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Cranmore Scores with Weekly Knockerball this Summer

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NORTH CONWAY, NH – Knockerball North Conway will be making its Cranmore debut this July on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer. The “Grand Opening” will be part of Cranmore’s Americana Celebration on Tuesday, July 4th.

Organized “KnockerSoccer” games will take place in an 80ft by 40ft inflatable arena at the base of Cranmore’s North Slope. Open to guests 48” and up, 3 rounds of 4 minute games are played with up to 30 players during each time slot. Games start every half hour starting at 10am until 4:30pm. A variety of organized games can be played based on the number, size and age of participants.

A Knockerball is an inflatable ball with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps, which is worn like a backpack. The ball is designed with multiple sheets of a higher grade durable TPU plastic and tension cups and cords, which allows participants to knock each other around without feeling trauma from the blow. Knockerball or “bubble soccer” has been gaining traction in Europe, Australia, Japan and elsewhere.

“We introduced KnockerBall to the Mount Washington Valley last summer and have seen a huge increase in popularity of the game.” said Matthew Milliken of KnockerBall, North Conway. “We guarantee a great time, and games normally break down into absolute laughter- it’s hysterical to watch and play.” he continued.

“We continue to seek ways to enhance our summer events and are excited to offer this unique and fun game as an ongoing piece of our events calendar.” said Cranmore President and GM, Ben Wilcox.

KnockerBall is valid with the purchase of a $13 Cranmore single ride ticket, or $65 6-pack of transferable tickets. A $10 upgrade can be purchased as an add-on to a Mountain Adventure Park, Aerial Adventure Park, Combo ticket or Summer Season Pass. Tickets can be purchased at Cranmore’s Ticket Office. Games are supervised and monitored at all times by trained staff to ensure safety of participants. Closed toed shoes are required. Games may be suspended due to heavy rain, high winds and thunder and lightning. For more information, visit http://www.knockerballnorthconway.com/.



Howie Wemyss to be Honored as Grand Marshal of 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb

Lincoln, NH – Officials with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, organizers of the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb planned for July 6-9, 2017 at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, NH, are proud to announce that Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has accepted an invitation to serve as the Grand Marshal of this year’s Climb to the Clouds.

Wemyss has served as General Manager of the oldest man-made attraction in the United States since 1987 and was instrumental in bringing the Mt. Washington Hillclimb back in 1990 after a 29 year hiatus. Having first been run in 1904, the Climb to the Clouds as it’s often referred, is the oldest automotive hillclimb in North America.

Joining the Mt. Washington Auto Road in 1977, Howie Wemyss started his career as a Stage Driver giving guided tours to the summit of Mt. Washington for a number of years before being asked to assume the General Manager’s position in 1987.  Always fascinated with the history of the Auto Road, Wemyss stated recently “I was particularly impressed with Bill Rutan’s 13 minute, 9 second record run from 1961, a record I would talk about on every tour I gave as a Stage Driver. He was a legendary figure in our minds. Shortly after becoming General Manager I was approached by Frank Jost, who at the time was working at the new car museum in Intervale, NH, about putting together an antique car race.  I started getting excited about the possibility of racing here again after all those years – even if it was a vintage race.  We hadn’t gotten all that far in planning when Robert Brotherus appeared in my office one day, wanting to talk with me about a full blown race. He had somehow gotten legendary rally driver John Buffum’s ear and expertise and was able to present a pretty compelling story to a very willing audience. After much internal discussion, in 1990 we brought back this amazing race.”

mt washington hillclimb.pngSince the 1990 Climb to the Clouds, which attracted twenty or so drivers to Pinkham Notch to test their skills against the mountain after a 29 year hiatus, the event has grown exponentially thanks to Wemyss’ guidance and vision, along with the constant support of the owners of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Throughout the 1990s, the hillclimb continued to grow, attracting as many as 60 top notch road race, rally and hillclimb drivers from across the United States and Canada for each event as well as a growing crowd of spectators.  New records were set along the 7.6 mile course – first by local rally driver Tim O’Neil from Whitefield, NH in 1990 when he set a fastest time of 7 minutes 45 seconds piloting a rare all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Rally Golf. Record times continued in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995 – with multi-time Canadian rally champion Frank Sprongl recording a time of 6 minutes, 41.99 seconds in 1998 driving a 400 horsepower Audi Quattro S2 – a record that would stand for thirteen years.

In 2004, in recognition of the centennial of the first hillclimb on Mt. Washington in 1904, the race was resurrected as a vintage only event that gathered over 25 vehicles with past Mt. Washington hillclimbing and auto racing history.

In 2011, the Climb to the Clouds was seen as one of the key events needed in a summer long celebration in support of the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s 150th anniversary.  With organizational assistance from the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire and Vermont SportsCar, the Mt. Washington Hillclimb roared back to life after ten years attracting nearly 75 cars and drivers from across the United States, Canada and Europe.  This time, multi-time Rally America National Champion David Higgins from the Isle of Man set a new record time of 6 minutes 11.04 seconds driving a Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2011 Subaru WRX STI for Subaru Rally Team USA.

With the excitement for the race now rekindled, Wemyss met with members of the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire to discuss the possibility of bringing the Nation’s oldest hillclimb back to Mt. Washington every three years or so.  In 2014, with 80 teams making their way to Pinkham Notch from across North America and the United Kingdom, yet another record was set on the Northeast’s tallest peak – a blistering fast time of 6 minutes, 9.09 seconds set again by Subaru Rally Team USA’s driver, David Higgins, along with his talented co-driver, Craig Drew, driving their 2014 Subaru WRX STI.

mt-washington-hillclimb2.jpgIn 2017, Wemyss and his talented team at the Mt. Washington Auto Road will once again work with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire to welcome back 80 teams to Green’s Grant in Pinkham Notch, just 8 miles south of Gorham, NH, when the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb returns to the Auto Road July 7-9, 2017.  With 18 or more states represented as well as the countries of Romania, Finland, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and Australia, as well as the United States of America, the event will be the most international automotive hillclimb the Mt. Washington Auto Road has ever held.

“The history of this event is wonderful”, stated Wemyss. “It’s a unique race that appeals to a niche of people who want to challenge themselves on this road, and we’re happy to have people be able to take on that challenge. But aside from that we can’t do this without it making sense from a business prospective – so we hope to do well financially and/or get great publicity that will help make sense of the fact that we close the Road to the public for two half days and one full day in July.” When asked what his hopes were for the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, Wemyss replied, “A safe event, great weather, happy sponsors, organizers and fans – and a sub six minute run!”

Set for July 7-9, 2017, the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will serve as a 3-day motorsports festival filled with a variety of motorsports-oriented activities for all ages including a vendor area, historic car displays and a possible autograph session topped off by the return of the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb along the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road on Sunday, July 9, 2017.

For more information regarding the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb, including the events history and list of record times or how to purchase spectator tickets to view the race from the base area or along the course visit http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/climb-to-the-clouds.

Attitash Mountain Resort Hosts 2nd Annual Thad Thorne 5k Memorial Race Saturday, June 15

Cross-country trail runners are invited to register now for the second annual Thad Thorne 5k Memorial Trail Race to be held at Attitash Mountain Resort Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. Part of the proceeds of this race will benefit the Bartlett Middle School Ski Team.

Long-time general manager of Attitash Ski Area, Thaddeus Thorne was integral to launching one of New England’s original summer fun ski areas when

A group of runners cross the finish line at last year’s inaugural Thad Thorne 5k Memorial Race. The race is named for one of the founding fathers of Attitash and proceeds from the event registration benefit the Bartlett Middle School Ski Team.
A group of runners cross the finish line at last year’s inaugural Thad Thorne 5k Memorial Race. The race is named for one of the founding fathers of Attitash and proceeds from the event registration benefit the Bartlett Middle School Ski Team.

he initiated the construction of the Alpine Slide and established summer operations beginning in the summer of 1976. Considered a Founding Father of Attitash, Thad took part in the original planning of Attitash Ski Area and served as the General Manager for over 20 years.


“The inaugural Thad Thorne 5k was a fun event for the field of participants last year,” said Attitash Events and Race Manager Corey Madden. “It’s just enough challenge for experienced cross-country and recreational runners to enjoy the morning with their family and friends on the slopes of Attitash.”
Early registration for the Thad Thorne 5k is currently open and the fee of $20 will include a free event t-shirt for the first 50 registered and (1) BBQ lunch ticket. Registration is available online at http://www.attitash.com; at the Attitash Ticket Office (Open M-F, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.); or by phone at 800.272.5228 before 12 p.m. Friday, June 14.

Registration on the morning of the event will be $25 and take place from 8-9 a.m. at the Adventure Center building (located at the base of Attitash Mountain). All 5k trail race registrations on the day of the event will include (1) BBQ Lunch Ticket. This is a rain or shine event.

The course will be a mix of trail conditions including dirt, loose gravel and grass. The race trail route will utilize terrain on both Attitash and Bear Peak. A free children’s fun run will take place after the 5k event. Attitash wishes to thank Eastern Mountain Sports, Keen Footwear, Dakine and Smith Optics for helping to sponsor this event.


Attitash Mountain Resort is the original summer fun ski area in the Mount Washington Valley offering the Alpine Slide, year-round Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, Waterslides, Lift-Service Downhill and Cross-Country Mountain Biking, Scenic Chair, Horseback Riding, New Airbag Jump and more. Attitash Mountain Resort is also home to the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel & Conference Center providing the areas only full-service, slopeside accommodations. For further information, please visit attitash.com or call 1-800-223 SNOW.

Cranmore Opens for Spring/Summer Operations on May 25


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Free admission to Children 38” or less new this season

Cranmore Mountain opens for its third summer season on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Cranmore’s Mountain Adventure Park is sure to make a memorable Memorial Day weekend for families visiting the North Conway, NH area.  In New England’s popular resort town of North Conway, Cranmore offers a variety of rides and activities for all ages, including the Mountain Coaster, Aerial Adventure Park, Giant Swing, Soaring Eagle Zip Line and Segway Tours.

The park offers a full day of outdoor activities, with economical all inclusive ticket options starting as low as $29 for 38”-53”, $39 for individuals 54” and up , and new for 2013, children 38” and under are free (not applicable for Aerial Adventure Park). Discounts are also available for groups of 20 or more. E-coupons and online savings are available at http://www.cranmore.com. Savings include a $5 discount on advance web reservations for the Aerial Adventure Park.

The Cranmore Aerial Adventure Park is an aerial forest ropes course consisting of 8 individual, elevated courses for different ability levels consisting of dozens of challenging elements. Each course varies in terms of elevation and challenge. Elements include rope bridges, ladders, cargo nets, zip lines and more. All courses are self guided and every person is snapped into a guide line. The Aerial Adventure course is a 2-hr. adventure through the trees.

Mountain Segway Tours traverse the surrounding streets and mountain slopes on the revolutionary transporters. Each 60 minute session includes 30 minutes of training, and 30 minutes of touring both off and on road routes. Segway tours are for ages 14+.

The mountain coaster is a two person coaster sled that offers thousands of feet of twisting, turning fun. The speed can be controlled for a leisurely ride or speedy downhill decent. New for 2013, riders will have the option of purchasing a souvenir photo, taken on the decent.

Cranmore brings its popular winter tubing attraction to summer with summer tubing on a special surface for a 400 foot ride down the mountain. Ride the magic carpet lift to the top of the slope with a tube and enjoy the slide back down.

The Giant Swing is a four person attraction that lets riders arc high into the sky. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line carries two riders backwards 700 feet and then zips back to the base at approximately 35 miles per hour.

The Bungy Trampoline lets users fly high doing flips on one of the four stations. The inflatable obstacle course, bouncy house and spider mountain climb offer hours of entertainment for guests of all ages.

Starting June 22nd, enjoy the surrounding views of North Conway and Mount Washington, on a four person chairlift ride to the summit. Boxed lunches can be purchased at the base and can be enjoyed at the summit on the deck of the Meister Hut where the New England Ski Museum exhibit is displayed.

To purchase tickets online for Cranmore’s Mountain Adventure Park, Aerial Adventure Park and Segway, visit http://www.cranmore.com, dial 1-800-SUN-N-SKI or visit the ticket office during operating hours.  The Mountain and Aerial Adventure Parks are open weekends starting May 25th through June 16th from 10am-5pm, open daily from June 22nd through September 2nd from 10am-6pm; then weekends only though Columbus Day, October 7th from 10am-5pm.

Cranmore is also home to Cranmore Fitness, the Valley’s largest fitness facility. The Club is open daily and offers memberships as well as day passes for visitors to the area. More information can be found at www.cranmorefitness.com.

Cranmore Mountain, located in the heart of North Conway Village in the White Mountains of New Hampshire only 2.5 hours from the Boston area, has been entertaining families with fun and festive activities for over 75 years. For more information on Cranmore Mountain and the latest news of special events, visit www.cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.

What’s Happening at the Auto Road!

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  We are now open to the summit (weather permitting) 8:30am-5:00pm!

New this summer!

ALL Guided Tours are two hours in length and
include a one hour stay on the summit.

Alton Weagle Day Saturday, May 25th

A celebration of all the firsts at the Mt. Washington Auto Road! Alton Weagle had a passion for Mt. Washington. He climbed the Mt. Washington Auto Road in a number of unique ways: by car, on foot, walking backwards, blindfolded and finally pushing a wheelbarrow full of sugar! We invite you to dream up a “first ascent” of some kind and run the idea by us – you just may get invited to celebrate with us! Contact Howie@Mt-Washington.Com if you’ve got an idea!

Bicknell’s Thrush Tours June 6, 8, 9, 11*, 17, 19 

Bicknell’s Thrush is an extremely rare species with very limited breeding grounds. It is the rarest and most secretive of the breeding thrushes in North America and it is the only bird whose breeding is restricted to the Northeastern part of the continent. The Mt Washington Auto Road offers birders a unique guided opportunity to view this rare bird in its breeding habitat. Tours leave at 6am and reservations are required by contacting Kim Hoyt, kim@mt-washington.com

*June 11 is the extended Birds and Flowers tour

Motorcycle Week

Motorcycle Monday, June 10th and Ride to the Sky June, 13th.
The Auto Road is open to motorcycles and Guided Tours in our stages (vans) only – no cars or trucks on those two days. Arrive before 10:00am on Thursday and your motorcycle passenger rides for free!
Check out the http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com for more details!


June 10 & 13 . . . . . . . . . . . Motorcycles only; Closed to cars
June 15. . . . . Open 1:00 PM-6:00 PM for the annual footrace
June 23. . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . .Closed to cars for NH ATV Day

June 30. .  . . . . . . Open 3:30 AM-6:00 PM for a sunrise drive

Be sure to check our vehicle limitations and we suggest to call ahead for operating status. (603) 466-3988.