Category Archives: Skiing in Mt. Washington Valley

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 Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-a-Thon at King Pine

King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort is excited to announce the next beneficiary of Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held in East Madison, New Hampshire March 17-18, 2017. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Sanbornville, New Hampshire’s Faith Holt, an 11-year-old girl living with skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome. This year’s goal is to purchase Faith’s family a wheelchair accessible van.

cynthias-challenge3Faith’s Story 

Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap. Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility. Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when she was six-years-old. A wheelchair accessible van would be of incredible assistance to the Holt family to get Faith and his other children to their daily activities and appointments.

About The 2017 Event

cynthias-challengeKing Pine asks participants to donate $99 per person for 24 hours of skiing, snowboarding, and fun. This ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, a T-shirt, games, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night.  Kids ages 8 and under ski for free.

Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase for a chance to win a variety of fabulous prizes, including a Private Duck Tour of Boston donated by Boston Duck Tours, a Valley Train Guest Card for 2 adults and 2 children at the Conway Scenic Railroad, and the grand prize: 3 nights’ lodging in a one bedroom condominium in the Aspens at Jackson Hole Resort Lodging and 2 day lift tickets with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

About Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon

Now in its fourth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $131,000 to benefit children and their families. Starting in 2014, Cynthia Verrill was the first benefactor and resulted in her name being used to name the event. $35,000 raised for Cynthia was used to provide a seizure detecting service dog. The second year, the event raised over $35,000 for Samantha Gillard who was in need of a wheel chair accessible van and the third year raised $61,000 for Kevin Dall to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.

cynthias-challenge2Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to ease the financial burden upon children and their families associated with specialty medical needs. King Pine Ski Area supports Cynthia’s Challenge with the support of local business and the surrounding community.

 

For more information about the event, please call Purity Spring Resort at 603-367-8896 or visit https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/.

AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports SPRINGFEST (Ski-A-Thon)

Join us on Saturday, March 11 for SPRINGFEST, AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports’ biggest fundraiser of the year here in the Mount Washington Valley! This all-day event at Wildcat Mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire includes a Ski/Ride-A-Thon, an Après Ski Party with a buffet, silent auction, raffle,  and prizes, all to benefit AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports and the community it serves.

abilityplusHere’s how the Ski/Ride-A-Thon at SPRINGFEST works:

1. Register for the event. The registration cost for non-season pass holders is $75 and includes a lift ticket, entrance to the Après Ski Party, a registration bag, a t-shirt, and a raffle ticket. For Attitash/Wildcat Season Pass holders, the registration cost is $35 and includes the same benefits as a non-season pass holder registration.

For those that want to register as a team, the fee is $250 for a team of four people. For those who want to only attend the Après Ski Party, entrance is $20 per person.

2. Start your own FirstGiving Fundraising Page and begin accepting donations! There are fantastic prizes for individual fundraisers, with prizes starting at $250. For more information,
visit https://www.firstgiving.com/abilityplus/spring-fest.

3. Attend the Ski-Bid-Party! Check in at 8:30am on March 11th at the Jackson Room located on the top floor of the Wildcat Base Lodge. Enjoy skiing and other festivities, including making bids in the silent auction until 2:45pm.

Food will be served at 3pm in the Jackson Room on the top floor. The menu consists of:

  • Maple Chipotle Chicken Wings
  • American Chop Suey,
  • Braised Meatballs with Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Garden Salad with Blueberry Mead Viaigrette
  • Sausage with Peppers, Onions, and Potatoes
  • Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese
  • Chili with Shredded Cheddar
  • Potatoes AU Gratin

For more information about SPRINGFEST, call 603-374-2688  or visit the AbilityPLUS website at www.abilityplus.org.

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About AbilityPLUS

AbilityPLUS serves a diverse population of individuals, from people with severe physical disabilities to people with autism, across the spectrum. AbilityPLUS and each of their affiliate programs are open to everyone. They teach and work with people regardless of their age, disability or financial constraints.

Since their founding in 1997, programs have grown from working with a handful of families and individuals to providing thousands of program lessons to hundreds of families and individuals each year. They have adaptive ski programs that operate out of Mount Snow, Vermont and in Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire with partnership and affiliate programs throughout New England.

The AbilityPLUS Mission

To offer increased access to athletic and recreational opportunities for persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities that will create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, mental and athletic potential.

 

Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon To Benefit the New England Ski Museum

Bretton Woods Nordic Center in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire welcomes skiers of all experience levels and ages to their Nordic Marathon on Saturday, March 11th. The marathon is to benefit non-profit organization the New England Ski Museum and their mission to “Preserve the Future of Skiing’s Past.” bretton-woods-and-new-england-ski-museum

The marathon welcomes both recreational and competitive skiers and provides timed and untimed racing options for a fun-filled event for people of all skiing interests. Race participants range in age from 11 to 83; with a two lap course and rest stations. The course layout provides a challenge to experienced racers while making use of terrain that is accessible and enjoyable for skiers of all abilities.

While early registration deadlines have passed, interested participants may still register by contacting the Bretton Woods Nordic Center or by visiting their SkiReg registration page here.  On-site registration is also available depending on whether the 400-participant limit has been reached. The marathon event fee includes entrance to the Apres-ski awards, meal and raffle held in the Mount Washington Hotel, a trail pass for March 10th, and feed stations. All proceeds benefit the New England Ski Museum. The first 300 skiers to register will receive a free SWIX hat as compliments of Audi Stratham and the first 100 entrants will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks at bib pick-up.

Sorry, no refunds for any reason, however you may move yourself between distances and timed/untimed at no charge; and you may transfer to another individual within your fee category for $25.

About The History of the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon

bwoodsStaged between the historic Mount Washington Hotel and majestic Mount Washington, the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort has quickly become a North Country winter tradition.  This 42-kilometer, classic format, cross country ski race showcases one of the largest Nordic systems in the northeast.  In the tracks of the famed 1982 US National Championships and such legends as Bill Koch and Tim Caldwell, this race is steeped in history and Nordic skiing tradition. Past winners include Olympians Justin Freeman (2010, 2011) and Dorcas Wonsavge (2009, 2010) and top collegiate racers. 

For more information about the event, including the event schedule and prices, please visit http://brettonwoods.com or by calling 603-278-3322.

Blast From the Past! 80’s Adult Après at Bretton Woods

80s-apresVisit the Slopeside Restaurant in the Bretton Woods Base Lodge on Saturday, March 4 from 3-5pm for an Adult Après that will have you feeling nostalgic for the “good old days”. Bretton Woods is going back in time to the 80s: when shoulder pads were in style and cell phones were the size of your head.

Reminisce while enjoying beverages and music from the best decade since the 60’s, courtesy of Mix 104.1. Play classic 80’s games, test our your memory in 80’s trivia, and compete in their I Love the 80’s Costume Contest. Bring a friend or bring a few and  don’t forget your best pair of acid washed jeans, and join Bretton Woods for this Blast From the Past Adult Ski Après. Prizes will be awarded for “Most Radical Air Guitar Solo”, “Most 80’s Outfit”, and “Biggest 80’s Hair.”

For more information on this event, please call the Bretton Woods Ski Area at (603) 278-3320 or by visiting their website at www.brettonwoods.com.

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!).

Supper to Support the New England Ski Museum Eastern Slope Branch

Enjoy an evening of great food, community involvement, and generosity at the Flatbread Pizza Company in North Conway to benefit the New England Ski Museaum Eastern Slope Branch on Tuesday, February 21, at 5pm until close. The Flatbread Pizza Company in will donate a portion of the evening’s receipts (both dine-in and take-out) to the Eastern Slope Branch of the New England Ski Museum.

The evening will be all about skiing! Visit the Legends Room of the Eastern Slope Inn to watch vintage ski films and participate in a 50/50 raffle to help turn the former North Conway Community Center into the Eastern Slope Branch of the New England Ski Museum.  The museum will include interactive exhibits, a library, fascinating ski history and a museum shop.  Please attend and help make this vision a reality!

About the New England Ski Museum
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The New England Ski Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1977. The mission of the museum is to collect, conserve, and exhibit elements of ski history for research, education and inspiration. While the museum has operated at Franconia Notch State Park since December of 1982 and welcomes thousands of visitors annually, the New England Ski Museum aims to expand and create a permanent branch in the Mount Washington Valley.

About the Eastern Slope Branch Ski Museum Project

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It is anticipated that the cost to lease, renovate and equip the community center to properly house the museum and ensure its long-term health will be $1,700,000. Professional museum quality environmental renovations will be required to display priceless artifacts from the existing collection. Interactive displays and exhibit features are also planned. A fixed budget will be created after the final programming and architectural solutions are completed. A capital campaign team has been formed of New England Ski Museum directors and key Mount Washington Valley residents to promote this exciting charitable endeavor and raise the requisite funds.

For more information, please visit www.newenglandskimuseum.org or call 603.823.7177.

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.

Chairlift Speed Dating at Black Mountain

chairlift-speed-dating-black-mountainLooking for a Valentine that loves the slopes as much as you do? On Saturday, February 11th, Black Mountain is hosting its annual Chairlift Speed Dating Event to help you find that special someone! Meet fellow ski and board enthusiasts during an 8-minute ride up the double chair. With the mountain’s beautiful scenery and skiing you’ll have something to talk about to break the ice. If it’s not a good match, just ski down and try again!

Ben Cook will be crooning in the Lostbo Pub, and representatives from Sam Adams will be there giving out swag.  If you find a great match, be sure to book the Last Tracks event for that night as well!

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This event runs from 2-4pm at Black Mountain Ski Area, located at 373 Black Mountain Road in Jackson, NH.  The event is open to ages 18+, and the cost is the lift ticket to ride the lift.  For more information, email Black Mountain Ski Area at ski@blackmt.com or call 603-383-4490.

‘Art Along The Trails’ at Jackson Ski Touring Center

On Saturday, February 11th abstract painters Rebecca Klementovich from Bartlett and Kristen Pobatschnig from Conway will display their art in nature at the Jackson Ski Touring Center in Jackson, New Hampshire. Instead of a traditional white-walled gallery, this gallery consists of walls made from nature – snow, hemlocks, and birches!

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Klementovich and Pobatschnig are a painting duo who call themselves the “Femme Fatales of the North.” They are working to bring more attention to female painters in northern New Hampshire, especially abstract artists.

Viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 on foot, or $21 for a trail pass for those on skis or snowshoes (less for seniors and children). For more information about this event, please visit http://jacksonxc.org/events/list-of-events/ or call the Jackson Ski Touring Center at 603 – 383 – 9355. 

17th Annual Snowfest at Loon Mountain

casa_snowfest_golf_by_lomanno_0004_webJoin in the winter fun for a notable cause on Friday, February 3 at CASA of New Hampshire’s 17th annual Snowfest at Loon Mountain. The Snowfest, one of CASA’s largest annual fundraisers, invites attendees to experience a custom snow-golf course designed by Loon Mountain and take advantage of a day of skiing, snowboarding, and more across Loon’s entire resort.

The event will stay true to its traditions, with a continental breakfast for all participants in the morning, a Common Man Restaurant lunch buffet, and an apres ski party in Babe’s lounge, complete with raffles and live auctions.  Tickets  include breakfast, lunch and a full-day lift ticket as well as access to the golf course and a great swag bag.

Ticket Prices for Snowfest 2017:

  • Single tickets: $105
  • Foursome for $400
  • Special rate for season pass holders: $50 (no lift ticket)

About CASA NH
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the New Hampshire court system. As part of the national nonprofit organization National CASA (NCASAA), we envision a world in which all children are safe, nurtured and living in permanent homes. CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

For more information about the event or to register, please visit https://www.casanh.org/snowfest or call 603-626-4600.

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King Pine Hosts PSIA & AASI Level 1 Exam January 28-29

East Madison, N.H. — Approximately 20 ski instructors will be at King Pine Ski Area this weekend seeking their Alpine Level 1 certification from the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Examiners from the Eastern Division of PSIA will spend two days evaluating the candidates against national certification standards for ski teaching. According to the PSIA-AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) website, certification standards provide a consistent training framework for instructors and represent a standard of competency for ski teaching across the United States that is transferrable from division to division. No matter where you live, once an instructor is certified by PSIA or AASI, they’ll teach from the same platform and to the same standards as PSIA-AASI members from across the country.

“We are excited to be the host ski area for this PSIA Level 1 Exam event,” said Trisha Jacobson, King Pine Ski Area’s Director of Ski and Snowboard School. “Though many of our ski and snowboard instructors, coaches and trainers are already PSIA and AASI Level 1, 2 and 3 certified, this is the first time that King Pine has been the host ski area for a certification exam. I am proud of our 12 new instructor candidates who have been working hard with our training staff to prepare for this event. We also look forward to welcoming instructors from several other ski areas who will be joining us for this event. We wish all the candidates success this weekend and beyond as they join PSIA, expand their professional expertise and bring it all back to their ski areas and into their lessons!”

About The PSIA and AASI

With more than 10,600 members, the Eastern Division of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA-E) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) is the largest of the nine divisions that make up PSIA and AASI. The Eastern Division members represent nearly 35% of more than 31,400 national members. Members live and work in seven regions up and down the East Coast, teaching for more than 250 snowsports schools.

About King Pine

King Pine Ski Area, located in Madison, New Hampshire, is part of Purity Spring Resort and has a rich tradition of delivering outdoor fun and family recreation. Conveniently located between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Purity Spring Resort has been owned and operated by the Hoyt family since the late 1800s and today offers a variety of year-round family destinations, including Tohkomeupog – Camp for Boys , The Lodges Retreat Center at Tohkomeupog, Traditions Restaurant, The Mill Indoor Pool & Fitness Center, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, The Bluffs RV Resort (exclusively for adults), Purity Spring Resort and King Pine Ski Area.

Written By Thomas Prindle
Director of Marketing, Purity Spring Resort