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A December to Remember

Snowvember came upon Mt. Washington Valley this year, with last month being one of the snowiest Novembers  in memory! The good news is that the snowpack is still in great shape, and low temperatures have given ski areas many ample opportunities for snowmaking. The skiing this month has made it a December to Remember with all local areas now open – from Black Mountain to Bretton Woods, from King Pine to Great Glen- to everything in between. This sets us up nicely for the upcoming Christmas Vacation Week!

Some Tips for Holiday Skiing

Business has been brisk at Valley ski areas, as news has spread about the amazing conditions and open terrain after several sizeable snowfalls fell through the White Mountains. This is reason to believe the holiday period will also be popular. A few tips to get the most out of your trip to the North Conway area:

  • Book your trip ahead of time and ask your hotel about discount lift tickets. Popular dates will sell out – especially New Year’s weekend. Cranmore Mountain Lodge and Colonial Motel are two nice values. Research lodging at http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org
  • Beat the crowds – Christmas Day is usually a quiet day on the slopes, so some ski areas close all together, or offer discounted rates. Bretton Woods is open 10am – 4pm on the 25th with $45 lift tickets. That is less than half of the usual holiday rate, as their full day holiday lift tickets are $99 this year. Read about it at http://www.brettonwoods.com

    Wildcat Mountain
    My friend Marina makes her way with the wintery splendor of Mount Washington in the background. Shot 12/16/18.
  • Buy online in advance – Want to avoid paying full retail? Purchase your lift tickets online in advance. The further in advance and the more days you purchase, the better the savings. Attitash and Wildcat ski areas share a lift ticket, so your multi-day ticket purchased online lets you bounce between the areas from day to day. Buy online at www.attitash.com
  • Tune your skis before you go – With increased holiday skier traffic, the conditions can get skied off later in the day. Freshly edged skis will keep you carving up a storm until the last run. The Valley features many ski shops to do a tune, as do most mountains. Find out where to find your closest option for an edge and wax here.
  • Celebrate On the Slopes – Want to know another secret? New Year’s Day is historically a much less busy day than the rest of the holiday week. New Year’s Eve revelers sleep in or pack it up early to head home. Don’t be that person. Greet 2019 by breathing in the brilliantly freezing air from atop a ski lift and know that great things are ahead for the New Year.

So how are conditions you may ask? Season to date, starting in early November,  I have skied Wildcat, Cranmore, Great Glen, Jackson Ski Touring and Bretton Woods (ah, the benefits of living close to the mountains). Conditions have ranged from powder to packed powder, to today’s machine groomed/variable conditions at Wildcat. Cross Country fans will want to pay close attention to the grooming report and hit the most recently tracked trails as some refreezing has taken place. Overall, I would rate this December among the best for early season turns and tracks, truly one to remember!

Tunnel at Wildcat Mountain
Who doesn’t love tunnels? This one connects the cross over from the Bobcat Triple to the Wild Kitten beginner area at Wildcat. Shot 12/16/18.

 

 

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Great Day at Great Glen Trails

By Kathy Bennett

One of the best things about skiing in Mt. Washington Valley is the sheer number of options you have within a very reasonable driving distance. A snowy November continues here so there were several choices for alpine and Nordic skiing options this weekend. I was undecided on my direction when I left my house Saturday morning, so I tossed both downhill and cross country gear in the trunk and decided to wait for inspiration to guide my car.

The inspiration came at the intersection of Route 302 and 16 by Dairy Queen. A bright new billboard beckoned me to Great Glen, home to the new Glen House hotel. It had been about 2 years since I skied there last so it was time for a return visit.

Great Glen TrailsAmazing views great skiers from the base lodge

Driving past Wildcat, which has been open for weeks and looked to be in fine form, I felt a twinge of regret for not choosing downhill. But too much turkey and stuffing made the cardio blast of XC the right choice for me.

Great Glen Trails
Mt. Adams looms large

Any regret quickly dissipated as I arrived. The day was crystal clear and Mount Washington and Mount Adams gave a silent white welcome to those arriving to ski. I was in good company, as a large holiday craft fair was going on, and a competition of some sort brought many young folks to the Notch. All in all, it didn’t feel like November, either by snow conditions, head count or energy level.

I changed out my gear in the convenient and well appointed locker room – changing rooms, bath rooms and space to change made it comfortable to get ready for the day. I asked what was open and groomed and was delighted to hear the answer … “Everything.” How often can you expect this in November?

Inside the Great Angel Cabin

I headed out under the bridge and around the new Glen House. Its huge wall of windows point to the Presidential Range. I made a mental note to return to try out their restaurant, which is gaining a great reputation for both its views and its cuisine.  I skied several loops, across fields, uphill and down, until I came to the Great Angel Cabin. A picnic table outside and Adirondack chairs inside beckon to weary skiers. I stripped off my jacket and relaxed for a bit – the ski uphill definitely got my heart rate up!  After my break, I enjoyed the long turny downhill back towards the lodge, across fields, streams and another view of that lovely new hotel.

Thanksgiving Weekend was a skiers’ dream. What areas were not open are planning on doing so in the next few weeks. Given the natural snowfall, cold temperatures, and the arrival of another foot of snow Tuesday, they should have no problem doing so.

 

 

Thanksgiving Can Wait

By Kathy Bennett

The weekend before Thanksgiving is the time many spend to look up recipes, make shopping lists and gather the goods necessary for the turkey day to come. But snow came early this year to Mt. Washington Valley, so all the Thanksgiving duties got pushed aside as I spent both weekend days checking out the amazing early season skiing in and around North Conway, New Hampshire.

Bretton Woods opened for the season on Friday, Nov. 16 and conditions sweetened up overnight as light snowfall continued. The first thing visitors will notice is the new Gondola base being installed right in front of the base lodge. When complete, it will be the only 8 person gondola in the state.

The gondola base – coming soon with 8 person cabins.

With 7 trails open with 2 lifts operating, Bretton Woods had top to bottom runs ready for action. Skiing in mid-November usually consists of “the white ribbon of death” – a narrow swath of man-made snow down the center of the trail with no white stuff in the trees. Not so this year.  Snowy views greeted skiers as one looked off to Mount Washington and closer, Mount Deception. An all natural snow trail – Granny’s Grit – offered a foot of ungroomed freshies which challenged my first-day-of-the-season legs. Watch out for the water bars and point your tips downhill!

Fun, friends and snow at Bretton Woods on November 17.

I had prepared for the ski season by purchasing new boots at the annual Eastern Slope Ski Club ski swap the previous weekend, and followed up by having custom footbeds installed at the Ski Liquidators. What a difference. Do yourself a favor this ski season – invest in this personalized fitting and watch your skiing improve. I know I did.

Day two of the season saw me searching the basement for my skinny skis and cross country ski boots. With man-made snowmaking, pre-Thanksgiving alpine skiing is not unusual. But cross-country skiing? Now that’s a rare treat. Mt Washington Valley now has three cross-country skiing areas open – Great Glen, Bretton Woods and Jackson Ski Touring. Jackson’s Prospect Farm parking lot was completely full when I arrived at 10:30am on Sunday, so I was not alone in reveling in the early season splendor.  My legs burned, but I made it up to the Orchard Trail, then enjoyed the long downhill before banging a hard right onto Quail. Remind me to work on cardio strength before my next day out. I made it back to my car out of breath and excited to have traveled 3 miles under my own ski power.

Jackson Ski Touring’s Wildcat Valley Trail with tracked and skate grooming November 17

While I didn’t ski it personally, Cranmore reported their November 17th opening to be the earliest in their history. Hannes Schneider would be proud.

Thanksgiving week is predicted to be cold, a treat for snowmakers and skiers alike. Look for more areas to open with more terrain for the long holiday weekend.  

I’m glad I skipped the Thanksgiving prep this weekend – I just hope I remember to pick up the turkey on Wednesday.

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.

Last Blast for February Skiing

By Kathy Bennett

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With February coming to a close in the Valley, I decided to cram every possible type of skiing activity into my weekend. With Mount Washington Valley offering so many options for downhill and cross country skiing, plus numerous activities off the slopes, it’s easy to do!

Saturday we got up early and drove past the Eagle Mountain House on Carter Notch Road to access Jackson’s Prospect Farm xc trails. Despite the warm temps of late, there was still snow in the woods and on the trails. Groomers have got their work cut out for them, but a light dusting of snow overnight had sweetened up the snow surfaces nicely.

We skied out Boggy Brook Trail and took a leisurely approach to the day, stopping to chat with our fellow February ski lovers enjoying a pleasant day outside in the increasing winter daylight. The ski back to our car passed by Camp Gout, rumored to be owned by the Ballentine Family as a retreat where one can lay about on a warm summer day (but not in winter – the camp is closed up tight despite the colorful plastic flowers in the window boxes).

Saturday afternoon we had the privilege of being among the first to enter the new North Conway branch of the New England Ski Museum which opened this weekend.  History buffs and skiers alike can find informative displays, historic ski equipment, Olympic memorabilia and more here.  It is worth the time to stop by your next visit to North Conway.

We woke up Sunday to snowfall and quickly threw our alpine gear in the car to grab first tracks at Attitash. Their groomers too have had their proverbial work cut out for them, but with snow falling at the rate of an inch or so an hour, conditions improved by the minute. Nothing pretties up the resort more than covering up those snowbanks and trees with the white stuff! We are expecting up to a half foot of snow before this one wraps up Sunday night.

The weather has been variable the last few weeks but another storm of the white variety is in the forecast for next weekend, the first of March, if the weather prognosticators get it right.  March is known as the snowiest month here in the North Country – cross your fingers that that adage holds true this year!

Dining Deals in Mt Washington Valley –Feb 1-8, 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. And with all the great snow predicted for this week …not to mention all the hard work of our snowmakers and groomers…skiers and riders are sure to work up a big appetite.

In addition, these restaurants offer great meal deals, so plan your apres ski fun accordingly!  And we’ve even added a deals on lift tickets and demo equipment to this blog this week, so be sure to read all the way through.

Meals Deals Throughout February

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 really 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 January: 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.

Feb 3:  Meister Hut Beer Dinner, Rescheduled from 1/13 to 2/3: Part of Cranmore’s 80th Anniversary Summit Celebration! Enjoy a four-course dinner with paired beers and live acoustic music from Ben Cook at the summit Meister Hut from 6pm to 9pm. Event is for ages 21+.  Buy online, here.

Feb 10:  Last Tracks with Moat Mountain, 4:00-6:00pm: Ride up the chairlift at 4:00pm.  Enjoy appetizers and a tasting of locally brewed Moat Beer with a real Moat brewer.  Afterward, ski down with headlamps on a freshly groomed trail.  $25 per person. Reservations required. 603-383-4490.

Feb 17: 8th annual Cupcake Battle: A sweet fund-raising event to benefit Mount Washington Valley Promotions, the 8th annual “Cupcake Battle” will be held Saturday, February 18 at the North Conway Community Center. Bakers will vie for the prizes in 4 categories; Professional, Home, Teen and Child. A $12 ticket entitles the guest to sample one miniature cupcake from each of the bakers and to cast a vote for their favorite in each category. Doors will be open to the public from 1 to 3:30 p.m., with tallying and awards directly following. Winners in the Professional and Home Baker categories receive cash prizes while Child winner and Teen winner receive prizes donated by local businesses. Bakers are encouraged to create an eye-catching display to go along with their cupcakes, making this a feast for the eyes and the palette. A limited number of tickets are available to this event and may be purchased from any of the participating bakers. For a registration form, or to reserve tickets, email Lisa DuFault at valleypromotions@gmail.com, or call (603) 374-6241.

Feb 26: Wentworth’s Ice Bar Launch: From winter-inspired cocktails to non-alcoholic beverages (including hot cocoa and other drinks to warm you up), there’ll be a little something for everybody. Next to the ice bar, you’ll find a gas fire pit and a real wood fire pit, where we Wentworth guests can gather, enjoy their drinks, warm up, and socialize. They’re even planning a seating area for roasting marshmallows—yum! They’re currently planning on launching the Wentworth’s ice bar on Friday, February 26 (weather permitting), and hope to keep the ice bar open through the first couple weekends in March. For more information, click here.

Other Deals at ski resorts and restaurants!

Fri, Feb 2: New England Ski Day: New England residents, purchase your ticket to ski or ride all day and night for just $32 with the presentation of your New England driver’s license. Rentals will just be $32 all day too and Kids get the deal with a license holder.

Fri, Feb 2 & 16: College Night at Shawnee Peak: From 3pm to 9pm, lift tickets are just $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are just $15, a savings of $12 for college students and professors/staff.  College ID required.

Feb 3 – 4: 80th Anniversary special ticket pricing at Cranmore: Celebrate Cranmore’s 80th Anniversary with special pricing –  $80 for 2 day adult lift tickets, $80 family for four pack tubing or MAP 5-8pm, $80 Get Skiing or Snowboarding 2 day package.

Feb 2: Go Red for Women’s Heart Disease: Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer in women? Red is the color of the day, so come wearing your best red sweater or outfit and receive 50% off trail passes, rentals and a Go Red Dress pin.

Feb 4:  Game Day Ticket Special at Wildcat & Attitash: In honor of the Pats, the Superbowl and fun, tickets will be $35 on Super Bowl Sunday.

Feb 4: Big Game Day Ticket Special at King Pine: Purchase a 1-Day ticket for our Half Day rate. Available at ticket window day of special.

Feb 4, 2018: The Big Game at Bretton Woods – Enjoy a super-duper day on the slopes before cheering on your favorite team as you ski or ride for just $52.

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

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.

Free Gift Certificate from Inn at Thorn Hill

The Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa has teamed up with Attitash Mountain Village Resort, a premier vacation ownership resort.  Sign up for a 90 minute of Attitash Mountain Village and receive a $200 Inn at Thorn Hill gift certificate.  It can be used any time within a year of issue for dining, lodging or spa.  Click here for full details.

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 – Week of Feb 1-8, 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.

Apres Ski at the Ski Resorts…

Apres Ski at the Wildcat Pub

  • Feb 2: Rafe Montegrano, 12:30-3:30pm
  • Feb 3: Pat Foley Band, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Feb 9: Ryan St Orange, 12:30-3:30pm
  • Feb 10: Jonathan Sarty, 1:00-4:00pm

Plus!

Feb 4:  Game Day Special – In honor of the big game, adult lift tickets are $35 all day on Super Bowl Sunday.

Feb 4: Parlor Ski Demo Day – Try before you buy!

Feb 14: Special Valentine’s Day pricing for couples & singles: For February 14th, Valentine’s Day couples and get 2 adult lift tickets for just $59, in advance online only.  Single skiers, find a date on the mountain! Single lift tickets are available for $39 in advance online only as well! Info & order online here.

Apres Ski at Attitash

  • Feb 3: Den sessions at Bear Peak with Ben Cook, 2:00-4:40pm
  • Feb 3: Best Not Broken at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Feb 10: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Kimberly June, 2:00-4:30pm
  • Feb 10: Girls Just Want to Have Fun 80s Band at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm

Plus!

Feb 3: Parlor Ski Demo Day – Try before you buy!

Feb 4:  Game Day Special – In honor of the big game, adult lift tickets are $35 all day on Super Bowl Sunday.

Feb 10: Abenaki Parks Slopestyle, 11:00am-1:00pm – Stomp your best tricks for prizes.

Feb 14:  2 for $59:  Grab your sweetheart and 2 can ski for just $59 – purchase tickets online in advance only. 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.

  • Feb 3:  Music with White Steer in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Feb 10: Music with Arthur James in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-6:00pm

Plus!

Feb 3 & 10: Cranapalooza! As the afternoon winds down, the festivities begin at Cranmore Mountain. Cranapalooza is a festival of music, entertainment and games hosted by no other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More.

Feb 3-4: 80th Anniversary Ticket Pricing:  Click here for special ticket offers for 2.

Feb 11: Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer: The 41st annual Race to Beat Cancer will take place in North Conway on Sunday, February 11th at Cranmore Mountain Resort. Skiers and snowboarders can participate in the race contributing a minimum of $80 ($50 for those 17 and under). The day includes a full-day lift, organic, locally sourced pizza courtesy of Flatbread Company. Participants are encouraged to collect donations from their friends, family, and colleagues. Click here to register in advance.

Bretton Woods Ski Resort presents apres ski parties:

  • Feb 3: 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.
  • Feb 3: 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.
  • Feb 4: Big Game Party at Omni Mt Washington Hotel: Join in on the showing of the Super Bowl in The Grand Ballroom on the big screen, 5:00-10:00pm
  • Feb 10: Harpoon Brewery Apres Ski Party with Jonathan’s Jewelers and 92.5 The River: After a day on the slopes join us for a fun-filled Harpoon Brewery Après-Ski Party in the Slopeside Pub from 2:00-5 :00pm with Live Music by Palmer Egan and loads of fun, games and prize giveaways… where one lucky person will win a beautiful sterling silver & diamond Snowflake pendant valued at over $700 courtesy of Jonathan’s Jewelerss

PLUS!

Feb 3: Demo Day with Powe. Snowboards – Try before you buy!

Feb 4: Alpine Glow Nordic Tour, 4:00-6:00pm.  Click here for info.

Feb 10: Nordic Marathon to benefit New England Ski Museum: This 42-kilometer, classic format, cross country ski race showcases one of the largest Nordic systems in the northeast.  In the tracks of the famed 1982 US National Championships and such legends as Bill Koch and Tim Caldwell, this race is steeped in history and Nordic skiing tradition. The course layout provides a challenge to experienced racers while making use of terrain that is accessible and enjoyable for skiers of all abilities. Info: here.

Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub

  • Fri, Feb 2: Apres ski entertainment with Riley Parkhurst, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Sat, Feb 3: Apres ski entertainment with Greg Walsh, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Sun, Feb 4: Apres ski entertainment with Tim Dion + Superbowl party!, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Fri, Feb 9: Apres ski entertainment with Ben Cook, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Sat, Feb 10: Apres ski entertainment with Candie Tremblay and Sam Adams. Love potions for those who wish after Chairlift Speed Dating!
  • Sun, Feb 11: Apres ski entertainement with Tim Dion, 3:30-5:30pm

Plus!

Feb 10: Chairlift Speed Dating:  Singles, come meet the ski bum of your dreams on the lift of love.  Sign up in Lostbo Pub, noon – 3:00pm.  Enjoy “love potions” and free pick up line contest in the Lostbo Pub afterward.

Feb 10:  Last Tracks with Moat Mountain, 4:00-6:00pm: Ride up the chairlift at 4:00pm.  Enjoy appetizers and a tasting of locally brewed Moat Beer with a real Moat brewer.  Afterward, ski down with headlamps on a freshly groomed trail.  $25 per person. Reservations required. 603-383-4490.

Apres Ski at King Pine

Fridays in February:  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!

Feb 2:  Night skiing 4:00 – 9:00pm:  for those who can’t get enough time on the trails during the day!

Feb 3, 10, 17, 24: 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.

Feb 3, 10, 17, 24: Horse Drawn Sleighrides, 11am – 1:00pm: Enjoy the classic experience of riding among surrounding fields and within wooded trails in a horse-driven sleigh. In addition to the approximate 15-20 minute ride in the sleigh, warm up by an outdoor fire before and after your ride and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. $20 for age 13+; $15 for 12 and under.

Feb 3:  Kid’s Fun Race:  Race course at the bottom of the Open Slope, 11:00am-1:00pm.

Feb 4: Big Game Day Special: Purchase a 1-day ticket for our Half Day rate. Available at ticket window day of special.

Feb 10: Bavarian Chocolate Haus Sweetheart Race: Race with your sweetheart for the best combined time and chocolate prizes plus dinner at Traditions. 10:00am – 1:00pm

Apres Ski at Shawnee Peak

Fri, Feb 2: New England Ski Day: New England residents, purchase your ticket to ski or ride all day and night for just $32 with the presentation of your New England driver’s license. Rentals will just be $32 all day too and Kids get the deal with a license holder.

Fri, Feb 2 & 16: College Night at Shawnee Peak: From 3pm to 9pm, lift tickets are just $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are just $15, a savings of $12 for college students and professors/staff.  College ID required.

Sat, Feb 3: Music on the Mountain: “Music on the Mountain” is hosted by 92.5 the River.  This apres ski party features live music from  The Rivers homegrown local artists The Ghost of Paul Revere.

Sat, Feb 10: 80s Day with Harpoon: Come get retro with your friends from Harpoon. Details TBA.

At Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road

Feb 2: Go Red for Women’s Heart Disease: Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer in women? Red is the color of the day, so come wearing your best red sweater or outfit and receive 50% off trail passes, rentals and a Go Red Dress pin.

Feb 3: Kid’s Ski Fest: Try out the maze, bicycle bumps, and junior jump at the Skier Discovery Zone! Games, team relays, and a scavenger hunt with prizes on trails to the Great Angel Cabin! Beginner lessons and a lollipop race for new skiers. Lunch in the cozy Base Lodge, storytelling, and tubing all day! Parents are welcome and encouraged to take part in all activities offered. $20 per child grades 1-8; $25 per adult. Info and schedule here.

Feb 3 & 24: Evening snowshoe tour: Experience the wonder of a night time winter walk. Join a Naturalist from the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided snowshoe tour. Reservations required and tours fill fast. For questions, please call (603) 466-3988. Online registration here.

Live Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants

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 of the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

Feb 2 & 3: Tilden Katz in the Pub, 9:00pm-12:30am

Feb 9: Tim Theriault in the Pub, 9:00pm – 12:30am

Feb 10: The Nor’easters in the Pub, 9:00pm – 12:30am

Feb 16: Barnyard Pimps in the Pub, 9:00pm-12:30am

Feb 17: American Made in the Pub, 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. The majority 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.

Feb 3: Miss Maybelle and Slim Pickins, 8:00pm-closing

Feb 10: Al Shafner and the Revtones, 8:00pm-closing

Feb 17: Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00pm – 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

  • Feb 1: Johno & Dennis O’Neil – 7:00pm
  • Feb 2: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • Feb 3: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • Feb 4: Super Bowl Sunday on the big screen
  • Feb 8: Johno & Dennis O’Neil – 7:00pm
  • Feb 9: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • Feb 10: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • Feb 11: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm

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

Feb 2: Candie, Cliff & Ben

Feb 3:  Randy Messanio

Feb 4:  Cause & Effect

Feb 9:  Tom Dean

Feb 10: Tristan Ormond

At 302 Tavern in Fryeburg

Jan  26:  Open Mike night for local performers

At Seadog Brewing Co in North Conway

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night!

Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, February, 2018

Feb 2, 9, 16, 23: Friday Night Lights at Settlers Green: Free hot chocolate from 4pm-7pm and purchase discounted area ski tickets! Plus, follow #FNLHotSpots on Instagram to discover giveaway where to win special gifts during the event. Click here for full details.

Feb 1: Chasing Coral Film Screening: Tin Mountain Conservation will be hosting an environmental film screening of Chasing Coral at their Nature Learning Center in Albany, NH at 7pm. Chasing Coral is a documentary about how coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. The riveting film has amazing imagery and great narration.

Feb 2, 3, 4: Ice Fest in Mt Washington Valley: Since its inception 25 years ago this event has been eagerly anticipated by ice climbers in the Eastern United States and is considered one of the premier climbing events in the country. It is intended to be a celebration of ice climbing and winter mountaineering and the people that make it a part of their lives. It continues to provide a great opportunity for those attending to network, socialize, try new gear and participate in multiple day courses, one-day technical clinics and privately guided climbs. The Mount Washington Valley is one of the finest waterfall ice climbing destinations in North America. Each year a variety of skills-based clinics and exciting slide shows with featured climbers and guides from the New England area and around the world make this a must-do for ice enthusiasts.  Visit www.mwv-icefest.com for more info!

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

Feb 5: International Launch Party with LISA GARDNER, author of Look for Me: Event to be held at: Horsefeathers, North Conway Village at 7:00pm. New year, new book from Valley resident Lisa Gardner! White Birch Books will host the Launch Party. It’s the first place to see Lisa, ask questions, and get your signed copy. In fact, the book does not officially come out until the next day – so it really is the first place in the WORLD to buy her new book.

Feb 9:  Conner Garvey at Leura Eastman PAC: Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller. He leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message. 7:30pm at Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy. Tickets: $15-Adults, $5-Students (Pre-order online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call 207-935-9232).

Feb 9: Children’s Musician & Author, Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley at Theater in the Wood: Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley team up for a show that offers sing-along, read-aloud, laugh-a-lot fun for the whole family. 6:00pm.  $10 per person, 3 and under free.

Feb 14: Martin Sexton at Stone Mountain Performing Arts Center: A perfect performer for such a warm holiday. Plain and simple…. one of the best singers of this lifetime. Lobby & bar open at 5:00pm.  Dinner seating starts at 6:00pm, showtime is at 8:00pm.  Tickets: $40.00pp ($4 handling fee for concert). Reserve in advance: Click here.

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

A Pleasant Day at Shawnee Peak

The pitter patter of rain on my roof last night did not discourage me. Real skiers know that a little rain does not hurt snow surfaces, and I was glad to see that this supposition was true when I arrived Sunday morning at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, ME this morning.

Weather has been oscillating between deep freeze and above average for the last few weeks. Fortunately ski areas, including Shawnee, have buried their slopes with man-made snow during the arctic periods. This has resulted in a deep snow pack and great conditions despite some of the weather challenges of late.

It was below freezing when we arrived at 9am but in the 40s by lunch time.  This time of year, warmer temps don’t produce mashed potatoes. Rather there was a creamy sugary snow surface that made for great turns all day.

The rain made for some interesting visuals on the lake below Shawnee. A perfect mirror reflection of the trees along its banks made the lake a beautiful focal point for those skiing down the slopes. The photos didn’t do it justice.

Shawnee had its terrain park open and ski school and race training was going full-bore. The Hyannis Yacht Club was the group visiting for the day. All in, a fun sunny day despite the above average temps.

Shawnee was a mere 17 miles from our home in Conway. It is a fun alternative to the North Conway scene for skiers visiting Mt. Washington Valley.  If you are looking to stay overnight, they even rent yurts!