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New Hampshire Alpine resorts ski information, 2002-03

After an incredible, extended New England Indian summer, a rush of cold weather recently hit the six state region, hinting that the snow season is right around the corner. Indeed it is, as our first snowfall graced the northern states on October 23, 2002. Now that we know there is no turning back to the days of summer for several more months, the logical step would be to ski. New Hampshire offers some of the best skiing in New England. Here is a sampling of New Hampshire Alpine resorts offering top notch skiing:

ATTITASH BEAR PEAK
Location: Rte. 302, Bartlett
Ski Area: 603-374-2368 Snowphone: 877-677-SNOW Lodging: 888-554-1900 Fax: 603-374-1960
Email: info@attitash.com Web: www.attitash.com
Vertical drop (Attitash): 1,750 ft. Vertical drop (Bear Peak): 1,450 ft.
Skiable terrain: 280 acres Snowmaking coverage: 98%
Number of lifts: 12 Number of trails: 70 (20% novice, 47% intermediate, 33% expert)
Pricing: Everyday: Adults: $49 ($53 holiday); Young Adults, ages 13-18: $44; Juniors, ages 6-12: $32; Seniors, ages 65-69: $32; ages70+ $15
Highlights: The Attitash Bear Peak Experience is fantastic skiing and riding, the best snow, great service, awesome terrain parks, fun ski and snowboard school programs, endless off-mountain activities and slopeside lodging at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel. Two interconnected mountains-Attitash and Bear Peak-provide spectacular views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range, and offer more than 280 acres of diverse terrain to satisfy the entire family. Find everything from classic, New England-style trails on Attitash to wide-open cruisers and glades on Bear Peak. It's a unique, big mountain experience with uncrowded slopes and short lift lines in a family-friendly atmosphere. The resort's commitment to growing the sports of snowboarding and freestyle skiing continues this year with the addition of the longest superpipe in New Hampshire. The 500' in-ground pipe will now be manicured by a monster 17' HPG, taking the best park and pipe riding in the Mount Washington Valley to a new level. Attitash Bear Peak's location in the Mount Washington Valley means close access to world class lodging and dining options, as well as more than 120 tax-free outlet and specialty stores.


THE BALSAMS WILDERNESS
Location: Rte. 26, Dixville Notch
Ski Area/snowphone: 603-255-3951 Fax: 603-255-4221
Lodging: 800-255-0600 (U.S. and Canada); 800-255-0800 (NH)
Email: thebalsams@aol.com Web: www.thebalsams.com
Vertical drop: 1,000 ft.
Skiable terrain: 90 acres Snowmaking coverage: 80%
Number of lifts: 4 Number of trails and glades: 16 trails, 4 glades (30% novice, 45% intermediate, 25% expert)
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $30; Juniors, ages 6-12: $20, Seniors, ages 65-69: $30, ages 70+: free
Weekdays: Adults: $25; Juniors, ages 6-12: $18; Seniors, ages 65-69: $25, ages 70+: free
Highlights: Named one of America's 10 best family resorts by Family Life magazine, and winner of the 1994 National Ski Area Design Award by Snow Country, The BALSAMS Wilderness offers uncrowded skiing, top-notch service, premier accommodations and award-winning cuisine. New this year are "January Learn to Ski" stays; they are fun and guaranteed effective. Other winter activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sleigh rides, and top-rated nightly entertainment at "one of the world's poshest ski hotels" (SKI Magazine). The BALSAMS is rated Four-Star by Mobil, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


BLACK MOUNTAIN
Location: Rte. 16B, Jackson
Ski Area: 603-383-4490 Snowphone: 800-I SKI-NOW
Lodging: 800-698-4490 Fax: 603-383-8088
Email: ski@blackmt.com Web: www.blackmt.com
Vertical drop: 1,100 ft.
Skiable terrain: 143 acres Snowmaking coverage: 98%
Number of lifts: 4 Number of trails and glades: 40 (33% novice, 34% intermediate, 33% expert)
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $32; Kids, ages 6-18: $20; Seniors, ages 65+: $20
Weekdays: Adults: $20; Kids, ages 6-18: $15; Seniors, ages 65+: $15
Highlights: The oldest continually-operating ski area in New Hampshire, Black Mountain embodies the tranquility and beauty of classic New England skiing with a rustic lodge for apres ski enjoyment. Providing a great value in lift ticket prices (Black's Family Passport was rated "Best Bargain" two years in a row by SKI Magazine), this area has plenty of ski terrain to keep every family member happy.


BRETTON WOODS MOUNTAIN RESORT
Location: Rte. 302, Bretton Woods
Ski Area: 603-278-3320 Snowphone: 603-278-3333
Lodging: 603-278-1000 or 800-258-0330 Fax: 603-278-3337
Email: skiinfo@brettonwoods.com Web: www.brettonwoods.com
Vertical drop: 1,500 ft.
Skiable terrain: 375 acres, including 175 acres of glades Snowmaking coverage: 95%
Number of lifts: 8 Number of trails: 76 trails and glades (31% novice, 41% intermediate, 28% expert)
Night skiing and snowboarding: 4 trails/2 lifts
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $57; Teens, ages 13-18: $46; Juniors, ages 6-12: $34; Seniors, ages 65+: $57
Weekdays: Adults: $49; Teens, ages 13-18: $39; Juniors, ages 6-12: $29; Seniors, ages 65+: $15
Highlights: During the past few years, Bretton Woods has grown tremendously with new terrain, new lifts, and elegant lodging options at the Mount Washington Hotel. The area is renowned for its beautifully groomed wide-open trails and breathtaking vistas of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. Resort amenities include alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowtubing, three indoor pools, spas, and evening entertainment, as well as a variety of lecture series, culinary demonstrations and children's programs.


CANNON MOUNTAIN
Location: Franconia Notch Parkway, Franconia Notch
Ski Area: 603-823-8800 Snowphone: 603-823-7771 Lodging: 800-237-9007 Fax: 603-823-8088
Email: info@cannonmt.com Web: www.cannonmt.com
Vertical drop: 2,146 ft.
Skiable terrain: 160 acres Snowmaking coverage: 97%
Number of lifts: 8 Number of trails: 45 (25% novice, 42% intermediate, 33% expert)
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $45; Teens, ages 13-18: $37; Juniors, ages 6-12: $29; Seniors, ages 65+: $29
Weekdays: Adults: $34; Teens, ages 13-18: $23; Juniors, ages 6-12: $23; Seniors, ages 65+: $23
Highlights: One of the oldest ski areas in New Hampshire, Cannon is home to the New England Ski Museum, New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain rock formation, and a host of winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, ice climbing and snowmobiling. Famous for its superb expert terrain, Cannon recently expanded its terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.


CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Location: Skimobile Road, North Conway
Ski Area: 603-356-5543 Snowphone: 603-356-7070
Lodging: 800-SUN-N-SKI Fax: 603-356-8526
Email: info@cranmore.com Web: www.cranmore.com
Vertical drop: 1,200 ft.
Skiable terrain: 192 acres Snowmaking coverage: 100%
Number of lifts: 10 Number of trails: 39 (36% novice, 44% intermediate, 20% expert)
Night skiing and snowboarding: 4 trails/3 lifts
Pricing: Everyday: Adults, ages 13-69: $35; Children, ages 6-12: $20; Seniors, ages 70+: $12
Highlights: New England's Snowplay Resort offers more than just skiing and riding. Plenty of "snowtoys" are available for rent including skibikes, skiboards, snowscoots, and skifoxes. Other winter activities include snowshoeing, ice skating, and snowtubing in the eight lane Wild Cherry Pepsi Grand Prix Tubing Center. The Sports Center at the base offers indoor tennis, a pool, hot tub, and an indoor climbing wall. Located in the heart of North Conway, there are plenty of nearby choices for dining, lodging, and tax-free shopping.


DARTMOUTH SKIWAY
Location: Canaan Turnpike, Lyme Center
Ski Area/snowphone: 603-795-2143 Lodging: 603-643-4300 Fax: 603-795-2421
Web: www.dartmouth.edu/~skiway/
Vertical drop: 968 ft.
Skiable terrain: 104 acres Snowmaking coverage: 54%
Number of lifts: 3 Number of trails: 30 (25% novice, 50% intermediate, 25% expert)
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $36; Juniors, ages 6-13: $22; Seniors, ages 65+: $17
Weekdays: Adults: $25; Juniors, ages 6-13: $17; Seniors, ages 65+: $17
Highlights: The area's recently-opened 16,000 square foot base lodge features a large rental shop, retail shop, and increased seating. With all new family prices, children ski for as little as $6 per day. Over the years, the history-rich Skiway has contributed 86 members to Winter Olympic teams.


GUNSTOCK
Location: Rte. 11A, Gilford
Ski Area: 603-293-4341 Snowphone: 800-GUNSTOCK
Lodging: 800-SKI-STAY Fax: 603-293-4318
Email: gunstock@gunstock.com Web: www.gunstock.com
Vertical drop: 1400 ft.
Skiable terrain: 220 acres Snowmaking coverage: 80%
Number of lifts: 7 Number of trails: 45 (6.5% novice, 72.5% intermediate, 17.5% advanced, 3.5% expert)
Night skiing and snowboarding: 15 trails/4 lifts
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $46; Teens, ages 13-18: $36; Juniors, ages 6-12: $26; Seniors, ages 65+: $36
Weekdays: Adults: $36; Teens, ages 13-18: $26; Juniors, ages 6-12: $16; Seniors, ages 65+: $15
Highlights: Gunstock enhances its reputation for exceptional skiing and riding quality with the sport's only "Groom on Demand" and the "Ski the G" money-back guarantee. Flex Time ticketing provides half-day morning or afternoon skiing or riding. For beginning skiers and riders Gunstock offers its nationally recognized "Mountain Magic" program. Amenities include the Thrill Hill Tubing Park, extensive night skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and a nordic ski jumping center.


KING PINE SKI AREA
Location: Rte. 153, East Madison
Ski Area/snowphone: 603-367-8896 Lodging: 800-FREE-SKI Fax: 603-367-8664
Email: info@purityspring.com Web: www.kingpine.com
Vertical drop: 350 ft.
Skiable terrain: 35 acres Snowmaking coverage: 100%
Number of lifts: 6 Number of trails: 16 (50% novice, 30% intermediate, 20% expert)
Night skiing and snowboarding: 7 trails/2 lifts
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $30; Juniors, ages 6-12: $20; Seniors, ages 65-69: $20; Seniors, ages 70+: $10
Weekdays: Adults: $24; Juniors, ages 6-12: $15; Seniors, ages 65-69: $15; Seniors, ages 70+: $5
Highlights: Since the 1930's, King Pine has been a family place where learning to ski was, and still is, affordable. Since 1962, the ski area has been family-owned and operated by the Hoyt family, who also own the affiliated Purity Spring Resort. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, spa, restaurant and lodging. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice skating in an enclosed rink.


LOON MOUNTAIN
Location: Exit 32 off I-93, Lincoln
Ski Area: 603-745-8111 Snowphone: 603-745-8100 Lodging: 800-227-4191 Fax: 603-745-8214
Email: info@loonmtn.com Web: www.loonmtn.com
Vertical drop: 2,100 ft.
Skiable terrain: 275 acres Snowmaking coverage: 99%
Number of lifts: 10 Number of trails: 44 trails/ 5 tree skiing areas (20% novice, 64% intermediate, 16% expert)
Pricing: Weekends: Adults: $54; Young Adults, ages 13-17; $48, Juniors, ages 6-12: $36
Holidays: Adults: $56; Young Adults, ages 13-17: $50; Juniors, ages 6-12: $38
Weekdays: Adults: $49; Young Adults, ages 13-17: $42; Juniors, ages 6-12: $32
Highlights: Skiers & riders choose Loon for its abundance of terrain and superior snow conditions. Its Adventure Center serves as the nordic skiing and snowshoe center, and has an indoor climbing wall, an expanded ice skating rink, and apres ski activities for the entire family. The area also has lift-serviced day and night snowtubing and winter horseback riding. Each visit to Loon Mountain is backed by Loon's Unconditional Satisfaction Guarantee.


MCINTYRE
Location: 50 Chalet Ct., Manchester
Snowphone/Tickets: 603-624-6571 Ski School/Rentals: 603-622-6159
Email: ross@mcintyreskiarea.com Web: www.mcintyreskiarea.com
Vertical drop: 169 ft.
Skiable terrain: 42 acres Snowmaking coverage: 100%
Number of lifts: 4 Number of trails: 5 (80% novice, 20% intermediate)
Night skiing and snowboarding: 5 trails/4 lifts
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $20; Juniors, ages 17 & under: $18
Weekdays: Adults: $15; Juniors, ages 17 & under: $13
Highlights: Located in downtown Manchester, McIntyre specializes in teaching new skiers of all ages. The area is also home to numerous local ski programs.


MOUNT SUNAPEE
Location: Rte. 103, Newbury
Ski Area: 603-763-2356 Snowphone: 603-763-4020
Lodging: www.mtsunapee.com/lodging Fax: 603-763-5989
Email: info@mtsunapee.com Web: www.mountsunapee.com
Vertical drop: 1,510 ft.
Skiable terrain: 220 acres Snowmaking coverage: 97%
Number of lifts: 10 Number of trails: 62 (26% novice, 53% intermediate, 21% expert)
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $51; Young Adults, ages 13-18: $45; Juniors, ages 7-12: $34; Seniors ages, 65-69: $45; Seniors, ages 70+: $34
Weekdays: Adults: $48; Young Adults, ages 13-18: $39; Juniors, ages 7-12: $30; Seniors ages, 65-69: $39; Seniors, ages 70+: $30
Highlights: In the past four years, Mount Sunapee has invested more than $13 million in lifts, trails, snowmaking and grooming, and a new base lodge. This year's focus has been on the South Peak beginner's area, with two new trails along with New England's longest carpet lift. The area's convenient location in southern New Hampshire places it close to major metropolitan areas and two interstate highways. Its 360-degree views of Lake Sunapee and the surrounding New Hampshire and Vermont mountain ranges are unparalleled.


PATS PEAK
Location: Flanders Road, off Rte. 114, Henniker
Ski Area: 603-428-3245 Snowphone/Lodging: 888-PATS-PEAK Fax: 603-428-7821
Email: info@patspeak.com Web: www.patspeak.com
Vertical drop: 710 ft.
Skiable terrain: 72 acres Snowmaking coverage: 90%
Number of lifts: 8 Number of trails: 21 (38% novice, 30% intermediate, 32% expert)
Night skiing and snowboarding: 17 trails/8 lifts
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $40; Juniors, ages 6-14: $28; Seniors, ages 65+: $28
Weekdays: Adults: $28; Juniors, ages 6-14: $20; Seniors, ages 65+: $20
Highlights: One of New Hampshire's most accessible learn-to-ski-and-snowboard mountains, Pats Peak is located just 30 minutes from southern New Hampshire metropolitan areas. It has the largest after-school ski program in the state, teaching more than 7000 children each week. Its Kassbohrer terrain park machine keeps the new Turbulence Park in killer form. Pats Peak offers the most night skiing in New Hampshire, and snowtubing on Friday nights and weekends.


RAGGED MOUNTAIN RESORT
Location: Ragged Mountain Road, Danbury
Ski Area: 603-768-3600 Snowphone: 603-768-3971 Lodging: 800-400-3911 Fax: 603-768-3929
Email: ragged@ragged-mt.com Web: www.ragged-mt.com
Vertical drop: 1250 ft.
Skiable terrain: 220 acres Snowmaking coverage: 95%
Number of lifts: 9 Number of trails: 50 (30% novice, 40% intermediate, 30% expert)
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $45; Young Adults, ages 13-18: $37; Juniors, ages 6-12: $30; Seniors, ages 65-71: $22.50; Seniors, ages 70+: free
Weekdays: Adults: $32; Young Adults, ages 13-18: $29; Juniors, ages 6-12: $25; Seniors, ages 65-71: $16; Seniors, ages 70+: free
Highlights: Last year marked the installation of the state's first high speed detachable six-seater chairlift, five new trails, 20,000 feet of snowmaking pipe in Big Rock Basin, and inaugural construction of the "Village at Ragged Mountain" condominiums to Ragged's already impressive list of recent improvements. In the past seven years, the area has added a new base lodge, new trails providing access to more than 90 acres of ski terrain, new lifts, new groomers, a tubing park and a popular mid-mountain cabin that accommodates groups of up to 30. In summer, Ragged operates an 18-hole championship golf course.


TENNEY MOUNTAIN
Location: Tenney Mt. Rd. (off of Rte. 3A), Plymouth
Ski Area/snowphone: 603-536-4125 Fax: 603-536-2316
Email: info@tenneymtn.com Web: www.tenneymtn.com
Vertical drop: 1,400 ft
Skiable terrain: 110 acres Snowmaking coverage: 83%
Number of lifts: 4 Number of trails: 44 trails and glades (15% novice, 60% intermediate, 25% expert)
Pricing: Weekends: Adults: $37; Young Adults, ages 13-18: $27; Juniors, ages 6-12: $21; Seniors, ages 70+: free
Highlights: Tenney Mountain is a wonderful family resort, offering lots of variety. You can enroll the kids in one of its children's ski or ride programs, head out to the slopes and ski all morning, then recharge with a delicious hot lunch, sign up for a private lesson, or perhaps try out a snowboarding package. The area offers big-mountain skiing, beautiful views, and great value with low introductory season pass offers. At Tenney, skiers and riders enjoy the best of New Hampshire's great outdoors, without the hassles of long lift lines and crowded slopes.


WATERVILLE VALLEY
Location: Ski Area Road, Waterville Valley
Ski Area: 603-236-8311 Snowphone: 603-236-4144
Lodging: 800-468-2553 (800-GO-VALLEY) Fax: 603-236-4344
Email: info@waterville.com Web: www.waterville.com
Vertical drop: 2020 ft.
Skiable terrain: 255 acres Snowmaking coverage: 100%
Number of lifts: 11 Number of trails: 52 (36% novice, 44% intermediate, 20% expert)
Pricing: Weekends/Weekdays: Adults: $39; Young Adults, ages 13-18: $29; Juniors, ages 6-12: $19
Holidays: Adults: $51; Young Adults, ages 13-18: $41; Juniors, ages 6-12: $31
Highlights: Waterville Valley has made skiing even more affordable - adults ski for just $39, teens for $29 and juniors for $19. Recently awarded a Family Friendly Travel Award from Family Fun magazine, Waterville Valley provides plenty of activities for family togetherness. In the resort village, you can walk from inns and condominiums to the classic Town Square of shops, restaurants, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, indoor ice skating, sleigh rides, and a sports center with indoor tennis and swimming pool.


WILDCAT SKI AREA
Location: Rte. 16, Pinkham Notch
Ski Area: 603-466-3326 Snowphone: 888-SKI-WILD Lodging: 800-255-6439 Fax: 603-466-5813
Email: thecat@skiwildcat.com Web: www.skiwildcat.com
Vertical Drop: 2,112 ft.
Skiable terrain: 225 acres Snowmaking coverage: 90%
Number of lifts: 4 Number of trails: 47 trails and glades (25% novice, 45% intermediate, 30% expert)
Pricing: Weekends/Holidays: Adults: $52; Young Adults, ages 13-18: $42; Juniors, ages 6-12: $25; Seniors: $42
Weekdays: Adults: $42; Young Adults, ages 13-18: $36; Juniors, ages 6-12: $25; Seniors: $36
Highlights: It's hard to beat the views of Mount Washington from Wildcat's ski trails. Even beginners can enjoy it from the 2.75 mile Polecat Trail, voted Mt. Washington Valley's #1 novice trail. The "Wildcat Express," the fastest and longest detachable quad chairlift in New Hampshire, whisks skiers to the area's 4,100 foot summit in six minutes. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat is surrounded by great cross country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking opportunities.

 

Source: Ski New Hampshire

 


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