Major Ski Resorts
Official Web Sites and Comparison Chart
New Hampshire map showing ski resorts
Holiday dates vary by year. They are days between Christmas and New Year,
Martin Luther King Day weekend, the week of President's Day.
Maps are loaded from MapQuest. Weather and snow reports are from
Weather Channel. Trail maps are from resort official sites.
to see a similar comparison chart related to junior skiing.
That page also contains some complimentary information such as
skiing movies, etc. Also, please find a
NH skiing quiz and a
to find detailed information on NH hi-speed lifts.
Orginized Tours, Clubs, Discount Lift Tickets
Ski Market orginizes one-day skiing tours from many of their locations
in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York.
To see the schedule, locations, contact info, etc., click on 'Bus Trips' on
their front page.
Note that the prices of these tours are very close lift ticket prices
because they enjoy group rates for lift tickets.
The total cost is comparable with the cost of a trip by car.
Some other skiing bus tours:
Ski 93 Trips (NH)
The Ski House (MA)
C&B Sports Tours (MA)
New England Action Sports (RI)
Of course, ski clubs organize ski tours.
Check out events run by ski clubs in the region:
New Hampshire Ski Club (NH)
Hickory Hawks Ski Club (NH)
Ski-Bees Ski Club (NH)
Ski Wheelers Ski Club (NH)
Seacoast Ski Club (MA, ME, NH)
Boston Ski and Sports Club (MA)
Mass Ski Club (MA)
Wedeln Ski & Outdoors Club (NH)
Discount lift tickets? Well ... if you know of a good deal,
please drop me email
because I would like to know too.
First, check ski resort web sites. As far as weekends are concerned,
not much one can find on the web sites. But for someone who
is more flexible and can ski in the middle of a week,
there could be quite good deals.
Second, some bigger local companies offer discount lift tickets.
It does not hurt to check with HR. Third, discount coupons appear
in local newspapers. Again, nothing breathtaking but still.
Fourth, early season is the best time to shop for discount tickets.
Cheap Skiing Guide publishes info about discounts
including lift tickets.
is an online discount coupon site. Check out
'Mt. Washington Valley-White Mountains New Hampshire'
and 'Southern New Hampshire'
links on their page.
Two more sites with discount lift tickets are:
C & B Sports.
Ride & Ski New England
offers a value card that makes one eligible for discounts and
many New Hampshire resorts. Check for details on their web site.
a variety of discount ticket packages.
Fill gas at Mobil stations and get a discount on lift tickets: SKI-3
(check their list of participating resorts).
Ski lessons for all ability levels and all ages are available at all resorts
listed above on this page. The beginner groups may be big but if you seek
lessons at an intermediate level, there is a good chance that
there will be only two of you or you may even
end up being privately coached after purchasing a group lesson.
I never tried myself but judging by my son's experience with these lessons,
it works much better when I coach him despite the fact that I am not a pro.
He liked some of these lessons though, and they definitely contributed
to his skiing skiils.
Many ski resorts also offer seasonal programs
for both adults and children. I never tried them myself but assume that
these programs are more serious and focus on performance.
Some ski clubs offer ski training including racing. See the list above.
Waterville Valley BBTS
offers an academic program in racing for children.
which is a recreational ski race program,
conducts plenty of competitions at New Hampshire ski resorts.
Please check their web site for schedules.
NADS is another racing program open to public.
Its focus is on downhill racing.
Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge
is yet another racing program.
Some online skiing lessons are also available:
You Can Ski
ABC of Skiing
Ski Shops, Rentals, Demos, Tune-up, Expo
I personally dealt with these two shops:
Joe Jones Ski and Snowboard
You can find many more shops at:
SkiSite - New Hampshire Ski and Snowboard Shops
Spring is the best time for sales on last year equipment.
Joe Jones Ski and Snowboard
has tent sales in summer.
Ski Market has a traditional sale on the Columbus day weekend,
and this sale applies to models of the next season.
There is ski equipment for rent at all the ski resorts listed on this page.
Of course, it is more convenient to rent directly at the place where
you ski. Although, one can find better deals elsewhere.
Look for small rental shops 10-15 miles from a resort. They undoubtedly
offer better deals. They normally do not charge for an extra day
if you rent late in the afternoon.
Here is one of such rental shops:
Village Ski and Snowboard
Most of the ski resorts have demo centers as well.
Usually, these demo centers specialize in a few brands.
It is worth checking ski resort web site to see what they
offer for demoing if you are interested
in demoing a particlular ski model.
If you do not find the model you want on their list, then
The Great American Ski Renting Company
might have a nearby location. They offer
a good choice of brands and models.
Some shops tune up skis overnight whereas others may ask you
to leave skis for a week. When in rush, it is better to call
and check before bringing your skis. Since we have not the best
snow on earth but the best ice on earth in New Hampshire
as well as in the entire Northeast, sharpening is a must
every season or several times in a season depending on
the number of skiing days.
There are yearly ski expos held in Boston, MA.
They are arganized by
The Boston Globe Ski & Snowboard Expo.
They post the schedule of upcoming expos in advance.
Usually, one can find some good deals at the expos on both equipment
and ski resort packages, especially on early season packages.
Please be afraid though of being trapped into a time share deal.
Lodging, Dining, Apres Ski
Most ski resort hotels and condos require a two-night minimum stay
during the skiing season if you try to book the Saturday night.
This often forces me to look for lodging at distance of
20-30 minites to the resorts. By the way, staying at a place
half an hour away from a resort usually cuts the rate in half.
Speaking of really good deals, the best time is right before Christmas.
Skiing is usualy reasonable at that time, and the rates are low
because everybody is shopping. Here are a few useful links
for researching lodging options:
Expedia - Hotels
Visit White Mountains - Lodging
I am not a specialist in the area of dining. I guess it is
very dependent on personal taste and preferences.
I have one favorite place though. It is
Wild Coyote Grill
located at Waterville Valley. Here again a usefull link
for finding restraurants:
New Hampshire Living - Dining
Overall, New Hampshire ski resorts are best for families.
There is no much night life around ski resorts.
In my experience, the best apres ski time happens when you travel
in a company of friends. Then, you are in full control
of your apres ski time and not dependent on any facilities etc.
For your convenience this site is kept free of advertisement but this is different.
Ahla Brookline Food Tour - is a business run by friends.
It is in Brookline, MA.
Having reviewed their tours, they are definitely recommended to everybody interested
to learn about Jewish or Russian cuisine.
Another New England skiing destination:
2004 World Superpipe Championship Photos
Park City Mountain Photos
The Canyons Photos
Deer Valley Photos
Axamer Lizum Photos
The title photo is a view of Mount Washington from the top of Wildcat.
Copyright (c) 2004, 2008 Alexander Sakharov
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