BRETTON WOODS, N.H. -- Despite an uncooperative Mother Nature,
Bretton Woods Mountain Resort posted a 20% increase in visits by
skiers last season. Not bad for an independent resort competing in
an era of mergers and multiresort operations.
The boost is due in part to a jumbo, multiphase expansion that
includes the debut of West Mountain, which opened during the
1999-2000 ski season.
The new peak comprises 24 trails and glades serviced by a quad
chairlift, bringing the total skiable acreage to 330.
West Mountain is expected to add more challenge and diversity to
a resort that has long been known as a draw for families.
Thanks to the expansion, Bretton Woods Mountain Resort now bills
itself as the largest ski area in New Hampshire.
To keep the momentum going, the resort will add a detachable
quad lift this coming season, which will trim the lift time by
Future plans include the addition of advanced-level terrain
between the Two Miles Home trail and the Deception Bowl area, and
an additional 24 trails in an eastward expansion to Mount
The Mount Stickney expansion is set for completion by the
West Mountain terrain offers challenges for a wide range of
abilities, with wide-open runs, glade areas and new chutes and
The resort also has beefed up its snowmaking capabilities to
accommodate the new terrain.
Thus far, Bretton Woods offers a total of 62 trails, 95% of
which are covered by snowmaking equipment.