From the Foothills to the White Mountains: Ski Areas Close to Home

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New Hampton School’s 340-acre campus sits uniquely poised for adventure in any season. But its position at the foothills of the White Mountains makes winter an especially exciting time on campus. The New Hampton School ski and snowboard programs offer an opportunity for skiers or riders to have fun, compete and explore the beauty of the White Mountain range.

Founded in 1932, the New Hampton School Winter Sports team was the original name of the ski team in combination with the snowshoeing team who trained on small local hills that offered a simple rope tow and not much terrain. In later years, the Winter Sports team became the ski team, and the school purchased nearby Burleigh Mountain as a place to train its athletes for competitions.

Today, the ski and snowboard program consists of an alpine ski team, a freeski team, and a snowboard team. In addition, there is a recreational snowsports group that enjoys getting out for some winter fun but is not as interested in inter-scholastic competition. Recognizing that the local ski areas can offer so much more in terms of skiable acreage, the school turned its sights to the many nearby mountains, with whom New Hampton School is proud to collaborate. Here are a few of our majestic neighbors.

Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire, White Mountains
Photo: Night Skiing at Waterville Valley, waterville.com

Waterville Valley Resort – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Vertical Drop:  2,020 ft.

Total Trails:  62

Skiable Acres:  265

Longest Run: 1.9 mi.

Cannon Mountain, Franconia, New Hampshire, Fraconia Notch, White Mountains

Cannon Mountain – Franconia, New Hampshire

Vertical Drop:  2,180 ft.

Total Trails:  97

Skiable Acres:  285

Longest Run: 2.3 mi.

Ragged Mountain – Danbury, New Hampshire

Vertical Drop:  1,250 ft.

Total Trails:  57

Skiable Acres:  250

Gunstock Mountain – Gilford, New Hampshire

Vertical Drop:  1,340 ft.

Total Trails:  48

Skiable Acres:  227

Longest Run: 1.5 mi.

Loon Mountain, Lincoln, New Hampshire, White Mountains

Loon Mountain – Lincoln, New Hampshire

Vertical Drop:  2,100 ft.

Total Trails:  61

Skiable Acres:  370

Longest Run: 2.5 mi.

Whether you are interested in competing on one of our winter sports teams, joining the recreational ski team, or just hopping on the bus to one of our weekend ski trips, there are several resorts within a stone’s throw of campus to meet all ability levels. We are proud to call the White Mountains our home and take every opportunity to get out and enjoy this winter playground.

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