Black Mountain Escapade

By Kathy Bennett & Thom Perkins

Sunny skies and a shoulder of mountain protecting the trails from the northwest wind made Black Mountain in Jackson, NH the perfect choice for a cold day’s adventure on the slopes recently.  It was below zero overnight at our home but at the area the temperature was in the comfortable low teens.

Black Mountain sits on the southern end of a 3 ½ mile mountain ridge overlooking the Wildcat River valley.  When approaching Black, one passes through the classic New England village of Jackson complete with shops, eateries and a wide choice of lodging options. Views of the Presidential Range and the valley’s namesake are afforded from the summit chair.

 Black’s staff can provide you a selection of rental gear should you need it, a well-run ski school and sustenance and libations all located in a classic base lodge.  Black is one of the secrets of the Valley. It’s a great choice on a powder snow day due to the terrain. Even 3 days after a powder dump, we found untracked still-soft powder.  The many of the trails were groomed to perfection.  Other popular trails were left untouched so that skiers would find natural powder old school runs. Then, there are the glades.  Lots of glades with varying terrain including some wicked double black diamond runs.

Wind protected, sunny southern vistas, great grooming and snowmaking, slopes and classic trails all at bargain rates makes Black a home run for fun.

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Dining Deals in Mt Washington Valley –Jan 10-18, 2018

Skiers and riders also need great food, and with 75 or so restaurants in Mt Washington Valley, you’re sure to find something to feed every palate and every age. And with all the great snow predicted for this week …not to mention all the hard work of our snowmakers and groomers…skiers and riders are sure to work up a big appetite.

In addition, these restaurants offer great meal deals, so plan your apres ski fun accordingly!  And we’ve even added a deals on lift tickets and demo equipment to this blog this week, so be sure to read all the way through.

Meals Deals Throughout  January

At Wild Rose Restaurant,  Stonehurst Manor, North Conway, NH

  • Thursday night Candlelight Dinner for Two for $35 – Any two entrees on the menu for $35.  This includes their ultimate Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, Oven Roasted Salmon and more along with any of their Fresh Pasta Offerings served with fresh Manor-made pasta. A fun way to “sample” some of the Manor offerings is to select the “Pick any two Appetizers as an Entree” option.
  • Friday Night is Pizza Night – Special 3-course dinner  is $25 per person and includes salad, a wood-fired signature pizza, tiramisu for dessert and choice of a bottle of domestic beer or glass of house wine.  Diners can choose from one of the Manor pizzas, or they can create their own with up to four toppings.
  • Afternoon Fondue – every Saturday and Sunday, holidays through the end of March and daily during Feb. vacation week – A really nice to relax by the over-sized wood-burning fireplace and choose from a classic cheese fondue or one of the other “small bites” which aren’t always so small.
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres – served most afternoons in Library Martini Lounge from 5 – 6 pm.

At Max’s Tavern, Snowvillage Inn, Snowville, NH

On Tuesdays: The local flavor comes out every Tuesday 5:30-9:00 PM at Snowvillage Inn: In addition to the daily menu, the locals’ menu is served, offering made from scratch comfort food, priced just right for our local friends. And on Tuesdays, no matter where you’re from, everyone’s a local at Max’s Tavern.

On Thursdays: Max’s In The Raw & the Famous Oyster Orgy! Oysters, Littlenecks, Ceviche and Crudo:  Snowvillage Inn innkeepers, Jen and Kevin, have traveled up and down the coast of Maine in search of the sweetest and largest oysters.  The goldmine is the Damariscotta River….briny, strong shell, plump meat, meaty texture with the true taste of the sea and Snowvillage Inn gets them fresh almost daily! Click here for the menu of the day.

At Christmas Farm Inn, Jackson

  • Mondays are 2-for-1 night: Buy one entrée, get second entrée free
  • Tuesdays: Succulent Turkey Dinner, including salad, entrée, dessert – $19
  • Wednesday is German Night!
  • Thursday is Steak Night: Build your own steak entrée
  • Friday is Seafood Night
  • Saturday is Wild Game Night: Venison, Elk, Duck & more
  • Sunday: Taste of Italy with Italian specialties

Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

  • Twofer Tuesdays: 2 people, 2 entrees, 1 price: $24.95 (Dine in Only)
  • Wednesday Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00pm, $2 Tacos (steak, pork, chicken, fish)
  • Thursdays: Buck-A-Beer: Order any burger, get a beer for a buck
  • Fridays: Happy Hour, 4:00-6:00pm

At Lobster Trap, Seafood, Steaks & Italian, West Side Road, North Conway

Early bird specials start at $10.95 and are served daily from 11:30am until 6:00pm. Early bird dishes are served with homemade rolls, and French fries, onion rings or cole slaw.

At White Mountain Hotel, West Side Road, North Conway

Every Friday: Friday Night Seafood Fest in Ledges Restaurant: New England seafood specialties served directly at your table. Offerings include your choice of salad or soup, appetizers including mini raw bar, gulf shrimp cocktail and poached salmon. Entrees include orange ginger diver scallops, cod and lobster duo, smoked sugar and chile grilled salmon, shrimp scampi and classic broiled seafood platter. Dessert is also included in this 4-Course menu. Seafood Fest menu changes often. Regular menu also available. Click here for sample menu.

Sundays: Grand Sunday Brunch: A White Mountain Hotel tradition since 1990. Includes chef-attended omelet station, bacon, maple sausage, homemade corned beef hash, home fries, Belgian waffles with a variety of fresh fruit toppings, whipped cream and homemade maple butter, chef-attended carving station with two carved roasts of the day, weekly entrée specials, fresh vegetables of the day, homemade soups, pancakes and Eggs Benedict from the kitchen, a delectable dessert table and much more.

 At Traditions Restaurant at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison, NH

$10 Sunday And Monday Menu Items: Enjoy a night out to start your week with special $10 menu items every Sunday and Monday. Order one for yourself or order a few dishes and share with the table.

Tap N’ A Flat Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, head to the pub for a “Tap N’ A Flat” beer and a pizza special. Enjoy your choice of cheese, pepperoni or grilled vegetable flatbread and craft draft pint from one of the taps for only $12.

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, tuck in to all-you-can-eat Carolina Pork Ribs served with traditional cole slaw and french fries for $20 per person.

And at King Pine, $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets.

At Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Jackson, NH

Tuesdays: Two One-Pound Lobsters for $26.95 from 5:00-9:00pm

Wednesday Dinner for Two Menu: Make Wednesday your date night and choose from a special two-for-$26.95 menu.  While the menu changes weekly, look for popular entrees from the menu plus a few specials too.  Two entrees from the special menu are only $26.95 (plus tax & gratuity) for both.  Click here for sample menu.

Every Thursday in January: Free Pasta Feed & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday Night: Fish Fry / Oyster Lover Special: Enjoy a special fish fry along with an oyster special Every Friday Night from 5:00-9:00pm.

At Oxford House Inn, Fryeburg, ME:

Thursday Night Pint & a Pound- $14.95: Includes one pound of Steamed Maine Mussels or Little Neck Clams, prepared in your choice of 5 different flavors from around the world and a Pint of local craft Beer (or glass of wine if preferred) and a basket of Artisan Focaccia & Multigrain Bread.

Taco Trio Tuesdays- $12 for Three: Includes three different authentic and creative tacos

Themed Food Events throughout Mt Washington Valley!

$25 Powder & Pasta at Bretton Woods – Ski or ride from 4 – 8 p.m. and replenish with a pasta dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Available Dec. 29 – March 10, as well as during the holiday periods of Jan. 14; and Feb. 18 – 22, 2018.

January 12: Author Luncheon at Sea Dog Brewing: Join White Birch Bookstore for a winter luncheon at Sea Dog Brewing with a favorite author, Katherine Arden.  Tickets are $20, which includes luncheon, author talk and donation to North Conway Library.Tickets can be purchased through the bookstore, call 603-356-3200, or North Conway Library, call 603-356-2961, by January 10.Katherine will be discussing her second book in the Winternight Trilogy, The Girl in the Tower. But we are hoping she will include the first as well, The Bear and the Nightingale. Info, click here.

January 12, 19, 26: Friday Night Dinners at Conway Village Congressional Church: Celebrate every Friday in January and join others for dinner. Adults – $12, Children – $5.

  • January 12 – features Roast Pork
  • Jan 19 – features Pot Roast
  • Jan 26 – features Roast Turkey

January 13: 20th Anniversary Kick Off Party with Mallet Bros at Tuckerman Brewing: 2018 marks Tuckerman Brewing’s 20th year of crafting delicious beer. To celebrate come for an outdoor celebration that will include a large heated tent, a special edition beer and The Mallett Brothers Band. Food will be available. Kids activities will be set-up and sponsored by The MWV Children’s Museum. Cover charge $10.

January 19-20: Stonehurst Manor’s Ice Bar: Enjoy specialty cocktails and giveaways.  Hors d’oeuvres will be passed all night. There will be dancing to the Music Man, a fashion show by Spruce Hurricane and the fire pits will be burning to keep you warm surrounded by hay bales for seating. Note: Tickets must be ordered in advance and tickets for Jan 20 are already sold out, so order soon.  All tickets are non-refundable and will be held for pickup at the door. For info and online ticket ordering, click here. Showtime: 8:00pm, doors open earlier. $20 per person. Info, click here.

Other Deals at ski resorts and restaurants!

January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month! Many Mt Washington Valley ski areas are celebrating Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month this January by offering a $39 lift, lesson and rentals beginner package for downhill skiing and riding, and a $19 trail pass, lesson, and rentals beginner package at cross-country ski areas. For complete information, including participating resorts, visit SkiNH.com.

 Jan 15, 2018: MLK Monday Madness at Bretton Woods – Celebrate the last day of the three-day holiday weekend with tickets for just $69 at Bretton Woods when purchased in advance online.

Sun, Jan 21, 2018: AAA Day at Shawnee Peak – Show your AAA card at the Shawnee Peak ticket window ski all day for just $55.

$10 Tuesday Night Skiing and Snowboarding at King Pine! From 4:00-9:00pm, $10 Tuesday night lift tickets, PLUS $10 rentals, $10 terrain park lessons (available starting 1/9), $10 tubing (5-7 p.m.) AND $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern are all offered with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets. *Must be 21 years of age with valid photo id. Some restrictions apply. Limit one per person.

Every Wednesday throughout January at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub: Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all of the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

White Mountain Hotel Frequent Diner Program

Enjoy a free entrée for every ten times you dine at White Mountain Hotel.  Please inquire at the Front Desk with any questions.

Horsefeathers Preferred Diner Program

Earn points for every dollar you spend at Horsefeathers toward a $50.00 Gift Certificate. And on your birthday, receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée.  Click here to sign up.

Traditions at Purity Spring Resort Loyalty Card Program

With your Traditions Loyalty Card in-hand, you will earn one point for each dollar you spend at Traditions. When you reach 500 points, you will earn a Traditions gift card with a value of $25! To receive your Traditions Loyalty Card, please ask your server the next time you visit, and begin earning points right away! Click here for program guidelines.

Free Gift Certificate from Inn at Thorn Hill

The Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa has teamed up with Attitash Mountain Village Resort, a premier vacation ownership resort.  Sign up for a 90 minute of Attitash Mountain Village and receive a $200 Inn at Thorn Hill gift certificate.  It can be used any time within a year of issue for dining, lodging or spa.  Click here for full details.

For a complete list of restaurants and dining opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, click here.

Apres Ski and live Entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH – Week of Jan 10-18, 2018

When the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins.  For some, it lasts well into the night.  Our readers asked us to share insight into nightlife opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, so each week we’ll compile a list of live entertainment and apres ski fun.

Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week.

Apres Ski at the Ski Resorts…

Apres Ski at the Wildcat Pub

  • Jan 12: Ryan St Onge, 12:30-3:30pm
  • Jan 13: Jonathan Sarty Band, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Jan 14: Pat Foley Solo, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Jan 19” Rafe Matregrano, 12:30-3:30
  • Jan 20: White Steer, 1:00-4:00pm

Plus!

Jan 25-28: Wildcat is celebrating 60 years of lift-serviced skiing Thursday, January 25 – Sunday, January 28 with a whole bunch of activities, events, lift ticket specials and birthday cake!  Click here for the schedule of events and to purchase specially priced lift tickets online.

Apres Ski at Attitash

  • Jan 13: The Pat Foley Band at Ptarmigans Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Jan 13: Attitash After Dark Bud Light Series – Fireworks and Bon Jovi Tribute – 6:30-11:00pm. Click here for complete schedule and info.
  • Jan 13: Den Sessions at Bear Peak featuring Scott Baer, 2:00-4:30pm
  • Jan 14: Den Sessions at Bear Peak featuring Packman Dave, 2:00-4:30pm
  • Jan 14: Shark Martin at Ptarmigans Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Jan 20: Radio BDC Rafters in Ptarmigans Pub, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Jan 20: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Pat Foley, 2:00-4:30pm

Plus!

Sat, Jan 13You Go Girl Race #1 to benefit Jen’s Friends, 11:00am-1:00pm

Sat, Jan 20: Abenaki Parks Rail Jam, stomp your best tricks for prizes, 11:00-12:00

Jan 27-28:  Annual Military Salute Weekend: free lift tickets for active and veteran military and discounted tickets for their families. Click here for complete information and schedule.

Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort

Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • Jan 13: Live Music at Zips Pub with Riley Parkhurst, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Jan 14: Music at Zips Pub with Ryan St Onge, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Jan 20:  Music at Zips Pub with Greg Walsh, 3:00-6:00pm

Plus!

Jan 13: Cranapalooza! As the afternoon winds down, the festivities begin at Cranmore Mountain. Cranapalooza is a festival of music, entertainment and games hosted by no other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More.

Jan 13:  Terrain Park Safety Clinic: Part of Terrain Park Safety Month, meet a park ranger at the top of the Reel Park at noon for some safety tips and tricks in the park from noon to 1:00pm.

Jan 13: Little Monsters Jib Contest: Ages 12 and under. Starts at 12 pm!

Jan 14: A bonus Cranapalooza: Enjoy fun with C-more the Penguin, s’mores, games & DJ Kris10 in Schneider Square from 2:30pm-4:30pm.

Jan 20: Vertical Challenge: A casual, fun & free race for all ages on Cranmore’s NASTAR course and family-friendly activities all day long at the base of Cranmore’s North Slope, with plenty of games & giveaways.

Bretton Woods Ski Resort presents apres ski parties:

  • Jan 13, 14: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
  • Jan 13, 14: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.

Plus!

Jan 12: Winter Carnival at Bretton Woods: A weekend of activities inside and out.  Click here for information.

Jan 21:  World Snow Day:  A celebration of all things snow including a tubing party, special vouchers for kids and more.  Click here to read more.

Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub

  • Fri, Jan 12: Apres Ski entertainment with Riley Parkhurst, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Sat, Jan 13: Apres Ski entertainment with Greg Walsh, plus PBR party, 3:30-5:30
  • Sun, Jan 14: Apres Ski entertainment with Tim Dion and PRR grand prize giveaway, 3:30-5:30
  • Mon, Jan 15: Apres Ski entertainment with Ben Cook, 3:30-5:30
  • Fri, Jan 19: Apres Ski entertainment with Candie Tremblay, 3:30-5:30
  • Sat, Jan 20: Apres Ski entertainment with Tim Gurshin & Henniker Brewing, 3:30-5:30
  • Sun, Jan 21: Apres Ski entertainment with Tim Dion & AFC Championship Party, 3:30-5:30.

Plus!

Jan 13: Last Tracks with Moat: Take the lift up at 4pm for Moat beer tastings with a Moat brewer and apps.  Ski down a freshly groomed trail by headlamp. $25 per person.

Jan 26-27:  Mark the calendar for the Jackson Snow Sculpting Competition at Black Mountain: Free for spectators.  Creative snow sculptures will be located in the Main parking lot at the bottom of the Jubilee Trail. Click here for complete information.

Apres Ski at King Pine

Fridays in January:  Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at our Pine Meadows Tubing Park!

Fridays & Saturdays in January:  Night skiing 4:00 – 9:00pm, for those who can’t get enough time on the trails during the day!

Jan 13: Saturday Night Family Racing: Dual recreation race from 6:00-8:00pm.  Races are free to all with a lift ticket. Weather dependent.

Jan 20, 27: Belly Bag Races: Starting at 3:00pm, join the King Pine crew at the top of the big jump on the Open Slope and get creative as you slide, roll and shimmy your way down in a big bag.

Apres Ski at Shawnee Peak

Fri, Jan 19:  Moonlight Charity Challenge – Recruit a team of four skiers or snowboarders (all ages welcome) and compete to clock the fastest average score on the race course and to raise the most funds for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

Sat, Jan 20: Apres ski: Chad Porter will be providing early entertainment in Blizard’s Pub today from 2:30-5:30pm.

Sat, Jan 20: Shawnee Peak’s 80th Birthday Celebration: Festivities include an on-mountain scavenger hunt, 80th birthday cocktail reception with vintage attire in Zip’s Pub and fireworks. Full schedule, click here.

Pre-Ski at Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road

Jan 14: Sunrise Snow Coach Tour: Experienced SnowCoach drivers will take you to treeline (weather permitting) at 4,200ft on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sun rise. Plan to leave promptly at 6:15am from the base lodge. Even if we don’t actually get to the see the sun rise, you can be sure the early morning lighting at treeline will make for incredible and unforgettable scenes.

Live Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants

At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH

  • Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jonathan Sarty in the Pub, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jerry’s Free Ride Wednesdays – Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all of the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

Jan 12 – 13: Jeremy Dean in the Pub, 9:00pm – 12:30am

Jan 14:  Now is Now in the Pub, 4:00-7:00pm

Jan 19-20: American Made in the Pub, 9:00pm – 12:30am

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH

Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.

Every WednesdayWhite Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.

Every Friday: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. The majority of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.

Every Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.

Jan 20: Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00pm to closing

At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey, 7:30-10:00pm

Every Saturday-Apres Ski-Dennis & Davey from 4:00-6:00pm.

At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson

  • Jan 11: Johno & Al Shafner, 7:00pm
  • Jan 12 & 13: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm each night and 4:00-6:00pm for apres ski on Sat.
  • Jan 14: Kevin Dolan & Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • Jan 18: Johno & Dennis O’Neil – 7:00pm
  • Jan 19-20: Jan 12 & 13: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm each night and 4:00-6:00pm for apres ski on Sat.
  • Jan 21: Kevin Dolan & Simon Crawford, 7:30pm

At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson – all performances are from 5:30-9:30pm

  • Friday, Jan 12: Dusty Gray
  • Sunday, Jan 14: Justin Jaymes
  • Friday, Jan 19: Jonathan Sarty
  • Saturday, Jan 20: Tom Dean
  • Sunday, Jan 21: Cause & Effect

At 302 Tavern in Fryeburg

Jan 12, 19, 26:  Open Mike night for local performers

Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, January, 2018

January 12, 19, 26: Friday Night Lights at Settlers Green: Free hot chocolate from 4pm-7pm and purchase discounted area ski tickets! Plus, follow #FNLHotSpots on Instagram to discover giveaway where to win special gifts during the event. Click here for full details.

January 13: 20th Anniversary Kick Off Party with Mallet Bros at Tuckerman Brewing: 2018 marks Tuckerman Brewing’s 20th year of crafting delicious beer. To celebrate come for an outdoor celebration that will include a large heated tent, a special edition beer and The Mallett Brothers Band. Food will be available. Kids activities will be set-up and sponsored by The MWV Children’s Museum. Cover charge $10.

January 13: Country Jamboree at Leura Eastman PAC at Fryeburg Academy: Featuring an incredibly talented cast that has performed with some of country music‘s most popular artists, this outstanding performance features the music of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, and more. Like spending an evening at The Grand Ole Opry. $25-Adults, $20-Seniors, $5-Students

January 14:  Bennett & Perkins at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series.

January 17: “The Opera House” one-time screening at Leura Eastman PAC: The critically acclaimed film surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, The Opera House chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ‘50s and ‘60s.  6:30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance online at www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or by calling the box office at 207-935-9232.

January 19: Night Sky Stories & Exploration with Tin Mountain Conservation: Star Wizards Matt Krug and Matt Maloney will tell some “Night Sky Stories”, discuss how the sky is both a compass and a calendar, and weather permitting, give a tour of tonight’s sky.  Bring warm clothes, after the indoor stories we will head outside to see the stars. 7:00pm at Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center.  Info: www.tinmountain.org.

January 19-20: Stonehurst Manor’s Ice Bar: Enjoy specialty cocktails and giveaways.  Hors d’oeuvres will be passed all night. There will be dancing to the Music Man, a fashion show by Spruce Hurricane and the fire pits will be burning to keep you warm surrounded by hay bales for seating. Tickets must be ordered in advance and tickets for Jan 20 are already sold out, so order soon.  All tickets are non-refundable and will be held for pickup at the door. For info and online ticket ordering, click here.

January 20: Spencer Albee at Stone Mountain Arts Center: Portland based and nationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer, Spencer Albee he has toured internationally, signed multiple record deals and worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to De La Soul with his bands AS FAST AS.

Click here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout January in Mt Washington Valley.

Cross Country Skiing in Mount Washington Valley, A Great Choice for A Cold Day

By Kathy Bennett

Woodchuck Fields
Woodchuck Fields with views to Eagle Mountain, Spruce Mountain, Wildcat, Carter Notch, Carter Dome, Black Mountain and beyond.

When the air temperature is sitting in the “it’s really, really cold” range, the skiers’ in the know head to one of the myriad of cross country ski trails around the Mount Washington Valley.  The current cold weather pattern found us heading to the groomed trails in Jackson.  Groomed packed-powder snow awaited us as did friends we had agreed to meet at the Woodchuck Fields parking lot on Carter Notch Road.  This trail access point is a great choice for those just trying out xc skiing for the first time.  The tracks wander between Eagle Mountain and the shortest federally-designated Wild and Scenic Wildcat River lead from your parked car on flat terrain.

The day we skied, the sun was shining in the early January azure sky but didn’t add much warmth.  Dressed appropriately, we enjoyed the company of fellow skiers and the extraordinary vistas.  The tracks lead gently down-river to the Eagle Mountain Fields where one accesses Jackson’s international competition trails.  These trails provide challenge but are manageable for anyone who is comfortable controlling downhill speed.  Vistas of the high Presidential range are afforded from several natural resting spots along these roller-coaster trails.

One can spend several hours exploring the trails with destinations of the Shovel Handle Pub, Christmas Farm or Eagle Mountain House eateries available for a warm mug-up or lunch.

A couple days later in even colder weather we returned with our snowshoes and trekked out to the Cocoa Cabin on the intimate snowshoe trails that wander along the Ellis River across interesting terrain left by the receding glaciers 12000 years ago.

So when the temps are chilly and the wind is up, choosing warmer Nordic and snowshoe options allows one to be outside and still be comfortable.

Chalmers Insurance Group Passes the Torch to the Next Generation

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that Chalmers Insurance Group announces Bruce and Bill Chalmers have transferred ownership of the Chalmers Insurance Group to the fourth generation of Chalmers family members, Jim Chalmers and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, effective January 1, 2018.

Bill and I proudly leave the Chalmers Insurance Group in the hands of a Leadership Team that has largely been together since 2014 and eighty-six co-workers who each day carry on the 160-year tradition of providing quality insurance products and financial security to our community-based neighbors with personal and friendly service,” said Bruce Chalmers.

Our transition to the fourth generation has been carefully planned to set a balance for our entire family. Bruce and I are very proud of the end results and look forward to mentoring when asked. We are confident in Jim and Dottie’s abilities as leaders, combined with the experience, vision, and expertise of Steve Cote, President, to take Chalmers Insurance Group into the future and hopefully into the hands of the 5th generation,” said Bill Chalmers. 

The Chalmers brothers have worked side-by-side in this widely – respected family business for 44 years, cultivating impressive growth and sustained triumph through building strong relationships, making strategic acquisitions and actively supporting their communities and causes for which they are passionate. I am forever grateful for the life and business lessons learned through the words and actions of Bruce and Bill,said Steve Cote.

Bruce and Bill will assume new roles as valued Directors and Mentors (and, of course, continue as great dads!) Jim and Dottie are proud and honored to embrace a rare opportunity to steward their family’s organization to the 5th generation.

This is an exciting time to be in Insurance and to own and operate a business. Our industry and consumer demands are more diverse and complicated than ever before. Future success requires mindful planning and fearless execution – adapting to new times and differentiating from the competition in meaningful ways that bring value to all relationships. We are privileged to partner with our management team and co-workers to address these challenges head on – to support a more innovative and engaging workplace and offer a more interactive and resourceful risk management experience for our clients. We are most thankful to our dads for a tremendous opportunity and for their trust in us to take this great family-owned and operated business into the future,” said Dottie and Jim.

Chalmers Insurance Group:
Proud of our history. Excited for our future.

Chalmers Insurance Group thanks their clients and carrier partners for their loyalty and partnership and are most pleased to share their exciting news with you.

Apres Ski and live Entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH – Week of Jan 4-11, 2018

When the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins.  For some, it lasts well into the night.  Our readers asked us to share insight into nightlife opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, so each week we’ll compile a list of live entertainment and apres ski fun.

Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week.

Apres Ski at the Ski Resorts…

Apres Ski at the Wildcat Pub

  • Jan 5: Raft Matregrano, 12:30-3:30pm
  • Jan 6: Pat Foley Band, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Jan 12: Ryan St Onge, 12:30-3:30pm
  • Jan 13: Jonathan Sarty Band, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Jan 14: Pat Foley Solo, 1:00-4:00pm

Apres Ski at Attitash

  • Jan 6: The Ross Livermore Band at Ptarmigans Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Jan 6: Den Sessions at Bear Peak featuring Mitch Alden, 2:00-4:30pm
  • Jan 13: The Pat Foley Band at Ptarmigans Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Jan 13: Den Sessions at Bear Peak featuring Scott Baer, 2:00-4:30pm

Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort

Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • Jan 6: Live Music at Zips Pub with Jonathan Sarty, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Jan 13: Live Music at Zips Pub with Riley Parkhurst, 3:00-6:00pm

Plus!

Jan 6 & 13: Cranapalooza! As the afternoon winds down, the festivities begin at Cranmore Mountain. Cranapalooza is a festival of music, entertainment and games hosted by no other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More.

Jan 6:  Vertical Challenge at Cranmore: A casual, fun & free race for all ages on Cranmore’s NASTAR course. The Vertical Challenge crew hosts family-friendly activities all day long at the base of Cranmore’s North Slope, with plenty of games & giveaways.

Bretton Woods Ski Resort presents apres ski parties:

  • Jan 6, 13, 14: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
  • Jan 6 13, 14: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.

Plus!

Jan 12: Winter Carnival at Bretton Woods: A weekend of activities inside and out.  Click here for information.

Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub

  • Fri, Jan 5: Apres Ski entertainment with Greg Walsh, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Sat, Jan 6: Apres Ski entertainment with Candie Tremblay and Angry Orchard promotion, 3:30-5:30pm.
  • Sun, Jan 7: Apres Ski entertainment with Tim Dion, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Fri, Jan 12: Apres Ski entertainment with Riley Parkhurst, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Sat, Jan 13: Apres Ski entertainment with Greg Walsh, plus PBR party

Plus!

Jan 13: Last Tracks with Moat: Take the lift up at 4pm for Moat beer tastings with a Moat brewer and apps.  Ski down a freshly groomed trail by headlamp. $25 per person

Apres Ski at King Pine

Fridays in January:  Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at our Pine Meadows Tubing Park!

Fridays & Saturdays in January:  Night skiing 4:00 – 9:00pm, for those who can’t get enough time on the trails during the day!

Jan 6:  See Powder Bear: Powder Bear will be out saying hello to all his favorite skiers and riders at King Pine from 2:00 – 3:00pm.

Jan 13: Saturday Night Family Racing: Dual recreation race from 6:00-8:00pm.  Races are free to all with a lift ticket. Weather dependent.

Pre-Ski at Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road

Jan 14: Sunrise Snow Coach Tour: Experienced SnowCoach drivers will take you to treeline (weather permitting) at 4,200ft on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sun rise. Plan to leave promptly at 6:15am from the base lodge. Even if we don’t actually get to the see the sun rise, you can be sure the early morning lighting at treeline will make for incredible and unforgettable scenes.

Live Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants

At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH

  • Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jonathan Sarty in the Pub, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jerry’s Free Ride Wednesdays – Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all of the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.
  • Jan 5-6: Nor’Easters, 9:00-12:30pm
  • Jan 7: Apres Ski with Pacmann Dave, 4:00-7:00pm

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH

Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.

Every WednesdayWhite Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.

Every Friday: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. The majority of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.

Every Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.

At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey, 7:30-10:00pm

Every Saturday-Apres Ski-Dennis & Davey from 4:00-6:00pm.

At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson

  • Jan 4: Johno & Simon Crawford, 7:00pm
  • Jan 5-6: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • Jan 7: Kevin Donan & Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • Jan 11: Johno & Al Shafner, 7:00pm
  • Jan 12 & 13: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm each night and 4:00-6:00pm for apres ski on Sat.

At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson – all performances are from 5:30-9:30pm

  • Friday, Jan 5: Tim Gurshin
  • Friday, Jan 12: Dusty Gray
  • Sunday, 1/14: Justin Jaymes

Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley

January 6: Concert to Support Recovery Efforts in MWV: The evening of music will start off 6 p.m. with a community pot luck dinner of soups, lasagna and other enticing food offerings served up in hand-thrown, hand-crafted pottery bowls donated by local potter Jennie Lanoie. Dinner follows with a concert by folk duo Bennett & Perkins. The performance, takes place in MWV Supports Recovery Endeavor House in Center Conway, NH (just west of the Conway Town Hall). Concert proceeds will also benefit A New Life, a prenatal group program for those recovering from substance misuse disorder. Tickets are  $25 per person and may be purchased online in advance at www.bennettandperkins.com. Tickets are also available at the door, but advance online registration is strongly recommended as limited seats are available. Info: Click here.

January 6: Jackson Art Studio’s Winter Funky Tree Sip & Paint With Melanie Levitt: Class will start PROMPTLY at 6pm.  PLEASE ARRIVE  15-20 min. prior to class starting. Fun for the absolute beginner to the seasoned artist! Spend an evening of creativity as you twist  open your favorite bottle of wine (BYOB for those 21 and over) and uncork your creativity! The instructor will guide you step by step- easy, stress free, & affordable! $45  all supplies included.

January 6: Pace Gallery Reception: The Pace Galleries of Art will be hosting a reception for its current exhibition, Fryeburg Academy Creates from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The exhibition is a group show featuring Fryeburg Academy faculty and staff creativity outside the classroom, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, and video installations. The artists will be in attendance to discuss their artistic process and inspiration. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. The Pace Galleries of Art is located inside the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at 18 Bradley Street in Fryeburg, ME.

January 13: 20th Anniversary Kick Off Party with Mallet Bros at Tuckerman Brewing: 2018 marks Tuckerman Brewing’s 20th year of crafting delicious beer. To celebrate come for an outdoor celebration that will include a large heated tent, a special edition beer and The Mallett Brothers Band. Food will be available. Kids activities will be set-up and sponsored by The MWV Children’s Museum. Cover charge $10.

January 13: Country Jamboree at Leura Eastman PAC at Fryeburg Academy: Featuring an incredibly talented cast that has performed with some of country music‘s most popular artists, this outstanding performance features the music of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, and more. Like spending an evening at The Grand Ole Opry. $25-Adults, $20-Seniors, $5-Students

January 14:  Bennett & Perkins at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series.

January 19-20: Stonehurst Manor’s Ice Bar: Enjoy specialty cocktails and giveaways.  Hors d’oeuvres will be passed all night. There will be dancing to the Music Man, a fashion show by Spruce Hurricane and the fire pits will be burning to keep you warm surrounded by hay bales for seating. Tickets must be ordered in advance and tickets for Jan 20 are already sold out, so order soon.  All tickets are non-refundable and will be held for pickup at the door. For info and online ticket ordering, click here.

Click here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout January in Mt Washington Valley.

Meals Deals in Mt Washington Valley –Jan 4-11, 2018

Skiers and riders also need great food, and with 75 or so restaurants in Mt Washington Valley, you’re sure to find something to feed every palate and every age. And with all the great snow that is predicted for this week …not to mention all the hard work of our snowmakers and groomers…skiers and riders are sure to work up a big appetite.

In addition, these restaurants offer great meal deals, so plan your apres ski fun accordingly!  And we’ve even added a deals on lift tickets and demo equipment to this blog this week, so be sure to read all the way through.

Meals Deals Throughout January

At Max’s Tavern, Snowvillage Inn, Snowville, NH

On Tuesdays: The local flavor comes out every Tuesday 5:30-9:00 PM at Snowvillage Inn: In addition to the daily menu, the locals’ menu is served, offering made from scratch comfort food, priced just right for our local friends. And on Tuesdays, no matter where you’re from, everyone’s a local at Max’s Tavern.

On Thursdays: Max’s In The Raw & the Famous Oyster Orgy! Oysters, Littlenecks, Ceviche and Crudo:  Snowvillage Inn innkeepers, Jen and Kevin, have traveled up and down the coast of Maine in search of the sweetest and largest oysters.  The goldmine is the Damariscotta River….briny, strong shell, plump meat, meaty texture with the true taste of the sea and Snowvillage Inn gets them fresh almost daily! Click here for the menu of the day.

At Christmas Farm Inn, Jackson

  • Mondays are 2-for-1 night: Buy one entrée, get second entrée free
  • Tuesdays: Succulent Turkey Dinner, including salad, entrée, dessert – $19
  • Wednesday is German Night!
  • Thursday is Steak Night: Build your own steak entrée
  • Friday is Seafood Night
  • Saturday is Wild Game Night: Venison, Elk, Duck & more
  • Sunday: Taste of Italy with Italian specialties

Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

  • Twofer Tuesdays: 2 people, 2 entrees, 1 price: $24.95 (Dine in Only)
  • Wednesday Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00pm, $2 Tacos (steak, pork, chicken, fish)
  • Thursdays: Buck-A-Beer: Order any burger, get a beer for a buck
  • Fridays: Happy Hour, 4:00-6:00pm

At Lobster Trap, Seafood, Steaks & Italian, West Side Road, North Conway

Early bird specials start at $10.95 and are served daily from 11:30am until 6:00pm. Early bird dishes are served with homemade rolls, and French fries, onion rings or cole slaw.

At White Mountain Hotel, West Side Road, North Conway

Every Friday: Friday Night Seafood Fest in Ledges Restaurant: New England seafood specialties served directly at your table. Offerings include your choice of salad or soup, appetizers including mini raw bar, gulf shrimp cocktail and poached salmon. Entrees include orange ginger diver scallops, cod and lobster duo, smoked sugar and chile grilled salmon, shrimp scampi and classic broiled seafood platter. Dessert is also included in this 4-Course menu. Seafood Fest menu changes often. Regular menu also available. Click here for sample menu.

Sundays: Grand Sunday Brunch: A White Mountain Hotel tradition since 1990. Includes chef-attended omelet station, bacon, maple sausage, homemade corned beef hash, home fries, Belgian waffles with a variety of fresh fruit toppings, whipped cream and homemade maple butter, chef-attended carving station with two carved roasts of the day, weekly entrée specials, fresh vegetables of the day, homemade soups, pancakes and Eggs Benedict from the kitchen, a delectable dessert table and much more.

 At Traditions Restaurant at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison, NH

Note: Traditions Restaurant & Pub plans to be closed December 3 – 14 for annual maintenance/cleaning and will reopen December 15.

$10 Sunday And Monday Menu Items: Enjoy a night out to start your week with special $10 menu items every Sunday and Monday. Order one for yourself or order a few dishes and share with the table.

Tap N’ A Flat Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, head to the pub for a “Tap N’ A Flat” beer and a pizza special. Enjoy your choice of cheese, pepperoni or grilled vegetable flatbread and craft draft pint from one of the taps for only $12.

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, tuck in to all-you-can-eat Carolina Pork Ribs served with traditional cole slaw and french fries for $20 per person.

And at King Pine, $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets.

At Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Jackson, NH

Tuesdays: Two One-Pound Lobsters for $26.95 from 5:00-9:00pm

Wednesday Dinner for Two Menu: Make Wednesday your date night and choose from a special two-for-$26.95 menu.  While the menu changes weekly, look for popular entrees from the menu plus a few specials too.  Two entrees from the special menu are only $26.95 (plus tax & gratuity) for both.  Click here for sample menu.

Every Thursday in January: Free Pasta Feed & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday Night: Fish Fry / Oyster Lover Special : Enjoy a special fish fry along with an oyster special Every Friday Night from 5:00-9:00pm.

At Oxford House Inn, Fryeburg, ME:

Thursday Night Pint & a Pound- $14.95: Includes one pound of Steamed Maine Mussels or Little Neck Clams, prepared in your choice of 5 different flavors from around the world and a Pint of local craft Beer (or glass of wine if preferred) and a basket of Artisan Focaccia & Multigrain Bread.

Taco Trio Tuesdays- $12 for Three: Includes three different authentic and creative tacos

Themed Food Events throughout Mt Washington Valley!

January 12: Author Luncheon at Sea Dog Brewing: Join White Birch Bookstore for a winter luncheon at Sea Dog Brewing with a favorite author, Katherine Arden.  Tickets are $20, which includes luncheon, author talk and donation to North Conway Library.Tickets can be purchased through the bookstore, call 603-356-3200, or North Conway Library, call 603-356-2961, by January 10.Katherine will be discussing her second book in the Winternight Trilogy, The Girl in the Tower. But we are hoping she will include the first as well, The Bear and the Nightingale. Info, click here.

January 13: 20th Anniversary Kick Off Party with Mallet Bros at Tuckerman Brewing: 2018 marks Tuckerman Brewing’s 20th year of crafting delicious beer. To celebrate come for an outdoor celebration that will include a large heated tent, a special edition beer and The Mallett Brothers Band. Food will be available. Kids activities will be set-up and sponsored by The MWV Children’s Museum. Cover charge $10.

January 19-20: Stonehurst Manor’s Ice Bar: Enjoy specialty cocktails and giveaways.  Hors d’oeuvres will be passed all night. There will be dancing to the Music Man, a fashion show by Spruce Hurricane and the fire pits will be burning to keep you warm surrounded by hay bales for seating. Note: Tickets must be ordered in advance and tickets for Jan 20 are already sold out, so order soon.  All tickets are non-refundable and will be held for pickup at the door. For info and online ticket ordering, click here.

Other Deals at ski resorts and restaurants!

Jan 5:  Ticket Rollback Day at Cranmore! $10 tickets all day for all ages on this one day at Cranmore Mountain Resort. Info: Click here.

Jan 5: $5 Founder’s Day Celebration at King Pine: Pre-purchase a 1-Day ticket valid for use on Friday, January 5 for only $5! AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AND MUST BE PRE-PURCHASED 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE. Buy Now.  Info: 603-367-8896.

Fri, Jan 5, 2018: New England Ski Day at Shawnee Peak – Purchase your ticket to ski or ride all day and night on Friday, January 6th for just $32 with the presentation of your driver’s license from a New England state. The deal just keeps getting better – rentals will just be $32 all day too. Kids get the deal with a license holder. Ski till 9pm on a Friday!

Jan 6-7:  80th Anniversary Weekend at Cranmore! Deals include: $80 2 day adult lift tickets, $80 family four pack tubing or MAP 5-8pm, $80 Get Skiing or Snowboarding 2 day package. Info: Click here.

Jan 7:  Demo day with Sport Thoma at Bretton Woods,  9:00 – 3:00pm

Jan 7: Youth Day at Attitash and Wildcat: Kids 17 and under pay just $17 for a lift ticket today.

$25 Powder & Pasta at Bretton Woods – Ski or ride from 4 – 8 p.m. and replenish with a pasta dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Available Dec. 29 – March 10, as well as during the holiday periods of Jan. 14; and Feb. 18 – 22, 2018.

$10 Tuesday Night Skiing and Snowboarding at King Pine! From 4:00-9:00pm, $10 Tuesday night lift tickets, PLUS $10 rentals, $10 terrain park lessons (available starting 1/9), $10 tubing (5-7 p.m.) AND $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern are all offered with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets. *Must be 21 years of age with valid photo id. Some restrictions apply. Limit one per person.

Every Wednesday throughout January at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub: Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all of the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

White Mountain Hotel Frequent Diner Program

Enjoy a free entrée for every ten times you dine at White Mountain Hotel.  Please inquire at the Front Desk with any questions.

Horsefeathers Preferred Diner Program

Earn points for every dollar you spend at Horsefeathers toward a $50.00 Gift Certificate. And on your birthday, receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée.  Click here to sign up.

Traditions at Purity Spring Resort Loyalty Card Program

With your Traditions Loyalty Card in-hand, you will earn one point for each dollar you spend at Traditions. When you reach 500 points, you will earn a Traditions gift card with a value of $25! To receive your Traditions Loyalty Card, please ask your server the next time you visit, and begin earning points right away! Click here for program guidelines.

Free Gift Certificate from Inn at Thorn Hill

The Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa has teamed up with Attitash Mountain Village Resort, a premier vacation ownership resort.  Sign up for a 90 minute of Attitash Mountain Village and receive a $200 Inn at Thorn Hill gift certificate.  It can be used any time within a year of issue for dining, lodging or spa.  Click here for full details.

For a complete list of restaurants and dining opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, click here.

Dining Deals in Mt Washington Valley –Dec 28-Jan 4, 2018

Meal deals in Mt Washington ValleySkiers and riders also need great food, and with 75 or so restaurants in Mt Washington Valley, you’re sure to find something to feed every palate and every age. And with all the great snow that fell over the past week …not to mention all the hard work of our snowmakers and groomers…skiers and riders are sure to work up a big appetite.

In addition, these restaurants offer great meal deals, so plan your apres ski fun accordingly!  And we’ve even added a deals on lift tickets and demo equipment to this blog this week, so be sure to read all the way through.

Meals Deals Throughout December and early January

At Max’s Tavern, Snowvillage Inn, Snowville, NH

On Tuesdays: The local flavor comes out every Tuesday 5:30-9:00 PM at Snowvillage Inn: In addition to the daily menu, the locals’ menu is served, offering made from scratch comfort food, priced just right for our local friends. And on Tuesdays, no matter where you’re from, everyone’s a local at Max’s Tavern.

On Thursdays: Max’s In The Raw & the Famous Oyster Orgy! Oysters, Littlenecks, Ceviche and Crudo:  Snowvillage Inn innkeepers, Jen and Kevin, have traveled up and down the coast of Maine in search of the sweetest and largest oysters.  The goldmine is the Damariscotta River….briny, strong shell, plump meat, meaty texture with the true taste of the sea and Snowvillage Inn gets them fresh almost daily! Click here for the menu of the day.

At Christmas Farm Inn, Jackson

  • Mondays are 2-for-1 night: Buy one entrée, get second entrée free
  • Tuesdays: Succulent Turkey Dinner, including salad, entrée, dessert – $19
  • Wednesday is German Night!
  • Thursday is Steak Night: Build your own steak entrée
  • Friday is Seafood Night
  • Saturday is Wild Game Night: Venison, Elk, Duck & more
  • Sunday: Taste of Italy with Italian specialties

Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

  • Twofer Tuesdays: 2 people, 2 entrees, 1 price: $24.95 (Dine in Only)
  • Wednesday Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00pm, $2 Tacos (steak, pork, chicken, fish)
  • Thursdays: Buck-A-Beer: Order any burger, get a beer for a buck
  • Fridays: Happy Hour, 4:00-6:00pm

At Lobster Trap, Seafood, Steaks & Italian, West Side Road, North Conway

Early bird specials start at $10.95 and are served daily from 11:30am until 6:00pm. Early bird dishes are served with homemade rolls, and French fries, onion rings or cole slaw.

At White Mountain Hotel, West Side Road, North Conway

Every Friday: Friday Night Seafood Fest in Ledges Restaurant: New England seafood specialties served directly at your table. Offerings include your choice of salad or soup, appetizers including mini raw bar, gulf shrimp cocktail and poached salmon. Entrees include orange ginger diver scallops, cod and lobster duo, smoked sugar and chile grilled salmon, shrimp scampi and classic broiled seafood platter. Dessert is also included in this 4-Course menu. Seafood Fest menu changes often. Regular menu also available. Click here for sample menu.

Sundays: Grand Sunday Brunch: A White Mountain Hotel tradition since 1990. Includes chef-attended omelet station, bacon, maple sausage, homemade corned beef hash, home fries, Belgian waffles with a variety of fresh fruit toppings, whipped cream and homemade maple butter, chef-attended carving station with two carved roasts of the day, weekly entrée specials, fresh vegetables of the day, homemade soups, pancakes and Eggs Benedict from the kitchen, a delectable dessert table and much more.

 At Traditions Restaurant at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison, NH

$10 Sunday And Monday Menu Items: Enjoy a night out to start your week with special $10 menu items every Sunday and Monday. Order one for yourself or order a few dishes and share with the table.

Tap N’ A Flat Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, head to the pub for a “Tap N’ A Flat” beer and a pizza special. Enjoy your choice of cheese, pepperoni or grilled vegetable flatbread and craft draft pint from one of the taps for only $12.

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, tuck in to all-you-can-eat Carolina Pork Ribs served with traditional cole slaw and french fries for $20 per person.

And at King Pine, $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets.

At Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Jackson, NH

Tuesdays: Two One-Pound Lobsters for $26.95 from 5:00-9:00pm

Wednesday Dinner for Two Menu: Make Wednesday your date night and choose from a special two-for-$26.95 menu.  While the menu changes weekly, look for popular entrees from the menu plus a few specials too.  Two entrees from the special menu are only $26.95 (plus tax & gratuity) for both.  Click here for sample menu.

Every Thursday in January: Free Pasta Feed & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday Night: Fish Fry / Oyster Lover Special : Enjoy a special fish fry along with an oyster special Every Friday Night from 5:00-9:00pm.

At Oxford House Inn, Fryeburg, ME:

Thursday Night Pint & a Pound- $14.95: Includes one pound of Steamed Maine Mussels or Little Neck Clams, prepared in your choice of 5 different flavors from around the world and a Pint of local craft Beer (or glass of wine if preferred) and a basket of Artisan Focaccia & Multigrain Bread.

Taco Trio Tuesdays- $12 for Three: Includes three different authentic and creative tacos

Themed Food Events throughout Mt Washington Valley!

Dec 31: Powder & Pasta Night Skiing at Bretton Woods: Enjoy a pasta dinner, featuring Penne pasta with a classic red Italian sauce or savory white alfredo, topped with your choice of mouth watering meatballs and grilled chicken. Have some garlic bread on the side and parmesan cheese on top to finish your night.  $25 includes ticket (for skiing 4:00-8:00pm) and dinner.

December 31: New Year’s Eve at White Mountain Hotel: Ring in the new year overlooking the lights of North Conway and Cranmore from the Ledges Dining Room.  New Year’s Eve Party offers a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink vouchers. 4-course gourmet new year’s eve dinner, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, dancing to the Two Bass Jon Band, midnight balloon drop
Seating times for NYE dinner are 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM. $139pp, plus tax and gratuity.  Info here.

December 31: Mountain View Grand Gala: If you’re looking for a more formal setting to ring in the new year, the Mountain View Grand will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala. The Gala will run from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom and will include a cocktail reception and dinner. Local pianist Greg Goodwin and his band will start the evening, and following dinner, music will be provided by a DJ for dancing. There will be a photo booth from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. At midnight, welcome in the new year with a champagne toast and the annual fireworks display.   Pricing is $120 per person and the Gala is only available to ages 16 and up. Tax and gratuity are not included in the rate. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 855.837.2100.  (Note: there’s also a family-friendly celebration with buffet dinner too). More details: here.

Other Deals at ski resorts and restaurants!

Every Wednesday throughout January at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub: Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all of the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

Jan 5:  Ticket Rollback Day at Cranmore! $10 tickets all day for all ages on this one day at Cranmore Mountain Resort. Info: Click here.

Jan 5: $5 Founder’s Day Celebration at King Pine: Pre-purchase a 1-Day ticket valid for use on Friday, January 5 for only $5! AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AND MUST BE PRE-PURCHASED 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE. Buy Now.  Info: 603-367-8896.

Jan 6-7:  80th Anniversary Weekend at Cranmore! Deals include: $80 2 day adult lift tickets, $80 family four pack tubing or MAP 5-8pm, $80 Get Skiing or Snowboarding 2 day package. Info: Click here.

Jan 7:  Demo day with Sport Thoma at Bretton Woods,  9:00 – 3:00pm

December 28: Winter Kick Off at Shawnee Peak!  Shawnee Peak’s new outerwear partner, Orsden, will be on site with some displays of their new ski wear for men and women! Parlor Skis will also be on-hand to demo their newest ski designs and to formally opening the Parlor Demo Center. End the day in Blizzard’s Pub, with an apres ski party hosted by Harpoon, the creators of Shawnee Peak’s Moose Pond Ale, on hand with swag giveaways. Be sure to wear your best ugly sweater!

December 29: Liberty Ski Demo Day at Shawnee Peak: The award-winning Colorado- based ski company returns with a 2017/2018 lineup that’s guaranteed to make you want to add to your equipment arsenal for the season.

December 30: Lucid Skis Demo Day at Shawnee Peak: Start by demoing a pair of Lucid Skis, made right in Maine. Then end the day with a cold Sam Adams draft in Blizzard’s Pub after enjoying the slopes! Reps will be on hand with tastings and swag giveaway’s and a lucky person will win a pair of skis or snowboard!

White Mountain Hotel Frequent Diner Program

Enjoy a free entrée for every ten times you dine at White Mountain Hotel.  Please inquire at the Front Desk with any questions.

Horsefeathers Preferred Diner Program

Earn points for every dollar you spend at Horsefeathers toward a $50.00 Gift Certificate. And on your birthday, receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée.  Click here to sign up.

Traditions at Purity Spring Resort Loyalty Card Program

With your Traditions Loyalty Card in-hand, you will earn one point for each dollar you spend at Traditions. When you reach 500 points, you will earn a Traditions gift card with a value of $25! To receive your Traditions Loyalty Card, please ask your server the next time you visit, and begin earning points right away! Click here for program guidelines.

Free Gift Certificate from Inn at Thorn Hill

The Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa has teamed up with Attitash Mountain Village Resort, a premier vacation ownership resort.  Sign up for a 90 minute of Attitash Mountain Village and receive a $200 Inn at Thorn Hill gift certificate.  It can be used any time within a year of issue for dining, lodging or spa.  Click here for full details.

For a complete list of restaurants and dining opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, click here.

Apres Ski and live Entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH – Week of Dec 28-Jan 4, 2018

Apres ski opportunitie. in Mt Washington Valley, NHWhen the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins.  For some, it lasts well into the night.  Our readers asked us to share insight into nightlife opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, so each week we’ll compile a list of live entertainment and apres ski fun.

Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week.

Apres Ski at the Ski Resorts…

Apres Ski at the Wildcat Pub – all entertainment is from 1:00-4:00pm

  • Dec 29: Ryan St Onge
  • Dec 30: Shark Martin
  • Dec 31: NYE Football: Patriots vs NY Jets
  • Jan 1: Ben Cook
  • Jan 5: Raft Matregrano, 12:30-3:30pm
  • Jan 6: Pat Foley Band

Apres Ski at Ptarmigan Pub at Attitash

  • Dec 26: White Steer, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Dec 27: Riley Parkhurst Project, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Dec 28: The Dean Machine, 2:00 – 5:00pm
  • Dec 29: Pat Foley Band, 3:00 – 6:00pm
  • Dec 30: The Gravel Project, 3:00 – 6:00pm
  • Dec 31: Lazy Susan, 3:00 – 6:00pm
  • Dec 31: Football! Patriots vs NY Jets, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Jan 1: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Jonathan Sarty, 2:00-4:30pm
  • Jan 1: Riley Parkhurst Band, 3:00-6:00pm

Plus, The Attitash Grand Summit hotel also has an abundance of family-friendly activities scheduled through December 31. Activities include ornament decorating, face painting, kids movies every night, live music, and other fun, competitive games.

Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort

Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • Dec 27: Greg Walsh
  • Dec 28: Ben Cook
  • Dec 29:  Mitch Alden, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Dec 30:  Music with Bill Cameron, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Jan 6: Live Music at Zips Pub with Jonathan Sarty, 3:00-6:00pm

Plus!

  • Dec 28-31: Cranmore’s Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park activities will offer extended hours for the holiday period, from 10:00am – 8:00pm.
  • Dec 28-30: Cranmore’s signature family event, Cranapalooza, featuring DJ Kris10, games and s’mores at Schneider Square, 2:30-4:30pm
  • December 31:  Shredding into 2018 Freestyle Event at Cranmore: Show off your tricks.  Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages.
  • December 31: C-more’s New Year’s Eve Bash & Fireworks: Ring in 2018 with C-more the Penguin and this special New Year’s edition of Cranapalooza! Geared for guests and families of all ages, join in on all kinds of fun activities and entertainment! There’ll be a DJ in Schneider Square, s’mores, games & more. Stick around for a fireworks show at 6:00pm, too!

Bretton Woods Ski Resort presents apres ski parties:

  • December 28-31 & Jan 6: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
  • December 28-3 & Jan 6:: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.

Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub

  • Thurs, Dec 28: Live music by Riley Parkhurst Project, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Fri, Dec 29: Live music by Greg Walsh, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Sat, Dec 30: Coors Light promotion and live music with Candie Tremblay
  • Sun, Dec 31: New Years Eve party and torchlight parade, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 1: Music by Candie Tramblay, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Fri, Jan 5: Apres Ski entertainment with Greg Walsh, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Sat, Jan 6: Apres Ski entertainment with Candie Tremblay and Angry Orchard promotion, 3:30-5:30pm.

Apres Ski at King Pine

  • December 29:  Torchlight Snowtubing: Enjoy the thrill of tubing under the lights at the Pine Meadows Tubing Park from 5:00-9:00pm.
  • December 30: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, 11:00am-1:00pm: Start or end with a cup of hot cocoa by an outdoor fire. Enjoy the classic experience of riding among surrounding fields and within wooded trails in a horse-driven sleigh. $20 per adult, $15 for kids 12 and under. Space limited. Reservations required. Call 800-373-3754 for reservations. Complete info, click here.
  • December 31:  New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, 4:00-9:00pm.  Your night skiing ticket will include Night skiing and riding from 4:00-9:00pm, outdoor music and campfire at the base of King Pine. The torchlight parade begins at 9:00pm – the first 100 people meet at 8:45 p.m. at the top of the Open Slope. Skiers MUST be able to ski an intermediate Blue Square trail in the dark! Hi-intensity glow sticks will be used. Fireworks to follow torchlight parade at 9:20 p.m. End the night with a Toast to the New Year at the Trail’s End Tavern (not included in ticket price). Full info
  • December 31:  Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, 7:00pm: Experience the quiet of the new year with a guided moonlight snowshoe tours through NH Audubon’s Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary at Purity Spring Resort. Interested participants are asked to sign-up and meet at The Mill Indoor Pool & Fitness Center across from the Purity Spring Main Office fifteen minutes before the start of the tour. Please call ahead to confirm date of scheduled snowshoe tours.  Rate are $12 per person ($20 with snowshoe rentals – rentals are available at the King Pine Rental Shop). This tour is weather permitting.

Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley

At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH

  • Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jonathan Sarty in the Pub, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jerry’s Free Ride Wednesdays – Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all of the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.
  • Dec 29 – The Riley Parkhurst Project, 9:00pm – 12:30am
  • Dec 30 – Lazy Susan, 9:000pm – 12:30am
  • Dec 31 – Now Is Now, 9:00pm – 12:30am
  • Jan 5-6: Nor’Easters, 9:00-12:30pm
  • Jan 7: Apres Ski with Pacmann Dave, 4:00-7:00pm

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH

Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.

Every WednesdayWhite Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.

Every Friday: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. The majority of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.

Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.

Additional entertainment at the Wildcat Tavern:

  • Dec 30: Apres Ski entertainment with Al Shafner, 4:00-6:00pm
  • Dec 30: Reverand Al Shafner and the Revtones, 9:00-11:30pm
  • Dec 31: Ring in the new year with the Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00pm – 1:00am

At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey.

At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson

  • Dec 28: Dennis & Davy, at 7:30pm
  • Dec 29 & 30: Marty Quirk at 8:00pm
  • Dec 31: New Year’s Eve with Marty Quirk and Johno
  • Jan 4: Johno & Simon Crawford, 7:00pm
  • Jan 5-6: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • Jan 7: Kevin Donan & Simon Crawford, 7:30pm

At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson – all performances are from 6:00-9:30pm

  • Dec 28: Tim Gurshin & Friends
  • Dec 29: Tristan Omand
  • Dec 30: Randy Messineo

 Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley through Christmas Week

December 28 – 31: Conway Scenic Holiday Week Trains: Your favorite old-fashioned train rides will be offered twice daily December 26 through 31, both to Conway:  11:30 and 1:30 (about an hour round-trip). Moe info, click here.

Fri, December 29: Wildcat Ski Team & Wildcat Mountain present Line of Descent, Warren Miller’s film offering insight into steeps and peaks and hidden corners of the world. Food & drinks at the Pub plus Kids Apres Ski, 5:00-8:00pm.

December 31:  Fireworks at Schouler Park:  Be sure to bring the camera and capture the explosion color over the vintage Conway Scenic RR train station. Fireworks get underway at 9:30pm to ring in the new year and finish off the Spirit of the Holidays celebration.

December 31: Ring in the New Year with dinner at a MW Valley Restaurant: The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of restaurants open and celebrating New Year’s Eve with delicious dinners and festivities.  Click here for the full list.

December 31: Le Vent du Nord at Stone Mountain Arts Center, showtime: 8:00pm: Performing traditional Québécois music that is heavily influenced by Celtic music, these guys are better every time I see them. Le Vent du Nord is one of the premier folk bands coming out of Canada today winning multiple awards and accolades from our friends up north. They have a huge and exciting sound using traditional instruments and foot stomping rhythms…..and they even play the hurdi gurdi! Tickets :$55. More info here.

December 31, 7:30pm  – Paws & Plays New Year’s Eve Celebration – Enjoy live music, appetizers, desserts, a cash bar, and a champagne toast as you ring in 2018! Start off your New Year by supporting two of the valley’s nonprofits, Conway Area Humane Society and M&D Playhouse. Live Music by Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s and Al Shafner and The Revtones. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. Available below through Pay Pal or by calling Kiersten at 603-447-5955 extension 4.

December 31 – Omni Mt. Washington – Out with the old and in with the new: Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018 with fine cuisine, music and libations during the Omni Mount Washington Resort’s three-day celebration! Whether you prefer an elegant dinner in the award-winning dining room with live music, or a fun family-friendly celebration with music in the Grand Ballroom, New Year’s Eve will be an occasion for all to enjoy as we usher in 2018! Full information here.

December 31: New Year’s Eve at White Mountain Hotel: Ring in the new year overlooking the lights of North Conway and Cranmore from the Ledges Dining Room.  New Year’s Eve Party offers a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink vouchers. 4-course gourmet new year’s eve dinner, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, dancing to the Two Bass Jon Band, midnight balloon drop
Seating times for NYE dinner are 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 PM. $139pp, plus tax and gratuity.  Info here.

December 31 at Mountain View Grand – Two wonderful celebrations

New Year’s Eve Gala

If you’re looking for a more formal setting to ring in the new year, the Mountain View Grand will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala. The Gala will run from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom and will include a cocktail reception and dinner. Local pianist Greg Goodwin and his band will start the evening, and following dinner, music will be provided by a DJ for dancing. There will be a photo booth from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. At midnight, welcome in the new year with a champagne toast and the annual fireworks display.   Pricing is $120 per person and the Gala is only available to ages 16 and up. Tax and gratuity are not included in the rate. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 855.837.2100.

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

Join us on December 31st in the Presidential Ballroom for our annual New Year’s Eve Family Celebration! Running from 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., the celebration will feature a buffet dinner, cash bar, DJ and a host of fun holiday activities throughout the evening. There will be a photo booth from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Then at midnight, ring in the new year with the spectacular firework display.

January 6: Concert to Support Recovery Efforts in MWV: The evening of music will start off 6 p.m. with a community pot luck dinner of soups, lasagna and other enticing food offerings served up in hand-thrown, hand-crafted pottery bowls donated by local potter Jennie Lanoie. Dinner follows with a concert by folk duo Bennett & Perkins. The performance, takes place in MWV Supports Recovery Endeavor House in Center Conway, NH (just west of the Conway Town Hall). Concert proceeds will also benefit A New Life, a prenatal group program for those recovering from substance misuse disorder. Tickets are  $25 per person and may be purchased online in advance at www.bennettandperkins.com. Tickets are also available at the door, but advance online registration is strongly recommended as limited seats are available. Info: Click here.

January 6: Jackson Art Studio’s Winter Funky Tree Sip & Paint With Melanie Levitt: Class will start PROMPTLY at 6pm.  PLEASE ARRIVE  15-20 min. prior to class starting. Fun for the absolute beginner to the seasoned artist! Spend an evening of creativity as you twist  open your favorite bottle of wine (BYOB for those 21 and over) and uncork your creativity! The instructor will guide you step by step- easy, stress free, & affordable! $45  all supplies included.

Click here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout December in Mt Washington Valley.

Pre-Holiday Storms Set Up Valley for Epic Vacation Week Skiing

By Kathy Bennett

With visitors from out of town, we had skiing on our agenda for the weekend before Christmas. Fortunately Mother Nature cooperated on Friday, as 6″+ inches of snow fell all day, the light fluffy variety that topped off the season’s 20″+ received to date. It’s been a good ski season so far in terms of snowfall in the North Conway, New Hampshire area.

 

Nowhere was this more evident than Cranmore on Friday. With 4 routes down off the summit and dozens of trails open, we kept our out-of-town guests busy getting in lots of runs during our 5 hours of powder skiing. Another benefit of skiing Cranmore in December – during these days of low sun angle, their slopes avoid the flat light that can make skiing challenging later in the day this time of year. Their sunny trails celebrate 80 years, a milestone few areas anywhere can boast.

While we awoke with high hopes Saturday morning that the precipitation would stay white, the weather turned a bit liquid as we turned our car down Route 153 out of Conway towards King Pine in East Madison, New Hampshire.

One of the benefits of early season skiing is uncrowded parking lots, lodges and lift lines and Saturday was no exception. King Pine has been welcoming guests for over 50 years at their Purity Springs Resort, which is open year-round for a variety of activities, alpine skiing being the highlight of winter along with ice skating, nordic skiing, snowshoeing and an indoor health club with swimming pool. It’s a “park the car and leave it” experience for the whole family. Their Traditions Restaurant is a hidden treasure – no need to trek into town for dinner so you can avoid the hustle and bustle.

But back to the skiing. I am a firm believer that you can have a good day on skis no matter what the weather. Saturday was proof of this. With half a foot of snow having fallen overnight, the light frozen drizzle did not harm the snow surfaces at all. In an ever-changing alchemy, trails featured a variety of conditions from creamy soft turning snow to firm corduroy to well tracked groomed terrain.  I always enjoy the back side of King Pine with its Milt’s Place lodge and double lift. It’s a short fun run and we hit it over and over again.

A word about the food options at King Pine … their prices are family-friendly and their baked goods are exceptionally tasty. I always opt for the scratch made rice crispie treats, although they were rivaled by the homemade peanut butter cookies yesterday as well.

That’s not the only value. Non-holiday Tuesdays feature a $10 special. $10 for a burger and beer. $10 for a night lift ticket. $10 for a night tubing ticket. The list goes on. Check out their website for the complete list. It’s hard to think of a better deal in New England skiing, a true opportunity for families counting pennies but wanting to keep skiing in their budget.

The ski conditions in the North Conway area are setting up for an epic holiday vacation week. Best of all, another 10″+ inches is in the forecast for Christmas Day – a true holiday gift for skiers visiting Mount Washington Valley!

JACKSON XC IN THE BC

We are super excited to announce our partnership with the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (Jackson XC) in Jackson Village, NH — having the largest trail network in the East.

What’s this all about? Well, it’s front country meets backcountry with Redline Guiding officially becoming the backcountry arm of Jackson XC. Not just Nordic, either, but we also offer Alpine Touring (AT) and these services will also be supported. Skiing will take place within the Jackson XC backcountry network (including the backside of Wildcat Mountain) and on White Mountain National Forest lands beyond those boundaries, even covering some of the state’s historic Civilian Conservatiom Corp (CCC) trails and more.

And this happened because while they do have an amazing staff at Jackson XC, they didn’t have a backcountry program with dedicated guides and instructors knowledgeable about the unique backcountry requirements and best practices. Well, now they do. For details, please contact Jackson XC. To learn more about our ski programs, please check out our backcountry ski adventures and backcountry ski instruction.

Not Yet a Nordic Skier?

Not ready for the backcountry yet? Brand new to Nordic altogether? Do you first need front country lessons, gear, and basic how-to Nordic ski experience? While we are the backcountry arm of Jackson XC, they are the front country arm for us! We suggest giving them a call. If you offer promo code “REDLINEFC” when booking, you can save 10% off your day passes for one day or a lesson with one of their instructors.

Bretton Woods Announces Future Enhancements

 Omni Mount Washington Resort is pleased to confirm that work has commenced on an exciting enhancement to our B-Chair Double Chair Lift and the Latitude 44 restaurant. We will be replacing the existing lift with a new, state of the art eight passenger gondola, which will run year-round, as well as a 10,000 square foot mountain side restaurant. Both will offer unprecedented alpine views of the highest mountain range in the northeast. This project represents a major investment in the Bretton Woods ski area, New Hampshire’s largest, and will be a highly anticipated new amenity for Omni guests and day visitors alike.

We look forward to sharing more details in an official announcement in the new year, in advance of the gondola’s 2018 – 2019 ski season debut and the mountain-side restaurant’s summer 2019 opening.

For more information, please call 603-278-3304.

Anything is Possible!

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