The Balsams Resort in northern New Hampshire is reputed for its secluded setting, time-honored service, and extravagance. Its been a four season resort for over a century, wiht its own unigue ski area, albeit old school, its a great place! The Balsams is not noted for its skiing, its probably best known as the first voting place of record in the US during the NH primary.
Currently The Balsams Resort is closed. Les Otten has unveiled plans to revive the hotel, provide luxury ownership, and expand the ski area to 2,200 acres with 22 lifts including a gondola. However, financing for this grand resort scheme has been troublesome for Otten. We will have a review of the new improved Balsams Resort as it progresses, and we will visit as soon as it reopens (fingers crossed), its been closed since 2011. We are 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.
The Balsams we have always loved 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 trails enjoyed exclusively by the fortunate few guests. The skiing in this northern New Hampshire notch is a big bonus – and a great way to work up an appetite for each night’s gala buffet in the Main Dining Room. Otten is proposing to make the Balsams Resort the biggest ski resort in New England. Check back for our review of the Balsam’s evolution soon.
Balsams Resort Stats:
1866 hotel and 11,000 acre property
Vertical Drop: 1,000’
Skiable Terrain: 102 acres
4 Lifts, 16 Trails and 4 glades
Route 26, Dixville Notch