Vermont vs. New Hampshire: New Hampshire Rocks!

Fall Line

"New Hampster?" "New Dumpster?" Joe, this isn't the fourth grade. I was taught in my public school to address the issue, not dance around it with talk about Wal-Marts and NCAA titles. So, I'll get right to the point of why New Hampshire skiing is better than Vermont skiing.

You're right: New Hampshire's mountains are higher and more spectacular. At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeast and, with 3,400 vertical, offers the most challenging skiing east of the Rockies.

True, the weather can be cold, but the snow stays better because of it, and I can attest that Vermont is equally as cold as New Hampshire. My first case of frostbite was at Stowe, even with the wool blankets they handed out.

New Hampshire's ski areas are easier to get to than Vermont's. Scenic Route 93 travels straight up the middle of the state through the mountains. During the winter, Vermont is a maze of icy, frost-heave and pothole-laden roads. But even with its great ski access, the Granite State's slopes are less crowed. Every time I've skied at Killington or Mount Snow, I had to dodge half the state of New York.

New Hampshire skiing is a better value-and there's no sales tax to boot. Take the Threedom Pass: For $249 you can ski Waterville, Cranmore or Loon, Sunday through Friday. Compare that to $1,380 for a season pass at Stowe.

You want to talk Olympic skiers? How about Brooks Dodge, Penny Pitou, Gordie Eaton, Holly Flanders, Terry and Tyler Palmer, mogul skiers Liz McIntyre and Hannah Hardaway, and Bode Miller (who summers in Franconia).

You should get out a little more, Joe. Take your pick from New Hampshire's 16 ski areas before you turn into a real woodchuck and disappear down a hole.

Krista Crabtree, SKI's associate editor, is a native of Hollis, N.H.



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