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Ski At Attitash Bear Peak

Skiing down the slopes Photo, Bartlett, New Hampshire

Attitash Bear Peak is one ski resort, however two mountains with their own trails and lifts that interconnect by a trail. Between the two, there are a total of 70 trails (45 at Attitash and 25 at Bear Peak) with six lifts at Attitash and three at Bear Peak. During our stay, Attitash only was open with four lifts and 25 - 30 trails open. The season here runs from mid November to mid April with the hours being Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 8am - 4pm. Our stay the first week of April produced snow each and every evening, between 3"-8", providing plenty of fresh snow atop the already 60" base they had.

The vertical drop at Attitash is 1,750’ with the elevation at 2,350’. Trails consist of 20% easiest, 47% more difficult (blue), and 33% most difficult. The green slopes here compare to the blue ones at Bretton Woods down the road. This mountain is more vertical. They have snowmaking capabilities on 98% of their slopes, but annual snowfall averages 142" per year.

Along with the typical ski slopes, in the middle of the mountain is also a new superpipe noted as the longest in New Hampshire. The superpipe is a 500’ inground pipe with its own special grooming machine. There is also a freestyle terrain giving those interested in jumps and tricks plenty of choices with ramp jumps, rail slides, spines, banks, and rollers.

For lift tickets, the pricing is adult $49, teen $44, and juniors $32. Check out their website here for specials such as a $5 savings per ticket by purchasing them online. There was one day they told us of a four for one special that was Internet only. The local video store in North Conway has internet access for .15/minute and any copies for .25/each. It took less than five minutes to get on the website and place the order to get three free lift tickets. Then instead of going to the ticket window at the mountain, you go inside to Guest Services for any Internet orders and they give you your lift tickets there.

At the window they were running an end of season special of $39 per adult instead of the normal $49. To rent skis, pricing is $26 for adults and teens and $19 for juniors with snowboards running $33 for adults and teens and $27 for juniors. If you only rent equipment for one day and decide later you would like to extend your rental, go to the ski rental desk prior to the end of the day and ask to do so because it will save you money instead of renting again the next day. To do this, however, you must take the ski equipment with you. So if you do not have a vehicle it will fit in or anywhere to store the skis, this option may not work for you.

Also by logging onto their website, you can check out their calendar of events. While we were there they put on their Annual Red Parka Pub Regatta. In this event, individuals and teams use whatever items they can to get down the mountain the quickest. We saw kayaks, plastic kiddie pools, and a lot of home made vehicles. Everyone dresses up crazy and has a really good time. The most entertaining was the Flintstone Mobile with Fred driving and Wilma, Barney, and Betty as passengers! They didn’t do very well…their car toppled over!

Over the past eight years, the resort boasts it has spent $35 million to improve and expand the resort and mountain. The lodge at the base of the mountain is nice. They offer a cafeteria, pizza station (get your sodas in the cafeteria and not at this station – they are twice the price here for some reason), and pub. The cafeteria offers grilled cheese, burgers, fried egg sandwiches, fries, onion rings, and other items. To give an idea of price, at the pizza station three slices of pizza and two sodas were $16.

There are plenty of hotels and inns in the area, but if you want to stay "slopeside" you’ll need to reserve space at either the Attitash Mountain Village directly across the street or the Grand Summit Resort and Hotel at the base of Bear Peak. If Bear is closed though, you’ll have to drive over to Attitash.

Attitash is a family friendly mountain that boasts uncrowded slopes and short lift lines with great skiing and riding, fantastic service and snow so good it’s guaranteed! Feel the Attitash experience.

The ski resort can be found on Rt. 302 in Bartlett, NH, 603/374-2368 or 877/677-snow (24 hour snow phone).

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