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Where to Eat, Drink and Ski in the White Mountains


The White Mountains of New Hampshire offer ski enthusiasts some of the best snow and slopes found in America. The majesty of these old mountains, the haunting and primeval beauty of the endless forests, the famous Yankee hospitality and the world-class lodging and amenities make the White Mountains a best-loved destination for ski buffs. There are many places for travelers to find a warm welcome, a roaring fire, hearty food and bracing drink, and a good night’s rest in the White Mountains. Here are a few of the best places for apres-ski.

Ski Attitash – Bartlett, NH

attitash_logoNamed for a local chief of the Abenaki Indians, Mt. Attitash has been a popular ski destination since 1965. The gorgeous and spacious Attitash Mountain Resort is the centerpiece of the mountain. And when skiers aren’t on the slopes or relaxing at the luxurious resort, they can usually be found at the Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub. This pub is famous for its steaks, ribs, impressive beer selections and a jovial, family friendly atmosphere.

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Ski Cranmore – North Conway, NH

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The Cranmore Mountain Resort was opened by a local entrepreneur for the 1937-38 season with only a single tow rope. It’s an understatement to say it has changed a bit since then.

In the summer it’s called Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park. And the place for apres-ski is the Fireplace Martini Lounge at Stonehurst Manor. As the name implies, it’s famous for its fireplace, as well as its martinis, either shaken or stirred.

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 Ski At Wildcat – Jackson/Gorham, NH

With its summit at 4,062 feet, Wildcat Mountain Ski Area offers the longest summit-to-base novice trail in New Hampshire. This ski mountain is very family friendly with plenty to offer the expert skier as well. For socializing after hitting the slopes all day, the Red Fox Bar & Grille is the place to be. It features old-style open fire cooking, spacious dining facilities and a great bar.

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Ski At Bretton Woods – Bretton Woods, NH

Bretton Woods sits at the base of the mighty Mt. Washington: the tallest peak in the Northeast. It offers some of the best scenic beauty and slopes in the nation.

After dark, the action is to be found at the The Cave, located in the incomparable Mt. Washington Resort Hotel. Over a century old, it’s constructed from the natural granite very common to the area, hence the name.

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Ski Black Mountain – Jackson, NH

The Black Mountain Resort offers not only great skiing, but breathtaking scenic trails and horseback adventures. The nightlife will be found at the Margarita Grill, famous for its margaritas and delicious farm-raised organic food.


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Ski Mt. Washington Valley – Intervale, NH

intervale_logoIf you prefer to do your skiing on (more or less) level ground, the best cross-country skiing in the state is at the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation. The miles of scenic trails range through hay fields and forest, and over half of the trails are rated as easy, making it a great choice for the whole family.

The other half will keep the experts on their toes, and maybe their rears. On the weekends, finish your trek at the Stonehurst Manor for hot cocoa and some tasty fondue.

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