Kids With No Access to Skiing Can Now Find it At This Tiny New Hampshire Hill
Close to the Vermont-N.H. border, nonprofit Whaleback Mountain continues to do whatever it takes to keep the sport accessible to its youngest community members.
When the nonprofit board of Whaleback Mountain, N.H., applied for a Share Winter Foundation grant, they did so with one overarching goal: to stay exactly who they are. That mission—focusing on being their best rather than aiming for expansions or to take on the big hills—may be exactly why Whaleback was chosen as a grant designee this year.
“Whaleback is creating the type of experience that builds lifelong skiers and riders,” Constance Beverley, Share Winter’s CEO, says. “And they’re doing it on a dime.”
Whaleback is a steep yet cozy-sized ski area that juts up almost directly from the curb of the state’s famed “Ski 93” highway. Founded by Olympic Nordic ski jumper Ernie Dion in the mid-1950s, its 700-foot vertical and 85 acres have been reborn a handful of times, closing at times for years, and always, while closed, missed by its core clients: Local families who may not be able to afford skiing and riding otherwise.