Bretton Woods is known as New Hampshire’s largest ski area and very family friendly slopes. The drive from Attitash in Bartlett to Bretton Woods is 20 miles to the northwest. It’s a bit colder and more snow as you head there since the elevation is higher. We found a lot of powder to ski and the runs were fairly wide. As a comparison, blue intermediate runs at Bretton Woods were more like green (easy) at Attitash and black diamonds at Bretton Woods more like blue at Attitash. It was definitely an easier to ski mountain, but we liked it because there were many runs to choose from and you could really enjoy yourself.
The elevation at Bretton Woods is 3,100’ with a 1,500’ vertical drop. There are 76 alpine trails and glades (31% beginner, 41% intermediate, and 28% expert). They have snowmaking capabilities on 95% of their trails. Their hours are 8:30am - 4pm, however, during the peak season they also offer night skiing to 9pm on a few green runs and their terrain park on Friday, Saturday, and holidays. The half pipe and terrain park here is much smaller than Attitash, but gives plenty of opportunity for freestyle skiing or snowboarding. It even has its own lift that goes directly to the top of the terrain park (the B Lift Double Chair). The resort offers six lifts with three of them being high speed quads.
Pricing here varies by weekday and weekend. The ranges for lift tickets are $49 - $57 for adults, $39 - $46 teens, and $29 -$34 juniors (6-12). Make sure to ski here on Wednesdays because they have a two for one special that runs each and every Wednesday. Night skiing is $19 for adults and juniors with a twilight ticket (2pm - 9pm) running $39 for all. Ski rental prices are $28 for adults and teens and $22 for juniors. If you’re interested in snowboarding, it will be $33 regardless of your age.
The base lodge is currently undergoing renovation and expansion but is still open for business. The first part of the expansion was completed in December of 2002 with the remaining due to be finished the Fall of 2003. In addition to expanding the lodge, they are opening more runs with 12 trails and another high-speed quad. There is also future expansion planned to take place on the mountain next door (Mt. Stickney). The lodge offers both indoor and outdoor fireplaces/pits to warm your chilled bones. There is a cafeteria and restaurant indoors with plenty of seating and glove warming machines everywhere for .25/two minutes to get your gloves toasty warm before venturing out in the cold again. The cafeteria offers burgers, fish, pizza, fries, mozzarella sticks, plus other items. For a family of four, we spent $45 for lunch each day.
If you intend to stay in the Bretton Woods area, I suggest checking out the Mount Washington Hotel. It is across the street and a few minutes drive to the slope, and is a large, exquisite, grand hotel. They have plenty of amenities here such as massages ($40 - $70), kids kamp, snow tubing ($5 per hour), indoor swimming pool, ice skating ($5 per hour), and sleigh rides ($45-$70).
This ski resort has received many accolades in magazines and ski reports. Child Magazine rated Bretton Woods in the Top 10 for skiing families. Ski Magazine rated them #1 in the East for weather, #1 in NH for grooming, snow quality, and lifts and #2 in North America for family programs. They have, however, began to add more challenging terrain in recent years in an attempt to appeal to a wider range of skiers.
Something unique about this mountain is the "Top o’ Quad" restaurant serving lunch. Take the Bethlehem Express high speed quad to the top of the mountain for lunch with an out of this world view.
For beginners to intermediate skiers, I highly recommend Bretton Woods. It’s a beautiful area, plenty of ski acreage and pleasant slopes.
Bretton Woods is located on Rt. 302 in Bretton Woods, NH, 603/278-3320.