A key resort in the history of skiing in New Hampshire, with recent infrastructure improvements including a new quad chair and upgraded base buildings.
It is recommended to have a rental car on a ski holiday in New Hampshire. A range of hotels, condos and inns are found the town of North Conway.
Cranmore today has fifty-four different trails, ranging from classic cruisers or easy glades to winding trails. It is especially popular with families and has a reputation for being sheltered when extreme winter weather occasionally hits the region - staying open when other centres are forced to close completely. Runs of note include Skimiester, a nice windy blue trail which gets steeper towards the end; at which point you have the option to switch on to easier Bandit to Lower Arlberg, or keep going on Bandit and cut over to Lower Hurricane. Tougher runs include Ledges (pretty steep), Middle (a black diamond but not terribly steep), Night skiing is available on Saturday nights as part of the weekly “Cranapalooza” family festival. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Cranmore offers a 10-lane tubing park and boasts a Mountain Coaster, a fun ride for all the family combining the thrills of a toboggan on a fixed track
Cranmore is a great choice for families. Its intimate ski area is very family-friendly, the slopeside lodging means maximum convenience and minimum hassle, the great range of fun snow toys plus the sports facilities and family friendly dining options are also all added bonuses and finally there's plenty more to see and do within a short distance of the resort. An excellent children’s centre operates from the Arlberg Lodge, offering a crèche for children from 6 months, with introductory packages for children to start skiing at ages three to five, and to snowboard at ages five to seven. Penguin Camp then offers full day ski lessons for ages four to seven and Adventure Camp provides ski or snowbaord lessons from eight to fourteen years.
Cranmore offers more than its fair share of dining venues for a resort of its size. Zip’s Pub shares an intimate atmosphere with the cosy Eating House, whilst the main lodge offers Legends Cafeteria, Snowmobile Deli and the Bratskellar. At the summit, the Meister Hut pays homage to ski school founding father Hannes Schneider with a rustic alpine feel. Nearby North Conway has a wide range of restaurants and pubs offering a choice of cuisine. The surrounding North Conway Valley area is a favourite for country inn dining.
Cranmore hosts its popular “Cranapalooza” family party every Saturday. The festivities begin around 2pm with clowns, jugglers and the resort’s mascot C’more the Penguin, and continue into the evening with night-skiing and fireworks. Or you can travel out to the bright lights of North Conway for its extensive range of bars and eateries such as Horsefeathers, Delaney’s and The Muddy Moose, many with live music at the weekend.
The Darkside Terrain Park, served by two lifts, offers 17 acres of chaotic fun. Alternatively for the less experienced park user, the Other Side Park and Mini Pipe are great for those just getting started. Darkside is open for night boarding along with eleven trails and events are staged throughout the season including camps and competitions - check out the special Dark Side section on the resort's website for the latest.