North Conway Named #1 Ski Town in North America by USA TODAY’s 10BEST

North Conway, NH – North Conway has once again been named the #1 ski town in North America by USA TODAY’s 10Best.com.  Competing against such well known ski towns as Aspen, Breckenridge and Jackson Hole, North Conway took top honors in the number one spot among those who voted in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards Travel Contest which took place over the past month. In addition, Jackson XC was included in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the Best XC Ski Resort, coming in fifth out of the top ten XC ski centers in North America.

The number one ski town designation for North Conway has a legacy.  Since 2016, North Conway has been nominated for the esteemed title of Best Ski Town by 10Best. For a number of  years, they held the #1 spot until 2018 when they were named #2.  This served to motivate the chamber to get out the vote, and with help from skiers and riders throughout the USA, North Conway regained it’s title as the #1 ski town this year.

“To be named the number one ski town in all of North America is a huge honor and feather in our cap, especially when we see the company we’re in among ski towns across North America” commented Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Between the 13 ski resorts and XC Centers we offer, along with on-mountain recreation for non-skiers, snowmobiling, dog sledding, sleigh rides, ice skating, and all the backcountry recreation of the White Mountains, we believe we have earned the designation of not only best ski town but best winter town too. And with Jackson XC on the 10Best XC Ski Resort list, Mt Washington Valley is certainly the premier winter destination this year” added Crawford. “We simply ask skiers who come to visit our destination to wear masks and respect the new safety measures put in place at ski resorts and other businesses throughout town,” finished Crawford.

According to 10Best editors, “Someday, we’ll all be ready to pack our suitcases again and head out on our next adventures. In the meantime, we’ll keep supporting the places that inspire us. What makes a great ski town? Some would say it’s convenient access to the slopes, for others, maybe it’s the variety of restaurants, bars, shops and accommodations. Yet others might gravitate toward a small town vibe or historic atmosphere.” The editors followed up this observation with a message to us in North Conway. “Since this nomination was carefully made by an expert panel, and the public voted for this honor, you have earned some serious bragging rights!”

The top ten winners in the USA TODAY/10Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Ski Town are as follows:

  1. North Conway, NH
  2. Rossland, BC, Canada
  3. Bethel, Maine
  4. Stowe, Vermont
  5. Banff, Alberta, Canada
  6. Aspen, CO
  7. Breckenridge, CO
  8. Alta, UT
  9. Jackson Hole, WY
  10. Nelson, BC, Canada

10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. 10Best.com averages 5 million visitors per month. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013.

North Conway sits in the center of Mt Washington Valley, NH surrounded by the 770,000 acre White Mountain National Forest.  Beyond skiing and winter outdoor recreation, North Conway and the surrounding Mt Washington Valley offer 150 different lodging options, more than 200 tax-free outlets, shops, boutiques and stores, plus more than 75 restaurants for all tastes and budgets.  There’s something for every winter traveler – both on the mountains and off.  Travelers are asked to wear masks, observe social distancing and follow the guidelines of the businesses they visit this winter.

For more information, go to www.MtWashingtonValley.org for complete trip resources and planning tools.  To learn more about visiting New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.