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Best bet for lingering good snow well into March in New Hampshire's White Mountains?

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Has anybody been to Bretton Woods or Wildcat recently?

 

My father lives in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. (central region) I plan to visit him this coming weekend and we intend to get in one or 2 days of skiing - WOOHOO!

 

It's like an hour 20 to Wildcat Mountain from his house and an hour 50 to Bretton Woods from his house.

 

Unfortunately he doesn't want to be in the car much longer than that, otherwise we could go to northern Vermont where winter conditions may linger longer.

 

Or I could be wrong and maybe these big mountains in New Hampshire are just as good? 

 

I'm just afraid spring time and warmer than winter temperatures with rain is starting to creep in.

 

Are my fears unwarranted?

 

Does good snow conditions hang on in these 2 places well into March?

 

Thanks a lot.

 

PS - I'm an excited beginner that likes to push it a little bit and my father has been inconsistently skiing all his life - probably categorized as a beginner to intermediate.

 

Do you think one mountain would suit us better than the other?

 

Again, thanks a bunch.

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They both typically hold snow well into springtime, so they are good bets for your plan.  Never been to Bretton Woods, supposed to have lots of nice intermediate terrain with excellent grooming.  I've been to Wildcat a number of times and consider it one of my favorite ski areas in the East.  Very scenic, fun, curvy trails, nice long runs.  It has a 3mile+ run called Polecat that is one of the very best green circle runs in the entire US. If you go there pray for a clear day, the views of Mt Washington will blow you away.  Polecat alone would be worth the drive for you guys.  More on NH skiing:

http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1267&mode=headlines

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Thanks a lot James.

 

Which of these two do you think would have the easiest green runs?

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As you can probably tell I'm biased towards Wildcat.  The scenery there feels so Alpine with Mt Wash and Tuckermans Ravine in your face all day just across the valley.  And besides the scenic top to bottom Polecat green circle trail, there is also another long beginner run called Wild Kitten.  Beyond that there are shorter green runs served by their own chairlift down by the base lodge. Trail map for Wildcat:  http://www.skisite.com/images/trailmaps/525-large.jpg

 

Have only driven by BW, have not skied it, but believe you might have as much or more of a selection of green terrain there and it's near the historic Mt Wash Hotel if you want to check that out for some memorable apres ski refreshments - a far more upscale option than the basic skier lodge set-up at Wildcat.  The BW area is also quite scenic and on the opposite side and a few more miles away from Mt Wash than Wildcat.  BW trail map:  http://www.skireport.com/newhampshire/brettonwoods/trailmap_enlarged/?trailmap=208

 

Both areas would make for a nice outing in good weather.

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Thanks a lot James.

 

Which of these two do you think would have the easiest green runs?


Bretton Woods is IMO very flat and wide, and great beginner/intermediate teaching terrain. It has mostly green-like blue carefully groomed trails.

The view of Mt. Washington from BW is nice though, and their tree skiing areas are very easy and great for learning to ski trees, as they are carefully and widely cleared so as to not be intimidating.

The BW lodge is very nice and one of the most resort-like in the White Mountains.

IMO, Wildcat has much more challenging and interesting terrain, a similar nice view of Mt. Washington, and a simple small rustic lodge that is reminiscent of New England skiing in the "old days".

Both areas are very accessible from the Rt. 16 side - not sure what direction you are coming from though. Loon and Waterville Valley are more accessible from the Rt.93 side, stay open well into April, and also offer more challenging terrain than BW. This season the snow base in general is very good all over the White Mountains.
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