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The Mt. Washington Valley
New Hampshire

Skiing in the
White Mountains

A Winter Paradise
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Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2300
North Conway, NH 03860
(603) 356-5701
Fax: (603) 356-7069

In the 19th century, summer was considered the only time of year to travel to the valley. In the 1880's and 1890's vacationing meant packing for the "season," complete with maids, chauffeurs and innumerable trunks for the trek from Boston to the Mt. Washington Valley. At summer's end, most of the early-day inns and hotels closed their doors. Figuratively speaking, the villages rolled up their sidewalks for the winter. Then, in the 1920's, the athletic hikers who spent their summers on the open fields and hills rediscovered the valley in winter. Lugging seven foot-long boards uphill, these hardy souls plied their skills in a new interest -- skiing.

By the time a fledgling Sun Valley in the West had been serenaded by Glenn Miller, skiing had already become a popular sport in the East. During this time Carroll Reed opened in Jackson Village the American Branch of the Hannes Schneider Ski School of St. Anton in Arlberg, Austria. 20,000 train passengers disembarked at the old North Conway Victorian-style station each season. Newspapers in Boston and New York competed for coverage of the celebrities and top skiers, as well as the novices who flocked to the valley to try the new winter sport. In 1938, Harvey Dow Gibson opened Mt. Cranmore with a unique ski lift vehicle he called a Skimobile. A year later he assisted the "father of modern skiing," Hannes Schneider, escape Nazi persecution in Austria by bringing him to the United States. The Mt. Washington Valley now had the world's top ski instructor, and for the next two decades the valley was the "in" place to ski in the Northeast.

Today, the tradition continues in spades. There are seven ski resorts in the Mt. Washington Valley. The Skimobile has been replaced with four quads, two of them high speed detachable devices. 234 trails offering everything from bunny hops to double-diamond challenges abound, and area ski resorts offer programs ranging from traditional instruction, Ski-Wee programs, and daily rentals, to some of the best apres ski lounging in to be found anywhere. Four areas offer night skiing on 36 trails, all available every night of the week except Sunday. And, nowhere in New England can you find more trailside lodging than in the Mt. Washington Valley.

But Alpine Skiing is just one winter snow activity. Cross-country skiers glide past New England winter splendors on 346 kilometers of groomed trails plus 225 kilometers of back country trails. They all start at six valley world-class Nordic centers.

There are snowshoeing opportunities, too. Snowshoe to a hidden pond in the forest. Plod on to a frozen falls somewhere in the foothills. Or, explore the valley floor at your leisure. In the realm of snowboarding, the valley offers some of the best snowboard terrain in the East for both beginners and advanced riders. The valley is at the leading edge of this rapidly growing wintertime sport.

Skiing Information

Ski Season
Late November into April.
Ski Terrain
7 lift-serviced ski areas and 6 cross country ski areas within 30 miles of North Conway, with more than 1,000 skiable acres and 450 kilometers of Nordic trails.
39 lifts at 7 areas. 2 high-speed detachables. 12 triples.
234 alpine ski trails with 35 percent expert, 45 percent intermediate, and 25 percent novice, plus a total of 346 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails with an additional 225 kilometers of backcountry trails.
Night Skiing
4 of the valley's 7 alpine ski areas offer night skiing on 38 trails. Available every night of the week except Sunday.
An average of 99% coverage top to bottom at seven areas. 3 have 100 percent coverage. One Nordic center has snowmaking capability.

Mt. Washington Valley Alpine Ski Areas

Attitash Bear Peak, Bartlett
Snow phone (603) 374-0961, Email: info@attitash.corn
Contact: Marlie Owtnga
This resort area offers 2 mountain peaks, 2 base lodges, and a points-based ticket that lets you pay as you ski. The Grand Summit Hotel will be in full swing for the 1997-98 season. As a part of the American Skiing Company, Attitash Bear Peak participates in several cooperative programs that promote skiing throughout New England.
Black Mountain, Jackson
Snow phone (800) 475-4669
Contact: Melissa Bearns
A family resort, Black Mountain's southern exposure allows for acceptable temperatures even on the coldest days. Its gentle slopes are tailor-made for the youngest and newest skiers. Black offers a Family Passport package which gives two adults and two juniors a full day on the slopes for only $89. And, it's good on weekends and holiday periods. A special bonus is the tubing park on Whitney's Hill which gives non-skiers the opportunity to get out into the snow and have a day of it.
Bretton Woods, Crawford Notch
Snow phone (603) 278-5051, Email: skibw@brettonwoods.com
Contact: Ben Wilcox
Sitting at the top of the valley in scenic Crawford Notch, Bretton Woods offers one of the best views of 6,288 foot-high Mt. Washington, the tallest mountain in the Northeast. A recent Snow Country reader survey ranked Bretton Woods as number one in trail grooming and snow quality in the East. A family mountain where everyone is comfortable, the resort area offers Kids Night Programs during the holidays, a mountaintop restaurant, and an attractive, roomy base lodge where it seems a fireplace is tucked away in almost every corner.
Cranmore, North Conway
Snow phone (603) 356-8516
Contact: Carissa Flood
North Conway's in-town mountain continues to expand its facilities. The Skimobile Express, a high speed detachable quad, has been followed by new retail shopping facilities and improvements to their on-mountain restaurant. Cranmore has awesome snowmaking capabilities, night skiing on 10 trails, and all the history and charm that can be found in the ski town that originally put it all together.
King Pine, East Madison
Snow phone (800) 367-8897, Email: purity@moose.ncia.net
Contact: Janice Crawford
Just south of Conway in East Madison King Pine offers a new beginner triple chair, expanded night skiing, 100% snowmaking capability, and free handle tow access to an improved beginner ski area. This resort offers "2-for-1" tickets on Tuesdays and Ladies Day every Wednesday that includes a free group lesson and half-price nursery care, as well as a Thursday men's day.
Shawnee Peak. Bridgton, ME
Snow phone: (207) 647-8444, Email: info@shawneepeak.com
Contact: Amy Brown
Bridgton, Maine, just across the state line, is famous for its night skiing which six days a week offers 16 trails freshly groomed every afternoon for evening skiers. New at the mountain is glade skiing, a tubing area, snowshoe rentals, and a mini-riders snowboard program for kids age 7-12. Shawnee Peak offers a special "2-for-$30" ticket for twilight or night skiing on Monday or Tuesday.
Wildcat, Jackson
Snow phone: (888) SKI-WILD, Email: thecat@skiwildcat.com
Contact: Chris Major
Located in Pinkham Notch, this ski area has the highest vertical (2,100 feet) in the Mt. Washington Valley. Voted having the best scenery and best value in the East by Snow Country magazine readers, Wildcat is known for its steeps, bumps and new double diamonds. There's a tamer side of the mountain ideal for beginners and intermediates, as well. Wednesday the resort offers a $36.00 "2-for-1" ticket.
photo of people cross-country skiing in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire

Mt. Washington Valley
Ski Areas

Bear Notch Touring Center, Bartlett
Contact: John Garland (603) 374-2277
The center offers 60 kilometers of groomed trails, plus access to unlimited back country terrain. Bear Notch is a prime snowfall location and is usually one of the first areas opened and among the last to close.
Bretton Woods Cross Country, Crawford Notch
Contact: Ben Wilcox (603) 278-5051
A full-service cross-country center with over 100 kilometers of lift-accessed trails and breathtaking views of the White Mountain National Forest.
Great Glen Trails, Pinkham Notch
Located at the base of Mt. Washington, this resort areas offers unique cross-country skiing opportunities, as well as snowshoeing, kicksledding, ice skating and tubing. Great Glen also offers a snowcat ride half way up the 8-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road with the option of riding back in the cat or to ski down the mountain. A full service base lodge hosts barbecues, parties, and local entertainment.
Jackson XC, Jackson
Contact: Tom Perkins at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (603) 383-9355
Called #1 in the East, the center offers 154 kilometers of trails geared for any skiing ability -- from the Wildcat Valley Trail on the backside of Wildcat to the more gentle Ellis River Trail -- all with spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains.
King Pine Ski Area, East Madison
Contact: Janice Crawford (800) 367-8897
With 28 kilometers of groomed trails, King Pine offers a wide variety of skiing opportunities, including alpine and Nordic ski areas, as well as a fitness center.
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Association
Contact: Peter Rattay (603) 356-9920
Based in Intervale, this center has 65 kilometers of groomed trails that run along the valley floor and into North Conway. 10 inns and businesses provide the trail system that offers "out-the-door" trails to visitors.

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Hiking Walking Fishing

Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2300
North Conway, NH 03860
(603) 356-5701
Fax: (603) 356-7069
Email: info@mtwashingtonvalley.org

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