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Recommendations in N.H.?

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We've decided (maybe unwisely) to ski over Presidents' weekend in Feb. in N.H. We'll be visiting our eldest daughter who lives in Portsmouth area, and who just started skiing last year. In our earlier days of skiing we always opted for Vermont (love Sugarbush, Jay, Smugglers, hate Killington) over N.H., so we have no familiarity with their slopes. I've been reading the pros/cons about Loon, Bretton Woods, Cannon, Waterville, etc. and it seems like how much you like an area depends on your priorities. We are not expert skiers. Hubby and I are admittedly advanced intermediates, I like to cruise the blues. Eldest daughter is a novice skier, but can already do easy blues with no qualms. Middle adult daughter will only use Sled Dogs (I may try to convert her this trip). Son likes to rip with snowboard. We're looking for good grooming, less wind and ice, un Kmart - like crowds, possibly a lesson for me as I like to take advantage of good instruction when available. Where would you recommend and why? Thanks in advance.
P.S.- We'll be praying to the snow gods .
post #2 of 15
I can think of a few recomendations to ski in NH unfortunately they are all in Vermont. LIVE FREE OR DIE!!!!!!!! AARGGHHHHHH
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
I can think of a few recomendations to ski in NH unfortunately they are all in Vermont. LIVE FREE OR DIE!!!!!!!! AARGGHHHHHH
Now, Alfonse, be nice!

I would choose Bretton Woods based on what you've said. It has great beginner terrain for your newbie daughter, decent intermediate terrain, and advanced terrain that isn't scary so you and your husband will probably feel comfortable all over the mountain. Basically, it's a good resort for progressing your skills. Seems like your other two kids will like it too. Bretton has good grooming and better yet, very good snowmaking so they recover well from freezes and thaws. Also, it's larger than the other NH resorts. Loon will be a zoo, so will Waterville and the Mt. Washington Valley, on that weekend. Cannon might be worthy of consideration but I'm not sure whether it is the best choice for your newbie daughter--it depends on whether she has an "adventurous spirit." Perhaps a Cannon regular will see your post and comment on that.

Thatsagirl
post #4 of 15
Ragged might be worth a look also. They have the same sort of mellow terrain as Bretton Woods, just less of it. Usually it is not as crowded as the Waterville, MW valley resorts and its not as spend as Bretton Woods.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by MGM
We are not expert skiers. Hubby and I are admittedly advanced intermediates, I like to cruise the blues. Eldest daughter is a novice skier, but can already do easy blues with no qualms. Middle adult daughter will only use Sled Dogs (I may try to convert her this trip). Son likes to rip with snowboard. We're looking for good grooming, less wind and ice, un Kmart - like crowds, possibly a lesson for me as I like to take advantage of good instruction when available. .
Based on the above...I would recommend Bretton Woods. The entire mountain is blue (event the black runs are more a shade of blue). There are a few dbl black runs but they are, maybe, 100 yds long. You all could easily stay together all day. The snow is consitently good and not as windy as some of the other mtns in the area. The cons are the ticket price and the crowds, the crowds at the base can be horrible... but if you stay on the upper mountain it's not so bad. I cannot comment on the instructors at BW.
post #6 of 15
Bretton Woods sounds good if your budget is strong. Will Mt. Wash valley/N. Conway/Jackson be that mobbed? I was going to suggest a Wildcat/Cranmore/Black combo which would be convenient out of Portsmouth.
post #7 of 15
Might also consider Sunday River from Portsmouth.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
I can think of a few recomendations to ski in NH unfortunately they are all in Vermont. LIVE FREE OR DIE!!!!!!!! AARGGHHHHHH
We've always felt the same way...
post #9 of 15
Well, from Portsmouth I'd say the best place to go hands down is Sunday River. It's in Maine, but will probably be easier to get to that Bretton Woods, Cannon, Loon or most any place else.

It has 8 mountains which spreads the crowd out very well and gives you a wide variety of terrain. The grooming is excellent (if our poor weather continues this will be important).

Loon is too crowded - and has a rough & rude atmosphere. Cannon may well be very icey if the crap winter we're having continues. Bretton Woods is just too tiny - and near the awful shopping center of North Conway (might as well be on the Post Rd. in Jersey).

Bethel, Maine has a nice atmosphere. Check it out here: http://www.sundayriver.com/trailmap.html
post #10 of 15
From Portsmouth, Sunday River! People are mostly spot on about Loon and BrettonW.
post #11 of 15
I like NH very much. Especially when I drive through it on my way to ski in at either Sugarloaf, Maine or Sugarbush, Vermont.

But, Loon is not too bad if you can take the crowds. Bretton Woods is way too expensive for me. I concur that Sunday River may be the best choice from Portsmouth.
post #12 of 15
I hadn't thought of Sunday River because you seemed bent on NH. Definitely go to Sunday River. It seems like it would be a great mountain for all of you. To avoid any crowds, start at Jordan Bowl and work your way across the mountain. (I didn't want to say it before, but NH resorts are often a big letdown for folks used to skiing in VT. : )

Thatsagirl
post #13 of 15

Gunstock

Is Gunstock still around? I have fond memories of skiing there as a kid...
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks, all. So far its looking like Sunday River or Bretton Woods, maybe we could do a day at each. Which area is the most scenic, do you think?
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by MGM
Thanks, all. So far its looking like Sunday River or Bretton Woods, maybe we could do a day at each. Which area is the most scenic, do you think?
Most scenic? No doubt, Bretton Woods because Mt. Washington is right there, in your face, and you have the spectacular Mt. Washington Hotel, one of the grand hotels from the 1800s. Just being in the White Mountains is pretty awe-inspiring.

However, it is also quite beautiful, in a different way, in the Sunday River region.

Thatsagirl
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