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The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel's Balsams Wilderness Ski Resort was unlike any other New England ski area. Closed in 2011, there's hope it will re-open in 2017 or 2018.



The Balsams resort and its ski area have been closed since 2011. There is hope that it might re-open for the winter 2017-2018 season. Here's news of developments.

Here's what it was like before closing:

Among The Balsams' many winter pleasures were its 18 alpine (downhill) ski trails on a 1000-foot (305-meter) vertical drop served by four lifts (two triple chairs and two surface lifts). About half the trails were black or double-black diamond. They could make snow on 80% of the trails.

The snowboarders' terrain park had a tabletop and rails.

Nordic skiing (cross-country) was a strong point as well, with 59 miles (95 km) of wide trails, 90% of which were tracked and groomed, with cozy, convenient heated trail shelters along the way. Whatever your skill level, from rank beginner to experienced adventurer, there were trails and loops for you, and plenty of space so you wouldn't be bumping into crowds along the way. Nearly half of the trail system was blue trails for intermediate and ambitious cross-country skiers. Most of the rest were advanced, offering challenging terrain for a great ski experience.

If skiing is not your thing, there was ice skating on a lighted rink, and some of northern New Hampshire's 600 miles (966 km) of snowmobiling trails traverse The Balsams estate. You could rent a snowmobile in the nearby town of Errol NH.

Watch for the re-opening of the hotel and ski area, and if/when it happens, go! The setting is spectacular.

The Balsams
1000 Cold Spring Road (NH Route 26)(map)
Dixville Notch NH 03576

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Above, view from the summit at The Balsams Ski Resort, Dixville Notch NH.




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