Intermediate and advanced Heaven

by: alanmoroney - Jan 20, 2011

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: Setting, service, snow, hire-equipment, scenery, groomed slopes, ungroomed slopes, instruction

    Cons: Not much for Experts

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2010


Full review

Perfect skiing for intermediates to advanced (maybe experts should head for Cannon as they apparently have steeper and icier slopes).

The resort service was amazing when I went, not all slopes open, but enough for every level, including the artificial start to Bode's (Miler) run, which was a pure ice almost vertical drop (I did not do it - maybe a week with Herb and I could dream on!).

This must be one of the few resorts where good intermediates can happily ski an ungroomed run (several) that is challenging but will not leave you with broken bones.

I asked the very friendly ski school how many where booked for the afternoon group lessons, they told me no-one and if you book you'll be the only one in your group, which was true - so I booked the all-in life pass, ski hire (quality equipment, they even suggested longer skis than I asked for as on this day there was a lot of powder and said that on a colder day they'd have suggested shorter) and an amazing lesson with Herb. A week of lessons at this standard would have seen me jump a whole level in ability.

There was an amzing variety of slopes, all long, with perfect powder on some, groomed hard pack on others and well-marked un-groomed slopes with a mix of powder and ice, but still manageable by non-experts.

Check the deals available at omni hotels, especially for the Bretton Arms Inn- (you posh it up at the Mount Washington Hotel and booze all you like at the super friendly and casual Fabyan's Arms thanks to the all-night shuttle.

It's a perfect place to go with a non-skier, as they can hang-out in the top-rate ski lodge, and if they get bored, ask someone to call the shuttle to take them to the hotel resort.

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