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Skiing and Snowboarding

Winter in New England means it's time to discover the White Mountains


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The name "White Mountains" speaks for itself. A large amount of snow and considerable elevations make them one of the best ski destinations of the Northeast. Perfectly groomed trails and excellent ski facilities are meant to ensure the best skiing or snowboarding experience. For instance, Bretton Woods has been continuously praised for best grooming in the Northeast and favored by the elites of Boston and New York City for its impeccable service. The ski season for New Hampshire resorts usually runs from mid-November to mid-April. The best time with near-perfect ski conditions is usually in February when there is plenty of fresh powder. Early March is also a good time since crowds get thinner, and there is still a lot of snow.

Mount Washington ski resorts

Bretton Woods resort once hosted Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, and you can find out yourself what makes this place so special. Stop for a drink in its historical Mount Washington Hotel, take a sleigh ride through the valley, and enjoy its breathtaking views that cannot be surpassed. The resort gets 200 in (508 cm) of snow annually and is doing an excellent job polishing its 97 trails spread over 464 ac (188 ha). There are ten lifts and plenty of diversity as well as space for families and riders of all levels.

Lincoln resorts

Loon Mountain, located in Lincoln, New Hampshire, offers quintessential New England winter experience: loads of snow, excellent service and grooming, as well as a cozy ski town nearby with plenty of dining options and entertainment. The mountain is also located close to a major highway and can be reached from Boston in a bit more than two hours. With 12 lifts and 61 trails, Loon offers plenty of variety and challenges over its 370 ac (150 ha). The mountain boasts a 2,100 ft (640 m) vertical drop and the only superpipe in New Hampshire.

Skiing at Franconia Notch State Park

Cannon Mountain is the highest ski area in New Hampshire, taking riders to elevation 4,078 ft (1,243 m). It's also a more affordable option than posh resorts like Bretton Woods. Meanwhile, it can still offer a lot with ten lifts and 95 trails over 282 skiable ac (114 ha).

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