Great Conditions At New Hampshire Ski Areas Just In Time For Holidays
Sleigh rides are a must-do for a Bretton Woods holiday. (Bretton Woods)
A cold and snowy start to the holiday season means New Hampshire ski areas have plenty of trails to ski and ride and plenty of fun activities both on and off the slopes. Across the state, ski areas are busy making snow, with many offering top-to-bottom skiing and riding by Christmas.
The early season snowfall has added to snowmaking operations across the state, providing great conditions and ample trail options at the state's ski areas.
Beyond the great conditions, ski areas have planned a wide range of activities to celebrate the holidays and kick off the winter season. If you're looking to get away and spend some time outdoors with friends and family, there's plenty to do at New Hampshires ski areas this holiday season.
Bretton Woods offers a $30 lift ticket for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. Take in live entertainment at the Slopeside Pub every afternoon, Dec. 26 -31. Kids ages 4-12 can also enjoy après ski fun each of these same days with themed après parties.
Celebrate the season at Loon with a Tree Lighting Christmas Eve Service at the Governor Adams Lodge. Dec. 26, keep the Christmas spirit going at the Ugly Sweater Après Party. Loon Mountain celebrates its 50th anniversary this season Dec. 27 with birthday cake outside the Governor Adams Lodge, and on Dec. 31, Loon will host its Bunyans Legendary Nights: New Years Eve Party with music, champagne toast, and hors d'oeuvres.
Active United States military personnel and their dependents, and retired U.S. military personnel ski or ride for free until Dec. 24, as part of King Pine Military Appreciation Days. Ring in the New Year with an evening of skiing, riding, music and fun, complete with torchlight parade and fireworks.
Cranmore is offering frozen online ticket prices for Christmas Day - buy online in advance of the holiday for the best deal. Christmas vacation week, enjoy music in Zip's Pub, family activities, s'mores, C-more appearances, and more. Cranmore is also ringing in the New Year with a holiday-themed Cranapalooza party.
Cannon hosts its Mittersill Project Celebration Dec. 27, including the dedication of the Valar T-bar and a Celebration Party in the Peabody Base Lodge. New Years Eve, Cannon will host a Family Fun Night with torchlight parade and fireworks.
Granite Gorge will kick off COSMIC tubing Dec. 24, and on Dec. 30, begins its season-long weekly Friday Night Special, which includes all you can eat pasta, a beer and two hours of tubing for $25.
Pats Peak will be offering its Pats Peak's POP (Pay One Price) program Dec. 31, which includes skiing/riding, lesson tips and New Year's Eve entertainment for $49. The evening celebrations feature a comedy show, Monte Carlo for raffle prizes, dancing to The McMurphys, tasting stations, party favors, champagne toast and a midnight fireworks display. The evening will offer a number of family-friendly activities.
Gunstock makes it easy for those who love night skiing to spend New Years Eve on the slopes under the lights until 11:30pm. After 3 p.m., anyone with a season pass or primetime lift ticket can enjoy all the festivities. Stick around for the fantastic mountainside fireworks at midnight.
Waterville Valley kicks off its 50th season Dec. 27 with Bruce the Moose Birthday Bash. Dec. 28, enjoy the Starry Nights Celebration with gourmet mountainside dining around a fire inside the Sunnyside Timberlodge, and on Friday and Saturday evenings take a thrilling 2 mile Mountain Taser Ride with the Valley Snow Dogz.
At Mount Sunapee, celebrate New Years "Sunapee style" at Goosefeathers Pub, which will remain open until 8:00 p.m. featuring a DJ playing music. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. on Eggbeater just outside the Pub.