With Mt. Washington and the White Mountain National forest located only minutes from North Conway, the area has become popular among outdoor enthusiasts. With seven alpine and eight downhill ski areas, the mountains offer trails for every experience level. In addition to skiing, the North Conway area offers ice climbing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating and a variety of other outdoor activities.
From gentle slopes to black diamond trails, the White Mountains offer a variety of ski areas:
Boasting 9 lifts and 50 trails on over 200 acres, the summit has an elevation of 2,000 feet and a 1,173 foot vertical drop. The mountain sees an average of 120 inches of snow annually, and supplements by making snow. The mountain offers trails for every ability level. 36% of trails are beginner, 44% intermediate and 20 percent expert. Cranmore offers night skiing every Saturday on 11 trails. This is the only ski area located in North Conway.
Opening in 1935, Black Mountain is the oldest ski area in New Hampshire. Nestled 10 miles north in Jackson, New Hampshire, the mountain has 44 trails, 33% beginner, 35% intermediate, and 32% expert. Black Mountain has a warm, southern exposure and a summit elevation of 3,303 feet with lifts running to 2,350 feet. They receive 120 inches of snowfall annually, and make snow to cover 98% of the terrain.
Situated on the tallest mountain in New England, it is the largest ski area in New Hampshire. Located 30 miles northwest of North Conway, Bretton Woods provides 434 acres of skiing with 4 terrain parks and 101 trails. Nordic skiers flock to the area for the 100 kilometers of trails winding through fields, woods and the slopes of Mt. Stickney. With a 3,100 foot summit elevation and vertical drop of 1,500 feet, the mountain averages 200 inches of snow each year.
Facing the eastern side of Mt. Washington, Tuckerman Ravine, and Huntington Ravine, Ski magazine voted Wildcat Mountain as having the “No. 1 Scenery in North America”. From the summit at 4,062 feet, you can see the Atlantic Ocean. Comprised of 25% beginner, 45% intermediate and 30% expert, the mountain is home to the 2.7 mile Polecat Trail, the longest ski trail in the state. Offering one of the longest ski seasons in the area, Wildcat Mountain averages 200 inches of snowfall each year.
Whether you are a seasoned skier or a novice, there is a trail perfect for your abilities. Conveniently located only miles from 9 ski areas, Green Granite is the perfect hotel for your next North Conway ski adventure.