Bretton Woods as seen from Mt. Deception (2014)
Bretton Woods
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1973-74
Vertical Drop:1500 feet
Standing Lifts:4 high speed quads, 1 quad, 1 triple, 1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:1 quad, 2 doubles, surface lifts
Left: Bretton Woods as seen from Mt. Deception (2014)
Recent News:
9/4/2018: New Hampshire Lift Construction Continue...
8/12/2018: New Hampshire Construction Heats Up
6/15/2018: Bretton Woods Lift Projects Ramp Up
5/18/2018: Initial Lift Construction Continues in T... Profile
Located in the shadow of Mt. Washington, Bretton Woods is the newest major ski area in New England. Its high base elevation and wind-protected exposure results in unique conditions for the region.

Early Ski Development Attempts

Despite being home to some of the tallest peaks in New England and some of the deepest natural snow totals, the Twin Mountain - Crawford Notch - Jefferson region of the White Mountains lacked a major ski area. While the 1960s brought proposals for ski areas on Mt. Agassiz, Mt. Jefferson, North Twin Mountain, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Tom, and Willard Basin, the region was still without one by the time the 1970s rolled around. During that time, however, Interstate 93 had been constructed to Lincoln, New Hampshire, providing fast access to the western White Mountains from cities down south.

Opportunity presented itself across from the Mt. Washington Hotel in the Rosebrook Mountains. In early summer of 1969, Philadelphia-based investors under the name of the Mt. Washington Development Co. purchased the Mt. Washington Hotel and 10,000 acres of land.

Three years later, the owners announced the construction of a ski area on the Rosebrook Mountain Range. Sno Engineering was hired to design the ski area with the hopes of opening it that winter. The opening was delayed for one year. Meanwhile, proposals were drawn up to construct a casino.

Bretton Woods Opens

The early years at Bretton Woods
The early years at Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods opened for business on December 29, 1973 as an 1,100 vertical foot ski area. For the 1973-74 season, Bretton Woods had two double chairlifts, a T-Bar, and 30 acres of snowmaking. The alpine trail network consisted of 7 intermediate ski trails and one beginner slope.

While the initial build out but an early phase of a $100 million project, the ownership quickly ran into financial trouble. By January of 1975, Mt. Washington Development Corp. had become the largest bankruptcy in state history. Citing issues with state environmental regulations, a depressed housing market, and $14 million in debt, stopped all non-ski area operations. That summer, the resort lost the Volvo International Tennis Tournament to Cranmore. The area's ski touring center likely debuted for the 1975-76 season.

Financial backer Institutional Investors Trust took control of the resort that year and worked to keep it operational. In mid 1979, Institutional Investors Trust sold 6,500 undeveloped acres to the US Forest Service for $2,115,000.

Ownership Changes and Expansion

The early years at Bretton Woods
The early years at Bretton Woods

In May of 1980, Institutional Investors Trust sold the resort to Bretton Woods Associates for $5.7 million. Amongst the new owners immediate plans were renovations on the Bretton Woods Motor Inn and Mount Washington Hotel.

In 1983, a Fabyan's triple chairlift was installed on the upper mountain, expanding the area's vertical drop to 1,500 feet. Nine new trails opened, including some much needed black diamonds.

In late 1987, after decades of local opposition and five years of construction, Franconia Notch Parkway opened. By connecting Interstate 93 to the US 3 segment to Twin Mountain, the new road dramatically improved access to Bretton Woods.

Bretton Woods in the early 1990s
Bretton Woods in the early 1990s

During the spring of 1988, the owners of Bretton Woods, the Mt. Washington Hotel, and related properties (now known as Bretton Woods Acquisition Co.) sold the holdings to Satter Company of New England. Satter Company of New England then transferred the Mt. Washington Hotel and other lodging properties to First Commonwealth Development Inc. Later that summer, Satter Company of New England sold Bretton Woods ski area to a group of investors led by Herb Boynton and Joel Bedor. Their first big investment took place the following year, when Bretton Woods installed one of the state's first high speed detachable quad chairlifts. Named the Bethlehem Express, the new lift provided a quick way out of the base area and teamed up with Fabyan's triple to provide a high capacity route to the summit. Three new trails, additional snowmaking, and an expanded base lodge rounded out the $2 million project.

Bretton Woods and the Mt. Washington Hotel ran into trouble in early 1990 when lenders Dartmouth Bank and Eliot Savings Bank ran into trouble. By mid 1991, both banks had failed, resulting in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. taking control of the properties. New Hampshire based MWH Preservation Limited Partnership, led in part by the owners of the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, purchased the hotel and related lodging and dining facilities at a June 26, 1991 auction for $3.15 million. Two years later, the group acquired the Bretton Woods golf course.

Becoming a Large Ski Resort

The West Mountain Express Quad in 2015
The West Mountain Express Quad in 2015

In September of 1997, MWH Preservation Limited Partnership purchased Bretton Woods ski area, bringing the businesses back under the control of one group. One of their first moves was to install a novice double chairlift for the 1998-99 season.

In conjunction with the winterization of the Mount Washington Hotel, West Mountain was opened for the 1999-2000 season. Initially served by a fixed grip quad, the new complex provided additional intermediate trails and expert glades.

The original A Chair was replaced for the 2000-2001 season with a new high speed detachable quad.

The West Mountain quad was upgraded to a high speed detachable quad chairlift for the 2002-2003 season, while a fixed grip quad replaced the Crawford double chairlift.

The Mt. Rosebrook area debuted for the 2003-04 season, served by a new high speed detachable quad. Though the new trails were short, they provided some much needed steeps for Bretton Woods.

In June of 2006, the Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods ski area, and related properties were sold for $45 million. As part of the deal, Bretton Woods ski area was acquired by CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc.. Omni Hotels & Resorts began leasing the properties from CNL in September 2009.

An initial expansion was made to the Mt. Stickney area in 2010-11 when 30 acres of glades were opened. Two years later, the Telegraph T-Bar and Mount Stickney Cabin were added to the complex.

On December 1, 2015, Omni Hotels & Resorts purchased Bretton Woods and associated properties from CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc. for $90.5 million. Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
November9%    (11 reports)9 Open
December31%    (11 reports)31 Open
January50%    (2 reports)50 Open
March82%    (3 reports)82 Open
April67%    (3 reports)67 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Mar. 29, 2018 by amicus
Loose Granular, Spring Snow
Mar. 17, 2018 by nordicgal
Packed Powder, Packed Powder
Dec. 19, 2017 by lyndonmercauto
Wet Packed Powder, Wet Powder
Dec. 17, 2017 by lyndonmercauto
Packed Powder, Powder
Dec. 9, 2017 by skiit
Loose Granular, Frozen Granular
Bretton Woods on News
Recent Articles
New Hampshire Lift Construction Continues - Sep. 4, 2018
New Hampshire Construction Heats Up - Aug. 12, 2018
Bretton Woods Lift Projects Ramp Up - Jun. 15, 2018
Initial Lift Construction Continues in Two States - May. 18, 2018
New Gondola Project at Bretton Woods Moving Forward - Apr. 10, 2018
New Gondola and Summit Lodge Proposed at Bretton Woods - Dec. 14, 2017
Ski Areas Open in 4 States This Weekend - Nov. 10, 2017
Bretton Woods to Open Tomorrow - Nov. 12, 2016
Ski Season Arrives - Oct. 25, 2016
CNL Sale of Ski Areas Postponed - Dec. 28, 2015
Bretton Woods News Page

Expansion History
West Mountain
Mt. Rosebrook
Mt. Stickney

Image Gallery
1972-73 Eastern Ski Map1973-74 Eastern Ski Map1977-78 Ski The White Mountains Brochure1983 Boston Phoenix1984 Boston PhoenixBretton Woods Aerial Imagery, 1993 vs. 2011
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Standing Lifts
The Bethlehem Express Quad circa the early 1990s
Bethlehem Express Quad
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
Fabyan's Triple in 2004
Fabyan's Triple
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
The Learning Center Quad in 2004
Learning Center Quad
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
The Mt. Rosebrook Express Quad in 2004
Mt. Rosebrook Express Quad
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
The future base terminal (August 2018)
Presidential Bahn Gondola
Gondola - 8 Person
Construction of the Telegraph T-Bar in 2012
Telegraph T-Bar
The West Mountain Express Quad in 2004
West Mountain Express Quad
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
The Zephyr Express Quad in 2004
Zephyr Express Quad
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable

Past Lifts
A Chair
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
The B Chair in 2004
B Chair
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
Crawford Double
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
Crawford T-Bar
West Mountain Quad
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed

1974-75 Bretton Woods Trail Map1996-97 Bretton Woods Trail Map1999-2000 Bretton Woods Trail Map2000-01 Bretton Woods trail map2002-03 Bretton Woods Trail Map2009-10 Bretton Woods Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2017-18$93.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph$1069.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph11.5 daysNovember 10April 162017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$89.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$1049.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph11.8 daysNovember 13April 172016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$89.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$999.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph11.2 daysNovember 18April 32015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$85.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$999.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph11.8 daysNovember 9April 202014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$82.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$999.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph12.2 daysOctober 30April 212013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$79.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$899.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph11.4 daysNovember 15April 152012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$78.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$1119.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph14.3 daysNovember 22April 1155,6002011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$76.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$899.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph11.8 daysNovember 22April 17192,0082010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$74.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$899.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph12.1 daysApril 82009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$74.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$849.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph11.5 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$69.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$749.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph10.9 daysNovember 10April 212007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$64.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$499.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph7.8 daysNovember 24April 152006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$64.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$499.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph7.8 daysNovember 12May 5171,2442005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$59.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$1180.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph20.0 daysNovember 10May 11165,9632004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$59.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$1180.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph20.0 daysNovember 13May 82003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$57.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$1179.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph20.7 daysNovember 9May 42002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$53.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$1095.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph20.7 daysApril 192001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$51.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$1050.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph20.6 daysApril 152000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$49.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph$920.001999-00 Season Pass Price Graph18.8 days1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$44.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price Graph1998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$38.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price Graph1996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1995-96$38.001995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 181995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$30.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$30.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$30.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 311990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$28.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price GraphApril 1134,0001989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$25.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$24.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$23.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$19.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$18.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$17.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$15.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$14.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$12.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$11.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$10.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$9.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$150.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph16.7 days1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$9.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$8.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 291973-74 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I was proud to have worked at Bretton Woods from 1990-95. A great place to learn, with excellent grooming. I haven't been back since but would love to see the changes."
John Cossaboom, Sep. 29, 2016
"I used to work at Mount Washington and had a fun time. Given the fact I worked there I got a free season pass and spent almost everyday snowboarding down Bretton Woods. I have to say it is the only mountain I would recommend it to anyone because its the best mountain with a friendly environment. "
nick komisarek, May. 30, 2014
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  • Bretton Woods - official site
  • Last updated: September 29, 2016

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