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AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports SPRINGFEST (Ski-A-Thon)

Join us on Saturday, March 11 for SPRINGFEST, AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports’ biggest fundraiser of the year here in the Mount Washington Valley! This all-day event at Wildcat Mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire includes a Ski/Ride-A-Thon, an Après Ski Party with a buffet, silent auction, raffle,  and prizes, all to benefit AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports and the community it serves.

abilityplusHere’s how the Ski/Ride-A-Thon at SPRINGFEST works:

1. Register for the event. The registration cost for non-season pass holders is $75 and includes a lift ticket, entrance to the Après Ski Party, a registration bag, a t-shirt, and a raffle ticket. For Attitash/Wildcat Season Pass holders, the registration cost is $35 and includes the same benefits as a non-season pass holder registration.

For those that want to register as a team, the fee is $250 for a team of four people. For those who want to only attend the Après Ski Party, entrance is $20 per person.

2. Start your own FirstGiving Fundraising Page and begin accepting donations! There are fantastic prizes for individual fundraisers, with prizes starting at $250. For more information,
visit https://www.firstgiving.com/abilityplus/spring-fest.

3. Attend the Ski-Bid-Party! Check in at 8:30am on March 11th at the Jackson Room located on the top floor of the Wildcat Base Lodge. Enjoy skiing and other festivities, including making bids in the silent auction until 2:45pm.

Food will be served at 3pm in the Jackson Room on the top floor. The menu consists of:

  • Maple Chipotle Chicken Wings
  • American Chop Suey,
  • Braised Meatballs with Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Garden Salad with Blueberry Mead Viaigrette
  • Sausage with Peppers, Onions, and Potatoes
  • Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese
  • Chili with Shredded Cheddar
  • Potatoes AU Gratin

For more information about SPRINGFEST, call 603-374-2688  or visit the AbilityPLUS website at www.abilityplus.org.

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About AbilityPLUS

AbilityPLUS serves a diverse population of individuals, from people with severe physical disabilities to people with autism, across the spectrum. AbilityPLUS and each of their affiliate programs are open to everyone. They teach and work with people regardless of their age, disability or financial constraints.

Since their founding in 1997, programs have grown from working with a handful of families and individuals to providing thousands of program lessons to hundreds of families and individuals each year. They have adaptive ski programs that operate out of Mount Snow, Vermont and in Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire with partnership and affiliate programs throughout New England.

The AbilityPLUS Mission

To offer increased access to athletic and recreational opportunities for persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities that will create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, mental and athletic potential.

 

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Yes, Virginia, There is Snow in Mt. Washington Valley

It has not been a typical December. But Wildcat Mountain, bolstered by recent major investments in its snow making infrastructure, managed to deliver some decidedly mid-winter top-to-bottom snow conditions for hundreds of skiers today. While offering essentially two ways down the mountain (Upper Lynx and Upper Polecat but leading down to Lynx trail), the open trails were covered edge to edge and the snow guns were blasting from summit to base. They were also reporting about 5” of fresh snow in the last 24 hours.

Wildcat and Bretton Woods both have been benefiting from their relatively higher elevation in recent weeks. This weekend’s lower temperatures gave them a snow making advantage which they both jumped on to bolster their open terrain ahead of the important Christmas holiday period. All other areas have foregone ski operations until December 26, so they can focus on snowmaking and preserving snow surfaces through what will be an upcoming warmer than average week.

Skiers coming here for the holiday period should be both optimistic and realistic – there will be snow, there will be skiing (see today’s photos if you don’t believe me) – but terrain will be limited and you will have company on the trails that are available.

Some strategies for enjoying yourself skiing for the next week or two, until Mother Nature gets her act together and gives our snowmakers a break:

–          Good edges make for good skiing. Wildcat reported variable conditions today. Unlike spring like variable conditions, early season variable means anything goes: ice, snow, powder, man-made snow whales and everything in between. Well-tuned skis will help you stay upright through changeable conditions. Check out the many excellent ski shops in the Valley and invest in a good tune.

–          Get an early start. First chair is always a good idea, even more so now. Beat out all the other skiers by arriving early for first chair. Then take an early lunch so you can get back out there when everyone else is noshing. Limited terrain means more skiers per acre – beat the odds by being there when others are still rolling out of bed.

–          Be realistic. The ski resorts and their mighty snowmakers are making the white stuff at every opportunity. If snow guns are fogging up your goggles, if trails are closed for snow making, if your favorite trail isn’t open yet – trust us – they want it as bad as you do.  Keep a good attitude and a smile on your face and you’ll have a good time. And don’t forget your goggles.

–          Try other activities, if all else fails. North Conway is perhaps the best possible ski town for activities other than skiing. Hit the famous outlet malls. Visit an indoor water park (there are two of them). Hit the video game arcade (remember those? We still have one). Go for a hike. Indulge in a massage. Some resorts and attractions are offering special winter editions of their summer activities. The Mt. Washington Auto Road is currently open mid-way for auto traffic. Cranmore will be setting up its outdoor ropes course, trampoline and climbing wall in addition to its other outdoor rides.

If you receive ski gear for the holidays, don’t despair. There IS skiing in the Valley, and the winter solstice is tomorrow. Be flexible and you can still enjoy your Christmas Vacation Week plans.

Yes, Virginia, There is Snow in Mt. Washington Valley

It has not been a typical December. But Wildcat Mountain, bolstered by recent major investments in its snow making infrastructure, managed to deliver some decidedly mid-winter top-to-bottom snow conditions for hundreds of skiers today. While offering essentially two ways down the mountain (Upper Lynx and Upper Polecat but leading down to Lynx trail), the open trails were covered edge to edge and the snow guns were blasting from summit to base. They were also reporting about 5” of fresh snow in the last 24 hours.

Wildcat and Bretton Woods both have been benefiting from their relatively higher elevation in recent weeks. This weekend’s lower temperatures gave them a snow making advantage which they both jumped on to bolster their open terrain ahead of the important Christmas holiday period. All other areas have foregone ski operations until December 26, so they can focus on snowmaking and preserving snow surfaces through what will be an upcoming warmer than average week.

Skiers coming here for the holiday period should be both optimistic and realistic – there will be snow, there will be skiing (see today’s photos if you don’t believe me) – but terrain will be limited and you will have company on the trails that are available.

Some strategies for enjoying yourself skiing for the next week or two, until Mother Nature gets her act together and gives our snowmakers a break:

–          Good edges make for good skiing. Wildcat reported variable conditions today. Unlike spring like variable conditions, early season variable means anything goes: ice, snow, powder, man-made snow whales and everything in between. Well-tuned skis will help you stay upright through changeable conditions. Check out the many excellent ski shops in the Valley and invest in a good tune.

–          Get an early start. First chair is always a good idea, even more so now. Beat out all the other skiers by arriving early for first chair. Then take an early lunch so you can get back out there when everyone else is noshing. Limited terrain means more skiers per acre – beat the odds by being there when others are still rolling out of bed.

–          Be realistic. The ski resorts and their mighty snowmakers are making the white stuff at every opportunity. If snow guns are fogging up your goggles, if trails are closed for snow making, if your favorite trail isn’t open yet – trust us – they want it as bad as you do.  Keep a good attitude and a smile on your face and you’ll have a good time. And don’t forget your goggles.

–          Try other activities, if all else fails. North Conway is perhaps the best possible ski town for activities other than skiing. Hit the famous outlet malls. Visit an indoor water park (there are two of them). Hit the video game arcade (remember those? We still have one). Go for a hike. Indulge in a massage. Some resorts and attractions are offering special winter editions of their summer activities. The Mt. Washington Auto Road is currently open mid-way for auto traffic. Cranmore will be setting up its outdoor ropes course, trampoline and climbing wall in addition to its other outdoor rides.

If you receive ski gear for the holidays, don’t despair. There IS skiing in the Valley, and the winter solstice is tomorrow. Be flexible and you can still enjoy your Christmas Vacation Week plans.

Attitash & Wildcat 2015/2016 Season Passes On Sale Including New $189 Goggle Tan Spring Pass

 

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Bartlett & Pinkham Notch, NHAttitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain announced early season pass rates for the 2015/2016 season and have also introduced a new Goggle Tan Granite Spring Pass valid for use any day for the remainder of the 2014/2015 season. For just $189 (all ages), and limited number available, the new Goggle Tan Spring Pass is valid for use at Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched Mountain ski areas for the remainder of this season. Attitash and Wildcat are also letting new Goggle Tan Spring Pass holders upgrade their pass on or before June 1, 2015 and apply the $189 amount toward the purchase of a 2015/2016 season pass.

“Think of it as a ‘try before you buy’ offer,” said Attitash and Wildcat Director of Marketing Thomas Prindle. “The new Goggle Tan Spring Pass is a great deal for anyone to be skiing and riding any day for the rest of the season. As good as conditions are and knowing March has the potential to deliver a good portion of our annual season snowfall, this deal is hard to beat for the new pass holder since we’re allowing them to upgrade and apply the $189 amount toward next year’s 2015/2016 season pass if they should want to before June 1.” With many on-snow and outdoor live music events scheduled at both mountains this spring, Attitash Mountain Resort is set to be open until Sunday, April 5. Wildcat Mountain is projecting to be operating lift-serviced skiing and riding until Sunday, May 3 and wants to be the last ski area in New Hampshire open for an eighth season in-a-row. Having been the first in the state to open, the current season is set to be one of Wildcat’s longest ever.

For next year’s 2015/2016 season passes, the early rate for an Adult Granite Pass for age 30-64 if purchased on or before June 1 is only $659 with no blackout dates and is valid for use at Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched Mountain, including “Midnight Madness” night skiing dates at Crotched when they stay open until 3 a.m. Granite passes for other age categories include Junior/Young Adult age 6-18 ($429), Senior age 65-79 ($579), Super Senior age 80+ ($50) and last season’s newly introduced category for age 19-29 ($429). Rates, information, and additional new bonuses and benefits for all season passes, including Classic ($539), Midweek ($349), Military ($369) and the Live Ski & Ride College Pass ($329), can be seen and purchased directly online at attitash.com or skiwildcat.com. All new pass holders who purchase a pass now can ski and ride the remainder of this 2014/2015 season for free and there is an incentive for all renewing pass holders too.

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Attitash Mountain Resort, located in the Mount Washington Valley, celebrated its 50th Anniversary during the 2014/15 ski season, having first opened for skiing on January 26, 1965. Offering two distinct mountains, Attitash and Bear Peak, it is known for its signature terrain parks, ski school and children’s programs, terrain for all abilities, après entertainment, family value, 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 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 Mountain is home to New Hampshire’s longest ski trail and is renowned for its high summit elevation over 4,000 feet and greater than 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding. Wildcat’s elevation and proximity to Mt. Washington contributes greater natural snowfall and a long winter/spring season annually. Wildcat Mountain has consistently been rated #1 scenery by readers of SKI Magazine. For further information, please visit http://www.skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.

 

Wildcat Mountain Begins Summer Operations Memorial Day Weekend

Wildcat Mountain opens for summer beginning Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. offering two major state attractions for the long Memorial Day Weekend including New Hampshire’s only ZipRider zip-line cable ride and the highest scenic gondola in the state, the Wildcat Express. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat Mountain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to enjoy views and scenery in Pinkham Notch.

Wildcat Mountain’s ZipRider offers a unique flying experience and is the only attraction of its kind in New Hampshire. Different from wildcat mountain nhthe canopy zip-line tours familiar to most, at Wildcat Mountain, for just the cost of a $20 ticket and meeting minimum and maximum weight/height requirements, riders will descend just under a half-mile over trails, tree-tops, and the Peabody River at heights of up to 70 feet and speeds that can reach 45 miles per hour.

Also unique to Wildcat Mountain, and the only one of its kind in North America, the Wildcat Express has once again transformed from New Hampshire’s fastest and most powerful summit quad chairlift during the winter and spring skiing and riding season to the state’s highest summer and fall scenic gondola. The enclosed 4-person scenic gondola cabins transport guests to the 4,000 foot-plus summit of Wildcat Mountain offering ideal views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range. The scenic gondola is the best way for the entire family, including well-behaved canine members on a leash, to enjoy incredible views and scenery. Gondolas run continuously, so you don’t wait in any lines.

This summer also marks 80 years from when the Civilian Conservation Corps, armed with axes and cross-cut saws, started clearing the Wildcat Trail in 1933. It was one of the first ski racing trails built in the United States designed by Charley Proctor, the all-around ski champion of Canada in 1927, and was designated as a class “A” racing trail. Wildcat Mountain is planning to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Wildcat Trail on Saturday, August 24 with a day of guided hikes, tours, presentations, BBQ, music, and more.

The ZipRider & scenic gondola will be open as weather permits for weekends only (including the Memorial Day Monday) beginning Saturday, May 25 and then will begin to operate daily Saturday, June 15 through Labor Day and will the return to weekend only operations from September 7 to October 14. Wildcat Mountain offers hiking, a fishing pond, a lift-serviced 9-hole alpine disc golf course, and weekly guided tours and outdoor interpretive programs with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Appalachian Mountain Club. The base lodge café serves a lunch menu and picnic-style “Lunch & Ride” packages are available for individuals, families, or groups. All rates and information can be found online at skiwildcat.com or by calling 1-888-SKI-WILD.

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.