A laid-back, convenient base camp in Bartlett, NH, Attitash Mountain Resort draws families and friends who want to have a good time without it being crazy expensive. While Attitash is a good six hours from Long Island, the drive is well worth it. The location features amusement parks, fantastic restaurants and town festivals. Here’s what else makes it a worthwhile trip.
Multiday Tickets at Two Resorts: Lift tickets for a family over several days can really add up, which is why spending a day at a second resort to change up the scenery on the slopes doesn’t happen too often. Attitash offers multi-day tickets that make things easy and come with a decent discount. Bonus: Wildcat Mountain located 20 minutes away, has the same parent company as Attitash, which means with these tickets it’s completely doable to ski both on the same trip.
Slopeside Digs. The Grand Summit Resort Hotel, right at Attitash, is the only true slopeside hotel in the region. Guests walk a few feet out the door and ski right down a trail to a lift. In keeping with that convenience is the “swim in/swim out” pool. It’s (very well) heated and one end extends outside with a view of the mountains. A boon for bigger families and parties with multiple guests are the suites with pull-out sofas in a separate living room. Some even have bunk beds and lofts. Those accommodations mean a group of five or six doesn’t have the hassle of two separate rooms.
Stand-out Kids’ Programs: It can be tough for a kid who’s never been on skis to be thrown in with a group of kids who have. Here, children can be enrolled in one of six different programs customized to their age, experience level and whether they want to ski or snowboard.
Free Breakfast on Premises: This is no small matter when it comes to people of any age. And it’s not just a money-saving perk. Anyone who has ever battled hunger pains will appreciate the value of this arrangement.
Tax-Free Shopping: Those who get a thrill when clothes bought in Manhattan ring up with no tax will want to devote half a day to North Conway, a cute little village just a few minutes from Attitash. Everything retail—not just clothes and shoes!—is tax-free. They’re as varied as Brooks Brothers, Crabtree & Evelyn and Zeb’s General Store.