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COLD DAY . . . WARM HEARTS: Inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day Makes An Impact

Provided by Crispin Battles, Marketing Director of Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Pinkham Notch, NH — The Mt. Washington Auto Road, and its sister company Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, are proud to report that the inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day, held in frigid temperatures on March 11, was a success on many levels. The event brought together new friends and old, while raising over $2,500 for both local and national charities. Most importantly, however, the event inspired a sense of philanthropy among community members and customers alike, which will pay dividends well into the future. The company’s management and staff are firm believers in the words of noted philanthropist Eli Broad who once stated: “Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.”

While the Great Glen Winter Charity Day held the moniker “inaugural” it was actually an evolution of an event that has been near and dear to the company since 2008. Originally held as a ski-a-thon fundraiser specifically for the ALS Association in recognition of Carl Johnson, an active community member who battled the disease, this year the event was expanded to include all charities so that participants could choose the cause that speaks to them. In total, 17 organizations received donations, including:

* Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

* Conway Area Humane Society

* Tin Mountain Conservation Center

* White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team

* Kennett High School Project Graduation

* Family Resource Center of Gorham

* Jackson Biathlon

* MSPCA – Methuen

* Donna’s Dreamers

* ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter

* Casting For Recovery

* American Cancer Society

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

* Alzheimer’s Association

* American Lung Association, New Hampshire

* St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

* Southern Poverty Law Center

Participants who donated $25 or more received a trail pass to ski, snowshoe, and fatbike at Great Glen Trails, as well as a catered lunch from the Glen View Café. Those who donated $50 or more were given a voucher to take a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road — unfortunately, conditions were too cold for the SnowCoaches to run during the event. Our close-knit community, together with customers from other New England states, enjoyed the afternoon in the warmth of our lodge playing board games and relishing in the camaraderie of friends.

Plans are already underway to make the “second annual” Great Glen Winter Charity Day a landmark event for the 2018 winter season, and an ongoing part of the philanthropic activities hosted by the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The company’s events have a long history of raising funds for local charities and non-profit organizations, foremost among them being the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb which has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race which has raised over $80,000 for Coos County Family Health Services.

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The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America’s oldest man-made attraction. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, opened in 1994, is one of New Hampshire’s premier Nordic ski areas, with 45 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. During the summer months, the Outdoor Center focuses on human-powered outdoor activities including kayaking, biking, hiking and trail running. Both companies consider themselves stewards of Mt. Washington and the natural areas surrounding it, and feel strongly about supporting their local communities.

The Mount Washington Summit Road Company Announces The Return Of The Glen House Hotel


glen-house-hotel-modelPinkham Notch, NH
-Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the hotel open by May 2018.

The 68-room hotel will be built on the west side of Route 16 in Green’s Grant on a site owned by the MWSRC and will feature a pool, meeting room and restaurant. Half of the rooms will have balconies facing the Northern Presidential mountains and the Carter Moriah range. Aesthetically, the hotel will be built in classic New England vernacular, with clapboards, painted trim and signature chimneys, similar to the previous four Glen Houses that have stood on this site since 1852. The design of the guestrooms is reflective of the simplicity of Shaker design while the public spaces embrace both the history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and local Native American roots.

In line with the environmental stewardship of the MWSRC, the Glen House will be highly energy efficient and close to carbon neutral. The company has proven to be a leader in applying innovative, green-energy practices to all aspects of its business, and the new Glen House will be no exception. A state-of-the-art geothermal system will provide heating and cooling for the hotel, and two offsite energy-generating projects will harness hydro and solar power.

The three-story hotel will serve guests visiting the Auto Road and taking advantage of the winter and summer offerings of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and many outdoor programs in summer. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, snowshoeing, snow tubing and winter tours to treeline on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach.

Partnering with the MWSRC on this historic project is Martini Northern, a construction management company based in Portsmouth, BMA Architects from Amherst, NH and Stibler Associates, an interior design firm from Bedford, NH.

Scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2017, the Glen House is anticipating an open date prior to Memorial Day 2018.

Written by Crispin Battles
Marketing Director at Mt. Washington Auto Road

Mt. Washington Auto Road Closes for Summer, Prepares for Winter Tours

Modernized Mt. Washington SnowCoaches to begin tours in December

The Mt. Washington Auto Road ended its 153rd season of summer operation and is now closed for the summer season for all traffic and guided tours, but will reopen in December for winter tours to 4,200 feet.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original man-made attraction. Located on Rt. 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, just north of the Mount Washington Valley and minutes south of Gorham, the Auto Road has a long and winding history, much like its 7.6 mile trip up to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.

Winter operations are scheduled to begin in December for winter tours aboard modernized Mt. Washington SnowCoaches. The Mt. Washington SnowCoaches are one-of-a-kind, all-wheel drive vehicles with unique 4-track systems allowing the ability to climb the Auto Road with as many as 9 passengers all the way to treeline, or 4,200 feet, on the northern flank of Mt. Washington. Additional information and sneak previews to be released late this fall.

For more information about the Mt. Washington Auto Road or winter tours aboard the Mt. Washington SnowCoach, call 603.466.3988 or visit http://www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com.

For more information, visit http://www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call 603-466-3988.

MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD PRESENTS “ALT ENERGY SUMMIT” SEPTEMBER 13-14, 2014

Complimentary event expected to draw largest field of alternative energy based vehicles in North America.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road continues its long tradition of supporting automotive innovation and environmental responsibility with the 39th year of the Alt Energy Summit, on September 13 and 14, 2014. Free to the general public, the event is expected to be one of the largest single gatherings of alternative energy vehicles in the country and beyond.
As a kickoff event for the New England celebrations of National Drive Electric Week, the Alt Energy Summit, led by New Hampshire Electric Co-op as the presenting sponsor, will feature major manufacturers, electric vehicle associations, industry suppliers and individual “makers” and inventors as the Auto Road continues as a proving ground and playground for new and evolving technologies.
“The Mt. Washington Auto Road has seen the evolution of transportation play out on its eight mile path to the summit.”  remarked Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. “Considering that the first motor vehicle to ever go up was a steam powered Stanley Locomobile in 1899, it seems very appropriate that we showcase how alternative energy technologies have evolved since then.”

Among those manufacturers, builders and organizations planning to attend are: The New England Electric Auto Association; Bill Buchholz, with his Dirigo front wheel drive, 90 mpg diesel tadpole trike; the MIT EVT team with their electric Porsche and latest electric motorcycle; Olin College’s REVO Team; Zoombikes’  electric bikes; Robert Worobey of Black Sparrow Industries, back with his unique, 3-wheeled board, the Tribey; Ben Rich, Cross-Country EV adventurer and KickgasTV, to show off his Zero Motorcycle ride; Smart Energy of New England’s David Belanger, showcasing their line of solar electric, solar thermal, pellet boilers and wind generation.

Additional organizations in attendance will include: Outrider USA’s Kevin Breslend to show off their line of three-wheeled electric/pedal power vehicles; Chargepoint’s John Gilbrook will be there to answer questions about charging stations and infrastructure; The ALT E Store to explain what you need to know about renewable energy systems and supplies; Foxfire Energy will be teamed up with SolarFest to display their Off-Grid Solar Generator trailer; Dragonfly Aerials; The Maine Chapter of the Nat’l Electric Drag Racing Assn. with an electric motorcycle and Cobra drag car; and The Granite State Clean Cities Coalition’s Dolores Rebolledo hosting a presentation on Community-based Charge Stations, and spreading the word on municipal renewable energy solutions.
Presenting Sponsor, NH Electric Co-op, represented by Gary LeMay, will be on hand to answer NH renewable and sustainable energy questions. And “Stage” sponsor, Twin State Ford will display an assortment of the latest Electric and Hybrid vehicles available for purchase.
Presentations and workshops will also be available on both days. On Saturday at 2:30, join Dave Olivera of the New England Electric Auto Association, Ben Rich, longtime EV owner and cross-country electric motorcycle rider, Tim Letourneau of Twin State Ford and Mike Mercer of Banks Chevrolet will discuss the ins and outs of  “Real-life Electric Vehicle Ownership”. At 4:00 PM a workshop led by John Gilbrook, of Chargepoint and Carl Vogel, national Board member of the EAA and president of the NY EAA chapter, on “Community-Sponsored Charging Stations will be presented. Saturday evening at 6:00 PM there will be an under-the-stars screening of two soon-to-be-classic EV films “KickGas” and “Charged”.

On Sunday morning at 10 AM, EV builder and author Ted Dillard and independent PV Solar installer Bevan Walker will be joined by the ALT E store’s Jocelyn Angel and Mike Marchilli to do a hands-on DIY workshop called “DIY Off-Grid Solar EV Charging”.

What to Expect:

  • Saturday morning is our first look at the field of participants.  At 10AM we’ll have The Alt Energy Parade and Drive to the Summit – watch and cheer on our “Alt Energy contestants” as they make history on Mt. Washington.  Everything from home-built electric bikes, cars and motorcycles to the sleekest high-performance plug-in vehicles on the road today will be on hand.  Watch for some truly unusual solutions there as well, including some top-secret “unmanned transportation” research projects currently in development.
  • Mid-morning until noon, join us on the mountain to see the vehicles in action.  There will be ad-hoc gatherings along the route as well as the summit where you can check in on our participants.
  • By early afternoon, the main field will be full of vehicles, exhibitors and participants with cars, bikes and motorcycles, as well as other interesting inventions for you to check out… and possibly even try out.
  • Saturday afternoon and evening look for our speakers and panel discussions, impromptu home-brew music, and in the evening screenings of KickGas and Charged movies under the stars.
  • We’ll wrap up with the hands-on DIY solar charging station workshop on Sunday morning, and informal summit bids again throughout the day with a mid-afternoon wrap-up and send-off.
  • Throughout the weekend: Expect a thrilling look at the future of transportation, a hands-on show of what is here now, along with a peak at some of the history of alternative transportation on the Mount Washington Auto Road:  the first Alt energy vehicle to ever ascend the Mt. Washington Auto Road-the original, steam powered Stanley Locomobile that made the trip from Newton, Massachusetts to the summit of the mountain in 1899.

 

For more information about or to register for the “Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit” event at the Mt. Washington Auto Road, visit http://www.altenergysummit.org, email Event Director Ted Dillard at ted@altenergysummit.com, or call at (978) 621-5178.

 

DAVID HIGGINS FROM THE ISLE OF MAN SETS NEW SUBARU MT. WASHINGTON HILLCLIMB RECORD – 6 MINUTES, 9 SECONDS

The largest field of competitors to ever compete assembled to

celebrate the 110th year anniversary event

Nestled in the shadows of the Northern Presidential peaks in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Mt. Washington Auto Road celebrated the 110th anniversary of North America’s oldest Hillclimb event June 27-29, 2014 – the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, Climb to the Clouds.

Organized and promoted through a unique partnership between the Mt. Washington Auto Road and the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, the largest field of competitors – nearly 80 competitors in eight different classes – assembled for 3 days of competition to see who would claim the coveted “King of the Hill” honors and possibly, set a new course record on the northeast’s tallest peak – 6,288 foot Mt. Washington.

The stage was set, the course was prepared to exacting standards, and the largest number of spectators to ever attend the Climb to the Clouds was on hand to witness one of the best competitions ever held on Mt. Washington.

In the end though, only one team – the 5-time Rally America Champions and current Mt. Washington Hillclimb record holders, David Higgins along with his co-driver, Craig Drew, from Subaru Rally Team USA posted a new record with a time of 6 minutes 9.09 seconds.

Higgins was driving a Subaru rally car that weighed 500 pounds more and had one hundred horsepower less than the rally car he drove to a new record at Mt. Washington just three years earlier in 2011.

“It’s pretty awesome to break the record – and amazing, really,” said an exuberant Higgins, 41, in his Isle of Man accent when he and his rally co-driver Craig Drew celebrated at the awards ceremony Sunday afternoon. “I knew my record could be beat by someone if they drove in the same class car that I drove before, but given that the rally class was heavier and had less horsepower than the open class, I didn’t think it was possible for me. “

The first set of timed runs on the 7.4 mile tarmac and gravel course to the top of Mt. Washington proved beyond any doubt that the competition this year would be close at all levels – especially at the top. Higgins would break his existing course record, set in 2011, of 6 minutes 11.54 seconds, by just 3 tenths in his first full-course run to post a time of 6.11.24.

Just behind Higgins after the first run, was Adam Yeoman, a rally driver from Houghton, MI, driving a 2007 Subaru WRX STI posting a time of 7 minutes 2.64 seconds.  In third place with a time of 7 minutes 3.02 seconds was former Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ramana Lagemann from Cambridge, MA driving a beautifully-prepared 2013 Audi S4 sedan.

With the new record time already in the books, numerous drivers tried to beat Higgins’ time in the afternoon set of timed runs. Included in the mix were Higgins’ Subaru Rally Team USA teammate, Travis Pastrana, who logged a much better 2nd time of 6 minutes 12.29 seconds and Paul Tingaud in his Audi-powered “Super Chicken” who posted a time of 6 minutes 22.70 seconds – only to be bested again by Higgins with another record-setting time of 6 minutes 9.09 seconds on his final run.

Mt. Washington Auto Road General Manager Howie Wemyss was pleased with the weekend as well.  “Great weather and record spectator attendance along with some exciting action, new records and great press coverage made us very pleased,” said Wemyss Monday.  Mt. Washington, after all, is “Home to the World’s Worst Weather” – so, Wemyss noted, to have three days of clear weather was a real gift for the practice runs and the race.

The 2014 Climb to the Clouds is a Hillclimb event that included the Rally America National Championship as a stage rally event. Over 80 Hillclimb cars competed, with 15 of those cars entered to compete in round five of the Rally America National Championship, separate from the normal HillClimb operations.

NBC was also on-hand for filming and has scheduled the 2014 Climb to the Clouds to air in August 2014.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast. For the latest operating schedule, visit http://www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call 603.446.3988.
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David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew race to the summit for the first of their two

runs at Sunday’s Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb. Higgins would go on to break his old record of 6.11.54 with a new record of 6.09.09.

 

 

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