Skiers & riders find up to nearly 50″ of natural snowfall at Mt Washington Valley, NH ski resorts

Greetings from Mt Washington Valley!

Mother Nature has been making up for a lost season last year. Throughout the week it’s been snowing on and off in Mt Washington Valley, and we just got word and photos about another snow squall covering King Pine Ski Area this morning. Add that to snow guns blasting, and we’re already looking at mid-winter conditions at the Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC Centers. Attitash, Shawnee Peak, and King Pine all open this weekend for the season with top to bottom skiing, joining Bretton Woods, Cranmore, Black Mountain and Wildcat, already open and skiing on up to 48” of natural snowfall for the season. An amazing ski season is underway in Mt Washington Valley.

Snowboarder at Bretton Woods catches some air on 12/14/16. Bretton Woods/Omni Mt Washington Resort photo.

Here’s the update on snow conditions and anticipated opening dates from Mt Washington Valley today, Thursday, December 15, 2016:

Attitash – Attitash Mountain Resort will kick off the 52nd winter season on Friday, December 16, 2016 with both Attitash and Bear Peak, open with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on over 100 acres, accessible by 6 different lifts. Options for all abilities will be available.

Black Mountain – Re-opening on Saturday, Dec 17 with 4 trails, 2 lifts and approximately 30 acres open, and base depth of 12”-24”.

Bretton Woods – Open daily and skiing on 32 trails, 4 lifts (181 acres). Base depth: 12”-36”. 6” of new snow in the past 24 hours. Snowfall in season to date: 40”. Once again Skiable terrain more than doubled this week!

Cranmore – Open daily and skiing on 12 trails, 3 lifts (41 acres) , with abase depths of 12”-18” . 7”- 10” of new snowfall in the past 3 days.

King Pine – The 2016-17 ski season kicks off on Friday, December 16, 2016 with significant terrain open and $20 tickets. 100% of terrain anticipated to be open by Christmas. Snowmaking underway and 6+” of new snow fell this week.

Shawnee Peak – Anticipated opening: Saturday, December 17, 2016 with base depths of 2”-12”. Snowmaking underway as temps allow.

Wildcat– Open and skiing on 33 trails (10 groomed), 1 lift. (148 skiable acres). Base depth: 18”-48”. 14” of snowfall in past 7 days, 48” of snowfall for the season to date. Skiable terrain quadrupled over the past week!

The XC Ski Centers in Mt Washington Valley are all anticipating opening in December with opening dates totally dependent on weather.

Bear Notch Ski Touring – Open for complimentary classic skiing (ungroomed) in the Upper Meadow.

Bretton Woods Nordic Center – Open daily and skiing on 25 trails/44km 25 trails skate groomed, 5 trails track set. Base depth 6”-8”. Snowfall within the last 24 hours: 10” Snowfall to date: 40”.

Great Glen Trails – Open with 20 km of skate groomed trails, 15km tracked. Average base depth 4”. 2” of new snow in the past 24 hours; 14” of snowfall to date. SnowCoach is running.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation – Open for skiing on 23 trails, 52km tracked and skate groomed. 18 trails open for snowshoeing. Base depth: 6”-8”. 15” of snowfall reported to date.

Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring – Anticipated opening: Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve – Scheduled to open on December 26, 2016.

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