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Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon To Benefit the New England Ski Museum

Bretton Woods Nordic Center in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire welcomes skiers of all experience levels and ages to their Nordic Marathon on Saturday, March 11th. The marathon is to benefit non-profit organization the New England Ski Museum and their mission to “Preserve the Future of Skiing’s Past.” bretton-woods-and-new-england-ski-museum

The marathon welcomes both recreational and competitive skiers and provides timed and untimed racing options for a fun-filled event for people of all skiing interests. Race participants range in age from 11 to 83; with a two lap course and rest stations. The course layout provides a challenge to experienced racers while making use of terrain that is accessible and enjoyable for skiers of all abilities.

While early registration deadlines have passed, interested participants may still register by contacting the Bretton Woods Nordic Center or by visiting their SkiReg registration page here.  On-site registration is also available depending on whether the 400-participant limit has been reached. The marathon event fee includes entrance to the Apres-ski awards, meal and raffle held in the Mount Washington Hotel, a trail pass for March 10th, and feed stations. All proceeds benefit the New England Ski Museum. The first 300 skiers to register will receive a free SWIX hat as compliments of Audi Stratham and the first 100 entrants will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks at bib pick-up.

Sorry, no refunds for any reason, however you may move yourself between distances and timed/untimed at no charge; and you may transfer to another individual within your fee category for $25.

About The History of the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon

bwoodsStaged between the historic Mount Washington Hotel and majestic Mount Washington, the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort has quickly become a North Country winter tradition.  This 42-kilometer, classic format, cross country ski race showcases one of the largest Nordic systems in the northeast.  In the tracks of the famed 1982 US National Championships and such legends as Bill Koch and Tim Caldwell, this race is steeped in history and Nordic skiing tradition. Past winners include Olympians Justin Freeman (2010, 2011) and Dorcas Wonsavge (2009, 2010) and top collegiate racers. 

For more information about the event, including the event schedule and prices, please visit http://brettonwoods.com or by calling 603-278-3322.

Bretton Woods Showing Off Great Conditions on Saturday

Get it while you can was the watch word on the slopes on Sat. Jan. 9, 2016, as I was joined by a few thousand of my closest friends at Bretton Woods. The “R” word was in the forecast for Sunday, but Saturday it was nothing but the groomed white stuff as far as the eye could see, including on the cloud-dodging Mount Washington across the notch. With over 100 acres of skiing available, Bretton Woods had an impressive snow surface laid down considering the complete lack of cooperation by Mother Nature so far this winter. It was easily the best conditions of the year to date.

Bode’s Run was open this week to great applause – the Rosebrook Summit Express Quad is now turning for the season. The Rosebrook is a favorite for those of us who like to slam out a multitude of short, fast runs on BW’s steeper terrain. We can pray to the ski gods that soon enough the trail network on skiers left of that lift pod will open soon, as it features arguably some of the best glades in the East. I spent many a weekend on their Telegraph T-Bar and cozy warming cabin in between tree runs last year and I am counting on hitting them again later this month.

The Eastern Inter-Club Ski League (http://www.eicsl.org/) was enjoying a group outing and ski race on Saturday. They are an organization of ski clubs of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, most with ski lodges in the Mount Washington Valley area.  The clubs offer year-round sporting and social activities individually and through the league in addition to skiing and winter outings. They all seemed to be enjoying the conditions and each other’s company both in the lodge and on the slopes.

While the weekend did not end as any of us would have liked, rest assured that colder temps are in the forecast later this week and Bretton Woods’ snowmakers will be at it again. Don’t think that one rain event undoes the good work they’ve already laid down. Savvy snowmakers often blow snow on closed trails and leave it ungroomed until after bad weather passes. This gives water time to drain, and allows for fresh grooming of those snow whales you often see on unopened terrain. Keep your fingers crossed that you’ll see those trails opened in time for next weekend. Until then, stay dry and keep up with the snow dancing.