Wildcat Mountain’s Largest Snowmaking Upgrade in Ski Area History Bigger Than Planned

Wildcat Mountain has completed the largest snowmaking upgrade in its history installing over 10 miles of new snowmaking water and air pipe, acquiring 227 new high output/high efficiency snow guns and completing the construction of a new, state-of-the-art, mid-mountain, booster pump house. Over $2 million dollars has been invested to dramatically improve the snowmaking efficiency and output of Wildcat’s snowmaking system.

 

During the 2013/14 season, Wildcat worked with some of the industry’s leading snowmaking equipment manufacturers in what is believed to be the largest testing and demonstration project ever conducted at any mountain in the East. Following successful tests in a variety of weather conditions, delivery of new snow guns from HKD and Snow Logic have been arriving this summer and fall. In addition to the original 131 gun investment of almost one half a million dollars, Peak Resorts has recently announced an expansion of the project. An additional $330,000 was approved to acquire 96 more high efficiency units. The total investment in new guns now totals more than $800,000. Trails that will directly benefit from the snowmaking improvement project include Polecat, Lynx, Upper Catapult, Middle Wildcat, Wild Kitten, and Bobcat.

 

As part of the original project, a new $350,000 booster pump house building facility was constructed and completed, including the installation of new diesel motors, booster pumps, diesel filtration system, heat, electricity and 3,600 gallon fuel storage capacity. Excavation of a functioning work road to and the area around the top of Middle Lynx was required to accommodate demolition of the old pump house and allow access for cement trucks to build a new foundation complete with custom grated cement floor.

 

From the early planning stage, the goal of the project has been to modernize and improve how efficiently the snowmaking system operates, which was a factor when deciding which technology to purchase. “Today’s snowmaking technology is so impressive and we estimate Wildcat will burn 50,000 gallons less diesel fuel annually as a result of the upgrade,” said Peak Resorts’ Northeast Project Manager, Brendan Ryan. “The completed project will ultimately lead to using less power and burning less fuel while producing more, high quality snow and the new pump house will ensure snowmaking reliability on the key upper mountain trails.”

 

 

Wildcat Mountain is home to New Hampshire’s most powerful quad summit chair lift and is renowned for its high summit elevation over 4,000 feet and greater than 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding. Wildcat’s elevation and proximity to Mt. Washington contributes greater natural snowfall and a long winter/spring season annually. Wildcat Mountain has consistently been rated #1 scenery by readers of SKI Magazine. For further information, please visit www.skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.

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Community Celebrations Committee Seeking Entries for Conway Holiday Parade

Conway Community Celebrations Committee is planning to reinstate the parade as part of the slate of holiday related activities held traditionally in Conway Village the first Saturday of December.  Businesses and individuals seeking to participate in the parade should visit www.mwvpa.org to register; click on “sign up to participate in the holiday parade.”

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to promote themselves and to support the community,” says Jessica Whitelaw, member of the committee. “We also welcome community organizations and individuals who want to simply come out and be part of this event.”

All floats are required to have a rail around the entire float at least 24 inches high to prevent children or adults from falling off. Creativity, costumes, music and lights are encouraged. There will be judges who will award money prizes for the most creative top three entries.

There will be holiday activities preceding the afternoon parade and a tree lighting and Holiday on Ice Skating Show will follow. All events will be held in Conway Village and are free and open to the public due to business and community support provided through the Caretakers Campaign developed by the Community Celebrations Committee of the Mt. Washington Valley Presevation Association. This association’s mission is to help beautify and protect the area and to preserve Mt. Washington Valley traditions. For more information or to make a donation to this cause, visit www.mwvpa.org and click on “Become a Caretaker” or call 603-356-5701, x302.

To speak with someone about the parade, contact Jessica Whitelaw at whtlaws3@yahoo.com or 603-986-8906.

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Snowmaking Improvements for 2014/15 Winter Season Exceed Initial Project Expectations at Attitash Mountain Resort

Attitash Mountain Resort’s off-season capital improvement projects have exceeded initial plans announced last spring and will significantly increase the efficiency and output of its snowmaking system for the coming 2014/15 winter season. A majority of the improvements have been made on Bear Peak, including Morning Star, Snowdancer, Wandering Skis, Kachina, Avenger, Moonbeam, Trillium and Mythmaker trails, as well as the Abenaki Terrain Park.

The project included the installation of new snowmaking water and air pipes, rebuilding of pumps and motors and the installation of a combination of 285 new, high-efficiency, low-energy HKD and Snow Logic brand snow guns, 179 more guns than originally planned. These new state-of-the-art guns will dramatically improve the ability to produce greater amounts of snow while increasing the efficiency of the snowmaking system. The installation of the 179 additional snow guns increased the amount invested in the snowmaking upgrade by more than $770,000, in addition to the $1 million investment initially announced last spring.

The new guns are capable of producing greater amounts of snow in both marginal and ideal cold temperatures using less energy and are easier to operate than older snow gun technology. This summer’s snowmaking improvements follow the previous year’s $1.3 million Thorne Pond rejuvenation project, a major snowmaking water resource for Attitash.

“We will be focusing even more attention to the quality of our product this season,” said John Lowell, President of Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain. “Peak Resorts’ increased investment this off season in the snowmaking infrastructure and new snow gun technology will be a ‘game changer’ for Attitash Mountain Resort’s snowmaking efforts. We are very excited for what this means for our customers this coming season.”

In addition to snowmaking improvements, Attitash has acquired a new $300,000 Prinoth snow groomer, two new shuttle buses and a new van for transporting guests between Attitash and Bear Peak base areas, parking lots and the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel.  Attitash also added over $80,000 of new Burton snowboard equipment to its rental inventory.

Attitash Mountain Resort, located in the Mount Washington Valley, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary during the 2014/15 ski season, having first opened for skiing on January 26, 1965. Offering two distinct mountains, Attitash and Bear Peak, it is known for its signature terrain parks, ski school and children’s programs, terrain for all abilities, après entertainment, family value, and quality slopeside accommodations featuring the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel. For further information, please visit http://www.attitash.com or call 1-800-223 SNOW.
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Happy Fall from Purity Spring Resort!

October 2014

Happy Fall!

It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying the summer months and all they had to offer!  As the leaves turn their annual red, orange and yellow we can’t help but be excited for the fall!  The autumn is the perfect time to continue to enjoy the outdoors and all that Purity Spring Resort has to offer.

As many of you know, fall at Purity Spring is still beautiful. It’s  the ideal time to grab the family and set out on a hike or enjoy a adventurous mountain biking excursion. Can’t stay away from the water?  Don’t worry, our kayaks and canoes are still complimentary with your stay and the indoor pool and hot tub at The Mill Pool and Fitness Center are always available on those cooler days. Or relax at the Spring House with an aromatherapy massage.

This month marks our 5th Annual Halloween Town which will take place on October 25th, rain or shine!  Be prepared for lots of laughs and plenty of scares as we host this free event on the grounds of our beloved Tohkomeupog summer camp for boys. We are happy to share that all proceeds from this special event go to The Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy, a non profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals living with autism and epilepsy.

Cooler nights mean snowmaking can begin soon!  Mark your calendars for King Pine Ski Area’s opening day, December 12th!  On the first day of the season our trails will be open from Noon – 7:00pm.  Join us in the spirit of giving and donate a non-perishable food item.  Each skier can donate up to 5 items maximum and you will receive $1 per item off your ski ticket! What a great way to start the ski season!

Other dates to mark your calendars with this winter are:

  • December 20th – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

  • December 21th – World Snowboard Day – Rail Jam!

  • December 31st – New Year’s Eve Family Celebration!

  • January 9th  -10th  Cynthia’s Challenge, a 24 Hour Ski-a-thon

  • January 10th – Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge

  • January 31st – Powder Bear’s Snow Fest

  • February 16-20th – Winter Carnival Celebration

  • March 8th – Markey B Boardfest

  • March 22nd – Cardboard Box Derby

  • March 29th – Pond Skimming

There is so much happening at Purity Spring Resort and we want to share it all with you!  Come visit as we enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and all that East Madison, New Hampshire has to offer!

Sincerely,

The Hoyt Family

Sew Sampler Weekend

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November 14-16, 2014

Our new weekend is aptly called the Sewing Sampler Weekend and will include a variety of workshops. The workshops will be a mix of quick projects and opportunities to learn new skills. We always recommend that you bring your unfinished projects from home. You will be amazed at all you will learn & accomplish. The sky is the limit for what projects you decide to work on. Bring a variety of projects and get a head start on those Christmas gifts.

Projects include:
  • New England winter bird or fantasy bird ornaments Made with felt, stuffing, fabric and embellishments.
  • Paper pieced ornaments Made with fabric on a paper pattern.
  • Folded star ornaments or hot pads Made with a Styrofoam ball, pins,  glue and fabric. Hot-pad uses batting.
  • Book markers: Silk ribbon and regular embroidery techniques
  • Eye glass case: Easy to make and customize for Christmas presents
  • Ornaments: Crazy quilted, great for scraps and easy to embellish.
  • Fabric Holders: Great to hold Christmas cards, candy, cookies for swaps. Made from 2 fat quarters and some fusible or regular batting.

This crafty weekend is limited to 60 participants, so that each person has plenty of work space at our custom built 4×6 ft wooden tables.

To book this package call 603-367-8896

For full package details please visit us online!


Start a new Thanksgiving Tradition!

Traditions is now taking reservations for the Thanksgiving Day Buffet.

With our warm hospitality and family friendly atmosphere your holiday meal with us will be the start of a new Tradition! View the Thanksgiving menu.

Please call to reserve, 603-367-4030

Fall Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm to 9pm.

Hoyt Family of Businesses
 
Spa services are available at The Mill Pool and Fitness Center! Make sure on your next vacation to book a massage or spa treatment and unwind and rejuvenate your body and mindTo book your spa treatment please contact The Mill at (603) 367-4014
 
Traditions Restaurant 

After almost 100 years of serving meals exclusively to resort guests, the Hoyt Family has opened The Inn Dining Room to the public. Appropriately named ‘Traditions’, the restaurant is open to the public for dinner.

View Our Menu

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Sled Dog and Slices!

Join Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel and Raft NH in conjunction with NH Sled Dog Rescue, is hosting a kickoff awareness event from 10:00-2:00 for families looking for something fun, unique (and affordable) to do this coming weekend.

All proceeds generated during the event directly support the NHSDRHEC which is dedicated to providing a home and job for life to sled dogs in need. In addition to taking in rescue and second chance sled dogs, we also strive to provide education to the public about northern breed dogs and preserve New Hampshire’s rich dog sledding history.

During this event, guests can meet and greet rescue and second chance sled dogs, enjoy a kennel tour, eat some pizza and bake sale goodies, try their hand at a kennel scavenger hunt (the first 3 to complete the hunt correct win a free t-shirt) and give more puppy belly rubs then thought possible. At 11:00am they are also offering their signature Rolling Dog Sled Ride at a discounted rate of $30.00 per person for the first 12 guests that make a reservation.

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Congratulations to the White Mountains Treasures!

We’re Excited to Announce the
2014-2015 White Mountains Treasures!
The White Mountains Treasures Awards are given out each year at the
Chamber’s Annual Meeting. Two awards are given out recognizing individuals in the Mt. Washington Valley who have given a lifetime of “time and talent” to the Valley.
We hope you’ll join us at this years Annual Dinner to
celebrate with us and congratulate the winners!
Reserve by contacting, Sarah Verney, Sarah@MtWashingtonValley.org,
(603) 356-5701 ext. 301 
Thank You to the White Mountains Treasures Sponsor

Congratulations to
Emily Smith-Mossman!
of North Country Fair Jewelers,
North Country Cares and #TheRevolvingCloset.

“Emily’s innovation and vision created the ‘Back to School Giveaway,’ which also inspired her to create the #TheRevolvingCloset, a thrift store focused on  free clothing for teenagers.

 She feels the need that touches families in the MWV and works tirelessly to provide clothing and supplies that many families cannot afford. She is helping to instill confidence in children, giving them the tools to be able to create a better life for themselves and their families.

Emily posses the innovation the valley needs to have a stronger future and we are lucky to have her and her energy working for us all.”
Congratulations to John Colbath
of White Mountains
Community College and
Androscoggin Valley Hospital.
“Born and raised in Mt. Washington Valley, John is a devoted family man, dedicated to his profession and service to the community.

Among his varied career as a volunteer and board member of many community initiatives, he was the first Board Chairman of the C&Y Project, which later became the Children’s Health Center, now the White Mountain Community Health Center. 

He was an active PTA parent and volunteer for the ESSC program as well as a Vaughan Community Services Advisory Board Member.

Currently he serves on the Conway Zoning Board  and on the Pastoral Council for Our Lady of the Mountains Parish.”

 

Congratulate the winners at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting Dinner!
October, 28th, 6:00pm, Attitash Grand Summit
Dinner and Awards Ceremony will be followed by
LIVE entertainment, by NH based comedian, Juston McKinney!

Tickets are $50.00 and can be reserved by contatcing,
Sarah Verney, Sarah@MtWashingtonValley.org, (603) 356-5701 ext. 301

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Auditions for A Christmas Carol at M&D Productions!

M&D Productions will be holding auditions for A Christmas Carol by Cora Wilson Greenwood, on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.

As miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge falls asleep in his dingy quarters on Christmas Eve, three ghosts appear, each revealing to Scrooge the wrongdoings of his life and what will happen if he continues in his evil ways. He is racked with fear and remorse and sets out on Christmas Day to bless with his newfound generosity all those whom he has neglected and abused.

Director, Christina Howe, is looking to cast adults and children of all ages. All roles are available.

Show dates will be Thursday through Sunday, December 11 through December 21 and rehearsals will begin immediately. All performances will take place at Your Theatre, home of M&D Productions, located at 1857 White Mountain Highway in North Conway

For more information, contact the theater at (603) 733-5275 or visit http://www.yourtheatre.com.

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