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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.

Redline Guiding guides know the White Mountain Forest and its backcountry trails like the back of their hands. Redline Guiding offers unique backcountry ski trips in White Mountain National Forest through sunrise and sunset backcountry ski tours. They can also show you how to safely ski and traverse over frozen rivers, lakes, and waterfalls.

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.

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.

Eastern Mountain Climbing School offers private backcountry skiing courses that can achieve a range of goals. When you book a private backcountry skiing trip, it means you will not be matched with other skiers you don’t know; you can choose any day to ski; you ski at your own pace, and you tell your guide what topics you would like to cover in the day.

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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