The Mount Washington Valley and North Conway region offer an abundance of outdoor activities, attractions, and scenic vistas encompassed by the natural splendor of towering mountain peaks, rambling rivers, bubbling streams, and wildlife in a purely pristine environment. Nowhere else in New England can you experience such diversification, from alpine arctic conditions above treeline on Mount Washington to lake shorelines, hiking trails, and activities for all seasons.
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With 54 trails, 1200 vertical feet, and 200+ acres of terrain, Cranmore Mountain is located in the heart of North Conway and has been entertaining families for over 75 years with fun and festive winter activities. New for this winter is a BR 350 snow groomer and improvements to the snowmaking system to include 45 new high-efficiency tower snowguns. Other recent improvements include replacing the historic East Double Chair with a triple chairlift. For those looking to try something different, the Soaring Eagle Zipline, Mountain Coaster, and Giant Swing operate all winter. Guests can enjoy Cranapalooza, with night skiing, tubing, live music, and a variety of fun family activities every Saturday night and most holiday periods. Visit cranmore.com
Attitash Mountain Resort is more than just a ski area; it is the essence of skiing, snowboarding, and winter lifestyle. With 11 lifts; to include two detachable quads, Attitash Mountain Resort offers 67 trails across two big, inner connected mountains that combine traditional New England runs and challenging terrain with modern, wide-open cruisers suited for all abilities. There are also acres of glades and tree skiing and one of New Hampshire’s original progressive freestyle terrain parks. Visit attitash.com
Wildcat Mountain Ski Area is located on Wildcat Mountain near Jackson, New Hampshire with a vertical drop of 2,112 feet – the second largest in New Hampshire and the ninth-largest in New England.
Wildcat is one of the best-known alpine skiing resorts in New England, with 50 trails on 225 acres, including the nearly 3-mile Polecat Trail — the longest ski trail in New Hampshire. Wildcat Mountain has 1 Summit Quad Chairlift, and 3 Triple Chairlifts. Visit skiwildcat.com
Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring and Cross Country Skiing
Access a diverse selection of terrain spanning over 60 kilometers of trails traveling through riverside hayfields and spruce and hemlock forests. Trails connect the towns of Intervale, Kearsarge, and North Conway offering views of the Saco River and Mount Washington. Services include cross country ski & snowshoe rentals, lessons, and a ski shop. Be sure to check out the 25th Annual Chocolate Festival with chocolate treats available along the trails. mwvskitouring.org
Mount Washington Auto Road: Snow Coach
Winter brings a whole new set of sights and sounds to the Mount Washington Auto Road: the crisp mountain air, the crystal blue skies, the soft crunch of new snow. And, the best way to see them is the one-of-a-kind SnowCoach. A specially constructed all-wheel drive and unique 4-track system allow the 9-passenger SnowCoach to deliver you to the world above treeline for a truly unforgettable experience. For the adventurer in you, the SnowCoach gives you the option to cross country ski, telemark ski or snowshoe down the Auto Road.
Snow Coach tours are approximately 1¼ hours long and depart daily from December through March from Great Glen Trails’ base lodge at the base of Mt. Washington on a first-come, first-served basis. Operating hours are approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (shorter hours 8:30-2:30 early in the season), depending on weather and snow conditions. Visit mtwashingtonautoroad.com
Great Glen Trails
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is New Hampshire’s most family-friendly winter fun headquarters. More than 45 kilometers of trails offers classic and skate X-C skiing, as well as snow tubing and snowshoeing in the heart of winter’s most magnificent setting. Visit greatglentrails.com
SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL
From Rides to attractions and shows, welcome to Storyland … where fairy tales and children stories come to life. Experience 21 family-friendly rides designed for a shared experience, so parents and their children can all ride together. And new for 2014 is the Roar-O-Sarous. The new coaster, designed and built for Story Land’s unique natural setting, will be the only wooden roller coaster of its kind in northern New England. “Roar-O-Saurus” is the major component of Story Land’s new Dinosaur themed section of the park. Visit storylandnh.com
Mount Washington Auto Road
The most spectacular eight miles of driving in New Hampshire can be found in only one place on the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This amazing ride to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak will reveal views that have to be seen to be believed—ridgeline after ridgeline, in an ever-changing show of light, clouds, and colors. The timeless and dramatic beauty of the Presidential Range is yours to enjoy when you drive your own car or take a comfortable, guided tour. NEW this year – ALL guided tours are two hours in length giving you a full hour on top to explore the summit buildings and environment. This ride will leave you with breathtaking memories (and pictures) that will be enjoyed for a lifetime. Visit mtwashingtonautoroad.com
Great Glen Trails
Experience nature and wildlife at its very best – Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is New Hampshire’s most family-friendly summer fun headquarters! Enjoy true quality time with your family while biking, running, or walking on our beautiful trail system, all in the most magnificent setting you can imagine at the base of Mt. Washington, surrounded by the Presidential Range. Join us for one of our many events or just enjoy a picnic by the pond in a field of wildflowers. For something completely different and exciting, try a kayaking experience suited just to your taste and ability…and the Glen View Café offers hearty and delicious food choices with the best views in the state. Visit greatglentrails.com
Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center
The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is an interactive science museum that brings the wonder of the atmosphere right to your fingertips! Explore the science of climate and weather through fun, interactive exhibits like our air cannon, flow tank, and wind room. Plus, meet and interact with the hardy observers living and working in our summit weather station through a twice-daily live video link. Visit mountwashington.org
Conway Scenic Railroad
Enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience as you journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars from our 1874 train station in North Conway Village to either Conway or Bartlett and back again during the winter months with departures at 11:30 and 1:30 Saturday & Sunday. Come spring, summer and fall, travel through Crawford Notch and the mountains. Visit conwayscenicrailroad.com
The beauty of the mountains and the thrill of ascending the Northeast’s highest peak is just as enchanting today as they were in 1869 when Sylvester Marsh opened the world’s first mountain-climbing railroad on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.
Nearly 150 years later, the Mount Washington Cog Railway continues to provide a sense of adventure and history as it carries passengers up a 3-mile-long trestle and the steepest railroad tracks in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. There, visitors can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean. thecog.com
Santa’s Village, located in Jefferson N.H., is a place of dreams and wishes where the North Pole and children’s imaginations come to fruition. As soon as you enter Santa’s Village, you have entered into a world of hopes, wish lists, laughter, and joy for the whole family. Visit santasvillage.com
North Conway Country Club and PGA Golf Course
Established in 1895, North Conway Country Club has provided the best golf experience in Mt Washington Valley for over 100 years. One round on the course speaks for itself…the views of Mt Washington and the Presidential and Moat Ranges will leave you speechless. This classically designed and impeccably maintained 6,600-yard, 18-hole course possess four tee areas, a fully-equipped Pro Shop, Driving Range, chipping and putting greens, public restaurant, and lounge with fantastic views of the course and Moat Range from a large deck.
Oxen Yoke Inn & Motel and North Conway Country Club Golc packages are available, call 800.862.1600 for reservations.