Concord has been rated one of the safest and best places to live - not only in New Hampshire, but in the country.
Concord's central location in both New Hampshire and the Northeast makes it an ideal location to enjoy a variety of ski resorts, trails, glades, bumps and snowboard parks. Whether you're new to the sport, looking to get your kids started on the slopes or ready to carve some fresh trails while taking in glorious views, New Hampshire is a premier destination for winter sports enthusiasts. As our friends at Pats Peak Ski Area like to say, "People from New Hampshire learn to crawl, then walk, then ski, right? It's a way of life around here!"
A mere 16 miles from the state capital, Pats Peak Ski Area and Banquet Center in Henniker is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard. Tubing is also very popular for families and teens looking to get outside and have some fun. Pats Peak has 28 trails, 11 lifts, 3 terrain parks, a snowtubing park, night skiing and 100% snowmaking. Founded in 1963 and locally owned by one family, Pats has taught generations of families to ski. Learn more about this gem in Concord's back yard on WMUR's January 29 episode of New Hampshire Chronicle: The Making of Pats Peak.
North of Concord, lie New Hampshire's famed White Mountains. The most rugged mountains in New England offer exceptional skiing and boarding. We're proud to recommend Greater Concord Chamber members Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln and Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville Valley.
Loon Mountain Resort is New England’s most-accessible mountain resort destination, located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains just 60 miles north of Concord. Offering NH's biggest skiing with 2100' vertical, 55 trails, 6 tree skiing areas and 5 award-winning terrain parks. Loon Mountain is a fantastic location to ski or ride. It also boasts New Hampshire's longest scenic gondola ride with jaw dropping views!
Nestled in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest 60 miles north of Concord, Waterville Valley Resort is a four season destination featuring world-class skiing & snowboarding, nordic skiing and much more. It offers a unique combination of a major ski-mountain with 52 trails and 12 lifts, complete nordic ski-touring center and self-contained village packed with family friendly activities including indoor skating, restaurants, lodges and shops. Set on 540 private acres surrounded by 360° of National Forest, Water Valley Resort is an outstanding place to for you and your family to enjoy the slopes.
Another favorite New Hampshire pastime is night skiiing. If you haven't whizzed along a white trail under the stars you're missing out. And for those who could ski and ride all day AND all night, you're in luck! Our members are ready to welcome you for as long as you can go. Head to Pats Peak Ski Area and Waterville Valley Resort to enjoy a refreshing night away from the television where you and your friends and family can make memories that will last for a lifetime.
Ski and board rentals are offered by ski resorts and shops for the day, your vacation and even seasonally—a great option for families with growing kids who need to replace their skis and boards regularly. Call ahead for availability as winter sports have become a very popular way to enjoy the outdoors.
Outdoor gear including jackets, pants, helmets, gloves, googles, etc., is available for purchase at S & W Sports. They offer an excellent selection of skis, boards, boots, bindings, alpine touring, nordic skis, boot warmers and more from from brands like Rossignol, Volkl, K2, Dalbello, Salomon, Lange, Marker, Dynafit, Burton, Gnu, Libtech, Neversummer, Roxy, Gnu, Vans, Oakley and more. Why purchase new ski or board gear in New Hampshire? You won't need to lug it on your flight, your boots will be professionally fitted, shop employees use this equipment on NH's slopes and will be able to readily advise you on what you need to enjoy a day, or week on the mountain and your purchases are tax-free. Welcome to New Hampshire!
The Viking House carries a fun assortment of exceptionally warm winter garb for men and women—stop by for beautiful nordic and irish wool sweaters from Dale of Norway and IrelandsEye, colorful woolen scarves, fantastic hats from Starling and Mucros Weavers, and Helly Hansen ski jackets and totes.
Our members offer comfortable accommodations for skiiers in the Concord area as well as New Hampshire's popular Lakes, White Mountain and Great North Woods regions. Check out our Where to Stay web page for tips that include pet-friendly hotels and inns. Places to stay north of Concord near Meredith, Wolfeboro, Lincoln, Jackson, North Conway and more are noted along with options to keep non-skiiers happy, like spas and an indoor water park!
We're proud to recommend our members in the travel, hospitality and restaurant industries. Reach out if we can help you plan your trip to New Hampshire. And check out our award-winning sister site Visit Concord NH for insider tips on great things to do during your visit to NH!