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Where will you be on April 8, 2024?

Get ready to witness one of the most breathtaking natural phenomena on this date as New Hampshire is set to experience a Total Solar Eclipse! Starting at 3:28 PM EST -- for 3 minutes and 15 seconds -- the skies will darken and all will become still as the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking its light.

This is a rare opportunity to witness the eclipse in its full glory, as Northern New Hampshire will be in the eclipse's Path of Totality, and most other areas of the state will be in the 95% of Totality viewing range. Don't miss this chance to be a part of history, as the last time New Hampshire was in the direct path of a Solar Eclipse was in 1959, and the next one won't be here for another 55 years!

And if you're looking for the best view of the eclipse, why not head to one of the many ski resorts in NH? With events planned throughout the day, you can enjoy the eclipse while hitting the slopes or taking part in other exciting activities. So mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable experience that you'll be talking about for years to come. Here are some safety guidelines to review before viewing the eclipse.

Here are some eclipse events taking place at Ski NH Resorts

Bretton Woods: Join the Solarbration at Omni Mount Washington Resort, and embark on an extraordinary celestial journey. Enjoy eclipse-inspired activities including a “Total Eclipse of the Art” Reception on April 6, featuring photography by Mount Washington Observatory staff meteorologist and photographer Ryan Knapp. On Sunday, learn about this amazing phenomenon with presentations by the University of Maine and the Mount Washington Observatory before you enjoy a sun-sational Wine Maker’s Reception in the Sun Dining Room. The Solarbration continues on Monday with a viewing party with music, food and fun. Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided. Learn more!

Cannon Mountain: It'll be an Eclipse Fest - don't miss your chance to watch the Total Solar Eclipse Slopeside at Cannon Mountain. Dub Apocalypse will take the slopeside stage to bring us an American Reggae funk beach party! Dub Apocalypse is an instrumental dub reggae band from Boston, MA. Check them out - Dub Apocalypse 1-20-23 The Lizard Lounge ( and get ready for an apocalyptic beach party on Cannon Mountain! Ticket information and details are here.

Cranmore Mountain Resort: NH is on the path to totality, and this once-in-a-lifetime affair deserves an incredible viewing location. Join us at the summit of Cranmore with a solar eclipse-themed lunch and a viewing party with activities at the Meister Hut. Get more info. here.

Franconia Village XC: Franconia Inn will have a limited supply of solar eclipse viewing glasses for their guests, and will be offering an Eclipse-themed dinner and drinks in Peak's Pub at the Inn.

Great Glen Trails: Where will you be on April 8, 2024? Imagine yourself in a folding chair at 4,000' feet on Mt. Washington – the tallest peak in the Northeast–taking in the Solar Eclipse. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime celestial experience. Get more info. here or call 603-466-3988.

King Pine Ski Area: A Purity Spring Resort Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will be held Monday, April 8 on the new King Pine base lodge deck from 2:00-4:30 p.m. with “heavy” hors d’oeuvres (assorted sliders, meatballs, spring rolls, cheese & crackers, chips & dips and a sweet treat) and a cash bar with beer, wine, and signature solar eclipse cocktails. Ticket purchase required and includes a unique souvenir cup, eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last, a “Moon Pie” and a 20% off dinner coupon for Traditions Restaurant & Pub that evening. Call (603) 367-8896 to reserve and purchase the Purity Spring Resort Solar Eclipse Party tickets. Learn more.

Loon Mountain Resort: Skiers and snowboarders will have the unique opportunity to ski and ride through the path of totality at Loon. With a partial view of the eclipse, Loon will be a prime location to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. No foot-traffic skyride tickets will be sold at this time. Lift access will be limited to skiing/snowboarding guests only. Guests with Ikon passes do require a reservation. Day Tickets for ski/snowboard access are available for purchase in advance.  Learn more

Waterville Valley Resort: Get ready for an extraordinary celestial experience at SKI’CLIPSE, an event where the thrill of skiing meets the wonder of a solar eclipse in 98+% totality. Everyone with a season pass or lift ticket will receive a pair of complimentary solar eclipse viewing glasses, allowing you to observe the eclipse safely and in detail. Refuel and recharge at the Freestyle Lounge or Marketplace. (The Schwendi Hutte will be CLOSED to the public. Only those with Solar Summit Soirée tickets will be able to access the Schwendi Hutte and deck.) SKI'CLIPSE is free to season pass holders and those with lift tickets. Purchase a lift ticket HERE.

Whaleback Mountain: Join Whaleback Mountain on April 8th for food, drinks, live music, and a perfect solar eclipse view on the back deck. The first 100 attendees get free solar eclipse glasses. The party starts at noon and runs through till 5 pm; the eclipse begins at 3:28 pm. For 3 minutes and 15 seconds, skies will dim, temperatures will drop, and the country will pause to watch as the Moon passes over the light of the Sun, completely blocking its light. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime event, the next complete solar eclipse in NH will not come around again until 2079. Learn more.

Wildcat Mountain: Experience the Wild in a new light! Wildcat is gearing up for a mind-blowing 98% totality during the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th. Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime skiing and riding experience, plus a pop-up BBQ and Bar that's bound to eclipse all your expectations! Lift operations will pause at 3 pm during the peak totality and will resume after totality, spinning until 5 pm. Costume contest, eclipse-themed crafts. Learn more.

Lodging Packages

Bretton Woods Vacations is offering free viewing glasses on a first come first serve basis (based on reservation date, while supplies last) and 20% off a stay of 3 nights or longer with coupon code ECLIPSE24

Carlson's Lodge Experience Eclipse TOTALITY in NH. Stay at Carlson's Lodge, ride the shuttle to Lancaster for a lecture, lunch, eclipse and more. Stay your 3rd night free and get up and ski! Call Carol or Will to reserve 603-846-5501 xt 0

Cranmore Inn - A unique North Conway boutique inn and hotel in North Conway village a great location to view the Solar Eclipse! Cranmore Inn features a blend of modern amenities and historical charm, professional and personalized hospitality, complimentary breakfast, and the opportunity for both adventure and relaxation. Use solar2024 for a $10 discount.  

Cranmore Mountain Lodge - The lodge offers prime viewing of the eclipse off the large back deck. Guests will receive solar eclipse glasses on check-in plus enjoy light appetizers and refreshments from 12-3 pm. 

Eastern Slope Inn - Guests are invited to enjoy a truly unique and authentic North Conway experience, each room reservation receives one Eastern Slope Inn eclipse-branded bottle of wine from the White Mountain Winery and 2 exquisite Half-Moon cookies from Mystic Sugar Bakery.

Fox Ridge Resort
- Guests booking an eclipse package using the "SOCIAL15" code will receive eclipse viewing glasses, save 15% on their reservation, and be invited to attend an eclipse reception which will include moon pies, eclipse cookies, and more. They can also win the best eclipse costume prize by tagging images to Fox Ridge Resort on Instagram. 

Omni Mount Washington Resort
- Join the Omni Mount Washington Resort for an unforgettable celestial spectacle and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Other links of interest

Visit NH

State of NH Joint Information Center

Mount Washington Observatory

NH Map of Path of Solar Eclipse

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