Even though it isn’t snowing yet in Boston, the mountain ski resorts of northern New England have snow or are making snow by the end of November or start of December. It’s ski season! We met representatives from several mountains at the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo.

Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods is New Hampshire’s largest ski area with 464 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 63 trails and 35 glades. Ten lifts, including the new Bretton Woods Skyway 8-Passenger Gondola and four high-speed quads, make your ride up the mountain almost as fun as the ride down. If there’s snow falling, chances are we’ve got it – or we can make it with snow-making on 92% of our trails. And, because you’ll want to stay on our slopes until after dark, we also offer night skiing and riding. Bretton Woods has been recognized by SKI Magazine readers as #1 for Snow, Grooming & Scenery in the US East.

It’s affiliated with the Omni Mount Washington Resort, which I have been to, with its magnificent views of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the US Northeast. It includes the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, a grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, built in 1902 and the Omni Bretton Arms Inn, a restored inn built in 1896. During the summer, guests enjoy 27 holes of acclaimed golf, tennis on red clay courts, horseback riding headquartered in the restored Victorian stables and fly fishing in the Ammonoosuc River. The resort recently completed a $90 million renovation, encompassing updated guest rooms and public spaces, a 25,000-square-foot spa, and a 20,000-square-foot conference center. 

Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain, in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, has a vertical drop of 2,180 feet, the longest in New Hampshire, with a total trail length of 25 miles, and hosts the New England Ski Museum.

Cranmore Mountain Resort

Cranmore Mountain, also in the White Mountains, goes beyond skiing to include the Tubing & Mountain Adventure Park, the largest tubing park in New Hampshire with 10 lanes of lift serviced sliding, a mountain coaster, a giant swing, and more.

Gunstock

South of the White Mountains, Gunstock boasts spectacular mountaintop views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Range. Gunstock was the first New England ski area to install a chairlift, offers 1,400 vertical feet, 227 acres and 48 alpine and freestyle trails, plus 50km of dog-friendly cross country, snowshoe, and fat bike trails. Gunstock claims New England’s largest aerial obstacle course with 91 challenging elements, more than 1.6 miles of high-adrenaline zip lines, off-road Segway tours, and the 4,100 foot Mountain Coaster.

Mount Sunapee

 

Pats Peak

 

Ragged Mountain

South of the White Mountains, Ragged Mountain has a “Free Learn to Ski and Ride Program” which gives you three free days of tickets, lessons, and equipment rental! They are now teaching telemark skiing for the first time, and try their trail map mobile app. You’ll find 18 glade skiing trails, because who doesn’t like skiing and riding in the woods, and their “Wild Side Terrain Park”, designed and built by one of the highest qualified designers in New England.

Stowe Mountain Resort

 

Waterville Valley

In the White Mountains, Waterville Valley’s anticipated opening day is Saturday, November 23rd! Stay tuned for details on the Snow Report page on their website. Lift tickets can also be purchased for just $30 online, in advance. You can find creative events including the Cold Turkey Plunge, Santa’s Arrival, nighttime ski lift rides to view the stars, and New Years’ Eve fireworks.

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