A CELEBRATION OF HISTORY, TRADITION AND MEMORIES
The historical Eastern Slope Inn Resort, located in North Conway Village, within walking distance to unique shops, popular attractions and fine eateries, was designed and constructed in the Colonial Revival style of architecture by H.E. Mason in 1926. Originally known as the Randall House, the resort was purchased in the summer of 1937 by acclaimed business entrepreneur Harvey Dow Gibson - a Conway, New Hampshire native.
Harvey Gibson had a vision, to make his beloved Conway a destination for travelers and skiing enthusiasts alike. Gibson’s vision and love for the region spawned a new era not only for the region, but also in ski resort development, and in the way Americans skied. At a time when New England ski areas had narrow, twisting trails, Gibson created wide swaths of open terrain suggestive of the alpine landscapes of Austria. With a grant of $15,000 from the Works Progress Administration and assistance from the town of Conway, Gibson was instrumental in clearing the roughly 200 acres of open slopes to become Cranmore Mountain.
Gibson opened Cranmore in the winter of 1937-38, with a rope tow originally built by Carroll Reed in Jackson serving as the lift. With a keen focus on service and an entrepreneurial spirit to guide him, Gibson purchased the then recently constructed Randall Hotel, renaming it the Eastern Slope Inn to pair with the ski area.
To accentuate the charm and elevate the value of Cranmore’s offering, Gibson enlisted renowned skier, Hannes Schneider from Austria to lead the resort’s ski school, bringing with him a “new” style of skiing – the Arlberg approach. To do so, Gibson took an active role in negotiating Schneider’s release from Nazi imprisonment, bringing Hannes and his family to North Conway to open the Hannes Schneider Ski School at Cranmore.
The personable Austrian ski instructors of the Hannes Schneider Ski School, in conjunction with a new method of skiing added a glamorous, exotic element to Cranmore and the Eastern Slope Inn that continues to evoke a sense of awe and splendor among Guests today as they enter the Inn’s historic grand lobby.
For more than 87 years, the towering pillars of Eastern Slope Inn Resort have been welcoming guests from around the world traveling to the Mount Washington Valley. The historic elegance and awarded history of the Resort is reflected in Eastern Slope Inn’s unyielding commitment to guest satisfaction. Upon entering the grand lobby, guests are taken back to an era of extravagance where brass chandeliers offer a warm glow accentuating the rich detail embodied in the craftsmanship prevalent in the resorts architectural detailing, complimented by period furnishings and elegant sitting areas. A large fieldstone fireplace is often a favorite place for guests to gather and reflect upon the day’s activities or to share in relaxed conversation.
Upon check-in, guests are welcomed by an awarded staff knowledgeable of the greater Mount Washington Valley and North Conway region; here to ensure your stay with us is one of fond memories, relaxation and comfort. Eastern Slope Inn Resort’s historic elegance is greatly influenced by the resort’s prominent location and richly embedded history in the Village of North Conway and throughout the Mount Washington Valley.
Decades may have passed since the Resort’s inception, however the unwavering pursuit to ensure guests arrive with enthusiasm and return home with fond memories has never been more evident than it is today.