Attitash Mountain Resort will recognize our nation’s defenders and is offering free lift tickets for active, veteran and retired service men and women as well as discounted lift tickets ($45 All Ages) for active duty family members with ID* on Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25. While all honorary and fun activities will take place at Attitash, Wildcat Mountain, located in Pinkham Notch just 20 minutes from Attitash, will also be offering these same ticket discounts.
On Saturday, January 24, at Attitash Mountain, all are welcome to participate in the on-snow flag parade taking place at approximately 1:00 p.m. Later that afternoon, fun and entertainment featuring The Jonathan Sarty Band will take place in Ptarmigan’s Pub beginning at 3 p.m. and slopeside fireworks scheduled for 6 p.m. Then on Sunday, the Annual Battle of the Branches GS Race will take place. Racers of all levels (including children) will select which branch they are representing and their points will go toward each branch to determine a winner.
The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, offering slopeside accommodations at Bear Peak, is offering a 20% discount on lodging to military personnel for the weekend, call 888.554.1900 for reservations. For the Military Salute Weekend ticket discounts offered at both Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain, Active Duty personnel must show their Common Access Card (CAC) or their DD Form 2ACT. Veterans must present their DD Form 214 and retired military personnel must show their DD Form 2RET. Dependants must show their DD Form 1173. For more information on this and other events, visit attitash.com.
Photo – A skier holds the American flag in the commemorative flag parade held annually during Military Salute Weekend at Attitash Mountain Resort.
Attitash Mountain Resort, located in the Mount Washington Valley, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary during the 2014/15 ski season, having first opened for skiing on January 26, 1965. Offering two distinct mountains, Attitash and Bear Peak, it is known for its signature terrain parks, ski school and children’s programs, terrain for all abilities, après entertainment, family value, and quality slopeside accommodations featuring the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel. For further information, please visit attitash.com or call 1-800-223 SNOW.
Wildcat Mountain is home to New Hampshire’s longest ski trail and is renowned for its high summit elevation over 4,000 feet and greater than 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding. Wildcat’s elevation and proximity to Mt. Washington contributes greater natural snowfall and a long winter/spring season annually. Wildcat Mountain has consistently been rated #1 scenery by readers of SKI Magazine. For further information, please visit skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.
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On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, all dads can enjoy the Wildcat Express scenic gondola for free when one or more other family members purchase an adult or junior gondola ride. The only one of its kind in North America, the Wildcat Express transforms from New Hampshire’s arguably fastest and most powerful summit quad chairlift during the winter and spring skiing and riding season to the state’s highest summer and fall scenic gondola. The enclosed 4-person scenic gondolas offer a unique guest experience and opportunity to view Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range from atop the over 4,000 foot summit. The Wildcat Express scenic gondola is the best way for the entire family, including well-behaved dogs on leash, to enjoy the legendary views and scenery that have been consistently voted #1 in the East.
Zip from Summit of Bear Peak to Attitash Mountain Will Be Longest Single Span In Contiguous U.S.
Attitash Mountain Resort has long been recognized as New England’s original summer fun ski area with the Alpine Slide, still the longest in North America, first opening to the public in 1976. Since then Attitash Mountain Resort has added many more summer attractions including the Mount Washington Valley’s longest mountain coaster and New Hampshire’s first free-fall Airbag Jump. This season, Attitash will introduce a new ZipTour attraction featuring the Flying Bear and Attitash Aerial Zip Lines.
“We are thrilled to once again be adding another major new attraction to the Attitash experience this summer,” said President of Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain John Lowell. “The installation project has already begun and we project to open the ZipTour, including the Preflight, Flying Bear and Attitash Aerial Zip Lines, by mid-summer.” ZipTour is a zipline experience where the rider has the ability to control their speed. It will offer two parallel cable lines at each of the spans being constructed. The new ZipTour will carry riders from the summit of Bear Peak to the base of Attitash Mountain. Two major zip line spans are being installed along with a training span. The Flying Bear Zip will be just under 5,000 feet long, reaching heights greater than 400 feet off the ground as it crosses the valley between the two mountains. It will currently be the longest single span zip line in the contiguous United States. The Attitash Aerial Zip will be just under 3000 feet long and return the riders to the base of Attitash Mountain.
The Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Eurobungy Trampoline, 24-foot Climbing Wall, Airbag Jump, and Slacklines are all scheduled to open for weekends only beginning Saturday, May 24 (including the Memorial Day Monday). Starting Saturday, June 14 the Waterslides, Buddy Bear’s Playpool, Scenic Chair Sky Ride, Horseback Riding and hand-led Pony Rides along the Saco River also become available.
Also opening Memorial Day Weekend is lift-serviced Downhill Mountain Biking at Attitash on a network of designated trails that have been developed and maintained for summer & fall mountain bike use. The Dirt Trax bike shop has added new, high-end downhill demo bikes to its available rental fleet and additional Eastern States Cup regional competitions, including “Enduro” and “Super D” races, as well as a weekly race league, have been added to the mountain bike events calendar. Attitash has over 21 miles of mountain bike trails including the more difficult and technically challenging lift-serviced downhill trails as well as cross-country trails.
Attitash will again be hosting an outdoor summer music series every Saturday afternoon in July & August and will also have its BlueberryFEST on August 2 and the 17th Annual Oktoberfest October 11-12. Summer season passes are now on sale and begin as low as $100 for children under 48″ or for the mountain biking only pass. Mountainside lodging is available at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel featuring quality accommodations, year-round heated outdoor pool and spas, fitness center and casual dining at EleVations restaurant. All rates and information can be found online at attitash.com or by calling 1-800-223-7669.
In the summer of 1933, the depression era born Civilian Conservation Corps, armed with axes and cross-cut saws, started clearing the Wildcat Trail. It was one of the first ski racing trails built in the United States designed by Charley Proctor, the all-around ski champion of Canada in 1927, and was designated as a class “A” racing trail. To celebrate its history, Wildcat Mountain invites outdoor and ski enthusiasts alike to visit Saturday, August 24 to enjoy a day of guided hikes, tours, displays, BBQ, music, and more as it marks 80 years of the Wildcat Trail.
“Wildcat Mountain is a very historical New England ski area, well known in the ski industry, and I feel fortunate to be here to take part in this celebration,” said incoming General Manager Brian Heon. “The summer celebration gives a bit of a nod to the coming 2013/14 ski season and we’ll be planning additional events this winter to celebrate 80 years of the Wildcat Trail.”
The event schedule for the summer celebration taking place Saturday, August 24 includes:
10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Scenic gondola ride up with guided summit tour and hike down the Wildcat Trail (weather/conditions permitting). Hosted by the Appalachian Mountain Club (scenic gondola ticket purchase required).
10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. – New Hampshire’s highest scenic gondola, ZipRider zip-line cable ride and lift-serviced disc golf,
(weather/conditions permitting, ticket purchase required).
11:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Grills will be fired up on the deck of the main base lodge offering BBQ items available for purchase. Beer and wine also available.
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Historical displays and information presented by the New England Ski Museum, Museum of the White Mountains and the U.S. Forest Service highlighting the Civilian Conservation Corps, their tools, history of the Wildcat Trail, as well as information on today’s volunteer trail maintenance programs.
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Free, live music performed by Mo’ Blues on the lawn at Wildcat Mountain.
Wildcat Mountain opens for summer beginning Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. offering two major state attractions for the long Memorial Day Weekend including New Hampshire’s only ZipRider zip-line cable ride and the highest scenic gondola in the state, the Wildcat Express. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat Mountain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to enjoy views and scenery in Pinkham Notch.
Wildcat Mountain’s ZipRider offers a unique flying experience and is the only attraction of its kind in New Hampshire. Different from the canopy zip-line tours familiar to most, at Wildcat Mountain, for just the cost of a $20 ticket and meeting minimum and maximum weight/height requirements, riders will descend just under a half-mile over trails, tree-tops, and the Peabody River at heights of up to 70 feet and speeds that can reach 45 miles per hour.
Also unique to Wildcat Mountain, and the only one of its kind in North America, the Wildcat Express has once again transformed from New Hampshire’s fastest and most powerful summit quad chairlift during the winter and spring skiing and riding season to the state’s highest summer and fall scenic gondola. The enclosed 4-person scenic gondola cabins transport guests to the 4,000 foot-plus summit of Wildcat Mountain offering ideal views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range. The scenic gondola is the best way for the entire family, including well-behaved canine members on a leash, to enjoy incredible views and scenery. Gondolas run continuously, so you don’t wait in any lines.
This summer also marks 80 years from when the Civilian Conservation Corps, armed with axes and cross-cut saws, started clearing the Wildcat Trail in 1933. It was one of the first ski racing trails built in the United States designed by Charley Proctor, the all-around ski champion of Canada in 1927, and was designated as a class “A” racing trail. Wildcat Mountain is planning to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Wildcat Trail on Saturday, August 24 with a day of guided hikes, tours, presentations, BBQ, music, and more.
The ZipRider & scenic gondola will be open as weather permits for weekends only (including the Memorial Day Monday) beginning Saturday, May 25 and then will begin to operate daily Saturday, June 15 through Labor Day and will the return to weekend only operations from September 7 to October 14. Wildcat Mountain offers hiking, a fishing pond, a lift-serviced 9-hole alpine disc golf course, and weekly guided tours and outdoor interpretive programs with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Appalachian Mountain Club. The base lodge café serves a lunch menu and picnic-style “Lunch & Ride” packages are available for individuals, families, or groups. All rates and information can be found online at skiwildcat.com or by calling 1-888-SKI-WILD.
The sixteen major attractions located throughout New Hampshire’s White Mountains Region are getting ready to open their doors. In addition to the usual preparations for the upcoming tourism season, many of these family-friendly attractions are introducing new rides, outdoor adventures and improvements for 2013.
“The interest in summer activities has already started, so it’s great to see the attractions starting to open their doors,” said Jayne O’Connor, President of the White Mountains Attractions Association. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand for getting out in the mountains once the weather turns warm.”
Several of the parks are open already, including The Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway, which is running train rides daily now, and looking forward to two July visits from Thomas the Tank Engine. The Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch is also now open daily, with a mix of wildflowers and winter ice along the walk. In North Woodstock, Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves opens for the season daily on May 10th, with an expanded schedule of evening Lantern Tours through the caves starting Memorial Day weekend.
Other new features include a newly opened cave on the tour at Polar Caves Park on Route 25 in Rumney, now open daily; and at the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the crew is building its final environmentally-friendly bio-diesel locomotive. The Cog is open weekends for now and will run a daily schedule starting May 25. Also on Mount Washington, the Auto Road in Pinkham Notch is open daily for guided tours aboard the Auto Road’s “Stages” (passenger vans). The tours have been extended this year, giving visitors a full hour to explore the top of the Northeast’s highest peak.
For thrill-seeking water fun, Santa’s Village in Jefferson will be adding three new waterslides to its water park area, and renovating some of the public areas. Glen’s famous Story Land will open weekends May 25-June 9, then daily, with a magic show added to their entertainment line-up.
The opening schedule for other attractions in the White Mountains include ; Attitash Mountain Resort (weekends May 25-June 9, then daily); Hobo Railroad (weekends May 25-June 9, then daily); and Wildcat Mountain (weekends May 25-June 9, then daily).
For updated operation dates, visit the WMAA website at www.VisitWhiteMountains.com. The White Mountains Attractions Association was founded in 1958 as a co-operative marketing association for the region. In 1983, it was also designated the State’s official Regional Association for the White Mountains of New Hampshire, able to assist the press and visitors with information about the region.
Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain believe that giving to the community is an essential part of its success and supports hundreds of organizations and events each year. Asked frequently to support charities of all types, Attitash and Wildcat Mountain annually support the local community and region by providing charitable contributions. Annually, they review hundreds of requests and donate accordingly with emphasis on local education and public health organizations. This past season, over $40,000 in lift ticket and season pass products alone were donated to help with those charitable fundraising efforts.
In addition to annual donations, other opportunities to help raise funds include events on and off the snow. On the snow, one example is the Attitash U Go Girl race series that helped raise $1,700 to benefit local organization Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation that provides supplemental financial assistance and other resources to cancer patients and their families in the Mount Washington Valley. Also notable this past season, Wildcat Mountain hosted its annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge and participants of that were able to collectively raise over $133,000 in pledge donations to set a new event record high donation
amount for Make-A-Wish of New Hampshire.
Off the snow, Attitash and Wildcat hold an annual season passholder party at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel where attendees can enjoy complimentary food, beverages, raffle door prizes, DJ & dancing. While having fun and socializing is the primary objective to attend, one of the highlights of the annual season passholder parties has been both the silent and live auctions to benefit local organizations. This past winter, specific items and services from both Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain were designated to benefit AbilityPLUS Inc. adaptive ski program, Bartlett Recreation Department, or the Berlin Recreation Department. Some of the items included vintage trail signs, large trail maps, season passes, photos, and custom-made ski furniture donated by SkiChair.com. This year’s event saw Attitash and Wildcat season passholders raise a combined total of $7,722 to benefit the three organizations.
10th Annual Wildcat Mountain Marathon Skiing & Riding Event Participants Raise Over $133,000
A total of 42 skiers and riders registered and accepted the challenge to conquer over 100,000 vertical feet in a single day on Monday, March 11th to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire. Weather for the event was ideal for the field of male & female, young & old, and ski & snowboard participants to push themselves to complete the marathon alpine event. This year’s participants were able to collectively raise over $133,000 in pledge donations to set a new event record high donation amount.
Loading the Wildcat Express high-speed summit quad chairlift at 7:30am to begin the 100,000 vertical foot challenge (skiing or snowboarding a minimum 48 runs down the legendary Lynx trail), the majority of the largest field of participants that the event has ever seen were able to complete the personal challenge. More impressive, top fundraisers for this year’s 100K Day were lead for a fourth year in a row by Kevin Elwood of Boxford, MA having raised over $83,000. William Steward of Topsfield, MA was second top fundraiser having submitted over $7,000 in collected donations. And friends Derek Pelletier and Ryan Hill of Boxford, MA were very close in taking the third highest in collected donation amounts with both having raised just under $7,000 each for the event with Derek surpassing Ryan by only a small margin of total donations.
Wildcat Mountain has previously been recognized by Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire among its “Chris Greicius – Society of Strength” donor level. Now in its tenth year, the event has now surpassed $433,000 total and continues toward the next recognized Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire donor level set at $500,000. The annual event is unique to Wildcat Mountain coupling the accessibility and speed of the Wildcat Express high-speed, summit lift and the ski area’s greater than 2,100 vertical foot drop.
Wildcat Mountain would like to thank all participants, donation supporters, volunteers, and recognize the generosity of those that helped to make the event possible providing in-kind support and top fundraising prizes including: Fischer Skis, Rossignol Skis, Bern Unlimited, Dakine, Boston Patagonia, Kelty, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain.
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire (www.newhampshire.wish.org) is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It strives to provide children with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times and the joy to experience the present. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire is part of the nation’s largest and most recognized wish-granting organization, with chapters and volunteers throughout the United States and the world.