Ski Resort Life

Hometown Hills: Cranmore, Vital Stats


Phone (603) 356-5544, Snowphone (603) 356-7070

Information P.O. Box 1640, North Conway, NH 03860;

Lift Ticket Prices Adults (13 and older) $29, children (6-12) $15, children 5 and under ski free.

Vertical Drop 1,200 feet

Base/Summit Elevation Base 500 feet; Summit 1,700 feet

Skiable Terrain 192 acres, 38 trails

Trail Classification 36 percent novice; 45 percent intermediate; 19 percent expert

Lifts Nine: one high-speed quad, one triple chair, three doubles, three surface lifts, one Magic Carpet.

Annual Snowfall 120 inches

When To Go Mt. Cranmore opens in mid-December and closes the first week in April. The best time to go is from January to mid-March. Despite 100 percent snowmaking, Cranmore’s low elevation makes early- and late-season conditions unpredictable, so call ahead.

Getting There From Boston (120 miles) or Providence (165 miles): Take I-95N to Portsmouth, where you take exit 4 to access the Spaulding Turnpike (Rt. 16) to N. Conway; turn right at the light. The area is 1 mile to the east.

Lodging The Yankee Clipper rents rooms from $49-$59, with breakfast coupon for the adjoining Blueberry Muffin (603-356-5736); Prices at the Eastern Slope Inn, located in the middle of the village, range from $90-$115 (800-862-1600); The Buttonwood Inn, 1 mile from the mountain, runs $95-$175, including full breakfast and après-ski snacks (800-258-2625).

Eats Try the Muddy Moose for hamburgers and a fun family atmosphere (603-356-7696); Horsefeathers has been the locals’ favorite for more than 20 years (603-356-6862); Stonehurst Manor offers fine dining in a Victorian mansion (603-356-3113).

Drinks The Cranmore Pub, located at the base of the mountian, is perfect for après-ski; Delaney’s Hole in the Wall is a favorite in North Conway; for music, The Red Parka Pub in Glen has live bands Thursday through Saturday.