Balsams Resort

The Balsams Resort in northern New Hampshire is reputed for its secluded setting, time-honored service, and extravagance since 1866. This has been a four season resort for over a century, with its own unique ski area, albeit old school, its a very special place!

Currently The Balsams Resort is closed. Les Otten, owner-developer, has uveiled plans to revive the hotel, provide luxury ownership, and expand the ski area from 400 to 2,200 acres with 22 lifts including a gondola from the Hotel to the ski slopes. However, financing for this grand resort scheme has been troublesome for Otten.

Our review of the new improved Balsams Resort will come when we visit – as soon as it reopens (fingers crossed). The Resort has been closed since 2011. We remain hopeful that this grand NH ski hotel is restored and revitalized, and Dixville Notch locals are employed again at this once posh hotel and ski area. Otten’s proposal could make the Balsams Resort the biggest ski resort in New England. Check back for our review of the Balsam’s evolution.

Balsams Revitalization plan includes:
Redeveloping the 11,000 acre resort to be sustainable and environmentally responsible, including 7 wind turbines
Build a world-class four-season resort, LEED certified,  with a campus oriented on health and well-being
A 400-room Luxury Hotel, and a new Lake Gloriette House with 199 rooms
On site Farm to Table cuisine, striving for excellence in dining and hospitality
A Hot Spring Spa with mineral pools  fueled by renewable energy – The Balsams Baths
Redesign the Donald Ross 18-hole Panorama Golf Course
Revitalize Balsams Wilderness Ski Area, and expand the 100 acres to 2,200 with new lifts from the 2,350′ base.

The Balsams we love is not only a great setting with a grand hotel built in 1866, but offers great downhill and Nordic skiing – a veritable private winter ski resort with copious snow, a high base elevation, trails with unique character, and few skiers – almost exclusively the fortunate overnight guests.

The Balsams is actually best known as the first-in-the-nation to vote in the US during Presidential elections and the NH primary, albeit about 5 resident voters including Les Otten.

Balsams Resort Stats:
1866 hotel and  11,000 acre property
Vertical Drop: 1,000’
Ski-able Terrain: 102 acres
2 Lifts, 16 Trails and 4 glades
Route 26, Dixville Notch