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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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AMC Highland Happenings at Crawford Notch

‘Find your outdoors’ with weekend programs and school vacation week programs at AMC Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch. During the month of February, experience weekend hikes, nature walks, outdoor skills sessions, social hours, and yoga starting at 9am weekend mornings until the late evening with featured evening programs. During school vacation week, February 18-26, bring the family for Kids Power Hour, Drop In Painting, kids movies, and family featured evening programs, including campfires and night hikes.

amc-trailsFEBRUARY WEEKEND PROGRAMS

Saturdays & Sundays

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am Yoga (Sundays only)
  • 9:00 am Notch Hike: 1-3 hours, easy hike to a view or waterfall
  • 11:00 am  Notch Talk: Topics include: outdoor skills, history or natural world
  • 1:00 pm Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 3:00 pm Outdoor Skills Sessions
  • 5:00 pm Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm Featured Evening Programs

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK PROGRAMS
February 18-26, Daily

  • 9:00 am Notch Hike
  • 11:00 am Notch Talk
  • 1:00 pm Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 3:00 pm Outdoor Skills Sessions
  • 4:00 pm Kids Power Hour
  • 4-6:00 pm Drop In Painting with Artist in Residence
  • 5:00 pm Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm Kids Movies Daily, PLUS Featured Evening Programs

The featured evening programs for the month of February include a closer look at  astronomy with Mountains of Stars: Astronomy at Crawford Notch with guest speaker Dr. Doug Arion on Saturday, February 18th at 7:30pm and story-telling at their Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trial event on Sunday, February 19th at 7:30pm.

Featured evening programs during school vacation include campfires on Monday, February 20th and Wednesday, February 22; a night hike on Tuesday, February 21 with AMC’s Outdoor Guides,  Tai Chi with Instructor Ruth Innes for all ages and experience levels on Thursday, February 23, featured film screening of Steep (a documentary on extreme and big mountain skiing) on Friday, February 24, and Hiking the Winter 48 presentation with special guest speakers Mike & Lori Innes who share photos and stories of their adventures checking off the list of New Hampshire’s 48 4000+ footers during the winter months on Saturday, February 25.

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For more information, please visit www.outdoors.org/highlandhappenings or call 603-278-4453.

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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Winter Wildlife Tracking in the East Bear Paw Lands

Winter is alive and thriving here in the Mount Washington Valley and it’s time for children and adults alike to go outside and play! The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s Easement Exploration Series welcomes you to attend their January exploration in Winter Wildlife Tracking  on Saturday, January 21st, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The event, co-sponsored with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, will be lead by Dr. Rick Van de Pol. Explore the Bear Paw Lands, where wildlife abounds, and snowshoe the trail network of approximately 6 miles long, an excellent beginner’s adventure.

Participants are asked to meet at the Maine Visitors Center, located on Route 302 in Fryeburg, Maine. It is recommended that participants dress warm, bring a lunch, and pack their snowshoes or rent a pair from Tin Mountain Conservation Center. To reserve a pair of snowshoes, please call 603-447-6991. For more information about this event, visit http://www.usvlt.org/easement-exploration-series/. Please email info@usvit.org with any questions about the event.

About the East Bear Paw Lands
The East Bear Paw Lands consist of a 500-acre section of easment located off of Route 302. Within these lands is a trail network of approximately 6 miles long, that is excellent for beginner mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and trail running. The forested landscape is home to an abundance tracks from fox to fisher and the Easement Exploration Group will snowshoe in search of these and other signs of wildlife.

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About the Easement Exploration Series
Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s “Easement Exploration Series” showcases conservation easements and properties we own and is designed to connect community members with the protected lands that surround them.  Once a month they host a themed visit to a preserve or easement.  Visitors might find themselves walking, hiking, running, snow-shoeing, or even canoeing or kayaking through local conservation lands.  These events are led by Land Trust staff, board members, and volunteers, as well as experts in the field: naturalists with specialties ranging from tracking to birding, from limnology to lichenology.  Most of the events are open to the general public, whereas a few visits to easement lands where public access is limited are open only to Land Trust members.

A core component of USVLT’s mission is “to preserve the ecological systems and cultural values of the Upper Saco River Valley.”  Providing a tangible way for community members to connect with these protected lands furthers our mission at its most basic level.

Think PINK 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend at Bretton Woods

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Bretton Woods Ski Area welcomes you to their 2nd Annual Think PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend from Friday, January 13th until Monday, January 16th. The event’s goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Experience  Mount Washington Valley winter fun, including a snowshoe tour, Norris Cotton Nastar Racing, après ski parties on Saturday with AMP 103.3 and DJ Chuck Noel, and the grand finale with Mix 104.1 on Sunday. Purchase Think PINK! merchandise, enter in raffles, and enjoy Think PINK! libations, and inspire yourself and others to contribute to this worthy cause.

Although some events occur on specific days, event-goers are welcome to participate in the event’s weekend long festivities at any time during the event: Driven to Beat Breast Cancer, Tie One On For Breast Cancer, and Climb For Cancer.

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We will be keeping track of donations that come in during our Think PINK! weekend. All donors who give $50.00 or more in a single transaction to this wonderful cause will be entered into a raffle to win a free groomer ride!

Tie One On For Breast Cancer
All weekend long we will be offering special pink ribbons at the Slopeside Restaurant for $1.00. Donors can write a special message on the ribbon and “tie one on” to our giant Think PINK! ribbon on the Slopeside Level of the Base Lodge. Just say “I’d like to Tie One On for Breast Cancer”!

Climb for Cancer
“Beating Breast Cancer from the Bottom Up” takes on a new meaning with our Climb for Cancer special. This weekend only, when purchasing 10 minutes on the Slopeside Climbing Wall, you can get  an additional 5 minutes for just $3.00! That $3.00 will go to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.  You must purchase 10 minutes on the Slopeside Climbing wall to take advantage of this offer.

For a full schedule of the Think PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend, visit http://brettonwoods.com/activities/event.

7th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble Race

Whitaker Woods welcomes participants and spectators to their 7th Annual Snowshoe Scramble, a 4-mile race of groomed trails and twisty single-track. The scramble is a Granite State Snowshoe Series Event and serves as a fundraising opportunity to benefit the non-profit organization Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation.

The Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation is very active in our community providing ski experiences to Conway residents and youth in northern Carroll County school districts, free grooming for the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s after school ski program and for Kennett High School XC Ski Team’s training and inter-school races,  as well as providing educational programs for youth. This is only a sample of what the organization brings to our community, so let’s bring forth our best efforts in supporting the foundation while having some winter fun!

Bring your snowshoes, winter gear, energy, and community support to Whitaker Woods Meeting House, located at 2829 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, New Hampshire. The race begins at 10am sharp on Saturday, January 14th, 2017. Check-in time for participants is between 8:30-9:30am on the day of the race.

If you register in advance (prior to January 8th), the registration fee is $15 per person. Registration fees after this time are $20 per person. The last day for online registration is Thursday, January 12th, but interested parties may register after this date by contacting the Mt. Washignton Valley Ski Touring Foundation by phone at 603-356-9920 or by registering on race day using a personal check or cash.

For more information, to register online, or to download a registration form, please visit the Snow Scramble’s Event Page.