- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 4
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 1
- Nightlife 4
Pros: Affordable, Friendly, Great terrain for a 1,000 ft Mt
Cons: Lodge is modest
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2011
Black Mountain of New Hampshire
How is it possible that two ski resorts, less than 40 miles apart, could both be called BLACK MOUNTAIN? Mind boggling, but, Black Mountain of New Hampshire and Black Mountain of Maine share more in common than just a name.
Both of these family mountains climb to just over 1,000 feet of vertical from the base chair to the peak. Both feature a little over 40 trails. Both are affordable alternatives to the bigger resorts.
Black Mountain of New Hampshire is situated in a prime location in the Mount Washington Valley. It shares that jewel of a valley with Attitash/Bear Peak, Wildcat Mountain, and the premier Nordic trails of Jackson Village.
Although always affordable, take advantage of the special super deal offered by Black Mountain on Thursdays to those skiers 55 and older. These lucky seniors ski at Black Mountain for $20 which includes.
a lift ticket, a hot breakfast, and a silver coffee mug with the Black Mountain logo emblazoned on the front -- a great package. The choice of lodging for many is the Eagle Mountain House for the great food, the convenience, and the comforts of this expansive historic inn of 96 rooms.
Black Mountain skiers savor the sun-drenched southern exposure of the trails, which offers protection from the wind and a warmth of sun that is the envy of the ski community.
For families of four, two kids and two adults, the Family Passport program at Black Mountain is only $99 midweek and $119 on weekends and school vacations. For the family with ambitious novices, the Blue trails on this mountain are winners. But for those with a taste for thrills, the upper part of this hill will test your muster. The view from the top offers a spectacular gaze of Mount Washington and if you ski to the left you’ll meet the nerve rattling Lostbo Trail -- short, steep, and designed for the mountain goat. A little further down that run you’ll find the aptly named White Knuckle trail if you can stand more excitement. This is a modest mountain with no shortage of extreme descent.
The friendly family atmosphere is pervasive at Black Mountain. The owners live right at the crest of the Mountain and their college-aged son rides the snowgroomer when he’s on break from his studies. You’ll know the staff on a first name basis after just a few short hours on the hill. This is the Cheers of ski resorts.
The lodge and pub at Black Mountain of NH is stoic, but just a few steps from the lift is the antique charm of the Shovel Handle Pub. The Shovel Handle name is a reference to the first rope tow at Black Mountain, 75 years ago -- those early skiers would actually grasp a shovel handle on the makeshift rope tow to ascend the peak. One of the original shovel handles is proudly displayed above the bar at the pub where you can enjoy the local Tuckerman Ale or the microbrew Moat Brown while gazing out at the sunset on the nearby trails.