Mt Washington Valley ski resorts report as much as 26″ of new snow in 7 days

January 21, 2021

Greetings from Mt Washington Valley, NH!

We’re happy to report in with a very upbeat report after as much as 26” of snowfall graced Mt Washington Valley ski resorts and XC Centers over the past week. Bretton Woods has been in the sweet spot for snow, but all of the Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC Centers benefitted from last weekend’s snowstorm and subsequent light snowfall all week with lots of variation from upper to lower elevations. We’re happy to see forecasts for continued light snowfall. We’ll take it all! The skiing and riding in Mt Washington Valley really is primo, with more and more terrain and glades opening all the time. Snowmobilers are happy with snow on the trails, and guided tours and rentals are going gangbusters. From fatbiking to tubing, sleigh rides, dog sledding and SnowCoach tours there’s plenty of outdoor fun for non-skiers – all with beautiful mountain views in the background. Per the recent executive order, all people (not just employees) must wear masks while on Federal lands.

Photo above: Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center skier treated to Presidential Views to celebrate Inauguration Day! Great Glen Trails photo.


Attitash – Offering expanded terrain with 32 groomed trails terrain accessed by 4 lifts. 24” average depth. 4” of new snowfall in the past 4 days. 24” snowfall this season. Snowmaking underway as temps allow.

Black Mountain – New terrain open with access to mid-station. 9 groomed trails open, served by 3 lifts. Terrain from mid-station for intermediate/advanced skiers only. 14”-16” base depth. 9”-12” of new snow in the last 5 days. Expanded snowmaking intended to open additional terrain soon.

Bretton Woods – Open with 45 groomed trails and 13 glades for 286 skiable acres. 5 lifts open today, including the new gondola. Base depths: 18-36”. Snowfall heavy during the recent storm with 4” new snow in the past 72 hours and 22”-26” reported in the last 5 days. 61” natural snowfall to date this season.

Cranmore – Open with 23 groomed trails, 70 acres of skiable terrain including 2 terrain parks. 4 lifts spinning today. Base depth: 12” – 16. 3” of snowfall in the past 5 days. Season total snowfall: 17”. Snowmaking underway on 8 trails. Tubing park open on weekends.

King Pine – More than 80% of terrain is open with 14 trails, all groomed, served by 4 lifts. Base depths: 12”-24” with snowmaking underway to expand terrain. 2” of new snow reported in the past 5 days Season total snowfall: 20”. Tubing Park is closed midweek, open on weekends.

Shawnee Peak – Open with 20 trails (48% groomed) served by 4 lifts. Average base depth: 25”. Snowmaking as temps allow. Mon-Thurs, mountain opens at 11am. Fri at 9am & Sat-Sunday at 8:30am. 5” of new snow in the past 5 days.

Wildcat – Open with expanded terrain on 89% of skiable terrain, skiing and riding on 43 trails today, with 3 lift operating and access for all ability levels. 18” average base depth. 5” of new snow in the past 48 hours, 19” of new snow in the past 7 days for 53” of snowfall this season.


Bear Notch Ski Touring – Trail network is open for Season Pass Holders, plus, an additional 50- day pass holders (by reservation only). 5” of new snowfall in the past 5 days offered the chance to expand terrain. Grooming on Waterfall Trail, Experimental Forest Trail, East Albany Brook Trail, Lower Fields, trail #11 and our scenic and simple Upper and Lower Saco River Trails.

Bretton Woods Nordic Center –23 trails (37 km) open today, 23 trails/37 km skate groomed and 14 trails/20 km track set. Base depth 4”-6”. Fatbiking available on trails. 4” of snowfall in the past 72 hours, 22” reported over the past 7 days. Total snowfall this season: 61”.

Great Glen Trails Open with 45 km trails open, with 16km tracked and 17km skate groomed. 45km of snowshoe trails open. Average depth: 5”- 12”. 10” of snowfall in the past 7 days. 40” of snowfall to date. Snowcoach tours are operating, fat biking trails open, tubing hill open.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation – Open with 90.5km open on 43 trails with 2” of new snow overnight in higher elevations. 35km groomed, 10km track set. Depth: 4”-10”. 2” of new snow overnight, 7” of new snow in the past 7 days.

Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Preserve – 10 km snowshoe trails, 16 km snowshoe trails, last groomed on Jan 17. Conditions are firm & variable. Perfect for fat biking! Some trails/terrain may have thin cover and water crossing trails remain closed.

Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation – Minimal coverage with a 2" base from the January 2nd storm which left about 6" of snow. Some trails in Whitaker Woods were rolled on Monday but no tracks set . Packing has been done on the ball field in Whitaker Woods along with Whitaker Lane, Lower Wellinghurst and the Fat Tire bike loop.


  • Carving turns at Attitash. Photo taken 1/20/21 by
  • Taking advantage of new snow in the glades at Bretton Woods. Photo taken on 1/20/21 by Bretton Woods.
  • A peaceful day on the trails with man’s best friend at Bear Notch Ski Touring. Photo taken on 1/20/21 by

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