Winter in New England offers many distinct places for fun in the snow. One of the best places my family and I have ever gone is Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, New Hampshire. This yearly destination brings our family together for a great weekend on the slopes.
The top reason we choose Cranmore Mountain every year is its beautiful location. As the backdrop of the picturesque vacation town of North Conway, New Hampshire, Cranmore Mountain offers the best of a busy downtown district and the solitude of the mountains. You couldn’t paint a better picture. Every night is the right night to spend some time outside under the stars with a hot cocoa.
Cranmore is located within minutes of the small downtown area that contains many small well known shops. In the center of town, you won’t find many multi-million dollar chain stores. What you will find is locally owned and operated stores run by charming locals. Our personal favorite is Zebs. A fun well lit two story store with a little something for everybody. Old time candy shop, many novelties, and a woodsy nature feel that I have yet to feel in any other store. However, if you’re more into shops that are well known and popular, Cranmore is located just a few miles from the outlet malls, which houses dozens of stores such as Nike, The Gap and more.
Cranmore is one of the smaller mountains in the area. However, its not so small that it takes away from any fun. Although the local Attitash Mountain gets more reviews and seems to be more popular, from our perspective, they offer the same quality slopes. Due to this fact, Cranmore is often less crowded than the more well known spots, but with hills and thrills just the same. It offers over 200 acres of skiing and snowboarding, plus night skiing, and with a summit elevation of 2000 feet. One of favorite ski routes is about a mile long. According to their website, there is 54 trails. And though I can;t speak for every single one of them, I can tell you we have spent hours of great fun on the mountain. And we’ve been lucky, the snow has always been packed nicely, and very seldom have we run into ice snow.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, they also offer a tubing park. The young children will love this. Who am I kidding? The adults will too. One thing we have yet to check out, but look forward to this year is the new Mountain Coaster. Its always great to visit Cranmore because they seem to offer a lot more than just the conventional skiing and snowboarding.
The resort itself also offers a family fitness center, which has a swimming pool. So don;t be afraid that you;re going to miss the gym for a few days. There is one right on site! An Indoor tennis court is also available for the tennis fans, and kids can go play on the indoor climbing walls. We found the prices for all this to be quite friendly on the wallet. And although Cranmore is a relatively cheaper option, it doesn’t show in quality. The quality of service is second to none. The staff has always been very accommodating.
If you;re looking for a family friendly vacation that isn’t;t going to hurt your bank account, check out Cranmore Mountain. We have yet to be disappointed, and we’ve been going for the last 10 years.