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Shawnee Peak Opens this Saturday!

Shawnee Peak Ski Area, Maine’s longest-running ski mountain, is excited to announce several capital improvements in anticipation of Opening Day of the 2017-2018 ski season on Saturday, December 16, which will be the mountain’s 80th year.

This year’s list of projects includes several on and off-mountain enhancements, some major and some invisible, all of which are intended at providing an excellent Guest Experience. “We know that all of our improvements will enhance our skiing & riding experience for our upcoming 80th season! We look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new families to our resort,” said owner Chet Homer.

On the mountain, a second carpet lift has been installed, which will enhance our beginner experience as well as alleviate the crowds on busy days. On the snowmaking side, Shawnee Peak has installed additional snow guns on the mountain, including permanent guns on both Yee Haw and Upper Hagget’s. We have also rebuilt our pumps at our primary pump house, completing the two-year project. Lastly, as loyal customers may know, Shawnee Peak also took delivery of a new Pisten Bully Winch Cat late last spring.

Our new rental shop was well-received last year and we have continued to enhance it, while placing a significant order of new rental skis, snowboards and helmets from Elan, Burton and Smith. Shawnee Peak is also excited to announce that we will be a Parlor Demo Center, the ONLY one in Maine or New Hampshire! Come try out these custom skis, built in the USA!

Both base lodges have received additional interior and exterior enhancements with the majority of the work done at the East Lodge, which has a new parking lot, additional seating, and a rehauled food and beverage offering. Stay tuned for some exciting news on this front!

Last, but not least, a new CRM system has been rolled out, which will enable us to communicate better with our guests and simplify our messaging across the board. Please check our social media pages and website for more info on Opening Day and for our exciting calendar of events, including our 80th Birthday Celebration on January 20th, 2018.

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About Shawnee Peak Ski Area

Maine’s oldest ski mountain, Shawnee Peak offers 45+ trails and glades, serviced by 6 lifts. We’ve got 98% snowmaking coverage and the largest night skiing operation in New England. Shawnee Peak is located on Route 302 in Bridgton, Maine just 30 minutes from North Conway


Gibson Center Seniors Learn About and Experience A Recreation Path

On  Friday, October 27 the  MWV Trails Association Rec Path Committee and Community Outreach Committee hosted the Gibson Center for Senior Services on a tour of the Mountain Division Trail in Fryeburg.

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Sally McMurdo, Marianne Borowski, Doug and Candy Armstrong, Tim Scott, and Jill Reynolds, program director for the Gibson Center
discussed what rec paths are, who uses them, and why, with a special presentation and discussion of the current North Conway Rec path project and capital campaign progress.

Along the way on North South Road, Rec Path Committee members pointed out where the North Conway Path will go. At the Visitor’s Center in Fryeburg, 4 seniors and volunteers walked the trail for about 40 minutes, talking about the benefits of such a rec path and the challenges of building one.

For more information visit MWV Trails Association.

Chill with Cocktails at the Annual Ice Bar

Winter in the Mt. Washington Valley tests even the most seasoned New Englander, but with all the winter fun in the region, we just can’t stay indoors! Speaking of winter fun, The Stonehurst Manor welcomes you to attend their 3rd Annual Ice Bar on Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21 from 4pm to 10pm.

The Annual Ice Bar provides many options for winter fun and socialization. Sip hot cocktails from the event’s special menu and behold the beauty of New England’s winter wonderland, relax on ice-carved seating, set your drink on their full-size outdoor ice bar, and enjoy the company of friends new and old. Keep warm by one of many fire pits or choose a warmer seating option by relaxing on hay bales. Looking to warm up on the dance floor? Stonehurst Manor’s got you covered with music by the Music Man. Guests may also enjoy complimentary hors d-oeuvres and a fashion show by Spruce Hurricane.

Tickets are $25 per person. You must be 21+ to enter. To purchase tickets, visit their event page or call the Manor at 800-525-9100. Please take note: all tickets are non-refundable. 

Weekly Mountain Bike Series Begins this Week at Great Glen Trails


Mt Washington & Great Glen Trails



M&M Assurance Mountain Bike Series at Great Glen Trails  

runs through August 25, 2015


The M&M Assurance Mountain Bike Series, an 8-week mountain bike race series for all abilities and ages, will begin Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Great Glen Trails. The weekly series will take place from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday through August 25, 2015.


Riders compete against the clock in a fun, “easy-going” series where long, short or even “mini” courses can be chosen. The courses are mainly on well-maintained carriage roads and some single track at Great Glen Trails, located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.


Racers are timed each week and results are posted within 24 hours online at http://www.greatglentrails.com. Riders who complete 5 out of 8 weeks will eligible for a prize lottery at the wrap up pot luck dinner/barbecue and awards party.


Costs for adults is $60; kids (ages 17 and under) are $30; and single races are just $12 for adults and $7 for kids.


On race days, the trails at Great Glen will close at 3:30 while bike rentals will be available until 2:00pm.


All ages and abilities are invited to Great Glen Trails to participate in the weekly mountain bike series sponsored by M&M Assurance on Tuesday afternoons through August 25, 2015.






Great Glen Trails Opens with Weekly Running Series and Women’s Kayak Class

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will kick off the spring season with the weekly Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series plus a multi-week Women’s Spring Kayak class. The Running and Walking Series will begin on Thursday, May 14 while the Women’s Kayak class will begin on Monday, May 18, 2015.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series, an 8-week series held every Thursday from May 14 through July 2, 2015, is for all ages and abilities. Competitors can challenge themselves on a Mini (1 mile), Short (1.8 miles) or Long (3.2 miles) in either the running or walking divisions. Placement prizes are awarded in each category, and the series wraps up with an awards party and prize raffle. Competitors that compete in 6 of the 8 weeks are qualified for the raffle.

The Women’s Spring Kayak class, held by Great Glen’s longtime instructor and Olympian Sue Wemyss, will take place on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. beginning May 18 and continuing for 4 weeks through June 15, 2015. The class will provide instruction, encouragement and camaraderie for beginner and intermediate students. Kayaks and necessary equipment will be provided if needed as well as transportation to scenic northern NH waterways. The class fee for all 4 classes will be $200.00 per person. Pre-registration with payment is required by May 15 and sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Great Glen trail system is also open for trail running, Nordic walking and bird watching. Early season hours at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center are in effect beginning Memorial Day Weekend: 9am – 5pm. Great Glen Outfitters also opens weekends for the summer season on May 23 offering the latest in outdoor apparel and accessories for trail running, mountain biking, paddling and more.

For more information about the Salomon Trail Running Series or the Women’s Kayak Class, current trail conditions or Great Glen Outfitters, call 603.466.2333 or visit http://www.greatglentrails.com.


 Kids Ski Fest will be returning to Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on Sunday, January 11th with a great opportunity for kids and families to enjoy a day of winter fun, with some of the best early season conditions in years!

Great Glen’s Kid’s Ski Fest is geared towards kids of elementary to middle school age. No preregistration is necessary and all activities and rentals for kids are free with a trail pass.  Trail passes for participating kids and adults will be $5 (vs. $12 and $20 regularly). Rentals for participating parents will be $10.

The day’s activities will include group games such as “Get Six and Ski”, (a version of Capture the Flag); Predator-Prey; Red Light, Green Light and more; all played on skis.  Kids who show up for the Freestyle Team Sprint Relay at 11 am will be paired randomly in two-person, multi-aged teams to sprint around a short loop using classic or skate skiing technique. The youngest skiers can start their careers with the Lollipop Race at noon. Hot chocolate at the Great Angel Cabin will reward those kids making the afternoon trip to one of Great Glen’s most popular destinations.

Kids who are first time skiers will be able to take a free mini-lesson to get started, and then join the game sessions on skis. As they are on a daily basis at Great Glen, the Trails Tracker critter hunt and the snowtubing hill are also available for more activity and fun.

“The Kids Ski Fest is a wonderful showcase for all the enjoyable winter activities families can do at Great Glen.” said Sue Wemyss, Cross Country Olympian and Great Glen Trails Ski School Director. “With having very good conditions over the holiday period for skiing, we’ve been super pleased to host lots of families recently at Great Glen. We have an energetic group of kids taking part in our Great Glen Bill Koch League Club on Sundays, so we look forward to seeing this group and welcoming others for this fun event.”

For the second year, Scoggins General Store in Gorham, NH is sponsoring the event, providing lollipops and sweets as prizes for the team relay. Scoggins General Store, located at 133 Main Street, is a family-owned business carrying items for home décor, toys, a candy counter and unique gifts.  Website:  www.scogginsstore.com/

The 2015 Kids Ski Fest Schedule is as follows:

9:00 am-1pm 

Registration opens, rental equipment pickup 9:30-10:00 am First time skiers’ mini-lesson: how to put on equipment, turn skis, snowplow, and get up from a fall


Games on skis, morning session


Freestyle Team Sprint Relays; cross age groups (grades 1-8), Teams picked randomly.


Lollipop Race (preschool up to Grade 2)


Lunch Break


First-time skiers’ mini-lesson: how to put on equipment, turn skis, snowplow, and get up from a fall


Games on skis, afternoon session


Ski tour to the Great Angel cabin


Treats at Great Angel

Ongoing:Trails Tracker critter hunt, snowtubing, trail skiing.

For more information call Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-3988 or visit online at http://www.greatglentrails.com and look under Events.

About Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
 Located at the base of Mt. Washington, Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is a year round destination for outdoor fun and fitness enthusiasts. Winter offerings include cross country, skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and the one­-of­-a­-kind Mt. Washington SnowCoach. Mountain biking, paddling, Nordic walking and trail running are popular in summer. 

For more information, visit http://www.GreatGlenTrails.com or call 603­-466­2333.


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Evening Program Series to Begin at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge!

Enjoy these upcoming programs at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch, NH….

Saturday, April 5: Fire on the Mountain A film documenting the 10th Mountain Division, America’s only mountain and winter warfare fighting unit. The thrilling story of these amc_winter_webrugged, courageous men in all their glory

Saturday, April 12: Legends of American Skiing- Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Inferno Join film producer Rick Moulton before the showing of Legends of American Skiing. This lecture and film fall on the 75th Anniversary of the 1939 Inferno. The film depicts Toni Matt’s legendary feat of Schussing the Headwall to win the race by more than a minute. The 1939 Inferno can be looked back upon as the last Big Mountain Downhill Race in America and certainly the last in the North East.

Saturday, April 19: Intrepid Descent- This documentary captures the classic backcountry skiing experience of Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington and explores the rich history of the ravine, which has been home to triumph and tragedy since the early 1920’s. A present day narrative takes viewers from the daunting hike and climb up the Ravine to the exhilarating descent over the lip, while interviews with experts, meteorologists, and rare historical footage provide a broad and dynamic view of Tuckerman’s. A classic man-versus-nature story, Intrepid Descent pays homage both to the mountain and to the individuals who dare to pursue their passion.

Saturday, April 26: Dr. Quackenbush Skis the Headwall This famous ski comedy, filmed in 1940, follows Dr. Quackenbush to Cranmore, Wildcat and Tuckerman Ravine. Filmed by Sidney Shurcliff in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this famous comedy classic follows the misadventures of Dr. Erasmus B. Quackenbush from Mt. Cranmore to the Wildcat Race Trail to the heights of Tuckerman Ravine’s legendary Headwall. Historic footage, spectacular skiing, “hill”arious comedy and a vintage musical score make this film great entertainment for the entire family.
Programs are free & open to the public.
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Route 16, Pinkham Notch, NH. For more information contact the AMC at (603) 466-2727. This schedule is subject to change. AMC Outdoor Explorations are sponsored in part by L.L. Bean & the William T. Morris Foundation. The AMC is an equal opportunity service provider. The AMC operates Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and its system of backcountry huts in the White Mountain National Forest under a special-use permit from the US Forest Service.

Snow Much Fun: Extreme Mount Washington!

An all-new visitor experience will open atop Mount Washington in June 2014. 

The Mount Washington Observatory recently announced the successful completion of its 2372capital campaign to build ‘Extreme Mount Washington,’ a high-tech, educational experience on the summit of Mount Washington. The nonprofit scientific research and educational institution has been planning and fundraising for the complete renovation of its mountaintop museum since 2010, and a ribbon-cutting event for the opening of Extreme Mount Washington is being planned for early June 2014.

Replacing the Observatory’s forty year-old Mount Washington Museum, Extreme Mount Washington will deliver the awe and wonder of Mount Washington in winter, the mountain’s most extreme season.  Through hands-on, high-tech exhibits, Extreme Mount Washington will present a compelling sampling of the “World’s Worst Weather” to summer visitors from all over the world. Designed by Jeff Kennedy Associates of Somerville, Massachusetts, the new museum will feature a user-controlled flat-panel display showing “clear day” views from the summit in all seasons, an interactive snowcat simulator, a recreation of the 1930s Observatory including the anemometer used to record the famous 231 mph wind, a special display on rime ice and more.

More information about Extreme Mount Washington can be found at: Extreme.MountWashington.org. Plan to make a visit to the new Extreme Mount Washington sometime this summer or fall.

The Observatory offers numerous events each month, including a special fundraiser at the Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine on Friday, April 4, with stories from regional meteorologists, a live connection with the Observatory’s mountaintop weather station, and an inside look at the life and work of American’s favorite meteorologist and storm chaser, Ginger Zee. Tickets required. For more information, click here.

25 Hours of Great Glen

Are you ready for……
Registration is now open for the 2014 24 Hours of Great Glen!

We’re kicking it off with a video contest!

Don’t let this keep you from registering, if you win we’ll refund your money!

  • The winner receives a FREE solo or team entry

  • The runner up receives 50% off solo or team entry

  • 3rd place receives a 2013 Jersey solo or team OR Great Glen Trails Summer Season Pass

new floating bridge-2013
The bridge will be back!!
Be sure to clown around on our
website for all the info on rules, camping, festival 24-with plenty to do for the whole gang, showers-yes we have FREE hot showers, and of course the
weekend schedule.

Not ready to race for 24?

Try 12 Hours of Great Glen

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All Ages…

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Located in beautiful Pinkham Notch on Rt. 16
1 Mount Washington Auto Road Gorham NH 02851 | 603.466.2333

Get Out and Play in Mt Washington Valley!

Tis the season to get out and play in the snow in Mt Washington Valley. How? Here are five great ways to enjoy outdoor adventure throughout January on the trails and off!

Whether on skis, snowcoach or via ice ax, enjoy one of these unique adventures this winter.

From the top of the world! Take a trip to the top of Mt. Washington with the Mount Washington Observatory. The Observatory’s  Winter Day trips offer the chance to get to the top of New England’s highest peak in the winter. Enjoy a ride up the mountain in the Observatory’s snowcat, take a guided tour of the Observatory and meet Marty, the official summit cat, then enjoy lunch with the scientists and volunteers who live and work atop the peak before heading down the mountain in the afternoon. For those who want something longer, the Observatory offers Overnight Trips as well.

From the Seat of a SnowCoach: Travel up the  Mt. Washington Auto Road via the one-of-a-kind  SnowCoach. A specially constructed all-wheel drive and unique 4-track system allows the SnowCoach to deliver you to the world above treeline at the 4.5 mile mark on the Auto Road for an unforgettable winter experience. For the more adventurous, the SnowCoach offers the option to XC ski, telemark or snowshoe back down the Auto Road. SnowCoach tours last approximately 1.5 hours and depart daily, weather permitting, December through March from Great Glen Trails on a first come, first served basis.

Atop a wall of ice: Want the thrill of getting to the top using your own two feet and hands? Mt. Washington Valley is home to three renowned climbing schools – International Mountain Climbing SchoolEMS and Northeast Mountaineering

 – all of which offer guided mountaineering and ice climbing trips to Mt. Washington and the surrounding Presidentials.


From the back of a Dogsled: Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, based in Jefferson offers a variety of year-round dogsled rides. Many of the dogs at Muddy Paws are rescued or second chance dogs, and they are ready to take you on dogsled rides ranging from two to fifty miles, including overnight trips. Best of all, the tours are hands-on and interactive, so you get to drive the sled too! Join Muddy Paws for a trip based out of their education center in Jefferson, or choose a trip departing from one of their off-site locations, including the Omni Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods. Rates for dogsledding tours vary depending on location, distance and group size, so call 603-545-4533 for more information, or check out their website for more information.

From the seat of a snowmobile: Whether it’s gliding through peaceful pine woods, on the state of New Hampshire’s hundreds of miles of trails (which go right through Mt Washington Valley) or across open meadows, Mt Washington Valley is one place that’s ideal for snowmobile adventures. Mt Washington Valley is lucky to have many snowmobile outfitters offering rentals, guided tours and sales of sleds and accessories. And now with all the snow on the trails, Christmas Week will be the ideal time to plan a snowmobiling getaway into New Hampshire’s North Country.



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)