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Winter Events in the Mt. Washington Valley!

The Wentworth Inn’s Annual Ice Sculpture Competition:  Three hours and a 300 pound hulk of ice. That’s what over a dozen national competitors have to work with when it comes to creating an award-winning ice sculpture. Over a dozen artists will use anything from a hammer and chisel to a chainsaw to create works of every kind. Watch as human beings, animals, abstract figures and more come to life from a hunk of ice through the vision of the sculptor.

The Wentworth Inn has been hosting the  Great Ice Carvers Invitational Ice Carving Competition for over 20 years and this should be the year you see it for yourself! Even if you can’t make the opening day, you can still enjoy the glazed glories out front for as long as they can withstand Mother Nature’s fickle temperatures!

LGBTQ Ski Weekend and Dance Party: Come to the White Mountains and celebrate equality! Ski all day with special lift ticket and lodging packages through Cranmore Inn. This promotion gives you access to the slopes of  Cranmore, Attitash or Wildcat Mountains. A Pride Dance Party follows, on Saturday January 4th at McGrath’s Tavern. Get the party started with DJ Disco Dungeon.

Night Dog Sledding Ride: Experience an authentic dog-sled ride through the White Mountain National Forest at Great Glen Trails. Partnering with Outlaw Ridge Sled Dogs, Great Glen Trails offers you the chance meet and greet the dog team, then take an intimate 4 mile tour on its trail system. Be sure to reserve a space as only three departures are scheduled.

Tin Mountain Conservation Center Youth Art Program: Junior nature artists are invited to join local artist and longtime teacher,  Deb Ayers, for a drawing class. Artists will spend the morning learning to draw the wonderful furry and feathery animals of our New Hampshire woodlands. Space is limited to so be sure to reserve a spot for the young artist in your life!

Learn to Line Dance at Zip’s Pub in Cranmore: Kick up your heels with Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation and help this non-profit raise money for its cause.  Happening on Thursday, January 30th, enjoy a night of fun & Country Line Dancing. You’ll be led by an instructor, music will be playing and appetizers will be provided. Centerplate restaurant at Cranmore will be catering and beverages will be available for purchase at Zip’s Pub.

What Sets East Coast Skiing Apart? New England Ski Museum Answers.

A common saying about East Coast skiing is “you can ski the East, you can ski anything.”

The East Coast throws extreme weather at us during the winter and therefore some of the most extreme skiing conditions. We see it all, skiing in North Conway, NH. On this side of the hemisphere we experience powder to ice to bluebird days to a month straight of 25 degrees below zero. And we ski in every bit of it. After all, Mother Nature gives us close to six months of ski season, she’s probably just trying to keep us entertained.

The variety of conditions that we not only ski in; but wake up to, shovel off our cars in, and drive through, just to get to the mountain to ski in creates a sense of pride. East Coast skiing and particularly Northern New Hampshire skiing is the birth place of skiing. With the forefathers and foremothers of skiing making their way to the White Mountains to partake in original backcountry skiing adventures.

The history that is steeped in the White Mountain National Forest and the six cross-country and seven alpine ski resorts is what makes being an East Coast skier so unique. It’s a history to hold onto, one to share and one to be proud to represent.

Which is why having the Eastern Branch of the New England Ski Museum in North Conway, NH is such an honor.

Photo c/o New England Ski Museum

The Eastern Branch of the New England Ski Museum is an extension of the flagship New England Ski Museum located in Franconia, NH. The Eastern Branch is a satellite station that features exhibit space, equipment and archives storage, a museum store, offices and small group meeting spaces.

You’ll find it in the heart of North Conway Village, situated next to Schouler Park the Conway Scenic Railroad – an 1880 Victorian train station, village shops, eateries. The Eastern Slope Branch of the New England Ski Museum is highly visible and accessible and it wants YOU to come in for a visit!

Photo c/o New England Ski Museum

If you’re a ski family an individual ski enthusiast or someone who wants to learn more about what sets the East Coast apart from other destinations, then the New England Ski Museum in North Conway, NH is a must-stop in your North Conway, NH vacation. It’s a great option for a rainy day activity, a way to walk off a great lunch you had in town, or a perfect pairing to a half-day ski ticket.

The collections provide insight into the early years of skiing, hidden ski gems in the White Mountains, a history on ski equipment and more. The Eastern Branch of the New England Ski Museum is dedicated to a sport that enriches the White Mountains and enriches the lives of everyone who partakes in it.

Thankful for Great Skiing in Mt. Washington Valley

By Kathy Bennett, Special for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

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New Hampshire skiing was all about Mt. Washington Valley this Thanksgiving weekend as three ski areas were open for the long weekend. Taking advantage of a cold snap and ideal snow making weather, Wildcat (open now for a few weeks), Bretton Woods and Cranmore all offered post-turkey Thanksgiving weekend skiing for locals and visitors alike.
Bretton Woods and Wildcat were open on the holiday proper. I told my dinner guests turkey would be served later than planned so we could take turns Thursday morning. Reporting 6 trails open, Wildcat had top to bottom, edge to edge frozen granular/machine groomed condition, served by their high speed quad. “Not bad for November” was the consensus of my skiing party, and we took in over 8000 ft of vertical in 4 runs before running home to put the bird in the oven.
Bretton Woods has been consistently adding new terrain since opening earlier this month, and Cranmore joined in the fun starting Friday.
For best results, be sure to tune your skis at one of the many great ski shops in town. I enjoyed sharp edges from the Great American Ski Renting Company on Route 16 in North Conway Village. They are also offering deals on their demo fleet from the last year, in case you are looking to upgrade your planks and save some bucks.
The forecast remains chilly and snow making efforts continue. Skiers can expect to see the increasing trail counts, more lifts operating and base depths building as we move towards the important holiday season vacation period. Grab some turns before then and enjoy the empty slopes as you regain your ski legs before the season begins in earnest!

Living and Working in Conway NH – A series – finale

Well, this week will be my last week with the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.   I will be heading south to be the Executive Director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce with offices located in Laconia and Franklin.  As some of my previous posts mentioned, I moved to West Ossipee at the end of June, so I will continue to commute from there to my new office location.

I spoke about owning your own business, but briefly touched upon other opportunities.  Working at the chamber is one, there are also many other non-profits to work for if you are interested in that avenue like Memorial Hospital.  The Mt Washington Valley Economic Counsel is at the new Tech Village and that has many high tech companies located within that people can work for along with Educational Opportunities.  Working at the outlets in a retail environment is another option; Settlers’ OVP and Settlers’ Crossing have many stores and opportunities.

If you are a teacher we have elementary and high schools to teach at; we also have manufacturing and service jobs.  Basically, there are many jobs available based on ones vocation.  If you are relocating from a larger city, you will find the pay scales to be different and you will need to be aware of that when looking for a position.  Then again, the housing and rental markets are different than the larger cities also.  Driving 20 – 40 minutes to get some where is not unheard of when you move to this area.

Many people relocate here for a quality of life change.  The natural beauty and outdoor activities draw people here from the southern cities.  Skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, skating, road biking, hiking, kayaking… the possibilities are endless and are up to you to decide on what will be your hobby or escape.

The Chamber has relocation packets available if you are interested in learning more about this great area to live and work.

Doug