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Spring in Mt. Washington Valley

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Spring is the season to get your backcountry on!

Root a little closer to nature, and reconnect with it, and yourself before a busy summer. Mt. Washington Valley, NH is a four-season vacation destination, with each season bringing its own theme and flair; and when it comes to spring this season takes on a slightly slower pace.


You’ll find ski enthusiasts making the most of spring skiing by packing in as many days as possible at the mountains that remain open deep into March and sometimes even into early April. And when they’re not making first chair at the ski resorts, you’ll find them congregating at the trail heads as they take on backcountry skiing, which takes center-stage in the spring.



We suggest hiring guide or signing up for a backcountry excursion through outfitters such as AMC with locations in Crawford Notch at its Highland Center and in Pinkham Notch through its Joe Dodge Lodge, or Redline Guiding or International Mountain Climbing School.

The White Mountains are the gateway to backcountry, and steeped in history as they are home to many of the original backcountry trails throughout the country. Skiing these famed trails is a true experience for any skier, and having a guide to share their years of insight from climbing and skiing these mountains, makes the experience that much better.

Experience backcountry skiing in Mt. Washington Valley through a
customized adventure with a local guide.


Another way to make the most of the backcountry season is to join the Granite Backcountry Alliance and make use to all the trails this non-profit works to preserve as well as create. It currently has eight glades that it maintains throughout Mt. Washington Valley, NH with more on the way. It also hosts its regular spring event, Wild Corn Shingdig, which celebrates spring ski season in all its glory!


Of course while spring is known for the type of skiing and riding it produces, it’s also well-known for riding the sweet, sweet wave that is maple syrup season. In a short, but sweet window, March brings the tapping of local trees and along with it family-friendly maple tours, maple-themed beverages and entrees at the valley’s local restaurants, maple-themed candies and baked goods, and more.

Maple Syrup in Mt. Washington Valley
March is all about the maple (syrup) in Mt. Washington Valley!



Make sure you pencil in a stop for a tour of the 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack at Theater in the Wood, to capitalize on fresh, locally made maple syrup, and enjoy a family hike in the wooded trails of Theater in the Wood. All net proceeds from the 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack directly support Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s literacy programs.


As the season transitions from winter to spring, and the snow begins to melt, it feeds the waterfalls throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. Discover the rush of these natural beauties by going on a waterfall tour. Visit the waterfalls of Jackson Village at Jackson Falls, or Kancamagus Highway at Sabbaday Falls or Crawford Notch and Pinkham Notch at Arethusa Falls and Crystal Cascades, respectively.


Local golf courses begin to open during the spring, and with nine premier golf courses you can get an early start to your golf season, and begin to chip away at over 100 holes of golf the Mt. Washington Valley has to offer!


Family attractions begin to open with spring hours. While you won’t be able to experience the full fleet of family fun that comes with the full-fledged summer opening of Mt. Washington Valley’s attractions, spring is a great time to getaway with the family and enjoy a slower-paced and more quiet family vacation.


Shopping is a main-stay of every season, and spring is no exception. Shop at the valley’s locally owned boutiques that punctuate each village with their own flair and superior customer service. You can also find your favorite shops through the White Mountain Independents, a network of locally owned shops, or at the 60-plus brand name outlet village, Settlers Green. This shopping mall also hosts spring events focused on family fun.

Shop North Conway, and surrounding areas with boutique and name-brand stores!


To make plans for your March Maple Madness getaway to Mt Washington Valley, explore our insider blog for all the trip planning resources you need.  Learn more about vacations to New Hampshire at www.VisitNH.gov.

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