With all the fresh powder the valley has received over the last few weeks (well over three feet!) its conditions are primo for all things outdoor-oriented for snow lovers.The valley is a four season vacation destination, so of course mountain biking and cycling is a huge part of summer fun, yet some think it has to come to an end as winter approaches. Not anymore! Great Glen Trails, Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation and Stan and Dan Sportshave partnered together provide the hottest trend in all-season biking; Fatbiking.
Fatbiking loosely translated means winter biking, with specially outfitted mountain bikes that use a different tire system. To be considered a true “Fatbike,” the bike’s tires are oversized with a typical size of four inch or larger and rims that are wider than 89 millimeters. The bike itself has a wider frame to accommodate larger tires and rims.
Fatbiking started with avid bikers looking a way to get out on winter trails and desert terrain. To accomplish this, fatbikers realized that a tire that could withstand the resistance of such fine turf compared to forest floor and pavement, was imperative. Today’s fatbikes offer a wider tire allowing the rider to seemingly float across the snow while leaving a rut that is no deeper than one inch thick. The fatbikes also help the rider safely control the bike from environmental variables that could help a regular bike veer of balance.
It is common practice to Fatbike on already created trail systems, because of the hard-pack of the trail. This is why Nordic Centers open up portions of their trails to those who enjoy the sport. Great Glen Trails and Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation both welcome Fatbikes on their trail system and work with Stan and Dan Sports to provide rentals.
Great Glen Trails, located in Gorham, NH has forty-five kilometers of trails that overlook Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. Great Glen Trails opens their trail network to fatbikes on the first and last Sunday of the month from 12:30 to 4:30pm. Upcoming dates include, February 22, March 1 and 15. Trail openings are weather dependent so be sure to call guest services to confirm at 603-466-2333.
Great Glen Trail passes are $15.00 when you bring your own fatbike. Personal fatbikes are required to have tires wider than 3.7 inches and a tire psi of ten. If you need to purchase a rental from of Stan and Dan Sports, the cost is $20.00 in addition to the trail pass.
All trail and season pass holders are welcome to ride at Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation. The foundation has opened its ungroomed trails and its designated bike trails to fatbikers. Trail openings are weather permitting and can be confirmed by calling 603-356-9920 to confirm. Trail passes are $10.00 midweek and $15.00 on weekends for adults, ages fifteen to fifty-nine and $7.00 midweek and $10.00 for Juniors, ages six to fourteen. Seniors and children five and under are free.
While fatbikes aren’t available for rent at Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, it does recommend rentals from Stan and Dan Sports.
Stan and Dan Sports is located at 2936 White Mountain Highway, just three-quarters of a mile past North Conway Village. The store has been a fixture in the Mt. Washington Valley outdoor recreation market and has decades of experience outfitting its guests in everything from skis to boots to fatbikes. Bike rentals are $20.00 for a two hour ride, $25.00 for a half-day or $30.00. Spurly and Specialized are the featured fatbikes for rental and bike technicians are on hand with friendly and knowledgeable services to ensure proper fit and form.
Your days of biking no longer have to be seasonal. With the Great Glen Trails and Mt. Washington Ski Touring Foundation opening their trail networks for fatbikes and partnering with Stan and Dan Sports, you can enjoy your favorite sport all year long. Get in a great workout as you take on different terrain with snow or try a new winter activity in the Mt. Washington Valley with easy access to trails and friendly staff to assist you.
You may know Mt Washington Valley, NH as the top place to visit for all things outdoor adventure. With thirteen Alpine and Nordic ski areas, tubing, snowmobiling, hiking, ice climbing and more, there is never any shortage of events and activities to enjoy with friends and family outdoors. So with all this outdoor fun, we’re bound and determined to keep you properly fueled. Just to add to the mix, one foodie adventure are coming up: The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Chilly Chili Cookoff will take place on February 28, 2015.
Come sample more than forty exclusive chili recipes from local amateur and professional chefs at the 12th Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff on February 28 from 11:00am to 3:00pm in North Conway Village. The Professional Chefs represent working chefs in a restaurant or catering company vying for the top three awards which are judged by a set of judges overseen by the International Chili Society. The People’s Choice division feature chilis made by non-profits throughout the Mt. Washington Valley and the top three winners are chosen by festival goers.
Each chef is showcasing their own personal recipes with specialty meats, secret blends of spices and unique ingredients such as chocolate. We take our chili very seriously here in the Mt. Washington Valley so you’re going to want to make sure you have savored each and every bite. The first, second and third place champions of last year’s competition will be returning to try and regain their top spot, so be sure to be a part of the action.
Beer, mead and wine tastings along with a cornbread recipe competition and shopping specials are all part of the fun as well. Other North Conway Village happenings open to chili ticket holders include a Tuckerman Brewing Co. beer promo, specialty chili tasting and margarita tasting at Rafferty’s Pub, Cabot cheese and hot cider pairing at The Rugged Mill, Smuttynose Beer and chili sampling at Chef’s Market Bistroand a wine and chili pairing at White Mountain Winery.
General admission tickets are $15.00 for adults, $7.00 for children twelve and under and free for children five and under. For $35.00 VIP ticket holders will enjoy a private tasting with specialty beer and wine pairings with the Professional Chefs, a goody bag with local gift items such as fleece scarves from Ragged Mountain, cheese from Cabot Creamery, chocolate from Lindt Chocolate shop and Skinny Towel washcloths and more as well as a ticket to the private awards ceremony for the chefs at 4:00pm at Horsefeathers Restaurant.
If the Chilly Chili Cookoff leave you hungry for more foodie fun, be sure to join in on the fun with the AMC International Dinner Series. You will enjoy a four-course family-style dinner featuring food from a different country paired with a presentation on outdoor recreation in that particular country. Giveaways are part of the evening’s fun and you can even bring your own beverage of choice. Tickets are $29.00 for non-members and $24.00 for members. Upcoming dates include Feb 24, March 4 and March 11, with cuisine of Portugal, St. Maarten and South America to be prepared, respectively. Dinner begins at 6:00pm with the presentation to follow.
What’s your story? Join Snowvillage Inn on Feb. 26 for dinner at the inn’s restaurant, Max’s Tavern and an evening of story-telling, told live by professional comedians, actors and speakers. The show is improvisational and emulates the format of “The Moth” radio. Each show starts with a theme which the storyteller explores in unexpected ways, often for an experience which is both hysterical and exhilarating. Tickets are $25.00 and include a three-course dinner. The doors open at 5:00pm with dinner at 6:00pm and the show to follow. Max’s Tavern features an epicurean adventure of locally-sourced and handmade food with soups and salads, light bites entrees and decadent desserts. Craft cocktails made by infamous bartender and inn owner, Kevin Flynn await you while friendly staff welcomes you.
If you’re not already one, become a foodie at the Taste of the Mountains Cooking School at the Bernerhof Inn in Bartlett. Learn from the master chefs who live locally or visit from afar to teach classes from bread-making and baking to international cuisine to themed dinners and more. Each class includes a three hour hands-on instruction; all recipes from the menu for that day, a Taste of the Mountains Cooking School apron; food tasting; wine, beer or iced tea to accompany your prepared meal; a photo with your chef or instructor and a diploma for your courses taught (non-accredited). Price depends on the class booked and lodging packages are available at the Bernerhof Inn. Upcoming classes include “Recipes from New England” on February 21 and “Fondue with Friends” on February 26.
Mt. Washington Valley is the epicenter of all things adventure from mountain fun to foodie happenings. Enjoy every last bite with these upcoming events all focused on the love of food. It’s ok to indulge because you’ll be able to work off all the calories as you play in Mother Nature’s playground the very next day.
Join the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center for an evening of Doo Wop entertainment and fun!