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  Go skiing in the White Mountains at Attitash
 
Go skiing in the White Mountains at Attitash
 

What to Bring

Sunscreen   Lip balm
Sun lotion   Painkiller
Granola bars or
day snacks
  Fanny pack or
backpack
Goggles or serious sunglasses with strap   Helmet (strongly
recommended for all ages)
Snow sports
equipment (can be rented at the
resort)
  Swimsuit, if staying at the Grand
Summit Resort
Groceries, if your condo has a
kitchen and you
prefer to eat in
  Winter sports
clothing –
waterproof jacket, snow pants, wool or sport socks
waterproof gloves, glove straps for
kids
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston: take Route 95 north from
Boston
In Portsmouth NH, take the left lane exit 4 to the Spaulding Turnpike (route 16 north)
Follow route 16 all the way into New
Hampshire to the Mount Washington Valley - Conway Village area
In Conway Village, go through two sets of lights and take a left at the third light,
continuing north on route 16 into Glen, NH
Proceed straight through the light in Glen to route 302 west
Follow Route 302 West 3 miles to the
Attitash Base
Parking is on the left
  Good to know in advance
 
Lifts operation: 8 am - 4 pm

Lift tickets (Sun-Fri/Sat & Holidays) for one day: Adult (19+): $62/$69; Young Adult
(13-18): $48/$54; Junior (6-12) and Senior: $39/$48

Kids under 5 ski for free
Ski rentals (full day): Adult $35, Child $25
Snowboard rentals (full day): Adult $ 35,
Child $25
Holiday periods: 12/25/08 to 1/1/09, 1/17 to 1/19/09, 2/14 to 22/08
Daycare center available for children 6
months to 6 years: full day (7:30 am - 4:30 pm): $65, half-day $40
Tiny Turns instruction program: $74 (1 hour) + $15 rentals
Buddy Bear Kids program (includes pass, clinic, supervision and lunch for full day):
$79 full day, $59 half-day + $15 rentals
Adventure Kids program: $79 full day, $59 half-day + $15 rentals
Adult First Experience Ski or Ride instruction (one day): $85 (includes rentals, lift ticket and clinic)
Adult Three Perfect Turn Clinics (three
days): $155 (includes rentals, lift tickets and clinics)
Attitash has a "snow guarantee". If you are dissatisfied with conditions after one run
and within an hour of lift ticket purchase,
you can return your ticket for a voucher for a future lift ticket
More information on the resort and lodging at www.attitash.com
Accommodations reservations (all
locations): call 800-223-7669 (toll-free)
Information on children programs: 603-374-2677 or perfectturn@attitash.com
Attitash Bear Peak: P.O. Box 308, Bartlett, NH 03812, Tel: 603.374.2368; 24 hr toll-free snowphone: 877-677-SNOW (7669)
  Etiquette
 
Obey the standard ski resort guidelines for courtesy and safety on the slopes
Announce yourself when overtaking
slower skiers
Stay courteous on the slopes, especially
with skiers of different abilities and skill
levels
Ski and ride in control
People ahead on the trails have the right of way
If you stop on the trail, make sure you are in a location that is unobstructed from the
view of oncoming skiers and boarders
Bring back your trash
 
   

ID Card

Overall rating: Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating
Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 2.5 to 3 hours
  Duration: Weekend/ Overnight
  Cost:

From $62 per adult

  Main activity:

Alpine Skiing

 
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Review
 
Attitash offers two linked mountains – Attitash itself and Bear Peak – with a range of terrain for boarders and skiers. Reasonably priced lift tickets combined with a family-friendly atmosphere make it an attractive and accessible destination

A 3-hour drive from Boston takes you to the Attitash/Bear Peak snow sports area in the heart of New Hampshire. In addition to the opportunity of skiing in the Whites, the resort offers reasonably priced lift tickets that reflect the smaller scale and family focus of the place compared to mainstay resorts like Sunday River or Killington : full-day lift ticket prices (Sun-Fri) are free for those under five years, $39 for ages 6-12, $48 for ages 13-18, and $62 for adults. As usual, the resort charges more on Saturdays and holiday periods ($69 for an adult ticket).

The resort offers twelve lifts across two peaks, leading to 70 trails. Two of the lifts are high-speed quads, one regular quad, the rest are triples, doubles and surface lifts.

The trails on Bear Peak offer a vertical drop of 1450 feet, Attitash 1750 feet. Overall, you will find 36% of the trails rated most difficult, 40% more difficult and 24% easier. Bear Peak has several glade areas that are usually opened only after a good season of natural snow. In case the weather isn't cooperating, the resort claims to have 97% coverage of snowmaking. The resort features a 500 foot in-ground Superpipe, open to skiers and snowboarders alike.

The resort has good children's lesson programs (all instruction programs are open until end of March 2009):
Tiny Turns instruction program for kids 3-5
Buddy Bear instruction program for kids 4-6 (half day or full day)
Adventure Kids program for kids 7-12 interested in skiing
Lowriders program for kids 7-12 interested in snowboarding
For kids 13 and older, programs to learn skiing and snowboarding or to improve their skills
For grown-ups, all-inclusive lessons are available for a day or on a multi-day basis for both skiing and snowboarding (see sidebar for details).

There are no dining facilities on the top of the slopes, but the lodge at the base of Attitash offers cafeteria and bar service, and the Grand Summit Hotel at the base of Bear Peak has a coffee shop and a restaurant that opens in the evenings.

The most practical accommodation is the Grand Summit Resort Hotel, which has slopeside access. The village of North Conway is just a few minutes from the ski area. It is a reasonable location for lodging and dining options, conveniently located to Attitash and many other snow sports areas. If your condo has a kitchen, there is a grocery just a few minutes drive from the resort in the direction of North Conway.

There are several great snow sports areas nearby, including Bretton Woods which offers night skiing, tubing and skating, Black Mountain and Wildcat at Jackson, Cranmore with night skiing, tubing and snoeshowing at North Conway, and King Pine at East Madison.

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