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Apres Ski and Live Entertainment in Mt Washington Valley – November

Apres Ski and live entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH – Week of November 16, 2017

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.

Throughout November

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

  • Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
  • Nov 22nd – Homecoming party with Rek’Lis in the Pub from 9pm to 12:30am.
  • Nov 24 – Live entertainment: Riley Parkhurst Project
  • Nov 25 – Live entertainment: Shark Martin
  • Nov 26 – Blue Sunday – H-Bomb from 5:30-9:00pm

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH

  • Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” nightlife 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
  • 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.

Additional entertainment at Wildcat Tavern for November:

November 18:  Cold River Mini Concert Series Featuring Miss Maybelle and Slim Pickens

November 22: Bill Madison with Jonathan Sarty – 6-9 PM

November 29: The White Mountain Ceili Band 7-9pm – November 29, 2017

November 20: Kevin Dolan 7-9 pm 

At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey.

Plus these special events

ApresSki-Beatlemania_Stage_Show_Sgt_Pepper_OfficialNov. 17: Beatlemania at Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg: Celebrating the end of its 35th season, Arts Jubilee presents an encore benefit concert, featuring the Beatlemania Stage Show, at 7:00 pm at the state-of-the-art Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg.  Tickets are $25 and are available online at fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or by calling the box office at 207-935-9232. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the show when the lobby opens at 6:00. Info: mwvevents.com.

Nov 17: UNPLUGGED – Gerard, Marshall, & Farrell at Medallion Opera House, Gorham: Don’t miss this special acoustic show with three of the area’s top pickers starting at 7:30pm. Guitarists Dave Gerard, Bruce Marshall, & Chuck Farrell will combine forces for a fantastic night of music.  Tickets:  $15 advance/ $20 at door. Advance tickets available online at www.medallionoperahouse.org. Click here for info.

Nov 16-18:  M&D Playhouse presents 12th Night: Twelfth Night is presented at Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.  Performances begin at 7:30 PM. To reserve seats, please visit http://www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275. Info: Click here.

Nov 18: Met Opera Live in HD: The Exterminating Angel: The Met Opera Live in HD presents The Exterminating Angel at 1 pm at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which guests cannot escape. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. For tickets, call the box office at 207-935-9232.

Nov 19: Musical/Opera Dinners at Inn at Crystal Lake, 4:00pm: Once a month, Innkeeper Tim Ostendorf, innkeeper and bartender and classical voice major in college, offers a dinner and lecture surrounding a special musical or opera topic. Dinners begin at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted). November’s lecture is on History of Great Singers in Film and starts at 4:00pm. Hosted by William Cotten of The Boston Conservatory Voice Faculty (*dinner will be served after the lecture).  $40/per person. For more information, click here.

Nov 24: Warren Miller’s ”Line of Descent” screening at Bretton Woods: It starts at 4:00pm -5:00pm with the Warren Miller Pre-Show Party and Bonfire in the Gazebo in front of the base lodge.  Doors open at 6:00pm; Slopeside Pub open with spirits and a select menu. View the film from 7-9pm.  Door prizes too! Tickets are $15 for ages 13+, $5 for kids 4-12 and $10 for resort guests. Better yet! With each movie ticket purchase, guests will receive a complimentary midweek/ non-holiday Bretton Woods lift ticket good throughout the 2017/18 season! Complimentary ski tickets will be issued at Warren Miller event registration desk on November 24th, 2017 ONLY. Click here for more info and full weekend schedule.

Nov 24: Paula Poundstone at Stone Mountain Arts Center: An NPR darling, from her comedy specials to her live shows, she is hysterical, witty, and her improv with the crowd is the highlight of the evening. 8:00pm showtime.  Tickets are $65. Info: Click here.

November 29: Stone Mountain Arts Center Rooster Luncheon: Here is a little taste of a night out at SMAC for Christmas in the daytime. A home-cooked meal served with love to be followed by a short Christmas carol concert given by owner Carol Noonan. Doors open at 11:30am; Lunch at noon.  $30 per person. Info: Click here.

For a glimpse at the complete events calendar in Mt Washington Valley, including everything from family fun to outdoor adventure, click here.

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Dining Deals in Mt Washington Valley – November 16, 2017

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.

In addition, these restaurants offer great meal deals, so plan your apres ski fun accordingly!

Throughout November!

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 Five Different Flavors from Around the World
  • A Pint of Local Craft Beer (or glass of wine if preferred)
  • A basket of Artisan Focaccia & Multigrain Bread
  • Add Hand Cut Fries ($3) or Sweet Potato Fries ($4)

Taco Trio Tuesdays- $12 for Three: Includes:

  • Three different authentic and creative tacos
  • Add Rice & Beans for $2.95
  • South of the Border Inspired Margarita and Cocktail Specials

Red Parka Pub skier barAt Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Glen, NH

On Tuesdays – Buck a Bone Night in the Pub with Red Parka Pub’s famous BBQ Ribs for $1 each

On Wednesdays – Wing It Wednesday with 72-cent Wings

On Thursdays – Prime Time Thursdays – 10 oz. Prime Rib Dinner with fresh vegetable & choice of potato for $12.95.

At Max’s Restaurant and Pub, 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 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 Ledges Restaurant in White Mountain Hotel, West Side Road, North Conway

Seafood Fest at White Mountain HotelEvery 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 Note: Traditions Restaurant & Pub plans to be closed December 3 – 14 for annual maintenance/cleaning and will reopen December 15.

$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.

  • Sauerbraten – German Pot Roast with potato pancakes and red cabbage
  • Roasted Vegetable Primavera – Grilled Vegetables with roasted garlic & herb olive oil, tossed with cavatappi pasta
  • Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie – Tender BBQ Smoked Pork with peas and corn, topped with cheddar whipped potato
  • Chicken Milanese – Chicken Breast Cutlet, dipped in a parmigiana cheese, egg batter and sautéed to a golden brown, served with pasta and vegetables
  • Traditions Burger – Beef Blend Burger, grilled to your liking and served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and onion with hand-cut fries
  • Broiled Flounder with Herb Butter – Served with rice and vegetables
  • Add a side salad to any of the above specials menu items for $3

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 into all-you-can-eat Carolina Pork Ribs served with traditional coleslaw and french fries for $20 per person.

King Pine SkierAnd 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

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.

Special dining dates in November!

Musical/Opera Dinners at Inn at Crystal Lake: Sunday, November 19, 4:00pm

Once a month, Innkeeper Tim Ostendorf, innkeeper and bartender and classical voice major in college, offers a dinner and lecture surrounding a special musical or opera topic. Dinners begin at 6:30pm (unless otherwise noted). November’s lecture is on History of Great Singers in Film and starts at 4:00pm. Hosted by William Cotten of The Boston Conservatory Voice Faculty (*dinner will be served after the lecture).  $40/per person. For more information, click here.

November 29: Stone Mountain Rooster Luncheon: Here is a little taste of a night out at Stone Mountain Arts Center for Christmas in the daytime. A home-cooked meal served with love to be followed by a short Christmas carol concert given by owner Carol Noonan. Doors open at 11:30am; Lunch at noon.  $30 per person. Info: Click here.

Thanksgiving Dinners in the Valley!

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at the following restaurants throughout Mt Washington Valley

Thanksgiving Day Dinner for two when you stay two nights over Thanksgiving at the Inn at Thorn Hill

Thanksgiving Buffet at Omni Mt. Washington Resort, 12-8pm

Thanksgiving Buffet at Wildcat Inn and Tavern, 12-5pm. Click here for menu.

Thanksgiving Dinner/Buffet at Christmas Farm Inn in Jackson. For menu, click here.

Thanksgiving Dinner at  Stonehurst Manor, seatings at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm. For menu, click here.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Max’s Restaurant and Pub at Snowvillage Inn will be open for dinner 1-5PM on Thanksgiving Day.  Reservations recommended.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort.

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Oxford House Inn from 12pm-3pm.

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at the Traditions Restaurant at the Purity Spring Resort. Click here for menu.

Thanksgiving dinner at Wentworth-An Elegant Country Inn ,  2-8pm,  Click here for menu.

Abenaki Trail Restaurant & Pub will be open Thanksgiving night 4:30-10 pm.

Thanksgiving Dinner at White Mountain Hotel & Resort.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Notchland Inn, five courses, 7pm, reservations required.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Eagle Mountain House, Highfields Restaurant. Click here for menu.

Other Deals!

Horsefeathers Countdown to Christmas gift certificate saleHorsefeathers Countdown to Christmas Gift Certificate Sale

The official Countdown to Christmas starts at midnight November 23rd and lasts for 31 days with great deals on Gift Certificates. The sooner you buy, the better the savings.  Gift Certificates are available in $50 & $100 denominations and make great gifts for holidays, birthdays or just about any occasion you can think of.

Visit this page starting on November 24th and purchase your discounted Gift Certificates for incredible savings!

The following chart shows you the discount percentage for each day starting November 24th. (Please allow five to seven days for gift card delivery)

November 24 25% off December 9 11% off
November 25 25% off December 10 10% off
November 26 25% off December 11 9% off
November 27 24% off December 12 8% off
November 28 23% off December 13 7% off
November 29 22% off December 14 6% off
November 30 21% off December 15 5% off
December 1 19% off December 16 5% off
December 2 18% off December 17 5% off
December 3 17% off December 18 5% off
December 4 16% off December 19 5% off
December 5 15% off December 20 5% off
December 6 14% off December 21 5% off
December 7 13% off December 22 5% off
December 8 12% off December 23 5% off

From Indian Mound Golf Club

Gift cards now on sale:  can be used for (restaurant, greens fees & carts)
*  $100 or more:  20% off
*  all other gift cards 10% off!

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 anytime within a year of issue for dining, lodging or spa.  Click here for full details.

Black Friday Gift Certificate Sale at White Mountain Hotel – offer valid Nov. 24-Dec 1, 2017 only

Purchase a $100 Gift Certificate to the White Mountain Hotel and receive a $20 bonus gift certificate free with purchase. These restrictions apply to the $20 Bonus Certificate:

  • Expires one year from date of issue.
  • Cannot be combined with any other sale, offer, discount or promotion.
  • Has no cash value and no refunds on unused portion.
  • Cannot be used on Group Bookings.
  • Valid toward overnight accommodations or dining in Ledges Restaurant.

Offer is valid from 7:00 AM on Friday, November 24th through 12 noon on Friday, December 1st ONLY. Call the Hotel to purchase and refer to BLACK FRIDAY SALE. Call 800-533-6301.

Master Glass Blower will visit Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton

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Master Glass Blower Gerard Treacy will visit Waterford Wedgewood Royal Doulton, located at 2 Common Ct. Settlers Green North Conway NH, on November 28 from 12 – 4 pm.

Waterford Artisan Events offer a rare opportunity for Waterford Crystal devotees to meet and greet the men behind the magic, direct from Ireland’s House of Waterford Crystal. These are the artisans and craftsmen who create, design, cut, polish and engrave the world’s most beautiful crystal. Each Waterford artisan has a unique story to tell about their background and history at Waterford, crafting specialties and personal favorites – stories they are eager to share during each Artisan Event visit.

The Artisan signings are a highlight of each event. Using a special crystal engraving pen, the Waterford Artisan adds his unique signature to your Waterford piece, free of charge, creating a one-of-a-kind keepsake or a very special gift.

GERARD TREACY –
Gerard began his career with Waterford Crystal as an apprentice glass blower in 1979. Within a year he moved on to ball glass blower. The skill of the Master Glass Blower combines tremendous dexterity and coordination of hands, breath, and strength, especially with the larger items. In 1984, Gerard qualified as a glass blower and, three years later, became a Master Glass Blower. He has worked on the entire range of Waterford Crystal stemware.

Stop in now to reserve your piece for Gerard to sign. Signed crystal makes an already beautiful gift even more unique! Can’t make it into the store? Call us and we will help you choose that perfect piece and we will ship it right to your door, and in time for the holidays!

For more information >

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Summer Fun! The American Eclipse is coming August 21!

White Birch Book is excited for Monday, August 21, when a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it!

Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. The temperature will drop, stars will appear, and birds will become confused and start chirping their night time songs. It’s going to be awesome!

So to get you prepared they suggest you pick up a copy of AMERICAN ECLIPSE by David Baron to read about the eclipse of 1878.

Their Book Groups meet the second & fourth Thursday of the month and are open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point. But they have a lot of fun, too. Stop in, meet some new friends and read some great books.

For more information >

 

 

YOGA, REIKI AND HEALING ARTS

Downward Facing Dog Days of Summer may be coming to an end, but the flow of energy is still going strong.  Join Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts this August to keep your energy levels high!

Much is happening in the world, come and be lifted in Sacred Space in this heartfelt space where so many seek rest and relaxation from the outside world.

Each August Anjali Rose vacations with her tribe of yogis, dancers and meditation gurus at the wonderful Dance New England Summer Camp. She’ll be sharing her teachings, sound healing and Reiki with this community August 18 – August 27.

For information on August events >

Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts Center
Conveniently located at 45 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Conway
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Events are also listed on Facebook for more information

Redline Guiding Announces Four Guides as Wilderness First Responders

Redline Guiding is pleased to announce that four from its team of guides recently earned their “woofers” or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certifications. These certifications include CPR/AED training. The guides to earn their stripes, so to speak, are Arlette Laan and Ken Hodges (both earning theirs from Solo), and Álvaro Marques and Liz Wyman (both earning theirs from Wilderness Medical Associates). These certifications require intense training and we’re proud that they successfully completed their respective courses. Having these certifications will better ensure their safety and that of our guests.

About the Guides

Arlette-Laan-MainArlette Laan, trail name Apple Pie, grew up in the Netherlands and currently lives in Lowell, MA. She began hiking when she was eighteen on vacation in Switzerland. She has since hiked many of the long distance trails in the U.S. and traveled and hiked abroad. She’s completed the 48 4000-footers of New Hampshire, finished the New England 67, and is 8 summits shy of completing the NE 100 highest list. The last two years she’s started to redline the trails in the White Mountains and is currently about halfway done. She loves hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, but most of all long distance backpacking.

Ken-Hodges-MainKen Hodges of Amesbury, MA began hiking with the Boy Scouts, summitting Mt.Washington at age twelve. He has since hiked the New Hampshire 48 4000-footers a few times, the 52-With-A-View, the Terrifying 25, the Vermont 4000-footers as well as the Adirondack’s 46 4000-footers. He is currently looking forward to finishing up the Northeast 113. He has hiked and backpacked throughout the US and internationally (see Résumé below). Ken also enjoys off trail bushwhacking. During the early 1980s he worked as a forester throughout the Northeast and now donates his time as a land steward for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. Ken has been organizing and leading Meetup hikes for several years. When not hiking he enjoys cycling (both road and mountain), fishing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and a good craft beer.

alvaro-on-pierceÁlvaro Marques was born in Portugal. At age 28, he started to dedicate more of his time to the outdoors. Since then he has not only explored his own country but has traveled to others looking for new challenges. While living in Spain, he had the opportunity to discover the joy of being above tree line — his favorite landscape. The mountains in Romania and French Alps are still among his best memories. The opportunity to travel west to the United States opened the doors to new horizons. Living currently in Hudson, Massachusetts, he has put many miles in his car to hike all over New England — completing the New England 67. He is also an avid advocate for Portuguese food, and likes to bring it to the mountains.

Liz-Wyman-Main.jpgLiz Wyman has lived, worked, and played in the White Mountains for the past decade. As a teacher, writer, and naturalist she leads hikes and educational programs for all ages. She has taught environmental science and natural resources to students in middle school, high school, and college. Liz is passionate about the natural and cultural history of New England. Show her a tree or flower and she can tell you what it is. She is an active volunteer with the Appalachian Mountain Club as a trail adopter, volunteer naturalist, and Conservation-Education Co-Chair for AMC’s New Hampshire Chapter.

For more information on Redline Guiding and their guides, visit http://redlineguiding.com/.

Winter Wildlife Tracking in the East Bear Paw Lands

Winter is alive and thriving here in the Mount Washington Valley and it’s time for children and adults alike to go outside and play! The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s Easement Exploration Series welcomes you to attend their January exploration in Winter Wildlife Tracking  on Saturday, January 21st, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The event, co-sponsored with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, will be lead by Dr. Rick Van de Pol. Explore the Bear Paw Lands, where wildlife abounds, and snowshoe the trail network of approximately 6 miles long, an excellent beginner’s adventure.

Participants are asked to meet at the Maine Visitors Center, located on Route 302 in Fryeburg, Maine. It is recommended that participants dress warm, bring a lunch, and pack their snowshoes or rent a pair from Tin Mountain Conservation Center. To reserve a pair of snowshoes, please call 603-447-6991. For more information about this event, visit http://www.usvlt.org/easement-exploration-series/. Please email info@usvit.org with any questions about the event.

About the East Bear Paw Lands
The East Bear Paw Lands consist of a 500-acre section of easment located off of Route 302. Within these lands is a trail network of approximately 6 miles long, that is excellent for beginner mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and trail running. The forested landscape is home to an abundance tracks from fox to fisher and the Easement Exploration Group will snowshoe in search of these and other signs of wildlife.

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About the Easement Exploration Series
Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s “Easement Exploration Series” showcases conservation easements and properties we own and is designed to connect community members with the protected lands that surround them.  Once a month they host a themed visit to a preserve or easement.  Visitors might find themselves walking, hiking, running, snow-shoeing, or even canoeing or kayaking through local conservation lands.  These events are led by Land Trust staff, board members, and volunteers, as well as experts in the field: naturalists with specialties ranging from tracking to birding, from limnology to lichenology.  Most of the events are open to the general public, whereas a few visits to easement lands where public access is limited are open only to Land Trust members.

A core component of USVLT’s mission is “to preserve the ecological systems and cultural values of the Upper Saco River Valley.”  Providing a tangible way for community members to connect with these protected lands furthers our mission at its most basic level.

44TH Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race at Bretton Woods

The 44th Annual Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race will take place on the Ammonoosuc trail network at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center on Monday, January 16th, 2017. The race, originally staged in the winter of 1972-73, is one of New England’s oldest citizens’ races. Originally a 6-kilometer race on terrain groomed by a homemade track sled pulled by a rope from a grooming machine, the Geschmossel Race is currently a 15-kilometer classical style Nordic ski race and is part of the ZAK Cup Series.

The schedule for the race is as follows:

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
    Registration
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Registration
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 11:00am
    Mass Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 12:00pm
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    Awards Ceremony
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center

Registration costs are $20 per person under the age of 23 and $30 per person over the age of 23 if you register before 5:00pm on January 15, 2017. Those who wish to register after this time can expect to pay $35 per person under the age of 23 and $50 per person over the age of 23. In addition to event entry, the registration fee includes:

  • Trail Pass for the day of the event
  • Awards celebration following the race
  • Pre-registered skiers may ski at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center for $15 a day from Jan. 2 – Jan. 15

Please call the Bretton Woods Nordic Center at 603.278.3322 for more information. To register online, please visit this page by January 15th, 2017. Day-of registration is available but at a higher cost.

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce wishes you luck in the race, but with winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, we’re all winners! For more information on winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, visit the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce website or call Visitor Services at 800-367-3364.

Tuesday Trekker Snowshoe Tours in Jackson, NH

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The Tuesday Trekker Snowshoe Tours have returned this year with exciting changes! The tours, 2 hours in duration and lead by naturalist guide Peter Minich, give outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers of all experience and activity levels the opportunity to connect with the outdoors and enjoy the serenity of the Mt. Washington Valley winter landscape. Groups begin their venture at 10am on Tuesday mornings and return at noon for a social event by the fire. During the social event, group members are welcome to enjoy hot beverages or a glass of wine and light snacks at the base lodge. The tours are more than a way to stay active during the winter months, they are an opportunity to learn a new skill, strengthen an existing one, or meet new friends!

The tours will be held every Tuesday, starting January 3rd, 2017 and ending March 28. The tours are closed on vacation weeks and holidays. The tours are $15 per week or $45 for the entire season, and advanced reservations are suggested for this event. For individuals without snowshoes, they are available for an additional charge of $12.

For more information or to reserve a spot in the tours, please visit the Jackson XC event page or call 603-383-9355.

What’s your winter adventure? To plan your winter adventure, please contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at 800-367-3364.

 

 

Strong Start to the 2016-17 Ski Season

By Kathy Bennett

Skiing on Sat. 12/17 at Wildcat Mountain was spectacular, and not just because of the 7+ inches of new snow that fell throughout the day. Santa showed up to take a few turns in the powder along with the hundreds of delighted skiers reveling in what was possible the best ski conditions in 2 years.

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Not only did Wildcat offer trails blanketed with both man made and natural snow, groomed to perfect, they had many “natural” snow trails open that were left ungroomed. That’s a gift even Santa can’t top, although he could clearly be seen ripping it up on both the groomed and ungroomed terrain, clutching his jolly red hat as brisk winds raked the mountains and blew the snowflakes about.

It was a great to ski powder conditions and gentle bumps from the summit right down to the base area on trails like Lift Lion, Upper and Middle Wildcat, then down to Bobcat and Alley Cat. When my legs burned out I skied laps under the Bobcat Triple Chair – which also was a welcome respite from the high winds buffeting the Quad.

Beginner and novice skiers also lucked out as Polecat – one of the longest “green” trails anywhere – was open from the summit.  Long, groomed and topped with fresh pow-pow, it gives new and seasoned skiers alike a treat.

Skiing in a snowstorm presents some challenges but ones that are well worth overcoming for the treat of an ever-refreshing fresh powder surface. Saturday delivered classic Wildcat “everything but the kitchen sink” weather – cold (7 degrees when I pulled into the parking lot); wind (reported gusts of over 30mph) and pelting snow. Make like a boy scout and come prepared. Goggles, waterproof mittens, multiple fleece layers, neck gator, face mask, foot and hand warmers – check check check and check. Take breaks to warm up and dry off. I always try to bring a change of certain items – like fleece neck gators – which can become drenched after a few hours. Don’t let bad clothing get in the way of a great day of skiing. Frostbite warnings be damned – dress for it and you can enjoy a full day in the outdoors relishing whatever comes at you!

All local ski areas in the Valley are now open and this Christmas Vacation Week is looking to be a corker with conditions that are a far cry from last winter’s drought. Make your ski and stay lodging reservations right now as many properties will sell out in advance. Not a skier? Never fear – North Conway has something for everyone including snow tubing, ice skating, shopping, arts, culture, foodie adventures and more. Check it all out on our website – www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.

Hancock Lumber Home Again Design Showroom adds 4th location in North Conway, NH!

Hancock Lumber celebrated the launch of their newest Home Again Kitchen and Bath Design Showroom with an open house and
ceremonial ribbon cutting. The showroom is located on the Hancock Lumber campus at 2451 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH.

Kevin Hancock, President, Hancock Lumber introduced his staff, including Lisa Williams, Kitchen and Bath Designer for the North Conway location.

Hancock Lumber is a sixth generation, family owned business with 10 locations and 4 signature showrooms across Maine and New Hampshire. For more information visit www.hancocklumber.com.

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Pictured in photo from left are Cary Latham, North Conway General Manager, Lisa Williams, Kitchen + Bath Designer, North Conway,
Kevin Hancock, President, Hancock Lumber, Jennifer Yeaton, Kitchen + Bath Designer, Yarmouth, and Cindy Gaudin, Home Again by Hancock Lumber, General Manager.

Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Annual Meeting

MWVEC is celebrating 25 years of serving the community and invites you to join them for a night of awards and recognition at their Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17
$50 per person

5:00 pm – Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
5:45 pm – Business Meeting
6 to 8:00 pm – Dinner and Awards Ceremony

RSVP by November 11
Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council
53 Technology Lane, Conway, NH 03818
603-447-6622