160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield , NH (Driving Directions to Whaleback)
Last Updated: 10/26/2016 1:06 AM

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Whaleback Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 7 Beginner
  • 12 Intermediate
  • 7 Advanced
  • 4 Expert
A New England family tradition since 1955, Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, NH, offers terrain for everyone – cruisers, steeps, glades, 2 terrain parks, and learning area with magic carpet and rope tow. The 2-person chairlift is vintage Poma and the cozy Pub is a great way to finish the day. Most of the mountain is lighted for night ... riding and skiing to carry you into an evening of fun. We put great pride in our mountain school, so our lessons are topnotch, whether you are a beginner or want to go to the next level. Our prices making skiing & riding affordable for all families! Read more

Whaleback 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.

Whaleback Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 3

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 33

Weekend Hours


Whaleback Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

1,100 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

700 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

1,800 ft

Whaleback Ski Pictures and Photos

Whaleback Logo
Whaleback Trail Map

Whaleback Reviews & Tips (25)

I skied Whaleback on 2/16/14. We were lucky in that conditions were perfect and all runs were open. We enjoyed the old style ungroomed New England expert trails. Got about 20 runs even with the slow chairlift. Left with my legs fairly tired. Nice uncrowded base lodge. The price was right. I have skied most every ski area in North America. I recommend this small family style mountain.
Whaleback review written Feb 18 2014 - 05:49 PM
BOB STOKER Advanced Skier
This is NOT a mountain for beginners. I went on 2/12/12 and most of the green trails were closed due to the freezing temp and icy trails. It was only my second time skiing and it was very intimidating. At one point, I was contemplating just sliding down the mountain on my butt rather than collide into the trees on either side of the trail on skis. Like everyone else mentioned, the hill off the chair lift is VERY steep and for anyone not expecting it, it is an unpleasant surprise. I went down the only green that was open (#3 DORSAL connecting to #8 SPOUT and #5 SCRIMSHAW). This trail is in between other blue and black trails and was VERY steep for a green. Going down #3 was pretty narrow and could easily be classified as a blue. The other skiers I went with had a great time since they were more experienced. ***I would recommend the mountain to experienced skiers and snowboarders but NOT newbies unless they want the challenge**** The instructors were great and since there weren't many people at the mountain, my friends got a private lesson for the price of a class!
Whaleback review written Feb 14 2012 - 02:49 PM
Jolie Beginner Skier
The very best mountain for everyone!
Whaleback review written Feb 02 2012 - 09:59 PM
Paco J Javy Jr Advanced Skier
Came back from my first time at Whaleback on 3/12/11. Only 1/2 the lifts were open, but I can't blame them because the season was ending and they had a bunch of trees go down from freezing rain. The trails are good for intermediate/advanced but I would not recommend for beginners. My gf has been snowboarding about 5x and she got stuck on the chairlift because she was afraid of the steep drop :) She did make it down the rest of the day after she got used to the steepness. The people at the resort are great. All the workers were super friendly and the chair lift operator slowed the lift down whenever he saw us. Food was very reasonably priced at $5 for a cheeseburger, fries, and soda! Other mountains charge more the double that. Fun little mountain and great prices. I'd recommend this mountain for snowboarders that are comfortable on greens and ready to step up to blues.
Whaleback review written Mar 14 2011 - 02:28 PM
HM Intermediate Snowboarder
I skied on 2/26 and I had a fun time. I will agree with other posters and say that Whaleback is more advanced than you might expect. The lines were short and the staff was nice. For $20 it was a bargain and worth a trip. Conditions were good since we received a dumping of snow the night before.
Whaleback review written Feb 28 2011 - 06:47 PM
Mike Advanced Skier
Somewhat disappointed with my first trip to Whaleback with my young kids on the 26th. It's only February and they're not making snow on the bare lift line black runs, and overall less than half the runs were open. Probably best, since they seem to have understated the difficulty levels. The "easiest way down" would be intimidating for novice skiers - if they survive the sheer icy drop from the lift! Many of the narrower runs were icy and difficult to navigate, which left the wide blue runs to the left of the lift. These were great until 4pm when the race team arrived. So now, the only way down (except Ivory Run) for a plowing beginner was via the Spout which was overrun by teenagers thundering past and through. Thankfully we aren't beginners and had had a reasonable 3 hours up to that point and had only paid $17 each, but that overcrowded run was the deal breaker. It would have been a better day if the resort had opened earlier than 1pm. On the up side, the lift staff were super friendly, and the lodge staff were most helpful. Big, big tip is call ahead to see what percentage of runs are open.
Whaleback review written Feb 27 2011 - 11:17 PM
Clara Advanced Skier
Really hard packed and icy this week! Difficult to get off the chairlift. Green-circle "Ivory Run" was extremely fast, way too much for a beginner, although after couple runs I got a bit more confident. Still way too difficult though. No lines, which was nice, and comfy lodge, easy access.
Whaleback review written Feb 24 2011 - 10:32 AM
Jesse Beginner Snowboarder
I've been skiing with my family at Whaleback since it reopened 5 or so years ago. This is a great little mountain if you know what to expect. Many of the comments here are accurate: steep dropoff at top of lift, rarely a line, family atmosphere, good prices, crowded during race days (think "Caddie Day" from Caddieshack). My biggest complaint is that I can't rest my skis on the footrest of chairs. Trails have adequate variety (love the final stretch of Spout), though I always wish more was open. I've always found grooming to be fine, even after a refreeze. For beginners, I would probably make Whaleback my second stop after learning to ski and ride a lift elsewhere. This is what I did with my kids. Also, Whaleback runs 2 terrific weeklong camps for kids the week between Christmas/New Years, and the week of winter break in February. My oldest has attended and it did wonders--I really noticed an improvement at the end of the week. I highly recommended the camps. Whaleback has its niche and while I don't go there exclusively, I will continue to return with my family.
Whaleback review written Feb 22 2011 - 08:48 PM
Jeff Advanced Skier
Conditions - came here the past Sunday which was after a rainy Friday night. Sunday felt wicked cold as temps were at best in the teens while the wind chill made it feel in the low single digits. With that said, the whole mountain was frozen over. Any kind of fall would be painful. Some runs were crusty while others were simply icy where there's no give. People - as someone noted, check the event schedule!! We came here to find the mountain full of kids on skis. They all threw their skis in front of the lodge. The line at the only chair lift was ridiculous. The kids seemed like spoiled little brats as they speed through cutting others off. Then at the line, we got in and then some little girl was like "Hey!! We were in line! Don't cut the line!!" in the most whiny voice. If she weren't a little girl, I'd mouth off. First of all, there's literally a 15 ft gap between her and the person in front. She's too busy talking to her friend so how am I supposed to know that you're in line? Even when we lined up behind them, they were doing their own thing and not moving the chains. Secondly, simply say "the line is back there" rather than whine...I wonder where her parents are. Lodge - I honestly like the mom & pop feel...you don't feel like you're giving your money to some money grubbing corporation. The ticket sales person is also the cashier for the cafeteria. She was nice. The place was packed the day we went but we were able to find some seats late in the day to down a quick bite. Lifts - the magic carpet is nice for beginners as we had 1 on the trip. It only brings you halfway up the bunny slope though. The other is a rope tow. The only lift that brings you to the top, everyone here already said it's steep. I didn't believe it till I was there. Steepness is generally not a problem as you can ride it out...but the concrete supports 20 ft in front of the download is not beginner friendly. My friend crashed every time. Cost - can't beat it. Basically $20 to ride during the day. Other places only offer super low prices for night riding and even then not as cheap. The drive is about half an hr further than Pats Peak and Sunapee but I'd rather do this than PP which I find ghetto. Overall - you might think I hate this place but I find it a little endearing (minus the crowds). The trails weren't too bad for beginners if they can get off the lift. The glades would have been nice if they had fresh snow. The trails were decently constructed as there were some features in the terrain park...just a small box and a couple jumps this weekend. If they had fresh snow, it would have been a fun weekend working on riding switch, jumps, grinds, jibs, etc. Obviously a small mountain so if you keep your expectations low, you shouldn't be too disappointed.
Whaleback review written Feb 22 2011 - 03:46 PM
Mike Advanced Snowboarder
Check the schedule of events on their website!!! They had a big race day and the place was simply crawling with people. No room in the lodge to sit and eat, nor go to the bar upstairs! Seriously not built for that volume. Lines for the lone chair lift were LONG.
Whaleback review written Feb 21 2011 - 05:37 PM
Joe Beginner Skier
Ridiculously cheap beginner deal. A little dissatisfied with my snowboarding lesson, but my wife's skiing lesson was great. The snowboarding instructor was frequently checking watch and visibly annoyed with students, and even went as far as suggesting to end the lesson early because his hands were cold? If it weren't so cheap, I might have complained. Sometimes, you get what you pay for. My wife spoke to her instructor over the course of the lesson (and since there were no other people waiting for a group lesson, was able to get an individual lesson!). Apparently, the beginner courses are some of the more difficult greens around. Beware if you are a first time skier/snowboarder - you may end up not really needing the chair lift. Also wanted to pass on concurrence with the incredibly steep hill off the lift. Beginners will likely be uncomfortable getting off the lift without crashing into groups of people or the concrete lift support beams.
Whaleback review written Feb 21 2011 - 05:33 PM
Eric Beginner Snowboarder
Relaxed atmosphere. Great for family. Barely any lift lines. We went after a rainy 50-degree day. The trails were icy, but my daughters and I still had a great time. The unloading took a bit of getting used to. Great fun for all of us. Will definitely go back.
Whaleback review written Feb 21 2011 - 03:56 AM
Val Intermediate Skier
Purchased beginner ski package that incl. lessons, rentals and tickets for $50. Great price. Never skied before! However, I should say that I have snowboarded in the past. Ski instructor was great. Crashed a few times off the lift chair as it is quite steep. Green route was tough initially as there is a steep drop off a corner but once you're prepared, it's really nothing.
Whaleback review written Feb 15 2011 - 02:11 PM
Jiang Beginner Skier
For $20, this was a great deal on liftopia. My boyfriend brought me here on Saturday. I consider myself a beginner and he is advanced. We both liked it. It's a nice small mountain like everyone else said, but getting off the lift was a terrible experience. Even before getting off the lift, you can see other people's arms flailing as they fall getting off the lift ahead of you. That was the only downside of Whaleback. Other than that, the trails were decent.
Whaleback review written Feb 14 2011 - 10:05 PM
Joan Beginner Snowboarder
Skied there 2/6/11. Whole mtn was open with groomers and 'dust on crust' due to some snow/freezing rain the night before. We have a great time. Groomers were relatively repetitive, but well-groomed. The front side runs (black and double-black) where a lot of fun once people had skied them enough to break up the slight crust. $15 ticket for a Sunday 9-12 is a great deal as well, so check it out when you want to avoid crowds. People were nice, did not eat so no info on lodge.
Whaleback review written Feb 08 2011 - 07:07 PM
Rorvis Advanced Skier
Nice little mountain at a great price for a Saturday! The lift lines never got long except once when it broke down for about 15 min. Inexpensive cafeteria with decent food. Friendly "mom & pop" atmosphere. Car parked about 50 feet from lodge.
Whaleback review written Feb 08 2011 - 04:14 PM
John M Intermediate Skier
You won't get the "big mountain" experience here, but you will get a FULL day of nice skiing. I skied on a Sunday in January and there was only a lift line twice. The longest wait was four minutes. The employees were fantastic. Very polite and they even brushed the snow off the chair lift before we sat down. They came out of the hut at the top to say good morning. I do not have one complaint. I would rather ski up and down all day long, instead of long chair rides to the top of a big mountain, ski down, only to wait in line for a half hour. The double chair lift is a bit slow, but I would rather be sitting on a chair with a nice view, than standing in a lift line. The conditions were great. We stayed on the easy and intermediate trails all day. The easy (green) are more advanced than most mountains, so beginners beware. Over all, TERRIFIC mountain!
Whaleback review written Feb 02 2011 - 06:22 AM
Laurie Fiore Intermediate Skier
Great mountain - but it does'nt open until 1pm on weekdays. I found out AFTER I bought the ticket from Liftopia.
Whaleback review written Jan 31 2011 - 08:53 PM
Wendy Intermediate Skier
Have to agree with other reviews that Whaleback is a friendly, family ski mountain. It does have some drawbacks, including the narrow, steep lift drop off. My kids had a tough time the first few times off the lift. There are a couple of nice easy runs for beginners, but most of the greens are more intermediate than beginner. Overall a nice mountain for non-beginners with easy access right off the highway. No need to drive hours to the crowded mountains.
Whaleback review written Jan 31 2011 - 07:31 PM
Chris Souza Intermediate Skier
Thought that this would be a good mountain to take my girlfriend who is learning how to snowboard since its cheap and probably would have beginner friendly trails that are good for people who are starting out but are fast learners. I was very wrong. You either have to go on a tiny little hill that is more for four and five year olds learning, or greens that are more for end of first year, beginning of 2nd year boarders. Also, the ramp coming off the lift was not only intimidating for her, the person on the left side of the chair is lined up directly with a pole (did have pad on it at least). We didn't know this till we got to the top and she was on the left so she had no choice but to just fall so that she wouldn't crash into what was right at the bottom of the ramp. Will say though, the mountain seems great for more advanced riders who don't wanna pay too much (only cost $20 on liftopia). Some fun glade trails and some decent jumps make this place good for 2nd year and on boarders, not people who are above five years old and are learning
Whaleback review written Jan 26 2011 - 10:48 AM
Tom Jones Advanced Snowboarder
Great little mountain. Great deal, under priced. Be realistic with your expectations, great range of trails (beginner-experienced) but this is not Sugarloaf or Killington. Not over-crowded. Lift exit ramp does seem a bit hazardous but if you don't know how to turn or stop should you really be on any lift? Staff was very helpful and friendly. Will go back over and over and over :)
Whaleback review written Jan 24 2011 - 03:40 PM
Local Intermediate Snowboarder
Make sure the whole mountain is open. There's only one lift, and there was some difficulty around 2pm, so we left. Great conditions on the 50% of the mountain that was open. Three inches of new powder were welcome to me, but my daughter would prefer grooming. The people were great, the ski area had a family atmosphere, their chicken basket was awesome, the cheeseburger was terrible, and fries were great! Found a cell phone in the woods, called the owner's Mom when we got back home in Massachusetts, and mailed it to them in Hanover, NH today. Only 104 highway miles: 90 minutes.
Whaleback review written Jan 18 2011 - 04:48 PM
John Parker Intermediate Skier
The price is pretty affordable. Friendly stuffs. The parking lot is not quite large. Trials are relative difficult, even for the beginners (green). Better suit for experienced skier/boarders.
Whaleback review written Jan 18 2011 - 02:11 PM
Ping Intermediate Skier
Loved it at Whaleback. It has a very relaxed atmosphere. People are really friendly. Really small but close to Boston and very inexpensive. Much better than other smaller mtns around Boston.
Whaleback review written Jan 17 2011 - 03:43 PM
Javier Advanced Snowboarder
Ski the whale! We do night race leagues up at Whaleback, it is a great change of pace. The bar at the bottom is awesome.
Whaleback review written Nov 09 2009 - 11:38 AM
John Stevens Advanced Skier

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