Cranmore — Mountain layout
This is a resort for beginners to improve and intermediates to enjoy. Experts and advanced skiers can have a good time, but they shouldn’t expect anything too challenging. Here’s a larger trail map.
A favorite is the old Rattlesnake Trail, to the skier’s right off the summit. It was widened and straightened a little by former owners, but still gives the feeling of snaking down the mountain. The Ledges (yes, the trail runs right over the granite of the Granite State) and Koessler trails, down the center and to the skier’s left, offer some challenge, as do the tight, but not too steep, Black Forest and Tree Meister glades from Rattlesnake and Kandahar.
Beginners can ski from the top, taking Easy Street (to skier’s left down Cranmore’s East Slope) to the Gibson trail to Beginner’s Luck — only the very beginning might be a little intimidating, but after that first steepness, in a beginner’s eye, it’s pure gliding all the rest of the way down.
Diehard experts should consider heading to Wildcat, Attitash, or Cannon in New Hampshire or to Sunday River in Maine.