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2017 Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-a-Thon at King Pine

King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort is excited to announce the next beneficiary of Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held in East Madison, New Hampshire March 17-18, 2017. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Sanbornville, New Hampshire’s Faith Holt, an 11-year-old girl living with skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome. This year’s goal is to purchase Faith’s family a wheelchair accessible van.

cynthias-challenge3Faith’s Story 

Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap. Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility. Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when she was six-years-old. A wheelchair accessible van would be of incredible assistance to the Holt family to get Faith and his other children to their daily activities and appointments.

About The 2017 Event

cynthias-challengeKing Pine asks participants to donate $99 per person for 24 hours of skiing, snowboarding, and fun. This ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, a T-shirt, games, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night.  Kids ages 8 and under ski for free.

Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase for a chance to win a variety of fabulous prizes, including a Private Duck Tour of Boston donated by Boston Duck Tours, a Valley Train Guest Card for 2 adults and 2 children at the Conway Scenic Railroad, and the grand prize: 3 nights’ lodging in a one bedroom condominium in the Aspens at Jackson Hole Resort Lodging and 2 day lift tickets with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

About Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon

Now in its fourth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $131,000 to benefit children and their families. Starting in 2014, Cynthia Verrill was the first benefactor and resulted in her name being used to name the event. $35,000 raised for Cynthia was used to provide a seizure detecting service dog. The second year, the event raised over $35,000 for Samantha Gillard who was in need of a wheel chair accessible van and the third year raised $61,000 for Kevin Dall to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.

cynthias-challenge2Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to ease the financial burden upon children and their families associated with specialty medical needs. King Pine Ski Area supports Cynthia’s Challenge with the support of local business and the surrounding community.

 

For more information about the event, please call Purity Spring Resort at 603-367-8896 or visit https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/.

Early Morning Bear Notch Ski Touring Center

By Kathy Bennett

I’m an early riser. There are many benefits to this, not the least of which is beating the crowds to skiing on vacation weeks. This Saturday was no exception. My dear husband and I arrived at the rustic lodge of Bear Notch Ski Touring Center at 9am. Blink and you’ll miss it on your way back from Attitash on Route 302, this Center is run by the Garland brothers and is about as authentic a north country experience as you can get.

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The Saco runs alongside Bear Notch trails.

John Garland greeted us and gave us the lowdown on conditions. “Last week I was cursing the snow there was so much of it. This week it’s inventory,” he chuckled. His groomers had gone out that morning to even out the surface, despite some of the “r” word and warm temps.

There was indeed plenty of snow in inventory on the trails. We skied out on their riverside area to see what the rising water levels were doing on the Saco River. There were no ice dams or flooding but the water was running high beside these lovely wooded trails. The trails were tracked for us classic Nordic skiers although trails were also skate groomed. These trails along the Saco River are as beautiful as other more crowded trails at better known local areas.

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Tracked trails along the river

If you are weary of crowded alpine slopes, truly you should consider trying Nordic for weekends that are predicted to be busy. We literally had the trails to ourselves for the 90 minutes we glided through the woods.

We only saw civilization when we returned to the lodge post-ski for John’s favorite homemade soup, White Chicken Chili. “You might want to grab some early because it will go fast; I’m going to make a dent in it myself,” Garland shared. Alas, we arrived to early for the fresh bread which comes out of the breadmaker at noon on weekends.

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Cozy authentic lodge at Bear Peak

Bear Notch is known for their grooming and on the day of our visit, they boasted more groomed trails than a larger area a little further north. In fact the day after our visit, they had 40 groomed km while others didn’t groom at all. It’s a good reminder to always check out the trail report before deciding where to ski.

Best of all, trail passes are only $18, meaning a family of 4 can ski and still have money for lunch (that chili was only $4 a cup!).

Hope on the Slopes at Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore Mountain welcomes you to participate in the 40th annual Race to Beat Cancer that will take place on Sunday, February 12th. Skiers and snowboarders can participate in the race for a minimum contribution of $80, or $50 for those 17 and younger. This contribution includes a full-day lift ticket, organic, locally-sourced pizza courtesy of Flatbread Company, and an awards ceremony. Participants are encouraged to collect donations from their friends, family and colleagues in addition to their own contribution to go towards this considerable cause.

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Registration starts at 8:30am at the Main Base Lodge and the race begins at 10:00am. For more information, please contact Cranmore Mountain at 1-800-SUN-N-SKI or visit their website at www.cranmore.com.

Think PINK 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend at Bretton Woods

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Bretton Woods Ski Area welcomes you to their 2nd Annual Think PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend from Friday, January 13th until Monday, January 16th. The event’s goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Experience  Mount Washington Valley winter fun, including a snowshoe tour, Norris Cotton Nastar Racing, après ski parties on Saturday with AMP 103.3 and DJ Chuck Noel, and the grand finale with Mix 104.1 on Sunday. Purchase Think PINK! merchandise, enter in raffles, and enjoy Think PINK! libations, and inspire yourself and others to contribute to this worthy cause.

Although some events occur on specific days, event-goers are welcome to participate in the event’s weekend long festivities at any time during the event: Driven to Beat Breast Cancer, Tie One On For Breast Cancer, and Climb For Cancer.

Driven to Beat Breast Cancer
We will be keeping track of donations that come in during our Think PINK! weekend. All donors who give $50.00 or more in a single transaction to this wonderful cause will be entered into a raffle to win a free groomer ride!

Tie One On For Breast Cancer
All weekend long we will be offering special pink ribbons at the Slopeside Restaurant for $1.00. Donors can write a special message on the ribbon and “tie one on” to our giant Think PINK! ribbon on the Slopeside Level of the Base Lodge. Just say “I’d like to Tie One On for Breast Cancer”!

Climb for Cancer
“Beating Breast Cancer from the Bottom Up” takes on a new meaning with our Climb for Cancer special. This weekend only, when purchasing 10 minutes on the Slopeside Climbing Wall, you can get  an additional 5 minutes for just $3.00! That $3.00 will go to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.  You must purchase 10 minutes on the Slopeside Climbing wall to take advantage of this offer.

For a full schedule of the Think PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend, visit http://brettonwoods.com/activities/event.

44TH Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race at Bretton Woods

The 44th Annual Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race will take place on the Ammonoosuc trail network at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center on Monday, January 16th, 2017. The race, originally staged in the winter of 1972-73, is one of New England’s oldest citizens’ races. Originally a 6-kilometer race on terrain groomed by a homemade track sled pulled by a rope from a grooming machine, the Geschmossel Race is currently a 15-kilometer classical style Nordic ski race and is part of the ZAK Cup Series.

The schedule for the race is as follows:

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
    Registration
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Registration
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 11:00am
    Mass Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 12:00pm
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    Awards Ceremony
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center

Registration costs are $20 per person under the age of 23 and $30 per person over the age of 23 if you register before 5:00pm on January 15, 2017. Those who wish to register after this time can expect to pay $35 per person under the age of 23 and $50 per person over the age of 23. In addition to event entry, the registration fee includes:

  • Trail Pass for the day of the event
  • Awards celebration following the race
  • Pre-registered skiers may ski at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center for $15 a day from Jan. 2 – Jan. 15

Please call the Bretton Woods Nordic Center at 603.278.3322 for more information. To register online, please visit this page by January 15th, 2017. Day-of registration is available but at a higher cost.

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce wishes you luck in the race, but with winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, we’re all winners! For more information on winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, visit the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce website or call Visitor Services at 800-367-3364.

The Ice Man Cometh

No bad weather – just bad clothing. That’s the adage that any respectable outdoorsperson obeys in northern New England. This weekend was no exception as extreme cold enveloped Mount Washington Valley. However, with proper preparation – and proper clothing – there was no reason not to get out there and enjoy the crisp conditions and blue skies greeting President’s Weekend visitors to local ski areas.

First, a list of must haves for extreme cold weather activities.

–        Layers are key – polypropylene and fleece are a must have. No cotton. Not even a little. Ski socks, long underwear top and bottom, fleece pants, fleece turtleneck. Waterproof/wind proof outerwear. Get the picture? You can always take layers off, but if you don’t pack them, you risk being colder than you have to be.

–        Cover your face and head – Goggles. This is not a time to wear sunglasses. Neck gators. Balaclava. Helmet. Leave the cotton scarves at home.  Conventional wisdom is that you lose 50% of your body heat through your head – so cover your noggin and keep cozy.

–        Hand and foot warmers – The best insurance $2 can buy. Feeling flush? Invest in electronic boot warmers or the newest craze – electronic socks. I still go for the $2 disposable warmers. Buy a case at a big box retailer early in the season and use them liberally.

–        Keep your gear warm and dry – if you are stuffing your feet into boots left in your car overnight, you will never recover. Haul your gear inside each night, dry it out and your toes will thank you the next day.

The best advice for extremely cold weather? Be flexible. Be prepared to change your plans to ensure a good time is had by all. Today it was -28 (air temp) at 7am. It was a great day to sleep in, have a 2nd cup of coffee and hang out at the condo until 11am when temps broke zero.

Flexibility may include changing what you do and where. Nordic skiing is a great choice on a cold day. It keeps you out of the wind and off the lifts, and if you choose trails that wind through the woods, you’ll be even more protected from the elements. Conditions Saturday at Bretton Woods Nordic Center were brisk and brilliant as we glided through the Dark Forest trail. Snowshoeing is another great alternative to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping. Bretton Woods reported brisk snowshoeing rentals this weekend, as families considered alternate activities given the temperatures. Bear Notch Ski Touring is also known for its well protected trails in the woods.

But if downhill skiing is on your agenda no matter what, don’t let the weatherman scare you away. Dress appropriately and gear up, then take these steps to ensure a safe and fun day on the slopes:

–        Consider lower elevation mountains. Cranmore, King Pine and Black Mountain are less exposed than their higher elevation counterparts. This also means their lifts are less likely to be impacted by wind.

–        Stick to lower and mid-mountain lifts. Determined to ski the bigger mountains?  Check out the wind direction and find out which lifts are more sheltered. Today at Attitash, a helpful staff member suggested their Abenaki Quad. Its lift line is surrounded by trees and its sunny exposure makes you (almost) feel the warmth of the sun on your face on the ride uphill.

–        Take frequent breaks. This isn’t the day to see how many runs you can make. If you start feeling cold, come inside before it gets unbearable. Besides, it’s a good excuse to socialize over a hot drink or warm meal. Ptarmigan’s Pub at Attitash had a warm friendly crowd mid-afternoon, a great spot to enjoy an Irish coffee.

–        Be realistic. Are you a first chair to last chair kind of skier? Give yourself a break. Start later in the day, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and head out for the day earlier than usual. You still can claim bragging rights.

–        Enjoy the benefits of being a hardy New Englander. Let those western skiers keep the warm temps and blue skies. Cold weather means shorter lift lines, less crowded parking lots, lots of seats in the lodge, and the sweet, sweet squeak of well below freezing snow beneath your feet. Less skier traffic means conditions stay in better shape later in the day. Attitash was still showing corduroy conditions on certain trails at mid-day thanks to some late lift openings.  Find the silver lining!

Just can’t bring yourself to ski in extreme cold? As they say in New England, if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. Before you know it, mid-winter cold will be replaced by March sunshine, and this mid-February cold-snap will be a distant memory.

Kathy Bennett

 

About the Snow in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

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December 18, 2014

Due to the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays, this newsletter will arrive on the upcoming  two Wednesday’s instead of Thursdays until the start of 2015.

Events

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Dec. 18 – 24: Military Appreciation Day at King Pine Ski Area.

Dec. 19 (and every Mon. & Fri. throughout the season):2-for-1 at Great Glen Trails

Dec. 20: Traditionally Yours and Jingle Bell Tour in Jackson, NH.

Dec. 20: Holiday Open House and Beer Tasting at the Good Beer Store.

Dec. 20:Ugly Sweater Day at King Pine Ski Area

Dec. 21: Santa Breakfast at Omni Mount Washington Hotel

Dec. 21:
Winter Solstice party at Fields of Ambrosia

Dec. 21:
World Snowboard Day at King Pine Ski Area.


Click here to plan your Christmas festivities.

Dec. 27: Eyes on Owls presentation at Great Glen Trails.


Dec. 27:
Almost Ablaze film showing at Attitash Mountain.


Dec. 27 – 28:
Snowshoe tours at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.

Dec. 28: Shredfest at Cranmore.

Dec. 28: Gilson Boards Snowboard Demo Day

at Wildcat Mountain.


Dec 31:
Cranapalooza at Cranmore Mountain and a Guided Mountain Tour.

Dec. 31: Ring in the New Year with fireworks in Schouler Park.

Click here to plan your New Year’s Eve festivities.

Snow Reports

Snowmobilers:

Trail Report
Snowmobile trails are open and outfitters are excited to get you set-up on a snowmobile rental and individual or guided tours.

Win!

 

Click here to enter to win free lift tickets weekly! Winners are announced on our Facebook page, so be sure to follow us and share your photos!

 

Visitor Information

Don’t hesitate to call our concierge at 800-367-3364

Stop at our Information Booth in North Conway Village and our  Valley Hosts will be happy to answer your questions and provide maps and brochures for your visit.

 

 

North Conway Village
Information Booth

 

2615 White Mt. Highway, North Conway Village, 603-356-5947

 

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Photos

 

Many of the photos you see here are taken by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative Photography, our roving photographer with a keen eye.

 

Pre-Christmas Fun in
Mt. Washington Valley, NH

With as much as 55 inches of natural snowfall logged

Attitash Mountain is open
and ready to welcome you.

in already, the Mt. Washington Valley is settling into winter quite comfortably. Snowmobiles are revving their engines, horses are pulling sleighs and nearly all of the thirteen Mt Washington Valley Alpine and Nordic ski centers are open for the season.  We’ve created a full line-up of pre-Christmas highlights at the Valley’s resorts and XC Centers.  

 

Click here to read about what’s happening at each of the Mt Washington Valley Alpine Resorts and XC Centers.

MWV Ice Fest, 2015

Mt. Washington Valley, NH offers some of the best ice climbing in the Northeast, so it is no wonder that the valley is also home to many distinguished climbing schools including the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School and International Mountain Equipment’s school and Northeast Mountaineering.

If it is an ice-climbing adventure you are looking for, look no further than the signature ice climbing event in Mt Washington Valley, IceFest 2015.

Ice Fest celebrates the adventure, fun and camaraderie of ice climbing. Climbers of all abilities are able to network and socialize with fellow climbers, try new gear and participate in multiple day courses, technical clinics and privately guided climbs in a location ideal for all ability levels.

 

Click here to learn more about MWV Ice Fest, 2015.

Where the Deals Are

Bretton Woods is offering two-for-one specials on Wednesdays where two people can ski or snowboard for one price of $75. The ski resort is also hiding prizes on the mountain in celebration of being ranked #1 in the East for Grooming. All season long find one of their lucky viewers and take a peak inside and see what you have won. Bring your viewer to the Base Lodge to redeem your prize.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is offering a “Super Saver Package, which includes, a one day equipment rental package, a 1 hour Beginner’s Lesson and a one-day membership which gives you use of all the trails all day for only $45, which is a 15%) and only $35 after 1:15 pm.

 

Click here for a list of holiday deals throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. You will also find a list of Alpine Ski deals here and Nordic Ski deals here.

Ski and Stay

For last minute travelers, fear not. There are still great lodging deals and holiday availability at many of Mt. Washington Valley’s lodging properties during Christmas Vacation Week and New Years. We have compiled a list of inns, motels, hotels and resorts with open rooms, ready to welcome you.

Many properties offer “ski and stay” packages such as Attitash Grand Summit in Bartlett, which has various sized rooms available during the Christmas holiday, perfect for your family getaway. They even offer a shuttle service from the hotel to Attitash Mountain Resort and Bear Peak.

Or book with RiverWood Inn in Jackson and enjoy rooms with King or Queen beds and hot tubs.

 

Darby Field Inn in Albany has rooms available and is offering a New Year’s Eve package that includes a 5-course dinner.

Click here for a complete list of lodging availability and packages for the Christmas holiday.

Apres-Ski

Reward yourself after a great day of skiing with great apres-ski specials on food and beer. Enjoy the holiday cheer at all the valley’s dining establishments with open houses, beer tastings, live music, dining specials and more.

The Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery offers a great deal on their fleet of hand-crafted brews. Try a 7 beer taster for $7, which includes some of their classics such as Ms. V’s Blueberry, Iron Mike Pale Ale and Bone Shaker Brown Ale. The Moat is also a great spot to refuel after a great day of hitting the slopes.


We know how much you love apres-ski, but what about pre-ski brunch? Sample every item from the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at the Red Fox Bar and Grill in Jackson for $7.95. Take-on a spread of custom-made omelets, waffle station, carving station, fruit bar and more. Of course, don’t forget the crafted brunch cocktails such as a Bloody Mary and the Red Fox Mimosa.

Plan ahead and peruse our Christmas page to help you plan your holiday get-away in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Click here for a look at what’s going on for apres-ski for the upcoming week.

Featured Scenes of Snow

Kids enjoy a lesson from Attitash Ski School on Dec. 18th. It’s Attitash and Wildcat Mountain’s $29 Learn2 Weekend, Dec. 20 – 21st to help first-time skiers learn to love the slopes. Photo by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.

 

     

Wildcat’s team caught this great shot with a sneak peak of some fantastic views on Dec. 15.

 

 

 

The Mount Washington Auto Road’s SnowCoach is open for daily treks up the mountain, weather permitting. Photo by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative Photography.
on Dec. 16.

 

Ski, Snow, Holiday Deals and Apres-Ski in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

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 Welcome to the About the Snow newsletter, where you’ll find weekly up-to-date weather reports, lodging packages, events and more! Happy holidays from the Valley where three of seven premier Alpine Ski Resorts are running chairlifts for your holiday skiing getaway! Cranmore Mountain Resort, Bretton Woods and Wildcat Mountain are open for the holidays, and other local businesses are busy at work preparing for your arrival with events, shopping deals and more.

 

We’re getting ready to welcome snow today and tonight. Our weather forecasters at the Mount Washington Observatory are predicting measurable snow in the afternoon and evening, just in time to add to the base already in the Valley for Thanksgiving weekend!

 

We thank you for choosing to spend the holidays with your family in the Mt. Washington Valley and we wish you a happy and joyful Thanksgiving. Stay tuned to SkiMWV.com for constant updates on even more trail openings and ski area events and THINK SNOW

November 26, 2014

 

Take a trip up the Auto Road and see the valley transform into a winter wonderland. Photo taken in the 2013-2014 season by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative Photography. Local yoga instructor, Chelsea Latham leads the Annual Snow Dance at Black Mountain, praying to the snow gods for a white winter. Photo by Black Mountain.

 

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Nov. 27: White Mt. Milers 5k Turkey Trot at King Pine

Nov. 28, 29: Festival of Trees at Salyards Center for the Arts in Conway Village.

 

Schouler Park and at Eastern Slope Inn.


Nov. 28, 29, 30, Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13:
Traditionally Yours Celebration and Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour in Jackson Village.

Nov. 28, 29 and weekends in Dec.: Santa’s Holiday Express on the Conway Scenic RR.

Nov. 28: Open House at Bear Notch Ski Touring Center.

Nov. 28, 29: Winter Homecoming and Brewfest at Cranmore Mountain Resort.

Nov. 28, 29, 30: Bretton Woods Homecoming.

Nov. 29 & Dec. 6, 13, 20: Tea with Mrs. Claus at Bretton Woods.

Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21: Santa Breakfast at Omni Mount Washington Hotel

Dec. 5: Skier Appreciation Night at Red Parka Pub.

Dec. 6: Moonlit Ski & Snowshoe Tour at Bretton Woods.

Dec. 6: Holiday Tree Festival at Settlers’ Green. Enjoy Live caroling music, festive trees free hot chocolate & horse-drawn wagon rides with Santa, and a miniature tubing oark created by Cranmore Mountain Resort.

Dec. 6:  Conway Village Holiday Parade and Skate Show at Ham Arena.

Dec. 13-14: Country Inns in the White Mountains Cookie Tour

Dec. 20: Winter Solstice party at Fields of Ambrosia

Snow Reports

Snowmobilers:
 

Visitor Information

Don’t hesitate to call our concierge at 800-367-3364

Stop at our Information Booth in North Conway Village and our  Valley Hosts will be happy to answer your questions and provide maps and brochures for your visit.

 

 

North Conway Village
Information Booth

 

2615 White Mt. Highway, North Conway Village, 603-356-5947

 

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Snow Reports

As we look ahead to the weekend, here is a quick trail and lift count and projected opening dates at the Valley’s seven ski resorts from this morning:
Attitash – Projected opening day is Friday, December 6.
Black Mountain – Projected opening day is Friday, December 12.
Bretton Woods – Open daily. 14 trails. 3 lifts. Base depth: 6″ – 18″. New snow in the past 7 days: 0″. Season snowfall total: 9.”
Cranmore – Open 11/28, 11/29 & 11/29. 6 trails. Base depth: 6″ – 18.” New snow in the past 7 days: 0.” Season snowfall total: 3.”
King Pine – projected opening day is Friday December 12.
Shawnee Peak – Projected opening day is Saturday, December 13.

Wildcat – Open daily. 7 trails. 1 lift. Base depth: 6″ – 24.” New Snow in the past 7 days: 3.” Season snowfall total: 11.”

Here’s a look at the cross country ski and snowshoe terrain open at the Valley’s six XC centers:

Bear Notch Ski Touring – Stay tuned for a projected opening date.
Bretton Woods Nordic -Stay tuned for a projected opening date.
Great Glen Trails – Stay tuned for a projected opening date. Great Glen Trails ski shop is open through the holiday weekend.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation – Stay tuned for a projected opening date.

Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring – Stay tuned for a projected opening date.
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve – Stay tuned for a projected opening date.
 
Please note: As we approach the official start of the ski season, daily hours, conditions and start-of-season dates for Mt. Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC centers will be weather-dependent. Be sure to check the resort’s ski reports for updated information. 

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What’s New on the Slopes & Trails

The Mount Washington Valley is a cross country skier’s paradise. . Home to six Nordic ski centers, offering over

Enjoy these light-up snowshoes, available at Great Glen Trails – perfect for a moonlit snowshoe walk.

450 kilometers of cross country skiing there is a cross-country ski adventure waiting for every level of skier or snow-shoer.

Last week, we focused on all of the upgrades being made to the seven Alpine ski resorts throughout the valley. To add to that excitement, we’re sharing all of the improvements made to the Nordic centers across the Mt. Washington Valley as we prepare for the 2014-2015 season of skiing.

For a complete look at everything that is new at Mt. Washington Valley’s Nordic ski resorts, click here.

Where the Deals Are

Did you know that North Conway, NH was rated one of the most affordable ski destinations by TripAdvisor? Plan a great ski vacation here for your entire family without breaking the bank. The Valley’s ski resorts, XC Centers, shopping centers and boutiques and dining establishments offer special deals and packages to help make the most of your Mt. Washington Valley ski vacation. We’ve corralled some of the holiday’s best deals below for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season.

Click here for a list of holiday XC Center ticket deals throughout the Mt. Washington Valley.

Ski and Stay

Ski Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain withthe Ski and Stay package at the 1785 Inn in North Conway.

Your stay includes:
  • one  lift ticket for Attitash & Wildcat
  • one night overnight accommodations
  • full country breakfast.

This package is booked per person at a rate of $89.50 each. It is based on double occupancy and each booking includes one lift ticket and full country breakfast for the price specified per person.

More Info
Package Available From: 12-06-14 To: 04-11-15

Call 603-356-9025 to reserve.

Apres-Ski

A day on the slopes and an evening of apres-ski pairs as well as a fine wine and cheese in Mt Washington Valley.

With the holidays coming up, shops and restaurants and music halls are preparing some great evening apres-ski events. Enjoy artisan fairs in bars, live music in event halls and special dining offers to fill your holiday evening with fun after a day on the slopes!

Plan ahead and peruse our Christmas page to help you plan your holiday get-away in the Mt. Washington Valley.

 Be sure you’ve penciled in Local’s and Trivia Night as well as beer tastings and more, happening throughout the Valley.

Click here for a look at what’s going on for apres-ski for the holiday week.

Featured Scenes of Snow

Local North Conway Village shop, Spruce Hurricane shared this wintry photo of North Conway Village.

Skiers give a happy salute as they catch the first chair at Cranmore Mountain Resort’s Opening Weekend. Photo by Cranmore Mountain.

Wildcat skiers delight in the snow and the view over the weekend on Nov. 22. Photo by Wildcat Mountain.  

 

Bretton Woods gets up early to groom their trails on Nov. 22nd. The ski resort was ranked #1 in grooming and for snow in the East for the second year in a row by Ski Magazine! Photo by Bretton Woods.

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Purity Spring Rated Family Favorite!


Purity Spring Resort was rated Top 5 2013 & 2014 Family Favorite for “Best Summer Resort for Families” and Top 5 2014 Family Favorite for “Best Winter Resort for Families” in the Boston Parents Paper’s annual Best of the Best issue!
Welcome from the Hoyts!
Summer Greetings!

While back-to-school is just around the corner and the days are becoming just a little bit shorter, there’s still time to enjoy the last days of summer here at Purity Spring Resort in East Madison, New Hampshire. We have of all your favorite activities-hiking, biking, water sports and more-from now through the fall. You can still enjoy beautiful warm days out on the lake and crisp, cool nights spent by the campfire.

In September, get creative at our Artisan Workshop Weekend! This creative retreat offers a variety of workshops hosted by experienced artisans, in addition to an artisan fair that will be held throughout the weekend. From a glass blowing class to a basket weaving class, there is sure to be a workshop that appeals to everyone’s inner artist. Artisan

As you’re water skiing at Purity Spring, remember, it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming regular ski season at King Pine! We still offer early-bird season pass specials for the entire 2014/15 season. From alpine skiing and snowboarding on King Pine’s groomed trails, to snowshoeing and XC skiing in Purity Spring’s XC and Snowshoe Reserve, you’ll find plenty of adventure and huge savings with a King Pine Adventure Pass.

We always say that August and September are some of our favorite months at Purity Spring Resort. The weather is perfect for sailing, fishing, a good tennis match, mountain biking and much more! Plus, we can’t help but get excited for all the upcoming fall has to offer!

Hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,
The Hoyt Family

 

PS. If you are not already spending Labor Day with us, visit our booth at the Riverfront Music Festival in Newburyport, MA on Saturday, August 30th!
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Visit us on the weekend of September 26-28, 2014 for an Artisan Workshop Weekend! This creative retreat offers a variety of workshops hosted by experienced artisans, in addition to an artisan fair that will be held throughout the weekend. From a glass blowing class with Nathan Maycomber to a basket weaving glass with Janet Johnson, there is sure to be a workshop that appeals to everyone’s inner artist. The cost is $189 per person, which includes Friday and Saturday night’s lodging and six meals beginning with dinner on Friday night and ending with Sunday lunch. Our workshops have limited space available; please inquire regarding the list of classes being offered along with pricing at (800) 373-3754 x229 or (603) 367-4029. To book this package or for more information, please call our Purity Spring Reservation office at (800) 414-2267.

2014-15 King Pine Ski Area Season Passes
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From exhilarating water-skiing sessions on the lake, to King Pine’s snowy trails, Purity Spring offers skiing all year round!

Purchase your 2014/2015 Midweek or Anytime Adventure Pass, XC Skiing Pass or a Local Student Season pass by locking-in with a $99 deposit to secure the 2013/2014 rates for next season.  The remaining season pass balance will not be due until late fall 2014.

  • Lock-in this season’s rates and protect against increases for the 2014/15 season
  • Allows your season pass(es) to be paid off in 2 payments.
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Wildcat Mountain To Be Last Ski Area Open in New Hampshire For Eighth Season In A Row

Wildcat Mountain looks to uphold its reputation as New Hampshire’s spring ski area when it will reopen this Saturday, April 26 and operate for the weekend, weather and conditions permitting. Late season discount tickets for this weekend will be just $29 for all ages and/or youth age 6-18 “pay their age” when accompanied by a paid adult, one youth per adult. Reopening for the weekend, Wildcat Mountain will once again be the last ski area in New Hampshire to be offering lift-serviced skiing, the state’s official sport, for an eighth season in a row.

“There is still snow and fun to be had, and our groomers will work their hardest to revitalize spring conditions and top-to-bottom skiing and riding this weekend on the remaining trails and terrain open,” said Wildcat/Attitash Director of Marketing Thomas Prindle. “Yes, it’s spring, we’re not 100% open, but it’s likely going to be better than what most will be offering come opening day next fall…why wait?”

Wildcat Mountain began operating daily for the 2013/14 season back on November 23, 2013 and did not set a firm closing date for the season, instead wanting to continue its tradition of staying open as long as weather, conditions, and business levels allow. At this time, though it will close again Monday, April 28 through Friday, May, 2, Wildcat Mountain is considering the possibility of reopening again Saturday, May 3. Up-to-date information including a snow report, ticket rates, and 2014/15 season passes on sale now and valid at all three New Hampshire Peak Resorts ski areas including Wildcat Mountain, nearby Attitash Mountain Resort and Crotched Mountain, is available at http://www.skiwildcat.com.

Wildcat Mountain is home to New Hampshire’s most powerful quad summit chair lift and is renowned for its high summit elevation over 4,000 feet and greater than 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding. The original Wildcat Trail celebrates 80 years this season from the time it was first cut in the summer of 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Wildcat’s elevation and proximity to Mt. Washington contributes up to 200 inches of snow and a long winter/spring season annually and has consistently been rated #1 scenery and top ten in the East for snow, terrain variety, and value by readers of SKI Magazine. For further information, please visit skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.

About the Snow in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

Welcome to About the Snow, a weekly look at everything snowy in the Mt. Washington Valley.
March 27, 2014
A great view of Wildcat Mountain from the 4-mile mark on the Mount Washington Auto Road, March 25. Photo by: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.
Still tons of snow in the glades at Bretton Woods, March 26. Photo by: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.
Beautiful day at Wildcat, March 25. Photo by: Max Gosselin/Wildcat.

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Greetings from snowy Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire! Traditionally when we come to the last issue of the year for About the Snow, we’re talking about spring flowers and seasons end. While this is the last issue of About the Snow for the 2013-14 season, there is plenty of snow, and spring flowers may appear a little later. We’ll definitely be skiing and riding (and snowmobiling, dog sledding and sleigh riding) right into April, so plan your Spring Skiing getaway with some fabulous conditions at Mt. Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC centers. We’ll be sending a quick survey soon to measure your impressions and gather your feedback about this newsletter. It’ll come with the chance to win lift tickets for April! We hope you’ll help us out with your input. Until next year! Have a great end-of-the-season and we hope you’ll come back to visit us this summer and fall!

 

This Week’s Weather Report: The weather report is calling for increasingtly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 20s for today, Thursday, March 27. The winds will also gradually depart. There is the chance for snow showers overnight before warmer air moves into the region for Friday and the weekend. Click here for the complete Ski NH Outdoor Lovers weather forecast.

This Week’s Photos: The Chamber’s Flickr gallery is a great place to view the most up-to-date photos of winter fun from around the Mt. Washington Valley.

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Snow Reports

As we look ahead to the weekend, here is a quick trail and lift count at the Valley’s seven ski resorts from this morning:

Attitash – 64 trails. 6 lifts. Base depth: 24″ – 48″. Season snowfall total: 118″. New snow in the past 7 days: 15″.
Black Mountain – 45 trails. 3 lifts. Base depth: 36″ – 48″. Season snowfall total: 135″. New snow in the past 7 days: 12″. Closing for the season at the end of the day on March 30.
Bretton Woods – 62 trails. 5 lifts. Base depth: 32″ – 48″. Season snowfall total: 151″. New snow in the past 7 days: 8″.
Cranmore – 57 trails. 6 lifts. Base depth: 30″ – 38″. Season snowfall total: 107″. New snow in the past 7 days: 14″. Cranmore will close for daily operations at the end of the day on March 30, then will reopen April 5 & 6, weather depending.
King Pine – Closed midweek. Reopening for skiing and riding on Friday, March 28 for the weekend. Closing for the season at the end of the day on March 30.
Shawnee Peak – Closed midweek. Reopening for skiing and riding on Friday, March 28 for the weekend and will continue weekend operations dependent on weather.
Wildcat – 49 trails. 3 lifts. Base depth: 30″ – 50″. Season snowfall total: 147″. New snow in the past 7 days: 17″.

Here’s a look at the amount of cross country ski and snowshoe terrain open at the Valley’s six XC centers:

Bear Notch Ski Touring – 54 km open with 54 km classic groomed and 54 km skate groomed. Base depth: 26″ – 36″. New snow in the past 7 days: 14″.
Bretton Woods Nordic – 100 km open with 80 km classic groomed and 90 km skate groomed. Base depth: 10″ – 14″. New snow in the past 7 days: 8″.

Great Glen Trails – 45 km open with 22 km classic groomed and 24 km skate groomed. Base depth: 20″ – 30″. New snow in the past 7 days: 12″. Closing for the season at the end of the day on March 30.
Jackson Ski Touring – 155 km open with 153 km classic groomed and 60 km skate groomed. Base depth: 13″ – 43″. New snow in the past 7 days: 13″ – 17″.

Closing for the season at the end of the day on March 30, but will continue to groom the  international race course and nearby fields for skiing at no charge.

Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring – 45 km open with 40 km classic groomed and 40 km skate groomed. Base depth: 20″ – 35″. New snow in the past 7 days: 15″.
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve – 15 km open with 15 km classic groomed and 15 km skate groomed. New snow in the past 7 days: 12″.
 

Please note: As we approach the end of the ski season, daily hours, conditions and end-of-season dates for Mt. Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC centers will be weather-dependent. Be sure to check the resort’s ski reports for updated information. 
 

Valley Finds of the Week

 

All smiles enjoying the sun and snow at King Pine on March 23.
Photo by: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.

 

This winter, and year-round, the Valley is full of great deals, giveaways and specials, just waiting for you to discover!

 


Here are the Valley Finds for this week:

King Pine Sunday Afternoon Special: Enjoy discounted lift tickets at King Pine on Sunday afternoon starting at 12:30. Adults – $24; Juniors – $16.

    • Opening Day in Boston Special at White Mountain Cupcakery: The first 100 customers to show off Red Sox gear will get a free cupcake at the White Mountain Cupcakery on Friday, April 4.

 

 

 

  • Group Snowmobile Discount: Grab your friends and head to Let’s Ride Rentals for a March snowmobile adventure. 10% off for groups of 6 or more riders.

 

For a complete list of 2013/2014 ticket deals and special rates at Mt. Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC centers, click here.

 

Top Five Late Season Wallet Busters

 

Enjoying the snowshoeing at Bretton Woods Nordic, March 25. 
Photo by: Mark Butterfield/Bretton Woods, Omni Mount Washington Resort.

 

Celebrate spring on the slopes with these great ski ticket deals!

 

    1. Bretton Woods Beach Party: Celebrate the 2013/2014 winter season at Bretton Woods 27th Annual Beach Party on Saturday, March 29. Wear your favorite beach attire and ski or ride for just $25! There will also be live music, a BBQ and the Annual Slush Pond event.

 

  • April Fools at Attitash and Wildcat: Ski all day at Attitash and Wildcat on Tuesday, April 1, for only $9.

   

 

Wildcat Trail 80th Anniversary Spring Celebration: Purchase a two-day lift ticket for $80 at Wildcat for Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 in celebration of the Wildcat Trail 80th Anniversary, and enjoy the 1st Annual Cat Scratch Fever spring mogul event and outdoor music too. 

   

 

Patriot’s Day at Bretton Woods: Wrap up the season at Bretton Woods with $17.76 lift tickets on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 21.

 

  • Special ‘Kids Pay Their Age’ Tickets on Sundays at Attitash and Wildcat: Every Sunday in April, youth ages six to eighteen pay their age at Wildcat and Attitash when accompanied by a paying adult

Snow Much Fun: Tuckerman Inferno

 

Skiing the slalom course during the Tuckerman Inferno.
Photo by: Jamie Gemmeti.

Looking for a unique Mount Washington Valley challenge this spring?

Test yourself on roads, on the river, on the bike, on the hiking trail and on your skis in Tuckerman Ravine during the Tuckerman Inferno next month! The Tuckerman Inferno will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 with individual and team members competing in five different sports as they head from Mount Washington Valley up to Tuckerman Ravine in Pinkham Notch. If you’re not into this kind of competition, this is an equally fun event for spectators too. Bring the camera!


The Tuckerman Inferno adventure race started in 2000 as the annual fundraiser for the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. The race pays homage to the original American Inferno ski races of the 1930s, and while the classic American Infernos were top-to- bottom ski races only, the current Tuckerman Inferno includes running, kayaking, biking, hiking and skiing to create a pentathlon event that is one of the most challenging adventure races in the country. Individuals and relay teams of two or five people compete to see who will be the fastest to cover an approximately 36 mile course that starts in the Mount Washington Valley and finishes in Tuckerman Ravine. Individual champions are crowned Tuckerman and Tuckerwoman and there are terrific prizes for all categories of competitors.

The Inferno Pentathlon starts at Story Land in Glen, and finishes in Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington. The race consists of five legs – run, kayak, bike, hike and ski. An 8.3 mile road run is followed by a 5.5 mile kayak leg, an 18.2 mile bike ride up into Pinkham Notch and a 3 mile hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail up to Tuckerman Ravine. The final ski/snowboard leg will consist of a hike from the transition area to the start of the slalom course set in Tuckerman Ravine, with a ski to the finish. The exact ski course will be decided the day of the race depending on snow conditions and safety considerations.

Sound like a fun adventure? Sign yourself (and your friends) up for the challenge! If you aren’t interested in racing, but would still like to be part of the event, hike up to the Ravine and cheer on the athletes as they make their ski run down the slalom course, or better yet, volunteer! The Friends of Tuckerman Ravine are still seeking volunteers to help with race day operations. More information about the race can be found on the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine website: http://www.friendsoftuckermanravine.org/inferno.

 

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Stay a Little Longer

 

One of the terrific things about the Mt. Washington Valley is all the options for alpine and cross country skiing, plus all the other outdoor adventure from dogsledding to snowmobiling, skating, tubing and more.

And there’s no better way to explore all that great variety than to stay a little longer. Don’t just visit for the weekend. Spend a few midweek days with us! Our midweek Snow Much Fun Vacation Packages make it easy, and the variety of properties gives you plenty of choices.

 

The Royalty Inn in Gorham is the ideal home base for those who wish to experience backcountry skiing in Tuckerman Ravine this spring. Hike, ski and explore for the day and return to the Royalty Inn for a good night’s sleep with the Royalty Inn’s Tuckerman Ravine Packages.

The Royalty Inn is offering two different Tuckerman Specials, both of which are valid from 3/30/14 to 5/31/14, with blackout dates of 4/4, 4/5, 5/23 and 5/24. Both packages include the free use of the Royalty Athletic Club, featuring an indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.

Tuckerman Special #1 includes lodging in a one queen room for $69 plus tax per night, or $79 plus tax per night for a double queen room.

Tuckerman Special #2 includes two nights of lodging with rates of $85 to $89 per night for two queen beds or $79 to $83 for one queen, with a third night free!

Call the Royalty Inn at 603-466-3312 or toll-free at 800-43-RELAX to book your Tuckerman Special today.

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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.