North Conway, NH named #1 Ski Town in US by USA Today/10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

North Conway, NH named #1 Ski Town in United States by USA Today’s 10Best 2018 Readers’ Choice Travel Awards

Jackson XC and Bretton Woods Ski Resort also take honors in readers polls

North Conway, NH – For the third year in a row, North Conway, NH has been nominated by experts in the ski and travel industry for the Best Ski Town Award in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Today winners were announced, and North Conway, NH came in #2 in North America, yet #1 in the USA for Best Ski Town 2018. Once again North Conway clenched the top place in the United States to enjoy not only skiing but plenty of options for non-skiers too. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation was nominated among the top twenty XC Ski Resorts in the a USA Today/10 Best Readers’ Choice Poll, and also made it to the 2018 list of Top Ten XC Ski Resorts in North America.

Voting in the USA Today/ 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards took place online throughout November and both the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and Jackson Ski Touring Foundation spread the word via newsletters and social media to vote daily. North Conway held the number-one or number-two position for the Best Ski Town throughout most of the voting period serving as a reminder of its enormous appeal to skiers and winter travelers. Only Jasper, in Alberta Canada, beat North Conway among the list of top ski towns in North America. Yet North Conway maintained the #1 position in the USA throughout the voting.

10Best editors asked readers what they thought made the best ski town, writing, “What makes a great ski town? Some would say it’s convenient access to the slopes, for others, maybe it’s the variety of restaurants, bars, shops and accommodations. Yet others might gravitate toward a small town vibe or historic atmosphere.” According to the panel of experts for 10 Best including ski and snowboarding experts Wendy Clinch (, Saxon Farnworth (Snowboard Addiction), Elena Hight, Lyndell Keating (Powderhounds) and Kristen Lummis (, North Conway is a top pick year after year for the Best Ski Town award because offers everything on the list. “Nestled within the scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire, North Conway sits within a half-hour drive of more than a dozen alpine and Nordic ski resorts,” read the listing on the 10Best voting page. “Visitors off the slopes can explore the town’s pastel-hued Victorian architecture oozing New England charm. The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center makes for an excellent rest-day diversion,” finished the listing.

Winners of the 2018 USA Today/10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the Best Ski Town were:

  1. Jasper, Alberta
  2. North Conway, N.H.
  3. Steamboat Springs, Colo.
  4. Taos, N.M.
  5. Whitefish, Mont.
  6. Rossland, B.C.
  7. Park City, Utah
  8. Stowe, Vt.
  9. Breckenridge, Colo.
  10. Nelson, B.C.

For the third year in a row, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation was nominated for the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best XC Ski Resort. And for the third year in a row, Jackson’s XC Center made it to the 2018 10Best Top XC Ski Resorts list. According to 10Best XC ski experts, “The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation operates a Ski Touring Center with some of the East Coast’s most popular groomed and backcountry trails. Skiers glide past quintessential New England sights–covered bridges, quaint villages and steepled churches”. Click here for the complete list of top ten XC Ski Resorts.

In addition, in a different award program, Bretton Woods took the #19 spot among the top favorite ski resorts in the U.S. in the 2018 Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Ski Resorts. Bretton Woods was the only resort in New Hampshire to make the list and one of only two in New England to made it on to this special list.

“Skiers and riders have voted and clearly our little corner of New Hampshire is number one in smart travelers minds as the ideal ski destination. Those in the know realize that not only do we offer 13 ski resorts and XC Centers, but there’s so much more for skiers and non-skiers alike,” commented Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more about planning a ski or ride vacation in Mt Washington Valley, visit To talk to a vacation planner, call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH). Looking for information about winter vacations in New Hampshire? Go to

Photo: North Conway, NH dressed in holiday lights with Cranmore Mountain Resort in the background. Photo by Dan Houde/

2 thoughts on “North Conway, NH named #1 Ski Town in US by USA Today/10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

  • December 16, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    They actually finished 2nd in the voting

    • December 17, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Yes, but 1st place winner is in Canada. So North Conway is #1 in the USA. 🙂


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