Skiing: 2019 Opening Dates and Season Passes!

Winter is officially here, and the North Conway ski mountains are opening soon! Thinking of doing a lot of skiing near North Conway this winter? It may be worth picking up a pass rather than relying on day tickets, which can quickly get expensive! Here are the opening dates and season pass options for North Conway ski mountains!


Cranmore’s opening weekend is November 16th! For the second year in a row, Cranmore is opening earlier than it ever has in its history as a ski resort. Get in before the winter crowds really set in for some pre-Thanksgiving skiing! Cranmore’s Season Pass is known as the Happy Trails Pass, and it comes in two tiers. The Black Diamond has no blackout dates and runs $879. The Blue Pass is valid during the full season except the major holiday weeks like Christmas, February Vacation, and MLK Day. It costs $609. The prices are lower for teens, kids, and seniors, and there are several other perks to the pass. Find more information here!


Attitash does not have an official opening day on the books yet, but expect it to open soon, as temperatures have fallen and snow has too! The snowblowers are on in force, so it shouldn’t be long now until the mountain is ready for skiing.  The season pass option at Attitash is different this year than in past years. The resort was recently purchased by Vail, so Attitash is now on the Epic Pass! For $740, you will have access to Attitash and its neighboring Bear Peak, as well as Wildcat and many other mountains in the Northeast. You’ll even have restricted access to some mountains out West (such as Breckenridge, Vail, and Keystone). There is an unlimited pass available for around $1000 – see additional information here.


Wildcat, in beautiful Pinkham Notch, is opening on November 15th! Get excited for some wonderful long runs and epic views of Mt. Washington. Be sure to bundle up as Wildcat gets chilly! And book a stay at a nearby Pinkham Vacation Rental so that you can cozy up after a day of skiing. As mentioned, your Wildcat pass also gets you access to Attitash and Bear Peak, so you get a lot of value for your dollar out of this pass. See this link for information on the Epic Pass.

Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods had their opening day on November 13th! Bretton Woods is the northernmost of all the peaks in this list, so it tends to open early. It’s known for its world-class grooming, so get excited for some smooth terrain and wide open trails! Their unlimited pass runs around $1000, and they have a midweek pass with some blackout dates available for just under $400. Additional info here!

King Pine

This is the smallest but also the southern-most mountain on the list. As such, it requires the least amount of total snow to open, but also tends to open later than the other peaks due to its location. The official opening day has not been declared yet, but it’s likely to be in late November or early December. Anytime Passes allow you access to the mountain any day of the ski season – this pass costs just under $600. A Midweek Adventure pass gets you Monday to Friday access to the slopes, excluding vacation weeks, and costs just over $200. There are a few other options, including cross-country season passes, available on the website!

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