Whaleback Ski Resort

Whaleback Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of New Hampshire in USA. The resort is in the town of Enfield, NH. We recently ranked all of New Hampshire's ski resorts, so you can see where Whaleback stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Whaleback is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Whaleback Ski Resort.

Whaleback Lodging:

Whaleback Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Whaleback has a total of 30 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Whaleback is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 85 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 34 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
85(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Whaleback Ski Resort Elevation

Whaleback Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,800 feet, or 549 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,100 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 700 feet (213 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Whaleback has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,800'(549 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
700'(213 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,100'(335 m)

Whaleback Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
38.4out of 100
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Whaleback can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 72% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Whaleback has 85 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Whaleback is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 28% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 72%.
28%(24 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
39%(33 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
33%(28 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Whaleback Ski Resort good for beginners?

Whaleback can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 72% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Whaleback Ski Resort Location

Whaleback Ski Resort is located in the state of New Hampshire, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Enfield, NH.

Enfield, NH 03748 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.82000, -71.05000

Getting to Whaleback Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Whaleback Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.82000, -71.05000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Enfield, NH to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Whaleback Ski Resort.

Portland International JetportPWMPortland, ME89 mi
Quebec Jean Lesage International AirportYQBQuebec, QC137 mi
Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportYULMontréal, QC139 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Whaleback.

Augusta State AirportAUGAugusta, ME71 mi
Lebanon Municipal AirportLEBLebanon, NH103 mi
Burlington International AirportBTVBurlington, VT106 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Whaleback Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Whaleback Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Sunday RiverBethel, ME3,140 ft55%28 mi
Black MountainRumford, ME2,150 ft44%31 mi
Mt. AbramGreenwood, ME2,001 ft38%34 mi
Wildcat MountainGorham, NH4,062 ft55%39 mi
Black MountainJackson, NH2,350 ft43%42 mi
Bretton WoodsBretton Woods, NH3,100 ft52%43 mi
Titcomb MountainFarmington, ME750 ft32%45 mi
Burke MountainEast Burke, VT3,267 ft60%45 mi
AttitashBartlett, NH2,350 ft51%51 mi
Cranmore MountainNorth Conway, NH2,000 ft39%53 mi
Baie-des-SablesMarston, QC1,509 ft28%53 mi
Shawnee PeakBridgton, ME1,700 ft42%54 mi
Mont Hatley (Montjoye), QC0 ft0%54 mi
Cannon MountainFranconia, NH4,080 ft57%56 mi
Mont Bellevue, QC1,089 ft11%57 mi
Lost ValleyAuburn, ME495 ft39%62 mi
Owl's HeadMansonville, QC2,480 ft46%63 mi
Waterville ValleyWaterville Valley, NH4,004 ft49%63 mi
Mont OrfordOrford, QC2,800 ft40%67 mi
Jay PeakJay, VT3,968 ft50%70 mi
Loon MountainFreedom, NH3,050 ft50%70 mi
Mont SuttonSutton, QC3,175 ft41%76 mi
Mad River GlenMorrisville, VT3,637 ft59%77 mi
Suicide SixSouth Pomfret, VT1,200 ft36%77 mi
New HermonSouth China, ME450 ft31%80 mi
Mont AdstockAdstock, QC2,657 ft47%84 mi
BromontBromont, QC1,693 ft41%86 mi
Smuggler's NotchJeffersonville, VT3,640 ft59%87 mi
Mont GleasonTingwick, QC1,132 ft36%88 mi
Bolton ValleyRichmond, VT3,150 ft40%93 mi
Centre de ski Saint-GeorgesSaint-Georges, QC595 ft43%93 mi
Cochran Ski AreaRichmond, VT950 ft32%99 mi

Whaleback Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,800 ft
Base Elevation1,100 ft
Vertical Drop700 ft
(28% Beginner,  39% Intermediate,  33% Expert)
Skiable Acres85
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Whaleback Ski Resort Mountain Stats