Downhill Skiing in the Monadnock Region

Skiing is a New Hampshire tradition that has an active presence in the Monadnock Region. We are nestled in a prime spot for reaching a variety of ski areas to enjoy some outdoor fun once the snow starts falling. We’re here to take you on a fun-filled winter excursion of some of the ones closest to us, giving you a great experience well worth a visit.

ski lift with skiers headed up the mountain in the evening

Crotched Mountain’s Ski lift lit up at night!

The closest downhill skiing area to the Jack Daniels Inn is Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride, only 15-20 minutes away. Located in Bennington NH, this mountain is a prime spot for all the skiers and shredders in the family. With a wide variety of trails of varying difficulties from green dot to balck diamond, there’s something for every level of experience with skis and snowboards. Crotched Mountain features well groomed trails, trainers and terrain parks and night skiing six nights a week.

skiers coming down a hill at crotched mountain

Freshly groomed trails and a clear day at Crotched Mountain Ski.

A fully outfitted lodge greets visitors to the ski area with cubbies, lockers, a retail store for when you forget your gloves and a full array of rental equipment. Those interested in just putting their feet up while other members of their group hit the trails will be pleased to find a cozy spot upstairs in the Base Lodge. A cafeteria with its own pizzeria offers hot food and drinks, while the Onset Pub is ideal for grabbing a more adult drink.

Skiers enjoying the nighttime hours at Crotched Mountain

Crotched Mountain also does another thing that’s sure to excite and entice – Midnight Madness! On select Friday and Saturday nights, ski the slopes until 3am, enjoy live music inside the Onset Pub, and warm up by the bonfires all night long. Crotched Mountain is one of the only ski areas on the east coast to offer late night skiing, and the experience itself is worth a try.

Training the next generation for snowboarding at Granite Gorge.


Just outside of Keene, only 30 minutes from the Jack Daniels Inn is Granite Gorge Ski Area. Granite Gorge offers a perfect family spot for winter. In addition to  trails for both skiing and snowboarding, there is a tubing hill for those who would like to enjoy their time outside but might not be interested in hopping on some skis. Twelve km of cross country trails round out the full snow sport experience offered at Granite Gorge. Granite Gorge also offers night skiing until 8pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The Bus Stop Grill cafe provides its visitors with hot drinks and food to enjoy when you need a break from the slopes or just keep yourself toasty in the chilly air. And the Lookout Lounge offers libations for the over 21 crowd.

Tubing is another fun family activity at Granite Gorge

If you want to explore Southern New Hampshire’s alpine skiing even further, Pat Peak  Ski Area is only 40 minutes away and Mount Sunapee Resort can be reached in less than an hour.

So, where to start? Why, at the Jack Daniels Inn of course! Our central location makes us the perfect hub for exploring all of SouthWest New Hampshire’s downhill skiing. We are so pleased to offer several Ski Packages at the inn that give guests some amazing deals on tickets while also providing a warm and welcoming room when it’s time to rest. Downtown Peterborough offers amazing options for lunch and dinner as well, both casual and fine dining for you to enjoy before – or after – you hit the trails.


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