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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.

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.

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.

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!).

Make a Resolution to Ski This New Year

Do holiday crowds keep you from the slopes during vacation weeks? A lesser known fact is that New Year’s Day is a relatively soft day for business at ski areas. As revelers sleep off their New Year’s Eve festivities, diehard skiers hit the slopes in lesser numbers on January 1.
Today was no exception as crowds for first tracks were scarce at Attitash as the bullwheel started turning at 8:30am sharp. The front row spot in the parking lot was an early indicator that this was going to be a day of open slopes for those of us who traded New Year’s Eve libations for early turns in 2016.
Attitash reported 9 trails open on two peaks including top to bottom ski on both Attitash and Bear Peak. We boarded the Summit Triple for what was easily the pick of the day, Humphrey’s Ledge. The Ledge had edge to edge coverage and a tasty dusting of powder on machine groomed snow surfaces. This week’s snow event had sweetened up conditions,and clearly elevation preserved conditions higher up on the mountain.
Photos: Kathy Bennett
We took a quick detour up the lookout tower at the top of the Triple. The New Year’s bluebird weather made for spectacular views north to the Presidentials, and south to fellow Valley ski areas Black and Cranmore. It was here that the week’s earlier snowfall was most apparent as you could see the white stuff on all the surrounding peaks.
After a few runs off the summit we boarded the Flying Yankee Quad to give our legs a break on a few short trips down Moat. Lower elevation trails had a firmer surface, but still very edgeable – a good reminder of the importance of well-tuned skis especially earlier in the season.
Beginners were welcomed with terrain in their learning center and Snowbelt area, which a keen listener overheard had the best snow on the mountain.
Attitash, which boasts New Hampshire’s most powerful snowmaking system, clearly had gone to town with snowmaking efforts this week once the warmer weather left town. Snow guns are positioned throughout the resort, and as we were heading towards the lodge, a team of snowmakers proudly paraded towards their day’s duties on the slopes. We gave them a sharp salute and thanked them for their efforts. This year more than ever, there would be no skiing without them.
Skiing is all about enjoying the conditions no matter what Mother Nature gives you. Today taught me that the pre-season gym workouts were worthwhile as I was easily able to turn, edge and keep my balance regardless of inconsistent surfaces at times. And it’s never a bad time when you get to spend a lovely holiday morning on the slopes with your friends.
Kathy Bennett
January 1, 2016