When the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins. For some, it lasts well into the night. Our readers asked us to share insight into nightlife opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, so each week we’ll compile a list of live entertainment and apres ski fun.
Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week at the ski resorts and XC Centers.
Apres ski At Wildcat, Pinkham Notch, NH
Apres Ski Entertainment nightly in Wildcat Pub:
- March 2: Rafe Montegrano, 1:00-4:00pm
- March 3: Pat Foley Band, 2:00-5:00pm
- March 9: Ryan St. Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
- March 10: Jonathan Sarty Band, 2:00-5:00pm
March 3: Crazy Catwalk Challenge: Prizes will be given out for the fastest time through the Crazy Cat Walk Challenge course. The course will be setup by 11:00 and go until 1:00. Prizes will be given out at 1:15 next to the course. Info here.
March 12: 15th Annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge: The Wildcat Mountain 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge is a non-race event offering the chance for a limited capacity field of participants the opportunity to ski or ride 100,000 vertical feet in a single day. Total funds raised from the previous 14 years of the event have reached over $921,000 directly benefiting Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire and their endeavors. The goal this year, in the 15th year of the event is to reach and surpass $1 million in total dollars raised! Participants are required to raise a minimum of $250 for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Donated prizes from event sponsors will be awarded for the top fundraisers and additional prizes will be won in a bib draw raffle. Refreshments and snacks will be provided to help keep challengers going throughout the day. here is a 9-hour window, weather and conditions permitting, to complete the 100K, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (unless all participants still entered complete the 100K prior to 4:30 p.m. $75 registration fee. Complete info here.
Apres ski at Attitash Mountain Resort
- March 3: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Scott Baer, 2:00-4:30pm
- March 3: Terrafunk at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- March 10: Pat Foley Band at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- March 10: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Riley Parkhurst, 2:00-4:30pm
March 10: Ability Plus Ski-a-thon: Raffle, apres entertainment, silent auction, and various other activities put on by the Ability Plus of Mount Washington Valley, 9:00-4:00pm.
Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort
Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.
- March 3: Music with Arthur James, 3:00-6:00pm
March 3, 10 Cranapalooza: Enjoy apres ski music, entertainment and games hosted by none other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More. On Feb 24th and March 10, Cranapalooza celebration is topped off with fireworks too!
March 3-4: Cranmore’s 80th Anniversary ticket specials: Available online only. $80 2 day adult lift tickets, purchase here, $80 family four pack tubing or MAP 5-8pm, discount available day of at ticket office or $80 Get Skiing or Snowboarding 2-day package, purchase here. (to reserve lesson, select March 3rd in date picker).
March 9: Schneider Sprint: New in 2018, this is a timed up and down ski touring race, open to racers of all ages and ability levels. Sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports of North Conway and Ski the Whites, this unique race will start in front of Zip’s Pub deck, where racers will complete a short obstacle course before heading into a transitioning area to gear up, then ascend to the top of Cranmore’s Competition Slope, and ski down a predetermined course, concluding at the bottom of the North Slope. Registration is $25 and includes an exclusive Meister Cup pin and pasta dinner and awards. Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers. EMS will provide alpine touring demo equipment from Dynafit, G3, Black Diamond and K2 for those who need it, included with registration. Participants who want to take advance of the demo equipment should call the EMS North Conway store at 603-356-5433 to reserve gear or visit the store before 5pm on Thursday, March 8th. Info here.
March 10- 11: 22nd Hannes Schneider Meisiter Cup at Cranmore: Honoring the founding father of ski instruction, Austrian Hannes Schneider, who brought his world-renowned skills to North Conway and Mt. Cranmore in 1939, this is a fan favorite. The event kicks off Friday night with a Tyrolean-themed dinner, EMS Twilight Skinning Tour & a torchlight parade. Saturday, the celebration of ski school founder Hannes Schneider’s arrival at the mountain continues with a dual giant slalom race, silent auction, vintage skiwear contest, après entertainment, prizes, music and more.
March 10-11: Military Weekend at Cranmore: During Cranmore’s historic Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 10th & 11th, Cranmore will offer free lift tickets for active duty, veteran and retired servicemen and women. Card carrying dependents will receive $15 off a lift ticket.
Apres ski at Bretton Woods Ski Resort
March 3, 10, 17: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Schedule of entertainment in the Slopeside Pub, 3:00-5:30pm
March 3: Mix 104.1 – Blast from the Past Series – 80’s Night with the Moosehead Mountain Jam
March 10: Jeremy Dean, Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser
March 17: DJ Chuck Noel, St. Paddy’s Day party
March 3, 10: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods. Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids. Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge. Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.
Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub – 3:30-5:30pm
- Fri, March 2: Apres ski with Ben Cook
- Sat, March 3: Apres ski with Greg Walsh and Newburyport Brewing
- Sun, March 4: Apres ski with Riley Parkhurst
- Fri, March 9: Apres ski with Greg Walsh
- Sat, March 10: Apres ski with Ben Cook and Blue Moon
- Sun, March 11: Apres ski with Tim Gershin
Apres Ski at King Pine
Fridays in March: Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at our Pine Meadows Tubing Park!
March 3, 10, 17: Say hello to Powder Bear: King Pine’s mascot, Powder Bear, will be out and about offering greetings to young skiers from 2:00-3:00pm.
March 1: Gold Rush: Look for candy & goodies scattered throughout the Pokey Pine Trail starting at 1:00pm.
March 3: Saturday Night Family Racing: Dual recreation race, 6:00-8:00pm. Races are free to all with a lift ticket. Weather dependent
March 11: 18th Annual Marky B Boardfest: This annual snowboard race in memory of Mark Bierweiler is the most unique snowboard-only event in the region… a slalom race through a course with hits, rolls and jumps! Funds generated from the race will aid and further supporting the snowboard programs at King Pine. Entry fee 45 (includes lift ticket, lunch voucher, 1 raffle ticket and race fee). $25 with a King Pine season pass. Register at 8 a.m. in the Fireplace Room. More info here.
March 16-17: Cynthia’s Challenge 24-hour Skiathon: Cynthia’s Challenge is excited to announce the next beneficiary of the 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire March 16-17, 2018. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Freedom, New Hampshire’s Jacques Villeneuve, a 9-year-old boy who was born missing the main wiring between the left and right hemispheres of his brain, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. The minimum requirement is $99 for ages 6 and above and 5 and under are $50. Registration includes a 24-hour lift ticket, t-shirt, dinner, breakfast, and lunch, snacks and memories to last a lifetime of skiing and riding as the sun comes up over King Pine. One raffle ticket will be awarded to participants for every $50 raised above their registration fee. These special raffle tickets will be used for participants to win a grand prize package. Go to https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/ for complete information.
Apres Ski at Shawnee Peak
March 2: New England Ski Day at Shawnee Peak: New Englanders can purchase a ticket to ski or ride all day and night on Friday March 2nd for just $32 with the presentation of your New England driver’s license. Rentals will just be $32 all day too. Kids get the deal with a license holder.
March 2: College Night #4 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 2 & 9: Winter Kids Day 1 & 2: Shawnee Peak welcomes all Passport holders and their families for our first WinterKids Family Day! Passport Holder Lift Ticket: $20; Sibling Lift Ticket: $22; Parent Lift Ticket: $22.
March 3: Cardboard Box Race: Keep those big cardboard boxes on hand, you’re going to need them for the 5th annual cardboard box race! Prizes for fastest and best dressed. Theme is “A PARTY” given we turned 80 this year (The winners get NASCAR tickets!!). Sign your team (up to 4 people per team) for the race before 11.30am in the main office. Race takes place at 1pm. Full rules here.
March 10: Mary’s Firemen for a Cure: Sign up your five-member fireman team and you get: a lift ticket, chili lunch, and a t shirt if you register in advance. Registration begins at 2:00pm, The Firemen’s Race Begins at 3:00pm. Teams of five firemen in full turn-out gear race while carrying a 50ft length of hose. Not a Firefighter? Introducing the first annual Devin’s Downhill, an individual race and registration is only $10! Click here for complete details.
Apres ski at Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road
March 4: Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds: Long referred to as “North America’s Toughest 10K”, the Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds course has an average grade of 12% over the last 6K as you climb the final 2,200 vertical feet. After covering 4k on the Nordic system, racers will have the Mt. Washington Auto Road to themselves. On race day, there will be a mass start of cross country skiers at 10 am, followed by the snowshoe start at 10:05 am and Fatbikers at 10:10 am. Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds is considered a true freestyle event, there will not be separate classes for classic and skate skiing. Complete info here.
March 10: 2nd Annual Winter Charity Day: Make a minimum donation of $25 per person ($15 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and a buffet lunch (11:30 am – 1:00 pm). Kids under 5 participate free with each donating adult. Make a minimum donation of $50 per person ($30 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, a buffet lunch and a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Auto Road. The first 32 people who make a $50 donation will receive a SnowCoach ticket for that day. Complete info here.
Sundays through March: Sunday Snowshoe Yoga Tours: The MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center has added a new offering on Sundays. Every Sunday morning (except 2/25) plan to combine yoga and mindfulness in the spectacular setting of the mountains. The tour begins with some warm-up stretches, preparing for a beautiful snowshoe walk in the woods. Taking the trail at an easy pace, make your way to an open spot to pause for some yoga practice. After the snowshoe walk, end the tour with a few easy stretches. The tour departs every Sunday (weather permitting) from the MWV Touring Center at 10:00 am. Ideal for first-timers and novices interested in learning basic techniques. $25 per person includes trail pass for the day. Discounted rentals available.
March 17: Baxter Outdoors White Mountain Winter Triathlon & 5K Snowshoe Run: Originally scheduled for Jan 6 this race was rescheduled to Sat Mar 17. This professionally designed course has its fair share of ups and downs but those are ultimately overshadowed by sweeping views of the White Mountains and presence in this truly special New England Ski Town. Registration starts at 8:30am, race starts at 10:00am: Click here to register!
Live Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants & Businesses
At The Soaking Pot, Settlers Green, North Conway
After a day of skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, or when you just need a moment, The SoakingPot is the newest place to SOAK. SIP. RELAX. The custom foot soaks are designed to calm, invigorate, soothe or balance. For deeper relaxation, add a soothing cup of tea and massage to go with your soak!
Current Specials & Discounts*:
- Every Wednesday Buy One Soak Get One Half Off
- Loyalty Soak Club- Buy 10 Soaks get one FREE
- Soak Pass Memberships -Save when you buy 6 or more Soaks, Free Soak on your birthday, Free tea, and more.
At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH
- Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
- Every Wednesday throughout January: Jonathan Sarty in the Pub, 5:30-8:00pm
- Every Wednesday throughout January: Jerry’s Free Ride Wednesdays – Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas. All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.
March 2-3: Pat Foley Band, 9:00pm-12:30am
March 4: Apres Ski with Pacmann Dave, 4:00-7:00pm
March 9: Tilden Katz, 9:00pm – 12:30am
March 10: American Made, 9:00pm – 12:30am
March 11: Blues Sunday with Lefty Yunger, 4:00-7:00pm
March 15: Red Parka Challenge Cup Bib Draw, 6:00-9:00pm
At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH
Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.
Every Wednesday: White Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.
Every Thursday: Free Pasta Feeds & 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: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. Many of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.
Every Saturday: Apres ski with Al Shafner, 4:00-6:00pm
Every Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.
March 3: Candie & the Fellas, 8:30-11:00pm
March 10: Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00-closing
March 17: Al Shafner and the Revtones, 8:00-closing
At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway
Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey, 7:30-10:00pm
Every Saturday-Apres Ski-Dennis & Davey from 4:00-6:00pm.
At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson
- March 2: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
- March 3: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
- March 4: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
- March 8: Johno & Al Shafner – 7:00pm
- March 9: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
- March 10: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
- March 11: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
- March 15: Johno & Dennis O’Neil, 8:00pm
- March 16: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
- March 17: St Paddy’s Day with Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson – all performances are from 5:30-9:30pm
Every Thursday night: Shot of JD every Thursday Night!
Most Sunday Nights: Justin Jaymes
March 2: Jonathan Sarty
March 3: Riley Parkhurst
March 4: Tim Gershin
March 8: Shot of JD
March 9: Lucinda Rowe & Michael Connolly
March 10: TBA
March 11: Randy Messineo
At 302 Tavern in Fryeburg
Open Mike night for local performers
At Seadog Brewing Co in North Conway
Every Wednesday is Trivia Night!
Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, March, 2018
March 2: The Bradley Jazz Collective at Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center: The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center’s Bradley Backstage Concert Series presents The Bradley Jazz Collective at 7:30 pm. The band, comprised of Craig Bryan (drums), Al Hospers (bass), Mimi Rohlfing (vocals), Mike Sakash (saxophone), and Jed Wilson (piano) will be performing the music of Thelonious Monk in celebration of the year that would have marked his 100th birthday (2017). Bradley Backstage concerts flip the theater and seat the audience on stage with the performers, creating a much more intimate and unforgettable live concert experience. $15-Adults, $5-Students (pre-order online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call 207-935-9232).
March 3: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Midlife Crisis at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.
March 3: We Banjo 3 at Stone Mountain Arts Center: With a 7 time all Ireland banjo champ, a 4-time banjo champ, and another member who is an all-Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group. WB3 has performed for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest for several years in a row. Doors open at 5:00, dinner seating at 6:00pm and showtime is at 8:00pm. Tickets $35, reserve in advance.
March 4: Wag It Games Workshop Day: Grab your four-legged friend and get ready for three fun workshops. At Telling Tails Training Center in Fryeburg. Instructor Sumac Grant-Johnson CPDT-KA & Founder Wag It Games introduces you and your best furry friend to Shadow Skills, Nudge it and Dog Ball and Sniff it and Fun Runs. $55 for all three workshops. Click here for more info.
March 7: A special acoustic evening with Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin: On this special night these two amazing artists will trade songs, stories and of course wits in a special live acoustic performance. These two, both talented singer song writers, will make a really special moment in all our musical lives. Lobby bar opens at 5:00pm, dinner seating starts at 6:00pm, showtime at 8:00pm. Tickets are $210 per person and must be reserved in advance.
March 10: Met Opera Live in HD: The Met Opera Live in HD series presents “Semiramide” at 1:00 pm at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. $26-Adults, $23-Seniors, $18-Students (pre-order online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call the box office at 207-935-9232).
March 10: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Bear Mountain Band at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.
March 10: Tin Mountain Conservation Center “First Night” fundraiser: Celebrate spring at Tin Mountain’s annual First Season Benefit Dinner Auction starting at 5 p.m. at the Ada Wadsworth Arena at Fryeburg Academy. Enjoy good cheer and bid on hundreds of exciting items donated by local businesses and craftspeople. Mountain Top Strings will perform as attendees mingle in a forest-like setting. A catered dinner and cash bar will round out the event. Tickets are $60 each. Reservations and prepayment are requested by calling (603) 447-6991.
Thinking ahead, save the date: April 7th, 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and 2nd Annual Feeling Good 5k. Click here for complete information.
Click here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout and March in Mt Washington Valley.