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New Hampshire Skiing

Ski Resort Photos and Reviews

Ski Resort Official Web Sites and Comparison Chart

Orginized Tours, Clubs, Discount Lift Tickets

Instruction, Racing

Ski Shops, Rentals, Demos, Tune-up, Expo

Lodging, Dining, Apres Ski

Ski Resort Reviews Sites, Other Links

Charts, Ski Magazines, Manufacturers

New Hampshire is the destination of most of our family ski trips. This skiing site reflects our NH skiing experience and contains photo galleries of some of the ski resorts of New Hampshire. I also wrote reviews of the New Hampshire ski resort we visit most often. Please see the links to the photo/review pages below.

  Virtual Descent is a new and unique feature of this site. It allows you to experience the thrill of going down a snowy slope right here without leaving your computer. We try to compile these descents for some of the most difficult trails in New Hampshire so that even if these trails are yet beyond your reach, you will be able to find out how they feel virtually.

  Skiing resorts are best viewed from the air while sitting on a chairlift. Click here to watch these aerial previews of New Hampshire ski resorts. Each preview is a slide show exhibiting several photos taken from one lift.

  For a collection of DVD-quality video clips featuring New Hampshire ski resorts click here.

New Hampshire is the center of New England's snow country that extends from Vermont to Maine. New Hamphire is the home of White Mountains. White Mountains serve as an excellent ground for numerous ski resort in the state of New Hampshire. The highest point of White Mountains is Mount Washinton - 6,288 feet. It is the highest point of the US Northeast and is notoriously known for its worst weather in the world. See my pictures of Mount Washington and other New Hampshire scenery.

All New Hampshire ski resorts are small but the vertical drop for a few of them is a little bit more than 2000 feet, which is not bad at all given that you usally can drop these 2000 feet or so in a single run. Consider also that most of the resorts there have hi-speed quads. Due to their size, New Hampshire resorts are suited best for shorter skiing trips.

I am not sure what adjective to apply to the ski resorts of New Hampshire - I like them. They are close to my home, and thus, accessible on a weekend trip. Because I am not alone in this category, these resorts could be quite crowded, especially on weekends, especially when the weather is nice. Interstate Highway 93 is a major artery via which skiers travel to New Hampshire ski resorts, and it can be crowded too because of travelling skiers - of course.

The weather in the region is a special topic. It is one of the most popular conversational topics among locals. It constantly changes throughout the winter from snow to rain, to freezing cold, to beautiful sunny skies. Due to this kind of weather, please expect icy conditions on the slopes. The good thing about these conditions is that if you can ski in New England, you can ski anywhere. Think of New Hampshire's native Bode Miller and read his message to visitors of this site.


Ski Resort Photos and Reviews
Waterville Valley Review and Photos Waterville Valley official web site
Loon Review and Photos Loon Mountain official web site
Mount Sunapee Review and Photos Mount Sunapee official web site
Attitash Review and Photos Attitash official web site
Wildcat Review and Photos Wildcat Mountain official web site
Bretton Woods Photos Bretton Woods official web site
Cannon Photos Cannon official web site
Cranmore Photos Cranmore official web site
Gunstock Photos Gunstock official web site
Crotched Mountain Review and Photos Crotched Mountain official web site

Major Ski Resorts
Official Web Sites and Comparison Chart

New Hampshire map showing ski resorts

Official Web Sites Map (pop-up) Weather & Snow Report (pop-up) Trail Map (pop-up) Vertical Drop (feet) Skiable area (acres) Hi-speed lifts Weekend/Holiday adult lift ticket (08/09) Weekday adult lift ticket (08/09) Season passes (08/09)
Attitash ^ ^ ^ 1750 283 2 $69 $62 ^
Black Mountain ^ ^ ^ 1100 143 - $39 $29 ^
Bretton Woods ^ ^ ^ 1500 434 4 $74 $66 ^
Cannon ^ ^ ^ 2180 178 1 + tram (70) $64 $64 ^
Cranmore ^ ^ ^ 1200 190 1 $55 $55 ^
Gunstock ^ ^ ^ 1400 220 1 $64 $54 ^
Loon ^ ^ ^ 2100 324 3 + gondola (4) $69 $69 ^
Mount Sunapee ^ ^ ^ 1500 230 1 $66 $62 ^
Ragged Mountain ^ ^ ^ 1250 200 1 (6) $59 $49 ^
Tenney Mountain ^ ^ ^ 1400 110 - $49 $40 ^
Waterville Valley ^ ^ ^ 2000 255 2 $65 $65 ^
Wildcat ^ ^ ^ 2100 225 1 $65 $65 ^

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.

  Click here 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 game there.
Click here 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. SkiCoupons.com 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: Liftopia and 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. SkiNH.com offers 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).


Instruction, Racing

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.

NASTAR, 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:
Ski Lessons
You Can Ski
ABC of Skiing


Ski Shops, Rentals, Demos, Tune-up, Expo

I personally dealt with these two shops:
Ski Market
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.


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Ski Resort Reviews Sites

SkiTown - New Hampshire Ski Area Reviews
Outdoor Review - New Hampshire Resorts
RSN - Mountain Reviews (look for a link to Reviews for individual ski resorts)

                     

New Hamphire Skiing Links

Ski New Hampshire
NH Outdoors - Skiing
New Hampshire Living - NH Ski Resorts
Ski Guide - New Hampshire
AlpineZone - New England Skiing and Hiking
GoSki New Hampshire
OnTheSnow - New Hampshire Snow Report
New England Handicapped Sports Association
SkiSite - New Hampshire Downhill Ski Areas
Ski New Hampshire
Wunderground - Snow Conditions & Ski Report for New Hampshire
New Hampshire Ski Resorts


Charts

Sizing & Experience Level Chart

Boot Size Chart

(Not responsible for chart accuracy. Use links at your own risk.)

 

Ski Magazines

SkiNet

Ski Press World

Ski Racing

 

Manufacturers

Atomic             Blizzard
Dalbello             Dolomite
Dynastar             Elan
Fisher             Head
K2             Lange
Line             Marker
Nordica             Rossignol
Salomon             Tecnica
Tyrolia             Volant
Volkl


Another New England skiing destination: Sunday River

Park City including
2004 World Superpipe Championship Photos         Park City Mountain Photos         The Canyons Photos         Deer Valley Photos

Tyrol Skiing including
Kitzbuhel Photos         Stubai Glacier         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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