The Local's Guide
Lodging & Food
The Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival is taking place in an area that has great access to backcountry skiing plus convenient lodging and food options.
March 13-15, 2020
A gathering in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for backcountry skiers & riders of all abilities.
A wide variety of lodging options exist in the Mount Washington Valley. Generally anything in the towns of Jackson, Intervale, Bartlett, and North Conway are very close to festival locations. Before booking, make sure to check maps so you're not too far away from festival locations. Gorham can work as it's close to Pinkham Notch (15 minutes), but slightly over 30 minutes to the festival base in Intervale. Get in touch if you have any suggestions or feedback on the listings.
White Mountains Hostel - Conway
Hub North - Gorham (10% discount on lodging from March 8-10, 2019 if you mention you're coming for the ski festival)
Camping & Cabins
- The link above will bring you to camping and cabin information for the White Mountain National Forest. The only "local" campground open in the winter is Barnes Field. Barnes Field is close to Wildcat Mountain ski area and Pinkham Notch, but almost 30 minutes to the registration/vendor camp at Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale, NH.
- Backcountry camping is allowed on the White Mountain National Forest, see regulations on the website. The end of Town Hall Road in Intervale, NH has good access to the National Forest.
Trivago (a large search site that you can use to find options based on location and price)
Food & Coffee & Beer
Koz's Haute Box is coming to the rescue to serve great New England Soul Food to you hungry skiers and riders. Koz will be at Ragged Mountain Equipment from approximately 3-5:30 PM and then at Theater in the Wood (1 mile from Ragged) from approx 6:30-8+ PM. Check out this awesome menu:
- Vegan Jambalaya
- Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
- Bison Chili
- BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
- Massive Whoopie Pies & Zapp's Chips
- Hot Coffee & Cocoa & Water & Soda
We love our local restaurants, but save your appetite and hit Koz up at Ragged and Theater in the Wood on Saturday March 9, 2019.
Hannaford - North Conway (supermarket)
Shaws - North Conway (supermarket)
Grant's - Glen (small/medium market...has the basics)
The Local Grocer - North Conway (small organic/natural market...breakfast and lunch...great local place)
A biased and select list of places to eat:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. - North Conway (good varied food and beer)
Flatbread - North Conway (good pizza)
The Local Grocer - North Conway (breakfast and lunch, coffee/espresso)
Delaney's - North Conway (variety of food choices plus service Sushi daily)
Bangkok Cafe - North Conway (small Thai place next to IME)
Taste of Thai - North Conway (further down the strip in North Conway, but often has seats available when other restaurants are crowded)
Shalimar - North Conway (good Indian food, often has seats available when other restaurants are crowded)
Bagels Plus - North Conway
The Sunrise Shack - Glen
White Mountain Cider Co. - Bartlett (great food, reservations often required)
J-Town Deli & Market - Jackson (good breakfast and lunch, coffee, limited selection of groceries)
We get it...you're traveling and want to know where the BEST coffee is, we'll help:
Frontside Grind - North Conway (great coffee & espresso, breakfast & lunch too)
Looking for some variety besides what's found at the grocery store?
The Vista Country Store - North Conway