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Howie Wemyss to be Honored as Grand Marshal of 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb

Lincoln, NH – Officials with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, organizers of the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb planned for July 6-9, 2017 at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, NH, are proud to announce that Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has accepted an invitation to serve as the Grand Marshal of this year’s Climb to the Clouds.

Wemyss has served as General Manager of the oldest man-made attraction in the United States since 1987 and was instrumental in bringing the Mt. Washington Hillclimb back in 1990 after a 29 year hiatus. Having first been run in 1904, the Climb to the Clouds as it’s often referred, is the oldest automotive hillclimb in North America.

Joining the Mt. Washington Auto Road in 1977, Howie Wemyss started his career as a Stage Driver giving guided tours to the summit of Mt. Washington for a number of years before being asked to assume the General Manager’s position in 1987.  Always fascinated with the history of the Auto Road, Wemyss stated recently “I was particularly impressed with Bill Rutan’s 13 minute, 9 second record run from 1961, a record I would talk about on every tour I gave as a Stage Driver. He was a legendary figure in our minds. Shortly after becoming General Manager I was approached by Frank Jost, who at the time was working at the new car museum in Intervale, NH, about putting together an antique car race.  I started getting excited about the possibility of racing here again after all those years – even if it was a vintage race.  We hadn’t gotten all that far in planning when Robert Brotherus appeared in my office one day, wanting to talk with me about a full blown race. He had somehow gotten legendary rally driver John Buffum’s ear and expertise and was able to present a pretty compelling story to a very willing audience. After much internal discussion, in 1990 we brought back this amazing race.”

mt washington hillclimb.pngSince the 1990 Climb to the Clouds, which attracted twenty or so drivers to Pinkham Notch to test their skills against the mountain after a 29 year hiatus, the event has grown exponentially thanks to Wemyss’ guidance and vision, along with the constant support of the owners of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Throughout the 1990s, the hillclimb continued to grow, attracting as many as 60 top notch road race, rally and hillclimb drivers from across the United States and Canada for each event as well as a growing crowd of spectators.  New records were set along the 7.6 mile course – first by local rally driver Tim O’Neil from Whitefield, NH in 1990 when he set a fastest time of 7 minutes 45 seconds piloting a rare all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Rally Golf. Record times continued in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995 – with multi-time Canadian rally champion Frank Sprongl recording a time of 6 minutes, 41.99 seconds in 1998 driving a 400 horsepower Audi Quattro S2 – a record that would stand for thirteen years.

In 2004, in recognition of the centennial of the first hillclimb on Mt. Washington in 1904, the race was resurrected as a vintage only event that gathered over 25 vehicles with past Mt. Washington hillclimbing and auto racing history.

In 2011, the Climb to the Clouds was seen as one of the key events needed in a summer long celebration in support of the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s 150th anniversary.  With organizational assistance from the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire and Vermont SportsCar, the Mt. Washington Hillclimb roared back to life after ten years attracting nearly 75 cars and drivers from across the United States, Canada and Europe.  This time, multi-time Rally America National Champion David Higgins from the Isle of Man set a new record time of 6 minutes 11.04 seconds driving a Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2011 Subaru WRX STI for Subaru Rally Team USA.

With the excitement for the race now rekindled, Wemyss met with members of the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire to discuss the possibility of bringing the Nation’s oldest hillclimb back to Mt. Washington every three years or so.  In 2014, with 80 teams making their way to Pinkham Notch from across North America and the United Kingdom, yet another record was set on the Northeast’s tallest peak – a blistering fast time of 6 minutes, 9.09 seconds set again by Subaru Rally Team USA’s driver, David Higgins, along with his talented co-driver, Craig Drew, driving their 2014 Subaru WRX STI.

mt-washington-hillclimb2.jpgIn 2017, Wemyss and his talented team at the Mt. Washington Auto Road will once again work with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire to welcome back 80 teams to Green’s Grant in Pinkham Notch, just 8 miles south of Gorham, NH, when the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb returns to the Auto Road July 7-9, 2017.  With 18 or more states represented as well as the countries of Romania, Finland, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and Australia, as well as the United States of America, the event will be the most international automotive hillclimb the Mt. Washington Auto Road has ever held.

“The history of this event is wonderful”, stated Wemyss. “It’s a unique race that appeals to a niche of people who want to challenge themselves on this road, and we’re happy to have people be able to take on that challenge. But aside from that we can’t do this without it making sense from a business prospective – so we hope to do well financially and/or get great publicity that will help make sense of the fact that we close the Road to the public for two half days and one full day in July.” When asked what his hopes were for the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, Wemyss replied, “A safe event, great weather, happy sponsors, organizers and fans – and a sub six minute run!”

Set for July 7-9, 2017, the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will serve as a 3-day motorsports festival filled with a variety of motorsports-oriented activities for all ages including a vendor area, historic car displays and a possible autograph session topped off by the return of the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb along the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

For more information regarding the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, including the events history and list of record times or how to purchase spectator tickets to view the race from the base area or along the course visit http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/climb-to-the-clouds.

“Alton Weagle Day” at the Mt. Washington Auto Road

On Saturday, May 27th, the Mt. Washington Auto Road will celebrate the adventurous and fun spirit of Alton Weagle, a Massachusetts man who has trekked up the Auto Road in many interesting ways.

AR-Alton-Weagle-MS-160528-7The event commemorates his many adventures, from running up the mountain barefoot, blindfolded, and backwards to pushing a 100-pound bag of sugar up the mountain in a wheelbarrow.

The auto road is open from 9:00am-4pm to regularly-allowed vehicles pending weather conditions, and their base lodge and guided tours will begin Memorial Day weekend. Weather conditions for the road can change quickly. To receive an updated status of their traveling conditions, contact the Auto Road at (603) 466-3988. For more information, visit their website at http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Due to its remarkable location, weather, and history, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is unlike any other driving experience in the Eastern United States. A trip on Mt. Washington Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes, panoramic views and the opportunity to pass through four distinct climate zones as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast.

The constantly-changing weather adds to the allure and mystique of the famous peak, often allowing visitors to experience high winds and dramatic cloud formations. With an average grade of 12%, a single mile of hard-packed gravel road around mid mountain, and above-treeline views beginning around 4,200 feet, this is truly one of the most spectacular drives in the Northeast!

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.

2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds: North America’s Toughest 10K Proved To Be This Winter’s Stand-Out Event

Written By Crispin Battles, Marketing Director
Mt. Washington Auto Road & Great Glen Trails

Pinkham Notch, NH — Since the Mt. Washington Auto Road first opened in 1861, it has been a proving ground for all types of adventurers. Throughout the years, many have secured their place in the history of the Auto Road, be it with a fastest time, or a landmark ascent.

History was made again with the 2017 Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds. Held in cold, blue-sky conditions on March 5, it marked the first time that fatbikers have joined this annual winter event. First held in 1996 as Ski to the Clouds, it quickly proved to be a new and unique challenge for Nordic skiers, and at that time was held entirely on the Auto Road. In later years it was modified to increase the race distance to 10 kilometers, utilizing the Great Glen Trails Nordic system for the first four kilometers, before beginning the steep ascent up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The race finishes just before the halfway point of the Auto Road at about 3,800 feet.

In 2013, a separate snowshoe category was added to entice snowshoe racers to take up the challenge, and was so successful that in 2014 the event was renamed as Ski & Shoe to the Clouds. In 2016, a new fatbike category was added, which quickly became the largest group of racers, but was sadly cancelled due to lack of snow.

Mother Nature was kind to us this year, and the 2017 event was attended by 120 racers in three disciplines–18 Nordic skiers, 33 snowshoers, and 69 fatbikers. Whether on skis, snowshoes or fatbikes, the race lived up to its reputation as North America’s Toughest 10K, testing the racers as only Mount Washington can.

The fastest time was posted by veteran racer Tristan Williams, with a blazing time of just 48 minutes 37 seconds, winning the men’s Nordic division. Tristan was closely followed by fatbiker Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins, winning the men’s fatbike division with a time of 50 minutes 37 seconds–the second fastest time on course. Kudos to all the racers who battled the Mountain and finished, but particularly to the winners of each division:

Men’s Nordic Tristan Williams 48:37
Women’s Nordic Meredith Pietrow 1:01:42
Men’s Snowshoe Andrew Drummond 51:49
Women’s Snowshoe Hilary McCloy 1:05:56
Men’s Fatbike Jeremiah Macrae-Hawkins 50:37
Women’s Fatbike Renee Bousquet 1:12:26

A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to all the event sponsors, who have helped make this annual event such a success. For 2017, those sponsors included Dion Snowshoes, Stan & Dan Sports, Polartec, Littleton Chevrolet, Hannaford, and the Old Village Bakery.

MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD CELEBRATES 155TH ANNIVERSARY ON AUGUST 8, 2016

The Mt. Washington Auto Road, America’s original and oldest man­made attraction, turns 155 years old on August 8, 2016. First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road has been family owned for over a century.

In honor of the anniversary, free passage will be granted to those cars around the region that feature the famous “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker permanently affixed on their car.

An informal celebration commemorating the Auto Road’s 155th birthday will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8, cake will be served in the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum at the base. The public is also invited to tour the free museum which features examples of the various historic stages which have operated on the Auto Road during the past century and a half.

The Auto Road first opened to the public on August 8, 1861 and while significant improvements to the road surface have taken place over the years, the 8­mile drive offers the same thrilling views today that have delighted travelers for 155 years. Where stage drivers once took guests in mountain wagons pulled by six­horse teams, modern stages now offer guided tours for those who’d rather not drive their own vehicle.

Today’s visitors are drawn to the same “world above treeline” experience that has always made Mt. Washington New Hampshire’s quintessential destination. “We’re proud of our place in history being the oldest manmade attraction in the United States and the fact that we are essentially offering the same amazing, memory making experience that visitors have been enjoying here since 1861,” noted Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily for guided tours or the opportunity to drive your own vehicle to the summit of Mt. Washington. For more information about Auto Road operations and seasonal events, call (603) 466­3988 or online at: www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com

The Mt. Washington SnowCoach takes you to a world above treeline

Climb aboard for a comfortable winter tour to an extreme world. The Mt. Washington SnowCoach is a unique, specially-constructed vehicle with all-wheel-drive incorporating a 4-track system which allows the 9-passenger SnowCoach to deliver you to the world above treeline (about 4,200 ft). Take a 1¼ hour long round trip or XC or snowshoe back to the base!

MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD HOSTS LAMBORGHINI GIRO

Automobili Lamborghini America includes the Mt. Washington Auto Road on tour of most scenic routes across America.

The Automobii Lamborghini America made a visit to the Mt. Washington Auto Road on the Lamborghini Giro, an annual tour taken on some of the most scenic roads in America. Owners of twenty-four Lamborghini’s, a mix of mostly 610HP V10 Huracán’s and the 700HP V12 Aventador’s, enjoyed lunch at the base of the Mt. Washington Road and Great Glen Trails after enjoying a thrilling ride to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.The Giro (meaning tour in Italian) offers top clients from Lamborghini a curated luxury experience with spirited driving along some of the most scenic routes across America coupled with the finest dining and relaxation. They are joined by like-minded Lamborghini enthusiasts and members from the Lamborghini executive team. Lamborghini owners come from all over North America and ship their personal cars to join the tour. This year’s excursion included a tour of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, with a stop at America’s first and oldest man-made attraction, the Mt. Washington Auto Road.David Hill from Arlington, MA, owner of a black-on-black, 2010 Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder joined the Giro tour for the third year with previous visits to Italy, France for the Grande Giro and Sonoma Valley. “I appreciate meeting and talking with owners from around the world, and visiting some absolutely stunning places.” mentioned Hill as he prepared to leave the Auto Road. “Participating in this tour of New England has been amazing and driving the Auto Road and actually being above the clouds was just awesome.”The group, mostly from North America, had their cars shipped to Cape Elizabeth, Maine where the tour began. From the coast of Maine the Giro proceeded through back roads into New Hampshire via North Conway. After their mid-day stop at the Mt. Washington Auto Road, the group continued onto Stowe, Vermont and will wrap up their tour in Boston with a farewell party.Scott Lieberman shipped his red Lamborghini Aventador to Boston and flew in from Tyler, Texas for the trip. “I have many ties to New England and I wasn’t about to miss this one.” Said Lieberman. “Watching the brightly-colored cars moving up the Auto Road from a distance actually reminded me of skittles moving along. It’s a day we’ll remember for a very long time.”The Mt. Washington Auto Road has a long history of hosting car clubs over the years, from electric Teslas to Adventure Truck clubs and even outings such as “MINI’s On Top”, an annual gathering of as many as 250 MINI Coopers which meet at the base of the Auto Road for a BBQ and then head up to the summit for sunset gatherings.First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original and oldest 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.The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit the Auto Road online or call (603) 446-3988.

The Giro (meaning tour in Italian) offers top clients from Lamborghini a curated luxury experience with spirited driving along some of the most scenic routes across America coupled with the finest dining and relaxation. “Dan Houde/Mt. Washington Auto Road” photo library

FIRST SNOWCOACH OF WINTER 2013 MAKES ITS WAY UP THE MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD

 COMMENCING 16TH YEAR OF OPERATION ON
NORTHEAST’S HIGHEST PEAK

Winter on the Auto Road is officially underway with one of the earliest starts ever to the SnowCoach season. The four massive treads of the

SnowCoach at the Mt. Washington Auto Road
SnowCoach at the Mt. Washington Auto Road

unique vehicle easily gripped the fresh snow that covers the Mt. Washington Auto Road, offering a surprisingly smooth surface up to treeline for day one of the 2013 season.

The three SnowCoaches have a team of specially trained drivers, who surely have one of the most unique jobs in the United States-a sentiment echoed by passengers as they rode up and the northern Presidential Range revealed itself. Among the passengers for the inaugural ascent were father and son Peter Reddy, 71, and Patrick Reddy, 39 of Bristol, Connecticut, who cross country skied their way back to the base lodge from treeline. “These mountains are just magnificent and the opportunity to take the SnowCoach up with my Dad and ski down is something not to be missed,” Patrick said. “I’ve been here many times, winter and summer and it is always amazing.”

The SnowCoach is indeed a unique way to travel. These custom built four wheel drive Chevy passenger vans ferry guests up the Auto Road in summer, albeit with four tires instead of the winter treads.  Capable of carrying up to 9 passengers, each trip up the road in a SnowCoach can be as unique as a snowflake, depending on the always interesting weather.

“What’s really terrific about the SnowCoach is that we can take anyone, at any age, into an alpine environment they might never see otherwise. It really is a comfortable adventure for the whole family, in an unforgettable place,” said Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and Auto Road General Manager, Howie Wemyss.

The SnowCoach tour up Mt. Washington takes approximately 1 ¼ hours and departs daily, weather permitting, on a first come, first served basis. The price for adults is $45, $30 for kids ages 5-12. A Total Trails Ticket ($69) includes a SnowCoach tour as well as an all day trail and tubing pass at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, as well as snowshoe and/or ski rentals.

For more information call the Mt. Washington Auto Road or Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-3988

(Photos Courtesy Mt. Washington Auto Road)

 

 

Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race raises more than $15k for Coos County Family Health Services

More than $15,000 was raised and just donated to Coos County Family Health Services

Pictured in photo:Events Director of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, Kimberly Hoyt, Manager of Community Relations at Northeast Delta Dental, Crystal Carroll and General Manager of the Mt Washington Auto Road Howie Wemyss present a check for $15,000 to Chief Executive Officer, Adele Woods; President of the Board of Directors, Robert Pelchat; and Loretta Morrissette, RDH, all of Coos County Family Health Services. These funds were raised during the 53rd running of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.
Pictured in photo:Events Director of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, Kimberly Hoyt, Manager of Community Relations at Northeast Delta Dental, Crystal Carroll and General Manager of the Mt Washington Auto Road Howie Wemyss present a check for $15,000 to Chief Executive Officer, Adele Woods; President of the Board of Directors, Robert Pelchat; and Loretta Morrissette, RDH, all of Coos County Family Health Services. These funds were raised during the 53rd running of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

(CCFHS) as a result of  the 2013 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, which took place in June on the Mt Washington Auto Road.  More than 1,300 dedicated runners came together to face the immense challenge of running up the northeast’s highest peak on one of the toughest eight mile courses in the racing world. While it was a day marked by genuine athletic achievement, thanks to Northeast Delta Dental and the Auto Road, the benefits will be felt long into the future in the local community.

“These funds mean the world to our organization and will really help expand the scope of dental services to our patients and community.  It is rare to receive funds to cover dental care for adults, so this will make a huge difference,” noted Adele Woods, CEO of CCFHS.

Coos County Family Health Services serves approximately 15,000 area residents annually. By addressing dental care needs in the clinic rather than in a hospital emergency room it helps defray enormous expenses for patients. This community-based organization provides personalized, comprehensive general and oral healthcare and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.

Northeast Delta Dental has been the primary sponsor of the Mount Washington Road Race since 2001. Since 1995, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has donated nearly $50,000 to support the CCFHS school-based oral health education program, fluoride rinse, and preventive dental services. The center’s status as the new beneficiary of the race is a reminder of the Auto Road’s and Northeast Delta Dental’s extensive ties to the region, and to the race’s commitment to the well-being of the larger community.

“This is a wonderful event for the participants and the organization it supports. Our sponsorship of this race and support of Coos County Family Health Services is all a part of Northeast Delta Dental’s commitment to oral health and well being of North Country residents. Like the Mt Washington Auto Road, we pride ourselves in being a part of this community and look forward to our collaborative and beneficial efforts in the future,” said Kathleen B. Walker, director of marketing & communications at Northeast Delta Dental.

For more information and complete results of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race visit http://www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com. For more information about the Coos County Family Health Services organization visit http://www.coosfamilyhealth.org.

 

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary in 2014 with 50% off Season’s Pass Price for First Time Buyers

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PINKHAM NOTCH, NH To kick off the season long 20th Anniversary celebration at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, first time season pass holders are being offered a 50% discount on a whole season’s worth of healthy outdoor fun and activities. Even more significantly, kids (under 18) will ski free with a parent or guardian season pass holder all winter long, while helping to support the national “No Child Left Inside” program.

“While Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center has become nationally recognized as a first rate destination and venue for top flight competitions, we take particular pride in being a good neighbor and making sure that families, in particular, have every opportunity to enjoy the natural resources we all share at an extremely affordable price,” noted Great Glen Trails and Mt. Washington Auto Road General Manager Howie Wemyss. “We are especially pleased to offer this as part of the national “No Child Left Inside” campaign, which addresses the health and well being of an entire generation of young Americans who need outdoor activity as part of a healthy lifestyle,” Wemyss added.

Special First Time Season’s Pass rates are as follows:

Adult $70; Junior (6-12yrs) $40; Teen (13-17yrs) $47.50; Senior (62+ yrs) $47.50

In addition, all Great Glen Trails season pass holders are also entitled to $5 tickets at Bretton Woods and Jackson Ski Touring through December 31st. Pass holders also qualify for discounts on events and races, free use of demo equipment, free showers and 10% off all in-stock, non-sale items.

Other winter activities at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center include snowshoeing, tubing and SnowCoach tours to treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road, as well as a season long calendar of programs and events.

For more information, call Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center at 603-466-2333 or http://www.greatglentrails.com

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installed at Mt. Washington Auto Road Just in Time for Tesla Car Club to Make First Group Drive to Summit of Northeast’s Highest Peak

Mt.WashIt was a notable day for Alternative Energy vehicles at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, as the first ever Electric Vehicle Charging Station was just installed. Less than 24 hours later, the first all electric vehicle, a Tesla S Model, pulled in for a charge. The Auto Road does not “charge for a charge”, though a donation slot is there for those so inclined. Fifteen more Teslas from the New England chapter of the Tesla Car Club arrived for a drive to the summit, which were certainly the quietest cars ever to ascend the Road!

Given the proliferation and widespread acceptance of electric vehicles, Auto Road GM Howie Wemyss decided this was the year to have the Clipper Creek CS 90 charger installed. “Considering that we are hosting the Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit event here on September 14 and 15, there couldn’t be a better time to make this kind of energy available onsite,” Wemyss noted. “We are looking at adding an electric vehicle to our line-up sometime this year and have been evaluating various alternative fuel sources for our stages, as well,” Wemyss added.

Alternative energy is not a new concept for the Auto Road, which currently derives approx. 80% of the energy used for the base building operations from an onsite hydro power source. “Given that we are an environmentally based attraction, we want to do everything we can as individuals and as a company to protect and preserve the natural resources and environment that surrounds us here in Pinkham Notch,” Wemyss said.

An example of what those savings and impact can be was clearly exemplified by the Tesla group’s ascent. “The trip up and down the mountain was as breath-taking as always and everyone enjoyed it.  As expected, the trip down was excellent.  The cars could not have been built better for descending a mountain.  Stable, low to the ground, and aerodynamic, the cars handle wonderfully on the road.  Additionally, the regenerative braking means that you don’t have to worry about a straining engine or overheating brakes as the car gracefully glides down at a comfortable and safe speed requiring only occasional touches of the brakes at the hairpin turns,” explained Daniel Einspanjer, a Tesla S model owner and organizer of the group’s gathering.

Perhaps even more impressive than the view and drive down was the energy consumption data: “The 8 mile long and 4,600 feet high ascent consumes somewhere between 12 and 14 kW of energy (about 40 to 45 miles of rated range), while the descent reclaims between 5 and 7 kW of energy (about 20 to 23 miles of rated range) through regenerative braking. This is the future! There are currently more than 13,000 Teslas on the road in the US” Einspanjer noted.

For more information about the new charging station, the Tesla group ascent or the upcoming Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit, call 603-466-3988 or online at www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com

What’s Happening at the Auto Road!

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  We are now open to the summit (weather permitting) 8:30am-5:00pm!

New this summer!

ALL Guided Tours are two hours in length and
include a one hour stay on the summit.

Alton Weagle Day Saturday, May 25th

A celebration of all the firsts at the Mt. Washington Auto Road! Alton Weagle had a passion for Mt. Washington. He climbed the Mt. Washington Auto Road in a number of unique ways: by car, on foot, walking backwards, blindfolded and finally pushing a wheelbarrow full of sugar! We invite you to dream up a “first ascent” of some kind and run the idea by us – you just may get invited to celebrate with us! Contact Howie@Mt-Washington.Com if you’ve got an idea!

Bicknell’s Thrush Tours June 6, 8, 9, 11*, 17, 19 

Bicknell’s Thrush is an extremely rare species with very limited breeding grounds. It is the rarest and most secretive of the breeding thrushes in North America and it is the only bird whose breeding is restricted to the Northeastern part of the continent. The Mt Washington Auto Road offers birders a unique guided opportunity to view this rare bird in its breeding habitat. Tours leave at 6am and reservations are required by contacting Kim Hoyt, kim@mt-washington.com

*June 11 is the extended Birds and Flowers tour

Motorcycle Week

Motorcycle Monday, June 10th and Ride to the Sky June, 13th.
The Auto Road is open to motorcycles and Guided Tours in our stages (vans) only – no cars or trucks on those two days. Arrive before 10:00am on Thursday and your motorcycle passenger rides for free!
Check out the http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com for more details!

SPECIAL HOURS OF OPERATION IN JUNE

June 10 & 13 . . . . . . . . . . . Motorcycles only; Closed to cars
June 15. . . . . Open 1:00 PM-6:00 PM for the annual footrace
June 23. . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . .Closed to cars for NH ATV Day

June 30. .  . . . . . . Open 3:30 AM-6:00 PM for a sunrise drive

Be sure to check our vehicle limitations and we suggest to call ahead for operating status. (603) 466-3988.