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New Hampshire's White Mountains offer excellent skiing areas and resorts a few hours' drive of Boston, Hartford, Montréal, Qu├ębec City, and indeed most of New England.

Dartmouth Skiway, Lyme NH
Dartmouth Skiway,
Lyme NH 

 

New Hampshire's many ski areas are easily accessible from major cities in and near New England. My New Hampshire Ski Map shows here all of them are in relation to major cities.

Surprisingly, ski areas on publicly-owned land predominate in free-enterprise New Hampshire. County and state parks and the White Mountains National Forest hold ski areas operated by private interests, but these areas are owned or controlled by government.

This means that few New Hampshire ski areas are surrounded by condominium developments. Depending on how you look at it, this may be good or bad.

Condos make it easy to stay right at the ski area, which means crowds may be larger, and composed of non-locals, and traffic may be worse.

No condos means that many skiers will be local, within an easy drive of the slopes, going home at dusk.

In any case, New Hampshire has some exceptional skiing, including one opportunity that is unlike anything else in the USA.

Attitash

Small but highly polished, Attitash is easy to ski and easy to like, with lots of lodgings, restaurants and services within easy reach in Bartlett, Jackson and North Conway. More...

The Balsams

Closed for the 2012-2013 ski season while its grand hotel undergoes renovation, this resort hotel near the northern tip of New Hampshire is on a 15,000-acre estate with plenty of downhill and cross-country skiing. More...

Black Mountain

Jackson NH is famous for its cross-country ski trails. Just outside Jackson is a nice small downhill ski resort to satisfy the craving for speed and slope: Black Mountain. More...

Bretton Woods

With dramatic views of Mount Washington from the ski slopes, and one-of-a-kind lodgings and sights nearby, Bretton Woods, famous for the Mount Washington Hotel, is among New Hampshire's most popular ski areas. More...

Cannon Mountain

Massive and lofty enough to be served by an aerial tramway, Cannon Mountain, on the north side of Franconia Notch, allows you to ride up and take a l-o-n-g time skiing down: helicopter skiing without the expensive helicopter. More...

Cranmore

With sunny southwest-facing slopes, Mount Cranmore, right in North Conway NH, gives skiers a l-o-n-g skiing day. When shadow has blanketed other resorts' slopes, people at Cranmore are still skiing in lots of sun. More...

Crotched Mountain

If you're in or near Manchester or Concord, New Hampshire, Crotched Mountain is a convenient and satisfying area for skiing and snowboarding. More...

Dartmouth Skiway

This good small ski area in a narrow, snow-filled valley northeast of Hanover NH, owned by Dartmouth College, yields a satisfying ski & snowboard experience in a family atmosphere. More...

Granite Gorge

This small ski area is located only 5.5 miles northeast of Keene in southwestern New Hampshire. More...

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Built by the WPA near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in 1938, Gunstock values tradition and old-fashioned family skiing, with the emphasis on fun. It's less than two hours' drive from Boston. More...

King Pine

Hidden away in a secluded valley by a New England village on a broad lake, King Pine, south of Conway, is a gem for those who want to get away from big-ski-resort bustle. More...

Loon Mountain

Something for everyone, especially kids, youth and families, from its old steam train to its mountaintop gondola, Loon, in Lincoln, New Hampshire south of Franconia Notch, is one of the state's major ski resorts. More...

McIntyre

A small, fun, kid-friendly area on the outskirts of Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city. More...

  Mount Sunapee Ski Area, NH
  Mt Sunapee NH

Pats Peak

Friendly, appealing, this peak (and it really is a peak), Pat's Peak is only 22 miles (35 km) west of Concord NH, and a short drive from Manchester NH and Boston MA. More...

Ragged Mountain

A pleasant resort near Danbury NH, 37 miles (60 km) northwest of Concord, Ragged has lots of advantages but one disadvantage: it's hard to find if you don't already know where it is. More...

Storrs Hill

A small ski area on the southern outskirts of Lebanon, New Hampshire, owned and operated by the Lebanon Outing Club. More...

Sunapee

Sunapee is a fine state park ski area with sunny slopes and good services 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Concord NH. More...

Tuckerman Ravine

It's a springtime tradition: when the dozens of ski resorts in New England are closing up for the warm months, die-hard skiers make their way to Tuckerman Ravine near Pinkham Notch, south of Gorham NH, for the best late-season skiing in New England. The catch? You must hike up to ski down. More...

Waterville Valley

What happens when an inspired developer gains control of an entire valley and conceives a master plan for its development as a year-round outdoors resort? Waterville Valley, a ski resort with a unified plan and harmonious accomplishment, south of Franconia Notch, north of Lake Winnipesaukee. More...

Whaleback

Small, inexpensive, easy to get to and get around, Whaleback packs a lot of fun into a small space 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Lebanon NH. More...

Wildcat Mountain

In the midst of the White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat Mountain, south of Gorham NH and Pinkham Notch, north of Jackson, is for dedicated skiers who love gazing, as they schuss down the slopes, at enormous snow-capped Mount Washington across the valley. Not a skier? Take a Snow Coach up Mount Washington. More...



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Cannon Mountain Ski Area, Franconia NH

Above, Cannon Mountain Ski Area looms large as you approach from the north.

Below, view to Canada from The Balsams.

The Balsams Ski Area, Dixville Notch NH 

Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Mount Washington dominates the White Mountains skyline approaching from the east.