NY Ski Magazine: New Hampshire’s Whites

I’m a variety freak — someone who loves to mix it up and visit as many ski areas as possible, sometimes in pretty out-of-the-way places.  Still I had only made it up to northern New Hampshire’s White Mountain’s two times over the past 12 years. It wasn’t due to a lack of desire, but more a question of geography.

view of NH White Mountains

If New Yorkers are going to cross the Hudson for anything, the obvious choice is to head to Vermont, particularly the Big 5 in the northern Green Mountains: Jay, Stowe, Smugglers Notch, Sugarbush, and Mad River Glen. They get the most snow in the East and have what many would call the best terrain.

But after a whirlwind visit last March in which I hit all four ski areas in the Whites, there’s no question that the region deserves a closer look from Empire State skiers. Each of the mountains has a distinctive personality — Cannon is, as Harv called it, the quintessential “Man vs. Mountain” ski area; Attitash is a surprisingly interesting all-arounder; Wildcat offers truly classic New England terrain with value-added views of Mount Washington; and Bretton Woods is great for families.

Add to that cute New England towns, covered bridges, welcoming locals, stunning scenery, and fine food, and you have a destination region that’s worth an additional hour of drive time. Please read:

NY Ski Magazine’s
Wandering Skis: The White Mountains

NY Ski Area Profiles: Authors Wanted

ny ski areasLast spring we introduced the NY Ski Directory. It’s designed to be a resource for skiers looking for information on all the ski areas in New York. It was our intention to provide a current trail map, basic statistics and an insider’s rundown on each resort.

The Nordic Directory is close to being complete.  Through a joint venture between NYSkiBlog and Oxygen Fed Sport each entry includes all three components: trail map, statistics and a profile on each of the nordic ski areas included.

The Alpine Directory includes trail maps and basic statistics.  Now it’s time for the real work.  It’s our goal to publish a 300-500 word overview of each lift-served area in New York. We’d like your help.

We’re looking for mountain insiders, locals, passholders or others in the know to help us fill out the directory’s profile section with an unvarnished description of each ski mountain.  A straightforward look at each area including pros and cons — an informative overview to educate skiers unfamiliar with terrain, amenities, local culture and whatever else is important.

We’ve written the profile of Gore Mountain as an example of the kind of information we’d like to provide in the directory.

If your interested in helping, please let us know which ski area you’d like to help with in the comments below. As an incentive we’ll provide a link back to your website, or a high quality NYSkiBlog Diecut Sticker for your skis. Or you can do it for purely for the love of the skiing in New York.