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Check out Great American Ski Renting Company

By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Looking for equipment on the quick, but also looking for quality? Stop by Great American Ski Renting Company, on Main Street in North Conway. They rent retail-level high-quality products for all ages and all levels of skill, all for what the mountain charges, if not less. They rent anything you could need for the winter – coats, helmets, poles, downhill skis, cross country skis, snowshoes, fat bikes, snowboards.

Even better, they offer a rare personal touch by renting custom-fitted boots. To quote the owner, “If you come in here in a t-shirt and jeans, we can get you ready for skiing.”

It opens weekends at 7:30, weekdays at 8, so there’s plenty of time to stop by and hit the slopes before they get skied off. For more information visit >



Eastern Slope branch of the New England Ski Museum opens in North Conway Village

It was an exciting day for ski enthusiasts who attended the Ribbon Cutting of the new New England Ski Museum, located in the former North Conway Community Center building in North Conway Village. Over 200 people attended the event.

The museum is filled with nostalgia, old equipment, maps and interactive displays and even a library.  It is sure to engage all visitors from young to old. Admission is free and the museum is open 7 days a week. Don’t miss an opportunity to pay this gem a visit.


Attitash Mountain Resort is pleased to announce its 19th Annual Oktoberfest, to be held this Columbus Day Weekend, October 8th and 9th. The annual fall festival will feature plenty of beer, German food and music as well as activities for both young and old.

oktoberfest_kingludwing_outside_720x480_72_rgb The weekend gets off to a running start with the annual Hills & Hops 5k featuring a course spanning the base areas of both Attitash & Bear Peak.  A shorter, one-mile option is available as well. All event proceeds benefit the Attitash Alpine Educational Foundation, a non-profit youth ski racing program operating in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley.  Registration is available online and check-in opens at 7:30am at the Attitash Adventure Center on Saturday with the race starting at 9:00am at the base of Attitash Mountain.

The Oktoberfest gates open at 12:00pm at the base of Bear Peak on both Saturday and Sunday.  Festival-goers will find traditional Oktoberfest food and beverage offerings inside the festival grounds including beers and ciders from 19 different breweries from across the region.  Throughout the weekend traditional Bavarian music will be performed from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band.

A true family festival, the Attitash Oktoberfest offers activities for all ages. Within the festival grounds the Midas of North Conway Kinderplatz will feature arts & crafts, face painting and other mini-games for kids organized by the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum. Outside, youngsters will also find a giant inflatable obstacle course to play in.  Adults can participate in the spectator favorite keg toss or the Sam Adams Stein Hoist where participants attempt to hold a full beer stein for as long as possible.

New this year is the Bud Light Beer Garden: a fully transportable bar that will feature a new beer serving area, bar seating and a number of TVs showing college and pro sports throughout the weekend.

Oktoberfest traditionally coincides with some of the best fall foliage in New England.  This year the Columbus Day weekend will feature colors at their peak across the White Mountains.  Attitash Mountain Resort will operate the Flying Bear Quad for scenic chairlift rides from 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Adventure seekers can also experience the best foliage view from above the canopy by hopping on the ZipTour – New Hampshire’s longest zip line.  The Alpine Slide & Mountain Coaster will also be open for one last weekend as well.

Hours for this year’s Oktoberfest are 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Saturday and 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Sunday.  The Alpine Slide, Zip Tour, Mountain Coaster and Flying Bear for scenic rides will be open 10:00am– 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

For more information visit Attitash.com or call 1-800-223-7669.  For high res image downloads please visit:  http://bit.ly/AT_Ofest_Photos

Black Mountain Adds 3 Full Time, Year Round Employees to Management Staff

Doug Fichera, Liz York and Paul Doucette are joining the year round management staff at Black Mountain.

Black Mountain is a family owned and operated ski area in Jackson, NH.  It has been in continual operation since 1935, and has 145 skiable acres. Black also offers a mountain side horseback riding program, including overnight horseback adventures.


Doug Fichera has joined the team as Mountain Manager.  Doug grew up here on the mountain, and in coming back home he brings an immense amount of skill and passion to the team.  He has been working in the ski industry since he was 8 years old, and after obtaining a BS in Business, he worked at a few large Vermont ski areas to hone his skills before returning home to the family business.  “After working at several other places, I’m so happy to be back where it all started for me, and to be able to bring home new skills and knowledge to put to use here” –Doug Fichera

Liz York has joined the team as our Operations Manager.  Liz worked at Black from 2006-2010 managing the horseback riding operation, as well as the administrative aspects in the winter.  More  recently she opened and perfected a dog daycare facility, and has now returned with new skills and knowledge that she gained as a  business owner. “I am so happy to return to Black, I love the community here.  We all work so hard for the love of it, it’s amazing feeling.” –Liz York

Paul Doucette has joined the team as Maintenance Manager.  He is no stranger to the mountain; he grew up skiing here with his family.  He has worked in IT, marine maintenance, and most recently relocated from a major Vermont resort.  Paul met Doug in the ski industry in 2012, and has answered the call to come back to where it all began. “I’ve always been a fan of independent ski areas, and when the chance came up to be heavily involved at a place with such emotional attachment, I jumped right on board.” –Paul Doucette

After a difficult winter weather-wise, it is very important for Black to stay on top of its game.  “I’m so excited for our future, I couldn’t ask for a better team.  Being a small, weather dependant business, there are a lot of challenges, but the new knowledge and experience coming to the table will really shake things up.” –John Fichera, General Manager. The new management team is committed to provide an excellent experience for the guests at Black, from high quality snow surfaces to exciting, scenic horseback rides.  The horseback program is opening June 17th for daily guided horseback rides, as well as pony rides, lessons and overnight adventures. Please check out our website at http://www.blackmt.com

For more information, please contact Liz York at liz@blackmt.com or 978-886-3827.

Join Black Mountain for Their Annual Snow Dance!

Ski Black Mountain!
Ski Black Mountain!

Come one, come all, bring your family and friends to help us kick off another great
Snow Year at Black Mt!

Snow Dance!  Saturday, November 23rd  4:30 p.m.
Festivities start at 4:30 with our huge bonfire, and the grill will be flippin’ Burgers and Dogs for everyone to enjoy!

Once we are all warmed up by the bonfire, Carlene from Symmetree Yoga will be leading

Carlene from Symmetree Yoga leads the group of hopeful snow bunnies!
Carlene from Symmetree Yoga leads the group of hopeful snow bunnies!

us in her famous Snow Dance for the Snow Gods!
The more snow enthusiasts we have, the more snow we receive!
(As least that is what we tell ourselves)!

To help us celebrate the kick off to a snowy season we wicked excited to have Rek’lis, an extremely popular locals band playing in the Lostbo Pub!
The Lostbo Pub will be celebrating with a new to the market tasty IPA: RebeI IPA, come check it out- the only place you will be able to check it out!

So, come and help be the reason for the season of Snow!
Dance kicks off around 5:00, don’t miss it!

Black Mountain is a family owned and operated  Mountain going into it’s 79th year!
Come see why we love it here!

All for the Love of Skiing,

Attitash & Wildcat Mountain Head to Boston Globe Ski & Snowboard Expo, November 8 – 11

Once again, both Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain will be among the many ski resorts attending the upcoming annual Boston Globe Ski & Snowboard Expo. Skiers and riders all over New England will gather in Boston to get excited for winter and to see or buy the latest gear, plan ski vacations, find one-of-a-kind lift ticket deals, and hear what’s new from attending resorts. “All skiers and snowboarders, as well as the ski areas and vendors that return year after year, look forward to this show,” said Attitash Mountain Resort Event Coordinator Corey Madden. When referring to the enthusiasm and excitement of attending skiers and snowboarders, Madden added, “The Boston Ski Show is hugely popular and all of us from Attitash and Wildcat working the show are as equally excited to talk about skiing, snow, what’s new, and to share what we are offering for special show discounts and deals this season.”

Both Attitash & Wildcat head to Boston continuing to message the vertical, value, & variety offered with season passes, discount cards, lift tickets, and gift cards valid for use at the two Mount Washington Valley ski areas located only 20 minutes apart. Representatives from both mountains will also be sharing what’s new including the free learning area, surface lift, and relocated Abenaki Park area at Bear Peak; a surface lift installed at Wildcat; and snowmaking improvements, value-based Learn2 Ski or Snowboard initiatives and a new stunt airbag that will be set-up and scheduled for use regularly throughout the season at both mountains.

One of the more anticipated returning specials for Attitash and Wildcat are $125 gift cards that can be purchased for only $100. “We’ve had tremendous success selling the gift cards with the show-only associated bonus offer,” said the Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain Director of Marketing Thomas Prindle. “Essentially, our customers can purchase the gift card for $100 and we give them back $125 to spend toward tickets, food, ski school lessons, lodging, and more when they visit Attitash and Wildcat.” In addition, both resorts are excited to bring back the Vertical Value Card which offers up to a 50% discount off lift tickets all season long. For the cost of $89, the Vertical Value card includes the cardholder’s first day lift ticket for free and a 10 – 50% discount off regular full-day ticket rates all season long. The Vertical Value card also allows the cardholder to bring a friend to either resort on non-holiday Wednesdays all season long and that friend can purchase a ticket at half the normal midweek full-day ticket rate.

New this year, Attitash & Wildcat also plan to unveil additional new Boston Ski Show-only specials with details to be announced at the start of the show. In addition, both resorts will also be giving away custom-made Attitash and Wildcat Mountain recyclable shopping bags, posters, stickers, and more to show attendees who stop by to hear about what’s new and to purchase any of the show-only specials. The show, taking place in Boston at the Seaport Convention Center, begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 8 and will have show hours daily through Sunday, November 11. Attitash and Wildcat Mountain will be located in booths 180-182. A ski show event schedule and admission coupon is available or tickets can be purchased online at bewisports.com.

Attitash Mountain Resort, located in the Mount Washington Valley, most recently earned a spot among SKI Magazine’s Reader Resort East’s Top 20 Ski Areas. Offering two distinct mountains, Attitash and Bear Peak, and one of New England’s most advanced snow making systems, Attitash is known for its signature terrain parks, ski school and children’s programs, open-glade terrain, après entertainment, family value, the year-round mountain coaster attraction, and quality slopeside accommodations featuring the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel. For further information, please visit http://www.attitash.com or call 1-800-223 SNOW.

Wildcat Mountain, located in Pinkham Notch, 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; longest novice trail in the state at just under 3 miles; and proximity to Mt. Washington that contributes up to 200 inches of snow and a long winter/spring season annually. Wildcat Mountain has consistently been rated #1 Scenery and most recently earned a spot among SKI Magazine’s Reader Resort East’s Top 20 Ski Areas. For further information, please visit http://www.skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.