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Spring fitness in Mt. Washington Valley

Need a good place to exercise now that ski season is winding down? Do you need great fitness classes? Then stop in and visit the staff at Cranmore Fitness. They offer an expansive gym with every machine you could want, and a wide variety of classes. If you want to get in shape, this is a great place to start!

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Enjoy Snowvillage Inn’s Max’s Restaurant & Pub

We love the Snowvillage Inn and the food they serve at Max’s
Restaurant & Pub. When we visited recently and asked for their help to prepare a seder, they couldn’t Passover the request. Their talented kitchen staff rose to the occasion – they even made gefilte fish that had taste, that’s how good they are!

We took a trip to Africa with the North Conway Public Library

The North Conway Public Library hosted a wonderful series of lectures through the winter. The last one featured local residents, Ed and Kathy Bergeron, who shared their experiences and photographs from a safari through Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

30222317_10155674855232858_6720380420912840704_nBy Kathy Bennett

I packed my spring weight ski gloves, sunglasses and shell jacket in my ski bag and left them there, as today, April 7,  was not a warm day on the slopes of Wildcat Mountain. Instead I was greeted by temps in the high 30s, gusty winds and 4+ inches of freshies.  Not spring conditions, but I’ll take it.

Wildcat was in fine shape, close to 100% open, and we were able to hit groomers, glades and bumps. The trees held deep pockets of snow and were not bony at all, especially given the late date. Bumps were not of the exploding spring variety. Rather they were firm powder covered Volkswagens. True spring conditions will have to wait for another day.

The Valley does not give up on skiing easily. Attitash’s bullwheel quits turning on April 8. Wildcat is shooting for May. Bretton Woods also remains open. Skinny skiers will be delighted at Bear Notch Ski Touring which is still grooming its Western Trail Network.

Let others start dusting off their golf clubs and running shoes. I won’t be putting my skis away until the last trail closes in Mount Washington Valley!

Glade Runner

Looks like the snow gods decided to save the best for last this winter, as storm after storm has hit Mount Washington Valley and its many ski areas. With the snow comes the best time of year to go tree skiing, hitting the glades last weekend with friends.

I got warmed up at Bretton Woods on Saturday. They have been measuring new snowfall with a yardstick lately and their woods were still full of powder, some untracked, several days after the last storm. We headed over to West Mountain and took the Wambek trail down to the double black diamond Maple Woods. Last time I skied it a year ago, conditions were a bit bony, but not this time. It was steep and deep and there were no wrong turns in the Woods. Other favs on West Mountain included Wild West Glade – an wider glade than others at BW; Cherry Mountain Slide; and Peppersass. Those last two are also on the easier side, although both ranked as black diamonds. Cliff’s Cliff  glade was a little too cliffy for me so I skipped that and we headed over to Mount Rosebrook Glades.

My husband has been avoiding bumps and trees after some recent back issues, but we took a gentle run together down the blue square Black Forest Glade. It was fun and no one got hurt.

Next we went to Mount Stickney and its wonderful dedicated t-bar lift and rustic warming cabin at the top. Multiple choices await you for glades, numbered 1 through 4. It’s a great way to get in multiple lift-serviced tree runs with snack breaks in between.

Sunday I took my game up a notch and did a car drop at the end of Carter Notch Road in Jackson, and then headed with a friend to Wildcat Mountain to hit the beloved Wildcat Valley Trail. This trail has some of the longest vertical of any ski trail in North America, but you have to come prepared. Step 1, do the car drop unless you want to hitchhike back from the Carter Notch. Step 2, bring backcountry gear including some form of free heel skis and bindings. There is enough uphill on this trail to make you regret dropping in on regular alpine gear.

The opening cornice is just daunting enough to scare away curious alpine skiers who might not understand this is truly a backcountry experience. If that doesn’t scare you off, the signage stating the facts will. This trail does not return to the ski area.

It was buried in snow and other skiers had already done the harder work of packing it down for us, although powder was abundant if your pole or ski wandered off a bit. If you love S curves, single track and birch glades, this trail is for you.

Two hours from the summit, we made it to the groomed nordic trails of Jackson, and after a long slog of flat and sometimes ascending terrain, we were back at our car where we had a late lunch and finished our hot coco.

Back to Wildcat and being gluttons for punishment, we ran laps on the high speed quad until our legs burnt out and we called it a day. It was a weary ride home and an early bed time but it was worth it.

They say the trick to skiing glades is to look at the spaces between the trees and not to look at the obstacles. I’d say that’s good advice for all aspects of life.

Dining Deals in Mt Washington Valley –March 15-31, 2018

Skiers and riders also need great food, and with 75 or so restaurants in Mt Washington Valley, you’re sure to find something to feed every palate and every age.  As we move into spring skiing season, be sure to feed your appetite for some fabulous sunny days on the slopes and trails.  Best of all, many of Mt Washington Valley’s great restaurants offer deals for skiers and visitors alike.

And we’ve even added some deals on lift tickets and demo equipment to this blog this week, so be sure to read all the way through.

Meals Deals Throughout the winter

At Wild Rose Restaurant, Stonehurst Manor, North Conway, NH

  • Thursday night Candlelight Dinner for Two for $35 – Any two entrees on the menu for $35.  This includes their ultimate Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, Oven Roasted Salmon and more along with any of their Fresh Pasta Offerings served with fresh Manor-made pasta. A fun way to “sample” some of the Manor offerings is to select the “Pick any two Appetizers as an Entree” option.
  • Friday Night is Pizza Night – Special 3-course dinner is $25 per person and includes salad, a wood-fired signature pizza, tiramisu for dessert and choice of a bottle of domestic beer or glass of house wine.  Diners can choose from one of the Manor pizzas, or they can create their own with up to four toppings.
  • Afternoon Fondue – every Saturday and Sunday, holidays through the end of March and daily during Feb. vacation week – A nice to relax by the over-sized wood-burning fireplace and choose from a classic cheese fondue or one of the other “small bites” which aren’t always so small.
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres – served most afternoons in Library Martini Lounge from 5 – 6 pm.

At Max’s Tavern, Snowvillage Inn, Snowville, NH

On Tuesdays: The local flavor comes out every Tuesday 5:30-9:00 PM at Snowvillage Inn: In addition to the daily menu, the locals’ menu is served, offering made from scratch comfort food, priced just right for our local friends. And on Tuesdays, no matter where you’re from, everyone’s a local at Max’s Tavern.

On Thursdays: Max’s In The Raw & the Famous Oyster Orgy! Oysters, Littlenecks, Ceviche and Crudo:  Snowvillage Inn innkeepers, Jen and Kevin, have traveled up and down the coast of Maine in search of the sweetest and largest oysters.  The goldmine is the Damariscotta River….briny, strong shell, plump meat, meaty texture with the true taste of the sea and Snowvillage Inn gets them fresh almost daily! Click here for the menu of the day.

At Christmas Farm Inn, Jackson

  • Mondays are 2-for-1 night: Buy one entrée, get second entrée free
  • Tuesdays: Succulent Turkey Dinner, including salad, entrée, dessert – $19
  • Wednesday is German Night!
  • Thursday is Steak Night: Build your own steak entrée
  • Friday is Seafood Night
  • Saturday is Wild Game Night: Venison, Elk, Duck & more
  • Sunday: Taste of Italy with Italian specialties

Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

  • Twofer Tuesdays: 2 people, 2 entrees, 1 price: $24.95 (Dine in Only)
  • Wednesday Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00pm, $2 Tacos (steak, pork, chicken, fish)
  • Thursdays: Buck-A-Beer: Order any burger, get a beer for a buck
  • Fridays: Happy Hour, 4:00-6:00pm

At Lobster Trap, Seafood, Steaks & Italian, West Side Road, North Conway

Early bird specials start at $10.95 and are served daily from 11:30am until 6:00pm. Early bird dishes are served with homemade rolls, and French fries, onion rings or cole slaw.

At White Mountain Hotel, West Side Road, North Conway

Every Friday: Friday Night Seafood Fest in Ledges Restaurant: New England seafood specialties served directly at your table. Offerings include your choice of salad or soup, appetizers including mini raw bar, gulf shrimp cocktail and poached salmon. Entrees include orange ginger diver scallops, cod and lobster duo, smoked sugar and chile grilled salmon, shrimp scampi and classic broiled seafood platter. Dessert is also included in this 4-Course menu. Seafood Fest menu changes often. Regular menu also available. Click here for sample menu.

Sundays: Grand Sunday Brunch: A White Mountain Hotel tradition since 1990. Includes chef-attended omelet station, bacon, maple sausage, homemade corned beef hash, home fries, Belgian waffles with a variety of fresh fruit toppings, whipped cream and homemade maple butter, chef-attended carving station with two carved roasts of the day, weekly entrée specials, fresh vegetables of the day, homemade soups, pancakes and Eggs Benedict from the kitchen, a delectable dessert table and much more.

 At Traditions Restaurant at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison, NH

$10 Sunday And Monday Menu Items: Enjoy a night out to start your week with special $10 menu items every Sunday and Monday. Order one for yourself or order a few dishes and share with the table.

Tap N’ A Flat Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, head to the pub for a “Tap N’ A Flat” beer and a pizza special. Enjoy your choice of cheese, pepperoni or grilled vegetable flatbread and craft draft pint from one of the taps for only $12.

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, tuck in to all-you-can-eat Carolina Pork Ribs served with traditional cole slaw and french fries for $20 per person.

And at King Pine, $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets.

At Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Jackson, NH

Tuesdays: Two One-Pound Lobsters for $26.95 from 5:00-9:00pm

Wednesday Dinner for Two Menu: Make Wednesday your date night and choose from a special two-for-$26.95 menu.  While the menu changes weekly, look for popular entrees from the menu plus a few specials too.  Two entrees from the special menu are only $26.95 (plus tax & gratuity) for both.  Click here for sample menu.

Every Thursday in February: Free Pasta Feed & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday Night: Fish Fry / Oyster Lover Special: Enjoy a special fish fry along with an oyster special Every Friday Night from 5:00-9:00pm.

At Oxford House Inn, Fryeburg, ME:

Thursday Night Pint & a Pound- $14.95: Includes one pound of Steamed Maine Mussels or Little Neck Clams, prepared in your choice of 5 different flavors from around the world and a Pint of local craft Beer (or glass of wine if preferred) and a basket of Artisan Focaccia & Multigrain Bread.

Taco Trio Tuesdays- $12 for Three: Includes three different authentic and creative tacos

Themed Food Events throughout Mt Washington Valley!

$25 Powder & Pasta at Bretton Woods – Ski or ride from 4 – 8 p.m. and replenish with a pasta dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Available Dec. 29 – March 10, as well as during the holiday periods of Jan. 14; and Feb. 18 – 22, 2018.

March  17, 24, 31: Character Breakfasts at Theater in the Wood: Believe in Books Literacy Foundation presents Character Breakfasts.  Starting Saturday, March 3rd and running every Saturday until April 21st, visit the Theater in the Wood at 9:30 am each Saturday to meet some of your favorite Storybook Characters. Each week combine a tasty pancake breakfast with a new group of friends enjoying their own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup. Plus you have use of the 100 Acre Wood Trail System for the entire day!

Schedule of Characters:

March 17th: Snow White

March 24th: TBD

March 31st: Rabbit & Friends

April 7th: Alice in Wonderland

April 14th: The Little Mermaid

April 21st: Earth Day with Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax

March 25:  Dine to Donate: Tuckerman Brewing Company is the place to be when a variety of events presented by Leadership MWV raise money to aid career-minded students with the tools to reach their goals for success in the Mt. Washington Valley. The fun begins at 4:00 and there will be awesome raffle prizes, and a percentage of all food & beverage sales go to the program THRIVE MWV, which will provide financial stipends and career mentorship to youth seeking alternative paths to college. Info here.

Mark the Calendar for April 7th: 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and Feel Good 5K: North Conway Community Center will be abuzz with activity of professional and home chefs enticing you with the delightful aromas of their best chili and cornbread recipes. Hourglass Adventures will join this year’s Chili Cookoff offering attendees an opportunity to participate in an escape game designed specifically for the event. Be one of the first to check it out.  Plus, North Conway Village will feature the Red Hot Stops route with many of the shops offering discounts and tastings.

Start the day on the move with the 2nd Annual Feelin’ Good 5K Race sponsored by the White Mountain Milers. Then, move on to a day of tasting chili, cornbread and more.  Judged awards for professional chefs are given for Best Chili with first, second and third places acknowledged. Non-profit and home chefs are awarded People’s Choice Award for Best Chili selected by all tasters who attend the tour. Both categories vie for Best Cornbread and Best Display prizes! Come and vote. After the competition the fun continues with the Chili Cookoff Awards Ceremony at Abenaki Trail Restaurant & Pub. Tickets available at the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Complete info here.

15th Annual Chili Cookoff in North Conway

Other Deals at ski resorts and restaurants!

$10 Tuesday Night Skiing and Snowboarding at King Pine! From 4:00-9:00pm, $10 Tuesday night lift tickets, PLUS $10 rentals, $10 terrain park lessons (available starting 1/9), $10 tubing (5-7 p.m.) AND $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern are all offered with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets. *Must be 21 years of age with valid photo id. Some restrictions apply. Limit one per person.

Every Wednesday throughout March at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub: Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas.  All you must do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

March 16:  College Night #5 at Shawnee Peak: Grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak from 3:00-9:00pm. Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! Plus, Open Mic in Blizzard’s Pub for the 21+ crowd afterward.

March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale at Attitash and Wildcat: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.

March 17: St Paddy’s Day ticket special at Cranmore: On St. Patrick’s Day, the resort will offer a $17 twilight lift ticket, valid for skiing from 5pm to 8pm or a $17 Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park ticket, during the hours of 5pm to 8pm.

March 17-18: St. Patrick’s Day Ticket Special at Bretton Woods:  Save some green and get a two-day adult lift ticket for just $117, valid March 17-18, 2018.

March 25:  Youth Day #2 at Attitash and Wildcat:  All kids 7 to 17 pay just $17 for a lift ticket.

Valley Originals Gift Certificate Sale

There are still a few discounted gift certificates left from selected Valley Originals restaurants.  Click here to get them while you can.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

White Mountain Hotel Frequent Diner Program

Enjoy a free entrée for every ten times you dine at White Mountain Hotel.  Please inquire at the Front Desk with any questions.

Horsefeathers Preferred Diner Program

Earn points for every dollar you spend at Horsefeathers toward a $50.00 Gift Certificate. And on your birthday, receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée.  Click here to sign up.

Traditions at Purity Spring Resort Loyalty Card Program

With your Traditions Loyalty Card in-hand, you will earn one point for each dollar you spend at Traditions. When you reach 500 points, you will earn a Traditions gift card with a value of $25! To receive your Traditions Loyalty Card, please ask your server the next time you visit, and begin earning points right away! Click here for program guidelines.

For a complete list of restaurants and dining opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, click here.

Apres Ski and live entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH –March 15 – April 1, 2018

When the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins.  For some, it lasts well into the night.  Whether its live musical entertainment at ski resorts or the Valley’s restaurants or drama, family activities or on-mountain events, you’ll find a packed schedule of during-and-apres ski fun throughout Mt Washington Valley.

Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week at the ski resorts and XC Centers.

Apres ski At Wildcat, Pinkham Notch, NH

Apres Ski Entertainment nightly in Wildcat Pub:

  • March 16: Rafe Montegrano, 1:30-4:30pm
  • March 17: The Gravel Project, 2:00-5:00pm
  • March 23: Ryan St. Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
  • March 24: RadioBDC Coors Lite Drafters, 2:00-5:00pm
  • March 30: Rafe Montegrano, 1:00-4:00pm
  • March 31: Shark Martin, 2:00-5:00pm

Plus!

March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.

March 25:  Youth Day #2:  All kids 7 to 17 pay just $17 for a lift ticket.

April 1:  Easter Egg Hunt:  Kids 12 and under gather under the Snowcat chair at noon to see what the Easter bunny brought!

Apres ski at Attitash Mountain Resort

 Apres Ski at Attitash:

 March 17: The Conniption Fits at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm

  • March 17: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Pat Foley, 2:00-4:30pm
  • March 24: Ovation, An encore to 80s rock in Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 24: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with White Steer, 2:00-4:30pm
  • March 31: Motor Booty Affair at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 31: Den Sessions with Jeremy Dean, 2:00-4:30pm

Plus!

March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.

March 16:  Red Parka Challenge Cup: The Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup is the longest-running, pro-style dual giant slalom ski race in the United States. Considered the premier New England Amateur ski race, the RPP Challenge Cup attracts some of the best racers in the region. All proceeds from the race benefit the Eastern Slopes Ski Club, a local organization that funds youth skiing in the Mt. Washington Valley. The Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup stems from the Red Parka Pub, located in Downtown Glen, New Hampshire. The restaurant opened its doors in 1973 and along with the pub came the birth of the first Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup. Registration: More information on the race at redparkapubchallengecup.com.

March 17:  Attitash After Dark with  Adam Ezra Group:  It starts with fireworks at 7:00pm, then festivities continue with a special pub menu and the Adam Ezra Group at Ptarmigan Pub for evening entertainment.

March 24:  Grandstand Mogul Jam: Compete in the best of two-run format.  Open to all levels of competition.  Info here.

March 25:  Youth Day #2:  All kids 7 to 17 pay just $17 for a lift ticket.

March 31: Pond skimming at Attitash:  A rite of passage and an great way to celebrate spring.  Cross the pond with skis or snowboards.  Not sure that’s for you? It’s a great spectator event too.  Info here.

Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort

Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • March 3: Music with Arthur James, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 17: TBA
  • March 24:  Music with Riley Parkhurst Duo, 1:00-4:00pm

Plus!

March 17 Cranapalooza: Enjoy apres ski music, entertainment and games hosted by none other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More. On March 10, Cranapalooza celebration is topped off with fireworks too!

March 17: St Paddy’s Day ticket special: On St. Patrick’s Day, the resort will offer a $17 twilight lift ticket, valid for skiing from 5pm to 8pm or a $17 Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park ticket, during the hours of 5pm to 8pm.

March 24:  Flannel Festival: Show your NH pride for a day of Flannel skiing! At 10:00am to 12:00PM – Music from country 102.5 and Hood MOOSTRUCK and  hot chocolate samples. At 1:00pm – Beard and helmet hair judging competition – meet on Zip’s deck. At 1:00-4:00pm – Live Music with Riley Parkhurst Duo in Zip’s and beer promos in Zip’s Live music by Riley Parkhurst Duo, and other events.

March 31:  Spring Festival: The annual Spring Splash opens the competition to brave participants, competing for prizes and bragging rights. Prizes will be awarded to best costume, best splash, & best skim.  Each person will have one run.  There will be two divisions for splash and skim, 13 & under, 14+. Click here for rules and info.

Apres ski at Bretton Woods Ski Resort

 March 17, 24: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm. On March 17: DJ Chuck Noel, and St. Paddy’s Day party take place in the pub

March 17, 24: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.

March 17-18: St. Patrick’s Day Ticket Special:  Save some green and get a two-day adult lift ticket for just $117, valid March 17-18, 2018.

March 31:  31st Annual Bretton Woods Beach Party & Fujiwhara 4X DH:  As the 2017-18 ski season draws to a close, there’s no better time to sneak in the last few runs of the year while soaking up the sweet springtime sun. Spring skiing, live music, tasty food and great friends make this party a day to remember year after year. There will be plenty of beach themed activities going on so grab the sun screen and wear your beach attire because this Beach Party is sure to keep you rocking from first chair to last call! This year’s theme for the Beach Party is Tropic Love!  From 10:00-2:00pm, catch the Fujiwhara 4X DH, an on-snow, downhill mountain bike race that will be sure to be a treat for both spectators and participants alike! Click here for all the details and a full schedule.

Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub – 3:30-5:30pm       

  • Sun, March 11: Apres ski with Tim Gershin
  • Fri, March 16: Apres ski with Riley Parkhurst
  • Sat, March 17: Apres ski with Greg Walsh and Miller Lite
  • Sun, March 18: Apres ski with Riley Parkhurst
  • Fri, March 23: Apres Ski with Riley Parkhurst
  • Sat, March 24: Apres ski with Ben Cook & Corona promotion
  • Sun, March 25: Apres ski with Greg Walsh
  • Fri, March 30: Apres ski with Ben Cook
  • Sat, March 31: Round out the season with apres ski and Greg Walsh

March 24: All Day Pond Skim:  Test your skills on the pond.  Free for all with lift ticket.

Apres Ski at King Pine

Apres Ski in Trail’s End Tavern, 3:00-6:00pm

March 10: Radio BDC, Coors Light Drafters 2018

March 17: Mitch Alden

March 24: Jonathan Sarty

Fridays in March:  Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at our Pine Meadows Tubing Park!

March 17, 24, 31: Say hello to Powder Bear: King Pine’s mascot, Powder Bear, will be out and about offering greetings to young skiers from 2:00-3:00pm.

March 16-17: Cynthia’s Challenge 24-hour Skiathon: Cynthia’s Challenge is excited to announce the next beneficiary of the 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire March 16-17, 2018. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Freedom, New Hampshire’s Jacques Villeneuve, a 9-year-old boy who was born missing the main wiring between the left and right hemispheres of his brain, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. The minimum requirement is $99 for ages 6 and above and 5 and under are $50. Registration includes a 24-hour lift ticket, t-shirt, dinner, breakfast, and lunch, snacks and memories to last a lifetime of skiing and riding as the sun comes up over King Pine. One raffle ticket will be awarded to participants for every $50 raised above their registration fee. These special raffle tickets will be used for participants to win a grand prize package. Go to https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/ for complete information.

March 17: Vertical Challenge: A fun and exciting ski and snowboard race where the racer who clocks the best time in each event category wins Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals. Winners from individual events are invited to return and compete in the Series Finals. The races are FREE, but you must purchase a lift ticket to participate. Tons of great prizes, giveaways and free samples! Registration starts at 8:00am, race starts at 11:00am.

March 24:  Kings Ride Freeride Series Big Air: The King’s Broad Arrow identified the biggest and tallest of the King’s Pines –  and the Freeride series takes that tradition of excellence to new heights in this new, under the lights, three event series in the Twisted Pine Terrain Park.  March 24th marks the Big Air contest.  Info here.

March 25:  King Pine Cardboard Box Derby: Build a cardboard box racer (for two or four racers) with your own theme and bring your own theme music and race down King Pine’s special racecourse. Racers must be built entirely out of cardboard (no wood or metal allowed). Boxes may be held together with tape, glue or stitched. Contestants are encouraged to wear helmets. Registration starts at noon. Info & registration form here.

March 31:  Easter Egg Hunt: Kids 12 and under are invited to meet at the top of the Pokey Pine trail and hunt for Easter Eggs! Easter Eggs can be found all over our Pokey Pine trail beginning at 11 a.m.

Apres Ski at Shawnee Peak

March 16: College Night #5 at Shawnee Peak: Grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak from 3:00-9:00pm. Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! Plus, Open Mic in Blizzard’s Pub for the 21+ crowd afterward.

March 17:  The Mattress Race: Get out your old, beat up mattress and put it to good use!  Design and decorate your old twin, full, double, queen or king, race it down our course and you’ll be eligible for a great prize! The Fastest Mattress will win an overnight stay in the Pleasant Mountain Yurt or Cabin. There is also Shawnee Peak loged prizes for the best, most uniquely-decorated mattress. This years theme is “80 years of Shawnee Peak”. Race starts at 1:00pm.

March 24:  34th Annual Spring Fling: Celebrating the beginning of Spring, the event captures the essence of the season’s skiing and riding – lots of soft snow, live entertainment and lounging on the Blizzard’s Pub party deck, catching rays and enjoying the weather! The Slush Cup (starts at 1:30pm) pits skiers and snowboarders against a 100-foot-long man-made pond of ice cold water. Skim along as far as you can go, before falling victim to the laws of gravity! Register (for free) in guest services until 11:30am. Kids under 18 MUST have a parent or guardian accompany them to sign the liability paperwork.

March 31:  Easter Egg Hunt – Open to all little kids.  Find eggs in the snow by the sugar shack starting at 10:00am.  Bring a basket!

At MWV XC Ski & Snowshoeing Foundation:

Sundays through March: Sunday Snowshoe Yoga Tours: The MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center has added a new offering on Sundays. Every Sunday morning (except 2/25) plan to combine yoga and mindfulness in the spectacular setting of the mountains. The tour begins with some warm-up stretches, preparing for a beautiful snowshoe walk in the woods. Taking the trail at an easy pace, make your way to an open spot to pause for some yoga practice. After the snowshoe walk, end the tour with a few easy stretches. The tour departs every Sunday (weather permitting) from the MWV Touring Center at 10:00 am. Ideal for first-timers and novices interested in learning basic techniques. $25 per person includes trail pass for the day. Discounted rentals available.

At Jackson Ski Touring Foundation:

March 17: Baxter Outdoors White Mountain Winter Triathlon & 5K Snowshoe Run: Originally scheduled for Jan 6 this race was rescheduled to Sat Mar 17. This professionally designed course has its fair share of ups and downs but those are ultimately overshadowed by sweeping views of the White Mountains and presence in this truly special New England Ski Town. Registration starts at 8:30am, race starts at 10:00am: Click here to register!

Live Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants & Businesses

At The Soaking Pot, Settlers Green, North Conway

After a day of skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, or when you just need a moment, The SoakingPot is the newest place to SOAK. SIP. RELAX. The custom foot soaks are designed to calm, invigorate, soothe or balance. For deeper relaxation, add a soothing cup of tea and massage to go with your soak!

Current Specials & Discounts*:

  • Every Wednesday Buy One Soak Get One Half Off
  • Loyalty Soak Club- Buy 10 Soaks get one FREE
  • Soak Pass Memberships -Save when you buy 6 or more Soaks, Free Soak on your birthday, Free tea, and more.

 At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH

  • Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jonathan Sarty in the Pub, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jerry’s Free Ride Wednesdays – Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

March 15: Red Parka Challenge Cup Bib Draw, 6:00-9:00pm

March 16:  Red Parka Challenge Cup (daytime), Shark Martin, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 23: Barnyard Pimps, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 24:  Blue Matter, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 30-31: Now is Now, 9:00pm – 12:30am

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH

Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.

Every WednesdayWhite Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.

Every Thursday:  Free Pasta Feeds & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. Many of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.

Every Saturday: Apres ski with Al Shafner, 4:00-6:00pm

Every Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.

March 17: Al Shafner and the Revtones, 8:00pm to closing

March 24:  Riley Parkhurst Project, 8:00pm to closing

At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey, 7:30-10:00pm

Every Saturday-Apres Ski-Dennis & Davey from 4:00-6:00pm.

At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson

  • March 15: Johno & Dennis O’Neil, 8:00pm
  • March 16: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 17: St Paddy’s Day with Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • March 18: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • March 22: Johnno & Simon Crawford, 7:00pm
  • March 23: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 24: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • March 25: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • March 29: Johno & Tom Dean, 7:00pm
  • March 30: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 31: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm

At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson – all performances are from 5:30-9:30pm

Every Thursday night: Shot of JD every Thursday Night!

Most Sunday Nights: Justin Jaymes

March 15: Shot of JD

 March 16: Jonathan Sarty

 March 17: St Patrick’s Day with Tom Dean

 March 18: Scott Baer

March 23:  Tristan Omand

March 24:  Closed for a private function

 At 302 Tavern in Fryeburg

Open Mike night for local performers

At Seadog Brewing Co in North Conway

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night!

Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, March, 2018

March 15: Hiking & Biking in Slovenia lecture: The North Conway Public Library will hold the third of its 2018 Thursday Night Program Series.  Theo & Melanie Stibbons will share their experiences from hiking and biking vacations in Slovenia at 7:00pm at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village. Frontside Grind coffee and homemade cookies will be served. The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated.  Info:  www.northconwaylibrary.com or 603-356-2961.

March 16: Twisted Pine Band at Stone Mountain Arts Center: Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown.  Showtime is at 8:00pm.  Tickets: $20.  Info, click here.

March 18: African Children’s Choir at Journey Church: The African Children’s Choir will be performing at Journey Church (15 Hutchins Drive in Conway) at 7:00pm.  The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Performances support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development. Info: africanchildrenschoir.com.

March 23: Daymark at Medallion Opera House – Daymark will be performing live on Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham Town Hall.  Tickets are $15 and are available at the Gorham Town Hall and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org.   Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger.

March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, April 1: The Lion King at M&D Playhouse: The African savannah comes to life with Simba and Nala, Pumbaa, Timon, Mufasa, Scar and more unforgettable characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age story. This vibrant tale has captivated worldwide audiences. With Sir Elton John’s music, dazzling costumes, and extraordinary talent, this is a show not to be missed. THE LION KING, JUNIOR is presented March 22 – April 1, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM with Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM at M&D Playhouse, Willow Common, North Conway.  To reserve seats, http://www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

March 31:  Story time & Kids Activities at North Conway Library: The North Conway Library will be presenting a monthly, hour-long story time & activities program through the spring for children of all ages, focused on learning about nature through crafts, activities and books. Alice Puccio, education coordinator at AMC in Pinkham Notch, is leading the program, which will be held on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. in the library’s children’s room on 2719 Main St. in North Conway Village. The programs take place on the last Saturday of each month and are free and open for residents & visitors. They are most appropriate for children ages 4 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Call (603) 356-2961 or check NorthConwayLibrary.com for more information. On Saturday, March 31: “Animal Tracks” Kids will be read books about animal signs and learn to identify animal tracks and make their own potato print tracks. Then they’ll go outside to practice their new skills.

 Thinking ahead, save the date:  April 7th, 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and 2nd Annual Feeling Good 5k. Click here for complete information.

And The Second Annual Wild Corn Backcountry Shindig fires off this year on April 7, 2018 at Black Mountain in Jackson, NH! Celebrate backcountry season with a true spring time party all with live music, BBQ, speakers, games and more – a can’t miss spring time event.

15th Annual Chili Fest and 5k run in North Conway, NH

Click here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout and March in Mt Washington Valley.

March is for Skiing

While some people cheer an early spring, others pray for just a few more snowstorms to help preserve skiing and riding right into April. That would make for a majority of those of us who live and work in Mount Washington Valley (or at least the ones I hang out with).  Eyes were glued to the weatherman as last week’s Nor’easter became more and more likely, and once again as another storm targets us for next week. Baseball and gardening can wait. March is for skiing.

 

With said weather report looking pretty solid, I preemptively scheduled a last minute vacation day  for last Thursday so I could join the other snow worshippers for first turns on a powder day. Attitash was the destination and I was beat out for first chair by several dozen hearty types who braved the roads to arrive before the 8:30am start time.

Riding up the Bear Peak Express Quad, we scanned the untouched foot of snow underneath and picked our line. Avenger first, the steepest black diamond at Bear Peak, as the snow continued to fall heavily.

We barely made it off the lift before our inability to ski in deep powder became apparent. Both me and my husband did face plants in the snow on the first pitch. I temporarily lost my skis and a pole and struggled to get it all back together in the drifts that were above my knees.

A few runs later, I adjusted my stance and powered through the powder. Determined to take advantage of a full day off from work on a powder day, I lasted six hours before my quads gave up the ghost. Two days later, they are still singing.  More squats and lunges are in order before the next storm!

Snow showers continued off and on over the weekend, sweetening up conditions all over again. That plus daylight savings time and a close-to-7pm sunset will make it possible for an after work jaunt on cross country skis a likelihood for Monday at MWV Ski Touring Center. Did I mention it’s great to live and work up here?

 

Dining Deals in Mt Washington Valley –March 8-15, 2018

Skiers and riders also need great food, and with 75 or so restaurants in Mt Washington Valley, you’re sure to find something to feed every palate and every age.  As we move into spring skiing season, be sure to feed your appetite for some fabulous sunny days on the slopes and trails.  Best of all, many of Mt Washington Valley’s great restaurants offer deals for skiers and visitors alike.

And we’ve even added some deals on lift tickets and demo equipment to this blog this week, so be sure to read all the way through.

Meals Deals Throughout the winter

At Wild Rose Restaurant, Stonehurst Manor, North Conway, NH

  • Thursday night Candlelight Dinner for Two for $35 – Any two entrees on the menu for $35.  This includes their ultimate Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, Oven Roasted Salmon and more along with any of their Fresh Pasta Offerings served with fresh Manor-made pasta. A fun way to “sample” some of the Manor offerings is to select the “Pick any two Appetizers as an Entree” option.
  • Friday Night is Pizza Night – Special 3-course dinner is $25 per person and includes salad, a wood-fired signature pizza, tiramisu for dessert and choice of a bottle of domestic beer or glass of house wine.  Diners can choose from one of the Manor pizzas, or they can create their own with up to four toppings.
  • Afternoon Fondue – every Saturday and Sunday, holidays through the end of March and daily during Feb. vacation week – A nice to relax by the over-sized wood-burning fireplace and choose from a classic cheese fondue or one of the other “small bites” which aren’t always so small.
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres – served most afternoons in Library Martini Lounge from 5 – 6 pm.

At Max’s Tavern, Snowvillage Inn, Snowville, NH

On Tuesdays: The local flavor comes out every Tuesday 5:30-9:00 PM at Snowvillage Inn: In addition to the daily menu, the locals’ menu is served, offering made from scratch comfort food, priced just right for our local friends. And on Tuesdays, no matter where you’re from, everyone’s a local at Max’s Tavern.

On Thursdays: Max’s In The Raw & the Famous Oyster Orgy! Oysters, Littlenecks, Ceviche and Crudo:  Snowvillage Inn innkeepers, Jen and Kevin, have traveled up and down the coast of Maine in search of the sweetest and largest oysters.  The goldmine is the Damariscotta River….briny, strong shell, plump meat, meaty texture with the true taste of the sea and Snowvillage Inn gets them fresh almost daily! Click here for the menu of the day.

At Christmas Farm Inn, Jackson

  • Mondays are 2-for-1 night: Buy one entrée, get second entrée free
  • Tuesdays: Succulent Turkey Dinner, including salad, entrée, dessert – $19
  • Wednesday is German Night!
  • Thursday is Steak Night: Build your own steak entrée
  • Friday is Seafood Night
  • Saturday is Wild Game Night: Venison, Elk, Duck & more
  • Sunday: Taste of Italy with Italian specialties

Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

  • Twofer Tuesdays: 2 people, 2 entrees, 1 price: $24.95 (Dine in Only)
  • Wednesday Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00pm, $2 Tacos (steak, pork, chicken, fish)
  • Thursdays: Buck-A-Beer: Order any burger, get a beer for a buck
  • Fridays: Happy Hour, 4:00-6:00pm

At Lobster Trap, Seafood, Steaks & Italian, West Side Road, North Conway

Early bird specials start at $10.95 and are served daily from 11:30am until 6:00pm. Early bird dishes are served with homemade rolls, and French fries, onion rings or cole slaw.

At White Mountain Hotel, West Side Road, North Conway

Every Friday: Friday Night Seafood Fest in Ledges Restaurant: New England seafood specialties served directly at your table. Offerings include your choice of salad or soup, appetizers including mini raw bar, gulf shrimp cocktail and poached salmon. Entrees include orange ginger diver scallops, cod and lobster duo, smoked sugar and chile grilled salmon, shrimp scampi and classic broiled seafood platter. Dessert is also included in this 4-Course menu. Seafood Fest menu changes often. Regular menu also available. Click here for sample menu.

Sundays: Grand Sunday Brunch: A White Mountain Hotel tradition since 1990. Includes chef-attended omelet station, bacon, maple sausage, homemade corned beef hash, home fries, Belgian waffles with a variety of fresh fruit toppings, whipped cream and homemade maple butter, chef-attended carving station with two carved roasts of the day, weekly entrée specials, fresh vegetables of the day, homemade soups, pancakes and Eggs Benedict from the kitchen, a delectable dessert table and much more.

 At Traditions Restaurant at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison, NH

$10 Sunday And Monday Menu Items: Enjoy a night out to start your week with special $10 menu items every Sunday and Monday. Order one for yourself or order a few dishes and share with the table.

Tap N’ A Flat Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, head to the pub for a “Tap N’ A Flat” beer and a pizza special. Enjoy your choice of cheese, pepperoni or grilled vegetable flatbread and craft draft pint from one of the taps for only $12.

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, tuck in to all-you-can-eat Carolina Pork Ribs served with traditional cole slaw and french fries for $20 per person.

And at King Pine, $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets.

At Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Jackson, NH

Tuesdays: Two One-Pound Lobsters for $26.95 from 5:00-9:00pm

Wednesday Dinner for Two Menu: Make Wednesday your date night and choose from a special two-for-$26.95 menu.  While the menu changes weekly, look for popular entrees from the menu plus a few specials too.  Two entrees from the special menu are only $26.95 (plus tax & gratuity) for both.  Click here for sample menu.

Every Thursday in February: Free Pasta Feed & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday Night: Fish Fry / Oyster Lover Special: Enjoy a special fish fry along with an oyster special Every Friday Night from 5:00-9:00pm.

At Oxford House Inn, Fryeburg, ME:

Thursday Night Pint & a Pound- $14.95: Includes one pound of Steamed Maine Mussels or Little Neck Clams, prepared in your choice of 5 different flavors from around the world and a Pint of local craft Beer (or glass of wine if preferred) and a basket of Artisan Focaccia & Multigrain Bread.

Taco Trio Tuesdays- $12 for Three: Includes three different authentic and creative tacos

Themed Food Events throughout Mt Washington Valley!

$25 Powder & Pasta at Bretton Woods – Ski or ride from 4 – 8 p.m. and replenish with a pasta dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Available Dec. 29 – March 10, as well as during the holiday periods of Jan. 14; and Feb. 18 – 22, 2018.

March  10, 17, 24, 31: Character Breakfasts at Theater in the Wood: Believe in Books Literacy Foundation presents Character Breakfasts.  Starting Saturday, March 3rd and running every Saturday until April 21st, visit the Theater in the Wood at 9:30 am each Saturday to meet some of your favorite Storybook Characters. Each week combine a tasty pancake breakfast with a new group of friends enjoying their own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup. Plus you have use of the 100 Acre Wood Trail System for the entire day!

Schedule of Characters:

March 10th: Winnie the Pooh & friends

March 17th: Snow White

March 24th: TBD

March 31st: Rabbit & Friends

April 7th: Alice in Wonderland

April 14th: The Little Mermaid

April 21st: Earth Day with Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax

March 9-10: Jimmy Buffett Caribbean Weekend at Snowvillage Inn: Spend some time at the Snowvillage Inn for the 6th Annual Jimmy Buffett Weekend Getaway.  The Inn will be converted to an island escape to melt away the winter blues. A great menu is planned, the drinks will be fruity and backed by the unmistakable sounds of calypso and the steel drum. Don’t forget to pack your flowered shirt and flip-flops! Info: 603-447-2818 or snowvillageinn.com.

Mark the Calendar for April 7th: 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and Feel Good 5K: North Conway Community Center will be abuzz with activity of professional and home chefs enticing you with the delightful aromas of their best chili and cornbread recipes. Hourglass Adventures will join this year’s Chili Cookoff offering attendees an opportunity to participate in an escape game designed specifically for the event. Be one of the first to check it out.  Plus, North Conway Village will feature the Red Hot Stops route with many of the shops offering discounts and tastings.

Start the day on the move with the 2nd Annual Feelin’ Good 5K Race sponsored by the White Mountain Milers. Then, move on to a day of tasting chili, cornbread and more.  Judged awards for professional chefs are given for Best Chili with first, second and third places acknowledged. Non-profit and home chefs are awarded People’s Choice Award for Best Chili selected by all tasters who attend the tour. Both categories vie for Best Cornbread and Best Display prizes! Come and vote. After the competition the fun continues with the Chili Cookoff Awards Ceremony at Abenaki Trail Restaurant & Pub. Tickets available at the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Complete info here.

15th Annual Chili Cookoff in North Conway

Other Deals at ski resorts and restaurants!

$10 Tuesday Night Skiing and Snowboarding at King Pine! From 4:00-9:00pm, $10 Tuesday night lift tickets, PLUS $10 rentals, $10 terrain park lessons (available starting 1/9), $10 tubing (5-7 p.m.) AND $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern are all offered with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets. *Must be 21 years of age with valid photo id. Some restrictions apply. Limit one per person.

Every Wednesday throughout February at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub: Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas.  All you must do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

 Fri/Sat, through March 10th:  $25 Powder & Pasta Night Skiing at Bretton Woods: Ski or ride from 4-8pm on Friday & Saturday nights and then enjoy a pasta dinner, featuring Penne pasta with a classic red Italian sauce or savory white alfredo, topped with your choice of mouth watering meatballs and grilled chicken and garlic bread on the side to finish your night. $25 includes ticket and dinner, through March 10th.

 March 10-11: Military Weekend at Cranmore: During Cranmore’s historic Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 10th & 11th, Cranmore will offer free lift tickets for active duty, veteran and retired servicemen and women. Card carrying dependents will receive $15 off a lift ticket.

March 10: 2nd Annual Winter Charity Day: Make a minimum donation of $25 per person ($15 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and a buffet lunch (11:30 am – 1:00 pm). Kids under 5 participate free with each donating adult. Make a minimum donation of $50 per person ($30 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, a buffet lunch and a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Auto Road. The first 32 people who make a $50 donation will receive a SnowCoach ticket for that day. Complete info here.

March 16:  College Night #5 at Shawnee Peak: Grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak from 3:00-9:00pm. Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! Plus, Open Mic in Blizzard’s Pub for the 21+ crowd afterward.

March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale at Attitash and Wildcat: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.

Valley Originals Gift Certificate Sale

There are still a few discounted gift certificates left from selected Valley Originals restaurants.  Click here to get them while you can.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

White Mountain Hotel Frequent Diner Program

Enjoy a free entrée for every ten times you dine at White Mountain Hotel.  Please inquire at the Front Desk with any questions.

Horsefeathers Preferred Diner Program

Earn points for every dollar you spend at Horsefeathers toward a $50.00 Gift Certificate. And on your birthday, receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée.  Click here to sign up.

Traditions at Purity Spring Resort Loyalty Card Program

With your Traditions Loyalty Card in-hand, you will earn one point for each dollar you spend at Traditions. When you reach 500 points, you will earn a Traditions gift card with a value of $25! To receive your Traditions Loyalty Card, please ask your server the next time you visit, and begin earning points right away! Click here for program guidelines.

For a complete list of restaurants and dining opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, click here.

Apres Ski and live entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH –March 8 – March 20, 2018

When the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins.  For some, it lasts well into the night.  Whether its live musical entertainment at ski resorts or the Valley’s restaurants or drama, family activities or on-mountain events, you’ll find a packed schedule of during-and-apres ski fun throughout Mt Washington Valley.

Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week at the ski resorts and XC Centers.

Apres ski At Wildcat, Pinkham Notch, NH

Entertainment  in Wildcat Pub:

  • March 9: Ryan St. Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
  • March 10: Jonathan Sarty Band, 2:00-5:00pm
  • March 16: Rafe Montegrano, 1:30-4:30pm
  • March 17: The Gravel Project, 2:00-5:00pm

Plus!

March 12:  15th Annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge:  The Wildcat Mountain 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge is a non-race event offering the chance for a limited capacity field of participants the opportunity to ski or ride 100,000 vertical feet in a single day. Total funds raised from the previous 14 years of the event have reached over $921,000 directly benefiting Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire and their endeavors. The goal this year, in the 15th year of the event is to reach and surpass $1 million in total dollars raised! Participants are required to raise a minimum of $250 for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Donated prizes from event sponsors will be awarded for the top fundraisers and additional prizes will be won in a bib draw raffle. Refreshments and snacks will be provided to help keep challengers going throughout the day. here is a 9-hour window, weather and conditions permitting, to complete the 100K, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (unless all participants still entered complete the 100K prior to 4:30 p.m. $75 registration fee. Complete info here.

March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.

Apres ski at Attitash Mountain Resort

  • March 3: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Scott Baer, 2:00-4:30pm
  • March 3: Terrafunk at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 10: Pat Foley Band at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 10: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Riley Parkhurst, 2:00-4:30p
  • March 17: The Conniption Fits at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 17: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Pat Foley, 2:00-4:30pm

Plus!

March 10:  Ability Plus Ski-a-thon: Raffle, apres entertainment, silent auction, and various other activities put on by the Ability Plus of Mount Washington Valley, 9:00-4:00pm.

March 11:  Shawn Smith Family GS Fundraiser:  Registration 8:00-10:30am.  Racers 2-100 are welcome.  More info here.

March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.

March 16:  Red Parka Challenge Cup: The Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup is the longest-running, pro-style dual giant slalom ski race in the United States. Considered the premier New England Amateur ski race, the RPP Challenge Cup attracts some of the best racers in the region. All proceeds from the race benefit the Eastern Slopes Ski Club, a local organization that funds youth skiing in the Mt. Washington Valley. The Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup stems from the Red Parka Pub, located in Downtown Glen, New Hampshire. The restaurant opened its doors in 1973 and along with the pub came the birth of the first Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup. Registration: More information on the race at redparkapubchallengecup.com.

March 17:  Attitash After Dark with  Adam Ezra Group:  It starts with fireworks at 7:00pm, then festivities continue with a special pub menu and the Adam Ezra Group at Ptarmigan Pub for evening entertainment.

Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort

Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • March 3: Music with Arthur James, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 17: TBA

Plus!

March 10, 17 Cranapalooza: Enjoy apres ski music, entertainment and games hosted by none other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More. On March 10, Cranapalooza celebration is topped off with fireworks too!

March 9: Schneider Sprint: New in 2018, this is a timed up and down ski touring race, open to racers of all ages and ability levels. Sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports of North Conway and Ski the Whites, this unique race will start in front of Zip’s Pub deck, where racers will complete a short obstacle course before heading into a transitioning area to gear up, then ascend to the top of Cranmore’s Competition Slope, and ski down a predetermined course, concluding at the bottom of the North Slope. Registration is $25 and includes an exclusive Meister Cup pin and pasta dinner and awards.   Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers. EMS will provide alpine touring demo equipment from Dynafit, G3, Black Diamond and K2 for those who need it, included with registration.  Participants who want to take advance of the demo equipment should call the EMS North Conway store at 603-356-5433 to reserve gear or visit the store before 5pm on Thursday, March 8th.  Info here.

March 10- 11: 22nd Hannes Schneider Meisiter Cup at Cranmore: Honoring the founding father of ski instruction, Austrian Hannes Schneider, who brought his world-renowned skills to North Conway and Mt. Cranmore in 1939, this is a fan favorite. The event kicks off Friday night with a Tyrolean-themed dinner, EMS Twilight Skinning Tour & a torchlight parade. Saturday, the celebration of ski school founder Hannes Schneider’s arrival at the mountain continues with a dual giant slalom race, silent auction, vintage skiwear contest, après entertainment, prizes, music and more.

March 10-11: Military Weekend at Cranmore: During Cranmore’s historic Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 10th & 11th, Cranmore will offer free lift tickets for active duty, veteran and retired servicemen and women. Card carrying dependents will receive $15 off a lift ticket.

March 17: St Paddy’s Day ticket special: On St. Patrick’s Day, the resort will offer a $17 twilight lift ticket, valid for skiing from 5pm to 8pm or a $17 Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park ticket, during the hours of 5pm to 8pm.

Apres ski at Bretton Woods Ski Resort

 March 10, 17: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Schedule of entertainment in the Slopeside Pub, 3:00-5:30pm

March 10: Jeremy Dean, Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

March 17: DJ Chuck Noel, St. Paddy’s Day party

March 3, 10: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.

March 17-18: St. Patrick’s Day Ticket Special:  Save some green and get a two-day adult lift ticket for just $117, valid March 17-18, 2018.

Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub – 3:30-5:30pm       

  • Fri, March 9: Apres ski with Greg Walsh
  • Sat, March 10: Apres ski with Ben Cook and Blue Moon
  • Sun, March 11: Apres ski with Tim Gershin
  • Fri, March 16: Apres ski with Riley Parkhurst
  • Sat, March 17: Apres ski with Greg Walsh and Miller Lite
  • Sun, March 18: Apres ski with Riley Parkhurst

Apres Ski at King Pine

Apres Ski in Trail’s End Tavern, 3:00-6:00pm

March 10: Radio BDC, Coors Light Drafters 2018

March 17: Mitch Alden

March 24: Jonathan Sarty

Fridays in March:  Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at our Pine Meadows Tubing Park!

March 10, 17: Say hello to Powder Bear: King Pine’s mascot, Powder Bear, will be out and about offering greetings to young skiers from 2:00-3:00pm.

March 11: 18th Annual Marky B Boardfest: This annual snowboard race in memory of Mark Bierweiler is the most unique snowboard-only event in the region… a slalom race through a course with hits, rolls and jumps! Funds generated from the race will aid and further supporting the snowboard programs at King Pine. Entry fee 45 (includes lift ticket, lunch voucher, 1 raffle ticket and race fee). $25 with a King Pine season pass. Register at 8 a.m. in the Fireplace Room. More info here.

March 16-17: Cynthia’s Challenge 24-hour Skiathon: Cynthia’s Challenge is excited to announce the next beneficiary of the 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire March 16-17, 2018. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Freedom, New Hampshire’s Jacques Villeneuve, a 9-year-old boy who was born missing the main wiring between the left and right hemispheres of his brain, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. The minimum requirement is $99 for ages 6 and above and 5 and under are $50. Registration includes a 24-hour lift ticket, t-shirt, dinner, breakfast, and lunch, snacks and memories to last a lifetime of skiing and riding as the sun comes up over King Pine. One raffle ticket will be awarded to participants for every $50 raised above their registration fee. These special raffle tickets will be used for participants to win a grand prize package. Go to https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/ for complete information.

March 17: Vertical Challenge: A fun and exciting ski and snowboard race where the racer who clocks the best time in each event category wins Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals. Winners from individual events are invited to return and compete in the Series Finals. The races are FREE, but you must purchase a lift ticket to participate. Tons of great prizes, giveaways and free samples! Registration starts at 8:00am, race starts at 11:00am.

Apres Ski at Shawnee Peak

March 9: Winter Kids Day 2: Shawnee Peak welcomes all Passport holders and their families for our first WinterKids Family Day! Passport Holder Lift Ticket: $20; Sibling Lift Ticket: $22; Parent Lift Ticket: $22.

March 10: Mary’s Firemen for a Cure: Sign up your five-member fireman team and you get: a lift ticket, chili lunch, and a t shirt if you register in advance. Registration begins at 2:00pm, The Firemen’s Race Begins at 3:00pm. Teams of five firemen in full turn-out gear race while carrying a 50ft length of hose. Not a Firefighter? Introducing the first annual Devin’s Downhill, an individual race and registration is only $10! Best of all the proceeds go to help fight Breast Cancer and pediatric brain cancer called: Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Click here for complete details.

March 16: College Night #5 at Shawnee Peak: Grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak from 3:00-9:00pm. Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! Plus, Open Mic in Blizzard’s Pub for the 21+ crowd afterward.

March 17:  The Mattress Race: Get out your old, beat up mattress and put it to good use!  Design and decorate your old twin, full, double, queen or king, race it down our course and you’ll be eligible for a great prize! The Fastest Mattress will win an overnight stay in the Pleasant Mountain Yurt or Cabin. There is also Shawnee Peak loged prizes for the best, most uniquely-decorated mattress. This years theme is “80 years of Shawnee Peak”. Race starts at 1:00pm.

Apres ski at Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road

March 10: 2nd Annual Winter Charity Day: Make a minimum donation of $25 per person ($15 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and a buffet lunch (11:30 am – 1:00 pm). Kids under 5 participate free with each donating adult. Make a minimum donation of $50 per person ($30 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, a buffet lunch and a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Auto Road. The first 32 people who make a $50 donation will receive a SnowCoach ticket for that day. Complete info here.

At MWV XC Ski & Snowshoeing Foundation:

Sundays through March: Sunday Snowshoe Yoga Tours: The MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center has added a new offering on Sundays. Every Sunday morning (except 2/25) plan to combine yoga and mindfulness in the spectacular setting of the mountains. The tour begins with some warm-up stretches, preparing for a beautiful snowshoe walk in the woods. Taking the trail at an easy pace, make your way to an open spot to pause for some yoga practice. After the snowshoe walk, end the tour with a few easy stretches. The tour departs every Sunday (weather permitting) from the MWV Touring Center at 10:00 am. Ideal for first-timers and novices interested in learning basic techniques. $25 per person includes trail pass for the day. Discounted rentals available.

At Jackson Ski Touring Foundation:

March 17: Baxter Outdoors White Mountain Winter Triathlon & 5K Snowshoe Run: Originally scheduled for Jan 6 this race was rescheduled to Sat Mar 17. This professionally designed course has its fair share of ups and downs but those are ultimately overshadowed by sweeping views of the White Mountains and presence in this truly special New England Ski Town. Registration starts at 8:30am, race starts at 10:00am: Click here to register!

Live Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants & Businesses

At The Soaking Pot, Settlers Green, North Conway

After a day of skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, or when you just need a moment, The SoakingPot is the newest place to SOAK. SIP. RELAX. The custom foot soaks are designed to calm, invigorate, soothe or balance. For deeper relaxation, add a soothing cup of tea and massage to go with your soak!

Current Specials & Discounts*:

  • Every Wednesday Buy One Soak Get One Half Off
  • Loyalty Soak Club- Buy 10 Soaks get one FREE
  • Soak Pass Memberships -Save when you buy 6 or more Soaks, Free Soak on your birthday, Free tea, and more.

 At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH

  • Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jonathan Sarty in the Pub, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jerry’s Free Ride Wednesdays – Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

March 9: Tilden Katz, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 10: American Made, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 11: Blues Sunday with Lefty Yunger, 4:00-7:00pm

March 15: Red Parka Challenge Cup Bib Draw, 6:00-9:00pm

March 16:  Red Parka Challenge Cup (daytime), Shark Martin, 9:00pm – 12:30am.

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH

Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.

Every WednesdayWhite Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.

Every Thursday:  Free Pasta Feeds & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. Many of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.

Every Saturday: Apres ski with Al Shafner, 4:00-6:00pm

Every Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.

March 10:  Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00-closing

March 17: Al Shafner and the Revtones, 8:00-closing

At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey, 7:30-10:00pm

Every Saturday-Apres Ski-Dennis & Davey from 4:00-6:00pm.

 At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson

  • March 8: Johno & Al Shafner – 7:00pm
  • March 9: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 10: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • March 11: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • March 15: Johno & Dennis O’Neil, 8:00pm
  • March 16: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 17: St Paddy’s Day with Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm

At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson – all performances are from 5:30-9:30pm

Every Thursday night: Shot of JD every Thursday Night!

Most Sunday Nights: Justin Jaymes

March 8: Shot of JD

March 9: Lucinda Rowe & Michael Connolly

March 10: TBA

March 11: Randy Messineo

March 15: Shot of JD

 March 16: Jonathan Sarty

 March 17: St Patrick’s Day with Tom Dean

 March 18: Scott Baer

 At 302 Tavern in Fryeburg

Open Mike night for local performers

 At Seadog Brewing Co in North Conway

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night!

Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, March, 2018

March 10: Met Opera Live in HD: The Met Opera Live in HD series presents “Semiramide” at 1:00 pm at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. $26-Adults, $23-Seniors, $18-Students (pre-order online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call the box office at 207-935-9232).

March 10: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Bear Mountain Band at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.

March 10: Tin Mountain Conservation Center “First Night” fundraiser: Celebrate spring at Tin Mountain’s annual First Season Benefit Dinner Auction starting at 5 p.m. at the Ada Wadsworth Arena at Fryeburg Academy. Enjoy good cheer and bid on hundreds of exciting items donated by local businesses and craftspeople. Mountain Top Strings will perform as attendees mingle in a forest-like setting. A catered dinner and cash bar will round out the event.  Tickets are $60 each. Reservations and prepayment are requested by calling (603) 447-6991.

March 15: Hiking & Biking in Slovenia lecture: The North Conway Public Library will hold the third of its 2018 Thursday Night Program Series.  Theo & Melanie Stibbons will share their experiences from hiking and biking vacations in Slovenia at 7:00pm at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village. Frontside Grind coffee and homemade cookies will be served. The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated.  Info:  www.northconwaylibrary.com or 603-356-2961.

March 16: Twisted Pine Band at Stone Mountain Arts Center: Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown.  Showtime is at 8:00pm.  Tickets: $20.  Info, click here.

March 18: African Children’s Choir at Journey Church: The African Children’s Choir will be performing at Journey Church (15 Hutchins Drive in Conway) at 7:00pm.  The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Performances support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development. Info: africanchildrenschoir.com.

March 23: Daymark at Medallion Opera House – Daymark will be performing live on Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham Town Hall.  Tickets are $15 and are available at the Gorham Town Hall and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org.   Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger.

March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, April 1: The Lion King at M&D Playhouse: The African savannah comes to life with Simba and Nala, Pumbaa, Timon, Mufasa, Scar and more unforgettable characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age story. This vibrant tale has captivated worldwide audiences. With Sir Elton John’s music, dazzling costumes, and extraordinary talent, this is a show not to be missed. THE LION KING, JUNIOR is presented March 22 – April 1, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM with Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM at M&D Playhouse, Willow Common, North Conway.  To reserve seats, http://www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

Thinking ahead, save the date:  April 7th, 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and 2nd Annual Feeling Good 5k. Click here for complete information.

And The Second Annual Wild Corn Backcountry Shindig fires off this year on April 7, 2018 at Black Mountain in Jackson, NH! Celebrate backcountry season with a true spring time party all with live music, BBQ, speakers, games and more – a can’t miss spring time event.

Click here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout and March in Mt Washington Valley.

Eastern Slope branch of the New England Ski Museum opens in North Conway Village

It was an exciting day for ski enthusiasts who attended the Ribbon Cutting of the new New England Ski Museum, located in the former North Conway Community Center building in North Conway Village. Over 200 people attended the event.

The museum is filled with nostalgia, old equipment, maps and interactive displays and even a library.  It is sure to engage all visitors from young to old. Admission is free and the museum is open 7 days a week. Don’t miss an opportunity to pay this gem a visit.

Apres Ski and live entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH –March 1 – March 10, 2018

When the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins.  For some, it lasts well into the night.  Our readers asked us to share insight into nightlife opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, so each week we’ll compile a list of live entertainment and apres ski fun.

Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week at the ski resorts and XC Centers.

Apres ski At Wildcat, Pinkham Notch, NH

Apres Ski Entertainment nightly in Wildcat Pub:

  • March 2: Rafe Montegrano, 1:00-4:00pm
  • March 3: Pat Foley Band, 2:00-5:00pm
  • March 9: Ryan St. Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
  • March 10: Jonathan Sarty Band, 2:00-5:00pm

Plus!

March 3: Crazy Catwalk Challenge: Prizes will be given out for the fastest time through the Crazy Cat Walk Challenge course. The course will be setup by 11:00 and go until 1:00. Prizes will be given out at 1:15 next to the course. Info here.

March 12:  15th Annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge:  The Wildcat Mountain 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge is a non-race event offering the chance for a limited capacity field of participants the opportunity to ski or ride 100,000 vertical feet in a single day. Total funds raised from the previous 14 years of the event have reached over $921,000 directly benefiting Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire and their endeavors. The goal this year, in the 15th year of the event is to reach and surpass $1 million in total dollars raised! Participants are required to raise a minimum of $250 for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Donated prizes from event sponsors will be awarded for the top fundraisers and additional prizes will be won in a bib draw raffle. Refreshments and snacks will be provided to help keep challengers going throughout the day. here is a 9-hour window, weather and conditions permitting, to complete the 100K, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (unless all participants still entered complete the 100K prior to 4:30 p.m. $75 registration fee. Complete info here.

Apres ski at Attitash Mountain Resort

  •  March 3: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Scott Baer, 2:00-4:30pm
  • March 3: Terrafunk at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 10: Pat Foley Band at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 10: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Riley Parkhurst, 2:00-4:30pm

Plus!

March 10:  Ability Plus Ski-a-thon: Raffle, apres entertainment, silent auction, and various other activities put on by the Ability Plus of Mount Washington Valley, 9:00-4:00pm.

Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort

Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • March 3: Music with Arthur James, 3:00-6:00pm

Plus!

March 3, 10 Cranapalooza: Enjoy apres ski music, entertainment and games hosted by none other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More. On Feb 24th and March 10, Cranapalooza celebration is topped off with fireworks too!

March 3-4: Cranmore’s 80th Anniversary ticket specials: Available online only. $80 2 day adult lift tickets, purchase here, $80 family four pack tubing or MAP 5-8pm, discount available day of at ticket office or $80 Get Skiing or Snowboarding 2-day package, purchase here.  (to reserve lesson, select March 3rd in date picker).

March 9: Schneider Sprint: New in 2018, this is a timed up and down ski touring race, open to racers of all ages and ability levels. Sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports of North Conway and Ski the Whites, this unique race will start in front of Zip’s Pub deck, where racers will complete a short obstacle course before heading into a transitioning area to gear up, then ascend to the top of Cranmore’s Competition Slope, and ski down a predetermined course, concluding at the bottom of the North Slope. Registration is $25 and includes an exclusive Meister Cup pin and pasta dinner and awards.   Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers. EMS will provide alpine touring demo equipment from Dynafit, G3, Black Diamond and K2 for those who need it, included with registration.  Participants who want to take advance of the demo equipment should call the EMS North Conway store at 603-356-5433 to reserve gear or visit the store before 5pm on Thursday, March 8th.  Info here.

March 10- 11: 22nd Hannes Schneider Meisiter Cup at Cranmore: Honoring the founding father of ski instruction, Austrian Hannes Schneider, who brought his world-renowned skills to North Conway and Mt. Cranmore in 1939, this is a fan favorite. The event kicks off Friday night with a Tyrolean-themed dinner, EMS Twilight Skinning Tour & a torchlight parade. Saturday, the celebration of ski school founder Hannes Schneider’s arrival at the mountain continues with a dual giant slalom race, silent auction, vintage skiwear contest, après entertainment, prizes, music and more.

March 10-11: Military Weekend at Cranmore: During Cranmore’s historic Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 10th & 11th, Cranmore will offer free lift tickets for active duty, veteran and retired servicemen and women. Card carrying dependents will receive $15 off a lift ticket.

Apres ski at Bretton Woods Ski Resort

 March 3, 10, 17: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Schedule of entertainment in the Slopeside Pub, 3:00-5:30pm

March 3: Mix 104.1 – Blast from the Past Series – 80’s Night with the Moosehead Mountain Jam

March 10: Jeremy Dean, Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

March 17: DJ Chuck Noel, St. Paddy’s Day party

March 3, 10: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.

Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub – 3:30-5:30pm       

  • Fri, March 2: Apres ski with Ben Cook
  • Sat, March 3: Apres ski with Greg Walsh and Newburyport Brewing
  • Sun, March 4: Apres ski with Riley Parkhurst
  • Fri, March 9: Apres ski with Greg Walsh
  • Sat, March 10: Apres ski with Ben Cook and Blue Moon
  • Sun, March 11: Apres ski with Tim Gershin

Apres Ski at King Pine

Fridays in March:  Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at our Pine Meadows Tubing Park!

March 3, 10, 17: Say hello to Powder Bear: King Pine’s mascot, Powder Bear, will be out and about offering greetings to young skiers from 2:00-3:00pm.

March 1: Gold Rush:  Look for candy & goodies scattered throughout the Pokey Pine Trail starting at 1:00pm.

March 3: Saturday Night Family Racing: Dual recreation race, 6:00-8:00pm. Races are free to all with a lift ticket. Weather dependent

March 11: 18th Annual Marky B Boardfest: This annual snowboard race in memory of Mark Bierweiler is the most unique snowboard-only event in the region… a slalom race through a course with hits, rolls and jumps! Funds generated from the race will aid and further supporting the snowboard programs at King Pine. Entry fee 45 (includes lift ticket, lunch voucher, 1 raffle ticket and race fee). $25 with a King Pine season pass. Register at 8 a.m. in the Fireplace Room. More info here.

March 16-17: Cynthia’s Challenge 24-hour Skiathon: Cynthia’s Challenge is excited to announce the next beneficiary of the 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire March 16-17, 2018. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Freedom, New Hampshire’s Jacques Villeneuve, a 9-year-old boy who was born missing the main wiring between the left and right hemispheres of his brain, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. The minimum requirement is $99 for ages 6 and above and 5 and under are $50. Registration includes a 24-hour lift ticket, t-shirt, dinner, breakfast, and lunch, snacks and memories to last a lifetime of skiing and riding as the sun comes up over King Pine. One raffle ticket will be awarded to participants for every $50 raised above their registration fee. These special raffle tickets will be used for participants to win a grand prize package. Go to https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/ for complete information.

Apres Ski at Shawnee Peak

March 2: New England Ski Day at Shawnee Peak: New Englanders can purchase a ticket to ski or ride all day and night on Friday March 2nd for just $32 with the presentation of your New England driver’s license. Rentals will just be $32 all day too. Kids get the deal with a license holder.

March 2: College Night #4 at Shawnee Peak: Grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak from 3:00-9:00pm. Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! Plus, Open Mic in Blizzard’s Pub for the 21+ crowd afterward.

March 2 & 9: Winter Kids Day 1 & 2: Shawnee Peak welcomes all Passport holders and their families for our first WinterKids Family Day! Passport Holder Lift Ticket: $20; Sibling Lift Ticket: $22; Parent Lift Ticket: $22.

March 3: Cardboard Box Race: Keep those big cardboard boxes on hand, you’re going to need them for the 5th annual cardboard box race! Prizes for fastest and best dressed. Theme is “A PARTY” given we turned 80 this year (The winners get NASCAR tickets!!). Sign your team (up to 4 people per team) for the race before 11.30am in the main office. Race takes place at 1pm. Full rules here.

March 10: Mary’s Firemen for a Cure: Sign up your five-member fireman team and you get: a lift ticket, chili lunch, and a t shirt if you register in advance. Registration begins at 2:00pm, The Firemen’s Race Begins at 3:00pm. Teams of five firemen in full turn-out gear race while carrying a 50ft length of hose. Not a Firefighter? Introducing the first annual Devin’s Downhill, an individual race and registration is only $10! Click here for complete details.

Apres ski at Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road

March 4: Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds: Long referred to as “North America’s Toughest 10K”, the Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds course has an average grade of 12% over the last 6K as you climb the final 2,200 vertical feet. After covering 4k on the Nordic system, racers will have the Mt. Washington Auto Road to themselves. On race day, there will be a mass start of cross country skiers at 10 am, followed by the snowshoe start at 10:05 am and Fatbikers at 10:10 am. Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds is considered a true freestyle event, there will not be separate classes for classic and skate skiing. Complete info here.  

March 10: 2nd Annual Winter Charity Day: Make a minimum donation of $25 per person ($15 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and a buffet lunch (11:30 am – 1:00 pm). Kids under 5 participate free with each donating adult. Make a minimum donation of $50 per person ($30 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, a buffet lunch and a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Auto Road. The first 32 people who make a $50 donation will receive a SnowCoach ticket for that day. Complete info here.

At MWV XC Ski & Snowshoeing Foundation:

Sundays through March: Sunday Snowshoe Yoga Tours: The MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center has added a new offering on Sundays. Every Sunday morning (except 2/25) plan to combine yoga and mindfulness in the spectacular setting of the mountains. The tour begins with some warm-up stretches, preparing for a beautiful snowshoe walk in the woods. Taking the trail at an easy pace, make your way to an open spot to pause for some yoga practice. After the snowshoe walk, end the tour with a few easy stretches. The tour departs every Sunday (weather permitting) from the MWV Touring Center at 10:00 am. Ideal for first-timers and novices interested in learning basic techniques. $25 per person includes trail pass for the day. Discounted rentals available.

At Jackson Ski Touring Foundation:

March 17: Baxter Outdoors White Mountain Winter Triathlon & 5K Snowshoe Run: Originally scheduled for Jan 6 this race was rescheduled to Sat Mar 17. This professionally designed course has its fair share of ups and downs but those are ultimately overshadowed by sweeping views of the White Mountains and presence in this truly special New England Ski Town. Registration starts at 8:30am, race starts at 10:00am: Click here to register!

Live Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants & Businesses

At The Soaking Pot, Settlers Green, North Conway

After a day of skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, or when you just need a moment, The SoakingPot is the newest place to SOAK. SIP. RELAX. The custom foot soaks are designed to calm, invigorate, soothe or balance. For deeper relaxation, add a soothing cup of tea and massage to go with your soak!

Current Specials & Discounts*:

  • Every Wednesday Buy One Soak Get One Half Off
  • Loyalty Soak Club- Buy 10 Soaks get one FREE
  • Soak Pass Memberships -Save when you buy 6 or more Soaks, Free Soak on your birthday, Free tea, and more.

 At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH

  • Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jonathan Sarty in the Pub, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jerry’s Free Ride Wednesdays – Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

March 2-3: Pat Foley Band, 9:00pm-12:30am

March 4:  Apres Ski with Pacmann Dave, 4:00-7:00pm

March 9: Tilden Katz, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 10: American Made, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 11: Blues Sunday with Lefty Yunger, 4:00-7:00pm

March 15: Red Parka Challenge Cup Bib Draw, 6:00-9:00pm

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH

Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.

Every WednesdayWhite Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.

Every Thursday:  Free Pasta Feeds & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. Many of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.

Every Saturday: Apres ski with Al Shafner, 4:00-6:00pm

Every Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.

March 3: Candie & the Fellas, 8:30-11:00pm

March 10:  Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00-closing

March 17: Al Shafner and the Revtones, 8:00-closing

 At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey, 7:30-10:00pm

Every Saturday-Apres Ski-Dennis & Davey from 4:00-6:00pm.

 At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson

  • March 2: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 3: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • March 4: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • March 8: Johno & Al Shafner – 7:00pm
  • March 9: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 10: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • March 11: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • March 15: Johno & Dennis O’Neil, 8:00pm
  • March 16: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 17: St Paddy’s Day with Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm

At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson – all performances are from 5:30-9:30pm

Every Thursday night: Shot of JD every Thursday Night!

Most Sunday Nights: Justin Jaymes

March 2: Jonathan Sarty

March 3: Riley Parkhurst

March 4: Tim Gershin

March 8: Shot of JD

March 9: Lucinda Rowe & Michael Connolly

March 10: TBA

March 11: Randy Messineo

At 302 Tavern in Fryeburg

Open Mike night for local performers

 At Seadog Brewing Co in North Conway

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night!

Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, March, 2018

March 2: The Bradley Jazz Collective at Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center: The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center’s Bradley Backstage Concert Series presents The Bradley Jazz Collective at 7:30 pm. The band, comprised of Craig Bryan (drums), Al Hospers (bass), Mimi Rohlfing (vocals), Mike Sakash (saxophone), and Jed Wilson (piano) will be performing the music of Thelonious Monk in celebration of the year that would have marked his 100th birthday (2017). Bradley Backstage concerts flip the theater and seat the audience on stage with the performers, creating a much more intimate and unforgettable live concert experience. $15-Adults, $5-Students (pre-order online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call 207-935-9232).

March 3: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Midlife Crisis at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.

March 3: We Banjo 3 at Stone Mountain Arts Center: With a 7 time all Ireland banjo champ, a 4-time banjo champ, and another member who is an all-Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group. WB3 has performed for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest for several years in a row. Doors open at 5:00, dinner seating at 6:00pm and showtime is at 8:00pm.  Tickets $35, reserve in advance.

March 4: Wag It Games Workshop Day: Grab your four-legged friend and get ready for three fun workshops. At Telling Tails Training Center in Fryeburg. Instructor Sumac Grant-Johnson CPDT-KA & Founder Wag It Games introduces you and your best furry friend to Shadow Skills, Nudge it and Dog Ball and Sniff it and Fun Runs.  $55 for all three workshops.  Click here for more info.

March 7: A special acoustic evening with Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin: On this special night these two amazing artists will trade songs, stories and of course wits in a special live acoustic performance. These two, both talented singer song writers, will make a really special moment in all our musical lives. Lobby bar opens at 5:00pm, dinner seating starts at 6:00pm, showtime at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $210 per person and must be reserved in advance.

March 10: Met Opera Live in HD: The Met Opera Live in HD series presents “Semiramide” at 1:00 pm at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. $26-Adults, $23-Seniors, $18-Students (pre-order online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call the box office at 207-935-9232).

March 10: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Bear Mountain Band at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.

March 10: Tin Mountain Conservation Center “First Night” fundraiser: Celebrate spring at Tin Mountain’s annual First Season Benefit Dinner Auction starting at 5 p.m. at the Ada Wadsworth Arena at Fryeburg Academy. Enjoy good cheer and bid on hundreds of exciting items donated by local businesses and craftspeople. Mountain Top Strings will perform as attendees mingle in a forest-like setting. A catered dinner and cash bar will round out the event.  Tickets are $60 each. Reservations and prepayment are requested by calling (603) 447-6991.

Thinking ahead, save the date:  April 7th, 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and 2nd Annual Feeling Good 5k. Click here for complete information.

15th Annual Chili Cookoff in North ConwayClick here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout and March in Mt Washington Valley.