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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.


Thankful for Great Skiing in Mt. Washington Valley

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

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New Hampshire skiing was all about Mt. Washington Valley this Thanksgiving weekend as three ski areas were open for the long weekend. Taking advantage of a cold snap and ideal snow making weather, Wildcat (open now for a few weeks), Bretton Woods and Cranmore all offered post-turkey Thanksgiving weekend skiing for locals and visitors alike.
Bretton Woods and Wildcat were open on the holiday proper. I told my dinner guests turkey would be served later than planned so we could take turns Thursday morning. Reporting 6 trails open, Wildcat had top to bottom, edge to edge frozen granular/machine groomed condition, served by their high speed quad. “Not bad for November” was the consensus of my skiing party, and we took in over 8000 ft of vertical in 4 runs before running home to put the bird in the oven.
Bretton Woods has been consistently adding new terrain since opening earlier this month, and Cranmore joined in the fun starting Friday.
For best results, be sure to tune your skis at one of the many great ski shops in town. I enjoyed sharp edges from the Great American Ski Renting Company on Route 16 in North Conway Village. They are also offering deals on their demo fleet from the last year, in case you are looking to upgrade your planks and save some bucks.
The forecast remains chilly and snow making efforts continue. Skiers can expect to see the increasing trail counts, more lifts operating and base depths building as we move towards the important holiday season vacation period. Grab some turns before then and enjoy the empty slopes as you regain your ski legs before the season begins in earnest!

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.

Blast From the Past! 80’s Adult Après at Bretton Woods

80s-apresVisit the Slopeside Restaurant in the Bretton Woods Base Lodge on Saturday, March 4 from 3-5pm for an Adult Après that will have you feeling nostalgic for the “good old days”. Bretton Woods is going back in time to the 80s: when shoulder pads were in style and cell phones were the size of your head.

Reminisce while enjoying beverages and music from the best decade since the 60’s, courtesy of Mix 104.1. Play classic 80’s games, test our your memory in 80’s trivia, and compete in their I Love the 80’s Costume Contest. Bring a friend or bring a few and  don’t forget your best pair of acid washed jeans, and join Bretton Woods for this Blast From the Past Adult Ski Après. Prizes will be awarded for “Most Radical Air Guitar Solo”, “Most 80’s Outfit”, and “Biggest 80’s Hair.”

For more information on this event, please call the Bretton Woods Ski Area at (603) 278-3320 or by visiting their website at www.brettonwoods.com.

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


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.

Driven to Beat Breast Cancer
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.

44TH Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race at Bretton Woods

The 44th Annual Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race will take place on the Ammonoosuc trail network at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center on Monday, January 16th, 2017. The race, originally staged in the winter of 1972-73, is one of New England’s oldest citizens’ races. Originally a 6-kilometer race on terrain groomed by a homemade track sled pulled by a rope from a grooming machine, the Geschmossel Race is currently a 15-kilometer classical style Nordic ski race and is part of the ZAK Cup Series.

The schedule for the race is as follows:

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Registration
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 11:00am
    Mass Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 12:00pm
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    Awards Ceremony
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center

Registration costs are $20 per person under the age of 23 and $30 per person over the age of 23 if you register before 5:00pm on January 15, 2017. Those who wish to register after this time can expect to pay $35 per person under the age of 23 and $50 per person over the age of 23. In addition to event entry, the registration fee includes:

  • Trail Pass for the day of the event
  • Awards celebration following the race
  • Pre-registered skiers may ski at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center for $15 a day from Jan. 2 – Jan. 15

Please call the Bretton Woods Nordic Center at 603.278.3322 for more information. To register online, please visit this page by January 15th, 2017. Day-of registration is available but at a higher cost.

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce wishes you luck in the race, but with winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, we’re all winners! For more information on winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, visit the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce website or call Visitor Services at 800-367-3364.

And Just Like That, It was Ski Season

By Kathy Bennett

Last weekend in the city, it was nearly tee shirt weather, with sunny skies and temps in the 60s.  Fast forward just a few days and it’s winter, As of Thanksgiving week, Mount Washington Valley saw two ski areas open – Wildcat and Bretton Woods.

The first day out for the year is always met with mixed feelings. Will you find all your ski gear. Did you remember to tune your skis. Are your legs ready for their winter work out.

So it’s always a joy when the bother of gathering all your gear is behind you and you are getting on the lift for your first run of the season.

bretton-woods-kb Thanks to some light natural snow this week, Bretton Woods featured not only snow on the trails but snow in the trees, giving skiers a true wintry feel for the day. Nothing’s worse than a thin white ribbon of snow with completely brown surroundings – not the case this first day at all.

Nice edge to edge snow coverage greeted skiers on about 5 trails. The snow guns were blasting additional terrain, no doubt with ambitious plans for more terrain leading up to the holiday vacation period. Snow surface conditions were nice – powdery at the top and firm but edgeable closer to the bottom, but still decent for early season – especially after last year’s difficult winter.


Other skiers reported great conditions for the first week at Wildcat. Friday, it was reported to offer snow surfaces that were “some of the best conditions for opening week,” packed powder at the top and soft to bottom. Sunday saw nice weather with occasional glimpses of the rock pile.

This coming week may offer some weather challenges for lower elevation resorts striving to make snow to open; higher elevation mountains may (or may not) pick up additional white stuff. Contact your favorite resort closer to the weekend to see how they fared.

Bretton Woodstock Mountain Life Festival Comes to Bretton Woods

OmniThe Bretton Woods Adventure Center will partner up with Coca-Cola® and The Main Event® for Bretton Woodstock, a two-day mountain life, bike and music festival on the slopes of New Hampshire’s largest ski area July 27-28.

This action-packed event will feature three different types of mountain bike competitions and two open-format jam sessions, lots of live music, great food and brews, family friendly games and lots of demos and raffle prizes from various local vendors.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers of each event, as well as for the “All-Mountain Enduro,” meaning those who compete in all three events.

Admission is free for spectators, and a $20 per race fee for riders with a $10 savings for signing up for all three races.  Cash BBQ and bar available, no coolers or pets permitted.  Lawn chairs and blankets recommended.  Event is rain or shine.

Bretton Woods Adventure Center hosts Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening

From left to right: Alexa Bernotavicz, Bretton Woods Assistant Director of Ski Operations; Lauren Reeves, Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Communications; Sarah Verney, Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Office Manager; Janice Crawford, Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Calvin Belknap, Omni Mount Washington Resort Manager; Rob Adair, N.E. Mt. Biking Association; Torrey Adair, N.E. Mt. Biking Association

Contact: Lauren Reeves, 603-356-5701 ext. 304

BRETTON WOODS, NH—Bretton Woods celebrated the newest additions to the Adventure Center – guided rock climbing on the West Wall Climb and the indoor Slopeside Climbing Wall – with a ribbon cutting and full day of activities for Mt. Washington Valley Chamber members and their families on Wednesday, July 13.

The indoor Slopeside Climbing Wall is located in the lofty Base Lodge, and accommodates all skill levels with a 30-foot artificial rock wall and a variety of different routes, along with a smaller bouldering cave suitable for all ages. The West Wall Climb is a four hour guided tour up the granite face of West Mountain, and is tailored to the experience and goals of the group. Harnesses, helmets and appropriate shoes are provided as well as ropes if chosen for extra support.

Approximately 40 participants attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Slopeside Level of the Base Lodge next to the Slopeside Climbing Wall, followed by a VIP/Chamber Day menu tasting including hand and chair massage by The Spa, as well complimentary activities throughout the day for Mt. Washington Valley Chamber members and their families.

“We are pleased to welcome our friends and neighbors to experience all of the great activities we have to offer,” said Director of Sales & Marketing Craig Clemmer.  “For those who couldn’t attend today’s festivities, we also offer seasonal locals’ specials throughout the year on many of the resort’s activities.”  Information may be found at brettonwoods.com/locals.

Part of the Omni Mount Washington Resort, the Bretton Woods Adventure Center is now open daily for the summer season, including the popular Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, West Wall Climb, Slopeside Climbing Wall, Williwaw Dual Racing Zip, scenic chairlift rides, lift-serviced mountain biking, Diggler Mountain Scooter rentals and disc golf.  Other resort activities include 27 holes of golf, horseback riding, a full-service Spa, hiking, biking and fly fishing clinics.

For more information call 603-278-3320 or visit brettonwoods.