Category Archives: What’s Your Adventure

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/.

Redline Guiding Presents New Course: Glacier Skills

Redline Guiding is pleased to announce its new “Glacier Skills” course. The course — which is perfect for anyone headed to a glaciated peak somewhere this spring or  summer — covers the advanced skills needed (must have basic mountaineering skills). Specific areas of study include glaciated terrain itself, roped team travel, solo and team crevasse rescue techniques (including self extraction), and more. This is an intense, full day offering. Redline Guiding supports custom scheduling of all its courses, but this course can only run into sometime in April so don’t delay if booking. For more information, please see the course here: http://redlineguiding.com/education/glacier-skills/.

About Redline Guiding

Founded in 2016, Redline Guiding LLC is the brainchild of husband and wife team: Mike and Barb Cherim. The hope is to succeed at offering low-key outdoor adventures and educational experiences with many offerings geared towards those newer to these outdoor activities — those who may be less sure and less confident. The aim is to increase said confidence, thus offering safe independence. That said, other offerings will be attractive to those more in-the-know who really want to up their game or learn new skills.

Kancamagus National Scenic Byway Featured in America’s Most Iconic Drives

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, also referred to as the Kancamagus Highway or even “The Kanc” by Mount Washington Valley locals, was featured in Travel & Leisure’s article, titled “America’s Most Iconic Drives.” Travel & Leisure is a well-known magazine designed for adventures young and young at heart to inspire their travel destinations.

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Kancamagus Highway in autumn, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway is a 34.5 mile-long scenic drive along New Hampshire’s Route 112 in Northern New Hampshire, from Conway to Lincoln. It is well known to locals and travelers alike for being one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the United States.

Taking travelers to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point, Kancamagus Pass, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway brings travelers through the White Mountain National Forest, into breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbady Falls, Lower Falls, and Rocky Gorge. Driving along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway takes travelers back in time as they drive through the stunning White Mountain National Forest, free from the distractions of the modern day world; with no gas stations, restaurants, hotels, or other businesses along the way. The Kancamagus is truly a drive where adventurers can become entranced in nature!

For adventurers who want to spend more time on the scenic byway, there are six campgrounds to enjoy. For those seeking a hiking expedition, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway has many opportunities explore the White Mountain National Forest and its plentiful hiking trails.

For more information on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, visit http://www.kancamagushighway.com/.

To view other iconic drives in America, as noted by Travel & Leisure, visit http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-most-iconic-drives.

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.

King Pine Cardboard Box Derby

King Pine invites creative cardboard box races of all ages and experience levels to their Cardboard Box Derby on Sunday, March 19th, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Creative racers young in age and young at heart, create a theme and build your carboard box racer and don’t forget to pair it with your own theme music to race down their racecourse designed specifically for the event!

Box racers can be designed for two or four racers and must be built entirely out of cardboard (sorry – no wood or metal allowed!). Boxes may be held together with tape, glue, or may be stitched. Contestants are highly advised to wear helmets for safety.

The entrance fee is $5 per cardboard box and a completed registration form and signed waiver are required to enter the race. Registration, inspection, and style judging opens at 12:00 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. The race will start at 1:00 p.m. at the base of the Open Slope.  Awards will be presented after completion of race at base of the Open Slope under categories of style, speed and durability. Happy racing!! 

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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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.

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!).

28th Annual Chocolate Festival

On Sunday, February 26th join us for the sweetest day on the trails at the 28th Annual Chocolate Festival! Spend a day of outdoor winter fun and indulge in sweet treats to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, a non-profit organization. The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to providing Conway residents, taxpayers, and school age children with access to winter recreation opportunities including snowshoeing and Nordic skiing at no cost.

Whether traveling through the trail stops by cross country ski, snowshoe, or by car, participants will enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats of the Mount Washington Valley. For those that choose to cross country ski or snowshoe, unleash your inner winter adventurer by embarking on our groomed 45-km trail network!

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2017 Trailside Chocolate Shops
(Open from 11am – 4pm)
  • 1785 Inn
  • Adventure Suites
  • Eastern Inns
  • Stonehurst Manor
  • Old Field House
  • Riverside Inn B&B
  • The Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment
  • The Whitaker Woods Meeting House (treats provided by Vintage Baking Company)

Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. If purchased prior to the event, the festival pass is $30 per person, or $35 per person on the day of the event. Please note that the event is a fundraiser and tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, visit mwvskitouring.org/Chocolate-Festival.html or call (603) 356-9920.

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