Category Archives: Skiing in Mt. Washington Valley

New Hampshire’s Ski Areas Report a 30% Increase in Snow Sports Visits During 2016-17 Season

Press Release

Media Contact:
Karolyn Castaldo
Communications & Marketing Manager, Ski NH
603.754.9396 * Karolyn@SkiNH.com

CONWAY, NH (June 14, 2017) – During the 2016-17 winter season, total ski resort visits for Ski NH’s 34 ski area members reached 2,357,609, which includes alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. This represents and increase of 33% over the prior year’s visits.

Alpine skier and rider visits totaled 2,104,298 – nearly 30 percent higher than last season, while total cross-country skier visits were up 80 percent to 133,621. Snow tubing visits hit 119,690, which is the third best year since Ski NH started keeping records, 20 years ago. Tubing saw an 82 percent jump over the previous season.

ski nh.png“Well-timed snowstorms helped promote the perception in our key market areas that there was good skiing in the state. Natural snowfall combined with advanced snowmaking systems and excellent grooming methods set up our ski areas with great conditions throughout most of the year, and people turned out to enjoy the slopes and trails” said Jessyca Keeler, Executive Director of Ski NH. “Next winter, we’ll work with our ski area members and other partners to showcase New Hampshire as a great ski destination and highlight the skiing lifestyle and learn-to-ski opportunities. Through our efforts we will expect to see additional growth in visitation next year.”

Ski NH announced the final numbers for the 2016/17 winter season at its annual conference at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, NH on Monday, June 12, 2017.

About Ski NH

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 34 alpine and cross-country resorts in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, vacation planning, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at 603.745.9396 or visit the Ski NH website at SkiNH.com. For statewide travel info, go to visitNH.gov.

A Successful Ski Season for Alpine and Cross Country Areas in New Hampshire 2016-17

Press Release from Ski New Hampshire

CONWAY, NH (April 24, 2017)-As the weather warms and the chairlifts stop spinning for the 2016/17 season, Ski New Hampshire’s 34 ski area members reported a successful season overall, thanks in part to well-timed snow storms in the Granite State and the greater Boston area.

Though final numbers are still rolling in from the trade association’s member resorts, a consistent weekly tally of skier visits from 10 of the state’s alpine resorts shows that skier visits for the 2016/17 season are up 31 percent over last year. Nordic ski areas also saw a much healthier skier visit base than last season.

“Winter storms blew through when it really mattered this season: during Christmas vacation, leading up to Presidents’ Weekend and February vacation, and during March for many resorts’ spring events,” says Karolyn Castaldo, Communications and Marketing Manager for Ski New Hampshire. The late season snow storms even allowed some resorts that typically close early to extend their season by a week or two.

For those skiers and riders who want to take advantage of great deals in preparation for next season, many resorts are offering season passes for the 2017/18 season at http://www.skinh.com/season-passes at discounted spring sale rates. Deadlines begin on April 30 and will run through early June, depending on the resort.

But just because the snow is diminishing doesn’t mean that these resorts will stay dormant for long. A growing number of summer activities are available at these resorts, which typically open on or around Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Columbus Day.

About Ski NH
Ski NH is the statewide association representing 34 alpine and cross country resorts in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, vacation planning, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com. For statewide travel info, visit http://www.visitNH.gov.

COLD DAY . . . WARM HEARTS: Inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day Makes An Impact

Provided by Crispin Battles, Marketing Director of Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Pinkham Notch, NH — The Mt. Washington Auto Road, and its sister company Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, are proud to report that the inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day, held in frigid temperatures on March 11, was a success on many levels. The event brought together new friends and old, while raising over $2,500 for both local and national charities. Most importantly, however, the event inspired a sense of philanthropy among community members and customers alike, which will pay dividends well into the future. The company’s management and staff are firm believers in the words of noted philanthropist Eli Broad who once stated: “Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.”

While the Great Glen Winter Charity Day held the moniker “inaugural” it was actually an evolution of an event that has been near and dear to the company since 2008. Originally held as a ski-a-thon fundraiser specifically for the ALS Association in recognition of Carl Johnson, an active community member who battled the disease, this year the event was expanded to include all charities so that participants could choose the cause that speaks to them. In total, 17 organizations received donations, including:

* Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

* Conway Area Humane Society

* Tin Mountain Conservation Center

* White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team

* Kennett High School Project Graduation

* Family Resource Center of Gorham

* Jackson Biathlon

* MSPCA – Methuen

* Donna’s Dreamers

* ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter

* Casting For Recovery

* American Cancer Society

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

* Alzheimer’s Association

* American Lung Association, New Hampshire

* St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

* Southern Poverty Law Center

Participants who donated $25 or more received a trail pass to ski, snowshoe, and fatbike at Great Glen Trails, as well as a catered lunch from the Glen View Café. Those who donated $50 or more were given a voucher to take a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road — unfortunately, conditions were too cold for the SnowCoaches to run during the event. Our close-knit community, together with customers from other New England states, enjoyed the afternoon in the warmth of our lodge playing board games and relishing in the camaraderie of friends.

Plans are already underway to make the “second annual” Great Glen Winter Charity Day a landmark event for the 2018 winter season, and an ongoing part of the philanthropic activities hosted by the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The company’s events have a long history of raising funds for local charities and non-profit organizations, foremost among them being the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb which has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race which has raised over $80,000 for Coos County Family Health Services.

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The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America’s oldest man-made attraction. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, opened in 1994, is one of New Hampshire’s premier Nordic ski areas, with 45 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. During the summer months, the Outdoor Center focuses on human-powered outdoor activities including kayaking, biking, hiking and trail running. Both companies consider themselves stewards of Mt. Washington and the natural areas surrounding it, and feel strongly about supporting their local communities.

Pond Skimming and Beach Party at King Pine

King Pine welcomes you to end the ski season with a splash! At the annual Pond Skimming and Beach Party at King Pine, skiers and riders will attempt to cross their man-made shark pond at the base of King Pine to celebrate the end of their fun-filled ski season. Don’t forget your Hawaiian attire!

This year’s annual party will be held on Sunday, March 26, starting at 12:00 p.m. Course inspection will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the race will begin at 1:00 p.m. Registration form and waiver are required for the event.

For more information, visit www.kingpine.com, call 603-367-8896, or email  info@kingpine.com.

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 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.