New Hampshire has 18 alpine resorts for your skiing and riding fun. For a state that declares Skiing the official Winter Sport, check out some of New Hampshire’s Best Ski Resorts.
With two big interconnected mountains for skiing and riding, Attitash Bear Peak offers terrain diversity from long winding trails to a few fun glades and wide-open cruisers. The views of the Presidential Range are spectacular. The full service resort has an impressive Learning Center, plus the on mountain, ski in ski out 143 room Attitash Grand Summit Hotel wtiha great outdoor pool open in winter. Attitash Bear Peak offers well-covered slopes serviced by a mostly modern lift system and snowmaking. The Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster offers an adrenaline ride on rails reaching speeds of 25 mph right next to the Attitash base lodge. Since 1965, Attitash was originally nicknamed Red Carpet Mountain for its customer service and limited ticket sales. Ptarmigan’s Pub is a great place for a slope view lunch and après ski.
Route 302, Bartlett
603-374-2368, Lodging 1-800-223-SNOW
Summit Elevation: 2,350′ Vertical Drop: 1,750’ at Attitash, 1,450′ Bear Peak
Skiable Terrain: 310 acres
11 Lifts, 67 Trails, Terrain Parks
Opened in 1965
The Balsam in an historic 4 star destination resort, for a century it provided guests with a posh vacation experience in a spectacular natural setting. The Balsams Wilderness is currently closed since 2011, but Les Otten and investors are planning to develop the resort and ski area to be bigger and better – 2,200 acres of skiing with luxury lodging at the renovated 1866 hotel and property. Guests at the Balsams enjoy an 11,000 acre setting. In the past,the seemingly private ski area -16 classic trails served by a triple, offered beautiful views of the property and never a lift line. Groomed and tracked cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails grace the premise of this formerly first class resort in northernmost NH. Stay tuned. Route 26, Dixville Notch
603-255-3400, Lodging 800-255-0600
Vertical Drop: 1,000’
Skiable Terrain: 102 acres
4 Lifts, 16 Trails and 4 glades
The oldest continually operating ski area in New Hampshire, Black Mountain exudes Old World charm to this day. This classic New England ski mountain dates back to 1935, and continues to offer old fashioned fun at yesterday’s prices. While the base lodge provides rustic warmth and hospitality, glades have been added to the scenic summit to satisfy the young and adventuresome. You won’t find terrain parks, but you will find naturally interesting un-crowded terrain. Black has reasonable lift tickets and package prices for families. Located just minutes up the hill from the beautiful town of Jackson, NH.
Route 16B, Jackson
603-383-4490, Lodging 800-698-4490
Vertical Drop: 1,100’
Skiable Terrain: 150 acres
5 Lifts, 45 Trails
Bretton Woods has grown significantly during the past few years to become NH’s largest ski resort, including 4 high speed quad lifts and expanded glades. Bretton Woods is popular with those looking for well-manicured cruising, pleasant glade skiing and exceptional views of Mount Washington. An indoor and outdoor climbing wall and guided backcountry tours provide some challenge and excitement for thriller seekers. The resort also offers the state’s finest Nordic facilities, and elegant lodging at the century old Mount Washington Hotel with a Presidential Spa.
Route 302, Bretton Woods
603-278-3320, Lodging 800-258-0330
Vertical Drop: 1,500’
Skiable Terrain: 464 acres, including 190 gladed acres
10 Lifts, 62 Trails plus 32 Glades
92% snowmaking, night skiing on 5 trails and 2 lifts
Riding New Hampshire’s only aerial tramway, skiers and riders take in exceptional scenery of Franconia Notch between each exciting run. Cannon offers lots of classic New England terrain from the scenic 4,186′ summit, but also has intermediate and beginner terrain from the Tuckerbrook quad chair to the west. Lunch at the Notch View Lodge (formerly the old Peabody lodge), and be sure to visit the New England Ski Museum at the base of the Tramway to see native Bode Miller’s medals. With the revitalized terrain and double chairlift on the original 1941 Mittersill Ski Area, there is much good times and terrain variety at Cannon. Cannon is a unique state owned recreational facility with history dating back to 1933 when the Taft trail was first cut.
Vertical Drop: 2,180’
Skiing Terrain: 282 Acres with Mittersill
11 Lifts, 95 Trails
Cranmore is a family friendly ski area located just moments from the heart of North Conway. Cranmore’s value pricing is advantageous for learning families. Cranmore offers more than just pleasant skiing and riding with views of the White Mountains; Cranmore has a Mountain Coaster, snow tubing, and a Giant Swing. Night skiing, Terrain Parks, and Tubing overlook the lights of the Route 16 shoppers’ strip on select evenings until 6pm. The Cranmore Adventure Center and Fun Zone at the base offers indoor tennis, pool, plus an indoor climbing wall. Saturday nights are a fun celebration called Cranapalooza.
1 Skimobile Road, North Conway
603-356-5543 / 1-800-SUN N SKI
Vertical Drop: 1,200’
Skiable Terrain: 282 acres
11 lifts, 95 trails
This revitalized ski area is managed by Peak Resorts along with Attitash, Wildcat and Mount Snow. With the addition of two quads, a triple and a double, a magic carpet and a brand new mountain lodge, Crotched is back and better than ever. Crotched has plenty of Terrain Parks with hits, spines, tabletops and rolls for riders and skiers to play on. Night skiing is a big focus with 100% of the trails illuminated and Midnight Madness hours on Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 3am. And our mothers said, “nothing good happens after midnight.”
Route 47, Bennington
Vertical Drop: 875’
Skiable Terrain: 75 Acres
5 lifts, 23 trails
Dartmouth continues as a college ski hill with a reputation of producing some of the country’s finest racers. Dartmouth has hosted the NCAA Ski Championships, and serves as a training hill for Dartmouth College. The McLane Family Lodge offers rentals, a retail shop and more space for congregating between runs – a fine Ivy League ski tradition. Grafton Turnpike, Lyme Center
Vertical Drop: 968’
Skiable Terrain: 110 Acres
4 Lifts, 24 Trails
Gunstock’s high-speed quad whisks you to the panoramic summit where you will find a wide variety of family fun terrain. Day and Night, Gunstock is a great place to play on snow, and has been for over 75 years. Gunstock has views overlooking beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee that are unparalleled. The Mountain Magic learning program, Gunshy beginner area and the Thrill Hill tubing park make it a great starting point for new snowsport inductees. Try Gunstock’s zip tour that soars 8,591’ in three zips – including the longest span in the US at 3,981’ of pure rush.
Route 11A, Gilford
Vertical Drop: 1,400’r /> Skiable Terrain: 227 Acres
8 Lifts, 55 Trails
Gunstock Zipline, Mountain Coaster, open year round, Aerial Treetops and Adventure Tours open in summer.
King Pine has been introducing new skiers and riders to the sport since the 1930’s, especially children, whom they still refer to as knee-highs. The tame terrain and affordable pricing make it easier for families to get involved in snowsports at this small, self-contained ski hill. Since 1972, the Hoyt family has operated the ski area and Purity Spring Resort. This family business offers winter lodging and dining plus ice-skating, cross-country, snowshoeing, tubing, sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and an indoor pool and spa for overnight guests.
Rt. 153, East Madison
Vertical Drop: 350’
Skiable Terrain: 48 acres
6 lifts, 17 trails. Night skiing on 3 lifts and 8 trails
Loon is one of NH’s more popular ski resorts because of the extensive terrain on three peaks from the steeps of North Peak, to the twisty trails like Flying Fox, and South Peak with six long trails served by a high speed quad with views of Lincoln Village. Loon has superb beginner slopes, and a speedy gondola to the Loon Peak summit which is a fantastic lift, especially on “cool” days, this lift is in high demand on weekends. Loon’s signature terrain parks and halfpipe, and the Burton Progressive Terrain Park, keep adventure seekers happy. Loon is well known for reliable snow conditions and typically the most terrain open in NH, fun events in all seasons, and plenty of lodging options, both slopeside and in the town of Lincoln and Woodstock.
Route 112, Lincoln
603-745-8111, Lodging 1-800-229-STAY
Vertical Drop: 2,100’
Skiable Terrain: 370 acres
11 Lifts, 61 Trails and 8 Glades
This urban ski hill, located on the outskirts of downtown Manchester just minutes off I-93, is focused on teaching skiers and riders of all ages the joy of downhill sports. McIntyre is run by McIntyre Ski School and host to several local and school ski programs, operating day and night. This is a non-intimidating place to get started sliding, and the rates are low-key too.
50 Chalet Court, Manchester
Vertical Drop: 200’
Skiable Terrain: 28 acres
5 lifts, 9 trails. Night skiing on 5 Lifts and 9 Trails
Snow Tubing Thrill Hill with eight tubing chutes and a 600′ descent
Opened in 1971
Mount Sunapee continues to grow and improve as one of NH’s best places for young skiing families, dating from 1948. Following in the footsteps of Vermont sister resort Okemo, Sunapee puts extra effort into snowmaking, new lifts and attentive family learn to ski and ride services. Every family member will find their kind of terrain, from groomed cruisers, to glades or moguls to a very mellow separate beginner area with 13 designated trails. The Children’s Center is state of the art for learning kids (and anxious parents).The terrain park and superpipe will keep teens rocking on their boards, or hitting Sunapee’s Big Air Bag. The panoramic views of Lake Sunapee from Mt Sunapee’s summit are fabulous. Expansion of Sunapee’s West Bowl has been approved the State of NH, for 4 new ski trails on 56 acres and, a new quad lift, lodge and magic carpet at the new West base area.
Rt. 103, Sunapee
Vertical Drop: 1,500’
Skiable Terrain: 233 acres, Summit: 2,743′
10 Lifts, 66 Trails, 9 Glades and 4 Terrain Parks
Pats Peak teaches more than 7,000 children’s ski lesson each week, with the largest after school ski program in the state. This convenient southern NH ski area has been family owned by the Patenaude’s since 1962. There is something for everyone with trails for all abilities, 2 terrain parks, snowboarding and snow tubing. Nights are even more popular than days at Pats Peak for skiing and learning under the lights, and Pats Pay One Price on Saturdays is a deal.
Flanders Road, off Rt. 114, Henniker
1-603-428-3245, Snow and Lodging Phone 888-PATSPEAK
Vertical Drop 770’
Skiable Terrain: 110 acres
11 Lifts, 28 Trails & glades. Night skiing.
With NH’s only six person high-speed chair, you can get plenty of turns in with no lines and no waiting at Ragged. With two mountain peaks both served by high speed lifts, Ragged and Spear, you will find plenty of great trails, glades, plus a unique base lodge modeled after an old New England farmhouse (with flatscreen TVs). Learning kids will love the Barnyard Adventure Center, with a designated beginner area. Bigger kids will find a trend-setting Wildwoods terrain park at Ragged. There is something for everyone at this southern NH ski area. Recent upgrades to snowmaking have been made at Ragged.
Ragged Mountain Road, Danbury
Vertical Drop 1,250’
Skiable Terrain: 249 acres
7 Lifts, 57 trails
Tenney has not opened several seasons. Tenney did offer big mountain skiing with a small hill feel. Panoramic views, a family friendly feel, terrain parks, and affordable pricing make Tenney worth the winter visit.
Tenney Mountain Road, Plymouth
Vertical Drop: 1,400’
Skiable Terrain: 115 acres
5 Lifts, 48 Trails
Waterville Valley has a long-standing reputation, since 1966, as a destination for action-packed winter family fun. Located just off NH’s I-93 on beautiful Mt Tecumseh, at 4,004′. WV is under returning ownership with Tom Corcoran and GM Bob Fries, bought by the Sununu family in 2010, Waterville is returning to its family friendly traditions. Waterville offers terrain from mellow to moguls, plus bumps, glades, and terrain features in Exhibition Park and South Street Park. Waterville has ski school programs for every age, ability level and preference on up to racing. The nearby resort village and Town Square offer lodging, dining, cross-country skiing and ice-skating, plus a sport center with indoor tennis and swimming, all with splendid valley and mountain views.
Ski Area Road, Waterville Valley
603-236-8311, Lodging 1-800-Go-Valley
Vertical Drop: 2,020’, Summit: 4,004′
Skiable Terrain: 265 acres
11 Lifts, 60 Trails plus glades
Wildcat is known for giving skier and riders some of the best views as they cruise in ski country, and for receiving a bit more natural snow than the rest. Under ownership with Peaks Resort, Wildcat sisters now include nearby Attitash, Crotched, and Mount Snow. Wildcat boasts NH’s longest and fastest detachable quad, which delivers skiers and riders from the base to the spectacular 4,000′ summit on a scenic but speedy 6-minute ride. Even advanced beginners can enjoy the summit, and ski down the 2.75-mile Polecat trail. Wildcat has trail variety from mellow runs that saunter top to bottom, to tight twisty glades and an exciting Liftlion trail with moguls and magnificent views of Mount Washington and Tuckerman’s Ravine. With high elevation, Wildcat stays open with wonderful skiing well into spring, with views of Tuckerman’s Ravine across the Mt Washington valley. Wildcat also offers guided backcountry tours that deliver skiers into Jackson village via 3,240′ vertical on the 17-kilometer 1933 original Wildcat Trail. Within the White Mountain National Forest, there is no on mountain lodging at Wildcat, the town of Jackson is 10 minutes away.
RT. 16, Pinkham Notch
Summit: 4,062′ Vertical Drop: 2,112’
Skiable Terrain: 225
5 Lifts, 48 Trails
Abenaki Ski Area
Located in Wolfeboro on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, this small community-owned and operated ski area dates back to 1936. Abenaki has one of the fastest rope tows in the East, so hold on as you fly up the hill, and back down the 200′ vertical hill. Also 30-kilometers of Nordic trails are operated by the Wolfeboro XC Ski Association.
603-569-2513, 2 Lifts, 7 trails
18 acres of skiing and riding , 50% snowmaking, 200′ vertical
In Enfield , this community run hill is operated by Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation, a non-profit, dedicated to providing family-friendly affordable skiing & riding for locals with after-school groups, lessons, adult race league, and hosting of area clubs on its terrain and parks – once owned by Olympic skier Evan Dibvig.
160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield, off I89
2 lifts, 4 Trails, 65 acres