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.
- 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 www.redparkapubchallengecup.com.
- 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.
- Hear ME Now Race at Shawnee Peak – March 2: Join in on the fun at the 12th Annual Hear ME Now Race at Shawnee Peak and support Hear ME Now, a program which helps children and adults with hearing loss learn to listen and speak. Put together a team, gather pledges from family and friends, and enjoy a fun day of competition and camaraderie on Sunday, March 2.
- AbilityPLUS Ski-A-Thon at Wildcat – March 8: This 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 http://www.abilityplus.org/mwvfundraiser_14.php.
- 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.
- Shawn Smith Ski For Youth Fundraiser at Attitash – March 15 & 16: The fun starts on Saturday, March 15 with a fundraiser at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort with two bands, raffles, silent auction and spin the wheel fun. On Sunday, March 16, the racing begins at Attitash at 11:00 am with categories for racers from 6 to 60+. There will also be face painting, a golf ball throw and an awards ceremony in Ptarmigans Pub. For more information, click here.