|Skiing in North Conway NH|
|The Mount Washington Valley includes five alpine ski areas: Attitash, Black Mountain, Mount Cranmore, King Pine, and Wildcat Mountain. Then there's Tuckerman Ravine.|
Altogether there are 94 downhill trails and 21 lifts, and the slopes range from those for the beginner to those that present a challenge even to some experienced skiers.
On US Route 302 in Bartlett NH, just west of Glen, Attitash (AT-uh-TASH) is small but interesting—even challenging—with convenient lodging and dining. More...
Very near North Conway on its northeastern outskirts, it's small, friendly and good for beginners and families. More...
Located right on the easter edge of North Conway, it's walking distance from the town center if you're not carrying much. Slopes are sunny and cheerful. More...
Off by itself in a pristine valley, the slopes loom above a beautiful lake. It's off the beaten path, which means no crowds, only devotees. More...
Many local inns offer special ski packages which include lift fees for all five areas.
Besides the five developed ski areas in the valley, it is possible to ski in the cirque at Tuckerman Ravine, where the shadows protect the snow long past the time when the cover on other slopes has begun to melt.
The special excitement at Tuckerman, besides the challenge of the au naturel slopes, comes from climbing the mountain you're going to ski down, for there are no lifts. Follow the line of black dots up the mountain to the top.
This is old-time skiing, with only a run or two a day, and only those with real stamina and strong legs should and will accept the challenge. But going back to the basics is exhilarating, everyone you meet here is your friend, and the fling down the mountain after the climb is a fitting way to end the season.
Park in the Wildcat Mountain lot, recuperate in its cafeteria or lounge.
Nordic Cross-Country Skiing
Every alpine ski area in the valley has some cross-country trails, some of which are very easy, some of which are only for experts. The center of the ski touring activity in the valley is Jackson NH.
—by Tom Brosnahan