February Vacation Sports Camp at Home Run Sports Training Center

No plans for February vacation? Well look no further than Home Run Sports Training Center.

FEBRUARY VACATION SPORTS CAMP
FEBRUARY 15-19, 10 AM – 3 PM
HOME RUN SPORTS TRAINING CENTER
AGES: 8-14

PRICE: $100 (INCLUDES A HOME RUN SHIRT)

Sign up today by call 603-447-2000

 

Great Glen Trails to Host Largest Kids’ Nordic Ski Festival in March

The largest kids’ Nordic ski festival in the United States, The New England Bill Koch League Festival, will be hosted by Great Glen Trails Outdoor center during the weekend of March 5 and 6, 2016. The New England Bill Koch League Festival, also knows as the BKL Festival is the marquee event of the New England Nordic Ski Association’s Bill Koch Youth Ski League and attracts pre-school through eighth grade participants from across New England, the Northeast and Canadian provinces.

The Festival carries the name of America’s only Olympic cross country medalist, Bill Koch. In 1976 Koch, from Putney, Vermont, won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Following this achievement, the national nordic ski program for youth was renamed in his honor, and the Bill Koch League (BKL) has continued throughout the Northeast for decades, introducing youth to the joys of cross country skiing in BKL Clubs, mostly led by parents and volunteers. Bill Koch himself will be at the Festival, supporting and encouraging all the young skiers, including his own son, Will.

The Festival rotates annually through the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. Last year’s Festival was held at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden, Vermont. The last time the Festival was held in NH, in 2012, Great Glen Trails was also chosen to host. The popular Pinkham Notch outdoor center did so, attracting and entertaining 625 kids plus their parents, siblings and coaches.

Festivities will start up on Saturday with the parade of participants, grouped by the geographic district they represent. With a theme of “White Mountain Magic”, there are sure to be elves, magicians, fairies, witches and magical creatures marching at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Saturday’s on-snow events include two-person relay races by grade levels using classic technique, and a variety of Nordic Adventure non-timed activities such as games on skis, an obstacle course to be negotiated on skis, and a magical mystery-themed ski tour to Great Glen’s warming cabin with refreshments. Great Glen’s daily offerings of snow tubing and the Trails Tracker character hunt are also available for the kids on both weekend days. The evening wraps up with a pasta dinner held at the Town & Country Inn and Resort in Shelburne, NH.

The fun continues on Sunday with individual interval-start races of 1 to 4 kilometers in length, depending on grade level. The Lollipop Race for novice skiers in 2nd grade and younger routinely brings the most smiles to observers as “knee-high” youngsters scurry as best they can to reach the finish line and ultimately to receive a lollipop. Eighth graders, in their final year of eligibility for the BKL Festival, have a graduation ceremony with a unique skiing challenge and public recognition. The obstacle course is again available as is a speed test, with radar being used to clock skier-generated momentum. Awards ceremonies throughout the weekend will recognize outstanding performances in the races.

The 2016 Festival has many generous sponsors. Valley Originals, a group of locally-owned and operated restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley area, is a Gold Sponsor, as well as L.L. Bean. Every registered skier will receive a “goody” bag that includes items donated by Ragged Mountain of Intervale, Polartec, Swix, and Gould Academy. The Holderness Nordic Club, the Nansen Ski Club and Gould Academy are all playing significant roles in overseeing the obstacle course, radar runs and Saturday ski tour respectively.

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Over one hundred volunteers will be sporting brightly-colored special event hats provided by Choucas. The Town & Country Inn, Northeast Delta Dental, Paula Jones Creative, White Birch Books, Zeb’s General Store, Kroka Expeditions, Rossignol, Salomon and Burke Mountain Academy are also supporting the event as sponsors. Additional sponsors are still being sought for this huge event, as are volunteers who will make this weekend a fun and memorable experience for the hundreds of kids and their families coming to the area.

Pre-registration for participation in the New England BKL Festival is required and is done online through the event’s website: bklfestival.com. For more information and to get involved, contact Sue Wemyss, Festival Event Director at Great Glen Trails via phone: 603-466-2333 or email: sue@greatglentrails.com.

 

Head East Young Man

This week’s eastern snowfall favored Shawnee Peak, just over the border in Bridgton, ME

While Friday’s snowstorm brought some snow to the larger mountain resorts of Mount Washington Valley, heavier snowfall graced the hills east of town and towards the coast. This made Shawnee Peak a great choice for skiing this weekend, as they received 6 inches of the white stuff Friday.  We hopped in the SUV and headed east on Route 302 for the short drive to Bridgton, ME.

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The day marked the first time in a long time since visiting the historic resort, which opened close to 80 years ago. Known for its night skiing, my last two trips to Shawnee were in the evening, so it was a nice change of pace to see the place in daylight. It also opened up many trails I had never had the pleasure of experiencing.

Our favorite runs of the day (and the ones with the most packed powder, no coincidence) were on the eastern slopes of the mountain. Fewer crowds meant morning corduroy lasted longer into the afternoon and soft turning conditions run after run. Considering last Wednesday brought warm temps and rain, Shawnee’s grooming and snowmaking team deserve kudos for restoring snow surfaces so quickly. And the 6 inches of powder Friday didn’t hurt either.

Shawnee is a skier’s mountain, meaning the layout and fall lines are thoughtfully put together and its orientation to the sun and the surrounding bodies of water make for a wonderful experience. Sunday brought blue bird skies and brilliant views to the Presidentials to the west. And it’s always thrilling to ski down a mountain that sits lakeside. Views to Moose Pond and Kezar Lake, among many others in Maine’s Lakes Region, are resplendent from Shawnee.  With its warm sunny exposure and water frontage, no wonder its original founders called it Pleasant Mountain.

Shawnee caters to families and rug rats were plentiful.  They also nod to the twin tip and snowboard crowd with a well developed terrain park.

As one of the last independents, less slick and less developed than its counterparts to the west and north, Shawnee has an old school feel that is welcoming. I stopped for pizza and hot cocoa and the total, with tax, was about $5 – an unlikely figure at many ski areas nowadays. What it lacks in 6-pack lifts and high speed quads, it makes up in value and a cheery “Mom and Pop” vibe.

With February vacation week coming up, try something new and give Shawnee Peak a try, day or night. It’s a short drive from the Valley, but a friendly and less frenzied experience than larger resorts. Find them online at shawneepeak.com

 

Visit Jackson Ski Touring and Get Out on The Trails

Jackson Ski Touring Center in Jackson has had consistently good skiing and snowshoeing due to snow management and fantastic groomers.

Enjoy some of the great activities coming up this month!

  • Four week skate clinics with PSIA certified instructor Laurel Smith start up on Friday, Feb. 5. These clinics are designed for the advanced beginner and will help fine tune skate techniques. $75/members, $100 non-members.
  • On Feb. 13 from 5-6 p.m. Dr. Tish Murray will present “Stress, Hormones & Heart Health.” Dr. Murray will discuss how hormone imbalances in men & women can distort a person’s midsection despite diet & exercise. Come learn about how you can optimize your health & reserve hormone imbalances.

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  • A full moon snowshoe tour will be held on Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m. departing from the Eagle Mountain House. $15; includes snowshoes & poles.
  • The Cross Cat Touring Challenge will be held on Feb. 27-28. This Randonee race uses the alpine touring method and special bindings and “skins” that stick to the snow. Starting from Jackson XC, competitors will ascend the Wildcat Valley XC trail up the backside of Wildcat Mountain & then descend the Wildcat Ski Trail. Different lengths & divisions will be offered.

Just a reminder that Jackson XC also has several ongoing weekly events including Tuesday Trekkers, Friday Gliders & Easy Sliders, Guided Snowshoe Nature Tours and more. See a complete list here: http://jacksonxc.org/events/weekly-ongoing-events/.

Please let me know if you would like to visit the Jackson Ski Touring Center or would like more information!

ABOUT JACKSON XC
The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, chartered to maintain trails in and around the charming Village of Jackson, NH. The Foundation maintains 150 km of varied and breathtaking cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Foundation trails connect with A.M.C. trails in Pinkham Notch and White Mountain National Forest backcountry adventure trails. The Foundation operates under a Special-Use Permit with the White Mountain National Forest, and with the cooperation of 75 private landowners, and the Village of Jackson.  More information about the Foundation and its offerings can be found on the web at http://www.jacksonxc.org.

WMWV Local Song Contest 2016

WMWV is asking LOCAL MUSICIANS to send them ONE original song to be considered for the WMWV SONG OF THE YEAR Competition presented by Blue Moon Brewing Company.

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They will be taking submissions until February 15, 2016. After submissions have closed, a panel of Judges determined by WMWV picked the top 4 songs, and they will be posted on the WMWV website so people can listen and vote for their favorite song. Voting will end on March 31st, 2016. The song that receives the most votes will be the winner. This year we will be asking the four finalists to do a one hour showcase at a local venue to showcase their talents and try to get more votes. Dates and  the showcase venue will be announced soon.

The Winner will receive:
1. A LIVE lunchtime performance of their song on 93.5 WMWV FM!
2. Their song will be added to the 93.5 WMWV FM on-air rotation for the rest of 2016 and recognized as the WMWV LOCAL SONG OF THE YEAR!
3. A check for $1000 and other PRIZES!

e-mail Submissions to: greg@wmwv.com
Mail or Drop off a CD:
Mt Washington Radio Group
2 Common Court, Unit A30
North Conway, NH 03860

For rules visit wmwv online

Eggs and Issues: Current State of Public Education K-12 in Mount Washington Valley

The Mt. Washington Economic Council Presents:
Current State of Public Education K-12 in Mount Washington Valley
This will be presented by Kevin Richards, Superintendant, SAU#9

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Networking: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Presentation: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Technology Village
53 Technology Lane
Conway, NH 03818

To register please call MWVEC 603.447.6622 or email susan@mwvec.com

Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer on Sunday, January 31 at Cranmore

The American Cancer Society and Cranmore Mountain Resort will host the 39th annual Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer on Sunday, January 31, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event engages downhill skiers, recreational skiers, snow boarders, and winter enthusiasts in the fight against cancer.

hopeHope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer boasts family fun on the slopes, with timed races on the exclusive NASTAR race course. Racers will be able to take unlimited race runs and make their best time count! Prizes will be awarded for top fundraisers and racers in age and gender divisions.

The Blues Summit Celebrating 23 Years On WMWV!

Congratulations to WMWV’s Blues Summit celebrating 23 years on the air in 2016!

Roy Prescott offers the best of the blues from the 1920’s to the latest releases, including interviews with the biggest stars and up ‘n comers! Tell your blues friends around the world they can catch the show every Wednesday, 6-9 pm eastern with WMWV’s live stream.

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Roy welcome’s Tuckerman Brewing Company as a new  Blues Summit sponsor in 2016!!

Join Wildcat Tavern for a Ribbon Cutting to Welcome Executive Chef Bryant Alden

You are cordially invited to join co-owners Stewart Dunlop and David Peterson for a Ribbon Cutting at Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Wednesday, January 27 at 4:00 pm to welcome Executive Chef Bryant Alden to their team.

Executive Chef Bryant Alden Bryant Alden CEC, is pleased to accept the position of Executive Chef at the Wildcat Inn & Tavern in Jackson  NH.

Bryant, was raised on Cape Cod, MA. As a child he got his passion for cooking from his grandmother who cooked for affluent families who summered on the Cape. As a teenager, he spent his years cooking in various prestigious coastal restaurants while attaining his culinary skills. Bryant spent the next few years living in Boston working for an upscale catering company that hosted events all over the city including Symphony Hall and JFK museum.
Over the past 20 years, Chef Bryant has taken numerous accredited courses offered by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and National Restaurant Association. He is a Certified Executive Chef. His extensive career as an Executive Chef and Consultant has taken him throughout New England. He is presently the White Mountains Chapter President of the ACF and was awarded Chapter “Chef of the Year” in 2004.
Bryant’s culinary management has encompassed hotels, healthcare, education, personal chef services, and a decade of restaurant / catering ownership with his wife Patti.
“We are thrilled to have the talents of Chef Bryant Alden,” said Stu Dunlop, co-owner of the Wildcat Inn & Tavern. “The Inn has a wonderful reputation for excellence and together we are making improvements to our classic White Mountains dining experience”!
Stop by to enjoy some refreshments and welcome Chef Alden!

Wildcat Inn & Tavern
Rte 16-A, Jackson Village, NH
800- 228-4245 or 603-383-4245

The Glory of Glades in Mount Washington Valley

Glades. Trees. Off piste. Backcountry. No matter what you call it, skiing the trees is considered the holy grail by many. The ski areas of Mount Washington Valley offers a wide variety of glades for skiers and riders of all abilities.

Tree skiing is a great idea for lots of reasons, beyond being a heck of a lot of fun. For the terminal intermediate, it challenges you to push beyond your comfort area and try something new. For the expert and advanced skier, it gives you a much more demanding physical workout. For kids, it adds adventure and builds skills you can’t develop on the groomed stuff. And for everyone, it often lets you find powder stashes long after the crowds have scraped it away on the major thoroughfares. And it’s true what they say – aim for the spaces between the trees (not the trees) and you’ll do just fine.

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Winter 2016 so far has been the year of the snowmaker. Thanks to the powerful snowmaking systems of our local ski areas, most are approaching 80-90% open despite Mother Nature’s stinginess. So many might be surprised to discover that some areas are offering tree skiing right now.

Such was the case this weekend at Bretton Woods. Days after fresh snow had fallen, untracked snow could be found on trails such as the Enchanted Bear and Black Forest Glades in the Rosebrook Quad section of the mountain. Both offer fairly forgiving terrain for those just starting to get into the forest. Those looking for a greater challenge could drop into the narrower (and decidedly less forgiving) Roz trail, an ungroomed river run complete with some water crossings and other obstacles. Such is the beauty and surprise that comes with glades. Overall, they offered over 15 glades open this weekend, enough to keep us off-piste for the day. My quads are still burning 2 days later.

Wildcat is known for their (largely unmarked) tree skiing. It is a rite of passage for local skiers to discover glades like the legendary Thompson Brook. Or for a true backcountry experience, bring your tele skiis and ski the Wildcat Valley Trail. This is a 2-3 hour true backcountry expedition that will land you in the Prospect Farm area of Jackson, far beyond the Eagle Mountain House, so be sure to read up on this and plan accordingly.  Hit it on a powder day for best results.  It’s not for snowboarders or regular alpine skis. It’s worth it though as it is essentially the longest glade run you’ll ever experience – 3,245 ft of vertical drop if you take it from the top of Wildcat down to the village of Jackson. Put this on your bucket list.

Cranmore is where I first ventured into the trees. Some are challenging – like the Pipeline Glade. Others are a great choice for kids and first timers, like the Beech Glades off the Outta Luck/Beginner’s Luck trails. The first time you zip through this area you will feel like a rock star and your addiction to tree skiing will begin. Other great options for beginners are King Pine and Black Mountain. Last season I dropped into the trees surrounded by many an ankle-biter, nimbly ducking branches and enjoying the inevitable “woop-dee-doos” that form in the woods.

So when you check into your favorite Mount Washington Valley ski area this winter, check the ski and trail report and see what glade options are available. If you haven’t tried it, it’s time to take the trail less traveled, to paraphrase a great Granite State poet.

Kathy Bennett

Mt. Washington Valley Ice Fest February 5, 6 and 7

The Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest, aka “The Ice Fest”, is an event that brings together climbers of all abilities to celebrate adventure, fun, and the camaraderie of ice climbing in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire!  This year’s event is being held February 5, 6, and 7.

Photo: Laura Barisonzi
Photo: Laura Barisonzi
Photo: Laura Barisonzi
Photo: Laura Barisonzi
Photo: Ross Henry
Photo: Ross Henry
Photo: Ross Henry
Photo: Ross Henry
Photo: Ross Henry
Photo: Ross Henry

The Mount Washington Valley is the finest waterfall ice climbing destination in North America.  Every year; the event is eagerly anticipated by ice climbers in the Eastern United States and elsewhere.  The Ice Fest is considered one of the premier climbing events in the country. It is a celebration of ice climbing, winter mountaineering, and the people that make it a part of their lives. For 23 years, it has provided great opportunities for those attending: networking, socializing, trying new gear and participating in multiple day courses, one-day technical ice climbing clinics and privately guided climbs.  We offer a variety of skills-based clinics and exciting slide shows with the best climbers and guides from around the world.

Why climb at Ice Fest?

  • You’ll learn from the absolute best with an incredible roster of guest guides to date this year.
  • You’ll meet lots of other climbers and maybe a future climbing partner.
  • There are courses for all abilities.
  • Jaw dropping evening shows at Theater In The Wood!
  • Sample amazing beer from local brewery Tuckerman Brewing Co.
  • Free gear demos from our sponsors!  Try before you buy!
  • Yummy food available at all events!
  • It’s action packed and a damn good time!

Coyote Rose Night with Chef Peter Willis

Chef Peter Willis at Max’s Restaurant and Pub at the Snowvillage Inn is presenting: COYOTE ROSE NIGHT on Friday, Jan. 29. Many people will remember Peter and Kate Willis’s outstanding fine Southwestern style restaurant serving exciting food from Jan. of 2002-2007. The Coyote Rose night will feature a selection of favorite entrees from the heyday of the restaurant and some new surprises. Diners are encouraged to enjoy the evening as Chef Willis continues his quest for the “perfect chilirelleno.” Sure to be a sellout, reservations are being accepted at 603-447-2818.

Anything is Possible!

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