The oldest ski resort in New Hampshire, Jackson provides a huge choice of terrain amongst a welcoming, friendly New England atmosphere. Attitash, Wildcat and Black Mountain ski areas are all within a 20-minute drive of Jackson. The friendly, un-crowded New Hampshire slopes make Jackson a great choice for the beginner, though skiers of all abilities will find exhilarating challenges. This is also the number one cross-country ski destination in Eastern USA, surrounded by over 150 kilometres of trails for a wide range of abilities. Off the slopes, Jackson has lots to offer. White Mountain National Forest is full of breathtaking sights and Jackson and the surrounding White Mountain towns are steeped in history. Nearby North Conway offers countless bargains in its tax-free shopping area. Jackson's après ski is a laid-back, family-friendly affair, making this a great choice for anyone skiing with children.
* Based on Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort
A third of Jackson's Black Mountain pistes are graded green and there is a separate beginner section on the mountain. The local Snow Sports School offers group and private lessons for all abilities, plus specialised cross-country skiing lessons. With gentle progression pistes, both here and at nearby Attitash, this is a good destination for beginners.
With almost half of the Attitash runs graded blue, this is a perfect resort for intermediates. The smooth, enjoyable cruising is accompanied by some wonderful views. The closer Black Mountain also offers plenty of terrain, and more aggressive intermediates can move on to the testing slopes of Wildcat.
Advanced skiers and snowboarders can enjoy black and double black diamond pistes from the top to the bottom of Black Mountain. The quiet slopes offer fresh powder long after snowfall, and venturing off-piste will provide some tough tests. Nearby Wildcat Mountain offers more thrilling off-piste terrain, though a guide is mandatory. Attitash has a superb new freestyle park, located minutes from Jackson.
Black Mountain has a great range of childcare facilities. Day care is available for non-skiing children and there is a group tuition programme for children aged 4 to 12. Nearby Attitash and Wildcat also have good childcare and tuition, though they have fewer beginner slopes to learn on.
Black Mountain tends to be closed outside of traditional ski season. Nearby Wildcat and Attitash, however, have extensive snowmaking, superb grooming and plenty of shaded slopes. As a result, skiing and snowboarding is often possible during November and April in these two resorts. Those willing to make a short drive will find Jackson a good choice for an out-of-season ski break.
Jackson's après ski atmosphere is quintessentially New England and a warm, laid-back welcome will greet you in all of Jackson's pubs and restaurants. Base Lodge is a great starting point for a lively, late afternoon drink. Lostbo Pub here is also very popular and offers live music and dancing. Down into Jackson village, the vibrant Wildcat Tavern offers more live music and is particularly lively on weekends. Just ten minutes away is the historic Red Parka. The pub has a strong ski theme and a fun, friendly atmosphere. There is an event every night here, ranging from live music to comedy to classic films. The Red Parka often stays open into the small hours for those looking to party.