CONWAY — USA Today/10 Best is running its annual Readers’ Choice Award polls for the Best Ski Town Award and the Best Cross-Country Ski Resort Award. The contest runs through Nov. 18.
For the fourth year in a row, North Conway has been nominated for the Best Ski Town list and Jackson Ski Touring Foundation has been named to the Best Cross Country Ski Resort nominees list.
In addition to Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, this year Bretton Woods Nordic Center and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center have also been nominated to the cross-country resort Readers Choice 2019 list.
Skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and winter enthusiasts are encouraged to vote daily for these awards.
The top 10 vote-getters will be named to the lists, and the results will be announced on Friday, Nov. 29.
Presently, all Mount Washington Valley nominees are ranked within the top 10 lists, based on voting to date. These lists are fluid, however, and the more votes the higher the rank for any of the nominees on the lists. In the past, North Conway and Jackson Ski Touring Foundations were among only a few entities from the Northeast. This year, North Conway is up against Bethel, Maine, and Warren, Vt., for on the Best Ski Town list, making the competition in the Northeast a little tighter.
Nominations to the list come from USA Today’s local experts, consisting of expert skiers, cross-country skiers, snowboarders and travel and winter sports writers.
Last year, New Hampshire voters hit the polls with fury and North Conway was named the No. 1 ski town in the USA (No. 2 in North America). In the years before that, North Conway always made it to the top 10 ski town list. Jackson Ski Touring also made it to the top 10 lists.
“Making it on to these esteemed 10 Best lists really helps to position Mount Washington Valley as a premier ski destination,” said Janice Crawford, executive director of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Having three Cross Country Centers on the list confirms that Mount Washington Valley is an eminent Nordic and alpine ski destination. We encourage everyone to vote daily to help us maintain the place on these lists,” said Crawford.
The Mount Washington Valley is home to 13 ski resorts and cross-county centers. Referred to by many as “the birthplace of skiing,” North Conway has been garnering accolades as a ski town for decades. In 2011, North Conway was named the No. 1 Destination Village for Skiers by SnowEast Magazine. In 2012, National Geographic named North Conway among the top 25 ski towns worldwide. In 2015 Lonely Planet named North Conway to its Best of the U.S. 2015 list, and in 2016, Travel & Leisure readers named North Conway among the top Mountain Towns. For the past two years, North Conway has been named the No. 1 top Ski Town in the USA by USA Today. In addition, North Conway was named in a 10 Best/USA Today Readers Poll among the Best Foliage Destinations and earlier this year it was named among the Best Small Adventure Towns in the 10 Best/USA Today Travel Awards for the second year in a row.
To vote in the USA Today/10 Best Reader polls, follow these links:
To vote for North Conway as the best ski town, go to tinyurl.com/y62zq827.
To vote for Bretton Woods Nordic Center as the Best Cross Country Resort go to: tinyurl.com/y329asvz.
To vote for Jackson Ski Touring Foundation as the Best Cross Country Resort, go to tinyurl.com/y2ryt5t8.
To vote for Great Glen Trails as the Best Cross Country Resort, go to tinyurl.com/y4dph7nc.
To learn more about ski and winter vacations in North Conway and Mount Washington Valley, go to mtwashingtonvalley.org or call (800) 367-3364 (DO-SEE-NH). To plan for a winter vacation in New Hampshire, go to visitnh.gov.