NH’s largest ski resort, Bretton Woods, has expanded dramatically in recent years with new quad lifts and over 10 miles of interesting glades and side country skiing. Big snowmaking upgrades make Bretton Woods typically the first New Hampshire ski resort to open each winter, Nov 13 2016, and they like to keep spinning until closing Patriots Day in late April!
Bretton Woods is popular with families looking for top notch grooming on well-manicured trails, pleasant birch tree lined natural skiing and exceptional views of Mount Washington. In 2012 Bretton Woods added a 2,000′ T-Bar servicing Mount Stickney with 30 acres of more edgy glades from challenging and steep, to low angle tree skiing on about 500′ vertical.
Bretton Woods is an ego pleaser ski resort, with primarily low angle trails served by four high speed quads, and a few steeper runs like Bode’s – named for Bode Miller. The earthier glades added in the past few years to Mount Stickney and West Mountain bring excitement to the otherwise perfectly groomed terrain. Several terrain parks including Coo’s Caper trail will keep your free rider amused for hours. For younger skiers and riders, Bretton Woods is noted for their exceptional learning programs for kids and nursery conveniently located at the base. There is even an indoor and outdoor Climbing Wall at the base lodge.
The Resort of Bretton Woods also offers NH’s best Nordic facilities, and elegant lodging at the century old Hotel Mount Washington with a stunning Presidential Spa added in 2009, now owned by Omni Hotels.
Staying at the 1902 Hotel Mount Washington makes for a grand family ski vacation in the White Mountains. The Grand Hall and Lobby are beautifully decorated with original chandeliers and Tiffany glass, as are common rooms like the Conservatory and Princess Lounge. Parents will love having a drink après ski in The Rosebrook Lounge, watching the alpenglow over 6,288′ Mount Washington, while the kids enjoy the huge outdoor heated pool or the rooftop year round synthetic ice rink. The Presidential Spa has every treatment imaginable in a very posh setting. There is so much to see and do, you might want to stay for a week, to enjoy wine and whiskey tasting, the historic hotel tour, dog sledding, kids snowmobiling, and the Canopy tour zipline. Kids will like the Game Room, and daily activities, plus bonfires with s’mores, or pizza and movie nights while Mom & dad dine in the formal dining room and go dancing in the prohibition-era Cave.
What is most famous about this resort area is the incredible views of the Presidential Range and the highest summit on the Eastern seaboard, Mount Washington. Have lunch at Latitude 44, Bretton Woods’ on mountain restaurant that serves up burgers, soups and super scenery. Take a break from skiing and take to the sky with Bretton Woods’ Canopy Tour – one of the longest zip lines in North America. Fat bike rentals on snow are another fun diversion. Our team of family ski trips editors never pass up the chance to visit Bretton Woods.
Bretton Woods Ski Resort Stats:
Vertical Drop: 1,500’, Summit: 3,100′
Skiable Terrain: 464 acres, including 190 gladed acres
10 Lifts, 94 Trails
92% snowmaking, night skiing on 5 trails and 2 lifts
Bretton Woods opened 1973