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Backcountry Skiing Guided Tours


The White Mountain National Forest is the starting point for many backcountry ski trips in Mt. Washington Valley. With over 2,000 miles of trails to explore, you just have to know how to find them. And the best way to do that is to hire a guide for your backcountry skiing adventure.

Scroll down for some phenomenal options of Mt. Washington Valley guides and guiding outfitters, and some local's favorite ski glades as well!

(Before heading out on your Mt. Washington Valley adventure, help us protect our trails by signing the MWV Pledge. Let’s assure they stick around for years to come!)

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Work with a guide to plan your backcountry skiing adventure this spring! Photo c/o Corey David Photography.

International Mountain Climbing School, and its instructors have years of backcountry ski experience and can personalize the type of terrain for you through a backcountry skiing course.
For those looking for a harder challenge and access steeper terrain, taking a Mount Washington Ski Mountaineering course with an intro to full avalanche, crampon, and ice axe knowledge. For information on IMCS courses, click here.

Northeast Mountaineering
Are you an expert skier at the resorts and looking to take adventure to the next level? NEM's backcountry ski skills course is jammed packed with necessary skills to get you shredding the pow out of bounds and away from the lines. Skiing the backcountry is about freedom and adventure. Out here, you earn your turns - but as you will discover the uphill travel is just as rewarding as the downhill descent. For more information and to book your reservation click here.

AMC Highland Center offers staff-led trips including a hybrid downhill and backcountry skiing experience. AMC partners with the local ski resort, Bretton Woods, just five minutes up Route 302 from the Highland Center. You’ll learn how to maneuver in backcountry gear and learn backcountry skiing techniques on terrain that is minimally groomed, but still offers lift service.

Granite Backcountry Alliance is another backcountry skiing resource in Mt. Washington Valley. As a non-profit that works to develop ski glades through Maine and New Hampshire, it has 11 backcountry ski glades for various abilities. Many are located throughout Mt. Washington Valley, including Hypnosis Glade, Maple Villa Glade, Baldface Glade, and Westside Glade.

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There are many trails to experience backcountry skiing in Mt. Washington Valley. Hiring a guide can help you choose which trails to ski! photo c/o

For complete trip planning resources and information, visit or 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

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