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:
- Feb 16: Rafe & Alecia, 12:30-3:30pm
- Feb 17: The Gravel Project & Bud Light promo: 2:00-5:00pm
- Feb 18: Pat Foley Band: 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 19: White Steer: 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 20: Riley Parkhurst Project, 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 21: Scott Baer, 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 22: White Steer, 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 23: Ryan St. Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 24: Dominic Lavoie, 2:00-5:00pm
Feb 17: Kitty Cat’s Apres Ski Entertainment: Parents, enjoy good times with adults in the pub while children have fun in the Lion’s Den located on the ground floor of the Wildcat Base Lodge.
Cost is $5.00 per child and includes supervision, children’s movie, cookie decorating and arts & crafts.
Feb 17: Torchlight Parade: Ski Patrol and Ski School will journey down the hill just after dusk to form the Torchlight Parade. This is a great event that brings families and friends together on the ski mountain. 5:30-6:00pm.
Feb 20: Kitty Litter Cardboard Box Race: A fun, free, February Vacation tradition for kids. Build your own “vessel” out of cardboard boxes and go for the fastest run of the day, best decorated, best crash or judges’ choice awarded prizes. All vessels will be inspected to make sure they fit the standards prior to racing. Decorating is encouraged. Pre-registration Required: Guest Services 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Feb 21: 9 Lives Lunch Tray Luge: Another February Vacation Tradition. Race down the luge track on lunch trays! Free. Noon-1:00pm.
Feb 24: Crazy Hat Day: Dig deep into your closets and imagination to find the craziest, weirdest, wackiest, funniest, hat. Meet on the front lawn at 2 p.m. where the winner will take home the Grand Prize
Apres ski at Attitash Mountain Resort
- Feb 17: Den sessions at Bear Peak with Jeremy Dean, 2:00-4:30pm
- Feb 17: “Crush”, a Dave Matthews Tribute Band at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm & 8:00-11:00pm
- Feb 18: Den Sessions at Bear Peak featuring Packman Dave, 2:00-4:30pm
- Feb 18: Riley Parkhurst Project at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- Feb 19: Packman Dave at Ptarmigan Pub, 2:00-5:00pm
- Feb 19: Den Sessions at Bear Peak, 2:00-4:30pm
- Feb 20: Shark Martin at Ptarmigan Pub, 2:00-5:00pm
- Feb 20: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Justin Jaymes,2:00-4:30pm
- Feb 21: DJ Ben Cook at Ptarmigan Pub, 2:00-5:00pm
- Feb 21 Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Pat Foley, 2:00-4:30pm
- Feb 22: Dean Machine at Ptarmigan Pub 3:000-6:00pm
- Feb 22: Den Sessions at Bear Peak featuring Packman Dave, 2:00-4:30pm
- Feb 23: White Steer at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- Feb 23: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Isaiah Bennett, 2:00-4:30pm
- Feb 24: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Mitch Alden, 2:00-4:30pm
Feb 17: Skier Boardercross: First to finish all-out race through berms, jumps and rollers. Pre-registration required. 11:00am race. $20.
Feb 17: Attitash After Dark: Ptarmigan Pub is transformed into Attitash After Dark HQ when “Crush” will again take the stage, 8:00-11:00pm. Fireworks at 6:30pm too.
Feb 24: Abenaki Parks Big Air, 11:00am-1:00pm – Stomp your best tricks for prizes.
Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort
Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.
- Feb 18: Music with Ben Cook in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- Feb 19: Music with Jonathan Sarty in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- Feb 20: Music with White Steer in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- Feb 21: Music with Mitch Alden in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-5:00pm
- Feb 22: Music with Greg Walsh in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-5:00pm
- Feb 23: Music with Bill Cameron, 3:00-6:00pm
Feb 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24: February Vacation Week Cranapalooza: A whole week of music, entertainment and games hosted by none other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More. On Feb 24th, the vacation week Cranapalooza celebration is topped off with fireworks too!
Feb 24: 80th Anniversary Summit Ice Bar Party: Join fellow skiers and rider for Cranmore’s 80th Anniversary Summit Celebration! Head to the Meister Hut for a special ice bar, appetizers and live music with Shark Martin from 6pm to 9pm. Entrance includes one drink ticket. Tickets start at $49. Event is for ages 21+. Purchase tickets online, here.
Feb 24: Double Feature Throw Down Competition: In the Terrain Park on the North Slope for skiers and snowboarders. Open to all ages.
Apres ski at Bretton Woods Ski Resort
Feb 17, 18, 19, 20, 21: 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.
Feb 17, 18, 19, 20, 21: 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.
Feb 24-25: Winter Games Weekend with Gilson Snowboard & Ski Co: Join Gilson on the mountain all weekend long with a demo on both Saturday and Sunday! Just visit the demo area next to the canopy tour building at Bretton Woods for a custom fit set and an opportunity to discover a new favorite. Plus, on Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm, make way to the Slopeside Lounge for a Radio Promo with The River 92.5, Entertainment from Chuck and John, and Bar Promos from Shock Top.
Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub
- Fri, Feb 16: Apres ski entertainment with Riley Parkhurst, 3:30-5:30pm
- Sat, Feb 17: Apres ski entertainment with Greg Walsh & Tuckerman Brewery, 3:30-5:30pm
- Sun, Feb 18: Apres ski entertainment with Tim Dion & Coors Lite, 3:30-5:30pm
- Mon, Feb 19: Apres ski entertainment with Greg Walsh, 3:30-5:30pm
- Tues, Feb 20: Apres ski promo with Narragansett Brewery, 3:30-5:30pm
- Wed, Feb 21: Apres ski entertainment with Ben Cook, 3:30-5:30pm
- Thurs, Feb 22: Apres ski entertainment with Candie Tremblay & Switchback Ale, 3:30-5:30pm
- Fri, Feb 23: Apres ski entertainment with Ben Cook, 3:30-5:30pm
- Sat, Feb 24: Apres ski with Palmer Egan, 3:30-5:30pm
Feb 24: All Day Ride & Ski Cardholder Party: Show your card and ski or ride all day for $45. Afterward, apres ski party in the Lostbo Pub with Palmer Egan, giveaways and beer/spirits promotions,
Apres Ski at King Pine
Fridays in February: 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!
Feb 17, 24: 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.
Feb 17, 24: Horse Drawn Sleighrides, 11am – 1:00pm: Enjoy the classic experience of riding among surrounding fields and within wooded trails in a horse-driven sleigh. In addition to the approximate 15-20-minute ride in the sleigh, warm up by an outdoor fire before and after your ride and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. $20 for age 13+; $15 for 12 and under.
Feb 17: Kid’s Fun Race: Head to the bottom of the open slope for this fun race for kids. Weather dependent, 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Feb 17: Saturday night family racing: A dual recreation race under the lights, 6:00-8:00pm. Free with a lift ticket.
Feb 18: Winter Trails Nordic Demo Day with EMS: King Pine is celebrating Winter Trail’s with EMS throughout this season by offering complimentary Nordic passes to first-timers. In addition, EMS will have demo cross country skis and snowshoes available for on snow clinics with the EMS crew from 9am to 2 pm. First timers, ages 12 and above, are invited to join EMS for on snow clinics at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sign up in advance at the EMS tent on the day of and receive a complimentary trail pass with your clinic. There is limited availability for the clinics which will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Feb 18-24: Overnight Ski & Snowboard Camp: This Feb vacation King Pine tradition is for kids ages 8-17 and includes a full week of skiing, riding and instruction, plus fun events for the kids. Click here for complete info.
Feb 18-23: Winter Carnival at King Pine: Look for a full week of scheduled events including Silly Slalom & Belly Bag Races, Family Challenge Races, Sleigh rides, snowshoe tours, Gold Rush, Kids Fun Race, Fireworks over King Pine on Thursday, February 22 and Campfire and S’mores – Friday, February 26.
Feb 22: Gold Rush: Look for candy & goodies scattered throughout the Pokey Pine Trail starting at 1:00pm.
Apres Ski at Shawnee Peak
Feb 16: College Night #3 at Shawnee Peak: From 3pm to 9pm, lift tickets are just $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are just $15, a savings of $12 for college students and professors/staff. College ID required.
Feb 17-23: February Vacation Week: Shawnee Peak will be open for night skiing every night until 9:00pm.
Feb 20: Live Stand Up Comedy with Bob Marley: Don’t miss this live show by Maine’s famous and well-loved comedian Bob Marley in the Shawnee Peak Great Room. The show begins at 7.30pm, tickets are available currently through Guest Services or online for $30.This is a fundraising event for Shawnee Peak’s Adaptive program! There will be a cash bar in the Great Room during the event.
Feb 22: Family Fun Day: Family Day is a kid-oriented day on the slopes. All events are free and open to the public. In honor of Shawnee Peak’s 80th birthday, 80 years of memories is the theme! There is a costume contest for both young and old, Face Painting and arts and crafts in the Great Room, a scavenger hunt on the Mountain and around the base lodge, Family obstacle race, Skillet toss, Sack Race, Snow Volley Ball and Tug of war, BBQ, crafts and so much more. Dress up and join in the parade. Prizes will be awarded, and fun is a guarantee!
Feb 23: Ride & Ski apres ski party: Join the Ride & Ski Card friends at Blizzard’s Pub after a great day of skiing.
Feb 24: Bubble Soccer: Try something new on the slopes! Teams sign up on a first come first serve basis. Cost will be $5 pp. Click here for the rules and lowdown.
Feb 24 Ski with Spring Luau, Sam Adams & Fireworks: End the vacation week with a cold Sam Adams in Blizzards Pub, along with a Spring luau and fireworks kicking off at 8:00pm.
Feb 25: Russ Haggett Memorial Race: Russ Haggett, a 2003 inductee to the Ski Maine Hall of Fame, was Pleasant Mountain’s general manager throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. Haggett’s vision and ambition made Pleasant Mountain into a true winter destination, thus improving the Lakes Region winter economy forever. The Russ Haggett Memorial Race is a family-fun race, for Skiers and Snowboarders of all ages and ability, and a great opportunity for beginners to experience downhill ski racing. Race day registration 8:30am-10:30am. Race fee $15. Race begins at 11:00am. Door prizes and awards will be handed out at 1:30pm. For more information and to sign up visit downeastskiclub.com.
Apres ski at Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road
Feb 18: Sunrise Snowcoach Tour: Experienced SnowCoach drivers will take you to treeline (weather permitting) at 4,200 feet on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sun rise. Plan to leave promptly at 5:45am from the base lodge. Even if you don’t actually get to the see the sun rise, you can be sure the early morning lighting at treeline will make for incredible and unforgettable scenes. Click here for info & reservations.
Feb 24: Evening snowshoe tour: Experience the wonder of a night time winter walk. Join a Naturalist from the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided snowshoe tour. Reservations required, and tours fill fast. For questions, please call (603) 466-3988. Online registration here.
Feb 17: 8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble: This Snowshoe Scramble is a 4-mile snowshoe race on groomed trails and twisty singletrack winding through Whitaker Woods in North Conway Village. Registration is $20 per person and may be done online or at the event from 8:30 – 9:30 am. Race start is 10 am sharp! $200 in prizes to giveaway. Lodging discounts available. Dion snowshoe rentals available for $5 on first come first served basis. This is an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation. (Rescheduled from earlier Jan date). Info: Click here.
Feb 25: 29th Annual Chocolate Festival: Known by many as the ‘Sweetest Day on the Trails”, this may be the only day of the year when chocolate indulgence is totally guilt-free, 11:00am – 4:00pm! Chocoholics cross country ski or snowshoe the trails to enjoy chocolate prepared every way imaginable. Chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate fountains and fondue, brownie sundaes, and chocolate cookies of all kinds are just some of the treats you’ll enjoy at the trailside stops between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Take a minute to view the Festival Map online. Every participant will have a Festival map and brochure for each trailside business to validate to confirm your stop. Visit each of the trailside stops to enter the drawing for a $200 gift certificate to be used at any participating member business. More treats await the chocoholics that have completed the tour! Present your Festival pass on the day of the event to other North Conway area businesses for more special offers. Complimentary shuttle between stops. Advance purchase tickets: $30; $35 on event day. Full info, click here.
Feb 17: Free Evening Program: Live Peregrine Falcons: During this program, a Squam Lakes Science Center naturalist will introduce you to three live animals native to New Hampshire, including a Peregrine Falcon, and share the inspiring stories of three Earth Heroes whose work helped to ensure the survival of some amazing animals. 6:00-7:00pm. $5.00 suggested donation.
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.
- Valentine’s Day Packages: Valentine’s Soak Packages:
– Note to Self – I Love You (featuring foot soak, cup of tea, special treats and free gift).
– Soak up the Love (featuring couples foot soak, pot of tea, and special treats).
– Ski & Soak Together (featuring couples foot soak, 2 lift tickets to Cranmore, pot of tea, and special treats).
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.
Feb 16: Barnyard Pimps in the Pub, 9:00pm-12:30am
Feb 17: American Made in the Pub, 9:00pm – 12:30am
Feb 18: Apres ski with Al Shafner in the Pub, 4:00-7:00pm
Feb 23-24: Now is Now in the Pub, 9:00pm-12:30am
Feb 25: Apres ski with Mitch Alden in the Pub, 4:00-7:00pm
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.
Feb 17: Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00pm – closing
Feb 24 & March 3: Candie & the Fellas, 8:30-11:00pm
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
- Feb 15: Johno & Al Shafner– 7:00pm
- Feb 16: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
- Feb 17: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
- Feb 18: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
- Feb 22: Johno & Tom Dean – 7:00pm
- Feb 23: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
- Feb 24: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
- Feb 25: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
- March 1: Johno & Friends, 7:00pm
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
Feb 16: Tim Gershin
Feb 17: Scott Baer
Feb 18: Candie Tremblay
Feb 19: Justin Jaymes
Feb 20: Al Shafner
Feb 21: Candie Tremblay
Feb 22: Shot of JD
Feb 23: Jonathan Sarty
Feb 24: Gravel Road
Feb 25: Justin Jaymes
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, February 2018
Feb 16, 23: Friday Night Lights at Settlers Green: Free hot chocolate from 4pm-7pm and purchase discounted area ski tickets! Plus, follow #FNLHotSpots on Instagram to discover giveaway where to win special gifts during the event. Click here for full details.
Feb 15 , 16 , 17 , 18 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25: Be My Baby by M&D Productions: The play tells the story of John, an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, Maude, both in their late 50s, who take on the journey of a lifetime. They are brought together when his ward marries her niece. Then, when the young couple decides to adopt a newborn baby, the older couple has to travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland. Then the plot thickens. Learn how. Plays held 7:30pm Thurs-Sat & 4:00 matinee on Sunday at Your Theater, Willow Common, North Conway. Tickets at http://www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.
Feb 16: The Peacheasters, An Allman Band Experience at Medallion Playhouse: The Peacheaters, An Allman Brothers Band Experience will play live at the Medallion Opera House at the Gorham, NH Town Hall. Concert starts at 7:00pm. Tickets $20 available at the door 603-466-3322 x3 and online. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Feb 17: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Riley Parkhurst Project at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.
Feb 21: The North Conway Public Library will present Ken Gloss: A frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, Fen Gloss will be on hand for a discussion of the value of old and rare books. Gloss, owner of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give the free and open talk on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Obs-Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village, in the fully accessible downstairs meeting room. Gloss will talk about and show some of his favorite finds of old and rare books and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.
Feb 24: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Rek’Lis at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.
Click here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout January in Mt Washington Valley.