Spring Skiing in NH: Tuckerman’s Ravine

Spring skiing is the ideal way to get away from it all, and engage in a bit of rest and relaxation. A wild, and unspoiled, swath of mountainous territory, Tuckerman’s Ravine is the perfect combination of raw beauty, exhilarating views and pristine snow. Nestled on the shoulder of Mount Washington, this area is also home to our wonderful Inn.

Ungroomed, these rugged areas offer a challenge to even the most seasoned mountain skier. Needless to say, there are also no ski lifts to get you to your favorite area to ski. You will need to hike to get to your chosen spot, so make sure you plan accordingly when packing your essential items. Experts recommend that you drink between two and four quarts of water each day in order to maintain your health. Be sure to include high protein snacks that are packed with nutrition.

In many cases, the 2.4 mile hike along Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail can take upward of three hours, often making you long for the comfort and tranquility of our Inn. The trail involves mountaineering skills and the use of tools, such as an ice ax and crampons. The proper clothing and food supplies are also crucial to ensuring that your time skiing Tuckerman’s Ravine is as productive and comfortable as you desire. Dressing in layers is recommended as is wearing hiking boots while carrying your ski equipment.

Due to where Tuckerman’s Ravine is located, sudden weather changes are possible. This also lends itself to the beautiful views you experience while staying here at The Wentworth Inn. Crevasses and avalanches are a fact of daily life when it comes to skiing these backcountry areas. Other hazards include falling ice and undermined snow where running water underneath the snow layer weakens it considerably, often causing it to give way unexpectedly.

Tuckerman’s Ravine offers challenges that enable you to grapple with nature at her finest. Soaring views, adrenaline rushing ski runs and exhilarating mountain climbs are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to enjoying spring skiing at the best that White Mountain has to offer. Due to the fact that the ravine loses its access to direct sunlight after about 2:30pm, forest rangers suggest descending the headwall of the ravine before that time.

This gives you the perfect excuse to unwind from the challenges and exhilaration of skiing Tuckerman’s Ravine. The Wentworth Inn is a picturesque place in which to enjoy yourself. Partake in our delicious menu of freshly made to order delicacies. Relax with your favorite cocktail by a roaring fire or marvel at the stunning views from the window seat in your cottage. You can also treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment for a well-rounded spring getaway.

You will find that there are also plenty of hiking trails and other snow-based activities to enjoy as well. From sleigh rides to ice skating, you can celebrate spring with action packed excitement using The Wentworth Inn as your comfortable home base.

Skiing in NH’s Mount Washington Valley: Three Powder Picks

Quintessential New England charm, luxurious accommodations, extraordinary customer service and an award-winning restaurant make the Wentworth Inn a popular year-round destination. But there’s another reason winter sports enthusiasts return year and after year — actually, there are 13 of them: the ski resorts and XC centers located within 30 minutes of our front door!

The critics agree that NH’s Mount Washington Valley is a truly unique East Coast destination; the area has been declared a top 25 ski town by National Geographic as well as the premiere American ski town by TripAdvisor. And while the Mount Washington Valley offers plenty of perfect powder, we’ve narrowed the list down to three of our favorite spots for exhilarating New Hampshire White Mountain skiing.

Family Friendly Fun

Located in the bustling town of North Conway just 15 minutes away from us, the classic Cranmore Mountain Resort offers 170 skiable acres, 57 trails and 9 lifts, along with a mix of easy, intermediate and difficult trails. From intro to ski and snowboard lessons to camps and seasonal programs, Cranmore’s experienced instructors take beginners from “pizza” to parallel in no time. Teens, meanwhile, will love shredding it up in the terrain parks. Factor in a mountain coaster, giant swing, soaring eagle zip line and tubing park, and Cranmore is truly a one-of-a-kind destination.

Ski History

An awe-inspiring drive from the Wentworth through scenic Crawford Notch leads you to Bretton Woods, famed site of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference. New Hampshire’s largest ski resort with 464 acres, 52 trails, 35 glades and three terrain parks, Bretton Woods also offers night skiing and riding. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy being pulled by a team of sled dogs or a treeline-topping Canopy Tour. When the kids aren’t in lessons, they’ll be ice skating, tubing and snowmobiling in the resort’s base area.

Two For the Price of One

Less than 7 miles away from us, Attitash awaits: two connected mountains featuring 67 trails designed to suit skiers of all abilities. A combination of standard New English runs, glades, tree skiing and progressive freestyle terrain parks make Attitash a sought-after spot. The Nor-Easter Mountain Coaster offers even more thrills for adventure-seekers. Need another reason to check out Attitash? As the sister mountain of nearby Wildcat, Attitash offers skiers and riders joint lift tickets all season long.

Your Escape Awaits

What do all three of these ski resorts have in common besides some of the best skiing on the East Coast? Each is conveniently located near the charming Wentworth Inn right in the heart of the New Hampshire’s picturesque Mount Washington Valley. Book your next New Hampshire adventure or getaway with the Wentworth and prepare to be transported to a winter wonderland.

The Wentworth 18th Annual Ice Carving Competition

On Monday, January 9th we had nine carvers from around New England carve 300 lb blocks of ice into clowns, dragons, fish, a margarita bar, angels and even a road runner. Over the years we have seen these sculptures melt in as little as a few days or last until the middle of March.
Starting last year we had our own competition for those on our e-mail guest list and facebook friends. By submitting a guess as to the date when the last ice sculpture would topple, those with the correct date were entered into a draw to win a two night stay in a deluxe suite. We received over 2,000 guesses and the lucky winner is actually using her certificate on a Sunday and Monday this coming February.

Again this year we are holding the same competition – the guesses this year are a little more conservative due to how warm this winter has been so far. We actually have had to only eliminate 20 guesses so far. Pictured above is this years winner Dennis Hickey of Ice Breakers a regular participant in our ice carving competition. Make sure that you join our mailing list and like us on Facebook for updates on future events and competitions.

Winter fun at The Wentworth

With winter season under way and not too much snow on the ground, we just wanted to let you know of the many activities available to our guests. All of the downhill ski areas are 100% open and have been busy making snow over the past few weeks. For cross country we will have to wait until mother nature cooperates with us. In the meantime our ice skating rink is open, we do have a limited number of skates for rent here at the hotel but if you have your own, please feel free to bring them. Our outdoor firepit will be burning for you to warm your toes after skating or to toast your marshmellows.
Sleigh rides at Nestlenook Farm right in Jackson Village are always a popular option and have you ever thought about dog sledding? Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel located in Jefferson NH offer a variety of kennel tours. Visit their web site at www.dogslednh.com or e-mail them at info@dogslednh.com

There is always a reason and a season to visit us at The Wentworth so call us today at 800-637-0013, e-mail us at reservations@thewentworth.com or visit our website at www.thewentworth.com


Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour

What could be more romantic than a horse drawn Austrian Sleigh Ride through the village of Jackson starting at Nestlenook Recreation Center greeted by Carolers and Santa – while warming yourself with a steaming hot chocolate. Then you will be whisked away through the village of Jackson stopping at inns, restaurants and country stores to receive a delicious chocolate treat at each location.

The only way to book this tour is to stay at one of the participating inns – The Wentworth being one of them. We have created a special package for you for the dates of November 26th and 27th, December 3rd and 4th and December 10th and 17th and includes your accommodations, a four course dinner by candle light in our elegant dining room. A full country breakfast the following morning starts your day to get you ready for your Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour. 
Rates start at just $218.00 for two guests including accommodations, a four course dinner for two, a full country breakfast for two and the Jingle Bell Chocolate tour or just $148.00 for two guests including breakfast only. Call us today at 800-637-0013 to reserve.



Apres Ski Swiss Fondue


What better way to warm up and relax after a long and tiresome day on the slopes or trails than in our cozy lounge or curled up in front of the fireplace with our traditional and delicious Swiss Fondue for two.  There is a custom that originated in Switzerland where if a lady loses her bread in the fondue she pays a kiss to the nearest man.  If a man loses his bread in the fondue, he buys the next round of drinks.  Of course it goes without say that it is not good form to make someone else lose his or her bread.

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The Front Desk Staff Cross Country Skiing

On Tuesday January 4th Pat, Ellie, Irina and Karen from The Wentworth Front Desk took advantage of a gracious offer from Thom at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation and took a complimentary cross country ski lesson with equipment rental for the day. We arrived at 10:30AM and were promptly taken care of by Denise and before we knew it we were on the trails! Our teacher Barbara was excellent and showed us how to glide, stop, go uphill, slow down on a not so steep slope and slow down on a steep slope. Our one hour lesson turned into a two hour lesson and we laughed the entire time. 
After the lesson Fritz showed up with a lunch and we all skied on the Ellis River Trail to the warming hut to enjoy a well deserved lunch. What we learned was that not only is cross country skiing fun, but it can be enjoyed by everyone, of any age and of any availability. We encourage all of our guests to take advantage of this winter wonderland right outside the door of The Wentworth   No special equipment or clothing is needed – all the equipment you will need is available at the center and a warm hat, gloves and coat is all you need.  
My only wish is that I had a picture of us to put on here but our one camera that we brought with us was out of battery.