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Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods Ski Resort Guide

Bretton Woods, United States

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift950m
Resort Height490m
 Nearest AirportsManchester-Boston and Portland
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Bretton Woods

Popular family ski centre with loyal following. Lovely long tree-lined trails with excellent lift infrastructure and a first-rate base lodge with integral ski shop. Separate nursery ski area, well organised ski rental facilities and car parking. Friendly staff. Night skiing on four trails served by two lifts on Friday, Saturday and holiday period evenings. Added West Mountain area for 1999 - 2000 season with new quad chair and expanded on Mount Stickney for 2001 to make the resort one of the largest ski areas in New Hampshire.


The American ski resort of Bretton Woods is at an altitude of 490m.

Bretton Woods has direct access to 64 marked pistes, served by a total of 8 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Bretton Woods?

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Ski Area Stats

Bretton Woods Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Number of runs
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Bretton Woods Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift950m
Lowest Piste490m
Resort Altitude (Bretton Woods)490m
Max Vertical460m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Bretton Woods
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Bretton Woods Overview

Facing the historic Mt Washington Hotel and the western slope of Mt Washington itself, Bretton Woods consists of the two interlinked peaks of Mt Rosebrook and West Mountain making it New Hampshire's largest ski area.

Easily accessible from both East and West, Bretton Woods also has its own range accommodation linked to the ski area by a complimentary shuttle service. Including the amenities at the Mt Washington hotel as well as the Bretton Woods sports club, there is a huge array of activities available ranging from the 100km network of cross-country/snowshoe trails through to night skiing on Fridays and Saturdays.

It's a mountain experience where classic New England skiing is complemented by state of the art snowmaking and grooming and an abundance of glades which offer some challenging tree-skiing.

The name Bretton Woods is steeped in history. In 1772, a six-square-mile tract of land was granted to Sir Thomas Wentworth and 82 others by Royal Governor John Wentworth. It was named Bretton Woods in honor of the Wentworth family estate, Bretton Hall, in England. Sixty years ago, the name Bretton Woods made its way into history books as the site of the 1944 International Monetary Conference. As a result of the accords signed at Bretton Woods, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund were established; providing a system of international exchange and post-war recovery throughout western Europe.

However the downhill ski lifts and the opening of Bretton Woods ski area is a little more recent. As recently as 1983 The Bretton Woods Ski Area completed construction of Fabyan's Express triple chair, opening the summit of Mount Rosebrook to skiers and six years later the area opened the first detachable quad chairlift in the state.


Overlooking Mount Washington, Bretton Woods has grown rapidly in size in recent years. Once recognized as a strong novice area, the resort has doubled in size to include more wide open cruising terrain and plenty of black diamond glades within the total of more than 100 trails. With the recent addition of a fourth high speed quad lift, Bretton Woods is the largest ski area with the most high speed chair lifts in New Hampshire.

Breeton Woods boasts lovely long tree-lined trails with excellent lift infrastructure and a first-rate base lodge with integral ski shop, well organised ski rental facilities and car parking. The ski area added West Mountain area for the 1999 - 2000 season with new quad chair and plans to expand further on Mount Stickney.

The area was further expanded in the 2004-5 season when a dozen new trails and glades were added These include McIntire's Ride, one of several new runs diverging from the Rosebrook Summit, is a winding black-diamond trail that starts with a spectacular view toward Crawford Notch. Other new trails like Snake refer to the physical attributes of a winding, classic New England ski trail. Panorama is a trail that offers spectacular vistas toward Crawford Notch. Mr. Moose, one of the newer glades in Rosebrook Canyon, was named for the daily visits from an antlered friend to trail workers in the summer. Bode's Run is named after a more contemporary figure, Bode Miller, a native of New Hampshire.

Bode Miller was consulted on the design of his namesake trail. It's on the steeper side of the mountain with great lift access, says Miller. We did a little excavating … moved some stuff around a little bit. I think it's an awesome run. It will be for more advanced skiers, but there's a lot to it. When you get off the lift, it's pretty steep right away … it kind of rolls a bit and then there's a moderate pitch over a couple rolls … then it breaks over a bit and then goes over a really steep section - it's got a real serious pitch to it. The trail turns and flattens out just a bit and comes into a much wider area with a couple tree islands in the middle and then there's a little cliff drop in the middle of that. It kind of rolls over a couple of more moderate breakovers with decent pitch, down into a narrower section before it meets up with Diamond Ridge and the bottom of the lift.

First timers remain a high priority at Bretton Woods however, despite the expansion of intermediate and expert terrain. Novices can can sign up for the Bretton Woods Red Carpet Learn-to-Ski Program and start their day with a fun and easy introduction to the sport of skiing or snowboarding under the personalized tutelage of professional instructors in a separate nursery ski area. This program includes ski or board rental, a group lesson and unlimited and complimentary access to the Learning Center Quad.

Another new option appeared for the first time for the 2004-5. The season the steam powered Mount Washington Cog Railway began winter operations for the first time in 135 years. In addition to the spectacular scenery to enjoy, snowsports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to carve their way down the western slope of Mount Washington to the Marshfield Station by way of a groomed swath of snow running parallel to the trestle.

Described as a unique skiing and riding experience in the world, by railway officials, the single groomed trail, with snowmaking, is about one mile long and offers 1,100 vertical feet of skiing. A discounted ticket is available to guests in Mount Washington and Bretton Woods property or a combined ticket including both ski areas and a complimentary shuttle service between the two.

Another big strength of Bretton Woods is its cross country ski programme. There are

100 kilometers of groomed trails for classical and skate skiers. Facilities include a full-service Nordic Center including ski school, retail shop, cross country ski and snowshoe rentals. The Nordic Café offers soups, sandwiches, snacks and beverages for skiers on the go.

Bretton Woods offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate skiers.


The entire mountain is open to snowboarding. The 500-foot Accelerator Halfpipe and terrain park are open for snowboarding and skiing. Riders will also enjoy bumps, jumps, bowls, and glades on West Mountain and in the Rosebrook Canyon area.

Location and Map

Where is Bretton Woods?

This ski resort is in Coos, New Hampshire, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Bretton Woods is Manchester-Boston, 120 minutes drive away.

Portland, Nashua (Boire Field), Burlington and Boston (Logan Intl) airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The eight ski lifts are able to uplift 7,300 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Bretton Woods open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Bretton Woods, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Bretton Woods Tourist Office for the latest.

Aprés Ski

The newly designed Slopeside restaurant and pub in the new Bretton Woods Base Lodge, has a classic post-and-beam setting and the pub is a popular gathering place for aprés-ski parties.

Another new addition to the Slopeside level of the base lodge is the Fireside Bar which features local beer microbrews, panini sandwiches and Starbucks coffee in a relaxing atmosphere next to a large stone fireplace. Its open weekends and holiday weeks.

Festivities continue into the night in the Mount Washington Hotel with live music in an authentic Prohibition-era speakeasy - the Cave.

Bretton Woods