By Kathy Bennett
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!