Insider’s Guide To Bretton Woods
Stunning views of the Presidential Range dominate the Bretton Woods landscape. (Bretton Woods)
New Hampshire’s largest ski resort, Bretton Woods, often finds itself the lucky recipient of extra snowfall thanks to its location across the valley from the Northeast’s highest peak, Mt. Washington. Bretton Woods is part of the luxurious Omni Mount Washington Resort, and whether you visit for a day or a week, this winter wonderland is sure to please those looking for a mountain retreat.
Trails. It’s easy to get lured onto the big groomers with their pristine corduroy, but be sure to explore the farther reaches of either end of the resort. West Mountain’s Waumbeck offers a nice sustained pitch, and you’ll usually ski right on to the lift until at least mid-morning. On the opposite end of the resort, go retro and ride the Telegraph T-bar for laps in the Mount Stickney Glades before a stop at the Stickney Cabin. To skier's right, the glades get progressively steeper and longer, with even a fun little rock drop on trail #5 if you're feeling daring.
Eat. The “Art of Breakfast” buffet at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel is just that - an edible installation that will appeal to all the senses. Take in the views of the Presidential Range with a mid-mountain lunch stop at Latitude 44. Even if you’re not staying at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, enjoy an après-ski hot toddy and the surreal pinks and purples of the alpenglow from an armchair at the Hotel’s Rosebrook Bar.
Stay. The Omni Mount Washington Hotel is one of New Hampshire’s most recognizable icons, known as a turn-of-the century playground for the rich and famous. Although you don’t need to be an A-lister to stay there now, the accommodating and friendly staff will make feel like one once you’ve arrived.
Play. Bretton Woods offers a full winter wonderland of activities, from kid’s snowmobiling to sleigh rides. Don’t miss the Slopeside Climbing Wall, a 624-square foot indoor playground for an afternoon of adventure.
Travel. Bretton Woods is only two and a half hours from Boston, and most guests arrive by car. But once you’ve parked, make use of the on-call complimentary resort shuttle service to travel around the resort.
Deals. Explore Bretton Woods from the trees and the slopes with the Zip and Ski package for $110. In addition to flying through the forest on the Canopy Tour, you’ll get a lift ticket good for the day before, after or on the day of the tour.