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Cranmore Ski Resort Guide

Cranmore, United States

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,706ft
Resort Height492ft
 Nearest AirportsSacramento and Chico Muni
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A key resort in the history of skiing in New Hampshire, with recent infrastructure improvements including a new quad chair and upgraded base buildings.


The American ski resort of Cranmore is at an altitude of 492ft.

Cranmore has direct access to 38 marked pistes, served by a total of 9 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Cranmore?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Cranmore.

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Ski Area Stats

Cranmore Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Cross Country
Total Length
124 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Cranmore Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,706ft
Lowest Trail492ft
Resort Altitude (Cranmore)492ft
Max Vertical1,214ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Cranmore
Intermediate Skiers

Cranmore Overview

Cranmore is a friendly family ski area with a long and illustrious history as a ski resort. It has well above average facilities for a ski area of its size and has spent recently on improved lifts and other infrastructure. The resort has been owned by several major ski groups in recent year and has now settled in as part of the Booth Creek group which owns ski areas across the USA, including fellow New Hampshire centres Loon and Waterville Valley - which are included on a joint lift ticket with Cranmore.

North Conway businessman Harvey Dow Gibson cleared the first trails on the slopes of Mount Cranmore during the summer of 1937. Two years later, Hannes Schneider, arguably the most important person in the development of downhill skiing around the world in the first half of the Twentieth century (He brought skiing to Japan as well as being known as the father of American skiing) made his first turns on the South Slope and began a skiing revolution.

Part of Cranmore's history began in Austria, Schneider's home. An outspoken critic of the Nazis, Schneider was stripped of his influential title as head of all of Austria 's ski instructors after Hitler annexed Austria in 1938. After being placed under house arrest, Schneider fled to America and his new home of North Conway .

Gibson worked hard to bring Schneider to the Mount Washington Valley and saw him as instrumental in establishing Cranmore as a world-class skiing destination. Schneider received a hero's welcome upon arriving in North Conway . Schneider and his entire family left the train and walked under an archway of ski poles, held by 150 schoolchildren enrolled in the Eastern Slope Ski Club Junior Program. After lunch, Schneider made his first turns at his new home. Using his natural skill and vast knowledge acquired in his years of teaching in Austria , Schneider developed a ski school at Cranmore and taught his Arlberg technique to students from across the globe.


Cranmore today has thirty-nine different trails, ranging from classic cruisers or easy glades to winding trails. It is especially popular with families and has a reputation for being sheltered when extreme winter weather occasionally hits the region - staying open when other centres are forced to close completely.

Runs of note include Skimiester, a nice windy blue trail which gets steeper towards the end; at which point you have the option to switch on to easier Bandit to Lower Arlberg, or keep going on Bandit and cut over to Lower Hurricane.

Tougher runs include Ledges (pretty steep), Middle (a black diamond but not terribly steep),

Night skiing is available on Saturday nights and during peak holiday periods on eleven trails.

Cranmore offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.


The Darkside Terrain Park, served by two lifts, offers 17 acres of chaotic fun. Alternatively for the less experienced park user, the Other Side Park and Mini Pipe are great for those just getting started.

There's also a Snowskate Park located on Zip's Trail.

Darkside is open for night boarding along with eleven trails and events are staged throughout the season including camps and competitions - check out the special Dark Side section on the resort's website for the latest.

Location and Map

Where is Cranmore?

This ski resort is in Sutter, California, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Cranmore is Sacramento, 59 minutes drive away.

Chico Muni, San Francisco and Modesto City airports are all within three hours drive.

Sacramento is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts are able to uplift 6,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Cranmore open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Cranmore, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Cranmore Tourist Office for the latest.

Aprés Ski

Cranmore's slopeside lodging means there is some resort activity after the slopes close for daylight operation, with night skiing and tubing also helping to keep the centre lively after dark. In recent seasons the resort has made a particular effort to keep a party mood going on key nights with clown, jugglers, fireworks and more.

The Beer & Brat is a popular and often lively après spot, or you can travel out to the bright lights of North Conway for its extensive range of bars and eateries.