Bretton Woods Ski Resort, New Hampshire

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Bretton Woods Ski Resort in Bretton Woods, NH, and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging & webcams. Today, visitors to Bretton Woods Ski Resort enjoy skiing and snowboarding on a vertical drop of 1500ft/457m spread over three mountain peaks, West Mountain, Mt Stickney and the main mountain area […]

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Bretton Woods Ski Resort in Bretton Woods, NH, and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging & webcams. Today, visitors to Bretton Woods Ski Resort enjoy skiing and snowboarding on a vertical drop of 1500ft/457m spread over three mountain peaks, West Mountain, Mt Stickney and the main mountain area of Mt Rosebrook.

The original idea to create a ski area in Carroll County was lead by a group of investors from Philadelphia, PA. The investors chose this location due to the incredible views of Mount Washington and because it was a short distance away from the iconic Mount Washington Hotel. The hotel opened on July 28, 1902, and it was built to reflect a Spanish Renaissance Revival design.

The hotel was the brainchild of Joseph Stickney, who made his fortune in coal and the railroad industry. After experiencing a three-year delay due to regulatory hurdles, Bretton Woods Ski Resort finally opened to the public on Dec 29, 1973, with just eight trails serviced by two double chairs, a T-bar and 30 acres of snowmaking capability. It would be another ten years before Bretton Woods Ski Resort would begin a 17 year run of expansion that contributed to the ski area being ranked as the state of New Hampshire’s largest ski area.

In 1983, Bretton Woods Ski Resort installed a triple chairlift that increased the vertical drop to the present 1500ft/457m and added nine new trails. In 1989, one of the state’s first High-Speed Quads chairlifts, known as the Bethlehem Express, along with three new trails added even more value to the resort. The West Mountain area opened for the 1999-2000 season, and the Mt Rosebrook upper area opened in 2003, and added some much needed black diamond terrain to the ski area, and finally, the Mt Stickney area opened for the 2010-2011 ski and snowboard season.

Over the course of its history, the Bretton Woods Ski Resort has experienced many challenges and different ownership groups, but the one thing that remains the same to this day is that the ski area has maintained a family-friendly atmosphere. Bretton Woods Ski Resort enjoys the distinction of being rated #1 in New Hampshire and based on our visit to the resort, Escape2ski concurs that Bretton Woods Ski Resort deserves this ranking.

On the Slopes

  • Bretton Woods Ski Resort has earned a reputation throughout the ski and snowboard industry for providing terrain that is suitable for all levels of ability. It features 35 gladed trails that are sure to thrill everyone. Make sure to check out the exciting intermediate runs of Coos Caper and Jacob’s Ladder.
  • Coos, Midway and Crawford’s Blaze are three names to remember when looking for the terrain park experience at Bretton Woods Ski Resort. Midway is popular for most skill levels as it comes with small to medium jumps, rails, flat box downs and as a bonus, it is open during night skiing.
  • Bretton Woods also features night skiing. The skies are lit from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Holiday evenings during the winter season where you can enjoy an evening on the slopes under the stars on five trails serviced by two lifts.
  • On mountain dining and shopping are available. The Slopeside Pub and Restaurant located in the base lodge provides a great view of the base area and offers all the usual favorites to get you fuelled up and back on the slopes. And if you forget some essential items, stop by Tree Top Sports located in the base lodge where you will find goggles, gloves, hats, and a complete line of ski and snowboard equipment, plus the all-important souvenirs to remember your visit.
  • Bretton Woods Ski Resort is home to a dedicated team of ski and snowboard professionals who are ready to make your experience on the slopes a memorable one. There are many programs available, such as the Hobbit Ski and Snowboard Programs for the younger ones, as well as, adult, group, and private lessons.

Off the Slopes

  • Bretton Woods Ski Resort does not have any true slope-side accommodations; however, the magnificent Mount Washington Hotel is located only a 5-minute drive from the slopes. There is also accommodation in the nearby towns of Jackson and North Conway.
  • Off mountain dining and shopping exist in the valley below. The Mount Washington Hotel features the Stickney Street shopping experience and dining choices such as the Main Dining Room and Stickney’s Restaurant.
  • Bretton Woods Ski Resort wants parents with young children to have an enjoyable day skiing or snowboarding by themselves. Babes in the Woods is a childcare service for children ages two months to five years and features indoor fun with games, storytelling, craft, and more.
  • A day away from the slopes can be spent enjoying the scenic beauty of the Mount Washington Valley by visiting the Bretton Woods Nordic Center where you can access over 100km of trails. Snowshoeing and Tubing are also an option. Rentals are available. Contact (603) 278-3322 for more info.
  • A complimentary 24-hour shuttle service is available for guests staying at the various properties associated with the ski area. Service can be arranged at the front desk of the hotel for service to Townhouse Properties, the ski area, The Lodge, Bretton Arms Inn and the Mount Washington Hotel.

On the Slopes

Off the Slopes

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1500 ft / 457 m

Base Elevation:
1600 ft / 488 m

Summit Elevation:
3100 ft / 945 m

Skiable Area:
464 acres

Average Snowfall:
200 in / 508 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 97

Beginner: 22 (23%)

Intermediate: 27 (28%)

Advanced: 33 (34%)

Expert: 15 (15%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 3

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: No

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Portland ME, 89mi / 144km

Nearest Major City:
Conway NH, 35mi / 57km

Nearest Town/City:
North Conway NH, 30mi / 48km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 10 to Apr 15

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri, 9:00am to 4:00pm : Sat-Sun, 8:00am to 4:00pm : Night Skiing, 4:00pm to 8:00pm Fri, Sat & Holidays evenings during winter : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: Select Nights

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 10

Express Quad Chairs: 4

Express Triple Chairs: 1

Quad Chairs: 1

Double Chairs: 1

Surface Lifts: 3


Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Portland Intl Jetport  (PWM)
Distance: 89 mi / 144 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Burlington Intl Airport  (BTV)
Distance: 113 mi / 182 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Manchester Boston Regional Airport  (MHT)
Distance: 114 mi / 144 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-888-444-6664

Direct Phone: 603-278-3320

Snow Phone: 603-278-3333

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Resort Map

More Helpful Links

Adaptive Programs

North Conway Guide