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Choose Your Own Adventure: Skiing & Snowboarding Near Red Jacket Mountain View Resort

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is situated in the middle of the White Mountains -- one of the best ski and snowboard areas in the country.

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Cranmore Mountain Resort

North Conway, N.H.
Distance from Red Jacket Mountain View: 1.8 miles (6 minutes)   

Family-friendly Cranmore Mountain is a staple in North American skiing. Opened in the winter of 1937-38, the mountain is less than two miles away from Red Jacket Mountain View Resort & Water Park in North Conway, N.H. -- recently named the No. 2 Best Ski Town in North America in a USA Today readers' poll. Cranmore offers training for skiers as young as 3 years old and its instructors don't discriminate against us adults, with packages for new-to-the-sport folks ages 13 and older. The Discovery Zone is free with the purchase of any lift ticket. It's set up to be a self-guided progression area with signs and instructions worth exploring if you're new to skiing and snowboarding or just want to get your snow legs activated after hibernating for a year. Skiing and snowboarding aren't the only things to do on Cranmore, either. There are other activities like tubing and the Mountain Adventure Park to get your adrenaline pumping, and six dining options open daily like Red Sled Burritos and Zip's Pub & Grill. The mountain is open most days from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., but hours are subject to change.

Attitash Mountain Resort

Bartlett, N.H.
Distance from Red Jacket Mountain View: 9.1 miles (18 minutes)   

Attitash packs an options-punch with 68 trails and 11 lifts spread across two mountains: Attitash and Bear Peak. The short driving distance means within 20 minutes of leaving Red Jacket Mountain View, you can be queuing up the mountain for your first run of the day. There are 311+ total skiable acres at Attitash, so you won't have to worry about getting bored with scenery as you traverse the trails (23 miles of them), which are rated 27% most difficult, 44% intermediate and 29% novice. An added bonus at Attitash is the Abenaki Terrain Park, which is packed with unique rails and jibs for freeskiers and snowboarders looking to do more than just head downhill.  After you've had your fill on the mountain, get your fill of grub at one of seven dining destinations at Attitash, like Bear Beak Cafeteria or Waffle Cabin at Bear Peak. Fun fact: The Den, a full-service dining and bar destination located in the Bear Peak Base Lodge, has live music every Saturday. Attitash is open daily, with midweek hours from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and weekend/holiday hours from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit the Attitash website for more information. 

Wildcat Mountain

Gorham, N.H.
Distance from Red Jacket Mountain View: 19.2 miles (29 minutes)   

Attitash's sister mountain, Wildcat Mountain, offers more than 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding, including 12 black diamonds for the daredevils of the ski and snowboard worlds. On the opposite end of the experience spectrum, Wildcat also has the longest novice ski trail in New Hampshire, Polecat Trail, which is 2.75 miles from the summit. The mountain's five lifts, including a high-speed detachable quad, make getting around the mountain easy and it's even easier to unwind at the two on-site dining options: the Wildcat Cafeteria and the Wildcat Pub.   Pro tip: Lift tickets at Attitash and Wildcat are interchangeable, so if you want to change things up, head 20 minutes down the road to give the other mountain a try.  Wildcat is open Monday-Friday (non-holidays) from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 – 4 p.m.

Shawnee Peak

Bridgton, ME
Distance from Red Jacket Mountain View: 20.6 miles from Resort (31 minutes)   

Shawnee is just over the border in Bridgton Maine and it has everything that you might want when it comes to a skiing or snowboarding destination. Need daycare? They have it. Peek-A-Boo Daycare is a state-licensed facility that offers play time (indoors and outdoors), nap and snack time, story time, crafts, coloring and even meals. A full day of daycare runs $60 with a half-day at $40 and lunch at just $4. Then there's the night skiing, Monday-Saturday, under the lights, as well as lessons and clinics to prep you for Shawnee's 40 trails, seven glades and three terrain parks. Blizzard's Pub, Base Lodge Cafeteria, East Lodge and Donut Shack will keep your energy up when you need a break.   Shawnee is open seven days a week with hours varying by day of the week. Visit the mountain's website for more information. 

Back at the Resort 

Your mountainside adventure doesn't have to end when the lifts stop for the day. Head back to your cozy accommodations at Red Jacket Mountain View when you book one of our ski-and-snowboard packages, and warm up at our indoor water park, Kahuna Laguna -- it's always 84 degrees there! Or, thaw out at our outdoor fire pit with s'mores, or sip an fireside cocktail indoors in the Valley View Room with bites from Palmer's Pub. Have questions? Give us a call! A reservationist would be happy to help you. You can reach us at 1-800-752-2583.