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Mount Washington Valley, NH, alpine ski resorts on a roll

Attitash Mountain Resort offers great trails and spectacular views. There is lots to do in the Mount Washington Valley in New Hampshire's White Mountains in winter.
Attitash Mountain Resort offers great trails and spectacular views. There is lots to do in the Mount Washington Valley in New Hampshire's White Mountains in winter.
©Stillman Rogers Photography 2013

Recent snowfalls have blanketed the slopes and trails of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, on top of bases already well established with natural and man-made snow.

Attitash Mountain Resort can be summed up as great trails and spectacular views.
Attitash Mountain Resort can be summed up as great trails and spectacular views.
©Stillman Rogers Photography 2013

Every resort is now open and operating with nearly all trails and lifts. The following is a brief summary of their current status:

  • Attitash Mountain Resort Attitash is open for skiing and riding on 57 trails with 7 lifts running. The base depth is 20” to 32”. Attitash has received a total of about 43 inches of natural snow so far this season, and is reporting surfaces of packed powder and 41 trails groomed. Attitash operates the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster weekends and holidays, a nice alternative and great for non-skiers in the party.
  • Black Mountain – Black Mountain is open for skiing and riding on 42 of its 45 trails with 4 lifts running and they report a base depth of 22” to 36”. Black has accumulated a season total of 45” of natural snow. One of the very first ski areas in the northeast, it is a very family friendly, laid-back place with a challenge for all skill levels.
  • Bretton Woods Resort – Bretton Woods has 53 of its 62 trails open and 8 lifts running. Base depth is 18” to 36” and they are reporting packed powder conditions. The resort has received more than 50” of natural snow to date this season. Bretton Woods has night skiing on Friday and Saturday from 4 to 8 PM. Ski here for spectacular views of Mount Washington in full winter glory from the top of the Bethlehem Express High Speed Quad and the Latitude 44 Restaurant.
  • Cranmore Mountain Resort – Cranmore has 46 trails and 7 lifts up and running with almost all of the green and blue level trails open and groomed. Most black-rated trails are open as well, as are three of the glades. Base depth is 24’ to 34” and they report a season snowfall total of 38”. For variety and for the non-skiers in the group, Cranmore has the Mountain Coaster, the Giant Swing, the Soaring Eagle Zip Line and the great multi-lane tubing park in the Cranmore Mountain Adventure Center, open daily.
  • King Pine Ski Area – King Pine has 17 trails and 5 lifts open and night skiing on Saturday. They report a base depth of 18” to 30” with 39” of natural snow received so far this season. 80% of their trails are covered by snow making. This place is a prime family destination with skating and other activities to keep the whole family occupied and together. Check for packages.
  • Wildcat Mountain – Wildcat has 32 trails open and 5 lifts running. They have received 53” of natural snow so far this season and report a base depth of 20” to 32”. Like Black and Cranmore, Wildcat was among the first ski areas in the state, and like Bretton Woods, it has one of the most gorgeous views of Mount Washington, from the top of the Wildcat Express Quad.

Getting to the Mount Washington Valley

It is not that far from Boston. Take I-95 north to Portsmouth (NH) and follow signs for the Spaulding Turnpike, Route 16, north. An alternative route, especially if you are leaving from a point west of Boston, is to take I-93 up the center of the state and either take Route 112 at Lincoln (the Kancamagus Highway) or to continue north, taking Route 3 and 302 east north of Franconia Notch.