In case you missed my recent news, I’m excited to share with you, that as the leaves fall from the trees, and New Hampshire transitions from fall to winter, the Leaf it to Kris blogs and videos will make a transition too. My adventures around the Granite State will continue with Live Free with Kris. I had so much fun traveling around New Hampshire sharing the seasonal sights, and the reality is New Hampshire has some pretty amazing scenery year round! Not to mention the state is packed with outdoor adventures, cool culinary offerings, a whole lot of history, awesome artisans — and I could go on and on! My mission is to share these things with you. So, as they say, out with the old and in with the new.
Speaking of new, let’s talk about the new season ahead: winter! It officially arrives this month, and I’m hoping it comes with lots of snow! (Mother Nature was a little stingy last year). More snow means more ways to get outside and explore all the things that make New Hampshire the perfect backdrop for everything winter.
One really popular winter activity in the Granite State is skiing. (FYI it’s the official state sport). And whether you want to ski or snowboard, go tubing, try a mountain coaster or zipline, New Hampshire resorts offer a whole host of winter fun…a little something for everyone!
There are 19 alpine resorts – located around the state. With miles and miles of trails you’ll find terrain for all ages and abilities, from family friendly to beginner, expert and everything in between. With some of the best snow making capabilities in the Northeast – many are open right now! Check the trail report for the most up-to-date conditions.
While it’s still early in the season, it’s never too early to start saving! Since I tend to get a bit overwhelmed trying to find the best deal, especially when there are so many places to choose from, I thought I’d put these highlights all in one spot. I got the scoop on ways to save on the slopes this season when I caught up with reps from the state’s resorts at the recent Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo.
Attitash: Every Sunday, (non-holidays), ski or ride for $30 after 12 PM.
Black Mountain: Family passport deal: 2 adult & 2 junior lift tickets for $129 midweek or $159 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Bretton Woods: $25 powder & pasta deal: ski or ride from 4-8 on Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy a pasta dinner from Dec 30 – March 11 ( and nightly during holiday periods!)
Cannon Mountain: On Tuesdays & Thursdays (non-holiday) tickets are 2 for $75 or 1 for $49.
Cranmore: For $79 get a ticket for a day of skiing, plus $20 off all subsequent tickets, no restrictions, plus get a free lift ticket after every 7th visit.
Crotched Mountain: Ski and ride on Sundays from 1-5 PM for $29.
Dartmouth Skiway: Adult midweek, non-holiday tickets are $31 and juniors are $26.
Granite Gorge: Get the Saturday Night Gold Pass for $39 and get unlimited skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and rentals, on Saturday nights from 3-8.
Gunstock Mountain Resort: Try the new Flex Pass: for $50 Flex Pass holders get 50% off your purchase of a regularly priced primetime or night ticket.
King Pine Purity Springs Resort: Skiing or snowboarding for four people any Saturday night (or holiday night) from 4-9 PM, for $66.
Loon Moutain: Buy tickets on line, prior to arrival for significant savings!
McIntyre Ski Area : Skiing, Tubing & Snowboarding for $34 per person Saturday nights from 3:30 – 9:00 PM, rentals included.
Mount Sunapee Resort: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday (non-holiday periods) ski and ride for 50% off.
Pats Peak : Pay one price under the lights on Saturday nights: skiing, snowboarding, tubing, rentals, lessons and entertainment $49 beginning Dec 31 through the end of the season.
Ragged Mountain : Learn to ski for free: skiers and snowboarders 7 and up: 3 lessons, lower mountain lift ticket, and rental equipment.
Waterville Valley Resort : Frequent Skier Card: buy the card and your first lift ticket is free, all future lift tickets are $15 off.
Whaleback : Family Pass: a family of up to 5 can ski for $1,050 (2 adults max), plus receive 50% off tickets at Mount Sunapee and Ragged Mountain.
Wildcat Mountain: Every Sunday, (non-holidays), ski or ride for $30 after 12 PM.
There are certainly many other specials happening at different times throughout the season, just click on the links to each indivdual resort for additional insight.
I’m looking forward to sharing other winter activities in the coming weeks and months. Since it’s the holiday season – how about checking out some New Hampshire made holiday gifts? Coming soon: Hot Glass Blowing and how you can do it too! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram too for cool things to see and do.
Don’t want to let you go without introducing you to the folks who are looking forward to welcoming you at their resorts this season. Snapped a few, okay a lot of selfies, while at the Ski & Snowboard Expo.