Crotched Mountain Ski Resort
If you are looking for big mountain fun on a smaller scale, explore Crotched Mountain Ski Resort in Bennington, New Hampshire! With great views, terrain parks, night skiing, and quick lines, this is a family-friendly ski resort that is easy to navigate and regroup at.
Enjoy the highlight video below and the full post that follows. New Hampshire is loaded with fantastic ski resorts, Crotched Mountain is one of its hidden gems.
Crotched Mountain Ski Resort
Crotched Mountain Ski Resort is located in the heart of New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region in the town of Bennington. It is centered between the towns of Peterborough and Hillsboro and is easily accessed from Route 47.
The mountain offers 100 acres of mixed terrain that includes glades, groomed trails for all abilities, and terrain park features. Crotched Mountain offers 1,000 feet of vertical drop with an elevation of 2,066 feet. They have 25 trails of balanced levels, 2 terrain parks, and 5 lifts. Click on this map link for a view of the trails.
The main “Rocket” lift lives up to its name and keeps the lines moving quickly for an enjoyable experience. They have 100% snowmaking capability and offer night skiing to boot!
The views from the peak offer a beautiful mix of the Monadnock Region’s peaks and lakes. Mount Monadnock is ever present throughout the region.
Crotched Mountain Night Skiing / Midnight Madness
For some added excitement, try night skiing at Crotched! I have been skiing here at night before and it is definitely a fun experience to be under the stars. They offer a “Midnight Madness” option for the super adventurous. You can ski from 8 pm-midnight during select times. They have fire pits, DJs, and giveaways that add to the fun nightlife vibe. Rather than post hours here, I’d suggest clicking on this link for direct details on the latest hours of operation.
Crotched Mountain Snowmaking / Trails / Lessons
Crotched Mountain’s 100% snowmaking ability helps to carry it through some of the unpredictable stretches of natural snow. The day we went in late February, it felt like spring skiing but we had a blast and most of the trails were open. You can tell from the pictures that the surrounding countryside was pretty void of snow. It is still special to view the New Hampshire countryside from the top of a ski mountain.
Crotched Mountain’s use of fan guns and locally sourced renewable energy show an impressive commitment to doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint.
With 25 trails, Crotched offers something for everyone. They have a nice mix of Black, Blue, and Green for all abilities. Milkyway to Supernova offers a view of Mount Monadnock and a nice long, easy path down to the base lodge. Jupiter Storm and Satellite Summit offer some faster steeper terrain as black diamonds. Crotched offers a nice mix of open glades and tighter options for the more experienced.
Lessons / Equipment Rentals
You can find a full complement of lessons available to adults, and children, as well as private lessons if you prefer. If you are a newbie or a first-time skier, Crotched is a perfect place to get started. Check out this lesson link and check things out. Equipment rentals are available if needed as well.
Crotched Mountain Ski Resort offers something for everyone and deserves to be added to your list of favorite New Hampshire ski mountains!
Check out my post on another ski adventure at Wildcat Mountain. I captured one of my best winter scene pictures on this trip!
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