Category Archives: Adventure in Mt. Washington Valley

Mt. Washington Valley Golf Tournament Tees Up for the 16th Year!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Gleason, scott@MtWashingtonValley.org

May 23, 2017

 

mwvcc golf tournament.pngTee off with friends at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 16th, at the North Conway Country Club. This is a fun, scramble format tournament for golfers of all abilities and a wonderful way to kick off Father’s Day weekend. To register, visit www.golfmwv.com or contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039.

Registration opens at 7:45am and runs until 8:50am, with announcements at 8:50am and the shotgun start at 9:00am. The tournament has a planned five-hour playing time, and convenes for a 2:00pm barbecue lunch where winners will be announced and players can bid on a silent auction. Players can register as individuals for $120.00, or as teams of four, for $400.00.

Last year’s popular Event’s Punch Card returns for this tournament and can be purchased for $25 with your online or day of play registration. The card allows entry to various on-course events and includes raffle tickets, mulligans and, NEW this year, the Hole #10 Golf Ball Launcher sponsored by Eastern Propane & Oil to exclusively benefit MWV Leadership scholarship assistance programs. You get to shoot your own ball, hopefully, onto the green 354 yards away.

In addition to awards, and raffles, there are many “Hole-in- One” prizes to win, sponsored by members of the community. Crest Auto World is sponsoring Hole #4, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win a 2017 Fiat 500. Profile Power Sports is sponsoring Hole #13, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win an ATV. Other Hole-in- One prizes include a set of Titleist Irons, and a $750 Gift Certificate for North Conway Country Club Pro Shop.

“The annual Chamber golf tournament is all about having fun. While we’re all there to play, and improve our handicap, we get to enjoy friends and colleagues, a fantastic course, delicious lunch and a fun event to spend time with Dad,” says Scott Gleason, event coordinator for the tournament.

Golf sponsorship opportunities are open to businesses looking to maximize their exposure in front of the community, with a fit for any budget. Businesses can have its name and logo on tee signs, the golf tournament website and more, depending on what level of participation business owners are interested in.

Tournament sponsors include Crest Auto World, Profile Power Sports, Chalmer’s Insurance Group, Eastern Propane & Oil, White Mountain Dental Associates, Coca-Cola, Fields of Ambrosia and TD Bank.

For more information on the Mt. Washington Valley’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament registration or sponsorship, contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039, or visit www.golfmwv.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strategically market Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination while fostering a business climate that promotes growth and collaboration in member communities and while protecting the area’s natural beauty.

Mt. Washington Guided Alpine Garden Tour

Saturday, June 10th, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4 PM is your opportunity to take a tour of Mt. Washington’s beautiful and world famous Alpine Garden! See the rare plants of the Northeast’s highest peak, learn about the alpine zone’s ecology, and the history of the mountain during this full day tour with Redline Naturalist Guide Liz Wyman.

The tour begins with a drive up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road in a comfortable 12-passenger van. Following the drive, participants will embark on a 2-mile hike loop above the treeline through the alpine garden to the Mt. Washington summit.

There will be stops along the way to learn about the natural and cultural history of Mt. Washington, to identify alpine plants, and to explore summit buildings. Hikers will explore the Tip Top House, the Mt. Washington Observatory, the Sherman Adams Visitor Center, and the Extreme Mt. Washington Museum on this excursion.

Hikers may purchase lunch in the summit cafeteria or pack their own picnic lunch for the day. After relaxing at the summit and learning about Mt. Washington’s history, participants will descent the auto road by the comfortable 12-passenger van.

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While interested individuals are welcome to register, please keep in mind that this tour involves a moderately strenuous hike on steep, rocky terrain above treeline with unpredictable weather. Even though it is spring (and almost summer!) here in the Mt. Washington Valley, winter-like conditions and high winds are possible on Mt. Washington during every month of the year. The tour will happen rain or shine.

For these reasons, Redline Guiding asks that hikers come prepared. Please dress appropriately: warm, approved layers (no cotton), rain gear, well-treaded shoes or boots, hat, and gloves. Rental gear is available. It is also highly recommended that participants bring snacks and plenty of water for the hike.

Preregistration for this tour is required. The cost per person for this tour is $149, which includes round-trip transportation (a $62 value). To book this tour, visit http://redlineguiding.com/book-now/ and select “Nature Tour (Full Day)” from the menu on the booking page and choose June 10th for the tour date. 

For more information about the tour, visit http://redlineguiding.com/2017/05/guided-tour-of-the-alpine-garden/.

Mt. Washington Valley Riders Present 2017 Rally in the Valley

The Mt. Washington Valley Riders present their 10th Annual Rally in the Valley event to benefit the Valley Riders Scholarship Fund for Trade School Students. Join the Valley Riders for a week of guided scenic rides, dining experiences, live entertainment and fun for a cause Saturday, June 10th through Saturday, June 17th.

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2017 Rally in the Valley Schedule

  • Saturday, June 10 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Abenaki Trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Sunday, June 11 – Guided scenic ride will leave from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to McGraths Tavern in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Monday,  June 12 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) in Conway at 10:00 and will return to Wildcat Tavern in Jackson Village at 4:00 pm for live entertainment featuring and promos.
  • Thursday, June 15 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 and will return to The Red Parka Pub in Glen at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Friday, June 16 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Horsefeathers in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Saturday, June 17–  Guided ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 white Mtn Hwy (Route 16) in Conway  at 10:00 am. to Ride to L-A Harley,  Mention “Rally in the Valley” for free lunch and 10% off any purchase. Return to Abenaki trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 for live entertainment and promos.

For more information, email the Mt. Washington Valley Riders at valleyriders@yahoo.com or visit their website at https://www.rallyinthevalley.net.

rally in the valleyAbout the Mt. Washington Valley Riders

Mt. Washington Valley Riders is a New Hampshire not-for-profit motorcycle riding club formed in 2011 for the purpose of promoting motorcycle riding in the Mt. Washington Valley area and providing scholarships for local high school graduates.  Every year, Mount Washington Valley Riders hosts Rally in the Valley during Bike Week in June in order to raise money for our scholarship fund specifically designated to help valley children pursuing higher education in the trades.  Each year, Rally in the Valley brought hundreds of bikers and non-bikers to our area that otherwise would have spent their time and money elsewhere in the state during bike week.  It’s also an opportunity for individuals to show they care about helping our kids pursue their dreams.​  Contact us and join us anytime you are in the area for exciting rides and a good cause.

Cranmore Mountain Race

Compete in the Cranmore Mountain Race, one of the oldest races in the USATF-NE Mountain Circuit, in iconic North Conway on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th. The course, situated on Cranmore Mountain’s 170 acres, 2000 foot elevation, and 1200 feet of vertical rise from the base, is a traditional “up & down” loop. Each “lap” in this race is approximately 5 kilometers and the USATF Mountain Running Championship race is two laps equaling approximately 10 kilometers in distance. Participants start at the base of the mountain and race up to the summit before racing back down to the base.

Schedule of Events

  • Friday, June 2nd from 3-6pm: Optional Early Bib Pick-Up
    Tuckerman Brewing Company, 66 Hobbs Street, Conway
  • Saturday, June 3rd: USATF Mountain Running Championship

    7:30 AM: 1-Lap Race (non-USATF Championship)* [does not count toward the USATF-NE Mountain Circuit]

    8:45 AM: USATF Mountain Running Championship & CRA Mountain Running Championship* (Men)

    10:30 AM: USATF Mountain Running Championship & CRA Mountain Running Championship* (Women)

  • Sunday, June 4th at 11am: Hair of the Dog Hillclimb
    This is a new event consisting of a mass start ascent only race. The race will start at the base and finish at the Meister Hut on the summit of Cranmore Mountain. Enjoy the race and a rowdy crowd of revelers awaiting you at the finish line with beverages and lunch items for purchase, as well as raffles and a chairlift ride back to the base of the mountain.

Day of event entry is available for this race, but interested participants may also register online prior to the event. Pre-registration (3/2-6/1) costs $45 per person and event day registration costs $55 per person or $45 per person for the 1-lap race. To pre-register, visit http://www.acidoticracing.com/cranmore-mountain-race/#.WS7cBWjyvIW.

 

Cranmore Mountain Race/US Champs Course Preview with Mika the Husky Pup

“Alton Weagle Day” at the Mt. Washington Auto Road

On Saturday, May 27th, the Mt. Washington Auto Road will celebrate the adventurous and fun spirit of Alton Weagle, a Massachusetts man who has trekked up the Auto Road in many interesting ways.

AR-Alton-Weagle-MS-160528-7The event commemorates his many adventures, from running up the mountain barefoot, blindfolded, and backwards to pushing a 100-pound bag of sugar up the mountain in a wheelbarrow.

The auto road is open from 9:00am-4pm to regularly-allowed vehicles pending weather conditions, and their base lodge and guided tours will begin Memorial Day weekend. Weather conditions for the road can change quickly. To receive an updated status of their traveling conditions, contact the Auto Road at (603) 466-3988. For more information, visit their website at http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Due to its remarkable location, weather, and history, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is unlike any other driving experience in the Eastern United States. A trip on Mt. Washington Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes, panoramic views and the opportunity to pass through four distinct climate zones as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast.

The constantly-changing weather adds to the allure and mystique of the famous peak, often allowing visitors to experience high winds and dramatic cloud formations. With an average grade of 12%, a single mile of hard-packed gravel road around mid mountain, and above-treeline views beginning around 4,200 feet, this is truly one of the most spectacular drives in the Northeast!

AMC Highland Happenings May 2017

amc highlandThroughout the month of May, AMC Lodges and Huts Highland Center in Crawford Notch is offering free public weekend and evening events, audio tours, art exhibits, as well as yoga on Sundays for an affordable fee. Guests of all nature interests and experience levels are welcome to experience the outdoors in a variety of educational and exciting ways!

Weekend Programs
Every Saturday and Sunday in May

  • 9:00 am – Notch Hike: 1-3 hours, easy hike, waterfall view
  • 11:00 am – Notch Talk: Topics include outdoor skills, history, natural world
  • 1:00 pm – Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 5:00 pm – Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm – Featured Evening Program

Featured Evening Programs

  • Saturday, May 6 7:30 PM
    Adventures with a Wildlife Camera

    Featuring Guest Speaker, Author Allison Bell
    Join Allison Bell, author of Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits shares her photography expertise in this engaging evening program. Learn basics of wildlife camera operation, explore strategies for set-up and location, and discover possibilities for natural history observations.
  • Saturday, May 13 7:30 PM
    The People’s Forest

    The Story of the White Mountain National Forest Featured Film Screening
    This is the dramatic story of how those unlikely allies saved the White Mountains and created over 50 new National Forests and Grasslands in 40 states, totaling more than 20 million acres of public lands.
  • Saturday, May 20 7:30 PM
    History of Crawford Notch

    Featuring Guest Speaker, Historian Bill Moss
    Historian Bill Moss shares stories of the unique characters, landscapes, and events of the amazing history of this unique area.
  • Saturday, May 27 7:30 PM
    Mountains of Stars: Astronomy at Crawford Notch

    Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Doug Arion
    Doug Arion will give a presentation on the intricate and fascinating connections between life on Earth and the history and phenomena of the Universe around us. You’ll have a chance to view stars through telescopes; or check out our new indoor planetarium!

Partner Presentation

AMC is pleased to co-host the following presentation in partnership with the Jewish Federation of NH: Hiking the Land, featuring Guest Speaker Udi Goren. This program takes place at the Bethlehem Public Library on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm at the Bethlehem Public Library. Udi Goren is an Israeli hiker who shares his experiences long distance hiking in Israel.

Audio Tours
Available anytime. Check out any of our 3 audio tours on-site:

  • Washburn Photography Exhibit
  • Cultural and Natural History Tour
  • Stewardship Trail

Yoga On Sundays
Sundays, 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Yoga is free for overnight guests at AMC’s Highland Center. For drop-in guests, there is a $10 fee. Classes are available every Sunday except for Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

Ongoing Art Exhibits
Photography of Bradford Washburn

The AMC’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch is the setting for this ongoing exhibition showcasing the amazing mountain photography of Brad Washburn, including scenery from the White Mountains and around the world. Check out an audio tour of the exhibit at the Front Desk to hear Brad Washburn’s first hand accounts of each photo.

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For more information about these events and AMC Lodges and Huts, visit www.outdoors.org.

Redline Guiding Presents New Course: Glacier Skills

Redline Guiding is pleased to announce its new “Glacier Skills” course. The course — which is perfect for anyone headed to a glaciated peak somewhere this spring or  summer — covers the advanced skills needed (must have basic mountaineering skills). Specific areas of study include glaciated terrain itself, roped team travel, solo and team crevasse rescue techniques (including self extraction), and more. This is an intense, full day offering. Redline Guiding supports custom scheduling of all its courses, but this course can only run into sometime in April so don’t delay if booking. For more information, please see the course here: http://redlineguiding.com/education/glacier-skills/.

About Redline Guiding

Founded in 2016, Redline Guiding LLC is the brainchild of husband and wife team: Mike and Barb Cherim. The hope is to succeed at offering low-key outdoor adventures and educational experiences with many offerings geared towards those newer to these outdoor activities — those who may be less sure and less confident. The aim is to increase said confidence, thus offering safe independence. That said, other offerings will be attractive to those more in-the-know who really want to up their game or learn new skills.

Kancamagus National Scenic Byway Featured in America’s Most Iconic Drives

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, also referred to as the Kancamagus Highway or even “The Kanc” by Mount Washington Valley locals, was featured in Travel & Leisure’s article, titled “America’s Most Iconic Drives.” Travel & Leisure is a well-known magazine designed for adventures young and young at heart to inspire their travel destinations.

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Kancamagus Highway in autumn, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway is a 34.5 mile-long scenic drive along New Hampshire’s Route 112 in Northern New Hampshire, from Conway to Lincoln. It is well known to locals and travelers alike for being one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the United States.

Taking travelers to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point, Kancamagus Pass, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway brings travelers through the White Mountain National Forest, into breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbady Falls, Lower Falls, and Rocky Gorge. Driving along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway takes travelers back in time as they drive through the stunning White Mountain National Forest, free from the distractions of the modern day world; with no gas stations, restaurants, hotels, or other businesses along the way. The Kancamagus is truly a drive where adventurers can become entranced in nature!

For adventurers who want to spend more time on the scenic byway, there are six campgrounds to enjoy. For those seeking a hiking expedition, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway has many opportunities explore the White Mountain National Forest and its plentiful hiking trails.

For more information on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, visit http://www.kancamagushighway.com/.

To view other iconic drives in America, as noted by Travel & Leisure, visit http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-most-iconic-drives.

Spring Splash at Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore Mountain welcomes you to celebrate the end of the 2016-2017 ski season at their Spring Splash on Saturday, March 25th. The annual event opens the competition to participants of all ages and ability levels to compete for prizes and bragging rights. Cranmore welcomes you to challenge yourself by attempting to make a clean skim across their man-made pool at the base of the North Slope! Contestants will be judged on their costumes and the splash (or lack thereof) created. Live music from White Steer will be playing on Zip’s new deck.

Registration for the event begins on 9am at the day of the event and runs until 11:30am, with the event starting at 12pm. To register, visit Zip’s Deck at Cranmore. Please note: registration is limited to 100 participants.

Judging Criteria & Awards:

  • Best Skim
  • Best Splash
  • Best Costume

Divisions:

  • 13 & Under
  • 14 & Older

Rules:

  • Open to skiers and snowboarders only
  • No ski poles permitted
  • Only open to paid guests of the day (lift ticke / season pass)
  • All valuables must be removed before run

For more information, visit www.cranmore.com or call Cranmore Resort at 1-800-SKI-N-RIDE. 

Bretton Woods Beach Party on March 25th

As the 2016-17 ski season in the Mount Washington Valley comes to an end, Bretton Woods welcomes you to their 30th Annual Beach Party on Saturday, March 25th. Wear your best beach attire, soak up the springtime sun, and hit the slopes at one of Mount Washington Valley’s premiere ski attractions!

There will be a variety of exciting activities for all ages and ability levels, including a Rubber Ducky Race, a Fujiwhara 4XDH Bike Race, Après Parties for children and adults, as well as the Annual Beach Party Slush Pool.

Event Schedule:

  • 8 am – 2 pm: On Snow Demo
  • 9 am – 1 pm: Registration Booth & Rubber Ducky Pick Up
  • 10 am – 2pm:  Fujiwhara 4XDH Bike Race:
  • 1 – 2 pm: Slush Pool Pre-Party Brought to you by Monster
  • 2 – 4 pm: Annual Beach Party Slush Pool
    Entertainment Provided by Magic 106.7
    Rubber Ducky Race (At the Conclusion of the Slush Pool)
  • 1 – 5 pm: Après Party with Jah Spirit
  • 3:30 – 5 pm: Kids’ Après Party: Kids Only Beach Party!

Lift tickets for the event are $30 per person and guests over 80 and children ages 4 and under are free.  For more information on the Annual Beach Party, please visit the event page at http://brettonwoods.com/beach_party or call  Bretton Woods Guest Services at (603) 278-3320.

2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds: North America’s Toughest 10K Proved To Be This Winter’s Stand-Out Event

Written By Crispin Battles, Marketing Director
Mt. Washington Auto Road & Great Glen Trails

Pinkham Notch, NH — Since the Mt. Washington Auto Road first opened in 1861, it has been a proving ground for all types of adventurers. Throughout the years, many have secured their place in the history of the Auto Road, be it with a fastest time, or a landmark ascent.

History was made again with the 2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds. Held in cold, blue-sky conditions on March 5, it marked the first time that fatbikers have joined this annual winter event. First held in 1996 as Ski to the Clouds, it quickly proved to be a new and unique challenge for Nordic skiers, and at that time was held entirely on the Auto Road. In later years it was modified to increase the race distance to 10 kilometers, utilizing the Great Glen Trails Nordic system for the first four kilometers, before beginning the steep ascent up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The race finishes just before the halfway point of the Auto Road at about 3,800 feet.

In 2013, a separate snowshoe category was added to entice snowshoe racers to take up the challenge, and was so successful that in 2014 the event was renamed as Ski & Shoe to the Clouds. In 2016, a new fatbike category was added, which quickly became the largest group of racers, but was sadly cancelled due to lack of snow.

Mother Nature was kind to us this year, and the 2017 event was attended by 120 racers in three disciplines–18 Nordic skiers, 33 snowshoers, and 69 fatbikers. Whether on skis, snowshoes or fatbikes, the race lived up to its reputation as North America’s Toughest 10K, testing the racers as only Mount Washington can.

The fastest time was posted by veteran racer Tristan Williams, with a blazing time of just 48 minutes 37 seconds, winning the men’s Nordic division. Tristan was closely followed by fatbiker Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins, winning the men’s fatbike division with a time of 50 minutes 37 seconds–the second fastest time on course. Kudos to all the racers who battled the Mountain and finished, but particularly to the winners of each division:

Men’s Nordic Tristan Williams 48:37
Women’s Nordic Meredith Pietrow 1:01:42
Men’s Snowshoe Andrew Drummond 51:49
Women’s Snowshoe Hilary McCloy 1:05:56
Men’s Fatbike Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins 50:37
Women’s Fatbike Renee Bousquet 1:12:26

A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to all the event sponsors, who have helped make this annual event such a success. For 2017, those sponsors included Dion Snowshoes, Stan & Dan Sports, Polartec, Littleton Chevrolet, Hannaford, and the Old Village Bakery.

King Pine Cardboard Box Derby

King Pine invites creative cardboard box races of all ages and experience levels to their Cardboard Box Derby on Sunday, March 19th, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Creative racers young in age and young at heart, create a theme and build your carboard box racer and don’t forget to pair it with your own theme music to race down their racecourse designed specifically for the event!

Box racers can be designed for two or four racers and must be built entirely out of cardboard (sorry – no wood or metal allowed!). Boxes may be held together with tape, glue, or may be stitched. Contestants are highly advised to wear helmets for safety.

The entrance fee is $5 per cardboard box and a completed registration form and signed waiver are required to enter the race. Registration, inspection, and style judging opens at 12:00 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. The race will start at 1:00 p.m. at the base of the Open Slope.  Awards will be presented after completion of race at base of the Open Slope under categories of style, speed and durability. Happy racing!!