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With as much as 16″ of new snow, MW Valley’s 13 ski resorts/XC Centers look forward to a packed holiday schedule

CHRISTMAS WEEK ON AND AROUND THE SKI SLOPES FILLED WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, FAMILY FUN ON THE SLOPES & SO MUCH MORE

On the Mountains

Attitash Mountain Resort presents Ptarmigan Pub Apres Ski Entertainment:

  • Tues, Dec 26: White Steer, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 27: Riley Parkhurst Project, 2:00 – 5:00pm
  • Thurs, Dec 28: The Dean Machine, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Fri, Dec. 29: The Pat Foley Band, 3:00- 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 30: The Gravel Project, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 31: Lazy Susan, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 1:  The Riley Parkhurst Project, 3:00-6:00pm

Black Mountain presents tunes, tastings & torchlight:

Dec 26-31:  Apres Ski fun in the Lostbo Pub, 3:30-6:50

  • Tues, Dec 26:  Live music by Ben Cook
  • Wed, Dec 27: Narragansett Apres Ski Party and Tasting and live music with Ben Cook
  • Thurs, Dec 28: Live music by Riley Parkhurst Project
  • Fri, Dec 29: Live music by Greg Walsh
  • Sat, Dec 30: Coors Light promotion and live music with Candie Tremblay

Fri, Dec 29: Last Tracks with Moat Brewery:

Ride the lift to the top at 4:00pm and enjoy a tasting of Moat Mountain Brew with a real Moat Brewer along with appetizers.  Afterward, ski down a freshly groomed trail with headlamps. Hard to know which is more fun – the tasting or the skiing.  Reservations required, call 603-383-4490 $25 per person.

Sun, December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party:  Enjoy music in the Lostbo Pub with Riley Parkhurst Project, Patriots on TV and a Torchlight parade at 6:00pm for the whole family.

Bretton Woods Ski Resort presents apres ski parties:

December 26-31: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

December 26-31: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm:

Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program

Cranmore Mountain Resort presents live music at Zips & Cranapalooza:

December 26-31:  Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park and Tubing Hill will be open daily 10:00am – 8:00pm.

December 27-31:  Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • Dec 27: Greg Walsh
  • Dec 28: Ben Cook
  • Dec 29:  Mitch Alden, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Dec 30:  Music with Bill Cameron, 3:00-6:00pm

December 27 – 30: Cranapalooza!  After a day on the slopes, there’s still Cranapalooza! Cranmore’s signature winter event, Cranapalooza is back for another season of DJ dance parties in Schneider Square with C-more the Penguin, live music, outdoor entertainment, family activities, s’mores.

December 31:  Shredding into 2018 Freestyle Event at Cranmore:

Show off your tricks.  Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

December 31: C-more’s New Year’s Eve Bash& Fireworks: Ring in 2018 with C-more the Penguin and this special New Year’s edition of Cranapalooza! Geared for guests and families of all ages, join in on all kinds of fun activities and entertainment! There’ll be a DJ in Schneider Square, s’mores, games & more. Stick around for a fireworks show at 6:00pm, too!

King Pine Ski Area presents torchlight snowtubing, sleighrides, night skiing & family fun:

December 26: Night Skiing and Family Night Race:  Night skiing begins for the season.  Ski under the lights from 4:00 – 9:00pm.  From 6:00-8:00pm, compete in a free dual recreation race on the mountain.

December 29:  Torchlight Snowtubing:

Enjoy the thrill of tubing under the lights at the Pine Meadows Tubing Park from 5:00-9:00pm.

 

 

December 30: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, 11:00am-1:00pm: Start or end with a cup of hot cocoa by an outdoor fire. Enjoy the classic experience of riding among surrounding fields and within wooded trails in a horse-driven sleigh. $20 per adult, $15 for kids 12 and under. Space limited. Reservations required. Call 800-373-3754 for reservations.

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, 4:00-9:00pm.  Your night skiing ticket will include Night skiing and riding from 4:00-9:00pm, outdoor music and campfire at the base of King Pine. The torchlight parade begins at 9:00pm – the first 100 people meet at 8:45 p.m. at the top of the Open Slope. Skiers MUST be able to ski an intermediate Blue Square trail in the dark! Hi-intensity glow sticks will be used. Fireworks to follow torchlight parade at 9:20 p.m. End the night with a Toast to the New Year at the Trail’s End Tavern (not included in ticket price).

December 31:  Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, 7:00pm: Experience the quiet of the new year with a guided moonlight snowshoe tours through NH Audubon’s Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary at Purity Spring Resort. Interested participants are asked to sign-up and meet at The Mill Indoor Pool & Fitness Center across from the Purity Spring Main Office fifteen minutes before the start of the tour. Please call ahead to confirm date of scheduled snowshoe tours.  Rate are $12 per person ($20 with snowshoe rentals – rentals are available at the King Pine Rental Shop). This tour is weather permitting.

Shawnee Peak presents demos, beer promotions and winter festivals:

December 27: Winter Festival: DJ Ron Reid will be entertaining in Blizzards Pub after the lifts close. At 7:30, view the Torch light parade followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Both can be viewed from the warmth of Blizzards Pub or outside by the fire!

December 28: Winter Kick Off!  Shawnee Peak’s new outerwear partner, Orsden, will be on site with some displays of their new ski wear for men and women! Parlor Skis will also be on-hand to demo their newest ski designs and to formally opening the Parlor Demo Center. End the day in Blizzard’s Pub, with an apres ski party hosted by Harpoon, the creators of Shawnee Peak’s Moose Pond Ale, on hand with swag giveaways. Be sure to wear your best ugly sweater!

December 29: Liberty Ski Demo Day: The award-winning Colorado- based ski company returns with a 2017/2018 lineup that’s guaranteed to make you want to add to your equipment arsenal for the season.

December 30: Lucid Skis Demo Day: Start by demoing a pair of Lucid Skis, made right in Maine. Then end the day with a cold Sam Adams draft in Blizzard’s Pub after enjoying the slopes! Reps will be on hand with tastings and swag giveaway’s and a lucky person will win a pair of skis or snowboard!

December 31: Ring in the new year with friends and family at Blizzards Pub.

Wildcat Mountain presents live music, Warren Miller film and Patriots in the Pub:

Live entertainment in the Wildcat Pub

  • Dec 26: Live music with Scott Baer, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 27: Live music with White Steer, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 29: Live music with Ryan St Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 30: Live music with Shark Martin, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 31:  Patriots vs. Jets in a division rivalry on the big screen, 1:00-4:30pm
  • Jan 1:  Live entertainment with Ben Cook, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Dec 29: Line of Design Warren Miller Movie Premier, 5:00-8:00pm: Take in legendary Warren Miller’s 68th film, Line of Descent, celebrating all things snowsports from hidden slopes to extreme adventure. Food and Drinks at the Pub.  Kids Apres Ski. $10 per person, $40 per family.  Benefits the Wildcat Mountain Alpine Ed Foundation.

In and Around Mt Washington Valley

Live Music at Wildcat Tavern:

  • Dec 26: Hoot Night, a Wildcat Tavern tradition.
  • Dec 27: White Mountain Ceili Ban, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dec 28: Kevin Dolan, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dec 29: Al Shafner, 7:30-10:00pm
  • Dec 30: Reverand Al Shafner & the Revtones, 9:00- closing
  • Dec 31: Ring in the New Year with the Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00-1:00pm

Live Music at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub

  • Dec 25: Not into the traditional Christmas celebration? Join Ryan for an Open Mike in the Pub, 9:00-12:30pm
  • Dec 29: Riley Parkhurst Project, 9:00pm-12:30am
  • Dec 30:  Lazy Susan, 9:00pm-12:30am
  • Dec 31: Now is Now, 9:00pm-12:30am

Live Music at Shovel Handle Pub – always 6:00 – 9:30pm

  • Dec 26: Riley & Dan Parkhurst
  • Dec 27: Candie, Cliff and Ben
  • Dec 28: Tim Gurshin & Friends
  • Dec 29: Tristan Omand
  • Dec 30: Randy Messineo

 

December 26 – 31: Conway Scenic Holiday Week Trains: Your favorite old-fashioned train rides will be offered twice daily December 26 through 31, both to Conway:  11:30 and 1:30 (about an hour round-trip).

December 31:  Fireworks at Schouler Park:  Be sure to bring the camera and capture the explosion color over the vintage Conway Scenic RR train station. Fireworks get underway at 9:30pm to ring in the new year and finish off the Spirit of the Holidays celebration.

December 31: Ring in the New Year with dinner at a MW Valley Restaurant: The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of restaurants open and celebrating New Year’s Eve with delicious dinners and festivities.

December 31, 7:30pm  – Paws & Plays New Year’s Eve Celebration – Enjoy live music, appetizers, desserts, a cash bar, and a champagne toast as you ring in 2018! Start off your New Year by supporting two of the valley’s nonprofits, Conway Area Humane Society and M&D Playhouse. Live Music by Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s and Al Shafner and The Revtones. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. Available below through Pay Pal or by calling Kiersten at 603-447-5955 extension 4.

December 31 – Omni Mt. Washington – Out with the old and in with the new: Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018 with fine cuisine, music and libations during the Omni Mount Washington Resort’s three-day celebration! Whether you prefer an elegant dinner in the award-winning dining room with live music, or a fun family-friendly celebration with music in the Grand Ballroom, New Year’s Eve will be an occasion for all to enjoy as we usher in 2018!

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party at White Mountain Hotel: It starts with a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, then a four-course gourmet New Year’s Eve dinner in the Ledges dining room.  Dance to the Two Bass Jon Band. You’ll enjoy party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop at Midnight and two drink vouchers. $139 per person (plus gratuity). Overnight packages available too.

December 31: Le Vent du Nord at Stone Mountain Arts Center: Le Vent du Nord is one of the premier folk bands coming out of Canada today winning multiple awards and accolades from music listeners up north. They have a huge and exciting sound using traditional instruments and foot stomping rhythms…..and they even play the hurdi gurdi.  Showtime: 8:00pm, Doors and bar open at 5:00pm. Tickets $55 per person. Reserve in advance.

To plan a Christmas Week getaway or a New Year’s Eve soiree, be sure to visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH).  To learn more about what’s in store throughout New Hampshire for winter getaways, go to www.VisitNH.gov.

 

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King Pine Is Open!

Best Ski-In and Ski-Out Resort – New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Of NH 2017
Discover your winter tradition and enjoy a ski vacation at King Pine and Purity Spring Resort with family and friends. Winter fun on and off the slopes and choose from a variety of Purity Spring Resort slopeside, mountainside and lakeside lodging options.
Available Ski & Stay package includes accommodations, resort amenities, breakfast, lift ticket, XC skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating & more. Midweek non-holiday stays also include complimentary snowtubing and night skiing!
When booking a weekend stay, ask about our “Weekend Extender” special. Add a Thursday or Sunday night stay to your weekend reservation and receive 50% off that additional room night! Call us at 800-373-3754 or 603-367-8896 to book prime spot accommodations and dates today.
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A Snowgun Salute To You – Military Appreciation Specials
We thank those who have served and are serving our country. All Active, Retired & Veteran United States Military Service Men & Women can ski or ride for FREE until December 24, 2017. Military I.D. required, see this and other military discounts offered this season on our specials page.
Limited Knee-Hi Seasonal Program Spots Available
King Pine’s Knee-Hi seasonal programs have been teaching generations of skiers and you can enroll your child today in our affordable programs while space remains. Our midweek Knee-Hi programs for ages 4-7 include lift access with lesson and discount season passes for enrolled seasonal program participants also available.

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.

Bretton Woods Offers Free Junior Winter Mountain Season Pass!!

image002BRETTON WOODS OFFERS FREE JUNIOR WINTER MOUNTAIN SEASON PASS!

With lease or purchase of a Junior Equipment Package from select retail partners.

Bretton Woods – New Hampshire’s largest ski area – has partnered up with some of New England’s finest ski and sports shops to offer a free 2013-14 Junior Winter Mountain Pass with the lease or purchase of a junior equipment package.

This exciting new program was designed to introduce skiers and riders ages 5-12 and their families to Bretton Woods’ family-friendly terrain and programs, while offering some great added-value to their equipment investment.

“Bretton Woods has always been known as a great family mountain, and now our younger guests can experience award-winning terrain for free while skiing and riding on the latest equipment from our partners,” says Chris Ellms, Director of Ski Operations.

The Junior Winter Mountain Pass – valued up to $489 – includes unlimited skiing and riding during the 2013-14 season, including night skiing!  Plus each Junior passholder can save $15 on one full-day, all-mountain lift ticket per day, which means mom or dad can share in the savings too!

To learn all the benefits of the Junior Winter Mountain Pass, please visit brettonwoods.com/seasonpasses or call 800.258.0330.

Quantities are limited, pass is non-transferable and other restrictions apply.  Contact individual retailers for specifics on their seasonal Junior Equipment Package programs.

Snowmaking and Infrastructure Improvements Highlight “What’s New” for the 2013/14 Winter Season at Attitash Mountain Resort & Wildcat Mountain

wildcat attitashSummer attraction operations remain in full swing at both Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain, but major improvements and investments for the 2013/2014 winter season are being made at both ski areas as fall approaches. 

Attitash Mountain Resort will host its 16th annual Oktoberfest on Columbus Day weekend at the base of Bear Peak this fall. Across the road, on the other side of Route 302, a major rejuvenation project costing 1.3 million dollars is taking place at Thorne Pond. “Thorne Pond is a major resource for Attitash especially for our snowmaking water. Ever since Tropical Storm Irene, the available water and in turn our snowmaking systems have been compromised by the excessive silt left by that weather event,” said John Lowell, President of Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain. “A major rejuvenation project is underway in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Services that will restore the original capacity of the pond. More importantly, it will clean up the sediment on the bottom of the pond making the water crystal clear and less detrimental to our snowmaking pumps.” Also during the off season, another quarter million dollars of capital money is being spent on major lift maintenance projects for both the Summit Triple and Top Notch Double lifts. Additionally an entirely new fleet of HEAD rental skis has been purchased that will improve the rental process and skiing experience for customers. Looking ahead to the 2014 summer, Attitash is hoping to expand its year round attractions and is well in to the late planning stages for the construction of two major zip lines. Approval has been granted from the Town of Bartlett and U.S. Forest Service. The Zip Tour experience would offer a 5000 foot zip line from Bear Peak to Attitash. That would currently be the longest single span zip line in the continental US. A second zip line of 3000 feet would return the riders to the base of Attitash. The final decision is expected this fall.

Wildcat Mountain completed its planned project and spent over $55,000 to remove the old summit gondola building that had long been abandoned for use and not maintained prior to Peak Resorts acquiring Wildcat. “We’re pleased to have finally completed the removal of the old summit gondola building and to have fulfilled the request made by the U.S. Forest Service when Peak Resorts obtained its land-use permit,” said Brian Heon, General Manager of Wildcat Mountain. “I feel our passholders and all other visitors will appreciate the restored natural beauty at the summit.” Heon added that an additional quarter million dollars is being spent this season upgrading the network of snowmaking pipe on the mountain and upgrading the snowmaking pumps. One of the greater benefits of this investment will be improved snowmaking capacity and efficiencies mountain-wide, especially on the Polecat trail. Another significant project for this season at Wildcat is a new dedicated Ski Patrol building in the base area.

Additional on-mountain improvements for the 2013/2014 season include Attitash Mountain Resort continuing to build up and brand its terrain park on Bear Peak. The new “Abenaki” terrain park introduced last season and situated on Lower Myth Maker and Kachina trails remains a priority for Peak Resorts. A central crew of innovative park groomers and cutters and custom fabrication shop will continue to develop and maintain the progressive freestyle terrain area, including the delivery of 8 new rail and box elements. Wildcat Mountain, for a third year in a row, continues to improve and reclaim the approved glade and tree skiing areas. Peak Resorts is committed to the tree skiing at Wildcat Mountain and Attitash Mountain Resort and is improving areas aggressively, responsibly and consistent with U.S. Forest Service guidelines.

 

Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Associates Receives 2013 Best of Bartlett Award

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Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Associates has been selected for the 2013 Best of Bartlett Award in the Ski Centers & Resorts category by the Bartlett Award Program.

Each year, the Bartlett Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Bartlett area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Bartlett Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity.Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Bartlett Award Program and data provided by third parties.

The Bartlett Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Bartlett area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Bartlett Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups.Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Cranmore Season Pass Deals!!

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Purchase Your Season Pass by June 30th for Your Free Gifts:

  •  Free $25 Cranmore Gift Card
  • Free Story Land Ticket ($27.99 value)
  • Free Cranmore Summer Value Pass ($39 value)
  • Lowest Prices of the Year When You Buy Now
Purchase your family’s season passes for winter 2012-13 and not only do you get the lowest prices of the season, you’ll also get a $25 gift card* that can be used anywhere here at Cranmore Mountain! And once again, you will also receive a FREE ticket to visit Story Land this summer!And NEW for this year, purchase by June 30th and you will also receive a FREE Value Pass to the Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park. This one day pass will let you ride the mountain coaster, enjoy summer tubing or ride the new Soaring Eagle Zipline.The Upgrades Continue
After investing over $7 million in upgrades over the last 2 years, we’re pleased to report that the investments will continue. In fact, over this summer we have dismantled the East Chair and are replacing it with a new fixed grip triple chairlift.  This triple will greatly improve the way you will experience some of our most popular trails, including Artist Falls and Koessler. That plus our continued investments in snowmaking and grooming will make next winter a season not to miss.Choose the Pass Type to Fit Your Style and Budget
This year you can purchase a season pass that is valid any day of the season, or choose the Limited Pass with holiday blackout dates now available for all ages for extra savings. Your “anytime” pass pays for itself after 6-9 visits, and the new “limited” passes pay for themselves in as few as 5-7 visits, compared to buying lift tickets.

Pass Types Anytime Season Pass Limited Season Pass*
Adults age 19+ $599 $399
Teens 13-18 and Seniors 65-79: $379 $319
Juniors 6-12: $249 $199
5 and under & 80 $25  

* Blackout dates: 12/26/2012 – 1/1/2013 ; 1/19/2013 – 1/20/2013; 2/16/2013 – 2/23/2013

College 4-NH Pass
 (valid at Cranmore, Bretton Woods, Waterville & Cannon) – $289 (no blackout dates).

These prices and bonuses are only valid through June 30th so please do not delay.

Your Passholder Privileges

In addition to your special bonuses, you also receive these passholder perks and privileges. See our website for complete details:

  • $10 Off Buddy Tickets
  • $10 Off Lift Tickets on Blackout Dates
  • $5 off Tubing & Mountain Adventure Park Rides
  • $5 off Summer Mountain Adventure Park Value Pass
  • Aerial Adventure Park Passholder Days
  • 10% off at Our Retail Shop
  • First Tracks with the GM
  • Special Access to 75th Anniversary Festivities
  • 20% off tunes at Ledges Tune & Repair Shop
  • 1 Free Fit Pass to Cranmore Fitness
  • 50% off Lift Tickets at Jiminy Peak and Bromley Mountain Resorts

I hope you choose to join us next winter for skiing and riding. We are already working hard to prepare the mountain for winter to make your experience here the best it can be.

* Restrictions – Free $25 Cranmore Gift Card. Valid only for Adult Anytime, Adult Limited and Senior pass types, excluding College passes and Super Senior (80+) passes.

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH CRANMORE

 

Wildcat Summer Adventures (and discounted ski passes!)

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Sum, Sum, Summertime…
I know you’re feeling what I’m feeling. I can’t wait for the chance to enjoy some vacation time and sunny, summer days. Well, the Memorial Day weekend is here and that means we’re ready to get the summer fun started at Wildcat Mountain. The Wildcat Express summit scenic gondola and New Hampshire’s only ZipRider zip-line cable ride will be ready for you 10 a.m. this Saturday and we’ll be open for the long weekend, including the Monday holiday. After that, we plan to be open weekends only until Sunday, June 10 before we begin to open daily starting Saturday, June 16. For all the details on our summer operations, including lift-serviced disc golf, hiking to scenic Thompson Falls, and more, be sure to visit the Wildcat Mountain website.
Wildcat Express Scenic Gondola

Annual Kids Free Fishing Day

Kids Free Fishing Day

This year’s “Kids Free Fishing Day” event scheduled for Saturday, June 2 will be a great way to learn how to fish or develop your fishing skills. Representatives and volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service and Appalachian Mountain Club will provide a day’s wealth of experience and knowledge to help the beginning angler get started.The free event will take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. rain or shine (*registration cut-off is 12 p.m.) and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all persons should bring proper footwear and clothing as well as personal sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen for skin) and bug repellent. The fishing pond at Wildcat Mountain is accessible via the “C lot” entrance located approximately a quarter mile past the main entrance on the north-bound side of Rt. 16 heading toward Gorham, New Hampshire. For more info, visit the Wildcat Mountain events page online.

2012/13 Winter Season Pass Deadline June 1!

Two Mountains, One Pass

Access a combined total of 122 trails and 505 acres of skiing and riding when you purchase a 2012/2013 Wildcat Mountain & Attitash Mountain Resort Season Pass. We offer nine different season passes, including the new AttiCats Season Pass, valid every day and available for all kids and young adults age 6-18 for just $399 if purchased by Friday, June 1. Rates will increase after Friday, June 1, so don’t miss the lowest pricing available now. See all available passes, pricing, and purchase online today by visiting our Season Pass page.
Here’s to having a great weekend with family, friends, and to a moment remembering why we celebrate Memorial Day and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Cheers,Wildcat Mountain

Attitash and Wildcat Still Hanging On!!

Wildcat Mountain is scheduled to re-open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 29 and will continue to operate through the weekend. Tickets will be $35 for all ages and we project having 15+ groomed trails open.

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Temperatures this weekend are looking favorable for events at Attitash Mountain Resort. Although Attitash closed on Sunday, March 25, we will still host our scheduled après entertainment on Saturday, March 31. Motor Booty Affair, a 70s disco cover band, will be playing from 1-4 p.m. on the Attitash Snowstage with a Bud Light Beer Promo while the band plays. The Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster will operate 12-4 p.m. and we will host a Pond Skim (hike only/weather and conditions permitting) at 12 p.m. at the Attitash Base Area.

Arachnid pro-style, dual slalom race: April 6 and 7!!

Pinkham Notch, NH – Inspired by the tale of American alpine ski racer Vladimir “Spider” Sabich and his reign of the former alpine skiing pro tour in the early 1970’s, General Manager Josh Boyd at Wildcat Mountain wants to help revive that spirit of alpine ski racing in the Mount Washington Valley with the Arachnid pro-style, dual slalom race event scheduled for Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7.

“I had read a story recently about “Spider” Sabich and was inspired to have Wildcat Mountain be the venue for a bracket style head-to-head slalom racing event that paid cash money to the fastest skier at the end of the day,” said Wildcat Mountain General Manager Josh Boyd. “And focusing on the concept and wanting to revive the excitement for an event like this, I have to apologize to the local community that has expressed interest in the event but questioned the uneven prize amounts for the top male and female racers. When I got together with my events and marketing team to outline details, we had looked to professional sports and other similar competitive skiing events that pay cash money prizes, like the Daron Rahlves Banzai Tour and Jackson Hole Mini Hahnenekamm Town Downhill, to consider the prize amounts for top male and female racers. Based on that and having initially set the prize amounts to be $1,000 for men and $500 for women, I have since received some feedback and suggestions to change that. Because this is our event and, conditions permitting, we’re hoping to have a good turn out and good times, I’ve gone ahead with adjusting the available Arachnid prize purse to now be split even among the men and women with top winners receiving $750. I hope that by making this adjustment, Wildcat Mountain may serve as an example for other similar local events to consider the same in the future.”

Registration for the Arachnid is $75 ($50 for season passholders) and includes lift access for Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7. All racers must be age 18+ and pre-register by Thursday April 5. Time qualifying will begin at 9:30am on Friday, April 6 and is scheduled to take place on the Bobcat trail. Head-to-head bracket competition will begin at 9:30am on Saturday, April 7. For more information and to register, visit skiwildcat.com/ARACHNID-event.html.

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Wildcat Mountain, a year-round destination located 100% within the White Mountain National Forest 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 Top Ten in the East for Snow, Terrain Challenge, and Value by readers of SKI Magazine. For further information, please visit http://www.skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.

Spring Skiing Is Holding On!

Photo courtesy of Laura Tuveson at Attitash Mountain

Mt Washington Valley, NH Snow Report – March 22, 2012
By Marti Mayne

The Mount Washington Observatory posted to their Facebook page that a new daily record high of 54°F was set for March 21, 2012, and that the previous record of 43°F was set on March 21st, 1976. Additionally a monthly record high of 54°F was equaled yesterday, March 21st, 2012. The former monthly record was first set on March 31, 1998.

According to the Observatory, already, March 22nd’s daily record high of 41°F has been broken, as the temperature recorded at the 2AM EDT observation was 46°F. Temperatures on the rock pile are expected to break into the lower 50s once again today, with the monthly record in sight once again.

While it may seem like we skipped spring and went right to summer (sparing us of mud and black fly season!), Portland’s WCSH meteorologist, Kevin Mannix, warns us that it’s still too early to take the plows off the trucks. According to Kevin, “April is a winter month”. Many of our ski resorts hope Kevin is right, and are still planning to stay open and hold events into April if conditions permit. Believe it or not, there’s still plenty of snow to welcome spring skiers.

While most XC Centers and about half the Valley’s ski resorts have now closed there is still skiing available in Mt Washington Valley. Read below for snow reports from Attitash, Bear Notch Ski Touring, Bretton Woods, and Wildcat, still open and welcoming skiers.

Snow Reports from Mt Washington Valley Ski Resorts and XC Centers:

Attitash: Presently skiing on 114 acres with 24 trails and 4 lifts operating. Base depths of 4” – 24”.

Bear Notch Ski Touring Center: 20 km open –20KM classic and 20KM skating on a 2” – 6” base.

Black Mountain: Closed on March 18 for the season.

Bretton Woods Ski Resort: Presently skiing on 64 acres with 14 trails and 2 lifts operating on a 12” – 30” base.

Bretton Woods Nordic Center: The Bretton Woods Nordic Center closed for the 2011-2012 season at 4:00PM on Tuesday March 13.

Cranmore Mountain Resort: Closed for the season, however Cranarchy is still scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 25th, as a hike up and an informal rail jam.

Great Glen Trails: The trail system, SnowCoach, and tubing are closed for the season.

King Pine Ski Area: The 50th ski season at King Pine has officially come to a close on March 20, 2012.

Purity Spring XC & Snowshoe Reserve: Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve is now closed for the season.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation: Closed for the season on March 18, 2012.

Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Center: Closed for the season

Shawnee Peak: Presently closed, but re-opening this weekend for the annual end-of-the-season Slush Cup.

Wildcat Mountain: Skiing on 16 trails accessed by 1 lift on a 6” – 24” base.

Cranmore to Host Retirement Party for the East Double Chairlift March 18th

Cranmore to Host Retirement Party for the
East Double Chairlift March 18th
New Fixed-Grip Triple Chairlift to Replace Oldest Operating Double Chairlift in New England

NORTH CONWAY, NHCranmore Mountain in North Conway, NH will hold a “Going Away Party” on Sunday, March 18th to mark the retirement of its East Double Chairlift. The East Chair is being replaced with a triple chairlift to be installed in time for the winter 2012-13 operating season. The East Double Chairlift was installed in 1955 and is the oldest operating double chairlift in New England.  The East Slope has been a highlight of the Cranmore ski experience for almost 60 years.

The East Chair, known for its bright red chairs, is a favorite among Cranmore skiers and ski history aficionados alike. The public is invited to ride the East one last time on March 18th, starting at 8:30am (lift ticket or season pass required).  Skiers are welcome to reminisce about their favorite days on the East, take a few runs, than meet at the Meister Hut at 9am. Ski historian Tom Eastman will present a short presentation on the history of the East Chair. GM Ben Wilcox will then talk about the new triple chair being installed in its place.

The going away party will also give East Chair fans a chance to sign up for a waiting list to purchase one of the 60 chairs from the lift later this summer.

The new fixed-grip triple chairlift was purchased from Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts. It will have an increased vertical in a new location on the south side of the mountain, adding 300 vertical feet compared to the East Double. The lift will be slightly longer than the East Double but has the same number of chairs. The new lift will have 11 towers where the existing has 9 towers.

The top of the lift will remain in approximately the same location. The lift base would be moved to the Tommy’s Trail area which would add trails including Gibson, Gibson Chutes, Artist Falls, Koessler and Upper Beginner’s Luck to the current East Chair trail access (East Bowl, Easy Street, Gibson Pitch and Schneider).  The East Slope experience would go from 3 to 9 trails and the ski vertical from 526’ to 826’.  It will increase the uphill capacity for that lift by 50%.

Cranmore President and GM Ben Wilcox stated, “We are excited to be adding this new triple in to the mix here at Cranmore. Due to the age of the East Double, there are no longer parts available to purchase so upgrade options have also become difficult without major retrofitting. This new triple will provide a new experience for our guests who will now find it worthwhile to stay in the East Slope area of the mountain longer, especially during busy days.”

Wilcox continued, “The lift base would also act as a third summit access route for skiers, increasing Cranmore’s summit uphill capacity.  With this lift, skiers can now take the South Quad Chair to access the base of this new lift which would then deliver them to the summit. The current East Chair can only be accessed from the summit. On busy days skiers will now be able to ride the Lookout Triple; The Skimobile Express or The South Quad/East Triple to access the summit.  Adding a third summit access point will help shorten lift lines on all lifts around the mountain.”

The upgrade of the lift is part of a $1.3 million investment being made at Cranmore this summer, on top of the $7 million in improvements that Cranmore has seen in the last 18 months under new ownership announced in June 2010.  In addition to the new triple lift, Cranmore will be installing a new 700 foot zip line for its summer Mountain Adventure Park operation reopening for the season Memorial Day weekend.

For more information, please visit cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.