By Kirstan Lukasak, M.A. in English and Creative Writing Student
Skiing in New Hampshire is a deep-rooted tradition. From hosting the oldest ski club in America to making skiing the official state sport, New Hampshire celebrates its skiing heritage and offers some of the best destination ski areas in the country.
Ski NH, a nonprofit organization that represents 33 ski resorts across the state as well as ski industry suppliers, retailers and properties, reports that nearly 2.3 million skiers and snowboarders visited New Hampshire’s resorts and spent a record $1.15 billion in the state last year. The ski industry also supports 11,067 jobs annually, according to the group.
Here are some more fun skiing facts about New Hampshire:
- The typical ski season runs five months, from November to April, depending on weather conditions.
- On average, ski resorts see over 120 inches of snowfall during the season.
- The Nansen Ski Club was founded in Berlin, New Hampshire, in 1872, making it the oldest ski club in America.
- Nine athletes from New Hampshire competed in the 2014 winter Olympics at Sochi.
- In 1998, the General Court adopted skiing as the official state sport.
Visit www.skinh.com to learn more.