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Welcome to About the Snow, a weekly look at everything snowy in the Mt. Washington Valley.
February 27, 2014
Great midweek skiing at Attitash, February 26. Photo by: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.
Kids out enjoying the trails and sunshine at Jackson Ski Touring, February 26. 
Photo by: Thom Perkins/Jackson Ski Touring.
Cruising down the slopes at Black Mountain, February 26. Photo by: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.



2/28, 3/3 and every Monday and Friday

2/28 and every Friday

2/28 and every Friday


3/1, 3/8, 3/15

3/1, 3/8


11th Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff


3/1 – 3/2




3/2, 3/9

3/4 and every Tuesday
3/5 and every Wednesday


Snow Reports

Alpine Resorts
Black Mountain
Bretton Woods
King Pine
Shawnee Peak
Nordic Centers 
Great Glen Trails
Jackson Ski Touring
Purity Spring


This Week’s Skiing Videos 


Jackson Ski Touring

Shawnee Peak


MWV Skiing This Week

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This Week

As we head into March, the skiing, riding and winter outdoor adventure in the Mt. Washington Valley is primo! Bretton Woods has received 120″ of snow so far this season, with Wildcat not far behind at 104″. That is a lot of snow! And with a dusting yesterday and a little more predicted today, we head into the weekend with ideal conditions, perfect for downhill skiing, XC skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, tubing, Valley-wide events and more. So, what are you waiting for? Come up and play in the snow! 
Don’t forget to vote for North Conway in Native Eyewear’s Locals Only Project! You can vote on Native Eyewear’s Facebook pageonce a day between now and March 8, and help North Conway, and all of Mt. Washington Valley, win this distinction. Each person can vote once a day, and we hope you will remember to cast your vote daily! 

This Week’s Weather Report: The weather forecast is calling for snow showers throughout the day and overnight on Thursday, February 27, with another chance of snow showers on Saturday. Temperatures this weekend are predicted to be in the mid 20s. Click here for the complete Ski NH Outdoor Lovers weather forecast.

This Week’s Photos: The Chamber’s Flickr gallery is a great place to view the most up-to-date photos of winter fun from around the Mt. Washington Valley.

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Snow Reports

As we look ahead to the weekend, here is a quick trail and lift count at the Valley’s seven ski resorts from this morning:

Attitash – 64 trails. 6 lifts. Base depth: 24″ – 48″. Season snowfall total: 85″. New snow in the past 7 days: 3″.
Black Mountain – 45 trails. 3 lifts. Base depth: 34″ – 46″. Season snowfall total: 102″. New snow in the past 7 days: 7″.
Bretton Woods – 62 trails. 9 lifts. Base depth: 32″ – 44″. Season snowfall total: 120″. New snow in the past 7 days: 5″.
Cranmore – 58 trails. 6 lifts. Base depth: 28″ – 36″. Season snowfall total: 81″. New snow in the past 7 days: 1″.
King Pine – 17 trails. 5 lifts. Base depth: 24″ – 36″. Season snowfall total: 84″. New snow in the past 7 days: 3″.
Shawnee Peak – 38 trails. 4 lifts. Base depth: 31″ – 43″.
Wildcat – 49 trails. 4 lifts. Base depth: 24″ – 48″. Season snowfall total: 104″. New snow in the past 7 days: 2″.

Here’s a look at the amount of XC ski and snowshoe terrain open at the Valley’s six XC centers:

Bear Notch Ski Touring – 50 km open with 40 km classic groomed and 50 km skate groomed. Base depth: 19″ – 30″. New snow in the past 7 days: 1″.
Bretton Woods Nordic – 100 km open with 80 km classic groomed and 80 km skate groomed. Base depth: 10″ – 14″. New snow in the past 7 days: 5″.
Great Glen Trails – 45 km open with 22 km classic groomed and 24 km skate groomed. Base depth: 15″ – 25″. New snow in the past 7 days: 7″.
Jackson Ski Touring – 110 km open with 68 km classic groomed and 68 km skate groomed. Base depth: 14″ – 30″. New snow in the past 7 days: 3″.
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring – 45 km open with 40 km classic groomed and 40 km skate groomed. Base depth: 17″ – 29″. New snow in the past 7 day: 3″.
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve – 15 km open with 15 km classic groomed and 15 km skate groomed. New snow in the past 7 days: 3″.
Please note: Trail and lift counts vary every day, with weekends typically offering expanded terrain. The snow reports from all of Mt. Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts or XC centers are updated daily and offer the most up-to-date trail and lift counts. Please check with individual resorts/XC centers or visit

Valley Finds of the Week

Terrain-based learning at Cranmore.
Photo courtesy of Cranmore Mountain Resort.

This winter, and year-round, the Valley is full of great deals, giveaways and specials, just waiting for you to discover!

Here are the Valley Finds for this week:
  • Free lessons and rentals for first-timers at Cranmore on March 9! Cranmore will be showcasing the resort’s new terrain-based learning program and offering free lessons, lift ticket and rentals to all first-time skiers and riders on Saturday, March 9. This offer is limited to the first 150 beginners; some other restrictions apply. First time skiers and snowboarders, ages six and up, must register in advance, and will receive a complimentary equipment rental, a rental helmet, and a beginners’ lift ticket valid all day after the 90-minute instruction ($89 value). Cranmore’s new terrain-based park is a large component of the terrain-based learning program. More information on terrain-based learning can be seen in this video. To register for the March 9 event, call 603-356-5544 x333.
    • After Two Ticket at Black Mountain: Ski free after 2:00 pm with the purchase of a full price next day ticket. Not to be combined with any other offer.

  • March Madness at the Snowvillage Inn: All rooms during the month of March are only $100 per night midweek/$125 per night on weekends. Rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Price is for room only; meals and beverages are an additional charge.

  • March is just around the corner. Enjoy $40 tickets every Friday in March (and April) at Attitash and Wildcat.

  • Sunday Afternoons at Shawnee Peak: Ski or ride for only $29 on non-holiday Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 pm.

  •  Head to Merlino’s Steakhouse for Happy Hour from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, with a free appetizer offered at 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and beer specials too.

  •  March Madness at Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals: A four hour, midweek (Monday through Friday) single sled rental is only $99, starting February 24 (regular price for 4-hour rental is $150).
For a complete list of 2013/2014 ticket deals and special rates at Mt. Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC centers, click here.

Top Seven Ways to Ski for a Cause in March

Red Parka Challenge Cup Race at Attitash. Photo by: Laura Tuveson/Attitash.

Throughout the month of March, there are many opportunities to make a difference on the slopes and trails by participating in the following March events and competitions, all of which support local and national charities and a range of great causes. 

    1. Red Parka Challenge Cup Race at Attitash – March 14: The longest running, pro-style giant slalom ski race in the United States, the 41st Annual Red Parka Challenge Cup Race will be held at Attitash on Friday, March 14. This race is a renowned amateur ski race with a unique format that allows competitors to race dual slalom head to head. Proceeds from the race benefit the Eastern Slope Ski Club Junior Ski Program, which gives children throughout Mt. Washington Valley the opportunity to learn to ski. For information and registration forms for the event, visit


  • Carl Johnson Ski-A-Thon at Great Glen Trails – March 15: Carl Johnson, a great friend to Great Glen Trails and a lover of all things skiing, passed away in 2006 of ALS. This event is held in his honor, and in his spirit, it’s all about fun! Competitors will ski as many laps as they can on the 5 km course at Great Glen Trails from 12:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 15, while raising money through pledges. All proceeds benefit the ALS Association, and all racers are encouraged to raise additional funds for the ALS Association. Prizes awarded for the most laps skied and the highest amount pledged, plus an award for the wackiest tights! More information about the event can be found here.


  • Hannes Schneider Meister Cup at Cranmore – March 7, 8 & 9: The Hannes Schneider Meister Cup at Cranmore is unlike any ski race in history, combining the best of skiing today with the nostalgia of yesterday while honoring the founding father of ski instruction, Hannes Schneider. Schneider brought his renowned skills to North Conway and Cranmore in 1939. Those participating in the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup help fund the collection and conservation of skiing heritage on display at the New England Ski Museum. The Meister Cup is a Dual GS race open to individuals ages 13 and up. The Dual GS competition will be on Saturday, March 8, with additional events occurring throughout the weekend, including a torch light parade, ice carving contest, silent auction and vintage ski wearing contest. More information can be found here. 


  • AbilityPLUS Ski-A-Thon at Wildcat – March 8This full-day event on Saturday, March 8 includes a ski- and ride-a-thon at Wildcat, family-friendly après ski party, silent auction, games, crafts, raffle prizes and more. Register as an individual or a team, with prizes awarded for the most money raised and the highest number of runs. All the money raised supports AbilityPLUS, a nonprofit organization providing year-round adaptive sports and recreation programs for individuals with all manner of disabilities throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. More information can be found at
  • Cynthia’s Challenge at King Pine – March 21 & 22: This 24-hour ski-a-thon will start at King Pine on Friday, March 21 at 4:00 pm, with proceeds benefiting one of King Pine’s own, Cynthia Verrill. Eleven-year old Cynthia is the daughter of Stacie and Kevin Verrill, both of whom work at King Pine. Cynthia was born with a rare disease called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, and the goal of Cynthia’s Challenge is to help raise enough money for a service dog to detect seizures before the onset, allowing Cynthia to live life more independently. Skiers can register as teams or four or five, with prizes given away every hour during the event. Registration fees include dinner, breakfast and lunch, 24-hour lift ticket, snacks and beverages, and twenty four hours of fun on the slopes. A flyer for the event can be seen here.

Snow Much Fun: 11th Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff

Are you ready for some great chili this weekend?
Bring your appetite to North Conway on Saturday, March 1 for the 11th Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff, and sample a wide variety of the best chili and cornbread in the Mt. Washington Valley! 
This year, the Cookoff will be hosting two simultaneous chili cookoffs – a Professional Chef’s Division and a People’s Choice chili cookoff. Awards will be given for best chili and cornbread in both divisions, and the best themed display. Along with chili and cornbread tastings during the Cookoff, the MWV Children’s Museum will be hosting children’s activities from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at the North Conway Community Center. Tasting tickets with ballots are just $15 for adults; $7 for kids 12 and under; kids 5 and under free with a paying adult. A limited number of VIP package tickets will also be available for $35 each. VIP tickets allow one-hour early (11:00am) entry to the cook-off, wine, beer and Mead tastings, one free entry to the judging festivities, and a gift bag. Both tickets allow the opportunity to attend the Chili Cookoff, taste the unique chili and cornbread recipes of over 40 chefs, and vote for your favorite. So head into North Conway on March 1, and come enjoy the festivities! 
Click here for more information and to purchase advance tickets to the Cookoff.


Video of the Week

Mt. Washington Valley Update for February 27, 2014 with Amy Quigley.
Each week, our host, Amy Quigley, will be bringing you news and updates from Mt. Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC centers. Tune in to see this week’s segment about what’s happening throughout Mt. Washington Valley as we head into the first weekend of March. 
Click here if you are unable to open the video at the arrow.


Stay a Little Longer

One of the terrific things about the Mt. Washington Valley is all the options for alpine and cross country skiing, plus all the other outdoor adventure from dogsledding to snowmobiling, skating, tubing and more.

And there’s no better way to explore all that great variety than to stay a little longer. Don’t just visit for the weekend. Spend a few midweek days with us! Our midweek Snow Much Fun Vacation Packages make it easy, and the variety of properties gives you plenty of choices.

This winter, the Appalachian Mountain Club is once again featuring its International Dinner and Adventure Series at the Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch. This year marks the 24th year of this series, with presentations and special dinners every Wednesday evening through the end of March. Each week features a unique menu in conjunction with the evening’s presentation of international culture, travel and adventure. Take advantage of the Joe Dodge Lodge Special Wednesday International Dinner and Lodging Package in March. The package includes a four-course international dinner, lodging for Wednesday night, breakfast on Thursday morning, and a Thursday trail pass to Great Glen Trails. Package pricing starts at only $49 per person, plus tax. For those who wish to attend the dinner without staying overnight, the cost is $28 per adult.


The March calendar for the International Dinner and Adventure series features the cuisine and culture of Sri Lanka on March 5; England on March 12; Croatia on March 19; and France on March 26. Call 603-466-2727 to reserve your Wednesday International Dinner and Lodging Package today. 

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