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Bretton Woods and Cannon Mountain may only be a 25-minute drive apart, but they are completely different ski areas. We break down the differences between the two, so you can decide for yourself which you’d rather ski. Here’s everything you need to know when it comes to Bretton Woods vs Cannon.

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Bretton Woods vs Cannon Mountain: Which Area Should I Ski?

Mountain Stats

When it comes to mountain stats, Bretton Woods beats out Cannon in almost every category except summit elevation and vertical drop. Both of which, Cannon Mountain holds the record in New Hampshire. You compare the two ski area’s stats below.

Bretton Woods vs Cannon mountain infographic

Skiing the Mountains

Overall, Bretton Woods Ski Area is known to be more family-friendly compared to Cannon Mountain. Because Bretton Woods has more skiable acreage, it allows for more wide ski slopes with flat to moderate consistent pitch slopes in perfect condition. This makes the area a great place for beginners to learn especially with the fast lifts. Although Bretton Woods gets more snow each year, Cannon is known for harsher weather which leads to icier conditions. The way that the Bretton Woods Ski Area is positioned in the valley allows for more snow but with better year-round conditions.

Even though Bretton Woods is a great place for beginners and kids, it also offers 46 black diamond and double black diamond runs for experienced skiers looking for a thrill. That’s 47% of their slopes. Beginner trails make up 24% of their runs, while intermediates make up 29%. Cannon Mountains trails are 15% beginner, 52% intermediate, and 33% expert.

The View While Skiing

There’s no doubt that both ski areas guarantee breathtaking views of the surrounding White Mountains. Bretton Woods provides spectacular panoramic views of Mount Washington, the highest point in the Northeast United States. Cannon Mountain offers a great overview of Franconia Notch. When referring to the two ski areas, they are often called “the bold and the beautiful.” In fact, there is even a seasonal ski pass that includes the two areas by the same name. “The bold” represents the longest vertical drop and highest ski summit in the state at Cannon. Bretton Woods is called “the beautiful” because of the stunning views you get and the award-winning snow.

Stay Near the Slopes With Bretton Woods Vacations

Now that you know everything you need to compare Bretton Woods vs Cannon Mountain, it’s time to book your ski getaway! Because the two ski areas are so close, you could easily ski both during your stay which we recommend. We offer the best and largest selection of vacation rentals in the White Mountains. Whether you’re looking for a ski-in/out property or one with stunning views, we’re sure to have the perfect rental for your every want and need.  We don’t only provide you with the best options in and around Bretton Woods; we also have the best customer service in the area. When you book with us, we promise you a stress-free experience from booking to check-out.  

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