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Still Skiing in Mt. Washington Valley

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

While the ground is brown south of here, the snow base is still deep and white at the ski areas in and around North Conway. The end of March usually sees some ski areas call it quits – due to a lack of skiers, not a lack of snow.

But there is still plenty of skiing left here into April.

Yesterday I skied the popular Ellis River Trail Loop at Jackson Ski Touring. As you can see from the photos, the snow is still deep. The rivers and streams were flowing but the trail was groomed with coverage edge to edge.  JSTF former Executive Director Thom Perkins confirmed that their mid-November open date is among their earliest and manager Deb Deschenes said it was a great season right up until the end, which takes place on March 31.

Those wishing to continue xc skiing can continue fun on skinny skis at Bear Notch Ski Touring. They have not published a closing date yet, but the Garlands usually keep the groomers going as long as they can. Last year on Easter Sunday I enjoyed skiing there, taking advantage of their higher elevations and shaded trails which keep their snow longer than most.

Sunday brought me to Wildcat. The fog and forecast of rain scared off most folks, which left the deep, soft-turning snow for those of us who were more intrepid. The warm air was a treat and I skied without googles. The fog was not an impediment as visibility was reasonable and the fog was off and on skiing down through the elevations. What was consistent was the snow quality, with only a few areas showing more variable/spring conditions. They will easily make it to Easter, when they have fun events scheduled on April 21.

Cranmore ends daily operations today but will reopen April 6-7.  Wildcat has not published an estimated close date on their website. Bretton Woods has posted an April 15 close date. 

Check here for the most recent listing of closings and end of season events.

Closing dates are subject to change so visit each resort website for the latest and greatest. But don’t put those skis away just yet!

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A December to Remember

Snowvember came upon Mt. Washington Valley this year, with last month being one of the snowiest Novembers  in memory! The good news is that the snowpack is still in great shape, and low temperatures have given ski areas many ample opportunities for snowmaking. The skiing this month has made it a December to Remember with all local areas now open – from Black Mountain to Bretton Woods, from King Pine to Great Glen- to everything in between. This sets us up nicely for the upcoming Christmas Vacation Week!

Some Tips for Holiday Skiing

Business has been brisk at Valley ski areas, as news has spread about the amazing conditions and open terrain after several sizeable snowfalls fell through the White Mountains. This is reason to believe the holiday period will also be popular. A few tips to get the most out of your trip to the North Conway area:

  • Book your trip ahead of time and ask your hotel about discount lift tickets. Popular dates will sell out – especially New Year’s weekend. Cranmore Mountain Lodge and Colonial Motel are two nice values. Research lodging at http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org
  • Beat the crowds – Christmas Day is usually a quiet day on the slopes, so some ski areas close all together, or offer discounted rates. Bretton Woods is open 10am – 4pm on the 25th with $45 lift tickets. That is less than half of the usual holiday rate, as their full day holiday lift tickets are $99 this year. Read about it at http://www.brettonwoods.com

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    My friend Marina makes her way with the wintery splendor of Mount Washington in the background. Shot 12/16/18.
  • Buy online in advance – Want to avoid paying full retail? Purchase your lift tickets online in advance. The further in advance and the more days you purchase, the better the savings. Attitash and Wildcat ski areas share a lift ticket, so your multi-day ticket purchased online lets you bounce between the areas from day to day. Buy online at www.attitash.com
  • Tune your skis before you go – With increased holiday skier traffic, the conditions can get skied off later in the day. Freshly edged skis will keep you carving up a storm until the last run. The Valley features many ski shops to do a tune, as do most mountains. Find out where to find your closest option for an edge and wax here.
  • Celebrate On the Slopes – Want to know another secret? New Year’s Day is historically a much less busy day than the rest of the holiday week. New Year’s Eve revelers sleep in or pack it up early to head home. Don’t be that person. Greet 2019 by breathing in the brilliantly freezing air from atop a ski lift and know that great things are ahead for the New Year.

So how are conditions you may ask? Season to date, starting in early November,  I have skied Wildcat, Cranmore, Great Glen, Jackson Ski Touring and Bretton Woods (ah, the benefits of living close to the mountains). Conditions have ranged from powder to packed powder, to today’s machine groomed/variable conditions at Wildcat. Cross Country fans will want to pay close attention to the grooming report and hit the most recently tracked trails as some refreezing has taken place. Overall, I would rate this December among the best for early season turns and tracks, truly one to remember!

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Who doesn’t love tunnels? This one connects the cross over from the Bobcat Triple to the Wild Kitten beginner area at Wildcat. Shot 12/16/18.

 

 

AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports SPRINGFEST (Ski-A-Thon)

Join us on Saturday, March 11 for SPRINGFEST, AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports’ biggest fundraiser of the year here in the Mount Washington Valley! This all-day event at Wildcat Mountain in Jackson, New Hampshire includes a Ski/Ride-A-Thon, an Après Ski Party with a buffet, silent auction, raffle,  and prizes, all to benefit AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports and the community it serves.

abilityplusHere’s how the Ski/Ride-A-Thon at SPRINGFEST works:

1. Register for the event. The registration cost for non-season pass holders is $75 and includes a lift ticket, entrance to the Après Ski Party, a registration bag, a t-shirt, and a raffle ticket. For Attitash/Wildcat Season Pass holders, the registration cost is $35 and includes the same benefits as a non-season pass holder registration.

For those that want to register as a team, the fee is $250 for a team of four people. For those who want to only attend the Après Ski Party, entrance is $20 per person.

2. Start your own FirstGiving Fundraising Page and begin accepting donations! There are fantastic prizes for individual fundraisers, with prizes starting at $250. For more information,
visit https://www.firstgiving.com/abilityplus/spring-fest.

3. Attend the Ski-Bid-Party! Check in at 8:30am on March 11th at the Jackson Room located on the top floor of the Wildcat Base Lodge. Enjoy skiing and other festivities, including making bids in the silent auction until 2:45pm.

Food will be served at 3pm in the Jackson Room on the top floor. The menu consists of:

  • Maple Chipotle Chicken Wings
  • American Chop Suey,
  • Braised Meatballs with Sauce
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Garden Salad with Blueberry Mead Viaigrette
  • Sausage with Peppers, Onions, and Potatoes
  • Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese
  • Chili with Shredded Cheddar
  • Potatoes AU Gratin

For more information about SPRINGFEST, call 603-374-2688  or visit the AbilityPLUS website at www.abilityplus.org.

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About AbilityPLUS

AbilityPLUS serves a diverse population of individuals, from people with severe physical disabilities to people with autism, across the spectrum. AbilityPLUS and each of their affiliate programs are open to everyone. They teach and work with people regardless of their age, disability or financial constraints.

Since their founding in 1997, programs have grown from working with a handful of families and individuals to providing thousands of program lessons to hundreds of families and individuals each year. They have adaptive ski programs that operate out of Mount Snow, Vermont and in Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire with partnership and affiliate programs throughout New England.

The AbilityPLUS Mission

To offer increased access to athletic and recreational opportunities for persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities that will create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, mental and athletic potential.

 

AbilityPLUS Mount Washington Valley Ski/Ride A-Thon and Apres Party Saturday, March 19, 2016!

Join AbilityPlus for a day of family fun at their SKI-A-THON
at Wildcat Mountain on  Saturday March 19th.

This is the primary annual fundraiser for AbilityPLUS programs in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. The full day event includes the Ski/Ride-A-Thon, family friendly après party with silent auction, games, crafts, prizes, raffle, food and drink, featuring our potato bar, a favorite among everyone!

$75 for an Individual
$250 for a team of 4
$35 for Attitash/Wildcat season pass holders

Entry includes: lift ticket, T-shirt, apes ski party w/ food & beverages, raffle tickets, access to silent auction, entertainment adaptive equipment and coaches/guides available upon request

Check in at 9:30 – Apres ski party starting at 3:00

Register at http://www.abilityplus.org

Online fundraising is vital to this fundraiser, so please consider creating a fundraising page at FIRSTGIVING or making a donation to one of that pages already created.

Prizes will be awarded to those that raise $250, $500, and every $500 increment after that!

The top fundraiser gets to pick their prize, FIRST TRACKS with the Wildcat MG or a SNOWCAT RIDE!!

Don’t forget to wear a fun costume! Anyone that dresses up gets a free raffle ticket.

Call AbilityPLUS at MWV at 603-374-2688

Founded in 1997, AbilityPLUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of program participants, their families, friends and a community of volunteers who together provide life changing, year ’round adaptive sports and recreation for people with any type of disability. 

Military Personnel Ski Free at Attitash and Wildcat This Weekend

Activities & Free Lift Tickets for Active, Veteran & Retired Military Service Men & Women

 Attitash Mountain Resort will recognize our nation’s defenders by offering free lift tickets for active, veteran and retired service men and women as well as discounted lift tickets for active duty family members with proper identification on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24. 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, everyone is welcome to participate in the on-snow flag parade taking place at 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.  Sunday features the annual Battle of the Branches GS Ski Race.  A fun race for all ages those wishing to participate will select which branch they are representing and their points will go toward each branch to determine a branch winner.

“Our ski resorts are proud to offer our military personnel and their families the opportunity for a fun filled weekend on the slopes at a minimal cost.  There is no real way to say thank you for putting your life on the line for our country but we feel this is the least we can do,” stated John Lowell, President of Attitash & Wildcat Mountain.

Guests visiting Attitash Mountain Resort this weekend can expect to ski and snowboard on over 80% of its terrain as exceptional snowmaking temperatures and natural snowfall in January have contributed to create excellent conditions.

“Our snowmaking team has been working tirelessly and Mother Nature has helped out a bit as well.  Currently our on-mountain product is as good as it gets and we’re still making snow around the clock,” stated Lowell.

Those looking to stay for the weekend the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, offering slopeside accommodations at Bear Peak, is offering a 20% discount on lodging to military personnel for the weekend and still has limited availability.   Call 888.554.1900 for reservations.

For more information about this event, snow conditions and more visit attitash.com and skiwildcat.com

January is Learn to Ski Month

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Is learning to ski or snowboard on your resolution list for 2015? Do you have a
friend or family member that should be joining you on the trails? If either of these ideas sounds familiar, you or your friends/family might want to take advantage of Ski NH’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard month in January. This promotion is designed help first time skiers and boarders become comfortable on the slopes or trails by providing a lesson, rental equipment and lift ticket for $29 or trail pass for $19. The Mt. Washington Valley Alpine and Nordic ski areas participating in Ski NH’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard month are King Pine Ski AreaCranmore MountainBretton WoodsGreat Glen Trails, and Bretton Woods XCAttitash and Wildcat are offering the same January $29 promotion  Please note these specially priced packages are offered January only, at special times, and space is limited.

Any time after January 2, 2015, visit www.SkiNH.com where you will find links to each participating resort and reserve your Learn to Ski and Snowboard lesson. If you register for this promotion at any of the above ski resorts or XC Centers you can expect your Learn to Ski clinic to include a lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket at a discounted price of $29 at Alpine resorts or $19 at Nordic resorts. This promotion is available to first time skiers, ages 13 and older. Reservations are required.  You can also contact Attitash and Wildcat separately to learn more about their programs.

Each of Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC Centers are dedicated to getting you on the trails and slopes with personal attention in a group lesson setting. Read on for more information about the learning opportunities at Mt Washington Valley’s 13 ski resorts and XC Centers after the January Learn to Ski & Snowboard promotion is over.

Wildcat Mountain:  New to skiing and riding?  Take advantage of Wildcat’s $29 Learn2 January Special – Space Limited, Call To Reserve Today! If you know a friend or family member age 13+ who should be joining you when you visit the slopes this season Wildcat wants to be their “home” mountain. and share the Wildcat Mountain experience in an easy complete package for just $29! For the month of January (excluding January 17-19, 2015), Wildcat is offering their Learn2 Single Clinic program that includes 3-hour lesson, rental equipment, and lift ticket for only $29. There’s only one catch, spaces will be limited and must be reserved and paid for at least 48 hours in advance by calling 1 (888) 754-9453 extension 217. Click here to learn more about ski school opportunities after January.

Attitash Mountain Resort,Wildcat’s sister resort offers a $29 Learn2 January Special – Space Limited, Call To Reserve Today! Do you know a friend or family member age 13+ who should be joining you when you visit the slopes this season? Attitash wants to be the ones to get them started, become their home mountain and share the Attitash Mountain Resort experience in an easy complete package for just $29! For the month of January (excluding January 17-19, 2015), Attitash is offering their Learn2 Single Clinic program that includes 3-hour lesson, rental equipment, and lift ticket for only $29. There’s only one catch, spaces will be limited and must be reserved and paid for at least 48 hours in advance by calling 1 (866) 376-4293.  After January, a number of learn to ski programs are availalble.  Click here for a link to the Attitash Ski School’s learning programs throughout the ski season.

In addition to the SkiNH’s Learn to Ski month, Cranmore Mountain also offers their own GET (Guaranteed Easy Turns) lesson. This package is $299.00 and designed for first-time skiers, ages 13 and older.  The GET program includes three GET beginner ski lessons throughout the 2014-15 winter seasons, with rental equipment, instruction and lift tickets on each visit. You must reserve your spot by visiting this website:http://www.cranmore.com/winter/get-program. Cranmore has partnered with Rossignol to bring you the “GET Skis” package. Upon completing the third GET lesson, skiers will receive a pair of new Rossignol Experience 74 skis with bindings, and a discount on Rossignol ski boots.

Cranmore also provides the option of customizing your GET program with options of choosing one, two or three lessons for the reduced prices of $99, $149 and $199 respectively. These options are also open to those looking to snowboard as well. This option does not include the pair of new Rossignol Experience 74 skis with bindings, and a discount on Rossignol ski boots.

King Pineis a PSIA-certified Ski & Snowboard School and wants to help you gain confidence in Alpine or Nordic skiing. Their popular 1-2-3 Ski and 1-2-3 Snowboard packages are back for another season! 1-2-3 packages are geared for First-Timers and include rentals, lessons and lift tickets. When you learn is up to you– take one now, one in a couple of weeks and one later this season.Upon completion of all 3 lessons, you will receive a pass good for 50% off tickets, lessons and rentals for the remainder of the 2014/15 season. (this pass is non-transferable). The 1-2-3 learning package includes:

  • 3 All-day lift tickets (beginner lifts on day 1 and All-lifts tickets on your 2nd and 3rd day)
  • 3 group lessons
  • 3 days of rentals (skis, boots and poles OR snowboard and boots)
  • 50% off tickets, rentals and lessons upon completion of all 3 lessons!

First lesson times: Non-holiday Midweek: 10AM, Noon and 2PM Weekend & Holidays: 10AM, Noon and 2PM. 2nd and 3rd lesson times: Non-holiday Midweek: 10AM and 2PM Weekend & Holidays: 10AM and 2PM. It is recommended that you arrive 1 hour before class time if you are renting equipment.  Adult packages are $159; junior packages (ages 8-12) are $129.

Learn to ski at Black Mountain for only $79. Your ticket includes a ninety minute group lesson, an all-day lift ticket and full rental equipment. This ski lesson is available to beginner skiers ages 13 and older. Call (800) 698-4490 for lesson details and to reserve your spot. Black Mountain is a family-friendly mountain, located in Jackson, NH that offers a wide variety of terrain for any level of skier.  Click here to explore all the ski school and race options at Black Mountain.

Bretton Woods is also participating in Ski NH’s January Learn to Ski or Snowboard package promotion. From January 4th through the 30th, your package includes a Learn to Ski or Snowboard lesson, equipment rentals and a Learning Center Quad lift ticket valid for the day of the lesson. This is open to first-time skiers and riders ages 13 and older and is $29.00. From Jan. 11th through the 16th, Bretton Woods’ Learn to ski program will be offered for free, however this package is not available January 18th through the 19th, 2015.

Also at Bretton Woods, new skiers and riders who complete their lesson will receive a special Explore the Woods Discount Card with a 10% discount at resort retail outlets and a 20% discount on rentals, lift tickets, and ski school lessons for the remainder of the 2015 ski season. In addition, the cardholder will have the opportunity to purchase a 2015-2016 Bretton Woods season pass for 20% off the early season price. Explore the Woods cardholders will be invited to the Season Passholder BBQ on March 22, 2015.

Bretton Woods’ “Learn to Nordic Ski” program teaches you the fundamentals of XC skiing. It includes a trail pass, touring or skate ski rentals and a group lesson for $19 for beginners ages 13 and older. Participants must make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance with the Bretton Woods Ski & Snowboard School at (603) 278-3303. To reserve a Nordic ski lesson through this promotion call (603) 278-3322.

The Bretton Woods Ski School also offers the Red Carpet Learn to Ski/Burton Learn to Ride introduction to skiing and riding program. There are a number of options available.  Click here for a complete list of ski school options.

Great Glen Trails is excited to introduce first timers to Nordic skiing and is celebrating with Learn to Ski month throughout January, 2015. If you have never skied before, Great Glen Trails has a team of experienced ski school teachers ready to help you take on the trails. The beginner lessons are offered in a group and are one hour & fifteen minutes. The instructors, led by cross-country Olympian Sue Wemyss, will introduce you to the sport of cross country skiing in an easy and fun environment. Here, Great Glen Trails will also begin teaching you a new discipline, such as skate skiing. The beginner lesson at Great Glen Trails includes a trail pass and ski rental for the day and are available at the reduced price of $19 when you present this online coupon: http://greatglentrails.com/winter/learn-to-ski-month/. This package is unavailable on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Lessons begin at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm daily. Call 603-466-2333 to make your reservation with the online coupon.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) presents fun, efficient and effective XC skiing techniques that create comfortability and confidence on the trails. The time spent in a ski lesson will add to the enjoyment of your overall skiing experience. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation PSIA certified. This XC center provides group and private lessons.   JSTF group lessons are available in the morning with the additional advantage of a discounted afternoon lesson to reinforce what you have learned in an earlier lesson.  This combination helps you improve technique with a focus on controlling down hills. Group rates are open to skiers ages ten and up and are $33. Lesson times are 10:15, 11:30, and 1:30 on the weekdays and 10:15, 10:45, 11:30, and 11:45 and 1:30 or by instructor availability.

Private lessons at JSTF are designed to meet your goals and abilities with personal attention. Private lessons are available in Classic and Skate techniques and open to any age. Private lessons are $40 per hour, per individual and $25 for each additional person. Private lessons are available at 9am and 2:30pm and an additional 1:15pm time on weekends, or by availability of instructor. Call 603-383-9355 to arrange your lesson.

With all the options available throughout Mt Washington Valley for learning to ski and snowboard, January is the month to take up skiing, boarding or even snowshoeing, and tackle those new year’s resolutions to get fit!  For more information on your January getaway to Mt Washington Valley visit http://www.MtWashingtonValley.org or call 1800DO.SEE.NH (800.367.3364).  To learn more about New Hampshire winter vacation, visitwww.VisitNH.gov.

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Caption:  New skiers participate in Cranmore Mountain’s GET program.  Cranmore photo.

Additional photos available upon request:  Contact Marti Mayne (PR@mtwashingtonvalley.org) or visit the Mt Washington Valley Flickr files: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwvchamber/sets/

Wildcat Mountain’s Largest Snowmaking Upgrade in Ski Area History Bigger Than Planned

Wildcat Mountain has completed the largest snowmaking upgrade in its history installing over 10 miles of new snowmaking water and air pipe, acquiring 227 new high output/high efficiency snow guns and completing the construction of a new, state-of-the-art, mid-mountain, booster pump house. Over $2 million dollars has been invested to dramatically improve the snowmaking efficiency and output of Wildcat’s snowmaking system.

 

During the 2013/14 season, Wildcat worked with some of the industry’s leading snowmaking equipment manufacturers in what is believed to be the largest testing and demonstration project ever conducted at any mountain in the East. Following successful tests in a variety of weather conditions, delivery of new snow guns from HKD and Snow Logic have been arriving this summer and fall. In addition to the original 131 gun investment of almost one half a million dollars, Peak Resorts has recently announced an expansion of the project. An additional $330,000 was approved to acquire 96 more high efficiency units. The total investment in new guns now totals more than $800,000. Trails that will directly benefit from the snowmaking improvement project include Polecat, Lynx, Upper Catapult, Middle Wildcat, Wild Kitten, and Bobcat.

 

As part of the original project, a new $350,000 booster pump house building facility was constructed and completed, including the installation of new diesel motors, booster pumps, diesel filtration system, heat, electricity and 3,600 gallon fuel storage capacity. Excavation of a functioning work road to and the area around the top of Middle Lynx was required to accommodate demolition of the old pump house and allow access for cement trucks to build a new foundation complete with custom grated cement floor.

 

From the early planning stage, the goal of the project has been to modernize and improve how efficiently the snowmaking system operates, which was a factor when deciding which technology to purchase. “Today’s snowmaking technology is so impressive and we estimate Wildcat will burn 50,000 gallons less diesel fuel annually as a result of the upgrade,” said Peak Resorts’ Northeast Project Manager, Brendan Ryan. “The completed project will ultimately lead to using less power and burning less fuel while producing more, high quality snow and the new pump house will ensure snowmaking reliability on the key upper mountain trails.”

 

 

Wildcat Mountain is home to New Hampshire’s most powerful quad summit chair lift 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 www.skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.

Father’s Day Free Scenic Gondola Ride at Wildcat Mountain

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, all dads can enjoy the Wildcat Express scenic gondola 1368641839_Gondola-and-View_editfor 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.

Wildcat Mountain Begins Summer Operations Memorial Day Weekend

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Wildcat Mountain Begins Summer Operations Memorial Day Weekend

 

Wildcat Mountain opens for summer beginning Saturday, May 24 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, 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. Wildcat Mountain also accommodates group trips, offering special rates, and a truly memorable location for weddings, whether couples want to tie the knot at 4,000 feet after a scenic gondola ride or host their ceremony and reception at the base of the mountain.

The ZipRider & scenic gondola will operate 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as weather permits for weekends only (including the Memorial Day Monday) beginning Saturday, May 24 and then will begin to operate daily Saturday, June 14 through Labor Day and will then return to weekend only operations from September 6 to October 13. Wildcat Mountain also offers hiking, 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 “Lunch & Ride” packages that include a deli-style, made-to-order picnic lunch 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.

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For a selection of low to high resolution photo downloads highlighting Wildcat Mountain’s summer and fall operations, click here: Wildcat Mountain Photo Download. Please credit any photo use to Wildcat Mountain.

 

Contact for further information or hi-resolution photo requests.

Thomas Prindle | Director of Marketing | Attitash Mountain Resort | Wildcat Mountain

603-374-2605 | email: tprindle@

 

 

 

Upcoming Events at Wildcat Mountain

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Wildcat Trail 80th Anniversary Spring Celebration
Saturday, April 5 & Sunday, April 6

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 winter enthusiasts to visit the weekend of Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 to enjoy skiing & riding, music, food, fun 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 General Manager Brian Heon. “Our spring celebration raises a toast to the 2013/14 ski season that has celebrated 80 years of the Wildcat Trail.”

Events on Saturday, April 5:

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Skiing/riding at Wildcat Mountain, the “King of Spring”. Purchase a special $80 2-day lift ticket valid for consecutive day use, Saturday, April 5 & Sunday, April 6 only.

11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 1st Annual Cat Scratch Fever! Come shred in this inaugural spring mogul event taking place in The Chutes at the base of Wildcat Mountain. Come cheer on competitors and sway the judges scores from easy vantage points located at the Bobcat Base Lodge or from the decks of the Main Base Lodge. No matter where you are, a party atmosphere will surround you.

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.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – The Ross Livermore Band will be playing the outdoor snow stage in the Wildcat base area weather/conditions permitting. If weather doesn’t allow, the band will move inside to the Wildcat Pub.

Events on Sunday, April 6:

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Season Passholder Meet & Greet. All current Wildcat/Attitash season passholders are invited to attend a meet & greet with Wildcat Senior Management in the Wildcat Pub Sunday morning. There will be an opportunity for passholders to take part in an open question and answer period and, after, can enjoy the Sunday Blues & Brunch and receive 50% off the Brunch Buffet price (regularly $14.95 per person*).

Blues & Brunch – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – The buffet is $14.95 per person* and includes brunch items and omelet station prepared by our culinary team and of course our bartenders will be ready to prepare a savory or sweet morning elixir to go with your meal.*Price includes food only. Beverage and gratuity separate.

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. – As part of the Blues & Brunch, Erik Ray is the featured blues act performing live.

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Wildcat Mountain is home to New Hampshire’s most powerful quad summit chair lift and is renowned for its high summit elevation over 4,000 feet and greater than 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding. The original Wildcat Trail celebrates 80 years this season from the time it was first cut in the summer of 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Wildcat’s elevation and proximity to Mt. Washington contributes up to 200 inches of snow and a long winter/spring season annually and has consistently been rated #1 scenery and top ten in the East for snow, terrain variety, and value by readers of SKI Magazine. For further information, please visit skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.


Contact for further information or hi-resolution photo requests.

Thomas Prindle | Director of Marketing | Attitash Mountain Resort | Wildcat Mountain

603-374-2605 | email: tprindle@ | attitash.com | skiwildcat.com

 


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Wildcat Mountain Set To Open And Begin The Ski Season Saturday, November 23

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Bartlett & Pinkham Notch, NHWildcat Mountain will open for the2012WildcatVerticalChallenge_Photo2 season and begin to operate daily 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting this Saturday, November 23 offering intermediate and advanced skiing and riding on the Lynx Trail via the Tomcat Chair. Snowmaking will continue on Upper Lynx and Wildcat is looking to offer summit-to-base skiing and riding from the Wildcat Express high-speed summit quad in the days to follow after Saturday’s opening. With favorable weather/conditions, snowmaking and mountain operation crews will continue to be working hard to add terrain as quickly as they can.

Wildcat will remain open midweek, including Thanksgiving Day, and has planned a Cans or Cash @ The ‘Cat jib session event on the following Saturday, November 30 that will feature terrain park rail elements in the base area that can be easily accessed and repeatedly “hiked” by freestyle skiers & riders. For the Cans or Cash @ The ‘Cat event, Wildcat is asking for three canned goods or a $3 donation going toward a local food pantry in exchange for an event ticket. The ticket for the “hike” jib session will be separate from the ticket for lift-accessed terrain. Additional information and early season lift ticket rates available at skiwildcat.com.

At Attitash Mountain Resort, with the recent colder temps, snowmaking began this week and a target date has been set to open for skiing and riding on Saturday, December 7. Prior to that, Attitash is scheduled to operate the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Additional information and ticket rates available at attitash.com.

Attitash Winter1Both ski areas look to begin their 2013/14 winter operating season following up a hugely successful Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo last week. “We set record sales with our show-only promotions and the general enthusiasm for the upcoming season was extremely positive in Boston,” said Attitash & Wildcat Director of Marketing Thomas Prindle. “With more than a couple New England ski areas already open and others planning to open before Thanksgiving, including Wildcat Mountain, the overall feeling was that everyone is looking forward to the winter season.”

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Wildcat Mountain is home to New Hampshire’s most powerful quad summit chair lift and is renowned for its high summit elevation over 4,000 feet and greater than 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding. The original Wildcat Trail celebrates 80 years this season from the time it was first cut in the summer of 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Wildcat’s elevation and proximity to Mt. Washington contributes up to 200 inches of snow and a long winter/spring season annually and has consistently been rated #1 scenery and top ten in the East for snow, terrain variety, and value by readers of SKI Magazine. For further information, please visit skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.

Attitash Mountain Resort, located in the Mount Washington Valley, has previously been ranked amongst the East’s top ten ski resorts for grooming, weather, accessibility, and off-hill activities by readers of SKI Magazine. Offering two distinct mountains, Attitash and Bear Peak, the ski area is known for its signature terrain parks, free learning area, ski school and children’s programs, open-glade terrain, après entertainment, family value, the year-round mountain coaster attraction, 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 Fall Update!

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August 28, 2013
Dear Jason, 
It’s going to be hard to top the weather and fun we had at last Saturday’s Wildcat Trail 80th Anniversary Summer Celebration, but we’re pretty sure all of you are going to be trying to squeeze in one more stretch of summer fun over the long Labor Day weekend. And if you’re looking for some ideas on what to do, Pinkham Notch is a cool place, literally and figuratively, to be. In addition to great hikes in the White Mountain National Forest and easy walks to beautiful waterfalls, Wildcat offers the only ZipRider in the state, New Hampshire’s highest scenic gondola, and a lift-serviced disc golf course. And weather permitting, we’ll be open daily until Labor Day before beginning to open over the fall foliage season on weekends only until Columbus Day.

Appalachian Mountain Club Summit Hike & Tour | Saturday, September 21
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Tours with an Appalachian Mountain Club naturalist September 21 and October 12 provide opportunities to explore Wildcat Mountain learning about the diverse ecology of Pinkham Notch in the White Mountain National Forest.

Reservations are not required and programs are geared for all ages. For all programs, meet at Guest Services in the Wildcat Mountain Base Lodge shortly before 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all persons should bring proper footwear and clothing as well as pre-applied personal sun protection and bug repellent if desired. Visit the event page online for more information and to see specific program dates for AMC Summit Hike & Tours in September and October. Summit tours do require a scenic gondola ticket purchase and are available as a one-way ticket up for $7.50 if you plan to hike down with the group.

Winter White Sale

Beginning Sunday | Winter White Sale!

Our Winter White Sale begins in September.  During the month of September only, we are offering you a chance to purchase midweek, non-holiday lift tickets valid for the 2013/14 winter season for the incredibly low price of $35. Buy them for yourself, buy them for family and friends, gifts for the holidays, office outing or group trip, members of your ski club, or just save one for yourself and that special pow day.Also, during the month of September only, check out the Winter White Sale Ski & Stay offer and book a midweek, non-holiday slopeside stay at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel for the incredibly low price of just $89.

Rocking With Free Music At Attitash This Saturday | The Gravel Project
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Attitash Mountain Resort is also open for the Labor Day weekend with all summer attractions and horseback riding. It is also hosting a final free, liveMountainside Music Series show this Saturday. Enjoy free, live music outdoors at Attitash this Saturday afternoon starting at 3 p.m.

This Saturday | August 31 – The Gravel Project

The Gravel Project is a Boston based band with a sound that spans multiple genres, including modern blues, funk, and rock.  

The main base lodge cafeteria and deck-side Cantina will be open offering late afternoon lunch items, snacks, and drinks including beer and wine for adults with valid ID. Folding chairs and blankets are okay to bring, but coolers/b.y.o.b. not allowed. In the event of rain, performances will be moved inside to Ptarmigan’s Pub.

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Save $ | Labor Day Special
Go for it…a last minute summer getaway and save when you book a 2 night minimum stay at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel & Conference Center this weekend. Book your stay today and they’ll cover the normal additional tax and service charge.

This special is for new reservations booked in August for travel before 9/2/13. Reference “End of Summer Special” when you call to book your stay today. All pricing and promotions are subject to availability and may change without notice. Certain restrictions apply. To make your reservation, call 888-554-1900.

Check out our many summer Area Lodging partners that include great Inns, Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels, Motels and even nearby campgrounds.
Hope everyone has a stellar holiday, cheers – Thomas
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