If you’re familiar with summer in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, it will come as no surprise that the bustling characteristics of the season have returned to North Conway and the surrounding area.
Crowds typical of the season have, once again, descended upon the region, filling the parking lots associated with hiking, outlet shopping, and dining. One year after a COVID-tinged summer, local attractions like Story Land, Settler’s Green, and Cranmore Mountain Resort are back in the swing of things, giving families a wealth of options when seeking some activity-filled away time.
But while the natural attractions in the White Mountains, as always, remain a steady draw, there is a noticeable hush at a pair of local landmarks that are normally hubs of summer activity.
Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain, both Vail-owned properties, have stripped down their summer offerings this year to only scenic chairlift rides. That means the mountain coaster, zip tour, alpine slide, waterslides, and slackline, will all lay dormant this season at Attitash. Mountain biking will not be offered at the Bartlett property, nor will it at Wildcat, in Pinkham Notch. The zip line and gondola rides are also off the menu this year at Wildcat, where scenic chairlift rides are not scheduled to resume until July 31 due to upgrades on the Express Quad chairlift.