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

CHRISTMAS WEEK ON AND AROUND THE SKI SLOPES FILLED WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, FAMILY FUN ON THE SLOPES & SO MUCH MORE

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 www.MtWashingtonValley.org 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 www.VisitNH.gov.

 

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“Alton Weagle Day” at the Mt. Washington Auto Road

On Saturday, May 27th, the Mt. Washington Auto Road will celebrate the adventurous and fun spirit of Alton Weagle, a Massachusetts man who has trekked up the Auto Road in many interesting ways.

AR-Alton-Weagle-MS-160528-7The event commemorates his many adventures, from running up the mountain barefoot, blindfolded, and backwards to pushing a 100-pound bag of sugar up the mountain in a wheelbarrow.

The auto road is open from 9:00am-4pm to regularly-allowed vehicles pending weather conditions, and their base lodge and guided tours will begin Memorial Day weekend. Weather conditions for the road can change quickly. To receive an updated status of their traveling conditions, contact the Auto Road at (603) 466-3988. For more information, visit their website at http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Due to its remarkable location, weather, and history, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is unlike any other driving experience in the Eastern United States. A trip on Mt. Washington Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes, panoramic views and the opportunity to pass through four distinct climate zones as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast.

The constantly-changing weather adds to the allure and mystique of the famous peak, often allowing visitors to experience high winds and dramatic cloud formations. With an average grade of 12%, a single mile of hard-packed gravel road around mid mountain, and above-treeline views beginning around 4,200 feet, this is truly one of the most spectacular drives in the Northeast!

2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds: North America’s Toughest 10K Proved To Be This Winter’s Stand-Out Event

Written By Crispin Battles, Marketing Director
Mt. Washington Auto Road & Great Glen Trails

Pinkham Notch, NH — Since the Mt. Washington Auto Road first opened in 1861, it has been a proving ground for all types of adventurers. Throughout the years, many have secured their place in the history of the Auto Road, be it with a fastest time, or a landmark ascent.

History was made again with the 2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds. Held in cold, blue-sky conditions on March 5, it marked the first time that fatbikers have joined this annual winter event. First held in 1996 as Ski to the Clouds, it quickly proved to be a new and unique challenge for Nordic skiers, and at that time was held entirely on the Auto Road. In later years it was modified to increase the race distance to 10 kilometers, utilizing the Great Glen Trails Nordic system for the first four kilometers, before beginning the steep ascent up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The race finishes just before the halfway point of the Auto Road at about 3,800 feet.

In 2013, a separate snowshoe category was added to entice snowshoe racers to take up the challenge, and was so successful that in 2014 the event was renamed as Ski & Shoe to the Clouds. In 2016, a new fatbike category was added, which quickly became the largest group of racers, but was sadly cancelled due to lack of snow.

Mother Nature was kind to us this year, and the 2017 event was attended by 120 racers in three disciplines–18 Nordic skiers, 33 snowshoers, and 69 fatbikers. Whether on skis, snowshoes or fatbikes, the race lived up to its reputation as North America’s Toughest 10K, testing the racers as only Mount Washington can.

The fastest time was posted by veteran racer Tristan Williams, with a blazing time of just 48 minutes 37 seconds, winning the men’s Nordic division. Tristan was closely followed by fatbiker Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins, winning the men’s fatbike division with a time of 50 minutes 37 seconds–the second fastest time on course. Kudos to all the racers who battled the Mountain and finished, but particularly to the winners of each division:

Men’s Nordic Tristan Williams 48:37
Women’s Nordic Meredith Pietrow 1:01:42
Men’s Snowshoe Andrew Drummond 51:49
Women’s Snowshoe Hilary McCloy 1:05:56
Men’s Fatbike Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins 50:37
Women’s Fatbike Renee Bousquet 1:12:26

A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to all the event sponsors, who have helped make this annual event such a success. For 2017, those sponsors included Dion Snowshoes, Stan & Dan Sports, Polartec, Littleton Chevrolet, Hannaford, and the Old Village Bakery.

2017 Chili Cook-Off and Feelin’ Good 5K Race

Saturday, April 8th is the time to shake off the winter chills and join us for a fabulous foodie event to kick off our Spring season here in Mt Washington Valley! There will be plenty of chili and cornbread to keep you fueled for a day of fun, festivity, and a 5K race, plus North Conway Village shopping and the event’s  Red Hot Stops where you can find treats and shopping deals.

chili-5k-logoThis is the first year of the Feelin’ Good 5k Race through the White Mountain Milers. Burn some calories before indulging in chili and cornbread samples at the Cook-Off and explore beautiful North Conway Village by running or walking in the race! The race kicks off at Schouler Park in North Conway at 9:30am, where participants will race around the village and near Cranmore Mountain, finishing back at the park. Awards will be given to the top three overall runners and walkers.

The Feelin’ Good 5K is open for registration through White Mountain Milers and the RunReg website. The Race Fee is $35 per person and includes your entry to the Chili Cook-Off, access to the After Party at Abenaki Trail Restaurant, and store discounts at the Red Hot Stops.

Event Schedule:
  • 8:00AM – 5K Registration/Bib pick up
  • 9:15AM – 5K Registration tent is closed
  • 9:30AM- 5K Race begins
  • 10:45AM – Race Award Ceremony
  • 11:00AM – Chili Cook-Off Doors open 
  • 3:00 PM – Chili Cook-Off Ends
  • 4:00PM – Chili Cook-Off After Party & Award Ceremony

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About the Annual Chili Cookoff

Hosted by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chili Cook-off has featured the culinary creations of professional chefs, individuals, local organizations, and nonprofits for many years. What started with just a few vendors has now grown to more than 40 vendors. Hundreds of hungry chili fans will fill The Village of North Conway tasting the best of the Valley’s chili recipes.

The Many Ways to Enjoy the Day

chili-cookoffThere are so many ways to participate in the fun at the Annual Chili Cook-Off! Professional and non-professional chefs are welcome to register their team for their chance to win fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Chef registration is open and filling up fast! For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Chef Guidelines.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses to promote their brand. Sponsorship packages vary in cost and exposure and there are packages available for nonprofits. For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Sponsorship Packages document or contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

chili-cookoff2In this event, ticket holders are judges, too! In purchasing tickets and sampling many delicious chili and cornbread recipes, ticket holders are in control of the “People’s Choice” vote. Ticket holders will receive three different colored tickets for use as ballots – one for Best Chili, one for Best Cornbread, and one for Best Display of Theme.

Event Tickets and More Information

Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $15 for adults and $7 for children, with free admission for children under 3. Interested parties may purchase Early Bird tickets by contacting the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and tickets will be available on the day of the event for the same prices at the ticket booth.

There are lodging package agreements available for interested lodging properties in the area as well. Contact the Chamber for more information.

For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org, call the Chamber at (877) 948-6867 or (603) 356-5701 or email Visitor Services at visitor@mtwashingtonvalley.org.

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Holiday Traditions on Skis

By Kathy Bennett

I was not raised in a family of skiers. I came by it as an adult and was so smitten I moved to the Valley and never looked back. So skiing was not a part of my family’s traditions growing up. But I’ve done my best to make it part of my own family’s new tradition to squeeze as much skiing as possible into my holidays.

Here’s a tip to remember for next winter – the slopes and trails are decidedly less crowded on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Compared to the crowds that come up starting December 26, you’ll do well to enjoy the time to yourself before everyone else arrives.

Christmas Eve Day I took to the trails of MWV Ski Touring Foundation’s Whitaker Woods in Conway with my husband. This year’s snow conditions are off to a wonderful start and the packed powder snow surfaces were well groomed. We even had a chance to chat with a groomer who was out doing a mid-day groom. This was our first day out on Nordic skis so we took it easy and stayed on the easier flatter terrain, going from the Whitaker House out to the Intervale Crossroads and back, cutting across the Power Line trail and then out to a trail paralleling the train tracks. It’s fun living in a town like Conway where skiing literally and figuratively connects neighborhoods. Why go further north when there’s such a nice network of trails so close to everything.

The MWV Ski Touring trails link many of the inns, hotels and restaurants in and around North Conway and Intervale including the Stonehurst Manor, 1785 House, all the way north to Tuckerman’s Tavern. Its terminus in the Village is walking distance to all of North Conway’s little shops and restaurants. Make like a local and finish up your day of ski touring and walk into town for a Maple Latte at Frontisde Grind. No one will mind your cross country ski boots.

Christmas Day, after a hearty breakfast at home and a whirlwind of opening gifts, we headed to Bretton Woods, one of several areas open on the holiday. If you are thinking ahead to next year, be sure to call ahead as not every area operates. To make the day even sweeter, Bretton Woods was offering a $30 lift tickets, so we had plenty of company on the slopes, but still decidedly less than a typical holiday date. They had been going at it with the snow making since our visit last week and also benefited from natural snowfall off and on all week – another gift for holiday skiers this week. There were even a few natural snow trails open already, which were fun to try out in the still-fresh powder. Watch out for their infamous early-season water-bars and whoop-de-doos on those ungroomed beauties and you’ll have a good time without taking any spills. A welcome break at their mid-mountain lodge allowed us to drink in both the spectacular views as well as a whipped cream topped hot mocha.

While Christmas Week is a holiday period, it is a school-break timeframe that is less frantic here than those that come later this winter. Now is a good time to take a lesson, and spend time with the kids on the bunny slope. Then figure out a way to head north a few days earlier next December to build a new Christmas tradition for your friends and family, if you haven’t already made it a habit. I’m glad I did.

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.

2016 MUD BOWL TO CELEBRATE THEME OF “ANIMATION! IT ALL STARTED WITH MUD!” SEPT. 9-11, 2016

Mud Bowl, the championships of mud football, will celebrate a theme of “Animation! It All Started with Mud”as part of Mud Bowl Weekend, Sept. 9 through 11.

The theme will be used by participants in the team and the open class for the 34th  Tournament of Mud Parade, set for North Conway Village’s Main Street Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. Look for teams to play with such themes as “Mud Minions,” “Frozen Mud,” “The Lion (Mud) King,” “Muddy Toy Story,” ,”Muddy Monsters, Inc.,” “Mud Duck Tales” and “A Muddy Tribute to Walt Disney.”

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Sponsored by Amoskeag Beverages of Bow, overall sponsors of Mud Bowl, the parade also features an open class.

Games in the double-elimination tourney are played at Steve Eastman Memorial Field at Hog Coliseum  Friday through Sunday, with the finals on Sunday. Cheerleaders, kids activities and food are featured.

Proceeds benefit local charities, with more than $870,000 having been raised since the first games were played locally in 1976. The games feature two-hand touch football, played in knee-deep mud, with seven players per side.

Ten teams from throughout New England play, including the defending 19-time champion Muddas Football Club of Amherst, N.H., who defeated seven-time defending champion Nashua Mud Gumbys of Nashua, N.H., 2-0, in the lowest-scoring finals ever.

Other teams include the hometown 11-time champion Mount Washington Valley Hogs and the 2013-champion North Country Crocs.

Other squads include the Carrabassett Valley Rats of Kingfield, Maine, originators of the sport of mud football back in 1972; the 2005 champion North Shore Mudsharks of Beverly, Mass.; the 2001 champion Mudcats of Franklin, N.H.; the Cumberland Muckaneers of Cumberland, R.I.; the the Mud Ducks of Rowley, Mass.; and Jack’s Predators of Peabody, Mass.

ADVANCE TICKETS

Three-day tickets are $15; day tickets are $6 ages 14 and up, and $4 ages 6 to 13; family tickets (two adults, two children) are $15 per day. Advance tickets can be purchased at the North Conway Community Center, the Vaughan Learning Center (formerly known as North  Conway Day Care), Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, all in North Conway, and Home Run Sports Training Center on Hobbs Street in Conway.

Three-day tickets serve as entry to two $500 prize drawings held Saturday and Sunday (one need not be present to win).

For further information, call Ryan Sommer at the North Conway Community Center at (603) 356-2096 (northconwaycommunitycenter.org), or the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at (603) 356-5701. You may also follow them on Facebook at Mt. Washington Valley Mud Bowl or at Mud-Bowl.org

Coming in July to Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

DAILY ACTIVITIES & TOURS. Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., through September 3. Lunch available Tue. & Wed.: July 5–Aug. 31. Call/see website for details!

OUTDOOR WALKS with Carol Felice, Museum Educator/Herbalist.  Thursdays: July 7 & 21, 10–11:30 a.m. Walks included with $5 Museum admission. (Does not include access to the Museum.)

MAKING HERBAL PRODUCTS. Part 1: How to Harvest, Dry, & Infuse. Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Learn those “how to” steps to easily bring herbal medicine into your life. You will practice the secrets of successful harvesting and drying, make and taste infusions, and take home plant materials and a thorough printed guide. Held outside in both the gardens and under shelter, rain or shine. Bring a lunch. Please call to discuss accessibility needs. $30/participant; ages 16 and above. Registration closes Tuesday, July 5 or when class space is filled.

FIBER ARTS GROUP/DEMONSTRATIONS.  Tuesdays: July 12 & 26, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE. (Does not include access to the Museum.).

HOMESTEAD ADVENTURES. THE BUDDING HERBALIST.  Tuesday–Friday, July 12–15, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Forage for wild edibles, make yummy snacks and useful remedies, and recognize plants by scent, feel and sound. $150/child, ages 9–14. 10% discount for Members. Preregistration required.

HONEYBEE FAMILY DYNAMICS. Tuesday, July 12, 7–8:30 p.m. Join us as Athena Contus of Athena’s Bees and Wonalancet Honey Bee Company, reveals fascinating facts about honey bees, their behavior and biology. Light refreshments will be served. FREE.

HILLSDALE 4-H DAIRY CLUB. Thursday, July 14, 7–9 p.m. FREE.

19TH CENTURY CHILDHOOD. Tuesday–Friday, July 19–22, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Children will be in costume performing chores, attending school, playing games and completing a handcraft. $150/child, ages 9–14. 10% discount for Members. Preregistration required.

FULL MOON CAMPFIRE & WALK. Tuesday, July 19, 7:30–9 p.m. Join Museum educators outside around a campfire, listen to stories and make s‘mores. When the moon is up we will take a twilight stroll and listen for owls and other nighttime wildlife. Weather dependent: if it is raining this event will not be held. Please dress for the weather and BYO bug spray, and flashlight. $3/person; FREE for Members.

SMALL FARMERS CLUB. “Little House” scenario: A Little Prairie House. Friday, July 22, 10–12 a.m.

$5/child, ages 2–6. Space is limited; pre-registration by Thursday, July 21 is recommended.

MAKING HERBAL PRODUCTS. Part 2: Making Tinctures, Oils & Salves. Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Learn those “how to” steps to easily bring herbal medicine into your life. You will harvest medicinal plants from the Remick gardens and make a tincture (extract), an infused medicinal oil, and a salve to take home, along with a thorough printed guide. Held outside in both the gardens and under shelter, rain or shine. Bring a lunch. Please call to discuss accessibility needs. $35/participant; ages 16 and above. Registration closes Tuesday, July 19 or when class space is filled.

ECLECTIC ART.  Tuesday–Friday, July 26–29, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Participants will be immersed in a variety of art media, including drawing, painting and stenciling. $150/child, ages 9–14. 10% discount for Members. Preregistration required. 603-323-7591.

REMICK TRIVIA NIGHT.  Tuesday, July 26, 7:30–9 p.m. Join us for eclectic, sometimes themed, thought-provoking questions. Gather up a group or form one here. Family friendly and alcohol free. Space is limited, preregistration is required. $3/person; free for members.

For more information call 603-323-7591.

pogo, pillo, polo tournament in north conway

Were you a fan of Wild & Crazy Kids? 80s babies and children of the 90s, rejoice! We’ll be taking a page out of that classic Nickelodeon game show and invite all area nonprofits and school organizations to compete in a 3v3 Pogo Polo Tournament “on the green.”

So what exactly is Pogo Pillo Polo?
Each player will be equipped with a Hopper Ball, ya know, the bouncies with handle on it and a Pillo Stick–that game you used to play in gym class, remember? The game ball will be a giant beach ball and two oversized nets will be at each end. There will be three field players, an no goalies allowed in net.

Check out this video (8:48) for an idea of how the game is played.

Who can compete?
We’ll break things up into three categories*: Kids Play (5-12), Kind of Adults (13-18) and Adults (19+).

This is a great opportunity for sports teams fundraising to buy uniforms, schools raising money for field trips, nonprofits looking for project funds, etc. While we will allow businesses and/or groups of friends/family to compete, we ask that you select a nonprofit or cause to donate your earnings to if your team wins.

It will be a 3v3, double elimination tournament to win up to a $500 donation, directly benefiting the winning nonprofit or elected nonprofit by the team. Teams can have up to six people on a roster, but only three players can be on the field of play.

Kids Play Prize – $100
Kind of Adults Prize – $250
Adults Prize – $500

*Note: Based on participation, the Kind of Adults and Adults categories would possibly compete amongst each other. Kids Play will remain separate, but must have at least 4 teams entered to have a tournament. Team’s will play up a category if it consists of 1 or more members of an old category – For example, if a team has two 12 year olds and a 14 year old, it would play in the Kind of Adults category.

Registration and Rules
Teams must register in advance by Thursday, April 28. A team deposit of $10 is required to register. Each team member will receive a goodie bag at registration on the day of the event that includes a $10 gift certificate for Settlers Green.

REGISTER HERE

FRIENDS OF TUCKERMAN RAVINE TO PRESENT 17TH ANNUAL TUCKERMAN INFERNO ON APRIL 9, 2016

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, a locally-based non-profit organization, is proud to be staging the 17th Annual Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon race event on April 9, 2016. Up to 200 athletes will compete for a one thousand dollar cash prize, custom skis, various additional prizes and a chance to become the next Tuckerman or Tuckerwoman champion.

The Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon, based on the original American Inferno ski races of the 1930’s, now consists of an 8.3-mile run, a 6-mile kayak race down the Saco River, an 18-mile bike race north through Pinkham Notch, and a 3-mile run/hike up the Tuckerman Trail to Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine. The final leg is a climb up to the ravine wall and a ski down a designated giant slalom alpine ski route. During years when conditions permit, skiers may finish at the AMC base at Pinkham Notch.

Spectators are welcome at any and all transition points. At the conclusion of the race, teams will gather at the Wildcat Mountain base lodge for an awards banquet, and prize giveaways.

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine seeks to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington; and to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to sustain the traditional uses of the distinctive natural area. FOTR has provided financial support for organizations such as the Mount Washington Avalanche Center and volunteer support for trail maintenance and site rehabilitation projects around the Cutler River Drainage (CRD) on Mount Washington.

In 2015, Friends of Tuckerman Ravine began soliciting donations towards the rebuilding of the iconic outdoor deck structure located at Hermit Lake Shelter located just below Tuckerman Ravine. The deteriorating deck at “HoJo’s”, as it is affectionately called, is a gathering point for thousands of spring skiing fans and was badly in need of repair.

Working in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, and using proceeds from the 2015 Inferno, FOTR purchased the material for the Deck and transported it to the Ravine via USFS Snowcat in April, 2015. Later in November, construction of the Deck began and over a three-week period, more than 20 volunteers, working under the direction of Snow Ranger Frank Carus were successful in demolishing the old deck and constructing the new one.

Donations and contributions are critical to the success of our the FOTR mission. Memberships begin at $25 per year for students and $35 for individuals.

The group hosts trail maintenance work days throughout the seasons. Volunteers interested in helping out with this year’s Friends of Tuckerman Ravine Inferno Pentathlon or any trail maintenance days are encouraged to call or email with questions. For more information visit http://www.friendsoftuckermanravine.org, call (603) 367-4417 or e-mail office@tuckermanravine.org. Also friend them on Facebook.

King Pine presents Cynthia’s Challenge for Kevin, a 24 hour ski-a-thon

The 24-hour Cynthia’s Challenge Ski-a-Thon will be held at King Pine on March 18-19, 2016 from 4pm to 4pm. This year’s goal is set to raise $45,000 for Kevin’s family to purchase a wheelchair accessible van.

Registration is $99 per person – form a team of 5 and the 5th person is free. Children 8 and under are free! The ticket includes dinner, breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the night, t-shirt and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night plus 24 hours of skiing on March 18-19 from 4pm to 4pm.

All proceeds will be donated to the Dall family to purchase the wheelchair van.

Help King Pine raise $45,000 for Kevin!

Annual Girlfriends Spa Weekend at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort

 

The White Mountain Hotel and Resort announces their Annual Girlfriends Spa Weekend.

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This year it’s “Mind, Body & Soul Weekend” and includes:  Two night accommodations, Welcome “Swag Bag”, full breakfast on Saturday morning, Grand Sunday Brunch on Sunday, Dinner off the menu on Saturday evening, A 40-minute massage, Friday Welcome Reception, Cooking Demonstration and Nutritional Presentation on Friday evening, Yoga/Power walk on Saturday Morning, Wellness workshop on Saturday morning, Yoga Class on Sunday morning.

For more information visit @WhiteMtnHotel The White Mountain Hotel & Resort.

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