Waterville is one of the areas most popular ski resorts. Waterville Valley Resort has a vertical drop of 2,020 feet from a summit height of 4,004 feet. There are 52 trails with the longest run being 3 miles. There are two high speed quads, two triples, three doubles, and five surface lifts providing a total skier capacity of 14,867 per hour. Snow making covers 250 acres of trails. Cross country fans will find 40 miles of groomed trails with breath-taking views of the scenic White Mountain National Forest. There are six parks and pipes to test your snowboarding and aerial skills on. As with all resorts, there are rentals and repair facilities available. Hopefully, for the skis, not you.
Although Loon is a little out of the Lakes Region, I had to include it because it was one of my favorite places to ski with the kids. Loon is a little further up the Interstate at Exit 32 at the beginning of the Kancamagus Highway in Lincoln, N.H. It has a vertical drop of 2,100 feet, with 45 trails on 275 acres. The longest run is 2.5 miles. You will find 10 lifts including the famous gondola, two quads, three triples, and a double providing a capacity of almost 12,000 skiers per hour. Snowmaking covers 96% of the trails and with an average annual snowfall of 128” you will find plenty of snow.
Gunstock Mountain Resort is located on Route 11-A in Gilford right in the heart of the Lakes Region. This mountain offers great family style skiing with fantastic views of Lake Winnipesaukee from the summit. Gunstock has a vertical drop of 1,400 feet offering 51 trails with the longest run being about 1.5 miles. There are trails to match everyone’s skill level. The mountain has seven lifts including a high speed quad, one quad, two triples, a double, and a conveyor for the beginners slope. There is snowmaking on 80% of the 220 acres of trails to ensure that you have plenty of the white stuff to enjoy.