Jay Peak in VT has a big indoor waterpark. There is no town there. But the waterpark will be
FULL of fun... and humanity. It's a haul from Boston, but a beautiful drive. Here you go:
Bretton Woods is flat, as in .... FLAT. It's groomers are very very easy to ski. Its glades
come in different flavors. There are very very easy glades, medium glades, genuinely tight
trees, and even a few goat paths with a luge line down the windy middle. But all the glades
are short. Because the whole place is flat. Nice hotel across the street. Here's the lobby:
Here's the view of Mt. Washington Hotel:
Or if that kind of elegance does not tickle your fancy, you could stay at the Appalacian
Mountain Club's Crawford Notch Lodge, which is also near Bretton Woods, on the same
road as this antique monster. Here it is:
North Conway, to the east of Bretton Woods, is a classic New England ski town.
There are shops, motels, inns, restaurants, bars, and all kinds of things to do there.
There are numerous places to ski within driving distance, thus the local color.
North Conway's Red Jacket Inn has an indoor water park:
You could stay there and ski WildCat. Wildcat would give you a flavor of old New England,
with narrow twisty-windy trails. Skiing WildCat with the family and staying in North Conway
would give you a real New England experience. You could go across the street from
Wildcat and eat supper family style at the Appalacian Mountain Club's lodge. They serve
a meal there 365 days a year. Winter Hikers will be your table mates. They will have
great stories to tell. Here's Wildcat's base lodge.
Here's dinner in the the AMC lodge across the street from Wildcat:
Hey, if you really want to make it a unique experience, you could put the family up at the Joe
Dodge Lodge, part of the AMC complex. People who do winter climbing and hiking are a
fun bunch. You'd be with them, at affordable rates.
Here's what some of those winter hikers will have just gone up to (Tuckerman Ravine):
Which, by the way, you can see from the summit of WildCat:
OK, I'm on a roll. In Jackon, NH, there's plenty of local New England color. You'll get to
drive through this:
And you can stay here in Jackson, the Eagle Mountain House:
I guess my point is that if you are coming to NE to ski, don't try to match your experiences
on the mountains out west. It's ain't gonna happen. Enjoy what we have to offer, and
do your best to avoid the awful crowds by going to out-of-the-way colorful places. And thanks
for giving me this excuse to get my head back into winter.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 9/22/16 at 6:09pm