North Conway named among two ski towns in North America in 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards


Great Glen Trails named among Top 10 Cross Country Resorts in North America

North Conway, NH – Since 2016, North Conway has been nominated by a group of travel experts to the list of top ski towns in North America in USA Today’s /10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Voting has taken place over the past month and the winners were revealed today. Once again, for the fourth year in a row, North Conway has landed a position among the top three ski towns in North America, according to voters. North Conway, NH was named the #2 Best Ski Town in North America, right behind Bethel, Maine.

For the first time ever, three of Mt Washington Valley’s XC Centers were nominated to 10Best’s Best Cross Country Resorts Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 voting list of 20 Nordic Centers, showing clearly that Mt Washington Valley is a favorite among skiers, snowshoers and winter enthusiasts. After voting ended, 10Best Announced that Great Glen Trails made it to the list of 10Best Cross Country Ski Resorts.

“North Conway held the number-one position for the Best Ski Town throughout most of the voting period,” said Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. who followed the leader board throughout the month-long voting period. “Yet, in the end Bethel, Maine got out the vote and inched over North Conway to win the number one spot,” observed Janice Crawford. “We congratulate our neighboring ski town in Maine and are delighted to see two nearby Northern New England ski towns take the #1 and #2 honors in the esteemed USA Today/10 Best list. Bethel and North Conway were the only ski towns in the Northeast to make the top six cut. We think that speaks volumes for the town’s appeal,” finished Crawford. “In addition, we’re thrilled to learn that Great Glen Trails made it to the 10Best Cross Country Resorts list for the first year and was the only Nordic Center in the Northeast to make the list,” added Crawford.

“Since this nomination was carefully made by an expert panel, and the public voted for this honor, you have earned some serious bragging rights!” wrote the Editors from USA Today/10 Best who shared the news with the chamber.

The top ten winners in the 10Best 2019 Best Ski Town category were:

  1. Bethel, Maine
  2. North Conway, New Hampshire
  3. Jasper, Alberta, Canada
  4. Taos, New Mexico
  5. Ogden, Utah
  6. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  7. Stowe, Vermont
  8. Truckee, California
  9. Sandpoint, Idaho
  10. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The top 10 winners in the category Best Cross-Country Ski Resort are as follows:

  1. Devil’s Thumb Ranch – Tabernash, Colo.
  2. Snow Mountain Ranch – Granby, Colo.
  3. Bearskin Lodge and Resort – Grand Marais, Minn.
  4. ABR Trails – Ironwood, Mich.
  5. Stokely Creek Lodge – Goulais River, Ontario
  6. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center – Truckee, Calif.
  7. Breckenridge Nordic Center – Breckenridge, Colo.
  8. Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area – Tahoe City, Calif.
  9. SilverStar Mountain Resort – Vernon, B.C.
  10. Great Glen Trails – Gorham, NH

Nominees for all 10Best categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Twenty or so nominees make it to the voting list, and the top ten are selected for the 10Best list. All voting is digital on the 10Best site.

To see the USA Today/10 Best Ski Town list, click here.

To see the USA Today/10 Best XC Ski Resort list, click here.

For more information about planning a ski trip to Mt Washington Valley’s famous ski towns and XC Centers, visit or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364). To learn more about skiing and visiting New Hampshire, go to

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