Bretton Woods

Route 302, Bretton Woods , NH (Driving Directions to Bretton Woods)
Last Updated: 10/20/2016 1:20 AM

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Bretton Woods Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 24 Beginner
  • 28 Intermediate
  • 33 Advanced
  • 16 Expert
Bretton Woods is the largest ski area in New Hampshire. Its skiing and snowboarding area covers 434 acres, 10 lifts, and 101 developed trails and glades. Most of the skiable terrain is an assortment of beginner and intermediate runs. West Mountain has some black and double black diamonds, so advanced skiers or snowboarders will probably want to spend their time ... almost exclusively on that side of the resort. At the base there is a bunny hill and two slightly longer beginner stretches. Bretton Woods has night skiing and riding, alpine racing, four terrain parks, ski and snowboard school, childcare, and on site lodging and dining. During the summer there is a range of activities including a golf course, spa, canopy tours, tennis, fitness, lift-access mountain biking, and more. Read more

Bretton Woods Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Bretton Woods Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 10

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 101

Weekend Hours


Bretton Woods Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

1,600 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,500 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

3,100 ft

Bretton Woods Ski Pictures and Photos

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Bretton Woods Trail Map

Bretton Woods Reviews & Tips (34)

Returned to Bretton Woods after a two-year hiatus and remembered how much I loved it. Not the place to go for a ton of vertical, but the variety is great, the snow quality is top-notch and the amenities can't be beat. My wife and I got out early on a Sunday and had the place to ourselves for the first 2 hours. My advice would be find a lift you like, lap it for an hour or so, and then move to a different mountain area. Check out the Rosebrook Canyon Glades to truly feel like you are the only one(s) on the hill and treat yourself to a drink and a bite across the street at the Mt. Washington Hotel afterwards.
Bretton Woods review written Mar 25 2014 - 02:14 PM
JeffS Advanced Skier
Unreal conditions! Stay far right for untouched glades. Sights are unreal and the conditions are always outstanding. Take sometime to check out the candy store slope side, and enjoy some hot chocolate at the base lodge. Staff is always friendly and professional. Hit it up for some mid week skiing to avoid crowds. Looking forward to my next trip. For a scenic ride take Route 16 north to Route 302 (which runs parallel to the Kancamagus Highway). The mountain has a variety of trails which offer all skill levels appropriate challenges.
Bretton Woods review written Mar 14 2014 - 08:18 AM
DF Intermediate Snowboarder
Many of the glades are excellent for improving skiers like my kids, as the slope is moderate and the trees are not tightly packed in most areas. Great place to get out of the cold wind as well! My wife loved the amenities and features in the main lodge, and I have to say the ski shop carried a great selection of items for skiers.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 27 2014 - 06:37 AM
Lou Advanced Skier
the adaptive ski program was fabulous for my 14 yr old son he loved it and I had not been on skies for over 20 years,and skied along side him which was his goal for the day.great program would recommend it to all
Bretton Woods review written Feb 17 2014 - 07:50 PM
Donna Beginner Skier
Went last Sun, then again in the snowstorm on Mar. 20. SNOW everywhere. No ice, no 'frozen granular'. Just beautiful SNOW everywhere! Perfect conditions. Great trails. Lodge is plenty big enough for all to enjoy. Hoping to head back tomorrow for 1/2 day.
Bretton Woods review written Mar 23 2013 - 08:25 AM
Donna O. Intermediate Skier
Do your best to get first tracks (the lifts open at 8am on weekends) - we essentially had the place to ourselves on a gorgeous bluebird day until 10am. The snow quality was the best I've skied in 2 years (yes, it was the day after they had gotten 10+ inches, but before that storm, they had rain, just like all of the other resorts in NH). Would definitely go again. There is something for everyone - glades, bumps and amazing groomers. The staff are friendly and the resort is very nice. Two thumbs up.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 12 2013 - 02:33 PM
barbj Advanced Skier
Bretton Woods is usually great for nice calm skiing -- that being said - there was NO SNOW! We skied on Saturday, and there was grass in the middle of trails and parts of the green slopes were broken off like a cliff! NOTHING was marked - meaning that you could easily ski over a patch of grass without warning. I would highly recommend going over to Cannon or Waterville Valley instead. They just have more snow!
Bretton Woods review written Feb 05 2013 - 03:51 AM
Grace Intermediate Skier
When it's really cold it's a great time time ski (as long as the winds are calm). Group of 12 of us hit Bretton Woods this past Saturday - 1/25/13. It barely broke into the double-digits all day. While Bretton can get pretty crowded on weekends the cold temps kept most folks away from the slopes which was all the better for us. Bright blue skies, great views of Mt. Washington and perfect trail conditions. We had an awesome day.
Bretton Woods review written Jan 28 2013 - 02:21 PM
janutski Intermediate Skier
This weekend was my first time to Bretton Woods and it didn't disappoint. Snowed 3-4 inches on Friday night and we hit the lifts at 8:30. Conditions were great and the lift lines where short. It was a bit windy and cold, but we were prepared and skied all day. I've never seen so many marked glades before. Check out the new intermediate glades over on Mt. Stickney. For any beginners that wants to try skiing in the woods, its an easy transition because they are all thinned out. I will definitely being going back soon and taking advantage of their ski and stay packages. The Mt. Washington Hotel is an experience all on its own.
Bretton Woods review written Jan 07 2013 - 02:37 PM
djkazlee Intermediate Skier
Sorry for posting this so late, I was there on December 23rd. Hit the glades! there are tons of unmarked glade patches that have just the right amount of trees and powder. the marked glades are also great. I recommend bringing your least tinted goggles, because there are a lot of bumps and little jumps, and you don't want to surprised by them! This was my first time going there, and i had a blast. It's definitely worth the 20 extra minutes on the road to skip Loon.
Bretton Woods review written Dec 31 2012 - 08:48 AM
Seth F Advanced Snowboarder
We had a blast here this week, but that bit about "wind only affecting operations" is a lie. They didn't have the Rosebrook lift running at all, which really takes out at least half of the best trails on the mountain. Everything else about the day was great -- but diamond trails were severely limited because the wind WAS affecting their operations
Bretton Woods review written Dec 29 2012 - 07:27 PM
Kevin Advanced Skier
I have been skiing here since I was 2 years old (29 years ago). It is a great mountain for all levels and always has great snow, short lift lines, beautiful lodge, and a great apres ski. Highly recommend it to all.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 16 2012 - 06:32 PM
nhskier Advanced Skier
Awesome conditions on 1/16/2012. Snow was in great shape and though there were more trails open last year due to a kinder winter season, the team at BW had done a great job opening as much as they did. Can't wait to go again.
Bretton Woods review written Jan 18 2012 - 05:31 PM
pglenshaw Intermediate Snowboarder
We attempt to do an annual trip to Bretton Woods each year with the whole family around the holidays. As mother nature is not cooperating this year, the terrain was limited. However, what was open was well taken care of, despite the overnight rain of 1/1, fast, and it held up very well! We had a blast. The staff was always great as usual. Remember, ice can be your friend, as long as you put adequate knee into the hill! Think snow!
Bretton Woods review written Jan 04 2012 - 02:40 PM
Bruce Advanced Skier
Looking at the trail count online, I was prepared for minimal fun. But my son and I went hard for over four hours and have absolutely no complaints. It was my first visit, and yeah, we wished a lot of those trails we saw from the lifts were open, but we couldn't stop skiing Zealand -- eight, nine times we shot down that one, and it was still in good shape at 1:30 p.m. Can't wait to go back when more trails open up, but even at 23-27 trails, this was a great day!
Bretton Woods review written Dec 29 2011 - 08:00 PM
Kevin Advanced Skier
I went to Bretton woods for the first time last winter and fell in love!! I board around 10 times a year and this became one of my favorite mountains in the first time I was there!! Not only is the the mountain great for skiing and boarding, it has the most beautiful views in the Northeast, with Washington across the street!! I would highly reccomend it to any skiier or boarder at any level...unreal!!
Bretton Woods review written Nov 02 2011 - 10:08 AM
Stephanie Intermediate Snowboarder
I love Bretton Woods - I have always found the staff to be exceptionally friendly and always helpful! I've read alot of people saying that it's too flat - I guess if you are a serious olympic skier, maybe so - but for the upper intermediate/low expert that I am , it's great! Love Bode's Run - love WEst Mountain! Lunch at Top o'Quad is a treat!
Bretton Woods review written Mar 23 2011 - 11:42 AM
WK Intermediate Skier
Bretton Woods consistently has the best snow around. Great views, too, as well as a mellow vibe. Overall most terrain is gentle, and the steeps tend to be short. But if you think this is a boring mountain, you just haven't ventured very far from the pleasant groomers in the middle part of the mountain. There's plenty of challenge and variety if you seek it out - often lots of fresh powder, too. Try Dave's Drop or Sly Fox for short steep pitches, and Darby's Drop and the left (ungroomed) side of Firetower/McIntyres for some nasty bumps. A few narrow chutes will really test your quick turning skills: Jump Turn, Fast Fall, Peombeck Falls, and Inferno, to name a few. Try Devil's Den if you don't mind steeps with a few rocks, stumps, and a cliff thrown in. Some of the glades way off the beaten path are not only challening but magical in their atmosphere: Snowmaker's Gulley, Stickney #4 & 5, and Mr. Moose are a few on the Rosebrook side of the mountain; Maplewoods, John Graves, Cliff's Cliff, and Boundary Line on the Weest Mountain side. And one final tip: When you get off the West Mountain chair, take a 5 minute detour and hike about 50 yards straight back from the top of the chair - you'll come to rocky ledge with a view that will take your breath away. Hope to see you up here!
Bretton Woods review written Mar 16 2011 - 11:45 AM
Peter G Advanced Skier
I agree this place is probably great for families and kids, but my friends and I were quite disappointed with our trip. The "blues" here barely felt like green. Most "black" slopes are very short, not too challenging, and often result in a painful flat traverse later. The glades were definitely the best part and we spent most of our time in them. If you are not a beginner skiier, I would not recommend going here. I think you'll get bored quickly, especially with other ski resorts with more variety available in the area. We went because they seemed to have the best snow conditions last weekend, but I would not go again.
Bretton Woods review written Mar 15 2011 - 02:09 PM
local skiier Intermediate Skier
I was in charge of planning our family ski adventure (15 of us) I picked Bretton Woods due to its varied terrain, something for everyone. The conditions were amazing but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate- 40-60 mph gusts and sleet/rain so no vistas. We had fun anyway. Nice mountain, friendly staff. Food expensive.
Bretton Woods review written Mar 08 2011 - 03:14 AM
Monica Intermediate Skier
Bob beginner and Brandon advanced,it was our first time their and we couldn't ask for a better day of boarding.Nice trails and people were very nice.Found it better on the middle and the left side or the mountain for both of us being different levels of boarding.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 27 2011 - 04:27 PM
Bob & Brandon Advanced Snowboarder
What an amazing day....wonderful atmosphere, friendly faces, and trails for all ability levels. Who needs Killington when there is Bretton Woods!
Bretton Woods review written Feb 20 2011 - 06:03 AM
K&J Intermediate Skier
I enjoyed skiing Bretton Woods with my cousin. Well groomed trails,friendly lift operators,great skiing that took my breath away!Something for everyone no matter what level.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 18 2011 - 04:44 PM
Railnut Dale Intermediate Skier
Bretton Woods is amazing. Best skiing around with wide open slopes and some awesome glade trails. Friendly staff too. One thing to note, bring food with you to the mountain as prices in the restaraunts are crazy.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 15 2011 - 02:40 PM
IrishSkier Intermediate Skier
I really enjoyed this mountain on Sunday. Beyond the great conditions I appreciated the diversity in the terrain. There are great glades in many different formats including some very approachable wide runs with sparse birch and pine to tight and hair raising runs with drops and river crossings that are out of reach without a hike. Best of all you've got great views of MT Washington when the clouds lift. Wicked ;)
Bretton Woods review written Feb 08 2011 - 07:11 PM
dabenda Advanced Skier
Sunday afternoons are 15.00 lift tickets. I went on superbowl sunday figuring nobody would be there. The morning was great but people come out of the woodwork in the afternoon.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 08 2011 - 03:31 PM
larry s Advanced Skier
Last weekend was my first trip to Bretton Woods and it was killer. Best glade skiing I've experienced in NH and the backcountry stuff, while a hike to get there, was great once you got there. I'll definitely go back after a big dump of NE pow.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 08 2011 - 07:12 AM
Maplelog Advanced Skier
Bretton Woods is the best place to go for old-school new england style glades! the backcountry area is amazing!
Bretton Woods review written Feb 07 2011 - 12:56 PM
Regina Advanced Skier
The new Backcountry Glades are amazing, but be prepared for a hike to get there! #3 was the longest and most challenging.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 05 2011 - 06:44 PM
Erik Advanced Skier
GREAT skiing :-) Great trails! Lots of fun.
Bretton Woods review written Feb 01 2011 - 02:48 PM
GS/JS Intermediate Skier
Great time at BWoods - great time all around - great conditions -staff most friendly - great all around - happens all the time when we go there!
Bretton Woods review written Jan 31 2011 - 02:12 PM
DWE Advanced Skier
We love Bretton Woods! It is really great place for families! The conditions were amazing! Varied terrain, not overly challenging though. (which is fine with me) The lodge is great and usually has great Apres Ski on Saturdays!
Bretton Woods review written Jan 30 2011 - 02:10 PM
Kim Intermediate Skier
Love, love Bretton's our home away from home
Bretton Woods review written Jan 11 2011 - 06:07 PM
GT Advanced Skier
I would tell you that you'll find the most gorgeous glades at Bretton Woods for skiers of all levels. Best of all, not too many skiers go in the woods-very peaceful. So why am I telling you this?
Bretton Woods review written Jan 11 2011 - 01:53 PM
PattySki Intermediate Skier

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