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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!


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!


We are super excited to announce our partnership with the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (Jackson XC) in Jackson Village, NH — having the largest trail network in the East.

What’s this all about? Well, it’s front country meets backcountry with Redline Guiding officially becoming the backcountry arm of Jackson XC. Not just Nordic, either, but we also offer Alpine Touring (AT) and these services will also be supported. Skiing will take place within the Jackson XC backcountry network (including the backside of Wildcat Mountain) and on White Mountain National Forest lands beyond those boundaries, even covering some of the state’s historic Civilian Conservatiom Corp (CCC) trails and more.

And this happened because while they do have an amazing staff at Jackson XC, they didn’t have a backcountry program with dedicated guides and instructors knowledgeable about the unique backcountry requirements and best practices. Well, now they do. For details, please contact Jackson XC. To learn more about our ski programs, please check out our backcountry ski adventures and backcountry ski instruction.

Not Yet a Nordic Skier?

Not ready for the backcountry yet? Brand new to Nordic altogether? Do you first need front country lessons, gear, and basic how-to Nordic ski experience? While we are the backcountry arm of Jackson XC, they are the front country arm for us! We suggest giving them a call. If you offer promo code “REDLINEFC” when booking, you can save 10% off your day passes for one day or a lesson with one of their instructors.

Bretton Woods Announces Future Enhancements

 Omni Mount Washington Resort is pleased to confirm that work has commenced on an exciting enhancement to our B-Chair Double Chair Lift and the Latitude 44 restaurant. We will be replacing the existing lift with a new, state of the art eight passenger gondola, which will run year-round, as well as a 10,000 square foot mountain side restaurant. Both will offer unprecedented alpine views of the highest mountain range in the northeast. This project represents a major investment in the Bretton Woods ski area, New Hampshire’s largest, and will be a highly anticipated new amenity for Omni guests and day visitors alike.

We look forward to sharing more details in an official announcement in the new year, in advance of the gondola’s 2018 – 2019 ski season debut and the mountain-side restaurant’s summer 2019 opening.

For more information, please call 603-278-3304.

With as much as 16″ of new snow, MW Valley’s 13 ski resorts/XC Centers look forward to a packed holiday schedule


On the Mountains

Attitash Mountain Resort presents Ptarmigan Pub Apres Ski Entertainment:

  • Tues, Dec 26: White Steer, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 27: Riley Parkhurst Project, 2:00 – 5:00pm
  • Thurs, Dec 28: The Dean Machine, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Fri, Dec. 29: The Pat Foley Band, 3:00- 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 30: The Gravel Project, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 31: Lazy Susan, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 1:  The Riley Parkhurst Project, 3:00-6:00pm

Black Mountain presents tunes, tastings & torchlight:

Dec 26-31:  Apres Ski fun in the Lostbo Pub, 3:30-6:50

  • Tues, Dec 26:  Live music by Ben Cook
  • Wed, Dec 27: Narragansett Apres Ski Party and Tasting and live music with Ben Cook
  • Thurs, Dec 28: Live music by Riley Parkhurst Project
  • Fri, Dec 29: Live music by Greg Walsh
  • Sat, Dec 30: Coors Light promotion and live music with Candie Tremblay

Fri, Dec 29: Last Tracks with Moat Brewery:

Ride the lift to the top at 4:00pm and enjoy a tasting of Moat Mountain Brew with a real Moat Brewer along with appetizers.  Afterward, ski down a freshly groomed trail with headlamps. Hard to know which is more fun – the tasting or the skiing.  Reservations required, call 603-383-4490 $25 per person.

Sun, December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party:  Enjoy music in the Lostbo Pub with Riley Parkhurst Project, Patriots on TV and a Torchlight parade at 6:00pm for the whole family.

Bretton Woods Ski Resort presents apres ski parties:

December 26-31: 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.

December 26-31: 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

Cranmore Mountain Resort presents live music at Zips & Cranapalooza:

December 26-31:  Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park and Tubing Hill will be open daily 10:00am – 8:00pm.

December 27-31:  Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • Dec 27: Greg Walsh
  • Dec 28: Ben Cook
  • Dec 29:  Mitch Alden, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Dec 30:  Music with Bill Cameron, 3:00-6:00pm

December 27 – 30: Cranapalooza!  After a day on the slopes, there’s still Cranapalooza! Cranmore’s signature winter event, Cranapalooza is back for another season of DJ dance parties in Schneider Square with C-more the Penguin, live music, outdoor entertainment, family activities, s’mores.

December 31:  Shredding into 2018 Freestyle Event at Cranmore:

Show off your tricks.  Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

December 31: C-more’s New Year’s Eve Bash& Fireworks: Ring in 2018 with C-more the Penguin and this special New Year’s edition of Cranapalooza! Geared for guests and families of all ages, join in on all kinds of fun activities and entertainment! There’ll be a DJ in Schneider Square, s’mores, games & more. Stick around for a fireworks show at 6:00pm, too!

King Pine Ski Area presents torchlight snowtubing, sleighrides, night skiing & family fun:

December 26: Night Skiing and Family Night Race:  Night skiing begins for the season.  Ski under the lights from 4:00 – 9:00pm.  From 6:00-8:00pm, compete in a free dual recreation race on the mountain.

December 29:  Torchlight Snowtubing:

Enjoy the thrill of tubing under the lights at the Pine Meadows Tubing Park from 5:00-9:00pm.



December 30: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, 11:00am-1:00pm: Start or end with a cup of hot cocoa by an outdoor fire. Enjoy the classic experience of riding among surrounding fields and within wooded trails in a horse-driven sleigh. $20 per adult, $15 for kids 12 and under. Space limited. Reservations required. Call 800-373-3754 for reservations.

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, 4:00-9:00pm.  Your night skiing ticket will include Night skiing and riding from 4:00-9:00pm, outdoor music and campfire at the base of King Pine. The torchlight parade begins at 9:00pm – the first 100 people meet at 8:45 p.m. at the top of the Open Slope. Skiers MUST be able to ski an intermediate Blue Square trail in the dark! Hi-intensity glow sticks will be used. Fireworks to follow torchlight parade at 9:20 p.m. End the night with a Toast to the New Year at the Trail’s End Tavern (not included in ticket price).

December 31:  Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, 7:00pm: Experience the quiet of the new year with a guided moonlight snowshoe tours through NH Audubon’s Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary at Purity Spring Resort. Interested participants are asked to sign-up and meet at The Mill Indoor Pool & Fitness Center across from the Purity Spring Main Office fifteen minutes before the start of the tour. Please call ahead to confirm date of scheduled snowshoe tours.  Rate are $12 per person ($20 with snowshoe rentals – rentals are available at the King Pine Rental Shop). This tour is weather permitting.

Shawnee Peak presents demos, beer promotions and winter festivals:

December 27: Winter Festival: DJ Ron Reid will be entertaining in Blizzards Pub after the lifts close. At 7:30, view the Torch light parade followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Both can be viewed from the warmth of Blizzards Pub or outside by the fire!

December 28: Winter Kick Off!  Shawnee Peak’s new outerwear partner, Orsden, will be on site with some displays of their new ski wear for men and women! Parlor Skis will also be on-hand to demo their newest ski designs and to formally opening the Parlor Demo Center. End the day in Blizzard’s Pub, with an apres ski party hosted by Harpoon, the creators of Shawnee Peak’s Moose Pond Ale, on hand with swag giveaways. Be sure to wear your best ugly sweater!

December 29: Liberty Ski Demo Day: The award-winning Colorado- based ski company returns with a 2017/2018 lineup that’s guaranteed to make you want to add to your equipment arsenal for the season.

December 30: Lucid Skis Demo Day: Start by demoing a pair of Lucid Skis, made right in Maine. Then end the day with a cold Sam Adams draft in Blizzard’s Pub after enjoying the slopes! Reps will be on hand with tastings and swag giveaway’s and a lucky person will win a pair of skis or snowboard!

December 31: Ring in the new year with friends and family at Blizzards Pub.

Wildcat Mountain presents live music, Warren Miller film and Patriots in the Pub:

Live entertainment in the Wildcat Pub

  • Dec 26: Live music with Scott Baer, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 27: Live music with White Steer, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 29: Live music with Ryan St Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 30: Live music with Shark Martin, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 31:  Patriots vs. Jets in a division rivalry on the big screen, 1:00-4:30pm
  • Jan 1:  Live entertainment with Ben Cook, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Dec 29: Line of Design Warren Miller Movie Premier, 5:00-8:00pm: Take in legendary Warren Miller’s 68th film, Line of Descent, celebrating all things snowsports from hidden slopes to extreme adventure. Food and Drinks at the Pub.  Kids Apres Ski. $10 per person, $40 per family.  Benefits the Wildcat Mountain Alpine Ed Foundation.

In and Around Mt Washington Valley

Live Music at Wildcat Tavern:

  • Dec 26: Hoot Night, a Wildcat Tavern tradition.
  • Dec 27: White Mountain Ceili Ban, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dec 28: Kevin Dolan, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dec 29: Al Shafner, 7:30-10:00pm
  • Dec 30: Reverand Al Shafner & the Revtones, 9:00- closing
  • Dec 31: Ring in the New Year with the Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00-1:00pm

Live Music at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub

  • Dec 25: Not into the traditional Christmas celebration? Join Ryan for an Open Mike in the Pub, 9:00-12:30pm
  • Dec 29: Riley Parkhurst Project, 9:00pm-12:30am
  • Dec 30:  Lazy Susan, 9:00pm-12:30am
  • Dec 31: Now is Now, 9:00pm-12:30am

Live Music at Shovel Handle Pub – always 6:00 – 9:30pm

  • Dec 26: Riley & Dan Parkhurst
  • Dec 27: Candie, Cliff and Ben
  • Dec 28: Tim Gurshin & Friends
  • Dec 29: Tristan Omand
  • Dec 30: Randy Messineo


December 26 – 31: Conway Scenic Holiday Week Trains: Your favorite old-fashioned train rides will be offered twice daily December 26 through 31, both to Conway:  11:30 and 1:30 (about an hour round-trip).

December 31:  Fireworks at Schouler Park:  Be sure to bring the camera and capture the explosion color over the vintage Conway Scenic RR train station. Fireworks get underway at 9:30pm to ring in the new year and finish off the Spirit of the Holidays celebration.

December 31: Ring in the New Year with dinner at a MW Valley Restaurant: The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of restaurants open and celebrating New Year’s Eve with delicious dinners and festivities.

December 31, 7:30pm  – Paws & Plays New Year’s Eve Celebration – Enjoy live music, appetizers, desserts, a cash bar, and a champagne toast as you ring in 2018! Start off your New Year by supporting two of the valley’s nonprofits, Conway Area Humane Society and M&D Playhouse. Live Music by Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s and Al Shafner and The Revtones. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. Available below through Pay Pal or by calling Kiersten at 603-447-5955 extension 4.

December 31 – Omni Mt. Washington – Out with the old and in with the new: Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018 with fine cuisine, music and libations during the Omni Mount Washington Resort’s three-day celebration! Whether you prefer an elegant dinner in the award-winning dining room with live music, or a fun family-friendly celebration with music in the Grand Ballroom, New Year’s Eve will be an occasion for all to enjoy as we usher in 2018!

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party at White Mountain Hotel: It starts with a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, then a four-course gourmet New Year’s Eve dinner in the Ledges dining room.  Dance to the Two Bass Jon Band. You’ll enjoy party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop at Midnight and two drink vouchers. $139 per person (plus gratuity). Overnight packages available too.

December 31: Le Vent du Nord at Stone Mountain Arts Center: Le Vent du Nord is one of the premier folk bands coming out of Canada today winning multiple awards and accolades from music listeners up north. They have a huge and exciting sound using traditional instruments and foot stomping rhythms…..and they even play the hurdi gurdi.  Showtime: 8:00pm, Doors and bar open at 5:00pm. Tickets $55 per person. Reserve in advance.

To plan a Christmas Week getaway or a New Year’s Eve soiree, be sure to visit or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH).  To learn more about what’s in store throughout New Hampshire for winter getaways, go to


King Pine Is Open!

Best Ski-In and Ski-Out Resort – New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Of NH 2017
Discover your winter tradition and enjoy a ski vacation at King Pine and Purity Spring Resort with family and friends. Winter fun on and off the slopes and choose from a variety of Purity Spring Resort slopeside, mountainside and lakeside lodging options.
Available Ski & Stay package includes accommodations, resort amenities, breakfast, lift ticket, XC skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating & more. Midweek non-holiday stays also include complimentary snowtubing and night skiing!
When booking a weekend stay, ask about our “Weekend Extender” special. Add a Thursday or Sunday night stay to your weekend reservation and receive 50% off that additional room night! Call us at 800-373-3754 or 603-367-8896 to book prime spot accommodations and dates today.
Winter Fun That Fits Everyone –
Order Gift Cards Today To Have In Time For Holidays
Whether its skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, ice-skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, cross-country, lessons, rentals, seasonal programs and more, a King Pine gift card is your one-stop shop for winter fun this holiday season.
A Snowgun Salute To You – Military Appreciation Specials
We thank those who have served and are serving our country. All Active, Retired & Veteran United States Military Service Men & Women can ski or ride for FREE until December 24, 2017. Military I.D. required, see this and other military discounts offered this season on our specials page.
Limited Knee-Hi Seasonal Program Spots Available
King Pine’s Knee-Hi seasonal programs have been teaching generations of skiers and you can enroll your child today in our affordable programs while space remains. Our midweek Knee-Hi programs for ages 4-7 include lift access with lesson and discount season passes for enrolled seasonal program participants also available.

Brewers, Bulls And The Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster

Two great weekends coming up to see peak foliage and gear up for the

14th annual Oktoberfest (Click HERE for Flyer)

Big shout out to the Mountain Coaster Crew that put in big hours to make this happen! Attitash Mountain Resort is open the first two weekends in October, including Monday of Columbus Day Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are just $25 (48”+) and $10 (Under 48”), and include unlimited access to the Alpine Slide, Mountain Coaster, Downhill Mountain Biking and Scenic Chair Ride.

Speaking of the Scenic Chair Ride, the 2,350-foot summit of Attitash is one of the best places in the Mt. Washington Valley to take in scenery as we reach peak foliage in the next two weeks. Check out photos and video taken this past Tuesday, which are also available on our Facebook page.

Columbus Day Weekend is a big weekend at Attitash, and for all your skiers and riders that have not purchased a 2011/2012 winter season pass, Monday, October 10, is the deadline to get the best price available. Remember, all passes are valid at Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain, so don’t miss out on lowest cost on season passes available. For more information visit the Season Pass page at or call 800.272.5228.

If your Columbus Day Weekend plan isn’t about purchasing the best pass in New Hampshire, than it should most definitely be about the 14th Annual Attitash Oktoberfest, which is set for Saturday, October 8, Noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday October 9, Noon to 5 p.m., at the Bear Peak Base Area. New this year, we are adding mechanical bull riding to the list of activities. Classic favorites like the stein holding contest and keg toss are scheduled both days as well. With all the fun and activities, don’t forget to visit our Biergarten, which will feature nine breweries including Moat Mountain, Tuckerman Brewing, Woodstock Brewery, Long Trail, Woodchuck Cider, Shipyard Brewing, Narragansett Beer, Bud & Bud Light from White Mountain Distributors, and Sam Adams. The price of admission is $10 (Ages 21+ with valid ID), $5 (Ages 6-20) and FREE (Under Age 6). For complete details, visit our Events page at

And don’t forget, our friends to the north at Wildcat Mountain will continue to operate daily through October 16. Enjoy a ride on the Gondola Skyride, which takes riders to the 4,000+ foot summit of Wildcat Mountain, consistently ranked #1 for scenery in the East by SKI Magazine, or find adventure on the ZipRider zipline, which descends 2,100 feet over the trails, treetops and the Peabody River. Wildcat Mountain, located on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, October 16.




12:30      Mechanical Bull Riding Open till 4:30pm




4:00      FINALS STEIN HOLDING – Women’s and Men’s

4:20      RAFFLE


4:30      KEG TOSS

5:45      LAST CALL/ 6:00 EVENT CLOSE



12:30    Mechanical Bull Riding Open till 3:30pm





3:20      RAFFLE

3:30      KEG TOSS


4:45      LAST CALL

5:00      EVENT CLOSE

Wildcat is Ready for Winter and Loving the Foliage!!

The Fall Foliage Is Beginning To Peak And There Is Less Than 12 Days Left And Counting Down To Be Ready For This Winter And Purchase A 2011/12 Season Pass At The Current Low Rate Before Prices Increase After Monday, October 10!     

Get Ready To Fly Amongst The Foliage at Wildcat Mountain

…and peep leaves like you’ve never peeped leaves before!

New Hampshire’s highest scenic gondola and the state’s only ZipRider zip-line cable ride at Wildcat Mountain will operate daily, weather permitting, until Sunday, October 16.

Also, don’t miss the final guided summit tour & hike scheduled for Saturday, October 8 with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Group will meet in the base lodge before 10 a.m. and tour is free, but participants are required to have or purchase a scenic gondola ticket.

Attitash Mountain Resort too is open for fall foliage fun and their new Mountain Coaster re-opened a week ahead of schedule following the damage from Tropical Storm Irene and now joins the Alpine Slides, scenic chair, and lift-serviced downhill mountain biking open weekends through Columbus Day weekend.  They will also be hosting the 14th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend on the Columbus Day weekend which is always a good time and this year will also include a mechanical bull ride…yee haw!
Want some more convincing on the colors popping up here? Check out this short fall foliage video they shot, so relaxing.

Don’t Miss Out On 2011/12 Season Pass Current Low Prices…

Click here to purchase 2011/12 season passes online today before October 10th deadline

Dear Snow Goddess – Fun in the North Conway Sun!

DEAR SNOWGODDESS: I enjoy winter sports, but find that I get the shivers before the day is done. I have been wearing layer upon layer of clothing, but continue freezin’ for some reason.  What do you suggest? COLD AS ICE
DEAR COLD AS ICE: The good news is that you enjoy winter sports and motivating yourself to any activity is a plus for your physical, mental, and spiritual being.  The bad news is that being cold in the winter months is not very fun. Try limiting your layers to three. Avoid wearing cotton, which can be a winter buffs worst enemy. Turn over a warming trend by dressing light and comfortable.  Start with a rayon/polyester blend long john top, followed by a zip up fitted wind breaker. Finalize with a gortex sealed jacket and you should be warm and cozy for temps as low as 15 degrees. Remember to wear a wool/rayon blend hat to cover your noggin and ears and don’t forget your long john bottoms with a wind/waterproof pant.  Head over to Ski & Snowboard Liquidators in North Conway for great deals and up to date fashions or call 603-356-6999
DEAR SNOWGODESS: Who died and made you the Snow Goddess? T’D OFF
DEAR T’D OFF: Good news; no one has to die in order to be a goddess. A goddess is living and in some cultures a goddess is commonly associated with the earth, motherhood, love, and the household. In other cultures a goddess is one that promotes healing or salutes to a higher divinity.  In this case I implore Ullr for snow. I promote healing through the art of teaching yoga and natural health.  I am capable of loving and find solitude in household chores and keeping home. So turn on your love light baby, because you along with every other female in the world are a Goddess too!
DEAR SNOWGODDESS: I am a beginner snowboarder and I have had great difficulty loading on and off the chairlift. I realize that you are a downhill skier however would appreciate any tips that may assist a smoother ride onto the lift.  BOARDERING ON FRUSTRATION
DEAR BOARDERING ON FRUSTRATION: Don’t fret! You along with many beginner snowboarders have this same common concern. Prepare to load the chairlift by skating up to the “staging area.” The staging area may be located by a simple line in the snow. While you wait for the riders in front of you to load, watch how they get on the chair. When the chairlift in front of you has been loaded, the lift operator will wave you down to the loading line. Slide to the line, positioning your front foot over the line. Look over your outside shoulder to spot the chair as it comes around, then sit down, keeping your board straight until it is off the ground. Lower the safety bar and be sure to check out the snow conditions below you on your way up while taking in the picturesque landscapes of the White Mountains. When the time comes to depart the chairlift, raise the safety bar. While unloading the chairlift keep the tip of your board up, wait for the board to contact the ramp. Once the board hits the snow, stand up and place your back (free) foot in the middle of the board. Try to keep your weight distributed evenly between your front and back feet, and glide straight down the ramp. Once you’ve stopped, make sure you’re out of the way of the riders and skiers unloading behind you, then strap in and shred!

Dear SnowGoddess is written by Carlene Sullivan, owner of SymmetreeYoga. Write SnowGoddess at

Dear Snow Goddess of Mt. Washington Valley

North Conway NH Weather Update – Cold Temperatures will give away to seasonably comfortable temps. The holiday week calls for snow…snow…snow!

I’ve been an Alpine Skier for years; however I am interested in learning how to Tele-Ski. I’m a bit nervous on making the transition. Do you have any suggestions? HESITANT 2 FREE THE HEEL
DEAR HESTITANT 2 FREE THE HEEL: Tele-Haven is located north of Crawford Notch at Breton Woods Ski Resort. With low grade forgiving slopes along with great ski conditions, you will sure have a fun-filled experience. BrettonWoods has received over 50 inches of snow this season and more snow is on its way.  I dropped the knee this past Tuesday and experienced pack powder conditions along with groomed trails smoother than Burr Burr Carpet.

My husband has been working non-stop for over a month and he is turning into a real grump.  I’m in my mid-thirties and I am thirsty for some excitement along with some romance to rekindle the fire between us.  Hope you can help! BURNING 4 ATTENTION.

DEAR BURNING 4 ATTENTION: There is one thing you will never hear me say on my death bed and that is “I wish I worked more”; however I’m glad to hear that your husband has a steady job in times like these. To alleviate you desire for attention, reserve a weekend getaway at the Inn at Thorn Hill in Jackson, NH.  There you will be able to indulge in the fine life with deluxe rooms equipped with a jacuzzi and fireplace.  Local area pubs such as the WildCat Tavern offer weekend entertainment and are a walking distance from the Inn. A night out dancing, a late night soak in the tub, along with champagne by the fire is a sure recipe for Delight.
DEAR SNOWGODDESS: This has nothing to do with skiing or the Mount Washington Valley but, where can I get a pair of legwarmers? SISTER FLASHDANCE
DEAR SISTER FLASHDANCE: Good question Sister. I’ve been scanning the isles of local shops for over a week!  Seems, no matter where I go or how hard I look, I feel like I’m wasting countless hours.  Maybe I need to send out the search party!  If you ever find yourself a pair, let me know about it.
DEAR SNOWGODDESS: I’m an out-of-work, ice climber living a life on the road, in search of “the perfect ice”. My travels are extensive and my nights, a bit chilly.  After a long drive around the world, I’ve found myself here in NH.  Where can I get a nice cup of coffee?… Quad Shot!!! VANILLA ICE
DEAR VANILLA ICE: A drive around the world, huh?  Sounds exciting!  What’s even more exciting is that you’ve landed here in this awesome valley.  Mount Washington Valley is known for its phenomenal ice quality along with rugged east coast mixed routes.  To start your day off right, head over to the Frontside Grind for a quad shot! With luck you’ll pick up a climbing partner for the day.

Dear SnowGoddess is written by Carlene Sullivan, owner of SymmetreeYoga . Contact the SnowGoddess at

Dear Snow Goddess

DEAR SNOWGODDESS: You recently performed a snow-dance at Black Mountain causing it to snow like crazy!  All of this awesome white stuff left my children begging me to take them skiing! Where should I take my little snow-monkeys?~DISGRUNTLED MOM

DEAR DISGRUNTLED MOM: Thanks for kudos but you should know that snow is the name of my game.  In regards to where to go skiing, King Pine Ski Area is a great family mountain that offers endless activities for you and your snow-monkeys, such as ice skating, cross-country skiing, day and night skiing, tubing and much more.  I would suggest having a hot betty-beverage in the tavern to alleviate some of your irritation. Smile and have fun! Contact info is 603-367-8896

DEAR SNOWGODDDESS: The wife and I are in town for a few days, for some shopping, skiing, and other fun.  We were out and about yesterday, looking for a nice place to eat, but we couldn’t decide…seems the valley has lots to offer.  Any suggestions on where we can casually dine in style? ~GOLDSTEINS FROM NY.

DEAR GOLDSTEINS FROM NY: I’m so glad you and your wife decided to spend your vacation time here in the valley.  Of course, you’re right!  There are so many different restaurants to choose from, and they’re all very good. However, if you want to casually dine in style, The 1785 Inn would be the place to go.  With such a relaxing atmosphere and a phenomenal menu, the two of you are sure to have a wonderful experience.  Contact info is 603- 356-9025

DEAR SNOWGODDESS: I’m a couch potato from Sarasota, Fl. and I recently moved north to avoid such easy living.  My doctor suggested moving away from the life I know, taking up a more active routine and just having more fun.  Not sure why, but NH seemed the place for me.  So now I’m here.  It’s very cold and just snowed several inches… something I’ve never experienced!  Naturally I’m excited, but I don’t know what to do.  Please help me!! ~LARGE BUT NOT IN CHARGE.

DEAR LARGE BUT NOT IN CHARGE: Congratulations on the big move!  I have a feeling that things will improve greatly, as the valley offers so many activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle.  For starters, take a trip over to Jackson Ski Touring, or maybe even Bear Notch Ski Touring, for an easy paced cross-country trek through the woods.  This is sure to get your heart pumping!  Once you grow into your ski legs, you can try some downhill at one of the local resorts, such as Bretton Woods or Shawnee Peak, both offering extensive beginner terrain.  Once you start, you won’t want to stop.  Regardless of what you choose to do though, one thing is certain… you’re sure to freeze your butt off.

DEAR SNOWGODDESS: I purchased a pair of ski boots and my feet and calf muscles are killing me while I ski.  Do you have any suggestions? ~AGONY OF DAFEET

DEAR AGONY OF DAFEET: Head up town to Stan and Dan’s Ski and Sports Outlet and allow Dan to perform his magic by customizing your boots to fit your feet.  The cost is about $35.00, but worth every penny.  Stan and Dan’s contact information: 603-356-6997

***Weather Update – Ullr the Snow God has answered the Snow Goddess and has gifted her and the Mount Washington Valley will over a foot of fresh POWPOW

Dear SnowGoddess is written by Carlene Sullivan, owner of SymmetreeYoga. Contact the SnowGoddess at