And Just Like That, It was Ski Season

By Kathy Bennett

Last weekend in the city, it was nearly tee shirt weather, with sunny skies and temps in the 60s.  Fast forward just a few days and it’s winter, As of Thanksgiving week, Mount Washington Valley saw two ski areas open – Wildcat and Bretton Woods.

The first day out for the year is always met with mixed feelings. Will you find all your ski gear. Did you remember to tune your skis. Are your legs ready for their winter work out.

So it’s always a joy when the bother of gathering all your gear is behind you and you are getting on the lift for your first run of the season.

bretton-woods-kb Thanks to some light natural snow this week, Bretton Woods featured not only snow on the trails but snow in the trees, giving skiers a true wintry feel for the day. Nothing’s worse than a thin white ribbon of snow with completely brown surroundings – not the case this first day at all.

Nice edge to edge snow coverage greeted skiers on about 5 trails. The snow guns were blasting additional terrain, no doubt with ambitious plans for more terrain leading up to the holiday vacation period. Snow surface conditions were nice – powdery at the top and firm but edgeable closer to the bottom, but still decent for early season – especially after last year’s difficult winter.

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Other skiers reported great conditions for the first week at Wildcat. Friday, it was reported to offer snow surfaces that were “some of the best conditions for opening week,” packed powder at the top and soft to bottom. Sunday saw nice weather with occasional glimpses of the rock pile.

This coming week may offer some weather challenges for lower elevation resorts striving to make snow to open; higher elevation mountains may (or may not) pick up additional white stuff. Contact your favorite resort closer to the weekend to see how they fared.

Bretton Woods is open of the season

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, kicked off its 43rd season today, 11/22 at 9am on Range View serviced by the Zephyr Quad. Ski and ride Tuesday and Wednesday for just $29, and $49 thereafter until further notice. Rentals, Lucy Crawford’s Food Court and Slopeside Pub will be open as well.

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Skier and riders should be geared up including goggles, as snowmaking will continue as conditions allow.

Looking ahead, the annual Bretton Woods Homecoming festivities will take place this weekend, with a Friday night showing of Warren Miller’s latest ski flick, “Here, There and Everywhere”, followed by Homecoming BBQ, Beer Tasting and first ever Slopeside Sandwich of the Year Contest on Saturday.  Learn more, and buy your Warren Miller Tickets at brettonwoods.com/homecoming.

For the latest news and conditions visit brettonwoods.com, or call 603.278.3333.

Cranmore Fitness hosts Open House Mon., Nov. 14

Cranmore Fitness, the largest fitness facility in the Valley, will host an open house with free access to classes and club facilities on Monday, November 14.

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In addition to a showcase of classes, guests can join Memorial Hospital’s Miranda Center for Diabetes nurse practitioner Justine Fierman, FNP-BC for free health screenings, including blood pressure check and a diabetes risk test from 9 a.m. to noon. November 14 is World Diabetes Day.

“Cranmore Fitness has a long-standing history of supporting the community and helping people stay fit,” said Kristen Barbin, club manager. “We’re excited to offer our variety of programs to the public for a day while working with Memorial Hospital to support a great cause.”

Complimentary classes offered throughout the open house will include Yoga, Les Mills BODYCOMBAT, Strength in Motion, Spinning and MOVE. Personal trainers will also be available at the club for 15 minute consultations with guests from 9 a.m. to noon.

To help support diabetes resources, awareness and education in the community during Diabetes Awareness Month, Cranmore Fitness will host a membership drive in conjunction with Memorial Hospital from November 7-21. Cranmore Fitness will donate a portion of proceeds from the drive to the hospital’s Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund.

For a full class line up and details, visit CranmoreFitness.com or call 603-356-6301.

Hancock Lumber Home Again Design Showroom adds 4th location in North Conway, NH!

Hancock Lumber celebrated the launch of their newest Home Again Kitchen and Bath Design Showroom with an open house and
ceremonial ribbon cutting. The showroom is located on the Hancock Lumber campus at 2451 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH.

Kevin Hancock, President, Hancock Lumber introduced his staff, including Lisa Williams, Kitchen and Bath Designer for the North Conway location.

Hancock Lumber is a sixth generation, family owned business with 10 locations and 4 signature showrooms across Maine and New Hampshire. For more information visit www.hancocklumber.com.

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Pictured in photo from left are Cary Latham, North Conway General Manager, Lisa Williams, Kitchen + Bath Designer, North Conway,
Kevin Hancock, President, Hancock Lumber, Jennifer Yeaton, Kitchen + Bath Designer, Yarmouth, and Cindy Gaudin, Home Again by Hancock Lumber, General Manager.

Congratulations to Jane Fletcher, Program Director for OLLI at Granite State College, recipient of the 2016 Judith Londergan Award

Granite State College congratulates Jane Fletcher, Program Director for OLLI at Granite State College, who was presented with the 2016 Judith Lonergan Award from the New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA).

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Fletcher has supported and empowered volunteers for many years. In addition to her work at OLLI Granite State College, Jane was recognized for her efforts as an outspoken agent for change as a board member for NHAVA. She volunteers on the Advisory Council for the University of New Hampshire Department of Social Work, the New Hampshire Alliance for Healthy Aging, the National Network of Social Work Managers, and Merrimack Valley High School.

Established by NHAVA in 2000, this award is given annually to honor outstanding achievement in volunteer administration. It is named in honor of Judith Lonergan (former OLLI presenter and member) who retired in 1998 after spending 25 years as a leading professional in the field of volunteer administration at the state, national, and international levels.

In partnership with OLLI and the numerous organizations that Jane supports, we extend our appreciation for her leadership and celebrate this important recognition. Congratulations, Jane!

Cooper Cargill Chant and Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce present Free Lunch & Learn Series

Cooper Cargill Chant and the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce present a Lunch & Learn series, Know the Rules, Avoid the Penalties, Win the Game.  Each session in this series will focus on an area of expertise from a Cooper Cargill Chant attorney. These Lunch & Learn sessions will give you the opportunity to learn and network with Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys in an informal environment on legal topics important to you.  All sessions are free and a new Lunch & Learn is presented each month!  Sessions will be brown bag lunches (bring your own lunch).  All sessions are interactive, so please bring your questions.  Here is more information about each of the sessions in the upcoming Lunch & Learn series:

November 10, 2016 – Upcoming Changes to Overtime Law Affecting Salaried Employees; and Other Perennial Labor Law Concerns for Employers, presented by Attorneys Christopher T. Meier and Leslie M. Leonard.  During this program, held at the North Conway Water District Bldg., 104 Sawmill Lane (behind POLO), attendees will learn about updates to FLSA that will take effect on December 1, 2016.  If you do not address critical employment and labor law issues, you are putting your business at risk. Are you ready?
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December 8, 2016 – Business Collections – I want my two dollars!, presented by Attorney Dennis Morgan

January 12, 2017 – Business Law – Business entity formation & registration – Let’s get this started!, presented by Attorney Kenneth Cargill

February 9, 2017 – Insurance Law – Are you covered?, presented by Attorney Paul Chant

And more to come soon.

Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Annual Meeting

MWVEC is celebrating 25 years of serving the community and invites you to join them for a night of awards and recognition at their Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17
$50 per person

5:00 pm – Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
5:45 pm – Business Meeting
6 to 8:00 pm – Dinner and Awards Ceremony

RSVP by November 11
Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council
53 Technology Lane, Conway, NH 03818
603-447-6622

OMNI HOTELS & RESORTS HONORED BY CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

More than 20 Omni Hotels & Resorts properties have been recognized in the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, which ranks the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. This year’s awards saw the biggest engagement in its history – more than 300,000 dedicated readers and travelers voted in the 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, submitting millions of ratings and approximately 75,000 comments.

“It is a true honor to have more than a third of our properties recognized on this year’s Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees, who strive to exceed our guests’ expectations, offer exceptional service and consistently represent our brand at each property while featuring the local color reflective of the cities they inhabit.”

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Top Resorts in New England

Omni Mount Washington Resort (No. 22):  The luxury resort, located in Bretton Woods, N.H., has been a favorite Northeast retreat for more than 100 years. It boasts a classic Donald Ross-designed golf course, luxurious signature spa, decadent dining and access to New Hampshire’s largest ski area, which boasts 464 acres of pristine skiing and snowboarding.

Cathedral Ledge Resort Celebrates With a Ribbon Cutting

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce recently joined Cathedral Ledge Resort to celebrate their refurbishing with a ribbon cutting. Cathedral Ledge, a fixture on the “hill” in the North Conway area since the 1980’s, has spent the past two years polishing and renewing both the exterior and interior.

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Pictured from left are Melody Nester, Assistant Director, MWV Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Nichols, General Manager of Cathedral Ledge, Gene Chandler, State Representative and Beth Hopper, Marketing/Sales Manager Cathedral Ledge.

 

Cranmore Resort Among First in the East to Use Sustainable Snow Groomer Technology

Cranmore Mountain Resort, recognized in the past for its sustainability practices, made a major sustainability statement today by announcing that it will be one of the first ski resorts East of the Mississippi to add an electric/diesel driven snow cat to its grooming fleet. The new energy efficient Pisten Bully 600 E+ has been successfully tested in Europe and in the western U.S. and will now be used on the slopes of Cranmore, and Bromley Mountain in VT. Both resorts are operated by the Fairbank Group which has a long history of implementing sustainability projects at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, located in the Berkshires of MA.

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“The new Pisten Bully 600 E+ is the future of snow cats and Cranmore is pleased to be among the first to use this new technology,” commented Cranmore President and General Manager Ben Wilcox. “Cranmore was among the first areas to use biodiesel in our cats over 10 years ago for sustainability reasons and this new cat is the next wave in sustainable resort operating practices that we are excited to implement.”

Built by the German company Kassbohrer, Pisten Bully’s “Green Machine” 600E+ is the world’s first groomer with a diesel- electric drive. One of the most significant advancements in snowgrooming technology over the past two decades, the 600 E+ uses a diesel engine to drive two electric generators which power electric motors that turn the tracks and the snow tiller. On its trip downhill, the electric energy created from the breaking effect of the electric drive motors is used to power the snow tiller, while the engine idles.

With its cost effectiveness and low environmental impact, its high efficiency reduces the emission of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxides by 20%, produces 99% fewer sooty particles and reports a 20% fuel savings over their standard 600 model. Noise is also reduced with the engine operating at lower engine RPMs.

The new PB 600 E+ is just one of many sustainable initiatives planned at Cranmore this winter. The resort has teamed up with Tesla to add two electric charge stations in its base area. Tesla drivers will be able to plug into one of two designated charge parking spots for a free charge while they enjoy the resort.

Over the summer, the resort also purchased 25 Mckinney low energy snow guns and retrofitted 20 of their existing tower guns with state of the art energy efficient snow gun heads. With the addition of these new tower guns, Cranmore’s inventory of energy efficient tower guns now stands at 475 fixed guns on the mountain. This total is a 300% increase since 2010 when the Fairbank Group first purchased the resort.

With construction now underway of Phase One of Cranmore’s $50 million base area redevelopment, Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore will be one of the first condominium buildings in the state of New Hampshire to use an energy efficient electric heat pump system which will provide heat and air conditioning to each residence. Electric heat pumps represent the most efficient alternative to fuel, oil and electric systems when it comes to heating and cooling. The system reduces carbon emissions and has an efficient conversion rate of energy to heat.

“New Hampshire Electric Co-op has enjoyed working with Cranmore over the years to help improve the energy efficiency of their operation. These initiatives are another example of their leadership in the industry, and utilizing the latest energy efficient technologies. We look forward to supporting Cranmore with their base area redevelopment,” said Bill Johnstone, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative.

“Sustainability is a major part of our resort and parent company’s mission,” added Wilcox. “Our owners, employees and guests know that being sustainable is the right thing to do for our environment and we are proud to be a leader in this category.”

The Fairbank Group, LLC based at Jiminy Peak and co-owner by the father-son team of Brian Fairbank and Tyler Fairbank, manages and oversees Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain Resort Bromley Mountain, EOS Ventures and Bullwheel Productions. Jiminy Peak Resort is one of the few in the nation to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. A wind turbine, solar field and co-generation facility, all located at the resort makes the resort energy self- sufficient. For more information on the Fairbank Group visit Fairbankgrp.com.

Tuckerman Brewing Company presents Miss Maybell & Slimpickens

Tuckerman Brewing Company has packed up the tent and is bringing their music series back inside with a great line-up through the winter!

This Sunday, October 23 they present Miss Maybell & Slimpicken’s.

maybell-tuckermanAs always this will be a family friendly event. They will have Dueling Chefs Smoke-n-Grille food truck parked out front to take care of dinner and snacks for you!!

Tickets are $5 at the door – 12 years and under are free!

They look forward to seeing you!

Hannaford & Memorial Hospital Team Up to Offer FOODPLAY

Award-winning show helps kids grow up
healthy, happy and fit!

 October 22, 2016 – Doors Open at 10am  

Theater in the Woods    
Observatory Way, Intervale, NH

Thanks to a partnership between Memorial Hospital and Hannaford Supermarkets, kids and families will have fun learning how to take charge of growing up healthy, happy, and fit! FOODPLAY is coming to town, bringing its national award-winning theater show, amazing feats of juggling, motivating health messages, music, magic, and audience participation to turn kids on to healthy eating and active lifestyles.

As a special pre-show highlight, Memorial Hospital’s Let’s Go program will be offering free fruit smoothies and a demonstration of its popular Smoothie bike. Free information about Let’s Go, which seeks to limit screen time, decrease sugary drink consumption and increase exercise, will also be available for families. Staff from the Miranda Center for Diabetes at Memorial Hospital will also be at the pre-show to share good nutrition guidelines in a family-friendly fashion.

During FOODPLAY’s fun-filled performance, children watch as Janey Junkfood desperately tries to make the National Junior Juggling Team. The problem – her poor eating habits. As FOODPLAY unfolds, children are empowered with the consumer skills needed to make sense of a confusing food marketplace. They learn how to see through TV commercials, decipher food labels, and “read it before you eat it!” Teachers come away with new insights too, as many adults don’t realize that ingredients are listed on food labels in order by weight, with the main ingredient listed first.  Kids are alarmed to see how much sugar is found in many of their favorite foods from 10 teaspoons of sugar in a can of soda, to sugar being a main ingredient in a popular sports drink.

With upbeat song and dance routines, kids discover the benefits of fruits and vegetables. Kids learn how to balance their diets using MyPlate which features the five food groups – grains, proteins, dairy, fruits, and vegetables. Janey discovers there are far better choices than her “MacGreasyKings” lunch as Coach transforms her dull lifeless meal into a fresh colorful plate bursting with flavor and nutrients. Kids learn how to fill half their plate with fruits and veggies and cheer Janey on as she successfully juggles five fruits and veggies – the recommended number of daily servings. And, students learn “they can get MyPlate right here at their school, their cafeteria will serve it every day for lunch, how cool!”

Founded in 1982 by nutritionist, Barbara Storper, MS, RDN, a leader in the field of children’s nutrition, FoodPlay Productions tours the nation’s schools and communities using the power of live theater and interactive media to turn kids on to healthy eating and active living.  FoodPlay has reached over four million children across the country and received over 10 national nutrition, public health, and media awards plus an Emmy Award when made for TV. According to USDA-sponsored evaluations, FoodPlay programs dramatically improve children’s eating and physical activity habits, and they take the messages home. For fun food tips, activities, and resources, visit: http://www.foodplay.com.

Doors open at 10am for the Smoothie Bike pre-show. FoodPlay performance starts at approximately 10:30am. Guests are encouraged to show up at 10am as this is an open seating event – no advance reservations are required.

Anything is Possible!

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