Cannon Mountain - Classic New England skiing in a stunning setting
Twisting and turning New England trails, 86 acres of back-country and a vast learning area with no less than 13 runs, Cannon offers skiing and boarding for the entire family.
Experts love the upper mountain and the signature Front Five, and powder days are made for Mittersill’s natural terrain, now served by a double chair, whilst the Tuckerbrook Family Area shows Cannon’s gentle and caring side.
Take the 70-passenger cable-car (known locally as the Aerial Tramway) for dramatic views of Mt Lafayette and Franconia Notch, and soak up some rays on the deck of the Cannonball Pub.
Stay in Lincoln to be only 10 minutes from Cannon as well as close to Loon Mountain.
Take a peek in the New England Ski Museum at the base of the cable car for a glance back at how skiing used to be.
Loon Mountain - Diverse skiing across 3 peaks
Loon Mountain offers terrain for all ages and abilities, from the challenging black diamond steeps on the North side through to the long cruisers over on South Peak, and a gentle top-to-bottom family ski zone leading from Loon Peak all the way back to the base lodge.
Five terrain parks range from the gentle Burton progression Park up to the resort’s signature Loon Mountain Park, whilst the Loon Adventure Centre offers cross-country and snowshoe rentals and tours, ice-skating and indoor climbing wall. The snow-tubing park is a firm family favourite.
New England Disabled Sports offers adaptive skiing from its dedicated two-storey base lodge, with a full range of adaptive equipment and a large crew of trained instructors.
Take the Tote Road Quad to South Peak long groomers, and check out the double-black-diamond Ripsaw if you’re seeking a few thrills.
Waterville Valley - Laid-back, friendly and varied
Waterville Valley boasts one the region’s longest novice runs served by its own high-speed quad chair, with the intermediate terrain of the outer sides of the mountain dissected by a good choice of black-diamond runs down the middle.
Waterville Valley has hosted World Cup competition events, and is renowned as the birthplace of freestyle skiing. Even if you don’t try the Exhibition Terrain Park yourself, it’s a thrill just to watch the freestylers take some air as you head up the White Peaks Express high-speed quad.
The resort also has an excellent array of on-mountain dining options as well as a choice of hotels in the neighbouring village of the same name, nestling a short distance from the base of the mountain.
Warm up on 1½-mile Valley Run before a top-to-bottom cruise down Oblivion and Stillness. Head straight for Lower Bobby’s Run (named after Bobby Kennedy...) for some big bumps.