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North Conway Named Most Affordable Ski Destination in the NorthEast


Article copied from the 2012-2013 Season New Hampshire Winter Guide, published by Salmon Press Newspapers :

“TripAdvisor’s Inaugural Ski Destination Cost Comparison Intex Reveals Top Resorts in U.S. and Canada Where Travelers Can Hit the Slopes and Save. North Conway comes in most affordable in Northeast and #2 in the U.S.

 

TripAdvisor, the world’s lagest travel review site launched its inaugural TripIndex Ski - a cost comparison of 20 popular ski destinations across the United States and Canada. North Conway, NH was deemed the least expensive ski destination in the Northeast and the second least expensive destination for skiing in the U.S.

TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski presents the combined cost of one night’s hotel accommodation, a basic ski rental package, a one-day lift tickets, a local meal and a bottle/glass of beer at top ski destinations. Salt Lake City, Utah came in as the most affordable ski destination, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $238.58. Yet North Conway scored just over a dollar higher on TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski at $239.88, making the price between two top contenders negligible. With a price tag of $746, Vail, Colorado emerged as the priciest ski spot in the country.

“For travelers who are looking for a snowy escape, TripIndex Ski provides an easy way to compare the most popular ski destinations across North America,” said Karen Drake, senior direction of communications at TripAdvisor. “TripIndex Ski is a useful tool for travelers who are looking to get the best bang for their buck this winter season”.

According to TripAdvisor, the TripIndex Ski prices out the following items in each destination : Per night cost of a hotel (between December 2011 and March 2012 within 5 miles of the destination), cost of a lift ticket, cost of a meal (burger and fries from 3 local restaurants on or near the mountain) and cost of an alcoholic drink (domestic beer at 3 local pubs on or near the mountain).

Prices were collected through a variety of research methods, and apply to travel between December 2011 and March 2012. The “basket” of items is representative of the common items many travelers will purchase while on a ski vacation says TripAdvisor.

“It means a lot to us to learn that TripAdvisor, a trusted trip planning resource for travelers, has recognized that North Conway and the surrounding region offers and affordable ski destination,” said Janice Crawford, Executive Direction of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. “With 13 ski resorts and XC centers all offering great skiing and value, skiers need look no further than the Northeast’s most affordable ski destination this winter,” finished Crawford. All of Mt Washington VAlley’s ski resorts are making snow around the clock as temperatures allow and plan to be open for Christmas week (the week between Christmas and New Year). Six out of seven are presently open.”

At Cranmore Mountain Lodge, room rates start from $89 per night for the whole winter season, and we offer many different ski & stay packages options with different ski resorts. You can find all these packages by clicking here.

Cranmore Mountain - Just 1 mile from us

Attitash Mountain - 15 minutes from us

Black Mountain - 15 minutes from us

Jackson x-country Foundation - 15 minutes from us

Wildcat Mountain - 35 minutes from us

Great Glen Trails - 35 minutes from us

Bretton Woods - 45 minutes from us

 

All Inclusive Cranmore Ski & Play Package – Season 2012-2013


Claire, our daughter, learning to ski on Cranmore

We are only 1 mile away from Cranmore Mountain Ski Resort, with its 11 lifts including a high speed detachable quad and a fixed grip quad chairlift, 200 acres of skiable acreage with extra-beginner terrain, a larger tubing park (increased from 7 to 10 lanes), a mountain coaster, a giant swing and an indoor adventure center!

OPTION 1 – The quick getaway!
Starting from $168 + tax (Click here for detailed pricing) 

  • 1 night stay at Cranmore Mountain Lodge for 2 in the room of your choice
  • Full country breakfast cooked-to-order - (Full gluten free menu available at no extra charge)
  • Afternoon hot cocoa
  • 2 adult lift tickets for Cranmore Mountain
  • Optional 2 tickets for 2-hour tubing or 3 rides on the Mountain Coaster for Cranmore Mountain (add $20 per person – available weekend & Holidays only)
  • A Valley Pass for discount on dining, or/and horseback riding/sleigh ride
  • If you are driving a hybrid car, you’ll get a $20 voucher towards a future stay with us and valid for 6 months (come back in Summer!)
OPTION 2 – For 2 or more nights – SAVE MORE $$$Starting from $306 + tax (Click here for detailed pricing)

  • 2 night stay at Cranmore Mountain Lodge for 2 in the room of your choice
  • Full country breakfast cooked to order every morning – (Full gluten free menu available at no extra charge)
  • Afternoon hot cocoa
  • 2 tickets for 2-hour tubing or good for 3 rides on the Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain (available weekend & Holidays only)
  • 2 adult lift tickets for Cranmore Mountain
  • A $30 voucher for a dinner at one of the Valley Originals’ Restaurants
  • A VIP card to shop at Settlers’ Green outlet Stores for extra savings
  • A Valley Pass for discount on dining, or/and horseback riding/sleigh ride.
  • If you are driving a hybrid car, you’ll get a $20 voucher towards a future stay with us and valid for 6 months (come back in Summer!)
  • Too many things to do? Optional 3rd night with a 10% discount
  • Optional FREE vouchers to go tubing/x-country skiing/snowshoeing at Great Glen Trails
  • Optional discounted lift and tubing vouchers for additional children or adults in the room, or for an additional day of snow fun!

When is the package available?
Any time, from the opening of Cranmore Mountain to the end of the 2013 ski season! No Blackout dates! For a midweek stay (Sunday through Thursday) you can also check out our Midweek Ski & Stay Package!

Conditions:Advanced reservation only - 50% lodging deposit asked at reservation – Subject to availability – Rates are double occupancy for all rooms except two bedroom suites (4 persons) - Room 19 , Suite 12, Suite 24 and Suite 25 are dog friendly, additional fee applies for a dog – Gluten free breakfast available at no charge upon request at reservation, only if you are gluten intolerant – Cannot be combined with another offer or discount

David tubing on Cranmore
Tubing is also available for those who just want to play in the the snow!

White Mountains Snowshoeing with Kris Ebbeson


The White Mountains of New Hampshire are wonderful for snowshoers of all levels and age. Snowshoeing is the best way to discover the Mt Washington Valley, especially when you do it with an experienced guide who can help you get the best out of your winter hike, by sharing local secrets, following wild animal tracks in the snow, discovering snow covered boulders or icy formations along streams and guiding you into the wild. There are many options – clear days call for a hike up Mount Willard for sweeping views into Crawford Notch or a trip up Cathedral Ledge trail and the wonderful views of the valley and mountains. When the weather is less cooperative or the wind is strong and temps are low, there are still wonderful wild places to visit that are more sheltered and yet offer views of a different sort.
 Package includes:

    • 2 nights for two in the room of your choice (for family pricing, please contact us)
    • Full cooked-to-order breakfast each morning
    • A snowshoeing hike (see calendar of hikes below) with Kris Ebbeson
    • Soup, snacks and hot cocoa on the trail
    • Hand warmers for two
    • A $30 voucher valid towards a dinner to one of the Valley Originals’ restaurants, or A Taste of Thai Restaurant or Rafferty’s Pub & Restaurant (full gluten free menu available)
    • A Valley Pass for extra savings to area restaurants and sleighride
    • Vouchers for FREE x-country skiing and/or snowshoeing and/or tubing at Great Glen Trails, at the base of Mt Washington
    • Vouchers for $10 off the snowcoach (Sunday through Thursday), the only way to go up Mt Washington in Winter
    • Too many things to do? Take an optional 3rd night with a 10% off
    • A $20 voucher valid for 6 months towards a stay with us, if you are driving a hybrid car
  • Optional snowshoe rentals (see below)
Your guide:
Since 1997, Kris Ebbeson has hiked the hundred highest mountain peaks in New England, including all of the 4,000 foot mountains in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, as well as several of the mountains in upstate New York. Many of them she has hiked more than once, in every season. She has also hiked in the Grand Canyon and in several of the nearby National Parks in the Southwestern U.S. You will learn some of the history of the area and the nature surrounding you, and she will help you capture beautiful photographs of sights along the way, all while providing you a very relaxing journey!
Hikes:
There are many options. Kris will decide according to the weather on the day of the hike, to provide you with the best experience possible. Hikes are approximately 2 to 4 miles long and are family friendly, but not recommended for children under 8. They are rated beginner to beginner/intermediate.
If you are interested in more challenging snowshoe hikes or a longer time, Kris will be happy to custom design something to meet your needs.
All hikes will start at 10 am. Kris will meet you at the lodge after breakfast and you will follow her car to the trailhead. You will be back at the lodge by 2 or 3 pm, depending of the time of travel to and from the trailhead.
Snowshoes:
You are welcome to bring your own snowshoes. If you don’t have any snowshoes, a limited number of snowshoes are available for rent. Rental rate is $10 and is on a first come, first served basis (to be asked upon reservation). You can also rent them at Eastern Mountain Sports or at Ragged Mountain.
 
Special Moonlight Snowshoe Hike – January 7, 2012 
Weather permitting, this is a unique experience and a very easy hike of about 1 mile. Hot cocoa is included as well as the launching of a Chinese flying lantern, a $30 voucher valid towards dinner, 2 hand warmers, a Valley Pass and FREE vouchers for Great Glen Trail/Mt Washington Auto Road.
Limit is 12 participants maximum.

Pricing (for 2 – including taxes) :

Conditions :
  • 50% of lodging fee required upon reservation (our regular cancellation policy applies)
  • 50% of the hike fee paid upon reservation (non refundable – please read the cancellation conditions below)
  • We will share the following information with Kris Ebbeson : full name, address, email address, telephone number and credit card information
  • We will book the hike for you
Kris Ebbeson’s cancellation conditions:
  • If Kris Ebbeson cancels the hike due to severe weather condition (blizzard, lack of snow…) a 100% refund will be generated or a credit will be given towards another hike.
  • If cancellation is made up to 15 days prior to the date of the scheduled hike, you may transfer the hike to another person or to another date, or you may cancel the hike. If you choose to cancel, you forfeit the 50% non-refundable deposit.
  • If cancellation is made within the 14 days prior to the date of the scheduled hike, no refund is possible
Pricing (for two – includes taxes) :
Pricing below is based on a minimum of 4 participants, with a maximum of 10 people.
In case there are less than 4 people participating on a hike, there will be a surcharge of $20 per person.
For January 7th, if you wish to add to the regular hike the Moonlight Snowshoe Hike (see description below), there is an additional $25 per person to the rates given below.
For 01/12, 01/26, 02/02, 02/16, and 03/08 (Wednesday/Thursday stay) :
For 01/07, 01/21, 02/11, 03/03, 03/17 (Friday/Saturday stay) :
For 02/18, 02/22, 02/23 (vacation week) :
To book your hike, contact us at (800) 356-3596 or Book Online!

SPECIAL OFFER! WHITE CHRISTMAS 2011


Snow is here in the Northeast! So come celebrate the end of 2011 with us!

Book one of the following rooms (see below) for a stay between December 25 and December 28, 2011, and get a 20% discount! This offer is not to be combined with any other special offer, package and cannot be applied on a current reservation.

To book, click on the pictures below and mention the PROMO CODE : WHITE CHRISTMAS at check-out! Or call us at (800) 356-3596.

These rates include full cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay (gluten free menu available!), and we also offer discounted tickets for Cranmore Mountain, Attitash Mountain, Wildcat Mountain, Bretton Woods, Black Mountain, as well as FREE x-country skiing and/or tubing and/or snowshoeing at Great Glen Trails!

Room 1
Room 1 - Queen Bed, Cable TV/DVD, Private Shower Bath, 2nd floor Main Lodge

ROOM 1  - BOOK IT NOW!

Regular Rate: $129/night + tax – PROMO 20% : $103.20 + tax

ROOM 3 - Queen Bed, Cable TV, Private Shower Bath, 2nd floor main lodge

ROOM 3 – BOOK IT NOW!

Regular Rate: $124/night + tax – PROMO 20% : $99.20 + tax

ROOM 4 - Double Bed, Cable TV/DVD, Private Bath with Shower/Tub, 2nd floor main lodge

ROOM 4 – BOOK IT NOW!

Regular Rate: $119/night + tax – PROMO 20% : $95.20 + tax

ROOM 6 - 2 Double Beds, Private Shower Bath, 2nd floor main lodge

ROOM 6 – BOOK IT NOW!

Regular Rate: $134/night + tax – PROMO 20% : $107.20 + tax

ROOM 11 - Queen Bed, Cable TV, Private Shower Bath, 3rd floor main lodge, Slanted Ceiling

ROOM 11 – BOOK IT NOW!

Regular Rate: $124/night + tax – PROMO 20% : $99.20 + tax

ROOM 21 - Queen Bed, Cable TV, Refrigerator, Microwave, Private Shower Bath, 2nd floor loft building

ROOM 21 – BOOK IT NOW!

Regular Rate: $129/night + tax – PROMO 20$ : $103.20 + tax

Winter Snow Play for Non-Skiers


If skiing is not your cup of tea and you are spending a few days here with friends or family, there are plenty of other “snow sports” and soft adventures in the Mt Washington Valley. Here is a list of things we’ve put together. For most of the activities, we propose a lodging package but we can build a “a la carte” package that will suit your needs.

Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing at Great Glen Trails

If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Snowshoeing is the best way to discover the Mt Washington Valley, especially when you do it with an experienced guide who can help you get the best out of your winter hike, by sharing local secrets, following wild animal tracks in the snow, discovering snow covered boulders or icy formations along streams and guiding you into the wild. There are many options – clear days call for a hike up Mount Willard for sweeping views into Crawford Notch or a trip up Cathedral Ledge trail and the wonderful views of the valley and mountains. When the weather is less cooperative or the wind is strong and temps are low, there are still wonderful wild places to visit that are more sheltered and yet offer views of a different sort. Kris Ebbeson, your guide, proposes many dates for group hikes, but can also tailor a private hike just for you! She even proposes a unique Moonlight Snowshoe Hike on January 7, 2012. For more information, click here…

Our guests can also snowshoe for FREE on the trails of Great Glen Trails, right at the base of Mt Washington!

Dog Sledding

Muddy Paw Sled Dog kennel is a kennel comprised of 86 dogs, ranging from racing Alaskan Huskies, to Siberians and Malamutes. The kennel focuses of rescuing Alaskan huskies in need of a home, giving them a “job for life”. Their favorite thing to do is share the passion and adventure of dogsledding from the musher’s perspective. Tours aren’t just sitting in the sled and going for a ride, but involve interacting with dogs, and learning aspects of a culture that many people don’t get to experience. The kennel is located in the heart of the White Mountains, minutes from Santa’s Village and about 45 minutes from North Conway. Check our White Mountains Dog Sledding Package!

Tubing

Cranmore’s tubing park is the #1 in the State of New Hampshire. A magic carpet or a handle tow lift bring you up the hill where 10 lanes await you. Tubing is a family friendly activity that requires no special skills or equipment. Tubes are provided as part of your admission price. All ages welcome. Children 42 inches and taller may ride solo; little ones may ride with an adult! We sell 2-hour tickets for the tubing park at a discount price of $20 per person!

Tubing is also available for FREE at Great Glen Trails for our guests!

Mountain Coaster

Try them both! The Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain and the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster at Attitash Mountain

The Coaster is thousands of feet of twisting, turning fun through the woods! You control your speed so you may take a leisurely ride or get your thrills at speeds up to 25 mph. Children under 3 are not allowed. Must be at least 48 inches to ride alone. We sell 3 rides tickets for the mountain coaster at Cranmore Mountain at a discount price of $20 per person!

You can also try the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster at Attitash Mountain : The Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster carries riders 1,420 feet up Attitash Mountain on twin, stainless steel rails, providing spectacular views of the White Mountain scenery before descending on a thrilling 2,880 foot ride down through the forested mountain terrain, dropping 316 vertical feet through a series of banked curves, dips and straight-aways at rider-controlled speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. Must be at least 52 inches to ride alone. We sell 1 ride ticket for the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster at Attitash Mountain at a discount price of $10 per person!

Giant Swing
Giant Swing at Cranmore Mountain

Get the thrill of being launched into the air with the Giant Swing at Cranmore Mountain! Must be at least 42 inches tall and a maximum of 300 lbs.

Indoor Adventure Zone

Cranmore’s  Indoor Adventure Zone features  fun attractions and offers kids of all ages hours of inside fun : a four-station Bungy Trampoline, the Spyder Mountain (a 24-foot tall cylinder that kids can climb up into and a large inflatable slide), and bouncy houses for everyone.

A Canopy Tour at Bretton Woods

Descending over 1000 feet of elevation, the tour takes nature-lovers and thrill-seekers across a series of tree-top zip lines through a network of platforms high in the ancient hemlocks. High-flying suspension bridges and hiking trails connect the nine zip lines, and the tour concludes with the Williwaw Racing Zip, a dual, side-by-side zip line leading right into the Bretton Woods base area! For more information, click here…

Horseback Riding & Sleigh Rides
Sleigh Ride at Farm by The River

Take a  sleigh ride through 70 acres of this family estate dating back to 1771 and travel through meadows and forests, along theSacoRiverand enjoy panoramicWhite Mountainviews-of Mount Cranmore & Cathedral and White Horse ledges and more-  It’s  peaceful, picturesque & perfectly natural! The Farm By The River is just 5 minutes drive from us and offers Horse Sleigh Rides in Winter, as well as horseback riding (weather conditions permitting, of course). When you stay with us and you show them your room key, you will get a discount!

Shopping

Save 30-60% every day at over 60 nationally known factory stores, at Settlers’ Green Outlet Stores.

Shop national brand outlet stores and specialty shops for fashions, accessories, jewelry, home furnishings, intimate apparel, shoes, children’s fashions and more, all tax-free! More than just an outlet center, Settlers’ GreenOutletVillage offers a beautiful courtyard setting, children’s playground, seasonal events, entertainment and fun family dining choices.

You can also shop numerous shops on Main Street North Conway Village, such as Framed Art Superstore, Tim Psadelakis & Friends (a unique jewelry store), Bavarian Chocolate Haus, Fields of Ambrosia, Vintner’s Cellar Winery, and also Soyfire Candles, North Conway Music Shop, and Four Your Paws Only

Our Local Partners

Save even more and book our Tax-free Shopping Spree Package which gives you a discount on lodging, as well as to many stores in the area and to our gift shop featuring Sally Bags! For more information, click here…