By Kathy Bennett & Thom Perkins
Sunny skies and a shoulder of mountain protecting the trails from the northwest wind made Black Mountain in Jackson, NH the perfect choice for a cold day’s adventure on the slopes recently. It was below zero overnight at our home but at the area the temperature was in the comfortable low teens.
Black Mountain sits on the southern end of a 3 ½ mile mountain ridge overlooking the Wildcat River valley. When approaching Black, one passes through the classic New England village of Jackson complete with shops, eateries and a wide choice of lodging options. Views of the Presidential Range and the valley’s namesake are afforded from the summit chair.
Black’s staff can provide you a selection of rental gear should you need it, a well-run ski school and sustenance and libations all located in a classic base lodge. Black is one of the secrets of the Valley. It’s a great choice on a powder snow day due to the terrain. Even 3 days after a powder dump, we found untracked still-soft powder. The many of the trails were groomed to perfection. Other popular trails were left untouched so that skiers would find natural powder old school runs. Then, there are the glades. Lots of glades with varying terrain including some wicked double black diamond runs.
Wind protected, sunny southern vistas, great grooming and snowmaking, slopes and classic trails all at bargain rates makes Black a home run for fun.