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New England has a good showing in best 25 ski towns

So this is kind of old news, but it’s still pretty exciting, and it shows that New England can hold its own when it comes to ski tourism.

National Geographic recently came out with a list of the top 25 ski towns around the globe. Two New England towns made the cut: North Conway, N.H. and Stowe, Vt. They join other ski destinations in France, Austria, Canada, New Zealand and Japan as well as traditional American favorites in Colorado and western United States.

Having been able to visit both Stowe and North Conway, I can say I agree with National Geographic writer Aaron Teasdale’s opinion. They’re both great destination towns for New England skiers, and are proof that New England ski resorts are coming up in the world.

A person skies on Attitash Mountain, which is near North Conway.

Teasdale singles out North Conway as best for “[h]istory-buff families in the northeastern U.S.” Teasdale acknowledges that North Conway is not as well known as most of the other destinations in his top 25, but he’s fast to defend the 2,300-person New Hampshire town’s skiing roots, which date back to the 1930s. North Conway was a booming place for skiers back in the day before western United States ski resorts took over the spotlight.

Nearby ski resorts include New Hampshire favorites like Attitash, Cranmore and Wildcat Mountain. The town is a great hub for skiers who love skiing almost right in their backyard (something I, as a Massachusetts resident, can greatly appreciate).

Village at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort

Teasdale recommends Stowe to “Patrician eastern skiers with a taste for fine dining.” He calls it an “impossibly quaint town” that sits at the foot of nearby Stowe Mountain Resort. There resides Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont, which certainly makes for some good skiing. For the dining enthusiasts Teasdale advises to go to Stowe, local resident Sam von Trapp (from the family from “The Sound of Music”) says you can’t go wrong with Blue Moon Cafe in the center of town, or really any restaurants around.

This just makes me think I’ve got to get up to New Hampshire or Vermont this ski season!

Attitash photo (cc) Wikimedia Commons user Attitashmountain and republished here under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

Stowe photo (cc) Wikimedia Commons user Stevage and republished here under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.



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