Feb 03, 2021 Skiing New Hampshire: Attitash Mountain
Rental Car VS Uber: If you are flying in from Boston or even into Manchester, NH, it is a 2-3 hour car ride depending on the road conditions for you to travel to Barlett, NH. I would highly suggest getting a rental car.
Lodging: Though this ski resort does have lodging on the property, there are numerous inns for more affordable prices and just as elegant down the road in North Conway, NH (about a 20-30 minute drive). Just like most other mountains, parking is free at Attitash Ski Mountain.
Ski Resort Pass: Most ski resorts offer a season pass that allows the pass holder access to other resorts. Attitash is a part of the Epic Pass by Vail Resorts. The Epic Pass grants unlimited access to 13 different mountains in the Northeast plus numerous others around the U.S depending on pass purchased. One of the benefits of the pass is to get discounted tickets for friends or family up to a certain number of days. Using Sam's Epic Pass, we were able to get lift tickets for only $56 per day as opposed to the normal $89 per day lift ticket price. Due to COVID-19, you cannot purchase tickets at the window in person. You have to to visit Attitash or Epic Pass's website to reserve a day. You can purchase a lift ticket the same day. You just never know if it will be sold out, so it is better to reserve a spot prior.
Ski Rentals: We currently own all of our ski gear, however you can rent skis at the resort in the Adventure Center at the base of the mountain. Ski rentals normally cost around $50 to $75 per day.
What to Pack:
The warmest attire possible. We visited when it was 0-9 degrees Fahrenheit. It was not so much the temperature that made us cold. It was the wind that made it feel -10 degrees, so be prepared. I suggest packing well insulated gloves even hand warmers to place inside the gloves. I know some people hate wearing wool, since it can be itchy, but it really does keep you warm. I love wool, and it has been my go to in New England. Popular brands I do not find itchy are J. Crew, SmartWool, or Athleta, although an investment. Wool keeps you the most comfortable. Make sure you have a cozy beanie or a helmet if you are a first time skier.
Attitash Mountain Resort:
Attitash Mountain Resort is located in Barlett, NH. Has 68 trails and 11 lifts between two mountain peaks which are Attitash Mountain and Bear Peak. 29% of the trails are for beginners. My sister came to visit over the weekend with her boyfriend. The guys could ski, however we practiced on the bunny hills and then spent most of our time on the mountain's Learning Center Trail which is an easy green trail. It was my sister's Alayna's first time skiing. She was not prepared for how hard skiing can be. Especially when you have four-five year olds skiing down the slope looking professional. You think to yourself how hard can it be? Between my sister, Alayna, skiing into the woods and having a couple hilarious falls, we had a pretty good time. I would definitely suggest getting ski lessons. It will make your first day more enjoyable and they will teach you the proper way to ski. By the second day, we went on harder green trails. I have been skiing 3-4 times so far, so I am able to go on some greens but I am still learning lol. Overall, it was a good time lots of laughs. Sam and Alayna's boyfriend were able to ski some blues and blacks. They were not overly icy like most New England mountains. Bear Peak actually had an unusual trail that had human made peaks. It was almost like a terrain park. Unfortunately, a number of blue and black trails were closed due to the limited amount of snow fall this year.
North Conway is rated one of the best ski towns by National Geographic. It is perfect if you want to go to different ski resorts around this town since there are seven located nearby. North Conway is located very close to Attitash ski resort, so we spent time grabbing dinner here. With restaurants, inns, and local shops boosting the streets, you could spend quite some time walking around the town. Also to note it is tax free shopping. There is a outlet center called Settlers Green Outlet Village tons of shopping including Kate Spade, Nike, Columbia, are just to name a few. There are also numerous ski shops if you forgot gear or want to purchase any. Due to limited time we did not get to visit as long as we wanted around the town. It is a gorgeous town with 700,000 acres of protected White Mountain National Forest in the background. We spent thirty minutes taking in a small scenic drive of the beautiful landscape of the White Mountains. I would suggest Kancamagus Highway a 56 mile long scenic trail with multiple scenic points to stop off at if you are wanting to see more of the White Mountains.
North Conway Scenic Railroad:
Conway Scenic Railroad: All aboard this winter wonderland express. During the fall we took a fall foliage scenic train ride on this railroad. You can read all about the fall foliage ride here. The railroad continues to run year round and would be a great alternative if you do not have enough time to drive the Kancamagus highway. The train runs from Saco to Barlett, I can only imagine staying warm with a hot chocolate seeing fresh snow covering the natural landscape. The train departs in a train station built in 1874 in North Conway. If you look passed the Attitash parking lot, you can actually see this train run behind the parking lot overlooking the ski mountains. During Christmas season, a Santa Claus express is offered with an hour long seasonal train ride, and you get to meet Santa. Perfect if you have small kids. Reminder to book ahead of time limited occupancy since covid-19 and is popular day excursion.
StoneHurst Manor: A charming inn located in North Conway. Has stunning White Mountain scenery. Plus, all rates on website include dinner and breakfast as advertised.
Omni Mount Washington Resort: A resort that has everything at your fingertips. Golf courses, zip lining, spa, luxury dining. Cannot go wrong something to do for the whole family. Plus, during winter horse drawn sleigh rides.
Attitash Mountain Village: Centrally located at the base of the Attitash Ski Resort. Meets every outdoor lovers dream on site hiking, kayaking, fishing, ice skating, indoor outdoor pool and hot tub.
Eagle Mountain House and Golf Club: A timeless grand hotel that was built in 1879. Endless year round activities. Offers many packages changing seasonally.
White Trellis Motel: A no frills motel with basic amenties. All rooms are decorated in colonial style.
Green Granite Inn: An updated inn with all amenties. Indoor pool and hot tub available year round. This is a pet friendly inn. With a cozy fireplace in the lobby. Centrally located in the heart of everything in North Conway.
Outfit Details: Here are your essentials. If investing in ski attire I would buy a down filled jacket the warmest you can get on the market. Bought this vintage Larry Levine puffer, it kept me warm all day linked similar. Linked exact mittens they durable and cozy. I suggest one that zips on top. Nice since you can place ski pass in pocket when scanned no need take out. Also included hand warmers that can be placed in mittens to stay extra warm especially when temperatures drop 10 below! Finally, ski pants. I own a pair of the Patagonia ski pants. The closest style to my ski pants are the women's snow guide pants. They are extremely light weight and durable. However, also linked a pair of Northface that are similar. I highly suggest investing in a nice brand for durability and warmth. Plus, the many years you will get use out of this piece. However, if just visiting for a weekend you can always rent gear. I linked exactly fleece leggings I pair underneath so you can stay even warmer. Lastly, I paired the outfit with a black beanie and snowflake scarf to pull the look together!