MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD OPENS TO PASSENGER VEHICLES TO TREELINE (4,200 FEET)  

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will begin its 155th season on Saturday, April 30 for guests to drive their own vehicles to treeline at 4,200 feet. Operating hours for the weekend will be 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.

The 4.5 mile drive to treeline provides stunning vistas of the northern Presidentials and Great Gulf Wilderness offering a true taste of the Mount Washington experience. Passenger vehicles may not be left unattended.

Despite receiving lower than average snowfall this past winter, many areas along the Auto Road above treeline are still covered with snow and ice. Because of these ice levels, operations to the summit are not yet possible. Maintenance crews from the Auto Road are in their third week of “spring clearing”, which not only involves removing ice and snow from the Road but also melting the ice in the 110 culverts located under the Road.

Updates as well as photos and video showing the intricate process of clearing the Auto Road are available at http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com/spring-clearing.

“We are delighted to be opening for our 155th season here on Mount Washington.” noted Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Auto Road. “This is always an exciting time of the year for us as we clean up from winter and get ready to welcome our guests from around the world and show them the wonders of Mount Washington.”

As recently as fifty years ago, it was considered a success if the Mt. Washington Auto Road was open to the summit by Independence Day, but weather permitting, the Mt. Washington Auto Road hopes to open to the summit before Memorial Day weekend. Guided tours will also be offered at that time.

The opening of the Auto Road coincides with the launch of a new mobile-friendly website. The new site will feature book-online options for guided tours, an interactive map displaying points of interest along the Auto Road, plus up-to-the-minute live Road status information. The Road Status feature will provide guests and front-line staff across the region with the ability to learn what the current operational status of the Auto Road is at any given time.

“We’re excited to provide this new service to our guests for the first time.” explained Dan Houde, Marketing Director for the Auto Road. “With weather playing such a major factor on Mount Washington, the ability to check the current Road status and weather from any mobile device for those driving from miles away – or even front-line staff who provide information to travelers – is a major benefit.”

Early season pricing, in effect until Auto Road opens to the summit, is set at $29 for car and driver while passengers are free. Season passes are available for $150 per person and valid through the 2016 season during regular operating hours and allows access for the vehicle and all occupants.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the first and oldest man-made attraction in America. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be open weekends during this early season from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions, status and the operating schedule, visit http://www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call (603) 446-3988.

Kathy Sanderson Joins Bank of New Hampshire’s Retail Lending Team

Bank of New Hampshire is pleased to announce that Kathy Sanderson has joined their team of Retail Lenders as a Mortgage Loan Officer serving the Mount Washington Valley region.

Kathy Sanderson - color 2016

Kathy joins Bank of New Hampshire with more than 30 years of banking experience including origination, sales and marketing of mortgage lending. Kathy has spent many years in retail banking and understands the importance of customer care and doing what works best for the customer.  She is well-versed in today’s lending programs to suit the individualized needs of each customer.

Kathy is a Certified Mortgage Professional and has received many recognitions and awards throughout her career including being named Affiliate of the Year by the White Mountain Board of Realtors. She is active in the community and continues to serve as an active member of the White Mountain Board of Realtors.

For more information or to contact Kathy, call (603) 527-6609 or email her at sanderson@banknh.com.

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and one of the largest independent banks in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders.  For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit http://www.BankNH.com.

HOME RUN APRIL VACATION BASEBALL/SOFTBALL CAMP

GET READY FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON with our week long camp April 18-22, Monday – Friday from 9 am to noon.

The camp will work on all skills needed for baseball and softball, including hitting, throwing, fielding, base running, pitching and catching.

The cost of camp is $100 for the week and includes a Home Run t-shirt. Ages 7 – 15, players will be divided up by age and ability.

Sign up today 603-447-2000

 

Funergy Festival on Earth Day April 24 Says 4 Our Kids Recycling

Come enjoy this Earth Day hands-on celebration of resource conservation. A full slate of environmentally friendly vendors, activities, and live demonstrations will take place and is sure to please kids and grandparents alike. Create a fairy house, plant seeds, eat solar s’mores, do an energy scavenger hunt, make a smoothie, help build a bee house, stop by the worm buffet, play the recycle race, talk to a renewable energy company, a green builder, a farmer, a scientist, a recycling business and more.

Families will have an opportunity to use their own energy in parent/child games such as floor hockey, basketball, and dodge ball inside the brand new gymnasium! Jump-roping, hula hooping and even story hour with The Lorax. Environmentalism has never been so fun!

This is a FREE rain or shine event that shouldn’t be missed! Want to support this worth while event? Contact us!

Thank you to Cormack Construction Management and Frase Electric for being our Forest Green Sponsors this year and for helping us to keep Funergy Free!

pogo, pillo, polo tournament in north conway

Were you a fan of Wild & Crazy Kids? 80s babies and children of the 90s, rejoice! We’ll be taking a page out of that classic Nickelodeon game show and invite all area nonprofits and school organizations to compete in a 3v3 Pogo Polo Tournament “on the green.”

So what exactly is Pogo Pillo Polo?
Each player will be equipped with a Hopper Ball, ya know, the bouncies with handle on it and a Pillo Stick–that game you used to play in gym class, remember? The game ball will be a giant beach ball and two oversized nets will be at each end. There will be three field players, an no goalies allowed in net.

Check out this video (8:48) for an idea of how the game is played.

Who can compete?
We’ll break things up into three categories*: Kids Play (5-12), Kind of Adults (13-18) and Adults (19+).

This is a great opportunity for sports teams fundraising to buy uniforms, schools raising money for field trips, nonprofits looking for project funds, etc. While we will allow businesses and/or groups of friends/family to compete, we ask that you select a nonprofit or cause to donate your earnings to if your team wins.

It will be a 3v3, double elimination tournament to win up to a $500 donation, directly benefiting the winning nonprofit or elected nonprofit by the team. Teams can have up to six people on a roster, but only three players can be on the field of play.

Kids Play Prize – $100
Kind of Adults Prize – $250
Adults Prize – $500

*Note: Based on participation, the Kind of Adults and Adults categories would possibly compete amongst each other. Kids Play will remain separate, but must have at least 4 teams entered to have a tournament. Team’s will play up a category if it consists of 1 or more members of an old category – For example, if a team has two 12 year olds and a 14 year old, it would play in the Kind of Adults category.

Registration and Rules
Teams must register in advance by Thursday, April 28. A team deposit of $10 is required to register. Each team member will receive a goodie bag at registration on the day of the event that includes a $10 gift certificate for Settlers Green.

REGISTER HERE

Get on board the Fairy Door Tour!

It’s all about Fairies this spring so don’t miss the opportunity to get listed on the fairy door map (April 8th is the deadline). You do not have to have your door designed or purchased but if you do, a photo of your actual door can be included. If not, we will include an adorable fairy door icon as a place holder. The real point of inclusion is driving traffic to your business.

The door and business location go on a special map distributed by the MWV Chamber of Commerce, MWV Children’s Museum and some of the participating businesses for one year.

Please email smorin@mwvchildrensmuseum.org to let us know you are participating! We will walk you through it. It really is a fun,
creative way to get folks to stop by your business.

FRIENDS OF TUCKERMAN RAVINE TO PRESENT 17TH ANNUAL TUCKERMAN INFERNO ON APRIL 9, 2016

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, a locally-based non-profit organization, is proud to be staging the 17th Annual Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon race event on April 9, 2016. Up to 200 athletes will compete for a one thousand dollar cash prize, custom skis, various additional prizes and a chance to become the next Tuckerman or Tuckerwoman champion.

The Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon, based on the original American Inferno ski races of the 1930’s, now consists of an 8.3-mile run, a 6-mile kayak race down the Saco River, an 18-mile bike race north through Pinkham Notch, and a 3-mile run/hike up the Tuckerman Trail to Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine. The final leg is a climb up to the ravine wall and a ski down a designated giant slalom alpine ski route. During years when conditions permit, skiers may finish at the AMC base at Pinkham Notch.

Spectators are welcome at any and all transition points. At the conclusion of the race, teams will gather at the Wildcat Mountain base lodge for an awards banquet, and prize giveaways.

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine seeks to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington; and to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to sustain the traditional uses of the distinctive natural area. FOTR has provided financial support for organizations such as the Mount Washington Avalanche Center and volunteer support for trail maintenance and site rehabilitation projects around the Cutler River Drainage (CRD) on Mount Washington.

In 2015, Friends of Tuckerman Ravine began soliciting donations towards the rebuilding of the iconic outdoor deck structure located at Hermit Lake Shelter located just below Tuckerman Ravine. The deteriorating deck at “HoJo’s”, as it is affectionately called, is a gathering point for thousands of spring skiing fans and was badly in need of repair.

Working in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, and using proceeds from the 2015 Inferno, FOTR purchased the material for the Deck and transported it to the Ravine via USFS Snowcat in April, 2015. Later in November, construction of the Deck began and over a three-week period, more than 20 volunteers, working under the direction of Snow Ranger Frank Carus were successful in demolishing the old deck and constructing the new one.

Donations and contributions are critical to the success of our the FOTR mission. Memberships begin at $25 per year for students and $35 for individuals.

The group hosts trail maintenance work days throughout the seasons. Volunteers interested in helping out with this year’s Friends of Tuckerman Ravine Inferno Pentathlon or any trail maintenance days are encouraged to call or email with questions. For more information visit http://www.friendsoftuckermanravine.org, call (603) 367-4417 or e-mail office@tuckermanravine.org. Also friend them on Facebook.

Public Lecture – Turning Education on its Head Presented by White Mountain Waldorf School

The White Mountain Waldorf School presents a dynamic lecture, given by Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D.
Wednesday, April 6 from 6 to 8:00 pm
at Tin Mountain, Bald Hill Road, Albany

Turning Education on its Head
What Modern Brain Research Says About How
Children and Young Adults Learn

A great opportunity for Parents, Teachers, Counselors and
anyone responsible for the healthy upbringing of children.

Gerwin has taught history, literature, German, music, and life science at college and Waldorf high school levels for over 35 years. As Director of the Center for Anthroposophy (CfA), he divides his time between adult education and teaching adolescents, as well as mentoring Waldorf schools across North America.

Himself a Waldorf graduate, Douglas is the founder of CfA’s Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, as well as the first Executive Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. He is author and editor of nine books on Waldorf education, as well as numerous articles on education and anthroposophy. His most recent publication is a collection of articles entitled Trailing Clouds of Glory: Essays on Sexuality and the Education of Youth in Waldorf Schools (2014).

At present, Douglas resides on the outskirts of Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife Connie, a Waldorf high school teacher of mathematics.

WHITE MOUNTAIN COOKING SCHOOL – SOUTHWESTERN CUISINE AT THE SNOWVILLAGE INN APRIL 8-10

 

The White Mountain Cooking School and Stay Package at the Snowvillage Inn is back! This class – April 8-10, 2016- focuses on the preparation of Southwestern Cuisine with our Southwestern Cuisine aficionado Executive Chef, Peter Willis.

The weekend cooking class begins on Friday at 4pm when guests may enjoy a complimentary glass of beer or wine, take a tour of the kitchen, and meet Chef Peter to discuss the weekend’s menu. The class will focus on tamales, molé, and flan. On Saturday morning, this hands-on cooking experience, begins promptly after breakfast.  Students prepare the food working side by side with Chef Willis.  Once the food is prepared students will sit down to enjoy their “work.” The class’s food will be part of the special for the evening’s dinner guests.   After the class ends at 1pm, the rest of the afternoon provides time to explore the grounds or local area. The package includes a 3-course dinner in our casual fine dining room each night of your stay and a wonderful fresh-made breakfast including fresh baked muffins and hot breakfast entrée choices.

You may contact the Inn to book the full experience and make it a weekend getaway.  The class size is limited in order to provide individual attention. Rates are based per person, double occupancy in a Deluxe Fireplace Room for $479.  Single occupancy rates are $629. Please call 603-447-2818 or for additional information please go to snowvillageinn.com

AbilityPLUS Mount Washington Valley Ski/Ride A-Thon and Apres Party Saturday, March 19, 2016!

Join AbilityPlus for a day of family fun at their SKI-A-THON
at Wildcat Mountain on  Saturday March 19th.

This is the primary annual fundraiser for AbilityPLUS programs in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. The full day event includes the Ski/Ride-A-Thon, family friendly après party with silent auction, games, crafts, prizes, raffle, food and drink, featuring our potato bar, a favorite among everyone!

$75 for an Individual
$250 for a team of 4
$35 for Attitash/Wildcat season pass holders

Entry includes: lift ticket, T-shirt, apes ski party w/ food & beverages, raffle tickets, access to silent auction, entertainment adaptive equipment and coaches/guides available upon request

Check in at 9:30 – Apres ski party starting at 3:00

Register at http://www.abilityplus.org

Online fundraising is vital to this fundraiser, so please consider creating a fundraising page at FIRSTGIVING or making a donation to one of that pages already created.

Prizes will be awarded to those that raise $250, $500, and every $500 increment after that!

The top fundraiser gets to pick their prize, FIRST TRACKS with the Wildcat MG or a SNOWCAT RIDE!!

Don’t forget to wear a fun costume! Anyone that dresses up gets a free raffle ticket.

Call AbilityPLUS at MWV at 603-374-2688

Founded in 1997, AbilityPLUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of program participants, their families, friends and a community of volunteers who together provide life changing, year ’round adaptive sports and recreation for people with any type of disability. 

Anything is Possible!

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