The new year, means a fresh start for many. Do you have a list of goals you would like to achieve or have created new year’s resolutions you’re adamant about keeping in 2015? Nearly 50-percent of new year’s resolutions focus on being healthier, more fit or conquering a fear or experiencing an adventure. While the age-old symbol of a new year remains the same, the Mt. Washington Valley, NH has many ways to achieve all of your goals for 2015 on the slopes.
With thirteen Alpine and Nordic ski resorts it’s easy to get your heart pumping and try something new to energize you for the 350-days ahead. Choose from beginner lessons at family centered ski resorts to 1,000-plus foot vertical drops at higher elevation mountains, plus winter events and activities at each resort.
Let 2015 be all about getting out there and trying something new in Mt Washington Valley If you have never skied before now is the perfect time to tackle that goal. January is Learn to Ski month, presented by Ski NH and Mt Washington Valley’s resorts. This promotion is designed to introduce first time skiers and boarders to the joys of skiing and riding, by providing a lesson, rental equipment and lift ticket for $29 or trail pass for $19. The Mt. Washington Valley Alpine and Nordic ski areas participating in Ski NH’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard month are King Pine Ski Area, Cranmore Mountain, Bretton Woods, Great Glen Trails, Bretton Woods XC, Attitash and Wildcat. Please note these specially priced packages are offered January only, at special times, and space is limited. This promotion is available to first time skiers, ages 13 and older. Reservations are required. Click here to learn more.
If you’re looking for ways to jump start your “get-fit” resolution, what better way to do it then getting out and enjoying the great outdoors? A day of Alpine or Nordic skiing allows you to breathe fresh air, soak in beautiful landscape and get your blood pumping. Skiing is a great way to become trimmer with a fun spin on working out. As you control the amount of momentum and resistance you put on your body while out on the slopes and trails, which can help you reach or maintain your health targets.
Consider booking a Nordic lesson with Olympian Sue Wemyss at Great Glen Trails for a new challenge. For a three lesson package for $199, you’ll gain skills with the personal attention from an Olympic athlete.
Shawnee Peak is excited and ready to help you reach your fitness aspirations with a Yoga Series every Saturday in the Great Hall Room. This 45 minute, all-levels class will wake up the key muscle groups needed to keep you strong, stretched and safe on (or off) the hill, whether you ski, ride, skate or snow shoe. Classes begin at 7:30am and are $8.00 per class. The yoga class focuses on Anusara Yoga and is guided by Pamela Marshall who received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2006.
Make new friends with Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s (JSTF) casual “Friday Gliders and Easy Sliders” program which provides an afternoon tour on JSTF’s trail network for beginner and intermediate skiers. Tours are two hours long, with tips and pointers given along the way. You will be in the company of a group and after the tour, a rendezvous at the touring center is set-up for refreshments and snacks and socializing. This program meets every Friday from 1-3pm and is $10 for single sessions or $45 for the season for JSTF club members.
Attitash Mountain is hosting a Freeride Series on specific Saturdays throughout the winter. Open to skiers and riders, you can sign-up to participate for $10.00. Each event is meant to test your technical skills while skiing and riding.
Kids have New Year’s resolutions as well and you can help them reach their goals as a family with great beginner lessons at Cranmore Mountain, Black Mountain, Wildcat Mountain, Bretton Woods and at King Pine Ski Area. Designed with the little ones in mind, King Pine, Black Mountain and Cranmore offer a fun, family-focused setting to help the children of the family become enthusiastic snow and skiing. Click on the individual resort links to learn more about their program offerings. King Pine also offers a family racing series called the Kids Fun Race on Saturdays throughout the season. Kids can practice racing in an informal environment with the support of their family cheering them on along the way. Races are free with a lift ticket and are set-up at the bottom of Open Slope.
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center opens up their trail network to your furry and four-legged children. This Nordic center is pet friendly to allow you to enjoy a day out on the trails and help reach your 2015 goals with your dog(s) by your side. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation and Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation are also pet friendly.
The other 50-percent of resolutions for the new year center around relationships. If you’re single and have resolved that 2015 is the year you’ll meet the ski bum of your dreams, consider spending the day at Black Mountain on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th) for the Annual Chairlift Speed Dating event. After all, more than 50-percent of the American population is single and you might just find the love of your life in Mt. Washington Valley. The lift of love will be loading participants from 2-4pm on the double chairlift with registration starting at 12:30pm in the main base lodge. Participation is free but you will be required to have a lift ticket or Black Mountain Season’s Pass in order ride the lift. Ticket rates for the Saturday are $55 for adults or half day rates starting at 12:30pm for $38. Humor and good natured fun are top to of the list!
Are you determined to ski as many runs as you can in one day this year. Challenge yourself on March 9th Wildcat Mountain is hosting their 12th Annual 100,000 Feet Vertical Challenge. This is a charity event that supports Make-A-Wish of New Hampshire and challenges skiers/riders to log a total of 48 runs (maximum 50) on the Lynx Trail to achieve 100,000 vertical feet over the course of the day, non-stop. Competitors are required to raise a minimum of $250 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. Prizes are awarded for the top fundraisers. Refreshments and snacks will be provided to help keep challengers going throughout the day. Click here for more information.
There are so many ways to start the New Year off right in the Mt. Washington Valley. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure or just more of it, there are plenty of events, activities and thousands of vertical feet and miles of trails to ski and ride. Let 2015 be your best year yet with the excitement of all there is to do and explore in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.