Category Archives: Winter Fun!

Still Skiing in Mt. Washington Valley

By Kathy Bennett
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

While the ground is brown south of here, the snow base is still deep and white at the ski areas in and around North Conway. The end of March usually sees some ski areas call it quits – due to a lack of skiers, not a lack of snow.

But there is still plenty of skiing left here into April.

Yesterday I skied the popular Ellis River Trail Loop at Jackson Ski Touring. As you can see from the photos, the snow is still deep. The rivers and streams were flowing but the trail was groomed with coverage edge to edge.  JSTF former Executive Director Thom Perkins confirmed that their mid-November open date is among their earliest and manager Deb Deschenes said it was a great season right up until the end, which takes place on March 31.

Those wishing to continue xc skiing can continue fun on skinny skis at Bear Notch Ski Touring. They have not published a closing date yet, but the Garlands usually keep the groomers going as long as they can. Last year on Easter Sunday I enjoyed skiing there, taking advantage of their higher elevations and shaded trails which keep their snow longer than most.

Sunday brought me to Wildcat. The fog and forecast of rain scared off most folks, which left the deep, soft-turning snow for those of us who were more intrepid. The warm air was a treat and I skied without googles. The fog was not an impediment as visibility was reasonable and the fog was off and on skiing down through the elevations. What was consistent was the snow quality, with only a few areas showing more variable/spring conditions. They will easily make it to Easter, when they have fun events scheduled on April 21.

Cranmore ends daily operations today but will reopen April 6-7.  Wildcat has not published an estimated close date on their website. Bretton Woods has posted an April 15 close date. 

Check here for the most recent listing of closings and end of season events.

Closing dates are subject to change so visit each resort website for the latest and greatest. But don’t put those skis away just yet!

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Skiing and Lunch and Fat Biking, Oh My

By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

If you can come back from a day proud of just how much you ache, then it’s been a good day.

If any other sentence so sums up our outing at Great Glen, I can’t think of it. It started after a morning of skiing at Wildcat, as we decided to go relax with lunch at the Glen House Hotel at Mt. Washington. It proved to be wonderfully relaxing as we sat, nursing flatbreads and a beer in plain view of the Presidential Range.

It is the kind of restaurant where we could comfortably sit for hours. That is until we decided to go fat biking! Exploring Great Glen’s miles and miles of trails on bikes specially made for the snow was… difficult. Very, very difficult. But it was incredibly fun to do something so unique and get out into nature to appreciate the jaw-dropping vistas all around us.

If you miss spring, summer, or fall biking, then we recommend trying fat biking. It hurt – a lot – but it was an ache we could be proud of, for we had accomplished a lot. For more information contact Great Glen Trails.

Great Night Skiing at Shawnee Peak

By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Do you like skiing, but find that it’s hard to get up and go some mornings? Well, night skiing may be for YOU!

Shawnee Peak hosts a standout example of this, boasting the most night skiing in New England with 5 lifts servicing 19 trails and two terrain parks from 3:30 until 9:00 pm. You can (literally) ski the night away and their Monday Night Madness is a great deal for just $15


And, if you’re hungry, Shawnee Peak also has Blizzard’s Pub, which boasts some delicious cheesesteaks.

If you’ve been busy all day and want to get on the slopes, and save some money, this post goes out to you.

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm’s 16th Annual Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm’s 16th Annual Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival was held this past weekend in Tamworth. As a family who’s attended the past two years, we were aware of what to expect and what the challenges would be with young kids, especially parking. We made sure to get there early enough to enjoy the whole day so arrived close to 11:30am. The day ahead hardly seemed like it would be long enough for my two, who couldn’t get enough and were sure to be among the last to leave.

It was a great day spent with family and friend, a day filled with fun for everyone. We started with the kids games and scavenger hunt, a visit to the ice house, followed by the interest of harvesting ice ourselves. My 3-year old was very intrigued and determined to push the block of ice her 7-year old brother cut. After watching the huge blocks of ice being hauled by the oxen we were ready for s’mores and some sweet treats as we sat outside of the sugar shack by the fire.

Before we left for the event I asked my kids what they were most excited to see and do. My 3-year old said, “I want to see the pig.” Hmm. Not sure that would happen if I reminded her of everything else we’d see but she seemed satisfied. When we arrived we were happily surprised to find out that this year’s ice sculpture was a pig. After tons of fun and two sleepy kids, I asked them what their favorite activity was. My son took a second and thought, “all of it.” My daughter looked at me with confidence and said, “the pig.” Of course!

What a great day. Thank you to the staff at Remick Museum & Farm.

 

The Secrets of Skiing at Attitash

By Kathy Bennett
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Looking forward to skiing in Mt. Washington Valley this upcoming February vacation week? Join the club! You’ll have lots of company as you hit the slopes but we’d like to share some tips on how you can ski like a local, spending more time on snow and less time in lift lines.

  1. Buy Online in Advance – It’s vacation week, so don’t expect big savings at the ticket window. But if you plan ahead and buy online in advance, you can score some savings at www.attitash.com. Buy multi-day tickets and mix and match with their sister mountain, Wildcat, just up the road.
  2. Park at Bear Peak – Skip the Attitash parking lot and continue on Route 302 until you see the sign for the Grand Summit Hotel and Bear Peak.  This big flat lot doesn’t fill up as fast as the one closer to the main lodge and doesn’t require crossing the highway or trudging gear through the tunnel. On a warm day, consider booting up in the car and skip the lodge all together!
  3. Arrive Early – Find out when the bullwheel starts turning and plan on arriving at least 30 minutes prior to lifts opening. Not only will you get first tracks, you can get in lots of runs before many folks roll out of bed at the ski house or condo.
  4. Avoid the Lodge at Noon – Not only should you get there early, take an early (or late) lunch. Whether you are brown bagging it or grabbing a burger at the cafeteria, you’ll have a better chance of finding a seat if you get there before 12pm or after 1pm.
  5. Explore Lesser Known Lift Pods – We all do it. You arrive at a resort and head right to the main lift, which at Attitash consists of the Summit Triple and the Bear Peak Express Quad. You obviously will want to spend some time on these lifts early, but as the lift mazes fill up, check out other lifts that may take you to new territory. I spent much of last weekend riding the Abenaki Quad. No lift line and lots of nice expert and intermediate terrain was available.
  6. Hit the Glades – Under that Abenaki Chair you will find wide-open glades with little to no skier traffic. The masses remain on-piste. Don’t be like them. This week brought up to a foot of snow in the mountains so you’ll find a nice snowpack in the trees.

  7. Apres at the Bear’s Den – Sure, everyone knows that Ptarmigan’s Pub in the Attitash base lodge is the place to go to hear a live band and enjoy the big apres ski scene in all its loud glory. But a smaller and just as fun scene can be found at the Bear Peak Lodge at the Bear’s Den. They feature music by solo artists every weekend and a full bar and snacks from the adjacent cafeteria.
  8. Party Like a Local – Want to capture the true local spirit of apres ski at Attitash? Head across the street from the main base lodge and enter the world of Matty B’s. Live music, great pub food and the local flavor the Valley is famous for.

Winter started early here, with ski areas opening and snow falling in October! We are having a great ski season. Check out lodging, restaurants and more at www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.

 

Check out Great American Ski Renting Company

By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Looking for equipment on the quick, but also looking for quality? Stop by Great American Ski Renting Company, on Main Street in North Conway. They rent retail-level high-quality products for all ages and all levels of skill, all for what the mountain charges, if not less. They rent anything you could need for the winter – coats, helmets, poles, downhill skis, cross country skis, snowshoes, fat bikes, snowboards.

Even better, they offer a rare personal touch by renting custom-fitted boots. To quote the owner, “If you come in here in a t-shirt and jeans, we can get you ready for skiing.”

It opens weekends at 7:30, weekdays at 8, so there’s plenty of time to stop by and hit the slopes before they get skied off. For more information visit >

 

Ski North Conway, New Hampshire

By Kathy Bennett
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

What ski areas are in North Conway? Where can I ski in North Conway? Why was North Conway voted the best ski town in North America? These are the questions skiers are searching for online and we’re glad to share the good news – North Conway is the place to go with plenty of ski deals, ski shops, ski condo rentals, ski packages and more!

First, a bit of clarification. The Mt Washington Chamber of Commerce represents dozens of towns in and around the greater Mt Washington Valley region including northern Carroll County and western Maine, with North Conway at its heart. But thanks to our strong reputation with North Conway recently voted the best ski town in North America, some people refer to the region as just “North Conway.” That’s OK – but let me share with you my week on skis so you can see how much further the skiing extends.

Wednesday, I took part in Mountain Meisters at Cranmore Mountain which is, indeed, in North Conway proper. Mountain Meisters is the country’s largest recreational ski race league. Every Wednesday, literally hundreds of skiers take to the NASTAR course and take timed turns. Meisters are known for being great apres skiers as well. Many locals either arrange their schedule to take Wednesdays off, while others take their runs on their lunch break (as I did). That my friends is the benefit of living and working in a ski town. Don’t live here? No worries. You can be part of the Meister scene in Zip’s Pub. It would be inaccurate to say it’s apres ski because the party is all day, indoors and out. As the days get longer and warmer, many take to the back deck to sun worship. Learn firsthand why Cranmore is known as “Tanmore.”

The glades were open at Cranmore this week!


Are skinny skis more your style? North Conway is also known for its xc ski centers. The biggest in North America is
Jackson Ski Touring just north of North Conway. My husband and I stopped at the Old Village Bakery in North Conway Village and loaded our backpack with snacks, then went to the Touring Center to wax our skis. As it was a cold and fast kind of day, we applied Klister with a coating of hard wax over it. It did the trick with just the right combination of kick and glide. Jackson has a full-service ski shop in its lodge – stop by Gorham Bike & Ski and ask for advice on waxing. We took to the Ellis River Trail to the Coco Cabin where we enjoyed our baked goods by the outdoor fire pit. Perfect!

The Coco Cabin
Ever dream of skiing through a covered bridge?


As an outdoor fresh air junkie,  I wasn’t satisfied with a few hours cross country skiing, so I tried night skiing at
King Pine Purity Springs Resort once the sun set. My 21-year-old got out of work at 4:30pm so we were able to spend a few hours of quality time on the slopes together. Night skiing at King Pine is very economical, only $29 to ski ‘til 9pm. Grab a rental for only $25 and you can get your gear and a ticket for less than the cost of a lift ticket alone. Such a deal!

Sunday was a day for alpine skiing. Another way to ski North Conway is to go to Bartlett, NH and ski Attitash. Attitash has two peaks and a slopeside hotel.  I got a great deal on lift tickets with a 40% discount when I bought online in advance. Check out their site for what specials they have online now. Remember that their tickets are interchangeable with Wildcat. Ski conditions have held up nicely after snow started accumulating here in October!

So if you are making plans for your February ski vacation, remember that there is more to North Conway skiing than North Conway! From Madison to Jackson, from Bretton Woods to Conway, we have dozens of ski areas to keep you busy all winter long! Look for your North Conway snow reports at SkiNorthConwayNH.com and ski and stay packages at MtWashingtonValley.org

Ice climbers love North Conway NH and the White Mountains

By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

We hung out and watched a group of ice climbers learn safety techniques at Cathedral Ledge. Led by an outfit from Maine this group learned safety procedures, how to use ice axes, finding the best handholds, and proper climbing stance.

And, if you didn’t know already, the White Mountains are a mecca for ice climbers and renowned for climbing in general!

Ice climbing isn’t scary, and there are lots of opportunities all around us. If you want to try this unique sport, don’t hesitate! Find an instructor and enjoy it while you can. So check out one of our local outfitters at IME, EMS and Northeast Mountaineering. >>

A December to Remember

Snowvember came upon Mt. Washington Valley this year, with last month being one of the snowiest Novembers  in memory! The good news is that the snowpack is still in great shape, and low temperatures have given ski areas many ample opportunities for snowmaking. The skiing this month has made it a December to Remember with all local areas now open – from Black Mountain to Bretton Woods, from King Pine to Great Glen- to everything in between. This sets us up nicely for the upcoming Christmas Vacation Week!

Some Tips for Holiday Skiing

Business has been brisk at Valley ski areas, as news has spread about the amazing conditions and open terrain after several sizeable snowfalls fell through the White Mountains. This is reason to believe the holiday period will also be popular. A few tips to get the most out of your trip to the North Conway area:

  • Book your trip ahead of time and ask your hotel about discount lift tickets. Popular dates will sell out – especially New Year’s weekend. Cranmore Mountain Lodge and Colonial Motel are two nice values. Research lodging at http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org
  • Beat the crowds – Christmas Day is usually a quiet day on the slopes, so some ski areas close all together, or offer discounted rates. Bretton Woods is open 10am – 4pm on the 25th with $45 lift tickets. That is less than half of the usual holiday rate, as their full day holiday lift tickets are $99 this year. Read about it at http://www.brettonwoods.com

    Wildcat Mountain
    My friend Marina makes her way with the wintery splendor of Mount Washington in the background. Shot 12/16/18.
  • Buy online in advance – Want to avoid paying full retail? Purchase your lift tickets online in advance. The further in advance and the more days you purchase, the better the savings. Attitash and Wildcat ski areas share a lift ticket, so your multi-day ticket purchased online lets you bounce between the areas from day to day. Buy online at www.attitash.com
  • Tune your skis before you go – With increased holiday skier traffic, the conditions can get skied off later in the day. Freshly edged skis will keep you carving up a storm until the last run. The Valley features many ski shops to do a tune, as do most mountains. Find out where to find your closest option for an edge and wax here.
  • Celebrate On the Slopes – Want to know another secret? New Year’s Day is historically a much less busy day than the rest of the holiday week. New Year’s Eve revelers sleep in or pack it up early to head home. Don’t be that person. Greet 2019 by breathing in the brilliantly freezing air from atop a ski lift and know that great things are ahead for the New Year.

So how are conditions you may ask? Season to date, starting in early November,  I have skied Wildcat, Cranmore, Great Glen, Jackson Ski Touring and Bretton Woods (ah, the benefits of living close to the mountains). Conditions have ranged from powder to packed powder, to today’s machine groomed/variable conditions at Wildcat. Cross Country fans will want to pay close attention to the grooming report and hit the most recently tracked trails as some refreezing has taken place. Overall, I would rate this December among the best for early season turns and tracks, truly one to remember!

Tunnel at Wildcat Mountain
Who doesn’t love tunnels? This one connects the cross over from the Bobcat Triple to the Wild Kitten beginner area at Wildcat. Shot 12/16/18.

 

 

Great Day at Great Glen Trails

By Kathy Bennett

One of the best things about skiing in Mt. Washington Valley is the sheer number of options you have within a very reasonable driving distance. A snowy November continues here so there were several choices for alpine and Nordic skiing options this weekend. I was undecided on my direction when I left my house Saturday morning, so I tossed both downhill and cross country gear in the trunk and decided to wait for inspiration to guide my car.

The inspiration came at the intersection of Route 302 and 16 by Dairy Queen. A bright new billboard beckoned me to Great Glen, home to the new Glen House hotel. It had been about 2 years since I skied there last so it was time for a return visit.

Great Glen TrailsAmazing views great skiers from the base lodge

Driving past Wildcat, which has been open for weeks and looked to be in fine form, I felt a twinge of regret for not choosing downhill. But too much turkey and stuffing made the cardio blast of XC the right choice for me.

Great Glen Trails
Mt. Adams looms large

Any regret quickly dissipated as I arrived. The day was crystal clear and Mount Washington and Mount Adams gave a silent white welcome to those arriving to ski. I was in good company, as a large holiday craft fair was going on, and a competition of some sort brought many young folks to the Notch. All in all, it didn’t feel like November, either by snow conditions, head count or energy level.

I changed out my gear in the convenient and well appointed locker room – changing rooms, bath rooms and space to change made it comfortable to get ready for the day. I asked what was open and groomed and was delighted to hear the answer … “Everything.” How often can you expect this in November?

Inside the Great Angel Cabin

I headed out under the bridge and around the new Glen House. Its huge wall of windows point to the Presidential Range. I made a mental note to return to try out their restaurant, which is gaining a great reputation for both its views and its cuisine.  I skied several loops, across fields, uphill and down, until I came to the Great Angel Cabin. A picnic table outside and Adirondack chairs inside beckon to weary skiers. I stripped off my jacket and relaxed for a bit – the ski uphill definitely got my heart rate up!  After my break, I enjoyed the long turny downhill back towards the lodge, across fields, streams and another view of that lovely new hotel.

Thanksgiving Weekend was a skiers’ dream. What areas were not open are planning on doing so in the next few weeks. Given the natural snowfall, cold temperatures, and the arrival of another foot of snow Tuesday, they should have no problem doing so.

 

 

Thanksgiving Can Wait

By Kathy Bennett

The weekend before Thanksgiving is the time many spend to look up recipes, make shopping lists and gather the goods necessary for the turkey day to come. But snow came early this year to Mt. Washington Valley, so all the Thanksgiving duties got pushed aside as I spent both weekend days checking out the amazing early season skiing in and around North Conway, New Hampshire.

Bretton Woods opened for the season on Friday, Nov. 16 and conditions sweetened up overnight as light snowfall continued. The first thing visitors will notice is the new Gondola base being installed right in front of the base lodge. When complete, it will be the only 8 person gondola in the state.

The gondola base – coming soon with 8 person cabins.

With 7 trails open with 2 lifts operating, Bretton Woods had top to bottom runs ready for action. Skiing in mid-November usually consists of “the white ribbon of death” – a narrow swath of man-made snow down the center of the trail with no white stuff in the trees. Not so this year.  Snowy views greeted skiers as one looked off to Mount Washington and closer, Mount Deception. An all natural snow trail – Granny’s Grit – offered a foot of ungroomed freshies which challenged my first-day-of-the-season legs. Watch out for the water bars and point your tips downhill!

Fun, friends and snow at Bretton Woods on November 17.

I had prepared for the ski season by purchasing new boots at the annual Eastern Slope Ski Club ski swap the previous weekend, and followed up by having custom footbeds installed at the Ski Liquidators. What a difference. Do yourself a favor this ski season – invest in this personalized fitting and watch your skiing improve. I know I did.

Day two of the season saw me searching the basement for my skinny skis and cross country ski boots. With man-made snowmaking, pre-Thanksgiving alpine skiing is not unusual. But cross-country skiing? Now that’s a rare treat. Mt Washington Valley now has three cross-country skiing areas open – Great Glen, Bretton Woods and Jackson Ski Touring. Jackson’s Prospect Farm parking lot was completely full when I arrived at 10:30am on Sunday, so I was not alone in reveling in the early season splendor.  My legs burned, but I made it up to the Orchard Trail, then enjoyed the long downhill before banging a hard right onto Quail. Remind me to work on cardio strength before my next day out. I made it back to my car out of breath and excited to have traveled 3 miles under my own ski power.

Jackson Ski Touring’s Wildcat Valley Trail with tracked and skate grooming November 17

While I didn’t ski it personally, Cranmore reported their November 17th opening to be the earliest in their history. Hannes Schneider would be proud.

Thanksgiving week is predicted to be cold, a treat for snowmakers and skiers alike. Look for more areas to open with more terrain for the long holiday weekend.  

I’m glad I skipped the Thanksgiving prep this weekend – I just hope I remember to pick up the turkey on Wednesday.

Dining Deals in Mt Washington Valley –March 15-31, 2018

Skiers and riders also need great food, and with 75 or so restaurants in Mt Washington Valley, you’re sure to find something to feed every palate and every age.  As we move into spring skiing season, be sure to feed your appetite for some fabulous sunny days on the slopes and trails.  Best of all, many of Mt Washington Valley’s great restaurants offer deals for skiers and visitors alike.

And we’ve even added some deals on lift tickets and demo equipment to this blog this week, so be sure to read all the way through.

Meals Deals Throughout the winter

At Wild Rose Restaurant, Stonehurst Manor, North Conway, NH

  • Thursday night Candlelight Dinner for Two for $35 – Any two entrees on the menu for $35.  This includes their ultimate Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, Oven Roasted Salmon and more along with any of their Fresh Pasta Offerings served with fresh Manor-made pasta. A fun way to “sample” some of the Manor offerings is to select the “Pick any two Appetizers as an Entree” option.
  • Friday Night is Pizza Night – Special 3-course dinner is $25 per person and includes salad, a wood-fired signature pizza, tiramisu for dessert and choice of a bottle of domestic beer or glass of house wine.  Diners can choose from one of the Manor pizzas, or they can create their own with up to four toppings.
  • Afternoon Fondue – every Saturday and Sunday, holidays through the end of March and daily during Feb. vacation week – A nice to relax by the over-sized wood-burning fireplace and choose from a classic cheese fondue or one of the other “small bites” which aren’t always so small.
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres – served most afternoons in Library Martini Lounge from 5 – 6 pm.

At Max’s Tavern, Snowvillage Inn, Snowville, NH

On Tuesdays: The local flavor comes out every Tuesday 5:30-9:00 PM at Snowvillage Inn: In addition to the daily menu, the locals’ menu is served, offering made from scratch comfort food, priced just right for our local friends. And on Tuesdays, no matter where you’re from, everyone’s a local at Max’s Tavern.

On Thursdays: Max’s In The Raw & the Famous Oyster Orgy! Oysters, Littlenecks, Ceviche and Crudo:  Snowvillage Inn innkeepers, Jen and Kevin, have traveled up and down the coast of Maine in search of the sweetest and largest oysters.  The goldmine is the Damariscotta River….briny, strong shell, plump meat, meaty texture with the true taste of the sea and Snowvillage Inn gets them fresh almost daily! Click here for the menu of the day.

At Christmas Farm Inn, Jackson

  • Mondays are 2-for-1 night: Buy one entrée, get second entrée free
  • Tuesdays: Succulent Turkey Dinner, including salad, entrée, dessert – $19
  • Wednesday is German Night!
  • Thursday is Steak Night: Build your own steak entrée
  • Friday is Seafood Night
  • Saturday is Wild Game Night: Venison, Elk, Duck & more
  • Sunday: Taste of Italy with Italian specialties

Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

  • Twofer Tuesdays: 2 people, 2 entrees, 1 price: $24.95 (Dine in Only)
  • Wednesday Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00pm, $2 Tacos (steak, pork, chicken, fish)
  • Thursdays: Buck-A-Beer: Order any burger, get a beer for a buck
  • Fridays: Happy Hour, 4:00-6:00pm

At Lobster Trap, Seafood, Steaks & Italian, West Side Road, North Conway

Early bird specials start at $10.95 and are served daily from 11:30am until 6:00pm. Early bird dishes are served with homemade rolls, and French fries, onion rings or cole slaw.

At White Mountain Hotel, West Side Road, North Conway

Every Friday: Friday Night Seafood Fest in Ledges Restaurant: New England seafood specialties served directly at your table. Offerings include your choice of salad or soup, appetizers including mini raw bar, gulf shrimp cocktail and poached salmon. Entrees include orange ginger diver scallops, cod and lobster duo, smoked sugar and chile grilled salmon, shrimp scampi and classic broiled seafood platter. Dessert is also included in this 4-Course menu. Seafood Fest menu changes often. Regular menu also available. Click here for sample menu.

Sundays: Grand Sunday Brunch: A White Mountain Hotel tradition since 1990. Includes chef-attended omelet station, bacon, maple sausage, homemade corned beef hash, home fries, Belgian waffles with a variety of fresh fruit toppings, whipped cream and homemade maple butter, chef-attended carving station with two carved roasts of the day, weekly entrée specials, fresh vegetables of the day, homemade soups, pancakes and Eggs Benedict from the kitchen, a delectable dessert table and much more.

 At Traditions Restaurant at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison, NH

$10 Sunday And Monday Menu Items: Enjoy a night out to start your week with special $10 menu items every Sunday and Monday. Order one for yourself or order a few dishes and share with the table.

Tap N’ A Flat Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, head to the pub for a “Tap N’ A Flat” beer and a pizza special. Enjoy your choice of cheese, pepperoni or grilled vegetable flatbread and craft draft pint from one of the taps for only $12.

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, tuck in to all-you-can-eat Carolina Pork Ribs served with traditional cole slaw and french fries for $20 per person.

And at King Pine, $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets.

At Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Jackson, NH

Tuesdays: Two One-Pound Lobsters for $26.95 from 5:00-9:00pm

Wednesday Dinner for Two Menu: Make Wednesday your date night and choose from a special two-for-$26.95 menu.  While the menu changes weekly, look for popular entrees from the menu plus a few specials too.  Two entrees from the special menu are only $26.95 (plus tax & gratuity) for both.  Click here for sample menu.

Every Thursday in February: Free Pasta Feed & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday Night: Fish Fry / Oyster Lover Special: Enjoy a special fish fry along with an oyster special Every Friday Night from 5:00-9:00pm.

At Oxford House Inn, Fryeburg, ME:

Thursday Night Pint & a Pound- $14.95: Includes one pound of Steamed Maine Mussels or Little Neck Clams, prepared in your choice of 5 different flavors from around the world and a Pint of local craft Beer (or glass of wine if preferred) and a basket of Artisan Focaccia & Multigrain Bread.

Taco Trio Tuesdays- $12 for Three: Includes three different authentic and creative tacos

Themed Food Events throughout Mt Washington Valley!

$25 Powder & Pasta at Bretton Woods – Ski or ride from 4 – 8 p.m. and replenish with a pasta dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Available Dec. 29 – March 10, as well as during the holiday periods of Jan. 14; and Feb. 18 – 22, 2018.

March  17, 24, 31: Character Breakfasts at Theater in the Wood: Believe in Books Literacy Foundation presents Character Breakfasts.  Starting Saturday, March 3rd and running every Saturday until April 21st, visit the Theater in the Wood at 9:30 am each Saturday to meet some of your favorite Storybook Characters. Each week combine a tasty pancake breakfast with a new group of friends enjoying their own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup. Plus you have use of the 100 Acre Wood Trail System for the entire day!

Schedule of Characters:

March 17th: Snow White

March 24th: TBD

March 31st: Rabbit & Friends

April 7th: Alice in Wonderland

April 14th: The Little Mermaid

April 21st: Earth Day with Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax

March 25:  Dine to Donate: Tuckerman Brewing Company is the place to be when a variety of events presented by Leadership MWV raise money to aid career-minded students with the tools to reach their goals for success in the Mt. Washington Valley. The fun begins at 4:00 and there will be awesome raffle prizes, and a percentage of all food & beverage sales go to the program THRIVE MWV, which will provide financial stipends and career mentorship to youth seeking alternative paths to college. Info here.

Mark the Calendar for April 7th: 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and Feel Good 5K: North Conway Community Center will be abuzz with activity of professional and home chefs enticing you with the delightful aromas of their best chili and cornbread recipes. Hourglass Adventures will join this year’s Chili Cookoff offering attendees an opportunity to participate in an escape game designed specifically for the event. Be one of the first to check it out.  Plus, North Conway Village will feature the Red Hot Stops route with many of the shops offering discounts and tastings.

Start the day on the move with the 2nd Annual Feelin’ Good 5K Race sponsored by the White Mountain Milers. Then, move on to a day of tasting chili, cornbread and more.  Judged awards for professional chefs are given for Best Chili with first, second and third places acknowledged. Non-profit and home chefs are awarded People’s Choice Award for Best Chili selected by all tasters who attend the tour. Both categories vie for Best Cornbread and Best Display prizes! Come and vote. After the competition the fun continues with the Chili Cookoff Awards Ceremony at Abenaki Trail Restaurant & Pub. Tickets available at the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Complete info here.

15th Annual Chili Cookoff in North Conway

Other Deals at ski resorts and restaurants!

$10 Tuesday Night Skiing and Snowboarding at King Pine! From 4:00-9:00pm, $10 Tuesday night lift tickets, PLUS $10 rentals, $10 terrain park lessons (available starting 1/9), $10 tubing (5-7 p.m.) AND $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern are all offered with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets. *Must be 21 years of age with valid photo id. Some restrictions apply. Limit one per person.

Every Wednesday throughout March at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub: Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas.  All you must do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

March 16:  College Night #5 at Shawnee Peak: Grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak from 3:00-9:00pm. Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! Plus, Open Mic in Blizzard’s Pub for the 21+ crowd afterward.

March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale at Attitash and Wildcat: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.

March 17: St Paddy’s Day ticket special at Cranmore: On St. Patrick’s Day, the resort will offer a $17 twilight lift ticket, valid for skiing from 5pm to 8pm or a $17 Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park ticket, during the hours of 5pm to 8pm.

March 17-18: St. Patrick’s Day Ticket Special at Bretton Woods:  Save some green and get a two-day adult lift ticket for just $117, valid March 17-18, 2018.

March 25:  Youth Day #2 at Attitash and Wildcat:  All kids 7 to 17 pay just $17 for a lift ticket.

Valley Originals Gift Certificate Sale

There are still a few discounted gift certificates left from selected Valley Originals restaurants.  Click here to get them while you can.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

White Mountain Hotel Frequent Diner Program

Enjoy a free entrée for every ten times you dine at White Mountain Hotel.  Please inquire at the Front Desk with any questions.

Horsefeathers Preferred Diner Program

Earn points for every dollar you spend at Horsefeathers toward a $50.00 Gift Certificate. And on your birthday, receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée.  Click here to sign up.

Traditions at Purity Spring Resort Loyalty Card Program

With your Traditions Loyalty Card in-hand, you will earn one point for each dollar you spend at Traditions. When you reach 500 points, you will earn a Traditions gift card with a value of $25! To receive your Traditions Loyalty Card, please ask your server the next time you visit, and begin earning points right away! Click here for program guidelines.

For a complete list of restaurants and dining opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, click here.