Bear Peak is a group of steep sided mountains pushed up against, and into, the White Mountain National Forest, resulting in a great variety of skiing terrain. In fact, Attitash is one of the few ski resorts in New Hampshire that hosts big names ski shows like the ATP free-ride series, so if you're into watching big air this is the resort to choose. But don’t let that intimidate you. Whether you are looking for smooth groomed cruisers or steep bump runs, there is something for everyone on Attitash. For the little ones there is even a section with a conveyor belt right next to the lodge that makes life easier for the kids and parents alike.
Typically the mountain feels pretty clear, and the lift-lines are short as there are severalto get your to your ski run destination, but on holiday weekendsyou can definitely expect a bit of a wait. In regards to the snow, recent upgrades to snow-making now takes care of any abnormally low snow days or months – so you don’t have to plan too much according to weather during the season.
When it comes to where to stay, slope-side lodging at Attitash is sparse, but more options have popped up over the past few years. Your best option is The Grand Summit Hotel, otherwise you should look into condo rentals or timeshare options if you plan to visit often. A short drive to the "Valley" will provide more options. There you can choose from a variety of B&B's and hotels like The Lodge, The Bernerhof Inn, or the Inn at Thorn Hill.
Après ski in Attitash, and any life after dark for that matter, is pretty much limited to the Grand Summit Hotel's Ptarmigan Pub. Here you can findfine dining and a more upscale bar scene. If you are in the mood for something a little more local and down to earth head across the street (Route 302) toMatty B's. Otherwise, a short drive to the Red Parka Pub will provide a night of live music, great pub fare, and lots of local and not so local brews to choose from.
If you're looking for something more luxurious and elegant you'll have to take a fifteen-minute drive to Jackson or North Conway. Both have top notch dining options like the Wentworth Hotel, or the 1785 Inn, and a myriad of other options that will satisfy any particular tastebuds. I'm partial to the 1785, they've got a dynamite wine selection and every time I've been there the food has been incredible, ask to sit by the fireplace on a typical January eve and you'll be quite comfortable.