Downhill Skiing in New Hampshire

Downhill skiing in New Hampshire.

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Finding the best skiing in New Hampshire

New Hampshire, thanks to the presence of the White Mountains, offers skiers plenty of choice when hitting the slopes. Those looking to blaze the trails will find a variety of fine skiing facilities, with a couple standing out in particular.

Cannon Mountain

Comprising 72 challenging trails in north New Hampshire, Cannon Mountain rates as one of the best ski areas in the state, if not the region. The staggering height of Cannon Mountain – over 4,000 feet above sea level – means the resort will have natural snow when many other destinations may not.

This height also translates to a 2,180 total vertical at Cannon Mountain, some 400 feet longer than the average for ski resorts. This may help explain why Cannon Mountain was one of the region’s first hotspots for downhill skiing.


Prices for Cannon Mountain range from $38 to $70 for a full day and from $25 to $47 for a half day’s skiing.

Bretton Woods

With 101 trails stretching throughout the resort’s vast 434 navigable acres, Bretton Woods offers New Hampshire skiers variety. That variety includes ski trails of all difficulty levels – just under one third of the trails can be classified as ‘beginner’ and a further third ‘advanced’, with about 40 per cent considered ‘intermediate’. The total vertical drop of the ski area measures 1,500 feet.


Those wishing to study the moves of a ski champion may also be in luck when visiting Bretton Woods – Olympian Bode Miller calls the resort home.

Bretton Woods daily passes range from $25 to $79 for a full day, from $25 to $60 for a half day and from $23 to $43 for ‘late day’ passes.

Other New Hampshire ski destinations

These top ski resorts in New Hampshire by no means comprise the entirety of destinations in the state. Rather, in the wintertime, skiers will be spoiled for choice when looking for a ski vacation in the region. View New Hampshire ski destinations on a map or choose from the list below.

Black Mountain Resort
Pat’s Peak Ski School
Granite Gorge
Mount Sunapee Resort
Ragged Mountain
Dartmouth Skiway
King Pine Ski Area
Cranmore Mountain
Waterville Valley
Loon Mountain
Abenaki Ski Area
Gunstock Mountain

Skiing newbies may want to try their hand (or, more appropriately, feet) at McIntyre Ski Area, where they’ll also be able to see the best of New Hampshire’s largest city from a hotel in Manchester.

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  1. Posted January 15, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Sounds entertaining

  2. Posted January 15, 2013 at 3:54 am

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