Best Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in New Hampshire

This list represents the most popular backcountry skiing & snowboarding in New Hampshire. Use this list to plan your next New Hampshire backcountry skiing & snowboarding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Mount Monadnock


The backcountry ski trail network of Monadnock State Park offers gentle ski touring through a classic New England forest landscape around the base of the mountain. The tour to Gilson Pond is a highlig…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Dublin, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Mount Cardigan


The Alexandria and the Duke’s ski trails are classic down-mountain runs that descend the east side of the Firescrew–Mount Cardigan summit ridge to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s historic Cardigan Lod…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Alexandria, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Mount Moosilauke


The Gorge Brook Trail is a fun, turn-fi lled ski route that departs right from the summit. The Moosilauke summit cone is also fl anked by large skiable snowfi elds. An alternative route follows the fu…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
North Woodstock, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 10.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Mount Chocorua


Champney Falls Trail climbs to the rocky summit dome of this peak, which dominates views of the White Mountains from the southeast. The trail passes the beautiful Champney Falls and follows an old log…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Conway, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Greeley Ponds


This is a moderate ski tour into the beautiful Greeley Ponds, which are nestled beneath ice cliffs and towering rock walls. For a longer tour, continue from the ponds to climb and descend the Kancamag…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Lincoln, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Sawyer Pond


This is a moderate ski tour into beautiful Sawyer Pond, just outside the Pemi gewasset Wilderness.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Lincoln, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 12.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Cannon Mountain


The Tucker Brook Trail is a 1930s-era down-mountain classic that descends the undeveloped western side of Cannon Mountain. The most popular trail access is from the Cannon Mountain Ski Area.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Franconia, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Mount Garfield


This is a long gradual tour up Mount Garfield to one of the most scenic summits of the White Mountains. The descent of the Garfield Trail is a fun, moderate ski.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Carroll, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 12.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Black Mountain Ski Trail


The Black Mountain Ski Trail is a 1930s-era trail that climbs to just below the summit of Black Mountain in Jackson. The wide trail features fun, twisting downhill skiing with plenty of room to make t…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Glen, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 2.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Doublehead Ski Trail


The Doublehead Ski Trail is a 1930s-era down-mountain trail full of interesting and exciting twists and turns that leaves from the summit of North Doublehead.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Glen, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3.6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Wildcat Valley Trail


This is a thrilling, scenic ski tour from the top of Wildcat Mountain to the town of Jackson.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Gorham, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Tuckerman Ravine: A Guide for Skiers and Snowboarders


Tuckerman Ravine is the most famous center of backcountry skiing in the East. There are a variety of very steep and extreme ski routes in and around the ravine and on Mount Washington.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Gorham, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 3.1 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Sherburne Ski Trail


This is an excellent downhill ski trail packed with turns and steeps from the Hermit Lake shelters to the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Gorham, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Avalanche Brook Trail


This exciting and rugged ski trail lies in the shadow of Mount Washington and has good downhill skiing. It runs south from Pinkham Notch toward Jackson, New Hampshire.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Gorham, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 6.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#15. Pinkham Notch


The ski tour starts at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, travels up the Old Jackson Road, down the Mount Washington Auto Road, and back on Connie’s Way Ski Trail. It includes a varied mix of climb…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Gorham, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Gulf of Slides


The Gulf of Slides is a wild, beautiful, and lightly traveled wilderness ravine. The Gulf of Slides Ski Trail features exciting downhill skiing and drops down from the base of the ravine from which th…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Gorham, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 2.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Great Gulf


Airplane Gully and Pipeline Gully are steep, elegant couloirs that descend one of the most dramatic alpine ravines of the White Mountains. The Great Gulf Trail descends a broad headwall.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Gorham, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 4.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Oakes Gulf


The sunny, south-facing gullies in Oakes Gulf offer wilderness skiing in a stunning remote glacial cirque. Double Barrel is a very steep gully located on the west side of the ravine.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Gorham, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 7.3 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Burt and Ammonoosuc Ravines


This above-treeline tour on the west side of Mount Washington offers wideopen skiing on snowfi elds and drainages with breathtaking views of the summits of the Presidential Range.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Gorham, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 5.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. King Ravine


Tour into the wild, dramatic King Ravine on the north face of Mount Adams to ski Great Gully.…
From the guidebook "Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast"
Randolph, NH - Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding - 7.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books