Bretton Woods Ski Resort: New Hampshire’s Largest Ski Area


Summit Elevation: 3,100 feet

Vertical Drop: 1,500 feet

Base Elevation: 1,600 feet

Trails and Glades: 98

Skiable Acreage: 464 acres

Snowmaking: 92% of Trails

Average Annual Snowfall: 200+ inches

Season Length: Early-November to Mid-April

Exposure: North/Northeast

Lifts: 10

Uphill Lift Capacity: 14,000 skiers per hour

Always recognized by SKI Magazine as the number 1 in the East for snow, Bretton Woods Ski Resort never disappoints every visitor setting foot and skiing on its terrains.

When planning for a winter holiday and to indulge in skiing, fly to New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods Ski resort! It is on U.S. Route 302 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Bretton Woods, across from the Mount Washington Hotel. The resort features 464 acres of skiable terrain adjacent to the White Mountain National Forest. 92% of the trails have snowmaking as the resort receives an average of over 200 inches (5,100 mm) annually. Visitors are welcome to enjoy skiing and snowboarding on 63 trails and 35 glades and New Hampshire’s only 8-passenger gondola!

The resort includes 10 lifts consisting of four high-speed quads run at a capacity of 14,000 people per hour, food outlets at the main lodge, and, up on the slopes, a restaurant at the top of the Bethlehem Express lift.

See for yourself and experience why it was #1 IN THE EAST for SNOW, GROOMING, and SCENERY. Condé Nast Traveler readers have also chosen the ski resort as the #12 Ski Resort in the WORLD and #6 Ski Resort in the U.S. and Canada!


Airports near Bretton Woods Resort

The resort is near three major airports: Manchester Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in Manchester, NH; Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Portland, ME, and Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston, MA. Most guests arrive by car.

Estimatedtime of travel by car 

Boston, MA – 160 miles at 2.5 hours

New York City – 350 miles at 5.75 hours

Portland, ME – 95 miles at 2 hours

Montreal – 185 miles at 3 hours

Hartford, CT – 240 miles at 4 hours


Wanted to visit the resort in its dry weather? Travel in September, January, and then August are the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Bretton Woods. (Note: “significant precipitation” is defined as 0.1 inches or more.) January has the lowest chance of rain or snow. However, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid-December, averaging 4 days of significant precipitation the week of December 10th.

Snow season

According to weather stations report, March, specifically in the early weeks of the month, has huge amounts of snow in the resort. The best time to ski (if at all) in Bretton Woods is often around February second week when fresh powder is deepest.


For decades, Bretton Woods has been part of many families’ winter holiday, as they always enjoy the slopes. There are all sorts of winter and summer activities that the resort offers. There is an alpine or Nordic Ski School, canopy tour, fly fishing, scenic gondola rides, golf, tennis, mountain biking, rock climbing, and guided hikes.

Guests of all ages can enjoy sleigh rides, skating, snowmobiling, tubing, and more. Visitors looking for relaxation after the whole day fun-filled rides can spend an afternoon in one of the full-service spas in the resort. For the ultimate winter thrill, you can try a Guided Adventure Canopy Tour- a high-flying experience in the trees and above the slopes.

Be aware that several activities require reservations, and lift tickets are available for advanced purchase to save time at the window before a day on the slopes.


Budget hotels and lodging are located around 28km-35km away from the resort. These include Northern Peak Motor Inn, Econo Lodge Inn and Suites, Coos Motor Inn, Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln, and many more.

Mid-range hotels are Carlson’s Lodge at 330 Route 302, Twin Mountain, NH 03595, Carroll Motel & Cottages at 73 Route 3 South, Twin Mountain, NH 03595, Inn At Bowman at 1174 US Route 2, Randolph, NH 03593-5243, and many more. These hotels are about 6km-14km away from the resort.

For guests looking for a much cozy and comfortable accommodation, luxury lodging includes The Townhomes at Bretton Woods, Omni Mount Washington Resort, The Stonehurst Manor, Adair Country Inn & Restaurant, and a lot more. These lodgings are mostly complete with amenities to give you a relaxing and worry-free vacation at the resort.