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Thanksgiving Can Wait

By Kathy Bennett

The weekend before Thanksgiving is the time many spend to look up recipes, make shopping lists and gather the goods necessary for the turkey day to come. But snow came early this year to Mt. Washington Valley, so all the Thanksgiving duties got pushed aside as I spent both weekend days checking out the amazing early season skiing in and around North Conway, New Hampshire.

Bretton Woods opened for the season on Friday, Nov. 16 and conditions sweetened up overnight as light snowfall continued. The first thing visitors will notice is the new Gondola base being installed right in front of the base lodge. When complete, it will be the only 8 person gondola in the state.

The gondola base – coming soon with 8 person cabins.

With 7 trails open with 2 lifts operating, Bretton Woods had top to bottom runs ready for action. Skiing in mid-November usually consists of “the white ribbon of death” – a narrow swath of man-made snow down the center of the trail with no white stuff in the trees. Not so this year.  Snowy views greeted skiers as one looked off to Mount Washington and closer, Mount Deception. An all natural snow trail – Granny’s Grit – offered a foot of ungroomed freshies which challenged my first-day-of-the-season legs. Watch out for the water bars and point your tips downhill!

Fun, friends and snow at Bretton Woods on November 17.

I had prepared for the ski season by purchasing new boots at the annual Eastern Slope Ski Club ski swap the previous weekend, and followed up by having custom footbeds installed at the Ski Liquidators. What a difference. Do yourself a favor this ski season – invest in this personalized fitting and watch your skiing improve. I know I did.

Day two of the season saw me searching the basement for my skinny skis and cross country ski boots. With man-made snowmaking, pre-Thanksgiving alpine skiing is not unusual. But cross-country skiing? Now that’s a rare treat. Mt Washington Valley now has three cross-country skiing areas open – Great Glen, Bretton Woods and Jackson Ski Touring. Jackson’s Prospect Farm parking lot was completely full when I arrived at 10:30am on Sunday, so I was not alone in reveling in the early season splendor.  My legs burned, but I made it up to the Orchard Trail, then enjoyed the long downhill before banging a hard right onto Quail. Remind me to work on cardio strength before my next day out. I made it back to my car out of breath and excited to have traveled 3 miles under my own ski power.

Jackson Ski Touring’s Wildcat Valley Trail with tracked and skate grooming November 17

While I didn’t ski it personally, Cranmore reported their November 17th opening to be the earliest in their history. Hannes Schneider would be proud.

Thanksgiving week is predicted to be cold, a treat for snowmakers and skiers alike. Look for more areas to open with more terrain for the long holiday weekend.  

I’m glad I skipped the Thanksgiving prep this weekend – I just hope I remember to pick up the turkey on Wednesday.

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March is for Skiing

While some people cheer an early spring, others pray for just a few more snowstorms to help preserve skiing and riding right into April. That would make for a majority of those of us who live and work in Mount Washington Valley (or at least the ones I hang out with).  Eyes were glued to the weatherman as last week’s Nor’easter became more and more likely, and once again as another storm targets us for next week. Baseball and gardening can wait. March is for skiing.

 

With said weather report looking pretty solid, I preemptively scheduled a last minute vacation day  for last Thursday so I could join the other snow worshippers for first turns on a powder day. Attitash was the destination and I was beat out for first chair by several dozen hearty types who braved the roads to arrive before the 8:30am start time.

Riding up the Bear Peak Express Quad, we scanned the untouched foot of snow underneath and picked our line. Avenger first, the steepest black diamond at Bear Peak, as the snow continued to fall heavily.

We barely made it off the lift before our inability to ski in deep powder became apparent. Both me and my husband did face plants in the snow on the first pitch. I temporarily lost my skis and a pole and struggled to get it all back together in the drifts that were above my knees.

A few runs later, I adjusted my stance and powered through the powder. Determined to take advantage of a full day off from work on a powder day, I lasted six hours before my quads gave up the ghost. Two days later, they are still singing.  More squats and lunges are in order before the next storm!

Snow showers continued off and on over the weekend, sweetening up conditions all over again. That plus daylight savings time and a close-to-7pm sunset will make it possible for an after work jaunt on cross country skis a likelihood for Monday at MWV Ski Touring Center. Did I mention it’s great to live and work up here?

 

Bretton Woods is open of the season

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, kicked off its 43rd season today, 11/22 at 9am on Range View serviced by the Zephyr Quad. Ski and ride Tuesday and Wednesday for just $29, and $49 thereafter until further notice. Rentals, Lucy Crawford’s Food Court and Slopeside Pub will be open as well.

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Skier and riders should be geared up including goggles, as snowmaking will continue as conditions allow.

Looking ahead, the annual Bretton Woods Homecoming festivities will take place this weekend, with a Friday night showing of Warren Miller’s latest ski flick, “Here, There and Everywhere”, followed by Homecoming BBQ, Beer Tasting and first ever Slopeside Sandwich of the Year Contest on Saturday.  Learn more, and buy your Warren Miller Tickets at brettonwoods.com/homecoming.

For the latest news and conditions visit brettonwoods.com, or call 603.278.3333.

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

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.

Cranmore Readies for Holiday Vacation Week with Ski and Non-Ski Adventures!

Despite a warm start to winter, Cranmore Mountain, located 1 mile from downtown North Conway, is offering an array of activities for the entire family this holiday vacation period, Saturday, December 26th through Sunday, January 3rd. Activities include skiing, tubing, Mountain Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Line and Giant Swing rides, bungy trampoline, climbing wall, Spider Mountain Slide and Aerial Adventure Ropes Course. Three Cranapaloozas are scheduled, including a special NYE Bash, daily family activities and après entertainment in Zip’s Pub, plus a pancake breakfast with C-more and Santa.

With a few upcoming nights of snowmaking weather leading up to Christmas, Cranmore is projecting skiing on 7 trails and 2 lifts for the holiday week, including the summit Skimobile Express Quad and South Quad. Lifts will run from 8:30am-4pm for the week. KidsRule Camps and GET lessons will be offered based on availability. Guests are encouraged to call ahead for early season ticket pricing, lesson availability and reservations by dialing 603-356-5544 ext. 241.

The Tubing Park and Mountain Adventure Park featuring the Mountain Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Line and Giant Swing will be open daily through starting December 26th and operate from 9am-9pm, and from 9am-4pm on Sunday, January 3rd. A two hour tubing ticket OR unlimited Mountain Adventure Park ride ticket is $29 per person or a Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park Combo ticket is available for $46. Children 38” and under can tube free with a paying adult. Tickets for the Mountain Adventure and Tubing Park can be purchased online at Cranmore.com or on property at the main ticket office or ticketing area at the Artist Falls Lodge.

In addition to winter activities, Cranmore’s Aerial Adventure Ropes Course will be open with sessions available at 9am, 11:30am and 2pm. Each 2 hour adventure includes a half hour ground school session, where participants will learn course safety and the basics of equipment use. The Aerial Adventure Park features different courses and varying in elevation and ability level. Elements include ropes bridges, ladders, cargo nets, zip lines and an array of features. All courses are self guided and each person is attached to a guide line at all times. Tickets for the Aerial Adventure Park are $39 per person and are available at the ticket office. Advanced reservations can be made by calling 603-356-5544 ext. 241.

Expanded activities for the week include Spider Mountain, Bungy Trampoline, Climbing Wall and Kid’s Ropes Course will, operating daily from 11am-7pm and from 11am-4pm on Sunday, January 3rd. A 3-ride transferable punch card can be purchased at the ticket office or Artist Falls Lodge for $19.

The Bungy Trampoline lets guests fly high doing flips on one of four stations. Guests can scale the climbing wall or climb through each level of Spider Mountain and take the inflatable slide back down. The Kid’s Ropes Course is designed especially for children ages 3 to 9. Located next to the Skimobile Express Quad, this continuous belay course will offer fun for younger guests, featuring bridges, zip lines and more.

Height, age and weight restrictions do apply for the Aerial Adventure and expanded attractions. A full list of restrictions can be found online at Cranmore.com.

Outdoor winter adventure with the AMC

Promoting the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and Highland_Dodge_01_021709trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) maintains two AMC lodges  and a fabulous collection of huts in Mt Washington Valley, NH. The Highland Center in Crawford Notch in Bretton Woods and the Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch in Gorham both offer lodge-style accommodations, hearty family-style meals and a bonus of plenty of hiking and scenic beauty right out the back door.

Both lodges provide accommodations and dining for those seeking recreational adventures or a relaxing weekend in a nature-focused atmosphere. Outdoor programs, guided tours, conservation initiatives and volunteer opportunities are also integral parts of both AMC centers. If you’re into exploring the back country in the winter or other seasons, make these AMC lodges your home base. Both the Highland Center and Joe Dodge Lodge offer premier ski and back-country adventures that let you enjoy the great outdoors in a whole new way.

Bretton Woods’ cross-country ski network leads right up to the Highland Center’s back-door,offering unprecedented access to these trails. . And unlike anywhere else you will stay, the Highland Center also offers a completely stocked gear room with everything from backpacks, tents, and walking sticks to jackets, pants and other gear to make enjoyment of the outdoors safe and comfortable.  All this is unbelievably free to guests staying at the Highland Center.

Looking for a guided nature tour? Reserve a spot in the “Ski with an AMC Naturalist.” This program leaves from the Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch and is a light trek on Nordic skis where AMC guides will identify animal tracks on the Great Glen Trails network.

For a more advanced adventure, the Winter Ecology and Exploration Series includes a day long exploration on snowshoes in search of animal tracks and signs, a discussion on how animals survive in the White Mountains during winter, identifying winter trees by bark and bud, snow pack science, winter bird ecology and much more. This program leaves from the AMC Highland Center in Bretton Woods.

5250016835_710d2cb8c9_bSki the infamous backcountry of Mount Washington. Tuckerman and Huntington Ravine are revered backcountry trails that lead to basins and bowls that provide outdoor adventure for intermediate and advanced skiers and hikers. Book a room at either the Joe Dodge Lodge and hike to Tuckerman Ravine, or stay at the Highland Center and hike to Huntington Ravine and spend your day skiing uncharted territory. Return to the outdoor centers at the end of the day for comfortable lodging and a warm meal. Overnight guests dine on a breakfast buffet and sit-down family-style dinner of home-baked bread, soup, salad, entrée and dessert. Vegetarian options are always available as well as a one kid-friendly dinner option. Dietary restrictions can be met by notifying guest services. (Note:  during the winter be sure to check for avalanche and other trail conditions warnings in these ravines).

The AMC Highland Center also offers overnight guided hikes that lead you from the center to the AMC’s hut system along the Appalachian Trail. Choose the “Guided Lodge to Hut Adventure: Snowshoe to Lonesome Lake Hut,” in early February and you’ll be treated to forest exploration, identification of wintertime birds, investigating animal tracks and taking in the spectacular views of Franconia Notch in the White Mountain National Forest. Once you make it to the Lonesome Lake Hut, steaming hot chocolate awaits to warm you up. You’ll spend the evening at the hut, preparing a group dinner, checking out the winter sky at night and learning about winter ecology in the White Mountains. The terrain is beginner to moderate and the pace will be comfortable with plenty of time to explore and learn.

Other programs at the AMC Highland Center and Joe Dodge Lodge include Family Adventure WGC-AMC-8196Camps which combine five days of outdoor adventure with mountain hospitality, surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. Camps are kid-friendly and itineraries are planned with all-inclusive programs, daily guided activities, meals and lodging. Sample activities include; nature walks, map and compass seminars, rescue dog demo, forest explorations, moderate hikes and evening programs set around a campfire. Social hours and group dining are also part of the week’s program.

For more information and a complete listing of classes, click the links below or reserve by calling guest services at the Highland Center, 603-278-4453 or at Joe Dodge Lodge, 800-262-4455.

The AMC has so many options for families and adventure seekers. Engage your family in a Mt. Washington Valley vacation with the promise of spotting wildlife or trying a new activity such as learning to read a map and compass or snowshoeing. Advanced outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the rustic and welcoming setting of the Highland Center and Joe Dodge Lodge plus a wide array of programs to take advantage of all the White Mountains have to offer.

Cranmore Mountain and Memorial Hospital Team Up for Safe Skier Initiative

Memorial Hospital

Program distributing more than 250 free helmets to local school children

For more than 15 years, Memorial Hospital has been leading a unique initiative to ensure that local school children have appropriate helmets for their participation in the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s (ESSC) Junior Ski Program. Once again, Cranmore Mountain Resort is donating more than 250 free helmets through the program to students in eight elementary schools, and Bob & Terry’s Sports Outlet is making additional helmets available. This represents a 25% increase in need for the free and discounted helmets over last year.

“We are so pleased that Cranmore has once again stepped up to donate these helmets to the children in our community,” said Kathy Bennett, the hospital’s Vice President of Community Relations. “This is an incredibly generous act on their part.  They are making sure all kids will have the helmets they need to participate in the ESSC program.”

Karen Dolan, director of Cranmore’s snow sports school and chairperson of ESSC’s junior ski program committee, said Cranmore is very excited about partnering with the hospital. “We’re really happy to be part of this initiative,” Dolan said. “We always say that safety is number one, and we recommend that everyone use helmets.”

She pointed out that the schools now require students who participate in the junior ski program to wear helmets. “That’s another reason why Cranmore is so happy to be able to donate the helmets for the hospital program.”

The National Ski Areas Association “Lids on Kids” organization is working hard to get out the message that helmets can significantly reduce head injuries. The group reports that wearing helmets can  decrease the risk of head injury by 20 to 50 percent. It can also mean the difference between a major head injury and a minor head injury, or between a minor head injury and no injury at all.

Schools participating in the Safe Skier Initiative include Bartlett Elementary, K.A. Brett School in Tamworth, Conway Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Jackson Grammar School, John Fuller, Madison Elementary and Pine Tree School. To qualify for a free helmet, students must be enrolled in the school’s free/reduced rate meals program while others have the opportunity to purchase helmets at a significant discount.

Many families face difficult financial situations at home which can make it hard for them to find the funds for equipment. As families struggle to pay for basic necessities, things like skiing equipment may not be a part of their budget. That’s what makes this program so important for students who may not be able to afford it on their own.

To help ensure the future of the program, the Memorial Hospital Foundation created the Roger C. Clapp Memorial Ski Helmet Fund. Clapp, who passed away in 2013,  was a hospital trustee for many years and a passionate lifelong skier. Family and friends made memorial donations to the fund and continue to encourage contributions to it. Others are welcome to donate to the fund and may find more information at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org/foundation.

Helmet were distributed to schools starting in early December, just in time for the winter skiing and boarding season. The ESSC junior ski season kicks off on the first Monday in January. For more information, contact Joan Phillips at Memorial Hospital at 603-356-5461.  Memorial Hospital can be found online at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org.

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

Photo Caption: Saralyn Smith, ESSC Coordinator for Conway Elementary School, and Karen Dolan, Snowsports Director for Cranmore Mountain, shown here with two of the 257 helmets that Cranmore donated to Memorial Hospital’s skier safety helmet program.

Photo Credit: Kathy Bennett

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Anything is possible! 

No, this is not a trick. Skiers would say it’s a treat! Both Pinkham Notch
and Crawford Notch were treated to some early snow in October. This is
a reminder of the upcoming ski season.  Thanks to Meg Skidmore
from Great Glen Trails for this photo.
Do you want to hear all about the snow during ski season 2012-13? Sign up to receive our weekly About the Snow newsletter. Be sure to indicate
INTEREST: Skiing when you sign up. Each week this winter we will give
away lift tickets to our About the Snow newsletter readers, so you’ll
not only get the update about the snow and Mt Washington Valley’s 13
ski resorts, XC Centers, winter outdoor adventure and ski, stay and
play deals, you’ll also qualify for free lift tickets just by being a
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Event of the Month

Bring
A Friend Shopping, November 10-11, Settlers’ Green Outlet
Village and then on to North Conway Village

Retailers
and lodging alike are getting in on the harvest to holidays shopping
craze in Mt Washington Valley now that the countdown to the holidays is
officially on. The Harvest to Holidays fun starts with the Annual Bring A Friend event
at Settlers’ Green Outlet Village on November 10-11, 2012. This is the
sale shoppers wait for, and there’s so much to do, it’s worth grabbing
a friend for a weekend shopping getaway! Stores open at 8am at
Settlers’ Green on Saturday to give a little extra time for looking.
Those who spend $100 in the outlets will be granted access to the VIP
Tent, plus there will be free shopping bags for the first 2,000
shoppers on Saturday, starting at 8am. Everyone will receive discount
coupons and there’s a gift for everyone who spends $100 and another
gift for those who spend $500. Look forward to raffles and
entertainment too. Plus from 11am- 3pm, DJ dance music, a free photo
booth, and free chocolate for costumed divas are all in store. Visit
the VIP relaxation station with mini-massages, bag sitting, temporary
tattoos, refreshments, concierge services, and more! Spend $500 and be
crowned a Settlers’ Green Queen.

Later
in the month, look for Snow Flake specials at Shops of Norcross Circle
in North Conway Village on November 24, known as Plaidurday or Small
Business Saturday, to celebrate independently owned small businesses
and retailers. See below for information on additional sales and the
First Annual Snowflake Festival in North Conway Village. If you carry
the American Express card, spend $25 and receive a $25 credit for
purchases made on the card at independently owned small businesses.

 

 

What’s Up in Mt Washington
Valley?  

November
17: Black Mountain is out to
set a record for the largest snow dance!
Come help
set a record at Black Mountain for the largest snow dance while
ushering in the 2012-13 ski season with some great dancin’ and good
cheer on November 17, 4:00-8.000pm. It all takes place at Black Mountain where
the bonfire will be stoked and an attempt to set a record for the
largest snow dance will take place. The weather forecasters
are calling for above-average snowfall this year, but Mt Washington
Valley is not taking any chances. Join professional dancers in a
tribute to the snow gods. There will be live music from the
Revtones, dancing, bonfires and food and drink available in the Lostbo
Pub. Bring family and friends and help build the crowd for a record
breaker of a snow dance!

Cramore's GladesSKI Magazine names Mt
Washington Valley Resorts in Best in the East

list.

Ski
Magazine’s annual review of top resorts has been published and Mt Washington Valley ski
resorts
took honors in many
categories. Bretton Woods
was a top winner being named among the top ten in the East for snow,
grooming, lodging, weather, on mountain food and service. Cranmore Mountain
was named in four Best in the East categories, coming in among the top
ten for family programs, off hill activities, apres ski and terrain
parks. Attitash was
also named alongside Cranmore in the top ten in the East for off hill
activities. Wildcat Mountain
shared a place
on the Top in the East placing among the top ten for terrain challenge,
value and character. A complete list of ski resorts and XC Centers and
links to their snow reports can be found on the Mt Washington Valley’s
new About the Snow page.
With all these accolades, it’s no wonder North Conway was named among
the top 25 ski towns in the world by National Geographic in 2012! With
13 top ski resorts and XC Centers within a half-hour drive, skiers are
drawn here for the snow, value, character, terrain, and off-slope
activities.

The Red Parka’s Turning
40
! This event is worth repeating
another month in the E-Traveler. Enjoy a slice of après ski history as
the Red Parka Pub and Steakhouse takes a nostalgic look back. Be sure
to plan your November trip to the Valley around these fun festivities.

Thursday
Nov. 1st
: Dining guests get the
chance to draw from the RPP Prize Bin as they exit (this will happen
every night!). Flashback plays in the Pub at
8pm and veteran RPP musicians are welcome to join in.

Friday Nov 2nd: RPP Staff
Reunion Cocktail Party from 6-8 followed by a surprise performance from
our German friends. On both November 2 and 3,
American Made
will rock the house and dining guests draw from the Prize Bin.

Sunday Nov 4th: The Bucky Lewis
Show starts at 8:30. A $15 donation at the
door will benefit the Dewey Mark Red Parka Scholarship Fund. If you
have never seen Bucky’s show, be ready raucous laughter!

For
more information, visit www.redparkapub.com
or visit their Red Parka 40th
Anniversary page
for some very
nostalgic photos.

 

 

 

 

 

Lodging Package of the
Month 

Lodging
properties throughout Mt Washington Valley have packaged shopping in
with stays. Choose from resorts and hotels to inns, B&Bs and
motels, and look forward to overnight stays combined with special
“shopper survival kits” packed with everything a shopper might need –
from sustenance to pens and pads for making a list and checking it
twice! Rates begin at $69 per night for two!  Click here
for a complete description of Shop & Stay packages.

Here’s
a sample package offering a very affordable shopping getaway! Stay at
the Briarcliff Motel
in the heart of North Conway’s shopping district and receive discounts
and savings coupon books for the outlets and restaurants. When the day
is coming to an end, return for a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot
chocolate and sit back to enjoy beautiful mountain views. Room rates
are from $69-$99 per night until 11-21-12. The fine print: Advanced
reservations required. 9% tax not included. The cancellation policy is
7 full days; if you cancel in under the 7 days you will be charged the
full amount of your reservation. Rates are based on double occupancy (2
per room).Info and to book:Call800-338-4291 or
visit www.briarcliffmotel.com.

 

For
a complete list of vacation specials offered by Mt Washington Valley
lodging properties, click here.

 

 

 

Get Out
and Play in Mt Washington Valley

Nov.
24, 2012: Annual Homecoming Event kicks off Cranmore’s 75th
Anniversary celebration
: The
annual Homecoming event at Cranmore includes special highlights just
for the 75th anniversary of the resort including a live auction of
several “East Chair” chairs to benefit the Hannes Schneider Memorial
Fund, annual silent auction of trail signs, for the benefit of the
Jimmy Mersereau scholarship fund, a meet and greet with Cranmore GM and
President, Ben Wilcox, to hear what’s in store for the season, an
advance preview of the new Cranmore History book by ski historian, Tom
Eastman, who will read excerpts from the newly updated history of
Cranmore.  Free 75th anniversary poster for all 2012-13 season
pass holders in attendance. For more information, visit www.cranmore.com.

 

 

 

Family Fun in Mt
Washington Valley  

Conway Scenic RR-Santa Holiday Express Ho, Ho, Ho! Kick off the
holiday season in Mt Washington Valley and bring the kids to the Conway
Scenic RR for Santa’s Holiday Express,
November 23, 24 and 25. Santa will be on board the train with his
mischievous elves who will share hot chocolate and cookies with
everyone. They’ll take your picture, too, if you ask nicely, so be sure
to bring your camera! Trains run on weekends only with an
11:30 a.m. departure to Bartlett (1-3/4 hours roundtrip) and a 1:30
departure to Conway (55 minutes roundtrip). Children under 4 are free
in Coach. Regular Valley Train fares apply for all departures. For
complete details, please visit the Schedule section at www.conwayscenic.com.

 

 

 Couples
Capers 

 

She
cooks, he doesn’t, but she wants him to learn. The Bernerhof
Inn
has the answer. A
Taste of the Mountains Cooking School
will
make its debut in November offering cooking classes focused on holiday
ideas and entertaining for November and December. One
of New Hampshire’s original cooking schools, A Taste of the Mountains
Cooking School has revived its legacy of the 80s and 90s with a new
kitchen set up for teaching groups of 8 students and local and regional
instructors all under the direction of North Conway’s Chef Steffani Adaska.
Why not make it
a romantic getaway and a chance to learn together in the kitchen all at
once? Guests of the Bernerhof Inn receive
20-percent off their room rates for their entire stay when they attend
A Taste of the Mountains Cooking School classes. For a complete list of
upcoming classes, click
here
. To register, call 877-389-4852
or locally 603-383-4200.

 

 

 

Fun
Events to Plan Your Trip Around

November
3
: Camerata New England, 7:30 PM at
Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center
: Come enjoy
an evening of beautiful chamber music by this highly esteemed
professional chamber ensemble, drawing musicians from throughout
northern New England, Boston, and New York City. Under the artistic
direction of Ronald Leonard, Camerata New England performs in chamber
groups of all sizes and configurations. Their performance in Fryeburg
will include the full ensemble. Tickets are $20-Adults,
$15-Seniors (65+) and $10-Students. Info: 207-935-9232.

November
4
: Cold River Radio Show at
Theater in the Wood
: Once
again Jonathan Sarty has put together an
incredible line-up of New England Talent including recording artist
Zach Jones and the Zach Jones Band from
Portland, Maine and recording Artist Folk Singer/Songwriter Greg
Klyma from Somerville, Massachusetts. Author and NH
humorist Rebecca Rule will be talking about
her newest book “Moved and Seconded” and award winning storytellerJo Radner
will return to the Cold River Stage with one of her many tales of New
England life. The evening will be hosted by Jonathan Sarty and his Cold
River Radio Band. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at JTown Deli in
Jackson, White Birch Books in North Conway, or online at coldriverradio.com.
Doors open at 6:30. JTown Deli
will be hosting a wine & beer tasting prior to the show at
JTown Deli. White Birch Books
will be hosting a meet/greet and book/CD signing immediately after the
show at the theater. The show is a BYOB event
and doors open at 6:30. Info: www.coldriverradio.com.

November
10
: A Christmas Carol
performance at Theater in the Wood
, 9:30am:
Presented by Hampstead Stage Company and geared toward children of all
ages, this rendition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a story
that is both timeless and universal. It is the delightful tale of the
miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Through visits
from the spirits of the season, Scrooge learns the true meaning of
Christmas. In this charming tale, Believe in Books hopes to educate the
students about the class system of Victorian England and instill a
lesson to help others who are less fortunate than they are. Tickets are
$6/person, Children 3 & Under are free.

November 23:
Black Friday Morning
Madness
:Come
early to Settlers’ Green and take advantage of the amazing
after-Thanksgiving sales! All stores open at 5am and some at midnight!
Stop at Settlers’ Crossing at
Orvis Outlet where Silver Paw Pet Tag will
be set up to make a very special stainless steel engraved pet
tag for the dogs and cats on your list. Special sales
& promotions! Enter the raffle to win prizes! You’ll find early
openings and special Black Friday sales in North Conway Village too.
Save all your holiday shopping for tax-free shopping in Mt Washington
Valley!

November
24
:Great Glen Trails Craft
Fair
: From 9am – 3pm shop from more than 30
crafters under one roof with live demonstrations at Great Glen Trails.
A raffle and bake sale will benefit Great Glen Bill Koch Club Jr.
Skiers.

November
24
: Schouler Park Tree
Lighting
: The official beginning of the holiday
season starts with the Tree Lighting at Schouler Park, North Conway
Village.. A wide variety of presenting, supporting and community
caretakers will be on hand to light the trees in Schouler Park and
usher in the holidays in this traditional community celebration.

The
festivities start when theMt Washington Valley
Preservation Association and the Conway Recreation Department host a
Ribbon-cutting at the NEW Schouler Park Skating Rink Warming Hut and
Rink at 4PM. Next the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and a group
of Who’s from Whoville at M&D Productions will visit and sing
carols from 4:15-4:45. Then, look forward to the tree lighting ceremony
to kick off at 5pm. Come out and help celebrate an old and new
tradition in the heart of North Conway Village! For
a complete list of supporters click here.
Read below for more information on the First Annual Snowflake Festival
taking place throughout the day in North Conway Village.

 

 

 

Free
Finds & Delicious Deals   

Nov
10
: 10th Annual Ski Swap
& Sale at Jackson Ski Touring

: Check your garage, basement or attic for
good but no longer needed XC ski and snowshoe equipment. This is a much
better way to recycle gear than a tag sale or leaving it at the
transfer station, and a great way to find incredible deals on XC gear
for the whole family. Bring everything to the Jackson Ski Touring
Center office the week of November 5-10. Tags for your items ($1
registration fee per item tag) are provided. Then organize them for the
sale on Saturday which runs from 9 am to 1 pm. Items can be brought in
on the day of sale as well but keep in mind that this will be hectic
for you. Info: www.jacksonxc.org.

November
11
: Military Appreciation
Day on Conway Scenic RR
: Join Conway Scenic Railroad in
honoring veterans and active military personnel who have served, or who
are currently serving the country. Those with proof of service ride
FREE on Veteran’s Day Sunday. Train departs at 11:30 a.m. (1-3/4
roundtrip ride to Bartlett)and 1:30 p.m. (55-minute roundtrip ride to
Conway). Visit www.conwayscenic.com
for more information.
Artisans, vendors,
crafts for children, puppet show, wholesome lunch, homemade baked
goods, student musical performances, a cake walk and outside games are
all part of the fun and festivities for the whole family. Free
admission.

November 24:
1st Annual Snowflake
Festival
:
Shop at The Shops at Norcross Place from 3-7PM and take part in the
first annual Snowflake Festival. It features a live radio broadcast and
FREE attractions for families and friends including a Photo
Tent with the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, a Snowflake Tent
where the Snowflake Queen and her fairies will help children create
their own snowflake tree ornaments, a North Pole Tent where Santa’s
elves will be on hand for face-painting and a Refreshments
Tent where hot cider, hot cocoa and wassail will be
available, plus Holiday Sales and Specials at all Norcross
Shops. Support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday! Info:
603-356-3532.

Now through January 31, 2013:
Mount Washington Observatory’s Washburn Gallery Sale:
The entire
collection of Mount Washington Observatory’s Brad Washburn aerial
photography is 20-percent off through January 31, 2013. This private
collection features 63 stunning black and white images of the White
Mountains, gifted to Mount Washington Observatory by Brad and Barbara
Washburn. View the collection and purchase prints at WashburnGallery.org.

FOR MORE HOT DEALS, CLICK HERE.

 

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 Majestic Home Town
Theatre

&


Majestic
Home Town Theatre & The Conway Cafe
invite you to enjoy a Majestic dinner & movie $9.95 buffet + $8
movie offered by Wed. & Sat. 6 pm.

Conway Village, NH 603-447-5030

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