Spring Fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH!

Nothing beats a warm early spring day spent playing in the snow!

Head to the slopes for some goofy fun! Get out your swimsuits and your skis, and hit the ponds! Saturday, March 22 is the Spring Splash at Cranmore and the 30th Annual Spring Fling complete with the Slush Cup competition at Shawnee Peak. King Pine is hosting a Cardboard Box Derby on Sunday, March 23, so build your own box race, get some theme music and race down the mountain. Then come back next weekend for more fun! Bretton Woods’ 27th Annual Beach Party and Slush Pool event, the Pond Skim at Attitash, and Black Mountain’s Pond Skimming will all be held on Saturday, March 29. King Pine’s Reggae Beach Party and Pond Skim will be held on Sunday, March 30.

 

Go Backcountry skiing! The Mt. Washington Valley and the surrounding mountains offer multiple renowned options for late season backcountry skiing. Hiking or skinning up to Tuckerman’s Ravine is a rite of passage each spring for many.  Skilled backcountry skiers hike up into the bowl to experience an exhilarating and steep ski run, but caution is advised; this terrain is for experts only. Others simply enjoy the view, the sun and the snow at the bottom of the bowl, or ski back down to Pinkham Notch via the Sherburne Ski Trail. For more information on Tuckerman’s Ravine, click here.

 

Alternately, expert skiers can head to the other side of Pinkham Notch and ski the Wildcat Valley Trail from the summit of Wildcat down into Jackson Village. An uphill trail pass at Wildcat must be purchased to ski or skin up the mountain; a special Wildcat Valley Trail pass from Jackson Ski Touring is also necessary for trail use. More information can be found here.

 

Run, Kayak, Bike, Hike and Ski! For those with an extreme competitive spirit, The Friends of Tuckerman’s Ravine offers two pentathlons next month, both on Saturday, April 12. The Tuckerman Inferno combines running, kayaking, biking, hiking and skiing for one of the most challenging adventure races in the country. Individuals or teams compete to see who will be the fastest to cover the approximately 36-mile course that starts in Mount Washington Valley and finishes in Tuckerman Ravine. The Wildcat Wildfire is a recreational version of the pentathlon, finishing at Wildcat Mountain. Visit the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine website for additional information and registration.

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