Overview of Attitash, New Hampshire
Written by Jack Lee
Attitash Ski Area is New Hampshire's third largest ski resort, following Bretton Woods and Loon. Attitash skiing is on two interconnected mountains - Attitash and Bear Peak with over 300 acres, 11 lifts, and 77 trails. Attitash is easy to get to, located right on Route 302, just beyond North Conway. Attitash is sister resort to Wildcat, on the same lift ticket, so you can ski them both - in the same day if you wish since they are 20 minutes apart.
Attitash has classic New England trail skiing on the original 1965 ski mountain Attitash Peak - well-pitched runs like Tightrope, Tim's Trauma and Saco served by a lower mountain high-speed Flying Yankee quad and a slow summit triple. The views of the White Mountains and Presidential Range from Attitash are worth the leisurely ride. On the Bear Peak side of the ski resort, there are a few fun glades and wide-open groomed runs like Wandering Skis and Morning Star served by a high-speed base to summit quad, the Flying Bear. If you are up for steeper more challenging terrain, point your skis down Avenger and Kachina. In fact, much of Attitash's terrain has a good steady fall line, well-groomed with strong snowmaking. Skiing between Bear Peak and Attitash is pretty easy - follow the Bear and Attitash signs over the two-way bridge.
You can park at either base area along Route 302, Attitash or Bear Peak - both have convenient parking, base lodges with skier services, dining, and a bar. On the Attitash side, ski school is based in the Learning Center building by the dedicated triple chair learning area and magic carpet. Ptarmigan's Pub at Attitash's base lodge is THE PLACE for après ski, and for table service lunch with a view of the slopes. You can also see the Nor'Easter Mountain Coaster from the bar, take a ride for just $10 a ride with your lift ticket or pass. Attitash is as popular in summer as winter, with the mountain coaster, waterslides, alpine slide, zipline and scenic chairlift rides. We like it best all dressed in winter white. Attitash was dubbed "Red Carpet Mountain" when it opened in 1965 for their superb customer service and limited lift ticket sales, times have changed but there is still a very friendly attitude at Attitash.
For ski in ski out lodging at Attitash, the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel is located at the base of Bear Peak's ski trails, with a slope view outdoor heated pool. The hotel resembles other ASC, American Skiing Company, grand hotels at Sunday River, Killington and Mount Snow.
We recommend staying in nearby Jackson, for charming Inn lodging at the century old Wentworth Hotel or The Eagle Mountain House. The Wentworth has more romantic and modern suites with fireplace and Jacuzzi, while Eagle Mountain is a more family and pet-friendly, grand hotel high on the hillside. Both have excellent dining in their main Inns. Jackson is off the beaten path of Route 302, just 10 minutes from the ski slopes of Attitash, Wildcat, and Cranmore, moments to Black Mountain. North Conway has loads of lodging too from condo rentals to chain hotels, motels, and inns lining Route 302, and of course outlet shopping, many restaurants and classic après ski places like Red Parka Pub and Horsefeathers.
When visiting the Mt Washington Valley and North Conway, ski Attitash one day, then hit sister ski area Wildcat the next (same lift ticket valid at both). In fact, you can ski them both the same day. Attitash is lower elevation, so enjoy that in the morning, then drive the 20 minutes to Wildcat, stopping for lunch on your way.