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Resorts with most challenging terrain and prettiest views in New Hampshire?

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My husband and I are planning a short (5-6 day) ski trip to New Hampshire, since we both have the Peak season Pass which includes Wildcat and Attitash, but live in NY. Are there any other great mountains with challenging terrain and beautiful views that you would recommend?

PS we are not interested in any resort-y ammenities, just the quality and challenge of the trails themselves. We are trying to do our trip on the cheap, so we'll be staying in motels or airbnb's and packing lunch.
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Wildcat has great views of Mount Washington and that should give you what you are looking for.   If conditions are good, Cannon Mountain is great, challenging skiing with great views.    Watch the reports though - with the wind that blows thru Franconia Notch it sometimes scours the loose snow off of the slopes and leaves just icy hard pack.   

 

Mount Sunapee has good views but the skiing isn't at the level of Cannon or Wildcat.     Loon is a good mountain but not known as much for views or its challenging skiing.    Ragged Mountain is a smaller area but can have some great tree skiing when mother nature cooperates.

 

Bottom line is like everything else - if conditions are good you can pretty much go anywhere and find good skiing and views.   If the weather has been "challenging" (like last year) then you have to be more selective.  

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Excellent and accurate comments from Whitey. Wildcat and Attitash are a good combo and fairly close together. You could stay at one location between them, such as Conway/North Conway and divide your whole time skiing both. On a good weather day Wildcat has some of the best views in the East and often has superior snow conditions as well. Black Mtn,NH is also close by. It's smaller, but an interesting, historic, and inexpensive mtn with some challenges. After Wildcat, Cannon is my next favorite in NH and very scenic, but is a little farther away from the others. You could possibly hit it on the way home?
Here are more comments about skiing NH with photos and cheap lodging tips: http://www.epicski.com/a/theres-something-about-skiing-new-hampshire
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May want to consider a day over on Shawnee Peak - nice little mountain with some challenging runs and great views.  Perhaps 35-40 minutes down 302 from Attitash and still considered part of the Mt. Washington valley...

 

Bill

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