- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 4
- Nightlife 3
Pros: Speedy lifts, glades, beginner trails
Cons: not enough for the expert, expensive food
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2010
I am 15 years old, what most older skiers would call part of the terrain park-loving generation. I visited in mid-March with my parents, who had skied before, but not extensively. We stayed in the Lodge at Bretton Woods, and found no problem with it, as it catered to our needs well, meeting the standard. The internet is not free however. I cannot review the nightlife or the food extensively because each night my mom would cook Chinese noodles for the three of us (we're Chinese).
The base lodge is the type you would find at most other New England resorts, nothing overly fancy, with the normal fare on the ground floor, and the fancier stuff on the second floor. It was mainly just the strap-your-stuff-on-and-hit-the-slopes type lodge, not many people just hanging out in them.
The beginner slopes are some of the best in New England. For starters, the bunny slope is actually two adjacent trails, served by a short quad chair with a small tree-slalom/little bunny glade directly underneath the lift (my parents skiied there most of the time).
The main high-speed quad, the Bethlehem Express Quad, is located directly in front of the base lodge to the side of the Bretton's Wood trail, which is a show-off trail which people skiing down can be seen by everyone in the base lodge. One note about this trail is that it's quite steep for a green trail, and should not be the trail that people just coming off the bunny hill should ski. Instead that type should ski the Big Ben trail to the right. That being said, there are many green trails and blues which should be rated green around the mountain, especially on the main face. Another note is that Bretton Woods states that they have 101 trails. They don't really have 101 trails though. Many of these are traverses, connectors, and glades which are so close together they shouldn't be counted as trails. With those three out of the picture, Bretton Woods actually offers 60 legitimate trails.
Many of the trail markings are also very inaccurate. Joseph's Run (blue) coming off of West Mountain is as steep as Zealand trail (black), the run which cuts below the Rosebrook Summit Quad, just below Bode's Run (probable steepest normal trail). Two Miles Home is also a green until about 80% of the way back, when there is one drop.
If you are an advanced skier, your best bet is the Rosebrook Canyon Glades in between Deception Bowl (black) and Two Miles Home, as well as Bode's Run and MacIntyre's Ride which are adjacent to each other underneath the summit quad. Waumbek on West Mountain offers the longest continuous steep drop in the resort. Beware, if you ski West Mountain, unless you collect enough momentum, you will face a long arduous traverse back to the main area via the Crawford Ridge traverse. When my dad first went to the top, this section took away most of his energy. Some of the other glades are very steep too, such as Devil's Den off Bode's Run, and Inferno and the canyon glades. There are three terrain parks usually in operation on the average day, as the bunny slope terrain park did not exist at my time there. The one on Bretton's Wood offers nice medium sized jumps on a shallow slope to go along with the usual works (box, rails), while the Coo's Caper terrain park offered somewhat large jumps on more steeper terrain. The third terrain park, Wild West, is located in the Peppersass Glade. It's pretty neat, as it has a couple little rails made of wood.
Overall my family had a great time skiing at Bretton Woods. At the beginning I was a low intermediate, but by the end I was probably low expert, meaning on the last day most of the trails started to bore me a little. But a great experience overall.