Four ski resorts & 3 XC Centers open this weekend in Mt Washington Valley, NH!

December 10, 2020

Holiday greetings from Mt Washington Valley, NH!

After last weekend’s storms, great snowmaking weather this week and a few more dustings, it’s really beginning to look like winter in Mt Washington Valley. We netted at least a foot of snow in the northern resorts of Mt Washington Valley from the storm last weekend. Snowmaking has been underway around the clock and will continue as temps allow. This allowed many of the ski resorts to open last weekend and a few of the XC Centers too. While some closed midweek, we are looking at four ski resorts and three XC Centers open this weekend! We’re living up to our designation as the #1 ski town in North America, I guess! Keeping our fingers crossed that precipitation in the mountains will be snow this weekend.

Here’s the report from Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC Centers this week.


Attitash – Opened last weekend, then closed for snowmaking. Re-opening for the season this Saturday, December 12th with only intermediate terrain available on the Bear Peak side at this time. Reservations required. Read mountain safety guidelines here:

Black Mountain – Projected opening day is December 19, 2020. Snowmaking underway as temps allow.

Bretton Woods – Open with 4 trails, 1 glade, 46.5 total acres of skiable terrain. 2 lifts open. Base depths: 8-16”. Snowmaking underway. 1” new snow in the past 24 hours, 3” new snow in the past 48 hours. 20” natural snowfall to date this season.

Cranmore – Closed midweek; will reopen Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th from 9am – 4pm with base depths 12 – 16”. The Tubing Park will also be open both days from 10am – 4pm. All tickets must be purchased online, and quantities are limited.

King Pine – Opening date for the ski area is Friday, December 18th. Opening date for Pine Meadows Tubing Park and Tohko Dome Skating Rink is planned for 12/26 (conditions permitting).

Shawnee Peak – Anticipated opening for Passholders only is December 18th. Day ticket sales: TBA.

Wildcat – Opening for the winter on Friday, December 11th. Snowmaking happening throughout the mountain as temps allow. Reservations required. See ticket and safety procedures here:


Bear Notch Ski Touring – Opening day TBA based upon snowfall.

Bretton Woods Nordic Center – Open with 15 trails (25km), 0 are track set, 14 of 15 trails skate groomed (20km). Base depth: 8”. Recent snowfall: 1”. Total snowfall this season: 20”.

Great Glen Trails Open with 42 km of skiing and snowshoeing trails. 13 km tracked, 15km skate groomed. Average depth: 3”. 13” of snowfall to date. The café, tubing hill, and SnowCoach tours are set to open next weekend, December 19th.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation – Open with 20.6km of trails. 12km groomed, 10km track set. Depth: 4-10”. 6” of new snow in the past 6 days.

Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Preserve – Opening day anticipated for December 26, conditions dependent.

Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation – Opening day TBA, based upon conditions.


Sunrise over Bretton Woods: Taken December 9 by Bretton Woods Ski Resort

Looking Like Winter at Great Glen Trails: Taken December 9 at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center with Wildcat Mountain’s trails in the background.

Glade skier at Bretton Woods: (12/9/20 by : Bretton Woods Ski Resort)

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