Frequently Asked Questions
The Mt. Washington SnowCoach is one of the most unique winter touring opportunities in the Northeast. Due to unique nature of the SnowCoach vehicle itself and the extreme weather and terrain conditions at times on Mount Washington, please read the following list of frequently asked questions:
Q: DOES THE MT. WASHINGTON SNOWCOACH OPERATE EVERY DAY IN THE WINTER?
Due to ever-changing weather and terrain conditions at times on Mount Washington, we are unable to offer winter tours every day. Please call ahead, (603) 466-2333, or check the current day’s operating status to be sure the SnowCoach is operating on the day of your planned visit.
Q: DOES THE MT. WASHINGTON SNOWCOACH CLIMB ALL THE WAY TO THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT WASHINGTON … AND HOW LONG IS EACH TOUR?
Due mainly to extreme weather conditions and often hurricane force winds the Mt. Washington SnowCoach does not go all the way to the summit.
The Mt. Washington SnowCoach does climb up to treeline, or 4,200 feet, which is about 2/3 the way to the summit of Mount Washington. Upon arrival to the “top-of-the-tour”, guest can usually exit the SnowCoach for a short stay for photo and video opportunities and to enjoy the weather.
Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Q: CAN I MAKE A RESERVATION?
Yes, a resevation can be made for one of the first tours of the day at 9:00am and sometimes 10:30am. Details here>>
Q: WHAT IS “TREELINE”?
Treeline: the edge of the habitat at which trees are capable of growing. Beyond the tree line, trees cannot tolerate the environmental conditions, such as poor soil, cold temperatures and winter icing.
Climbing to treeline provides an opportunity to witness arctic conditions and the potentially extreme weather that Mount Washington is so well known for.
Q: CAN WE GET OUT OF THE SNOWCOACH AT THE TURN-AROUND POINT?
YES! Once the SnowCoach arrives at its destination, passengers will have time to get out and take photos and videos of the views or to experience the weather. The SnowCoach is never more than just seconds away. Passengers do not need to leave the warmth and comfort of the SnowCoach and can enjoy the scenery from inside the vehicle as well.
Q: CAN WE SKI OR SNOWSHOE DOWN THE AUTO ROAD?
We can drop you off to snowshoe down the Auto Road at any point along the descent – experienced snowshoers may want the full 4-mile trip downhill, while less experienced folks may be more comfortable asking to be let out closer to the bottom.
Experienced Nordic skiers (free-heel) may also choose to ski down however alpine, or fixed-binding skiing, as well as snowboarding is not allowed.
Q: WHEN DOES THE SNOWCOACH OPERATE?
SnowCoach tours depart on most days from Mid-December through March depending on weather and terrain conditions.
Operating hours are approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (shorter hours 8:30-2:30 early in the season), depending on weather and terrain conditions. Please call ahead, (603) 466-2333, to be sure we are operating the day of your visit.
Q: WHERE DOES THE SNOWCOACH LEAVE FROM?
The SnowCoach departs from the Great Glen Trails base lodge across the street from the entrance of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
PLEASE CALL AHEAD, (603) 466-2333, FOR THE LATEST WEATHER CONDITIONS AND OPERATING SCHEDULE.