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Life Events that Affect Your Insurance Needs

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As we age and reach different milestones in our lives, our insurance needs change. In order to ensure adequate coverage, contact your insurance broker if you’re affected by any of the following life events:

  • New home ownership— Purchasing a new home is a big investment—one that you will want to protect. After purchasing a home, ensure that you have homeowners insurance to protect against things like fire, weather damage, theft, vandalism and accidental damage. This advice also holds true if you are buying a new condo or vacation home.
  • Home renovations—Once you own a home, you may want to make updates to create a better living space. Be sure to report major home improvements to your insurance company to protect any increased value to your home.
  • New children—Having or adopting children is not only a huge life change, but it’s also a major financial commitment. As such, it’s important to purchase the right policy to secure your child’s future. Add your child as a beneficiary on any life insurance policies, and make sure your coverage is sufficient.
  • Teenage drivers— Teen drivers often carry the highest risk of auto accidents. While you want your teen driver to remain safe on the road, costly accidents can happen without warning. Consider adding your teen driver to your auto policy, as it is generally cheaper than purchasing a separate policy.
  • Retirement—When you retire, you may change residences. If you have more than one home, this is a good time to let your insurance provider know where you plan to spend your time.
  • Valuable purchases—A standard homeowners policy has limited coverage for highly valuable items. Supplement purchases and gifts that exceed the policy’s limits with a floater—a separate policy that provides additional insurance.
  • Marriage—When your marital status changes, so do your insurance needs. Marriage typically leads to the combination of households, vehicles and other property, so it is critical to update your insurance policies accordingly. What’s more, life insurance is vital to married couples as it can ease the financial burden in the event of an untimely death of a partner. Ask about discounts on car insurance for married policyholders.
  • Purchasing or selling a business—If you’re an entrepreneur, there will likely come a time when you will either buy or sell your business. During these times of major change, the proper coverage is crucial.

Insurance is critical for nearly every stage of life. Seeking coverage should be an active process, and individuals shouldn’t assume their insurance needs remain steady over time. Consider contacting your Chalmers Insurance Group  agent today to better understand your insurance and future needs.

2018 Employer of the Year – Badger Realty

The Employer of the Year Award is given each year to a business that demonstrates respect for employees and other business partners and excellence in creating a safe and inviting workplace. The Employer of the Year is also a business offering solid pay/benefits and the opportunity for training and advancement.

This year the Employer of the Year Award goes to Badger Realty. Since 1965, Badger Realty has been a staple of the Mount Washington Valley and a leader of community projects, volunteerism, and advancement. Dick Badger & Brenda Leavitt have created a family-oriented culture within an industry that had not historically been recognized through teamwork. They believe in the power of continuing education and encourage their employees to continue their professional development through education and training whenever possible.

Dick Badger is pictured with Janice Crawford, Executive Director, MWV Chamber of Commerce

Since 1995, Badger Realty has hosted an annual holiday party that included travel, lodging and meals for their employees and significant others. These annual trips have rewarded and brought happy employees (and spouses) to such destinations as Bermuda (5 times), Aruba, Captiva, the Bahamas, Walt Disney World, and Quebec.

A sign of a healthy company is their dedication to the community, which is why local non-profit organizations are crowded with Badger Realty’s agents and support staff. Some of the organizations served by Badger employees include Jen’s Friends, End 68 Hours of Hunger, Habitat for Humanity, Starting Point, Arts Jubilee, the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Mt. Washington Valley Trails Association.

Since longevity is an indication of a positive workplace, it’s notable that 18 employees with 10 or more years of service at Badger Realty, and eleven of those have more than 20 years.

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!

M&D Playhouse Presents Its 7th Annual Oscar Party

M&D Playhouse will be presenting its seventh annual Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Beef and Ski, located at 2633 White Mountain Highway in North Conway.


Alec Kerr, film and theater critic for the Conway Daily Sun, will be providing trivia throughout the night, with the opportunity to win prizes for the most correct answers. Guests are suggested to don evening wear or come as a favorite actor or character, but be prepared for the paparazzi. There will be a prize for the best dressed. Food will be provided by Taste of Thai, Via Roma, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, and Beef and Ski.

Visit oscar.go.com/nominees to see the nominees and begin preparing for the event. As always, the person with the most accurate guesses of who will win at the Oscars receives the grand prize package.

Prizes have generously been donated by Mount Valley Mall Cinema 7, Mystery NH and NH Sports & Gaming Outlet.

This is a fundraiser for M&D with a suggested donation of $12.

For more information, please visit http://www.mdplayhouse.com/ or call (603) 733-5275.

White Mountains 10- Second Break

White Mountains

From Route 302 ~ Crawford Notch

If color made sound, foliage season in the White Mountains would be deafening! Dazzling reds and oranges trumpet from the deep base notes of surrounding evergreens and soprano yellows harmonize with a choir of russets and golds. Your conductor for this performance is Nature itself.

Come visit our mountainous symphony hall and we’ll help you find the best seat in the house. Our Color-o-meter can help you determine what part of our scenic area you would like to begin your adventure or simply check out our website www.VisitWhiteMountains.com. You can give us a call also at 603-745-8720 and if you are in the area, stop by our Visitors Center, located off exit 32 of Interstate 93 in North Woodstock any day 8:30am-5:30pm.

Your 10 seconds are up. Now get back to work and
we hope to see you soon.

Your Friends in White Mountains

PS: Keep an eye on our Foliage via regular posts on Facebook.  And if you are planning to be in the White Mountains, check out our
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Pics from Cranmore Tuesday and some February Fun!!


Cranmore Hosts Events for Everyone this February!

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Cranmore Mountain is continuing the winter with an array of fun family events all month long. Every weekend, families can find lots to do in addition to skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing plus all of Cranmore’s rides and attractions, including its new Soaring Eagle Zipline ride, now open in winter!

Sunday, February 10th is the 36th annual Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer.  Whether you’re a recreation skier, a snowboarder, a downhill racer, a tubing enthusiast, or just want to help in the fight against cancer, you can join this meaningful and inspiring event.  The minimum contribution of $75 per racer, includes a full day lift ticket or two hour tubing pass,coffee supplied by Good Vibes Coffee Roasters and  lunch provided by Flatbread Company.  100% of the event proceeds are used by the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research.  Registration opens at 8:30am on the third floor of the Main Base Lodge and the racing begins at 10am.

Cranmore’s second freestyle event of the season, RAMP Sports and Arbor  Present Retro Fest Rail Jam, is on Saturday, February 23rd and is part of Cranmore’s 75th anniversary schedule of events.  Grab your skis and boards, along with your best day glow gear and come out and throw down.  Registration starts at 9am in the main base lodge and is $10 plus a lift ticket or seasons pass.  The event will start at noon in the Double Feature Park. Winners will walk away with new skis or a board courtesy of the presenting sponsors and other prizes from sponsors, Dakine, Shreddy Times and Frontside Grind.  RAMP Sports will also be on property throughout the day with demo equipment.

This February includes a special farm themed Cranapalooza and fireworks Sponsored byTommy Hilfiger on February 16th, and a Hollywood themed Cranapalooza and fireworks sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink on Saturday, February 23rd.  Both of these dates include a bonus family friendly magic show at the Artist Falls Lodge from 4:30-5:30pm, with family magician Ryan Mahoney.  There is also a bonus Cranapalooza on Wednesday, February 20th.

Friday, February 22ndStonewall Kitchen will be on the deck of Zip’s Pub and Grille with free product samples, and Rockstar Energy Drink will be on property sampling drinks on Saturday, February 23rd.

All these family events make Cranmore the perfect place for kids to learn to ski. In fact Cranmore was recently named #1 in New Hampshire and #2 in the East for Kids Programs bySki Magazine, and was also just named the #1 Place to Learn to Ski and Ride in New Hampshire by the Boston Globe.  Last year Cranmore launched its KidsRule Mountain Camps, lesson programs for ages 3-14 that focuses on safety, teacher training, dedicated learning centers and communication. Special discounts are offered for online reservations made in advance. More information can be found at www.kidsrulecamps.com.

February is certainly a busy month for the popular North Conway ski resort. Visit Cranmore’s on-line calendar of events for a full schedule of what’s happening all season long. For more information on Cranmore Mountain, visit www.cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.

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* Conway Info Booth  250 Main Street, Conway, 603-447-2639

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The Insider’s Guide to Mt Washington Valley

Anything is possible! 


Happy New Year from the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. May 2013 be a year filled with lasting memories and plenty of travel for you, your friends and your family. We’re pretty psyched to be enjoying winter up here in Mt Washington Valley. Between the Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC Centers,  plus all the other fun ways to enjoy the mountains, like tubing, mountain coasters and ziplines, sleighrides, dogsledding and snowmobiling we’re having a blast up here in our neck of the White Mountains. Make this the month you do too. Visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org for a complete resource for all your vacation planning. Live free and play in our neck of the woods. See you soon!


Event of the Month

January 26-27:

Attitash Military Salute Weekend:
Attitash and Wildcat will honor our nation’s defenders and their families with FREE lift tickets for active, veteran and retired service men and women as well as discounted lift tickets for active duty family members with ID on January 26 and 27. While all events take place at Attitash, Wildcat Mountain, located in Pinkham Notch just 20 minutes from Attitash, will also be offering free lift tickets for active, veteran and retired service men and women on January 26 and 27.

Event Schedule

Saturday, January 26: All are welcome to take part in the special flag parade, led by an honor guard, which begins at the top of Attitash and concludes with the National Anthem at the base area at approximately 1 p.m. Après ski entertainment will take place in Ptarmigan’s Pub with a band TBA.

Sunday, January 27: Get ready for some fun competition on the slopes in the 4th Annual Battle of the Branches GS Race. Racers (including kids!) will select which branch they are representing and their points will go toward each branch to determine a winner.

For complete information, visit www.attitash.com.


Celebrate Cranmore’s 75th Anniversary

  In what they’re calling “The biggest social event of the winter”, Cranmore Mountain Resort will celebrate their 75th anniversary at The Red Jacket Resort in North Conway, NH.  The event takes place on Sat. January 12, 2013 at 5:30pm.

Join Cranmore for cocktails, dinner and dancing to a swing band. Dress in vintage 1930’s garb or ski attire, or your finest evening attire.

Tickets are $99 per person. Tickets include a cocktail hour with appetizers and a cash bar sponsored by the Red Jacket and music from the Alpiner Oom-Pah Band; and 3-course Austrian-themed dinner with a celebratory glass of wine. Evening highlights will feature live music and dancing with the Chris Humphrey Big Band. A memorable multi-media presentation of Cranmore’s history will be part of the festivities.  A portion of proceeds benefit the Herbert Schneider Memorial Fund.

Guests will receive a goodie bag including a commemorative engraved wine glass, a 75th anniversary poster, pin and a copy of local historian Tom Eastman’s new book, “The History of Cranmore Mountain.” Eastman will be at the event for a book signing.

Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the ticket office at Cranmore anytime. Tickets are limited and advance reservations are required. Reservations may also be made by phone: 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.  The public is encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible as this event is sure to sell out.

Guests may select one of two entree choices. The complete Austrian-themed menu is as follows:

For more information on this event and to order tickets online, click here.

The 1785 Inn named among top inns for the holidays  

1785 Inn & Restaurant was among ten inns named throughout the country for the “December 2012 Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award” acclaimed as a “Top Ten Holiday Inn.” This award from BedandBreakfast.com, the largest bed and breakfast website with over 13,000 properties, recognized “10 inns that give you the opportunity to pack up and take an exciting holiday escape.” According to BedandBreakfast.com, “The 1785 Inn & Restaurant in North Conway, NH” is an inn where you can “enjoy colorful decorations throughout ski season.”

The award went on to say “The winter holidays don’t end on Christmas at this North Conway B&B. Their colorful holiday decorations are in place from December 1 through March 1, the duration of their ski season … Each common room here (dining room, guest living rooms, and pub) have their own theme and color scheme … Take the opportunity to dine on a seven-course New Year’s Eve dinner. If you need to burn off some of your holiday calories, go on an adventure and explore the inn’s cross-country trails or nearby downhill skiing slopes.”

The 1785 Inn & Restaurant is owned and operated by Charlie & Becky Mallar. Charlie said that he was glad “to see Becky and Jenny MacMillan and the rest of our staff getting recognition for their beautiful work on decorating the Inn for the winter.” The Inn is open every day for dining, lodging, and to view the holiday decorations.

AboutTheSnow.com is your one-stop-spot for ski conditions

Want to get the up-to-date scoop on snow conditions, contests, forecasts and photos of the day? Be sure to bookmark www.AboutTheSnow.com and visit often. It’s your complete guide to everything you want to know about the snow sports in Mt Washington Valley. There you’ll find links to all the ski resorts and XC Centers, an update on upcoming events and ticket giveaways too.

Be sure to register there for our weekly About The Snow newsletter delivered by email every Thursday, offering insight into news from all 13 of Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC Centers.


Lodging Package of the Month 


Midweek Ski & Stay Package At Cranmore Mountain Lodge

Stay at Cranmore Mountain Lodge  Sunday night through Thursday night for two nights and you’ll get a discount on your room, a voucher for a dinner at one of the Valley Originals’ Restaurants or Rafferty’s Restaurant and Pub (closed on Tuesdays) or at A Taste Of Thai Restaurant, and ski for one day wherever you want, downhill or cross-country or both, at a discounted rate, all for one low rate of $268 for two + tax, ALL WINTER LONG!

Choose between all 7 of Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts including: Bretton Woods, Black Mountain, Cranmore Mountain, King Pine,Shawnee Peak, Attitash Mountain, Wildcat Mountain or the Valley’s 6 XC Centers including Bretton Woods, Notch, Great , Jackson Ski Touring , MWV Ski Touring, King Pine and Snowshoe Center.

This special midweek can even be applied to skiing on Martin Luther King Day.

This package starts at $168 + tax for two for 1 night or $268 + tax for two for 2 nights. Package Available To: 03-31-13. This package is available only Sunday through Thursday, through closing Day 2013, except December 24, 2012- January 2, 2013 and February 18-22, 2013. Subject to availability. Rates are double occupancy.

For a complete list of vacation specials offered by Mt Washington Valley lodging properties, click here.

For a complete list of vacation specials offered by Mt Washington Valley lodging properties, click here.


Get Out and Play in Mt Washington Valley

Bretton Woods cuts the ribbon on new Mount Stickney expansion

It’s back to the future for Bretton Woods which continues to add new features and expand the resort to meet the needs of family travelers. As ski resort General Manager, Chris Ellms, explains the newly expanded glades on Mount Stickney, complete with its own newly installed T-Bar and warming hut, is a way of introducing a new generation of skiers to the best of the past in skiing. “We’re so retro, we’re cool,” explained Ellms in a recent unveiling of the new facilities and ribbon cutting at the Mount Stickney cabin, which occurred at exactly 12:12pm on 12-12-12. “We’re going so far backward, we’re moving forward,” finished Ellms in explaining the value of the new multi-use backcountry facility and its appeal to all generations of skiers.

In an age of high-tech snowmaking and martini bars atop the mountain, Bretton Woods is intentionally going back to the best of what used to be by unveiling a good old reliable Doppelmayr T-bar lift.   Named the Telegraph T-Bar after the pieces of old telegraph cables found during its installation that at one time linked to a neighboring hotel, the 2,000-foot surface lift takes skiers to a wooded natural snow area on Mount Stickney with gladed trails for all ability levels.

Near the summit of Mount Stickney a 600-square-foot warming cabin provides a rustic, solar-powered respite complete with indoor and outdoor fireplaces and seating. While the cabin and lifts were produced elsewhere, the majority of the expanded facilities were assembled and built locally by Bretton Woods’s guides and staff doubling as carpenters, surveyors and general contractors.

For more information on Bretton Woods, visit www.Brettonwoods.com.

Family Fun in Mt Washington Valley      

Saturdays throughout January: Don’t miss Cranapalooza at Cranmore: Held January 5, 12, 19, 26, CRANAPALOOZA! is a celebration of winter, skiing, fun, friends and family! Join in the fun on Saturday afternoons for s’mores roasting, face painting, and family fun. Fireworks will also be included on Jan. 19th and will start at 6:30pm.

Sundays throughout January: Ski with a Naturalist at Great Glen Trails:   Each Sunday, take a lesson in nature at Great Glen Trails with the whole family: When you ski with an AMC naturalist, you will learn about the flora and fauna that make our corner of the world so special. You’ll scout for tracks in the snow. You’ll learn about the different trees in the Glen. You’ll listen for distinct bird calls. You’ll truly begin understand how the ecosystem works in Pinkham Notch. It takes place on Sundays 10:30 – 12 and is free with a trail pass.

Saturdays in January: Kids Fun Run at King Pine: Practice your racing skills in the fun run which takes place at the bottom of the Open Slope. No entry fee but lift ticket required. Awards for winners. Click here for info.

January 13: TD Bank Kids Ski Fest: An EXTRA FUN day for kids at Great Glen Trails! Come join the fun from 9am to 4pm for winter fun on skis! Steve’s Awesome Obstacle Course, Team Sprint Relays, group games, treats to eat at the Cabin, a lollipop race for the youngest skiers are all on the schedule. Add in Great Glen’s every day offerings of the Trails Tracker creature hunt and snow tubing and you won’t want to leave! Mini-lessons will be offered in both morning and afternoon for first-time cross country youth skiers. Trail Pass required for adults and children at a reduced rate of $5. Activities and children’s rental equipment FREE. Rentals for participating parent/guardians: $10.


 Couples Capers

Stroll hand in hand past snow dancers and other amazing snow sculptures at Black Mountain then snuggle together for some après sculptures fun at the Shovel Handle Pub. Plan your couples caper around a weekend of NH Sanctioned Snow Sculpting fun at Black Mountain, January 25-27, 2013. Take your romantic escape that weekend and you’ll not only be wowed by the skiing and outdoor adventure, you’ll also be wooed by beautifully sculpted ice sculptures.

This event attracts a wide variety of sculptors, both amateur and professional. In fact, many of the Competing Teams will be using this weekend as a practice run for Lake Geneva and the Nationals. Each team of sculptors consists of 2 or 3 members, and in order to be eligible to compete in the State Championship, team members must be 18 years or older and reside or work in New Hampshire. Although, sculptors from outside of New Hampshire will also be in Jackson participating in the invitational, exhibiting their magnificent works of snow art.

Amateurs and professionals of any age are eligible to compete in the Overall and People’s Choice Awards. Why not make a couples caper out of it and try your hand at snow sculpting?

Each team will be given a cylinder shaped block of snow 4 feet in diameter by 8 feet tall to create their snow sculptures. Most of the teams will start sculpting on Friday, January 25th and continue working through the night on Saturday to complete their sculptures in time for the judging on Sunday afternoon January 27th starting at Noon. Judging is based on creativity, technique and message.

Other activities planned for the snow sculpture weekend include a welcome reception dinner, with a bon fire and roasting of marshmallows, sleigh rides and more. There’ll be plenty of après snow sculpting fun in the Lostbo Pub at Black Mountain and next door at the Shovel Handle Pub at Whitney’s Inn. For more information, click here.


Fun Events to Plan Your Trip Around         

Saturdays & Sundays in January: Snowshoe Tour at Jackson Ski Touring: Enjoy a two-hour nature tour on snowshoes with an expert guide. Your guide will show you places along the trails and off the system that most people might never find. Fun and interesting; learn new technique tips along the way. $10 for the tour; rentals available ($12 per set). Pre-registration suggested. Info: 603-383-9355, Click for more info: www.jacksonxc.org.

January 6
: Great Penguin Race at Cranmore: Help support the Mount Washington Children’s Museum by purchasing a $5 penguin to race down the icy sloped race lane and watch it beat the other penguins to the finish line. You can purchase your penguin at Cranmore Mountain, or at event registration the day of the event. As a separate Artistic Judging Category this year, we will be letting contestants modify their individual Penguins. Because of all the hard work and effort that will be put into these masterpieces, artistic penguins will be displayed and not raced so they won’t get damaged on the race course. Info here.


January 6:  Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge at Black Mountain:  8:30am-4:00pm, compete for the gold in this FREE race event that is open to every level of skier and rider – no race experience required. It’s all about fun and rap­idly moving downhill while weaving in and out of obstacles to get to the lodge for a great party and loads of giveaways!  Info: www.Blackmt.com.


January 7: 18th Annual Great Ice Carvers of New England Invitational Ice Carving Competition at The Wentworth Hotel: This exciting event allows competitors 3 hours to transform a 300 pound block of ice into a work of art.  Each participant may have his or her tools of preference, but expect to see chain saws, chisels, picks and blow torches as the birds, animals, buildings and other creations come to life on the front porch of this elegant turn-of-the century New England inn. Come view the works. There may still some openings for the competition.  Prizes include $500 for first place, $250 for second and third prize is an overnight stay for two in one of our Jacuzzi Suites with a fireplace, four course dinner and full country breakfast. Anyone who is interested should contact Kathleen DeVitto, Sales Administrator at The Wentworth at 603-383-9700 or kathleen@thewentworth.com for more information.

January 11 NRBQ in Concert at Fryeburg Academy: Terry Adams, visionary, driving force and “untamed genius of the keyboards” for NRBQ since the band’s inception over four decades ago, is one of music’s true originals. Adams reignited the legendary Quartet with the addition of Scott Ligon on guitar & vocals, Pete Donnelly on bass & vocals, and Conrad Choucroun on drums. NRBQ is known for their unique style of music which is a blending of rock, pop, jazz, blues. We know you will love their show at 7:30pm. Tickets: $22.50-Adults, $20-Seniors (65+) and $10-Students/Children. SPECIAL $5 for FA Students!

January 18-21: North Conway Village Ice Festival: And speaking of ice festivals,join Zeb’s, Fields of Ambrosia, Eastern Slope Inn, Funky Bubble, Badger Realty, Rugged Mill and  Soyfire Candle in displaying a themed ice sculpture created by Josh Nylin of Inspirational Ice.  Demonstrations will take place at Zeb’s, Badger Courtyard and Eastern Slope Inn on Saturday and The Cupcakery and Field’s of Ambrosia on Sunday.  There is more demonstration availability on Sunday and plenty of display opportunity. Are you interested in creating an ice sculpture? Register online here.

January 12-13
: Shawnee Peak’s 75th birthday celebration: Shawnee Peak is 75 this year, which makes it the longest operating mountain in Maine. To celebrate on January 12th join in the Cardboard Box Race. All entrants must register with the front office and sign a liability waiver. There will be prizes for the best dressed and fastest. Plus there will be giveaways on the hour in the Great Room. A celebration dinner promises to be special event. Tickets will be limited and sold through the front office. Then to cap it all off they’ll be skiing to midnight. Info: click here.

January 12: Attitash U Go Girl Race Series: Giant Slalom: Join in the fight against breast cancer at Attitash as they raise money in three-part race series this season. Half of the proceeds from the U Go Girl Race Series will benefit Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, an organization based in the Mt. Washington Valley that provides supplemental financial assistance and other resources to cancer patients and their families. The U Go Girl Race Series consists of three races, including two single giant slalom races, as well as a dual giant slalom. All females competitors of all ages can compete for points and placement. Males are welcome to race, but will not be placed. Entry to each race is $10 and half the proceeds go to Jen’s Friends. For more information, go to http://www.attitash.com/u-go-girl-race-series.html.

January 12: Biodiesel Day at Cranmore: Drive your hybrid to Cranmore for a free lift ticket and VIP Parking!

January 21: Bretton Woods Geschmossel XC Ski Race: Originally staged during the winter of 1972-73, the Geschmossel is one of New England’s oldest citizens’ races. The race originated as a 6-kilometer fun race, and was groomed with a homemade track sled that was pulled by a rope from a grooming machine. Today this 15 km classical style Nordic ski race takes place on the Ammonoosuc trail network at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center, and has grown to attract high-level skiers including members of the United States Ski Team. Please call 603-278-3322 for more information. To register online, please visit www.skireg.com.

January 26: Audiobody! In Fryeburg: AudioBody is the fusion of physical comedy and technology. Armed with a collection of futuristic instruments, brothers Matt and Jason Tardy take the stage in an attempt to create the ultimate musical performance, only to find themselves at odds with their own unruly musical inventions. It starts at 7pm at the Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy. Tickets: Adults-$15 and Students-$10, with a Family of Four Pack for $30!

January 27: Bretton Woods New England Womens Ski Day: Enjoy a fun day on the snow and experience cross-country ski clinics for every level of skier, from first-timers to seasoned masters at Bretton Woods Nordic Center! In addition to top-notch instruction, there will be wax demonstrations, fantastic prize and raffle drawings during lunch and at the wrap-up event . Clothing and equipment retailers will be on hand with items to try and buy; TreeTop Nordic will also have exclusive sale with wine and/or beer tasting on Saturday evening with sale only lasting thru the weekend. Registration: The event is limited to 200 skiers; registration through NENSA at www.nensa.net/women. Rental equipment available – please contact Bretton Woods Nordic Center at 603-278-3322. Questions? Please contact Abby Weismann directly at abby@nensa.net or 207-944-4720.

Free Finds & Delicious Deals   

January 4:  Ticket Roll Back Day at Cranmore:

Ski and ride for just $9 per person as Cranmore rolls ticket prices back for this annual event.

January 12-18:  King Pine celebrates Learn to Ski & Ride Week: First-time skiers & snowboarders receive a free learn to ski or snowboard lesson, free equipment rentals & a free beginner terrain lift ticket. Participants must register with Ski NH to download a Learn to Ski & Ride Free coupon, then make a reservation with one of our participating resorts. Registration begins on January 2 at 10am and is first-come, first-served. Sign up online at www.skinh.com then at www.Kingpine.com.  Participation limited to 10 skiers and 10 snowboarders each day.Bretton Woods and Cranmore are also participating and Great Glen Trails will take part too.  See below.  Info: www.skinh.com/deals/learntoskiandsnowboardmonth.aspx

January 13: Fischer/Swix/Tubbs Demo Day at JSTF: Try out the latest and greatest equipment from back country to racing. Fischer will have a range of skis and boots, Swix will have demo poles and waxing advice, and Tubbs will have snowshoe options. The demos get started at 9:30 am and run through 2 pm. There is no charge for trying out the demo equipment. Info: www.jacksonxc.org.

January 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Learn to Ski Free Week at Great Glen Trails: Learn to ski for free at Great Glen Trails. During the week of January 9-13 first time skiers ages 6 and up, can receive a free lesson, rentals and trail pass. To get your free lesson register at SkiNH.com & download a coupon.  Call us to make a reservation for your lesson, and present your coupon when you arrive. Great Glen lesson times are 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:00pm and are 1 1/4 hours in length. Offer is only available to first time skiers. Info: 603 466 2333. Click for more info.

Every Wednesday: 2-4-1 at Jackson Ski Touring: Go to the online store at http://www.jacksonxc.org to download a coupon then bring a friend and ski on Wednesdays, 2-4-1.

Every Wednesday at Wildcat: Bring-A-Friend Wednesdays – Vertical Value Card & Season Pass Holders can purchase 1/2-priced ticket for friend.

Every Friday: 2-for-1 Fridays at Great Glen Trails: All season long buy one and get the second free: good on trial passes, SnowCoach, snow tubing, rentals…even the Trails Total Ticket! In order to take advantage of 2 for 1 Fridays, you must download, print and then present the coupon on their website here. Not valid on Feb 22, 2013.




Now through January, 2013 receive $50 off of a weekend bike trip OR $100 off a multi-day bike trip. Valid on any 2013 trip. Use promotion code: JANUARY.

For more information, visit www.vestavelo.com.

Cranmore Mt Lodge



10% off your stay
between January 2 and March 15, 2013


Minimum 2 night stay required – Not to be combined with any other offer, discount, package deal – Cannot be applied on a stay between Feb 15 and 23, 2013

Reservations must be booked before Jan 31, 2013 to take advantage of this coupon

569 Kearsarge Road, North Conway, NH



Anything is Possible!

Live free and…

Last week New Hampshire tourism officials replaced our dud of a tourism slogan with one that captures the New Hampshire spirit and ought to prove a real draw for out-of-state travelers.

The old slogan picked in 2005 was the empty and meaningless, “New Hampshire. You’re going to love it here.” Love what here? The cold? The black flies?

If a tourist spent a week here and only liked “it” (whatever it happened to be), could she get her money back?

There was nothing in that vapid line to impart an impression upon travelers that New Hampshire stood out in any way from its neighbors, or any other place for that matter. Tacking the words “New Hampshire” onto an assertion that the vacation-goer is going to have a great time was a lazy effort. We are surprised the widely panned slogan lasted as long as it did.

The new one, though, has punch. It is simple: “Live free and…” It conveys the message that here is a place where you can craft your own adventures. Instead of asserting a questionable statement the way a used car salesman might — “you’re going to love this baby!” — it cleverly lets the potential tourist’s imagination take over.

Instead of running away from New Hampshire’s bold statement of individual liberty, it creatively transforms it into an expression of vacation-going values. New Hampshire is not just a place with low taxes and limited government, it is a place where your spirit is free to explore — and that has a huge variety of activities in which your adventuresome impulses can be fully expressed.

“This new campaign is very exciting because it encapsulates the scenic beauty that New Hampshire is renowned for, and combines it with our independent ‘Live Free or Die’ reputation,” Gov. John Lynch said last week. That’s about right. Well done, Division of Travel and Tourism.

(the above was a published editorial from our friends at the Union Leader)

Shake Off Your Cabin Fever, With Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm!

Feeling Cooped Up?

Come join us for a Cabin Fever Cookout
on Friday, April 27th, from 6:00-8:00, celebrating the end of the April blahs.
58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth, NH 03886 • 603-323-7591

Featuring our big, juicy, farm-raised (and pink-slime-free) beef burgers, fresh greens from the greenhouse
and our almost-famous baked beans!

We’ll have fires going outside, picnic tables set up and local live entertainment featuring David Young & Tim Hazelton.

Reservations close April 24. $10 per person, age 16 and over.
Alcoholic beverages welcome in moderation (bring your own).


Come Join the White Mountain Waldorf School for A Simplicity Parenting Conference presented by

internationally recognized author and counselor Kim John Payne.

at the Salyards Center for Arts in Conway.

 March 8, starting at 6:30pm.

This event is sponsored by the White Mountain Waldorf School. To learn more about the school, please visit www.whitemountainwaldorf.org or go to the next Walk Through the Grades event on March 6th, from 8am-9:30am.


Family counselor Kim John Payne says that when he would take on a new client, he would offer them a year of therapy or have him spending just one day at their house.” Many of today’s behavioral issues come from children having too much stuff and living a life that is too fast. I would visit from breakfast to bedtime, I helped the parents simplify their routines and lives and very often the parents see an improvement their child’s behavior within days,” says Payne.

Payne asserts that many of today’s child behavior problems comes from TMS – Too Much Stuff.  “All children are quirky, that’s what makes them lovable, who they are. But these cumulative stresses slide those quirks along the behavior spectrum into disorders – the dreaded “Ds”. Simplicity Parenting is a way to slide the child back down the spectrum. They go from having a label back to being lovable and quirky.”

Payne will help parents at the talk create their own Simplicity Menu for their family, breaking it down into five layers: Simplify the environment (books, toys etc), meal times and food, schedules and information. He asks that parents see childhood as an unfolding experience, not an enrichment opportunity.  “If it is an enrichment opportunity, then we’re in an arms race, trying to get the most for our child. This is fundamentally a con, and not healthy. “

He adds that children respond well to this approach. “You choose whatever fits naturally in your family life. When a family simplifies, the kids love it. It’s not a battle. We think kids will put up resistance but they don’t; they like it.” “It’s about warmth and connecting. In simplifying parenting we get closer to our children, they no longer have to fight for our attention, everything becomes easier and it is actually achieved by doing less.

You’re Invited To Keep The Love In The Air With Arts In Motion!

On Friday, February 17 Arts in Motion Theater Company presents a very special Valentine event.

With Love. The Songs of Barbra Streisand.

Mary Bastoni-Rebmann and friends will perform her most popular songs and duets on stage at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg.

The show starts at 8:00pm with a cocktail reception prior to the show at  7:00 pm. Enjoy dessert and refreshments before taking your seat for an evening of song and romance. Tickets are $30 per person (includes dessert and a cocktail, wine or coffee before the show).

Make plans to join us for this elegant, romantic evening of entertainment. Click here for more information!

Get Your Read On At The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center!



Featuring: New York Times columnist and bestselling author David Brooks on The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

The Author Lecture Series continues onscreen at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. Recorded at the Free Library of Philadelphia and shown onscreen is author David Brooks, discussing his book The Social Animal on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 adults, $7 seniors and $5 students. Group rates are available for parties of ten or more. For more information visit www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac or contact the box office at (207) 935-9232. The theater is located at 18 Bradley Street on the Campus of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, ME. Parking is free.

David BrooksThe Social Animal is an examination of what leads human achievement and personal fulfillment at different stages of life. He illustrates how our decisions are affected by our unconscious minds and our environment.

Each lecture in The Author Series will run approximately 60 minutes in length, beginning with a talk given by the author, followed by a Question and Answer session. The Author Series is monthly; please visit our website for future listings.