated Nordic center, wants to welcome your entire family - including your dog! It’s entire 65km trail network is dog-friendly, and has been consistently chosen as one of the best places to bring your dog in Mt. Washington Valley, NH!
Bretton Woods Nordic Center, located in Bretton Woods, offers stunning views of the Presidential Mountain Range and Mount Washington across its 100km trail network. As one of the largest cross-country centers on the East Coast you cross open fields, ski through woods and pass beaver ponds and mountain streams. You’ll come across the a warming cabin on Porcupine Trail and the lift-served Mount Stickney Cabin.
Great Glen Trails is a mecca of family fun with 45km of Nordic skiing, as well as a tubing center on-site. All levels of ability from beginner to advanced will find a place for themselves on the trails at Great Glen, and all will enjoy its stunning views of the mountains through Pinkham Notch.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is right in the picturesque village of Jackson and offers 50 trails across 150km. It even has an expert-level cross-country trail that connects to Wildcat Mountain. This Wildcat Valley Trail in the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s trail network offers 17.8km of Nordic skiing and 3,240 feet of vertical from Wildcat to Jackson village. A portion of its trails are dog-friendly.
Purity Spring Cross-Country and Snowshoe Reserve brings you back to the basics as you traverse its 20km of trails that crosses Purity Lake, its surrounding forests and the Hoyt/Audobon Sanctuary. Dogs are allowed mid-week during non-holiday periods. Grooming is minimal, allowing you to truly take advantage of the natural offerings winter brings.
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation connects the towns of Intervale, Kearsarge, and North Conway across its 40km trail network. You’ll find diverse terrain that ranges from easy, rolling hills to more challenging back-country trails. The trail can be picked up at multiple points throughout the three towns it crosses, but tickets are purchased at its kiosk next to Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale, NH.
For complete trip planning resources and information call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH) to talk to a Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce rep. To learn more about New Hampshire vacations, go to www.VisitNH.gov.