Despite the sub-zero temperatures this weekend in New England, I needed to ski. I had yet to ski in 2009, so the car was turned north and the cold was braved. A friend suggested that I head up to Bretton Woods, and I wasn’t disappointed when I got there.
Throughout the day there were nearly no lift lines, incredible snow quality, and gorgeous views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range. The only thing that Bretton Woods was lacking was steep, difficult terrain. To make up for this, glades are scattered all over the mountain creating a different kind of challenge. And when we had to escape the negative temperatures, the base lodge was quite inviting with plenty of seats around the fireplaces and pretty good food.
It’s clear that Bretton Woods is geared towards family skiing. The mellow terrain combined with award winning family programs, lodging, and grooming make it a perfect place for families to take a weekend trip or longer to teach their kids to ski. And for the big kids who already know how to ski it’s not a bad place to start the season off.
At the end of the day we decided to head inside and see what they had in store for apres. Being a family mountain, it was a little more tame than, say, the Caboose at Killington, but they still had it going. The Bud Light Girls were walking around, they had some live music, a free buffet of vegetables, cheese, and dips, and plenty of drinks flowing.
So all in all, Bretton Woods was a great place to kick off the 2009 ski season. Good terrain, fantastic snow, no lift lines, and great amenities. And they have a a pretty good deal in place for this season – stay at the resort and ski for free. Check it out at Mount Washington Resort.