Originally Posted by Ski-Dad
I am in the midst of thinking about our annual family ski trip in March (Mom, Dad and three girls 14-9-6).
I can get a two bedroom condo in North Conway, NH for $250 for a week. I don't know much about the three local hills, but Attitash/Bear Peak looks decent. I also notice that Wildcat seems to make the top 10 east list of many in the top 10 forum. The Wildcat site tells of cheap tickets and relatively inexpensive lessons for the two little uns.I would appreciate your advice on these three hills
. Is there enough at Wildcat for 5 days skiing. Any discounts on tickets available in North Conway?
I take the same trip with my crew every year....and have done many, many day trips to MWV over the years. Unless there is a thaw you should have nice conditions in early March, great time to go.Wildcat
(along with Cannon
) has the best inbounds expert terrain in NH. Fabulous mountain. You would appear to have a diverse crew tho as far as ability and age? Wildcat can prove frustrating for low lvl intermediate skiers, tho there is some nice easy terrain. I'd be cautious there esp with little ones....Attitash
is nice too and also has some good steep stuff, but can get very crowded, partly due to the layout. Bear peak is a nice escape. BTW we usually lodge at the Villager Motel, which is directly across the street from Bear Peak.
Mrs hrstrat57 does not like either Wildcat or Attitash...the family trip picks from the other choices....Cranmore
if 100% open is super, great cruisers...some classic NE trails...a lot of fun. My daughter(now 13) absolutely loves it there...she is a strong skier BTW.
Don't forget 5 other viable options from MWV - Bretton Woods
(a must for you for 1 day at least - BW is cruiserville, and my mrs is a cruiser- I like cruisers too BTW)Sunday River
, Shawnee Peak
, Black Mountain
(cheap family deal, consider only if most terrain open) and little King Pine in Madison.King Pine
is always on our list for a day. Tiny(350vert) but a kid's playground, a place where you can turn em loose without worry and have em come back smiling. For you KP has one of the steepest trails in NH - Pitch Pine. You can do laps
: on Pitch for a day and be ready to tackle most anything else...it will really get you dialed in.....in addition, night skiing at KP is an absolute blast and the lighting is fantastic. Best of all(like Black and Cranmore) it's cheap. My kid's all learned to ski locally at Yawgoo Valley, RI and up north at King Pine. The kid's ski weeks flat out produce high level skiers.....it is a warm and fuzzy place. Kinda like going home for us
There were a couple of threads on MWV last winter that I chimed in on that were real good....I can't remember who the authors were, a search might bring em up.
Feel free to PM me if you want anytime....have a couple other tidbits
: I could share about how we tackle MWV...esp re avoiding of crowds even on the busiest of days...
Everything I mentioned has a good website too....shop around on line.
BW and Cranmore also have night skiing as does nearby Shawnee Peak
Have a great trip!! Maybe we'll see ya on the slopes sometime.
....and of course, YMMV!!!!