With spring moving in, which NH ski mountains are still open?

  • Riders and a lone skier brave the light rain at sunset during night skiing at Pats Peak on Thursday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • A lone skier rides the chairlift during night skiing at Pats Peak on Thursday evening, March 24, 2022. The last day of operations at the ski area is this Sunday. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A lone skier makes their way down the slope during night skiing at Pats Peak on Thursday evening. The last day of operations there is Sunday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • A lone skier makes their way down the slope during night skiing at Pats Peak on Thursday evening, March 24, 2022. The last day of operations at the ski area is this Sunday. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A lone skier makes their way down the slope during night skiing at Pats Peak on Thursday evening, March 24, 2022. The last day of operations at the ski area is this Sunday. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 3/25/2022 3:10:17 PM

As winter loses its annual battle with spring, the state’s ski resorts still hold the promise of some last runs on the slopes before the season is over.

Some Granite State mountains hope to keep the lifts running deep into April, while others will have their last runs before March is over.

One of the mountains that already closed is Black Mountain, which packed it in early this year due to the lack of late-season snowfall that fell in the form of rain. Dartmouth Skiway’s last day is Saturday, March 26.

Then on March 27 the dominos really start falling as Cranmore, Crotched, King Pine, McIntyre and Pat’s Peak ski areas will end their seasons simultaneously after Sunday. Anyone interested in pond skimming can head to Pat’s or Cranmore Saturday.

Even though backyards are bare, Lori Rowell, director of marketing and sales at Pat’s Peak, said there is still plenty of man-made snow on the ground for the final days of the season.

“We definitely have snow on all our trails right now. Some areas are thinner than others, but we do have a significant amount of snow still because of the amount of snowmaking we did,” said Rowell. “We really spent a lot of time making snow early in the season to give us a nice snow base, so there’s still plenty of snow,”

The next group to close up shop includes Attitash, Gunstock, Sunapee and Ragged Mountain in Danbury, which all have April 3 as their last day. Ragged will host its own pond skim on Saturday for anyone who can’t make it to Pat’s or has an extra-strong hankering to plunge into icy water in full ski gear.

Cannon is unsure when it will shut it down for the summer but their pond skim is set for April 9 so it's a safe bet they’ll be closed soon after. April 10 is the final day for Bretton Woods, Waterville and Wildcat if they can make it that long. 

The last mountain that will be left standing appears to be Loon in Lincoln. Its website is offering lift tickets all the way to April 17. Whether or not the snow lasts that long remains to be seen, but if it does, that could be the last shot at the slopes for the 2021-22 season without crossing the border to Vermont or Maine where a few resorts are looking to stay open into May. 

Editor’s note: This story has been changed to reflect Ragged’s closing date is April 3, with a pond skimming event on April 2.




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