Category Archives: Adventure in Mt. Washington Valley

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!! 

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation Presents Outdoor Snowshoe Adventure

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation welcomes you to attend their Outdoor Adventure at Tin Mountain Conservation Center on Saturday, March 4th from 9am to 1pm. Participants can enjoy a winter nature walk with the guidance of animal tracking and winter ecology enthusiasts, a Geocache adventure with experts on hand to assist newcomers to the hobby, and a kid’s treasure hunt in the Rockwell Sanctuary. For those who wish to explore on their own, this option is also available. The trails are ready and accessible for snowshoers of all ability levels.

jens-friendsRegistration for the event is from 9-10am, with events from 10-11:30am. Participants are welcome to meet at the Nature Learning Center at 11:30 for hot drinks and soup.

The cost to attend this event is donation-based, with 100% of the funds raised for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation. These funds are given back to Mt. Washington Valley residents that are battling cancer. The money is raised in the Valley, and stays in the Valley!

Participants are asked to please dress for winter weather and to wear appropriate footwear with traction or snowshoes depending on the snow conditions. Please bring your own snowshoes, as there are only a limited number of snowshoes available for those who do not have them, on a first come first serve basis.

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About Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides supplemental financial assistance and other resources to cancer patients and their families in the Mount Washington Valley who are uninsured, under-insured, or financially challenged, allowing them to focus on battling cancer without worrying about the indirect financial burdens that often arise. Jen’s Friends is currently assisting over 70 families in the Mount Washington Valley in their fight against cancer.

For more information, contact Charlie Zaccaria by email at czaccaria@roadrunner.com or by phone at 603-986-1923. For more information about Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, please visit their website at http://jensfriends.org/wordpress/.

 

Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club Presents Their 25th Annual SnoDeo

snodeo2The Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club welcomes you to their 25th Annual SnoDeo in Stewartstown, New Hampshire on Friday, March 3rd from 9am to 4pm and Saturday, March 4th from 8am to 3pm. After making the difficult decision to cancel the event last year due to less than ideal snowfall conditions, it goes without saying that everyone is ready to make the 2017 SnoDeo one to remember!

Be the first to see and demo ride 2018 machines from major snowmobile brands such as Artic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha. Test ride Moto-Trax Snow Bikes, shop from a variety of dealers and vendors providing great season close-out sales on clothing, accessories, sleds, trailers, and more. Visit the Antique Tent and see how far the sport has gone in it’s short history. Meet State legislation, Law enforcement, and the Trails Bureau and let them answer your questions. See how your trails are managed. And as always, lots of great food and fun!

This year’s gate price is $10 per person, with free admission to children ages 10 and under. With SnoDeo as the Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club’s largest fundraiser, admission costs support the non-profit organization’s year-round operating fees and the high-quality maintenance of 100+ miles of snowmobile trails.

There are four ways to be a part of the 25th Annual SnoDeo:

  1. Be a sponsor.
  2. Be a vendor.
  3. Volunteer to help.
  4. Come and enjoy the event! 

SnoDeo is an event for snowmobile enthusiasts and beginners alike and is family-friendly winter fun.

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History of The SnoDeo

The Swift Diamond Riders’ SnoDeo started in 1993 as a fundraiser for the Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club and as a way to bring snowmobilers together near the end of the season to try out the latest and greatest snowmobiles being offered by Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. The SnoDeo, based at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, New Hampshire, has grown into one of the Northeast’s premier snowmobile event — drawing an average of 6,000 snowmobile enthusiasts from all over New England and Southern Quebec over the two days of the event. The SnoDeo gives you the chance to ride next year’s sleds, browse and buy from our various participating vendors.

For more information on the event, visit www.nhsnodeo.com or by visiting SnoDeo’s  Facebook or Twitter.

Early Morning Bear Notch Ski Touring Center

By Kathy Bennett

I’m an early riser. There are many benefits to this, not the least of which is beating the crowds to skiing on vacation weeks. This Saturday was no exception. My dear husband and I arrived at the rustic lodge of Bear Notch Ski Touring Center at 9am. Blink and you’ll miss it on your way back from Attitash on Route 302, this Center is run by the Garland brothers and is about as authentic a north country experience as you can get.

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The Saco runs alongside Bear Notch trails.

John Garland greeted us and gave us the lowdown on conditions. “Last week I was cursing the snow there was so much of it. This week it’s inventory,” he chuckled. His groomers had gone out that morning to even out the surface, despite some of the “r” word and warm temps.

There was indeed plenty of snow in inventory on the trails. We skied out on their riverside area to see what the rising water levels were doing on the Saco River. There were no ice dams or flooding but the water was running high beside these lovely wooded trails. The trails were tracked for us classic Nordic skiers although trails were also skate groomed. These trails along the Saco River are as beautiful as other more crowded trails at better known local areas.

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Tracked trails along the river

If you are weary of crowded alpine slopes, truly you should consider trying Nordic for weekends that are predicted to be busy. We literally had the trails to ourselves for the 90 minutes we glided through the woods.

We only saw civilization when we returned to the lodge post-ski for John’s favorite homemade soup, White Chicken Chili. “You might want to grab some early because it will go fast; I’m going to make a dent in it myself,” Garland shared. Alas, we arrived to early for the fresh bread which comes out of the breadmaker at noon on weekends.

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Cozy authentic lodge at Bear Peak

Bear Notch is known for their grooming and on the day of our visit, they boasted more groomed trails than a larger area a little further north. In fact the day after our visit, they had 40 groomed km while others didn’t groom at all. It’s a good reminder to always check out the trail report before deciding where to ski.

Best of all, trail passes are only $18, meaning a family of 4 can ski and still have money for lunch (that chili was only $4 a cup!).

28th Annual Chocolate Festival

On Sunday, February 26th join us for the sweetest day on the trails at the 28th Annual Chocolate Festival! Spend a day of outdoor winter fun and indulge in sweet treats to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, a non-profit organization. The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to providing Conway residents, taxpayers, and school age children with access to winter recreation opportunities including snowshoeing and Nordic skiing at no cost.

Whether traveling through the trail stops by cross country ski, snowshoe, or by car, participants will enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats of the Mount Washington Valley. For those that choose to cross country ski or snowshoe, unleash your inner winter adventurer by embarking on our groomed 45-km trail network!

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2017 Trailside Chocolate Shops
(Open from 11am – 4pm)
  • 1785 Inn
  • Adventure Suites
  • Eastern Inns
  • Stonehurst Manor
  • Old Field House
  • Riverside Inn B&B
  • The Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment
  • The Whitaker Woods Meeting House (treats provided by Vintage Baking Company)

Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. If purchased prior to the event, the festival pass is $30 per person, or $35 per person on the day of the event. Please note that the event is a fundraiser and tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, visit mwvskitouring.org/Chocolate-Festival.html or call (603) 356-9920.

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AMC Highland Happenings at Crawford Notch

‘Find your outdoors’ with weekend programs and school vacation week programs at AMC Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch. During the month of February, experience weekend hikes, nature walks, outdoor skills sessions, social hours, and yoga starting at 9am weekend mornings until the late evening with featured evening programs. During school vacation week, February 18-26, bring the family for Kids Power Hour, Drop In Painting, kids movies, and family featured evening programs, including campfires and night hikes.

amc-trailsFEBRUARY WEEKEND PROGRAMS

Saturdays & Sundays

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am Yoga (Sundays only)
  • 9:00 am Notch Hike: 1-3 hours, easy hike to a view or waterfall
  • 11:00 am  Notch Talk: Topics include: outdoor skills, history or natural world
  • 1:00 pm Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 3:00 pm Outdoor Skills Sessions
  • 5:00 pm Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm Featured Evening Programs

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK PROGRAMS
February 18-26, Daily

  • 9:00 am Notch Hike
  • 11:00 am Notch Talk
  • 1:00 pm Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 3:00 pm Outdoor Skills Sessions
  • 4:00 pm Kids Power Hour
  • 4-6:00 pm Drop In Painting with Artist in Residence
  • 5:00 pm Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm Kids Movies Daily, PLUS Featured Evening Programs

The featured evening programs for the month of February include a closer look at  astronomy with Mountains of Stars: Astronomy at Crawford Notch with guest speaker Dr. Doug Arion on Saturday, February 18th at 7:30pm and story-telling at their Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trial event on Sunday, February 19th at 7:30pm.

Featured evening programs during school vacation include campfires on Monday, February 20th and Wednesday, February 22; a night hike on Tuesday, February 21 with AMC’s Outdoor Guides,  Tai Chi with Instructor Ruth Innes for all ages and experience levels on Thursday, February 23, featured film screening of Steep (a documentary on extreme and big mountain skiing) on Friday, February 24, and Hiking the Winter 48 presentation with special guest speakers Mike & Lori Innes who share photos and stories of their adventures checking off the list of New Hampshire’s 48 4000+ footers during the winter months on Saturday, February 25.

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For more information, please visit www.outdoors.org/highlandhappenings or call 603-278-4453.

Hope on the Slopes at Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore Mountain welcomes you to participate in the 40th annual Race to Beat Cancer that will take place on Sunday, February 12th. Skiers and snowboarders can participate in the race for a minimum contribution of $80, or $50 for those 17 and younger. This contribution includes a full-day lift ticket, organic, locally-sourced pizza courtesy of Flatbread Company, and an awards ceremony. Participants are encouraged to collect donations from their friends, family and colleagues in addition to their own contribution to go towards this considerable cause.

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Registration starts at 8:30am at the Main Base Lodge and the race begins at 10:00am. For more information, please contact Cranmore Mountain at 1-800-SUN-N-SKI or visit their website at www.cranmore.com.