Family time at Cranmore. (Cranmore)
As Cranmore celebrates its 80th anniversary in the historic ski town of North Conway, New Hampshire, skiers and riders can also enjoy the perks of the present day, including everything from new onsite lodging to a vibrant economy that embraces skiing as the state’s official sport.
“The New Hampshire ski industry has been an important part of New Hampshire winter tourism since the mid-1930s when skiing first came to the region,” Cranmore President and General Manager Ben Wilcox said at the recent Granite State Ski Cup, where state officials and resort general managers were invited to join in some friendly competition on the slopes.
“Cranmore hosts over 800 local school children each week, working with the Eastern Slope Ski Club and local elementary schools. This program started back in the mid 30s as a way to introduce local kids to skiing and outdoor recreation in winter. Ski areas opening over the last 80 years have had a similar affect on guests visiting the region, as winter is now a vibrant time to visit New Hampshire. Cranmore is especially proud of promoting winter recreation as we celebrate 80 years of skiing,” Wilcox added.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, former CEO of nearby Waterville Valley, noted the indirect economic value of the ski industry across the state and pointed to their efforts to drive and retain the ski resort workforce that sustains the industry.
The first phase of a $50 million redevelopment, Kearsarge Brook Condominiums, will expand guest services and bring onsite lodging to the base of the mountain. When completed, the six-phase plan will bring six new buildings, 106 year-round residences and 45,000 square feet of new day lodge space to the resort.
Phase One of Kearsarge Brook was completed last fall. “In addition to ownership, we have a rental program, so we have lodging on site now, which is completely new for Cranmore,” Cranmore’s Megan Penny told SnoCountry.com. A pool facility for owners will probably be complete within the next month.
“Night skiing goes hand in hand with Kearsarge Brook - having people staying on site, guests can take advantage of amenities like the pub and night skiing,” Penny told us. Night skiing lasts now until 8pm on Saturday nights, plus daily during holiday periods. With the newly expanded night skiing hours, Zip’s Pub and Grill will extend its hours as well, serving later into the evening.