From Our Editors
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 11–25
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Whaleback Mountain
Pro Tip: Get here early if you would like to rent equipment.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: We take pride in our learning programs.
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Since 1955, Whaleback Mountain—a ski slope and family fun attraction—served as a pillar of the community, until it went into foreclosure in August of 2013. That's when the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation stepped in. The staffers at the nonprofit organization knew that Whaleback was worth protecting, so they now work to keep the area hot spot alive depending on the community's support. Under the new nonprofit model, Whaleback's 30 trails, descending 900 feet, remain open to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels and ages, whether they stick to the bunny hill or dare to explore the five double-black-diamond runs. Newbies can hone their skills with the help of the learning center's professional instructors, and strap on gear from the rental shop. After a day of speeding down expertly groomed trails, guests can unthaw at the rustic lodge, sipping drinks and sharing stories about out-skiing the on-site abominable snowman.