Skiing New Hampshire: Attitash Mountain

Plan Ahead:

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: 

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.   

Hotels:

Splurge 

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. 

Moderate

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. 

Budget 

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! 

 

15 Comments
  • Taylor Bush
    Karen
    Posted at 9:55 pm, February 20, 2021 Reply

    I’ve skied a few times at Attitash and it’s a mountain with a very good vibe. They used to have a $17 lift ticket on March 17–St. Patrick’s day. that was fun. What a beautiful day you had with sun.

    • Taylor Bush
      Taylor Bush
      Posted at 3:49 pm, February 21, 2021 Reply

      Oh did not know about St. Patrick’s Day good tip! Thanks!

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    Taylor
    Posted at 7:03 pm, February 20, 2021 Reply

    New Hampshire is one of the only two states I have left to visit on the East Coast. I would love to go skiing there and Attitash looks absolutely amazing. 🙂 Looks like you had a great time!

  • Taylor Bush
    Jamie Sharpe
    Posted at 4:52 pm, February 20, 2021 Reply

    So cool! I usually head straight to Vermont but next trip I’ll aim for NH!

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    Catherine
    Posted at 4:07 pm, February 20, 2021 Reply

    Attitash Mountain looks like such a great skiing spot in New Hampshire. Seems like you had a great time!

  • Taylor Bush
    Julie
    Posted at 1:27 pm, February 14, 2021 Reply

    Looks so beautiful! I’ve never been to NH!

  • Taylor Bush
    Giorgia Cadinu
    Posted at 7:13 am, February 7, 2021 Reply

    A very practical guide for anyone who wants to sky in New Hampshire! Thanks

  • Taylor Bush
    Kay
    Posted at 2:22 am, February 7, 2021 Reply

    Skiing in New Hampshire sounds awesome! Also thank you for the price breakdown for your warm clothes, I’ve been looking for suggestions everywhere that will last and not rip after one ski trip!

  • Taylor Bush
    Kristina B
    Posted at 11:56 pm, February 6, 2021 Reply

    Looks like a great place to ski — only have briefly visited New Hampshire and would love to go back in the winter months.

  • Taylor Bush
    Alex Gore
    Posted at 5:44 pm, February 4, 2021 Reply

    Heard so many beautiful things about this place! Photos look incredible just want to transport myself there ASAP!

  • Taylor Bush
    Krista
    Posted at 2:00 am, February 4, 2021 Reply

    This looks like an ideal place to go skiing – and those views are so pretty as well! I would like to get back into skiing at some point.

  • Taylor Bush
    Becky Alvarado
    Posted at 7:46 pm, February 3, 2021 Reply

    Very informative post! I’ve never skied in the East… may have to take a trip to New Hampshire now thanks to you!

  • Taylor Bush
    Taylor
    Posted at 5:41 pm, February 3, 2021 Reply

    I’m partial to snowboarding but it looks like it was a lovely day besides the wind chill!

  • Taylor Bush
    Em
    Posted at 5:36 pm, February 3, 2021 Reply

    I didn’t know this corner of the country had such lovely ski places! Seems perfect for a newbie like me.

  • Taylor Bush
    Brittany
    Posted at 4:54 pm, February 3, 2021 Reply

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about visiting New Hampshire during the fall and winter! I’m hoping to visit the Northeast this fall, so I’ll definitely have to add this to our itinerary if it snows!

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