Modified Lift Operations Due to Extreme Cold
Modified Operations at Ski Areas
We have been getting information from the ski areas about modified operations; note that these are subject to change and we highly recommend that you call or check the ski area's website you plan to visit before you go.
- Attitash Mountain Resort - plans to be open Friday and Saturday; may have limited lifts/terrain available.
- Cannon Mountain - closed on Friday; four lifts open on Saturday but the two summit lifts (Cannonball Quad and Aerial Tramway) will be closed.
- Cranmore Mountain Resort - Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park will be closed Friday evening. There will be no night skiing on Saturday. Lifts will spin 8:30am – 4pm. Tubing and Mountain Adventure Parks will close at 4pm on Saturday.
- Crotched Mountain - plans to be open Friday & Saturday; no night skiing on Friday, but the plan is to keep Midnight Madness on Saturday night.
- Dartmouth Skiway - plans to be open Friday & Saturday.
- Great Glen Trails - closing tubing operations Friday & Saturday; XC ski operations TBD.
- Gunstock - plans to be open Friday & Saturday.
- Jackson XC - plans to be open Friday & Saturday; moving all Saturday youth programs to Sunday.
- Loon Mountain - plans to be open Friday & Saturday; may have limited lifts/terrain available.
- McIntyre Ski Area - closed on Friday; plans to open at 11am on Saturday.
- Mount Sunapee - plans to be open Friday & Saturday, may have limited lifts/terrain available; considering a delayed opening on Saturday depending on winds and temps.
- Pats Peak - plans to be open Friday 9am to 4pm; night skiing and all after school groups cancelled. Resuming normal operations on Saturday 8:30am to 10pm with all services.
- Ragged Mountain Resort - plans to be open Friday & Saturday
- Waterville Valley Resort - plan to be open Friday & Saturday, but with a gradual opening of lifts starting with surface lift first, lower mountain lifts second, and upper mountain lifts if/when conditions allow.
- Whaleback - closed on Friday; considering opening at 12pm on Saturday depending wind and temps.
- Wildcat - closed on Friday; planning to open on Saturday but may have limited lift/terrain available.
Dressing for the outdoors in extreme cold:
- Wearing the right clothing (layers, outerwear, footwear, hat/helmet, etc.) is the most important thing to do if you're venturing outside in sub-zero temperatures. You'll want layers and to cover up all skin, including your eyes. Hand and footwarmers will help keep your digits warm. Neck gaiters and facemasks are important as well. And of course, if you're alpine skiing a helmet is not only a must to protect your head in case of a fall, but it will also keep your head warm (even more so when combined with an over the head face mask/balaclava).
- In extreme cold, it can be easier to experience frostbite or hypothermia. Take frequent breaks and head indoors to give your body a chance to warm up.
- If you have your kids outside to ski or do other outdoor activities, keep a close eye on them to make sure they're fully covered with warm layers. If they complain about the cold, it's best to bring them inside to get warmed up.
- Check out our What to Wear guide.
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