Winter in the White Mountains

Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and the list goes on...If you are looking for fun outdoors this winter, Mount Washington Valley has it all.

There are five alpine ski areas in the Valley with a mix of skiing for all levels: Attitash in Bartlett is a good intermediate mountain with a couple of excellent expert trails; Black is for novices and those intermediates that want to look good on any trail they take; Cranmore is novice-intermediate right in North Conway, the mountain many of us learned at; King Pine is a well-cared-for little area for those starting out; Wildcat is the big one with the longest expert trails in the Valley, though also a surprisingly good novice area.

There are three major cross-country ski areas: Jackson Ski Touring has been judged by no less an authority than Ski Magazine as the finest in the east; Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring's trail layout enables one to ski from one participating inn to a number of others; the newest, Great Glen Trails, sits at the base of Mt. Washington with spectacular views and a quite complete base facility.

If not a skier, nor wishing to be one, New Hampshire has snowmobile trails that one can hop on and tour the whole state. Back-country hiking and ice climbing can provide adventures you won't soon forget. There are skating rinks in Conway (indoors at the Ham Arena in Conway) and in North Conway's Schouler Park illuminated for evening skating. Jackson Resort Association coordinates events leading up to Christmas, and the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has programs during the holiday week between Christmas and New Years.

Yes, there are sleigh rides and caroling and apres ski at dozens of fascinating lounges. But for many of us there is nothing like the first snowfall. James Russell Lowell's words, "The snow had begun in the gloaming and busily all through the night was covering field and highway with a silence deep and white..." may not turn on the plowman, but give the rest of us a special feeling.

Idea: If you're looking for an unusual winter experience, contact the Mt. Washington Observatory (356-8345) for an opportunity to stay overnight on the top of the mountain with "the worst weather on earth". The trip up is by Snowcat over an Auto Road that is apt to be buried under 20' of snow.

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding
 
Bartlett, NH
800-223-7669
 
Jackson, NH
800-698-4490
 
Bretton Woods, NH
603-278-3398
 
North Conway Village, NH
800-786-6754
 
Madison, NH
800-373-3754
 
Bridgeton, ME
207-647-8444
 
Gorham, NH
888- SKI-WILD
 
Cross Country Skiing
 
Bartlett, NH
603-374-2277
 
Bretton Woods, NH
800-258-0330
 
North Conway, NH
800-310-4504
 
Gorham, NH
603-466-2333
 
Jackson, NH
800-927-6697
 
Madison, NH
800-373-3754
 
Intervale, NH
603-356-9920
  
Dog Sledding
 
Gorham, NH
800-951-6681
 
Ice Climbing
 
North Conway, NH
800-310-4504
 
International Mountain Climbing School
North Conway Village, NH
603-356-7064
 
Glen, NH
(978) 413.4391
 
Ice Skating
 
Ham Arena
Conway, NH
603-447-5886
 
King Pine Ski Area
Madison, NH
800-373-3754
 
Nestlenook Estate and Resort Recreation
Jackson, NH
603-383-0845
 
 
Snowmobiling
 
Fryeburg Snowmobiling Rentals
Fryeburg, ME
800-458-1838
 
Lil’ Man Snowmobile Rentals, Inc.
Bartlett, NH
888-440-6441
 
Mountain Meadows Riders Snowmobile Club
Conway, NH
603-447-2343
 
Snowshoeing
 
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center
Bartlett, NH
603-374-2277
 
Bretton Woods at Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, NH
800-258-0330
 
Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School
North Conway, NH
800-310-4504
 
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
Gorham, NH
603-466-2333
 
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
Jackson, NH
800-927-6697
 
King Pine Ski Area
Madison, NH
800-373-3754
 
Mount Washington Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation
Intervale, NH
603-356-9920
 
Tubing
 
Bretton Woods at Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, NH
800-258-0330
 
Cranmore Mountain Resort
North Conway Village, NH
800-786-6754
 
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
Gorham, NH
603-466-2333
 
King Pine Ski Area
Madison, NH
800-373-3754
 

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