Valley Ski Marathon!

Last Sunday, March 22nd, my friend Dan and I completed a ski marathon….4 mountains in 1 day! It was an awesome sample of the Valley, and the ski conditions were incredible.  We started off the day at 8:30 a.m. for some fresh tracks on Wildcat Mountain and continued the tour by skiing Black and Cranmore Mountain before ending the day at King Pine.  With 7 alpine ski areas and 6 nordic centers in the Mt. Washington Valley, this was just a taste of what the Valley has to offer.  The spring skiing was great, and i hope to expand the tour next year. I hope you enjoy the footage!

– Siiri

Princess Fantasy

Wanted to let everyone know what a wonderful weekend we had in North Conway, the weekend of the Fantasy Princess.  We have 2 daughters 4 and 5 and let me say they were in their glory.  They truly were treated like princess’s.  From getting their hair and nails done at the Cut Off Salon. (thank you so much for the generosity my girls are still talking about their up-dos!)  To the walk down the runway (my 5 year olds favorite part) to the puppet show, to pictures and flowers.  I know alot goes into something like this and it truly was exceptional.  We will be back again next year.  To those companies that sponsered the weekend, thank you, thank you, thank you.  We tried to make it to all the business’s that contributed.  Our gift bag was a great way to go around to all the people that made this weekend so special.  Thank you again for such a memorable weekend.

The Roche family

Winter Vacation

Vacationing in the Mount Washington Valley provides so much opportunity… even for locals vacationing in their backyard. This year, my daughter and I spent our February vacation locally instead of traveling to Florida, and we had a blast! My husband didn’t have the week off from work but joined us on his days off.

We usually ski around to all the local mountains, but this time Wildcat Mountain

Taking a Break From it All!
Taking a Break From it All!

was a hub of activity for us as we down-hill skied one day, and back country skied the back side of the mountain another the 16 miles on trails all the way to Jackson X-C  Ski Touring Center another.

The snow was perfect, and terrain varied and breath-taking with the intermittent blue skies and snow draped trees. It was at times exhausting and exhilarating at the same time, but don’t try the backcountry trip alone unless you have proper equipment and a map in hand – you can get your map from Jackson Ski Touring Foundation where you buy your trail pass and Wildcat single lift ticket. You’ll want your back pack filled with a first aid kit which includes moleskin, lunch, snacks, and warm water in a thermos or insulated container, dry socks, gloves, extra clothing and more.

While we were on the trail, we ran into a tour group guided by staff of the Appalachian Mountain Club. They and other local guides are a great resource if you prefer not to venture out the first time with just you and another inexperienced friend. (Going alone is not recommended!)

A non-outdoors highlight of our vacation week was at the Mount Washington Observatory’s event at Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center which highlighted the mountain photography of Jose Azel which was recently featured in National Geographic. It was fun to see local friends and meet visitors. I even won an official Mount Washington Observatory engraved thermos (and sadly, lost it on the Wildcat backcountry trek! Easy come, easy go.) Maybe I’ll retrieve it in the future or buy a new one at The Weather Store (Note to self – make sure my water/thermos bottles are tied on or inside pack!)

Other memory-makers:

  • Staying at Royalty Inn Resort after skiing at Wildcat. My daughter commented: “It feels just like home here!” Of course, she LOVED the pool too. What a great resource for visitors and locals alike.
  • Ski racing the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge at Cranmore Mountain Resort with friends.
  • Sledding in our backyard.
  • Watching movies, reading books, drinking lots of hot chocolate.

And there was so much more to do here in our backyard, we just ran short on time. Well, there’s always next vacation. Mt Washington Valley, where Anything is Possible!

another Mt Washington Valley winter

Visit us at the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend February 20-22, at the Seaport World Trade center in Boston MA, located at 200 Seaport Blvd.

You’ll find us in the New England Section, booth #404. If you’ve been meaning to get to the Mt. Washington Valley in Northern New Hampshire to visit or relocate but haven’t yet, this is your chance.

The Chamber will be at the show to represent Mt Washington Valley and it’s +700 members and to answer any questions you have about the area.

Ask about our SHOW SPECIAL and SIGN UP TO WIN A GOLF GIVEAWAY valued at $600 & FREE ALPINE TICKETS or NORDIC TRAIL PASSES!!! Don’t miss this great opportunity!

The show hours are:
Friday – February 20
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday – February 21
10:00am.- 6:00pm

Sunday – February 22
10:00am – 5:00pm

For more information call 603.356.5701
or visit us at the Travel Show.

Skiing in MWV

Last weekend my friend Zack and I went skiing at Attitash. It was right after a big storm and the skiing was phenomenal! It was during this video that we came up with a great idea; Ski Marathon!

I have a Valley Ski Sampler Pass, which allows me to ski at 7 Alpine and 6 Nordic centers. So as a ski marathon, we are going to ski as many of the 7 Alpine ski areas as we can in one day. (filming the entire event of course!) We are going to start at 8:30 a.m. at Attiash and work our way South to end the day at Shawnee Peak for night skiing.

Be sure to check back for the ski marathon video. 7 Alpine ski areas in one day….can it be done? Check back to find out!

To get your Valley Ski Sampler Pass call 603-356-5701.

Leadership MWV Kicks Off 2009 Session

Leadership MWV 2009The 2009 Leadership MWV Community Connections program held its first session Wednesday, January 14th at the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield, New Hampshire. This program developed in 2007 by the Mt. Washington Valley Young Professionals in affiliation with the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council, was created to provide a deep local focus on leadership development and civic engagement. The 2009 class with 12 participants marks the second class to go through this program, following the very successful inaugural class of 2008.  


The Leadership MWV program is an intensive course running from January to June, consisting of 9 half-day sessions. The goals of the program are to provide the up-and-coming professionals with the skills necessary to participate effectively on local boards and committees through the innovative curriculum and mentorships with community leaders.  The first session facilitated by Claudia Needham of Abbott Brook Consulting, set the groundwork for the course by introducing the appreciative interview process and techniques as well as unveiling personal and organizational values and leadership qualities.


Thank you Leadership MWV Sponsors: 

Northway Bank
Mountain View Grand Resort 
Transportation Sponsor-Sutton Luxury Limo and Leone McDonnell & Roberts, PA,

Location and Luncheon Sponsors-Northway Bank, Tennessee Log Homes, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Purity Springs Resort, The Memorial Hospital, Kennett High and Middle Schools, Concord Statehouse, Flatbread Company and Conway Town Hall.

Scholarships for participation in this course were provided by MWV Chamber of Commerce, MWV Economic Council, MWV Young Professionals, North Conway Rotary Club, and Northway Bank.  


For more information on the Mt. Washington Valley Young Professionals or its Leadership MWV program, visit



Winter Retreat at the Mountain View Grand

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce had their strategic planning board meeting at the Mountain View Grand on January 11th and 12th. The Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield, NH is an elegant old hotel with nostalgia, charm, and all the modern amenities we come to expect.  Watch the video to take a quick tour, and be sure to check out the bathrooms!

Chamber Tidbits….

I will be holding a Constant Contact Training Session and there is still room left!
Are you getting together your 2009 marketing plan and need some new ways to contact your customers? Sign up for a constant contact training and refresher session. Hosted by Kelly at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber Office on Friday, January 9th, 2009 at 10 a.m.Prior to training you will need to create a Constant Contact account. Audience participation required so please bring a laptop if you have one.

Some of the topics covered will be:
*Introduction to Constant Contact
*Chamber Benefits when you join Constant Contact
*Email Marketing
*Reaching Your Customer with Your Service & Message

FMI call Kelly at 603-356-5701 ext. 301

Anything is Possible!

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