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Alpine Skiing in New Hampshire
New Hampshire contains some of the largest ski mountains in the country, which means downhill ski resorts are scattered throughout the state.
Thousands of winter visitors head to ski areas like Black Mountain, Wildcat Mountain, and Pat’s Peak for New England skiing done New Hampshire style.
Cannon Mountain Ski Area
Located in the White Mountains, the Cannon Mountain Ski Area is set on Franconia Notch State Park’s Cannon Mountain in northern New Hampshire.
New England’s seventh largest ski area, Cannon Mountain Ski Area has 165 skiable acres and nine lifts. Cannon Mountain also features 60 runs, a top elevation of 4,186 feet, and the most vertical skiing in New Hampshire.
Cannon Mountain Ski Area hosts the only aerial tram in the state – also the first passenger tram in on the continent.
Cannon Mountain visitors may explore the Brookside Learning Center – great for first-timers – as well as 17 percent of trails devoted to the beginner level.
Featuring a 525-foot downhill drop, Granite Gorge is a ski area carved into Pinnacle Mountain, east of Keene, New Hampshire.
Skiers, snowboarders and tubers flock to the ski area, which is protected from the wind by the Mountain, to test the claim “the powder stays put!”
The Winter Youth Program offers lessons to youngsters, while Terrain Park classes teach higher-level students proper safety rules.
Meanwhile, the Full Season Race Program is perfect for experts who want to put their skills to the test, as well as receive more advanced training.
Loon Mountain Ski Resort
Set in the White Mountain National Forest, the Loon Mountain Ski Resort is located in northern New Hampshire near Franconia. New England’s 10th largest ski area, Loon Mountain features 53 trails across 324 skiable acres.
Loon Mountain Ski Area also features onsite lessons, and a brand new springboard terrain park. For the more grounded, try the Loon Mountain Adventure Center for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and the Ice Castle.
Mount Sunapee Resort
Located on Mount Sunapee in Newbury, the Mount Sunapee Resort is a southern New Hampshire ski area set west of Todd Lake.
The Mount Sunapee ski area features 10 lifts, three terrain parks, and 66 runs – all on 230 skiable acres. Mount Sunapee itself has a high point of 2,743 feet, with a vertical of 1,510 feet.
Mount Sunapee Resort is open daily during ski season, and has trails ranging from easy to expert skill levels.
During the summer, the area is home to the Mount Sunapee Adventure Park – featuring canopy zip-line tours, treetop obstacle courses, and off-road Segway PT excursions.
Waterville Valley Resort
A haven for skiers, the Waterville Valley Resort is found in the White Mountain National Forest, which is located in central New Hampshire on Mount Tecumseh.
Founded in 1966 in Waterville Valley, the area has 259 skiable acres consisting of seven lifts, a terrain park, and 52 runs – the longest of which is three miles.
Mt. Tecumseh has a high point of 3,480 feet, and a vertical of 2,000 feet.
The Waterville Valley Resort is home to the Black and Blue Trail Smashers Ski Club – established in 1934 – and the Waterville Valley Academy for beginners.