ATTITASH

BARTLETT — Attitash Mountain Resort (374.2600) and nearby Wildcat Mountain (466-3326) are both owned by Peak Resorts.

What that means for skiers and riders is great value and interchangeability — all lift tickets, for example, at Attitash Mountain Resort are also valid at Wildcat Mountain. Enjoy same day skiing at two resorts, located just 20 minutes apart, for access to the most value, variety and vertical in the Mount Washington Valley.

Together, these two mountains combine for 122 trails and 505 acres of skiing.

Attitash offers 73 trails across two big, connected mountains that combine traditional New England runs and challenging terrain with modern, wide-open cruisers suited for all abilities.

Attitash over the summer thinned out and cleaned up its glade skiing areas on Attitash and Bear Peak.Attitash also has freestyle terrain parks and offers a series of freetyle events.

The popular area continues to make improvements to its state-of-the-art snowmaking system, which covers 98 percent of the mountain’s terrain. Attitash spent $250,000 this past summer and fall to upgrade its snowmaking aresenal by switching from diesel to more energy efficient electric compressors.

Attitash features a Grand Summit Hotel, which offers upscale slopeside accommodations. Combine that with a newly re-invigorated après scene at Ptarmigan’s Pub, fun events, and the year-round Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, and you’re enjoying the essence of winter.

BLACK MOUNTAIN

JACKSON — Black Mountain (383-4490) shines as an affordable ski area the whole family can enjoy. It’s been that way for 76 years.

While Black is the perfect choice for beginners of all ages, there is plenty of challenging terrain for the advanced skiers and riders as well. Black is known for its narrow, wooded trails and glades, a refreshing reminder of how the sport was intended to be. The mountain’s southern exposure and protection from the wind are incredibly welcoming on those blustery days. So, if you are looking for a classic New England experience, where the pace is delightfully slower but every bit as adventurous, then you will have found it when you arrive at Black Mountain.

New for this year are renovations to the base lodge, including an expansion of the Lostbo Pub and a full lineup of apres ski entertainment, featured weekly during vacation weeks and on Saturdays. The snowmaking system has also been upgraded.

Look for a full schedule of children’s activities during vacation weeks.

BRETTON WOODS

BRETTON WOODS — The largest ski area in New Hampshire, Bretton Woods (278-3320) has 102 alpine trails and glades and a 100-kilometer nordic trail network make for endless fun for beginners and experts alike.

Award-winning snow, service, and family programs, complemented by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the East, make this a truly unique, world-class winter destination. Enjoy a wide array of other activities off the slopes, including the year-round Canopy Tour — a high flying adventure with 10 zip lines, sky bridges, and rappels — plus a new indoor climbing wall, dogsledding, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, and more winter fun.

Night skiing is offered Dec. 26 through 31; as well as

Friday and Saturday nights from Jan. 6 through March 10; Jan. 13 through 15; and Feb.  17 through 25.

CANNON MOUNTAIN

FRANCONIA — Long a New England classic, Cannon Mountain (823-7771) is accessed directly off I-93 in breathtaking Franconia Notch State Park. From Mount Washington Valley, drive west on Route 302 and onto Route 3.

The 4,080-foot summit nets snow when other mountains may get little or none — it’s called the “Cannon Effect.” No matter where you are on Cannon — taking lessons in the Tuckerbrook Family Area, testing your legs in the bumps on the Front 5, riding the Tram, or making your own adventure at Mittersill — everyone in your family can find something to call their own.

Become part of a mountain the entire family will value, and you’ll be the next to proudly declare, “I am Cannon.”

CRANMORE

CONWAY — With over $7 million in improvements over the past 18 months since it came under new ownership in June 2010, Cranmore (356-5543) is experiencing a rejuvenation.

Improvements this season include an all new year-round Giant Swing and Mountain Coaster, a state-of-the-art Children’s Learning Center with the new KidsRule Camp, an even bigger Tubing Park, base lodge renovations, food operation upgrades, and more snowmaking and beginner terrain.

Cranmore is opening an indoor activity center, featuring a bungy trampoline, Spider Climb and slide and two bouncy houses. The attractions and activity center will all operate weekends and holidays.

Food service upgrades include renovations to the Eating House lodge, which will now feature a full-service “sit-down” restaurant and bar, as well as the addition of the new “Kandahar Bar” on the top floor of its main base lodge. An additional cafeteria has been added on the lower level of the lodge.

Every Saturday afternoon throughout the season, Cranmore celebrates winter with Cranapalooza, a winter festival that features fireworks and face painting, tubing and terrain parks, live music, games, and prizes, and s’mores around the fire, and skiing until 6 p.m.

Fireworks are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Jan. 14, Jan. 28,  Feb. 18, Feb. 25, and March 5.

KING PINE

EAST MADISON — Celebrating its 50th season, King Pine (367-8896) at Purity Spring Resort continues to lead the way for families and winter-sport enthusiasts alike.

Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, affordability, impeccable grooming, and consistent snow conditions, King Pine has been an affordable tradition for families throughout New England for 50 years. Located just 15 minutes south of North Conway, King Pine offers 17 trails and glades, 75 percent of which are suited for beginners and intermediates. The Twisted Pine Terrain Park offers updated elements and weekly events, making it a favorite with kids of all ages. Additional amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub. Alpine tickets also include complimentary cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and iceskating at any point while the ticket is valid.

New this year, King Pine has upgraded its snowmaking system by converting its compressors from diesel to more efficient electric power.

Night skiing and tubing is offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and nightly on holiday weeks.

SHAWNEE PEAK

BRIDGTON, MAINE —Shawnee Peak (207-647-8444) is a cruiser’s delight, offering wide trails that meander their way down the mountainside, affording exceptional views of the scenic western Maine landscape.

In its 74th year of operation, the resort is family-driven, affordable, and provides skiing and riding for all levels and abilities. The ski resort has recently added to their extensive array of equipment with snow guns, skis, snowboards, helmets and boots.

Visitors to Shawnee Peak will soon have another lodging option to choose from. The resort recently announced plans to build new wilderness cabins. The first cabin will be complete and available for rent this winter.

The four season cabins will feature a farmer’s porch offering stunning views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Mountains. Outdoor adventure and snow shoe access will be right at the front door during winter.

Shawnee Peak offers night skiing Monday through Saturday, and nightly during vacation weeks.

WILDCAT

PINKHAM NOTCH — Located 100 percent within the White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat Mountain (466-3326) offers the consummate New England ski experience with its rich history, plentiful high-elevation natural snow, a wide variety of terrain, long season, and a classic, friendly ski culture.

Now owned by Peak Resorts, also owners of nearby Attitash Mountain Resort, all lift tickets at Wildcat Mountain are also valid at Attitash.

The Wildcat Mountain Ski School offers ski and snowboard programs to match skills, techniques, and tactics on the mountain’s varied terrain, and the Lion’s Den Children’s Center ski programs are a great way to introduce a lifelong sport to your family.

The Wildcat Express quad whisks skiers to the more than 4,000-foot summit in just over six minutes, providing access to more than 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding via uncrowded slopes among scenery voted No. 1 by readers of SKI Magazine.

New for this year are upgrades to Wildcat’s snowmaking system, and improvements to the women’s bathroom facilities.

The Wildcat Pub features apres ski entertainment, great food, refreshing drinks, and good times. Nearby bed-and-breakfasts, hotels, and condominium lodging options are available.

 

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