Mount Sunapee Ski Resort boasts some of the best snow quality for skiing and riding in New England, but that’s not all this favorite New Hampshire ski area offers. Despite the name, Mount Sunapee is in the town of Newbury (under a two-hour drive from Boston!), one of the most accessible ski resorts in New Hampshire. It’s also one of the most scenic, offering outstanding views of Lake Sunapee from the top of its ski trails.
About Mount Sunapee Ski Resort
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Trails: 67 (18 miles of terrain)
Summit Elevation: 2,743’
Vertical Drop: 1,510’
Terrain Parks: 4 total
Restaurants: 5 onsite dining options include Goosefeathers Pub, Sunapee Cafe, Summit Cafe, Spruce Cafe, and Beck Brook BBQ.
Ski and Snowboard Rentals
You can rent ski and snowboard gear directly from Mount Sunapee, but we also recommend Bob Skinner’s Ski and Sports shop. Conveniently located just before the Newbury traffic circle, Skinner’s has been serving Mount Sunapee visitors since 1985. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly and kids under five rent for FREE!
Where to Stay
There are several hotel and vacation rental options that will keep you near the ski area, a few of our favorites include The Lodge, Bluebird Sunapee, Sunapee Harbor Cottages and if you want a truly unique rental, Tiffany Hill Treehouse–read more about these vacation rentals here [insert link to blog post: Best Hotels in Sunapee]. If you would rather stay in New London or one of the other surrounding towns, check out this list of Sunapee Region Hotels and Inns.
Where to Dine
There’s always Goosefeathers Pub at Mount Sunapee, but when we want to head elsewhere for après ski, below are our go-to restaurant picks. For a more comprehensive restaurant list, check out our Visitor’s Guide.
Salt Hill Pub Shanty
Distance from Mount Sunapee: 1 miles, 2 minute drive
A laid back bar atmosphere just two minutes down the road! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for live music announcements and specials.
Distance from Mount Sunapee: 2 miles, less than a 5 minute drive
From grilled salmon to filet mignon and a wide range of cocktails, Suna offers an array of dinner options. They also have a fun bar area if you’re more in the mood for small bites and appetizers.
Distance from Mount Sunapee: 4.5 miles, less than a 10 minute drive
Amazing BBQ food (highly recommend ordering a BBQ Sunday). The Smokehouse is a small restaurant and hours vary so call ahead to make sure they are open and have room.
Flying Goose Brew Pub, New London
Distance from Mount Sunapee: 14 miles, 20 ish minute drive
A worthwhile drive, this solar powered brew pub is one of our favorites for après ski. Warm atmosphere, friendly staff, great food and awesome locally made beer. The Goose has a large selection of their own beers, grab a flight and try them out!
Things to Do Around Mount Sunapee
There are some phenomenal trails for winter hiking in the region and several that will reward you with outstanding views! Read more about our favorite winter hikes in the Sunapee Region.
Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing
The Sunapee Region offers great options for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. If you want a blend of downhill skiing and snowshoeing, we highly recommend staying at Dexter’s Inn. Located in Sunapee and less than 4 miles from Mount Sunapee Resort, Dexter’s has 15 miles of snowshoe terrain to explore. For cross country skiers, check out Pine Hill Ski Club in New London, or head north to Eastman Cross Country Ski Center in Grantham.
Below are a couple of stores that we want to highlight as “must dos” if you’re visiting Mount Sunapee Ski Resort. Here is a longer list if you’re looking for more options.
Sunapee Trading Post
Located one mile from Mount Sunapee, STP opened in 2021 and has an eclectic assortment of apparel, gifts, locally crafted signs, drinkware and so much more.
There are a handful of farm stands and markets throughout the region and they offer more than just local produce! From artisan gifts to regionally made honey, syrups, cheeses and more, here’s where to find them.
Maple Sugar Houses
What’s better than pairing spring skiing with a visit to a Sugarhouse? Nothing!! New Hampshire is home to dozens of sugarhouses and two of the best are located right down the road from Mount Sunapee Ski Resort!
Ben’s Sugar Shack: 4 miles, less than 10 minutes from Mount Sunapee
Harding Hill Farm: 3 miles, 5 minutes from Mount Sunapee
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