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  March, 2014 E-Traveler

The Insider’s Guide to Mt Washington Valley

Anything is possible! 

 

Welcome to March, filled with longer days, spring skiing, mountain fun and plenty of sun and snow for the ideal March getaway!

 

Speaking of mountain fun, Native Eyewear, the adventure-oriented sunglass company, has announced the five mountain-town finalists for its annual Locals Only Project and North Conway is one of them.  Through the Locals Only project, Native Eyewear is searching for the 2014 best outdoor town and America’s best outdoor playgroundOnce chosen, Native Eyewear will explore that one epic town, its locals and what makes it so great, and highlight that town for a year in all their advertising. We really want North Conway to win this distinction but we need your vote. Voting takes place now through March 7.  All voting lives on Native’s Facebook page, here: http://on.fb.me/1baHUke.  Won’t you vote for North Conway today and once each day between now and March 7th? Thanks!

Event of the Month 

         

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! The Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff will be hosting two simultaneous chili cookoffs – a Professional Chef’s Division and a People’s Choice chili cookoff.  This means the chance to taste more than 40 chilis. Awards will be given for best chili and cornbread in both divisions, and the best themed display. Plan to vote for the People’s Choice favorite. Along with chili and cornbread tastings during the Cookoff, the MWV Children’s Museum will be hosting children’s activities from 11:30am to 3:00pm 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.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11:00 -11:30am    VIP Chili Sampling at Gibson Center for Senior Services
11:30am – 3:00pm    General Public Admission & Children’s Activities (click here for a complete list of chili tasting stops)
4:00 pm     VIP Awards Ceremony at Decades (Must have VIP Ticket to Attend)


Click here
for a video of last year’s festivities and see all the fun you can look forward to this year!


Click 
here for complete  information and to purchase advance tickets to the Cookoff.  

 

Lodging Package of the Month   

  

International Dinner & Adventure Series at Joe Dodge Lodge:

If you’ve ever been to one of the AMC’s International Dinners, you know they are the highlight of the week. If not, come join in the fun for an armchair adventure to distant parts of the world, complete with the cuisine of that country. The Appalachian Mountain Club is once again featuring its International Dinner and Adventure Series at the Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch throughout March. 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 a 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.  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 1-603-466-2727 to reserve your Wednesday International Dinner and Lodging Package today.

News from the Valley 

          

“The Hiker’s Guide to North Conway” Adventure Sweepstakes, March 1-31

Two lucky winners will be drawn in a month-long sweepstakes at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village and Settlers’ Crossing. A male and female winner will be selected to win complete outfitting, head-to-toe, provided by three of the shopping centers’ outdoor adventure brands including Eastern Mountain Sports, Eddie Bauer Outlet and Timberland Factory Store.  “The Hiker’s Guide to North Conway” Adventure Sweepstakes is a partnership between the shopping centers, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and Mount Washington Observatory to promote hiking opportunities in the North Conway area. As part of the prize package, AMC is offering an overnight hut stay in the White Mountains to each selected winner. The Mount Washington Observatory will provide an Observatory Membership Card to each winner as well as day hiking backpacks. 

The sweepstakes runs March 1-31, 2014. No purchase is necessary and the public can enter as often as it wants throughout the sweepstakes. Look for ballots and entry boxes inside the Eastern Mountain Sports store at Settlers’ Crossing and at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village. Info and rules: www.settlersgreen.com.


Women’s Retreats at Admiral Peary Inn

The first of a number of interesting women’s retreats at Admiral Peary Inn gathers women to learn the ancient healing tradition of Reiki, March 15-16. Reiki involves the laying on of hand touch healing to relive pain, offer comfort and to promote positive energy. It’s a wonderful skill to learn to heal one’s self, a pet or friends and loved ones. The Reiki I and II Training Weekend offers the chance to be trained in Reiki, while resting and enjoying a peaceful weekend at the Admiral Peary House. The Reiki I& II Training weekend starts Friday, March 15 with an evening social and introduction, then continues Saturday and Sunday with a morning and afternoon class, and a break for lunch in-between. Accommodations, breakfasts and lunches are included along with the training for $450 per person.  Ask about additional women’s retreat weekends. Info and reservations: http://www.admiralpearyinn.com/specials.htm or 207-935-1269.

 

 

Family Fun in Mt Washington Valley           

 

Saturday Character Breakfasts at Theater in the Wood 

Reserve Saturdays in March and April for breakfast with your favorite storybook character at the Theater in the Wood in Intervale. Starting Saturday, March 15 at 10:00am and continuing on Saturdays until April 19, the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will offer a character breakfast featuring some of your child’s favorite storybook characters. Starting at 10am each Saturday, a small  breakfast will be served, including pancakes featuring  their own local 100 Acre Wood maple syrup. Then enjoy reading a storybook about that week’s character, a visit with the character and a book swap. Bring a gently used book and swap it for another. Afterward, enjoy 10K of trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing or  walk along the Storybook Trail with your family. Breakfast is $5/person, Children 3 & Under are free. Here’s the schedule:

March 15 – Cat in the Hat
March 22 – Winnie the Pooh
March 29 – Eeyore
April 5 – Clifford
April 12 – Mother Goose, Humpty Dumpty, Duke the Dragon
April 19 – Lorax

Info: 603-356-9980 or  www.believeinbooks.org.

Skate with the Stars! “It’s Great to Skate! A Spring Skating Spectacular” skating show will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:15pm at the Ham Arena in Conway, NH.  The show will feature group and solo numbers by club skaters and coaches from the Mt Washington Valley Skating Club. At the end of the show audience members will be invited out onto to ice to “skate with the stars” with free skate and helmet rental courtesy of the Ham Ice Arena.  General admission is $8:00 with kids 6 and Under FREE.   Info: 603-986-1650,  www.mwvsc.org.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Black Mountain

Get ready for some green all-day fun at Black Mountain on March 9, 2014. Costumes are encouraged to join in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade around noon! Fun, prizes, music all for a great time, young and old! And just to combine one holiday with the next, it will be finished off with an Easter Egg Hunt! Info: http://www.blackmt.com/events/.  

Become a Mountain Musher

On March 15, take part in The Mountain Mush Sled Race at Cranmore Mountain benefitting the local animal shelter, the Conway Area Humane Society. It’s fun for the whole family! What’s a Mountain Mush Sled Race? Teams of six people compete; Four teammates pull the sled while one teammate is in the sled and one teammate “mushes”. Teams only have to “mush” approximately 40 yards. A team of six needs to fundraise a minimum of $120 (i.e. $20 per person). Sponsorship opportunities exist for this event ($50, $150, $350 or a write in amount). To register a team or learn about sponsorships, please call 603-356-5543 ext. 352 or email events@cranmore.com.

   

 Couples Capers   

Celebrate a great season of snow, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation at a spring on-snow picnic party. Invite your favorite snowshoeing or Nordic skier, bring a blanket and some yummy food to share and get your last kicks in with good company, good food and good cheer. For a real treat, stop by the J-Town Deli, right across the street from the XC Center for healthy and hearty picnic food! There will be music and food starting at 11:00am at the Warming Cabin on the Ellis River Trail. For more information email raetha@jackson.org or call 383-9355 or visit www.jacksonxc.org.


And if you’d rather enjoy something a little more romantic, pack your backpack with blankets, food and a trail map and set out to find the perfect secluded spot at any of our 13
ski resorts and XC Centers.  This is a great way to enjoy a sunny March afternoon along the trails with the one you love!

 

              Get Out and Play in Mt Washington Valley

 

Top Seven Ways to Ski for a Cause in March

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. 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, plus. The Red Parka Challenge is a renowned amateur ski race with a unique format that allows competitors to race dual slalom head to head. 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 races 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 8: 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 and 22: This 24-hour ski-a-thon will start at King Pine on Friday, March 21 at 4:00pm, 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 March 15th with a fundraiser at the Red Jacket Mountain ViewResort with two bands, raffles, silent auction and spin the wheel fun. On March 16, the racing starts at Attitash at 11:00am – 1:00pm with categories for racers from 6 to 60+ . There’s also facepainting, a golf ball throw and it’s all topped off with an awards ceremony in Ptarmigans Pub. Info: http://www.shawnsmithforkids.org/.

   

Eat, Shop & Ski Events to Plan Your Trip Around  

      

March 1:  Snow Kiting Fest at Bretton Woods 

Bretton Woods has partnered with International Mountain Climbing School in North Conway to bring you the next big craze in snow sports, snow kiting! The Mt Washington Valley is perfect setting to combine strong winds, excellent terrain and a beautiful backdrop to enjoy snow kiting!  Instruction and the chance to try out this exciting sport are all on the schedule. Schedule and info: 603-278-3305 or click here.

 

March 9:  Ski and Shoe to the Clouds: Calling all hard-core XC skiers and snowshoers. This is North America’s toughest 10K open to snowshoers too! The race begins on the trails at Great Glen Trails and then up to the finish at treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Ski to the Clouds includes a climb of more than 2,200 vertical feet over the final six kilometers. The race is a true freestyle event: skiers can use either skating or classic technique and snowshoers will be in their own category. Limited to 150 competitors, it starts at 10:00am-1:00pm. Registration: $25.00. Info: 603-466-2333, www.skitotheclouds.com/.

March 9:  Mountain Top Music Spring Cabaret:  Put a little spring in your step at an Early Spring Cabaret when Denmark’s Singers Workshop performs in the Iron Mountain Room at the Red Fox Restaurant in Jackson again singing old favorites & performing fun skits!  Join the fun, beginning at 4:00pm, for only $12 per person. Info: 603-447-4737, www.mountaintopmusic.org.

March 15: Spring Mania: Mullet Mayhem 80’s Weekend at Attitash: Bring out the neon jackets, jeans and hair spray for Mullet Mayhem 80’s Weekend at Attitash Mountain Resorts<! This is the one time a year we turn back the clocks and dig through the closest for funky threads. Straight skis always welcome! This is a great way to usher in Spring Skiing weekends. Info: click here.

March 22:  Spring Splash at Cranmore: This annual rite of spring event at Cranmore Mountain Resort, where participants ski or ride down the mountain, over a ramp, and into a slush pool, is fun to watch or join in on!  Participants attempt to make it across the pool (this is rare – beware of splashes)! Prizes will be awarded to best costume, best splash and best skim.  Each person will have one run.  There will be two divisions for splash and skim, 13 & under, 14+. Info: 603-356-5543, www.cranmore.com .

Free Fun & Delicious Deals    

 

Free lessons for first timers at Cranmore: Free lessons and rentals for first-timers are being offered 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). More information on terrain-based learning can be seen in this video. Info: Click here.

 

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! Rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

$40 tickets at Attitash & Wildcat: March is just around the corner. Enjoy $40 tickets every Friday in March (and April) at Attitash and Wildcat and $17 tickets on March 17th to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

 

2-for-1 at King Pine: Get 2 lift tickets for the price of 1 at King Pine on non-holiday Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (applies to All Day lift tickets. On Tuesdays, this offer is also valid on our Best Buy, Twilight and Night tickets).


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

Coupon

 

Jackson Ski Touring: 10% off

10% off Learn-to-Cross Country Ski Package (Full Value $53, priced at $45) with coupon $40.50 – Includes Rentals, Lesson and Trail Pass for one day.  Lesson time must be reserved and is subject to availability. Call 603-383-9355 or 800-927-6697 or visit 

 www.jacksonxc.org.       
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
153 Main Street
Jackson, NH 
Coupon

Bob & Terry’s Sports Outlet: Save on Ski Tuning and Rentals

$5 off ski tuning and 10% off ski and snowboard rentals with this coupon.

Bob and Terry’s Sports Outlet 2420 White Mt. Highway, North Conway, NH
Anything is Possible!

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