by: Mark Lang - 9th February 2010

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Terrain, lift & trail system, snow, lodge, views
Lack of steeps, short runs, expensive, far from nightlife

Full review

Bretton Woods gives a consistently very good skiing experience. It's lack of steep terrain and only mid-size vertical (1500') may leave expert skiers wanting, but even they can find the area fun. No major wind problems. The trails keep their snow. Usually more snow than any other ski area in NH. 4 high speed quads so the only significant lift lines are on Massacusetts school vacation weeks. Great glades, even for low intermediates. Not a lot of expert skiers so powder can be found days after a dump. Expert trails offer only short blasts of steeps, but almost all the trails on the mountain have lots of dips and rolls to keep things fun. Moguls: Agassiz and Darby's Drop, otherwise do the glades. The views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential range are spectacular. The free ski valet service is a very nice underused feature. Free hot cider dispensed in the lodge mid-morning. Lift tickets are expensive for NH so look for deals online. The food in the lodge is even more expensive than normal, so bring your lunch. Aprez ski: If the lodge doesn't have entertainment to your liking, have a drink at the grand old Mt. Washington Hotel across the street with its spectacular view at the base of the Presidential range. If you're staying in the North Conway area, the Red Parka Pub in Glen Junction is a popular watering hole with live music on weekends and good food.
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