Resort Guide 2013: #13 Bretton Woods

“The candy store at the top of the mountain was perfect to keep the kids coming back the next day.”
Resort Guide 2013: #13 Bretton Woods
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New Hampshire’s largest ski area (by skiable acreage) is also one of New England’s—perhaps the nation’s—most beautiful. No one goes to Bretton Woods for the adrenaline rush, but not even the most hardcore expert can deny that those “front row views of Mt. Washington” are something truly special (No. 2 for Scenery). And in the foreground is New England’s fanciest ski hotel—the immense, turreted Mt. Washington Hotel, a century-old historic beauty from the White Mountains’ grand-hotel era. With its stately ballroom, formal dining room and lavish common areas, the hotel is a singularly refined slopeside experience. Bretton Woods also happens to be No. 1 in Weather, probably not so much for blue skies as for the sneaky storms that pelt the Presidential Range. (“They get snow when neighbors don’t,” a reader says.) Those storms explain the impressive No. 3 ranking for Snow—the quality of which is further enhanced by great grooming (No. 5). Weaknesses: Value (No. 30) and, as most readers note, Challenge (also No. 30). Mountain managers have worked hard to enhance the latter; readers particularly love the gladed treeskiing runs, even if they’re mostly low-angle. Families love the place too (No. 5 for Family Programs). As one dad says: “The candy store at the top of the mountain was perfect to keep the kids coming back the next day.”

Must Do >> Combine hard-core skiing with hard-core luxury: Spend a day skiing gnarly Cannon Mountain, nearby, then throw on a blazer for drinks in the Conservatory and dinner in the formal dining room.

What's New >> More glades this season: 30 additional acres, serviced by a T-bar, with a fire-warmed log cabin at the top.

Off-Hill Restaurant >> The Mt. Washington Hotel’s dining room is so spectacular, it must be experienced—even with kids, if they’re ready for it. Jackets required for the gents.



A Weekend at Bretton Woods

The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort—a belle dame of the gilded age—awakens for winter, just in time to christen new terrain at the Bretton Woods ski area. Want to impress your 6-year-olds? Take them to a castle for the weekend.

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Bretton Woods

"Great scenery, pleasant runs. The Mount Washington Hotel is extraordinary!"

Resort Guide 2021 Bretton Woods

2021 Resort Guide East - No. 7: Bretton Woods, N.H.

You won’t find crazy steeps at Bretton Woods, but the scenery alone is worth a visit.


Bretton Woods Raises over $30,000 at Ski-a-Thon

All funds raised by the Ski-A-Thon event are used to provide for equipment purchases for year-round activities, for volunteer training and certification expenses and for adaptive program operating costs.

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Details: Bretton Woods

Here are the basics for skiing, staying and dining at Bretton Woods Mountain Resort.

Resort Guide 2013: #20 Attitash

Resort Guide 2013: #20 Attitash

“Good family-friendly hill with a hometown feel.”

Resort Guide 2013: #11 Sugarbush

Resort Guide 2013: #11 Sugarbush

“Authentic, classic Vermont ski experience with a nice blend of modern amenities.”