What goes up must come down and Mt. Washington Valley is filled with opportunities forgoing up and down in our mountains. Whether by ski, snowshoe, ice pick or zipline, there is always something more to explore. Here are a few of our favorite ways to get up and down the mountains this month:
- WinterWild Events at Black Mountain & Bretton Woods: WinterWild is an uphill race with a twist – the finish is at the bottom, so you have to come back down the mountain too! Grab your skis, boards, snowshoes, or even your favorite winter running shoes, and join in on the winter fun. Black Mountain will be hosting a Winter Wild race on Saturday, March 8, while Bretton Woods is hosting the end-of-the-season WinterWild Race Series Championship on Sunday, March 15. For more information about the events and to register, visit
- Ski & Shoe to the Clouds Race at Great Glen Trails: Test yourself as you race up
the Mt. Washington Auto Road on March 9 in the Ski & Shoe to the Clouds Race at Great Glen Trails. The 10k course winds through the trail system at Great Glen before turning up the Auto Road, with a vertical climb of more than 2,200 feet in the last 6k. The Ski & Shoe to the Clouds race is limited to a field of only 150 skiers and snowshoers, and these racers will have the Mt. Washington Auto Road to themselves with remarkable views of the Presidential Range and beyond as they climb up to the clouds. For more information or to register, go to: www.skitotheclouds.com.
- Fly Through the Air on a Zipline: Want a unique perspective on the mountains
beyond? Take a ride on a zipline at Cranmore’s Mountain Adventure Center or enjoy a Canopy Tour at Bretton Woods. Cranmore’s Soaring Eagle Zipline lets you experience the sensation of flying as you accelerate 700 feet down the mountainside on a suspended cable. Take a tour of the mountainside with Bretton Woods’ Canopy Tour, which descends over 1,000 feet with nine ziplines and two suspension bridges.
- Winter Mountaineering and Ice Climbing: Mt. Washington Valley is known as one of the finest ice climbing destinations in North America, with renowned ice climbing waterfall routes, and winter mountaineering trips to the highest peak in the East, Mt. Washington. The surrounding Presidentials can test even the most seasoned mountaineer. Enroll in an ice climbing or mountaineering course with International Mountain Climbing School (IME), Northeast Mountaineering or Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) and experience the mountain tops and ice-covered cliffs in a whole new way.
- Mountain Coaster Thrill Rides: Take a wild ride down the mountain! The Attitash Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, open weekends and holidays, is 4,300 feet of banked curves and dips down the Attitash mountainside. Ride in two-person carts set to twin stainless steel tracks, just like a rollercoaster, reaching speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Or take a ride on Cranmore’s Mountain Coaster, which winds thousands of feet through the woods for a fun downhill journey. You control the speed so you can take a leisurely tour or get your thrills at speeds up to 25 miles per hour.