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North Conway was named among the top 25 ski towns in the world


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North Conway among top 25 ski towns in the world says National Geographic

North Conway, NH – North Conway, NH was named among the world’s 25 best ski towns by National Geographic, taking its place among other ski greats like Jackson Hole, Zermatt, Switzerland and Banff, Canada.  Chosen for its ski heritage, amenities and of course its great skiing, North Conway, NH was one of just two towns in the Northeast named in the 25 top ski towns list. North Conway adds the placement on National Geographic’s Best Ski Town list to SnowEast Magazine’s distinction as the #1 skiers’ favorite destination and TripAdvisor’s designation of North Conway as the most affordable ski destination in the Northeast.

When asked what it takes to make it on to the list, National Geographic’s Aaron Teasdale said “It starts, naturally, with skiing and snowboarding so good they attract people like youth-bestowing fountains. Then add an inviting mountain burg steeped in ski heritage, amenities, and culture”. National Geographic turned to local luminaries to offer insider tips on skiing in each town, and the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce recommended they contact Tom Eastman, ski historian and ski writer.

According to the article, North Conway may be less well known than many of the towns on this list, but only a few towns in North America can rival its skiing heritage noting that North Conway offered one of the leading lights in American skiing for decades before Western resorts rose to prominence. They go on to say that the distinction for inclusion on the prestigious Top 25 Ski Towns list may have something to do with the fact that there are no less than seven different downhill areas with an easy drive of town (and six Nordic ones).

When asked to highlight some of the local favorites in North Conway, Tom Eastman offered a few great suggestions:

Best Digs

Budget: The Yankee Clipper Inn

Swank: White Mountain Hotel & Resort

Best Eats

Cheap: Horsefeathers is great for families, with good pizza, pasta, and seafood.

Gourmet: Maestro’shas incredible Italian dishes.

Best After-Ski Party Spot

Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub is a skiers’ hangout, with live music on Fridays and Saturdays, and an open mic on Mondays.

Best Rest-Day Activity

Head for the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center right on South Main Street, where kids can learn about meteorology and the peak’s record-setting wind speeds. Then go to Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables for a sleigh ride.

While many of the Mt Washington Valley’s ski resortswere also mentioned in the story too. The story did note

North Conway’s Classic Run

The Lynx Trail at Wildcat runs top to bottom and snakes its way across the fall line while enjoying sweeping views of Tuckerman Ravine and Mount Washington.

When it comes to winter vacations, winter enthusiasts and the media alike agree that Mt Washington Valley ranks among the top choices in North America and now the world!  For more information about visiting Mt Washington Valley and for complete vacation planning resources, go to or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).

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 Photo of Cranmore skiing, taken in January, 2012 by April Deschenes.