Maine Outdoors Weekend still on in Brownfield

BROWNFIELD, Maine — The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust announces its participation in "Great Maine Outdoor Weekend", a semi-annual event sponsored by the Maine Outdoor Coalition aimed at encouraging people to get outside and enjoy the great State of Maine. The Land Trust will host an exploration of the Burnt Meadow Mountains in Brownfield, Maine on Saturday, February 13th at its King/Hayes Easement. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Nels Liljedahl will join Land Trust staff in guiding the group to several interesting spots on the 80-acre easement.

"This easement is a stunning example of the peacefulness that the remote Burnt Meadow Mountains offers. We hope that many people — from our own members to those who have no idea what a conservation easement is — join us for a great, moderate hike in the woods," says Land Trust staff member Jesse Wright.

The trip will start at 9:30 am and last for two or three hours, depending on our pace and the weather. We will meet on the King/Hayes Easement in Brownfield on Sewall Day Road. Directions & Parking: From the five corners in Brownfield, take Route 160 south almost to the Porter Town Line. Sewall Day Road will be on the right. Take that road up as far as you can (about three-quarters of a mile), bearing to the right at the end.

There is a circle that goes around a small pond. Please park along this circle. Four wheel drive cars recommended. Please call the office at 603-356-9683 with any questions or if you need more details.

This trip is free for everyone — bring your friends and family. Dress warm, bring micro-spikes (or snowshoes) and your pets on leashes.

The Easement Exploration Series is ongoing throughout the year and is generously funded by grants from the Robert & Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation and the Pequawket Foundation – Thank The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Together with its partners, the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust has completed 53 conservation projects since 2001, totaling over 10,500 acres throughout the towns of Hart’s Location, Bartlett, Jackson, Albany, Chatham, Conway, Eaton and Madison in New Hampshire, and Brownfield, Denmark and Fryeburg in Maine. To learn more, visit www.usvlt.org or call (603) 356-9683.

2-6: The Snow Report: Super Bowl 50 skiing and riding specials

 

BARTLETT — It's Super Bowl 50 Weekend, and local ski areas and touring centers are offering several specials. Friday's light dusting of wet snow gave the local tracks and trails a nice white coating heading into the Big Game Weekend after the snow-sleet-rain mix of Wednesday.

ALPINE CONDITIONS


• Attitash (603-374-2368): 51 trails and five lifts. On Feb. 6, Attitash will present Mitch Alden at the Den Session at Bear Peak from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and Happy Accident at Ptarmigan's from 3 to 6 p.m. Attitash and Wildcat season passholder party at the Grand Summit Feb. 6. Specials include Big Game Day $49 lift tickets Feb. 7 and a Valentine 2-for-1 deal Friday, Feb.12.

• Black Mountain (603-383-4490): 14 trails, three lifts; Family Passport holidays and weekends two adults, two juniors (6-17), $159. Apres ski entertainment Saturdays and Sundays in Lostbo Pub. Chairlift Speed Dating and inaugural Winter Carnival in base lodge Feb. 13.

• Bretton Woods (603-278-3320): 39 trails and six lifts; night skiing Fridays and Saturdays. Apres ski Saturdays. Bretton Woods is celebrating Super Bowl 50 with $50 lift tickets Feb. 7. Nordic skiing passes are $50 that day for four skiers.


• Cannon Mountain (603-823-8800): 40 trails, seven lifts.

• Cranmore Mountain Resort (603-356-5544): 41 trails, six lifts; RAMP Skis Demo Day Feb. 6. Kearsarge Brook Open House Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cranaplaoozas on Saturday afternoons/evenings; tubing park and Mountain Adventure Park; apres ski Feb. 6 with Tombstone in a Tree from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday at Cranmore will feature a Character Breakfast at Zip’s Pub with C-More and other characters from 8 a.m.–10 a.m.

• King Pine (603-367-8896): all 17 trails and all five lifts; night skiing Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays; Feb. 6: apres ski with the ever-rockin' Simon Crawford. Kids Fun Races and Night Family Races Saturdays. Tubing park, terrain park; Tohko Dome covered slating rink. Feb. 7: Super No. 1 Fan Contest and Season Pass Drawing 1:30 to 2 p.m. Purchase a lift ticket and you’re automatically entered to win great prizes. Feb. 14: Sweetheart Race.

• Wildcat Mountain (603-466-3326): 26 trails, four lifts; Gravel Project plays apres ski entertainment Feb. 6. Attitash-Wildcat season passholder party Grand Summit Feb. 6. Feb. 7 Big Game Day $49 lift tickets and Parlor Skis Demo. Feb. 12: Valentine's 2-for-1 ticket special.

 

SKI TOURING

It's been a challenging low snowfall and warmer-than-average season, but groomers have been working hard to move the snow around at alpine resorts and at ski touring centers.

• Bear Notch Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center (603-374-2277): Bear Notch as of Friday had 5k classic; 20k skate. "I'm surprised how well the snow cover held up, to tell you the truth," said Bear Notch Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center's ever-frank Doug Garland Friday afternoon, after coming in from a morning and early afternoon of grooming and shoveling snow onto the trails. "We have 20K of skiing, and 15K of good skiing, so it's definitely quality over quantity ... We have been shoveling probably the equivalent of a 5-inch snowstorm from the woods onto the trails, so we've been working hard to give skiers what they want."

Bear Notch  is located on Route 302, just west of Bartlett Village. And, as the Garlands like to say, check them out and let them make a Bear Notch believer out of you! Remember: the soup is always on in the warm-up shack: be sure to try the hearty corn chowder, chili and chicken noodle.


• Bretton Woods Nordic Center (604-278-3322): 1K classic; .05k skate.
• Great Glen Trails (603-466-2333): 2K of classic and 2K skate groomed; 30K snowshoeing. SnowCoach: call for updates on operation; FatBikes on Sundays, trail conditions permitting. $2 Super Bowl FatBike rental special Feb. 7. "If you've ever wanted to try out FatBiking, this is a great day to try it," notes marketing director Dan Houde. Snowtubing hill; guided snowshoe tours Saturdays at 1 p.m.

• Jackson Ski Touring (603-383-9355): 29K of classic and 28.5K of skate; Fischer Demo Day Feb. 6; two-hour guided snowshoe nature hikes Saturdays at 10 a.m.; guided ski tours Saturdays at 11 a.m.; Tuesday Trekkers snowshoe tours at 1 p.m.; Friday Gliders and Easy Sliders group tours Fridays at 1 p.m. Evening wellness series Feb. 13, 5 p.m.: Dr. Trish Murray: "Stress, Hormones and Heart Health."


• MWV Ski Touring (603-356-9920): 15K in Whitaker Woods an Intervale; 45K snowshoe trails; FatBikes on 12K trail on Fat Bike Trail and Whitaker Woods; 27th annual Chocolatefest Feb. 28. Grooming expected to take place in Whitaker Woods Feb. 6.

"It has been a tough week for the ski business as a whole and Nordic ski areas in particular," notes touring center director Cort Hansen. "With five days of above-freezing temperatures, and after a healthy rain on Wednesday, most nordic centers have suspended grooming for the last three to four days. Temperatures have remained above freezing Friday, but are expected to drop significantly in the next 12 to 18 hours and that gives us some hope for the weekend, with a possible storm early next week."


• King Pine Purity Spring Nordic Reserve (603-367-8896): 15K of skate skiing, 17 trails of classic skiing now open, Tohko Skating Dome, tubing hill.

 

 

2-13: The Snow Report: Bundle up and get out and ski!

2-13-snow-report-brettonwoods-02-10-16-rider-lime-green-pants-markbutterfieldphotoA snowboarder checks out the great conditions at Bretton Woods this week. Bretton Woods has 60 of 62 trails and all 10 lifts open. (MARK BUTTERFIELD PHOTO)CONWAY — It's the start of February vacation week, and thanks to concerted snowmaking efforts by all of the valley's areas, aided by Mother Nature in the form of up to eight inches of natural snow this week and great cold temperatures, things are looking good for alpine skiers and riders this weekend.

Ski touring center grooming crews have also been at it, shoveling snow from the woods and laying down cover on the trails.

True, it's going to be exceptionally cold this weekend, so be sure to bundle up. Remember, as one wise sage once said, there is no such thing as bad weather — just inappropriate clothing, so be sure to cover up and not leave any exposed skin during the Polar Vortex, and then head out and enjoy the tracks and trails.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS:

• Feb. 13, Black Mountain hosts a chairlift speed dating contest. Music starts at 11:30 a.m.; registration starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by loading the double chairlift at 2 p.m. and apres ski entertainment. A winter festival will be held that day inside the lodge.

• Feb. 13: The Mount Washington Valley Ski Team's Comedy Night is set to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett. There will also be live and silent auctions, a raffle, food and a cash bar. The show will feature Maine comedian Bob Marley. Tickets are available at Stan and Dan's, Sport Thoma in Glen, and at the hotel the night of the performance. For further information, visit mwvstbobmarley2016 or call the MWV Ski Team office at (603) 356-7627.

Here's an overview of local events and conditions:

ALPINE CONDITIONS

• Attitash (603-374-2368): 51 of 68 trails and six of 11 lifts. Feb. 13: Attitash Freeride Series Big Air (Part 4 set for March 19). Feb. 13: Apres ski: Daniel Byrne at the Den Sessions; Shark Martin and 92.5 The River radio promotion at Ptarmigan's. Feb. 14: Al Shafner at the Den Sessions; Pat Foley Band at Ptarmigan's. Feb. 15: Ryan St. Onge at the Den Sessions and Packman Dave at Ptarmigan's. Feb. 16: Mitch Alden at the Den and Pat Foley at Ptarmigan's. Feb. 17: White Steer at the Den and Explosive Entertainment DJ/Karaoke at Ptarmigan's. Feb. 18: Greg Walsh at the Den and The Grumps at Ptarmigan's. Feb. 19: Al Shafner at the Den; the Gravel Project at Ptarmigan's. Feb. 20: Chuck 'n John at the Den and The Dean Machine at Ptarmigan's. Feb. 20: Attitash Freeride Series Slopestyle. Feb. 21: Kristen Corrigan at the Den.

• Black Mountain (603-383-4490): 15 of 45 trails, three of five lifts; Apres ski weekends at Lostbo Pub. On Feb. 13, chairlift speed dating contest. Black will host live entertainment and beer promotions Feb. 13-21 for vacation week beginning at 3:30 p.m. A ride and ski party with entertainment by Pat Foley and prize giveaways (including a ski trip get away for two to Kimberly, British Columbia) will be held 2-5 p.m. Feb. 20. Apres ski entertainment is held Saturdays and Sundays 3:30-5:30 p.m.

• Bretton Woods (603-278-3320): 60 of 62 trails and all 10 lifts; night skiing 4-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until March 12, plus Feb. 14-18. Breast Cancer Fundraiser for Norris Cotton Cancer Center at ticket windows, Feb. 12-14. Feb. 12-29: February Fun Break at Omni Mount Washington Resort and Bretton Woods Nordic and alpine areas. Apres ski, base lodge, Feb. 13-20 and Saturdays, Feb. 27-March 26: Feb 13: Chuck 'n' John; Feb. 14: Cause and Effect; Feb. 15: Randy and Brad; Feb. 16: Shark Martin; Feb. 17: Jeremy Dean Duo; Feb. 18: Shark Martin; Feb. 19: dj Chuck Noel; and Feb. 20: Sean Patrick McGraw. Moonlight Rambles: enjoy illuminated Nordic loop between 6-8 p.m. Saturdays at Nordic Center.

• Cranmore Mountain Resort (603-356-5544): 45 of 57 trails, six of seven lifts. Two Cranapalooza celebrations are scheduled for the week, on both Feb.. 13 and 20.. Families are invited to join in the fun, starting at 2 p.m. in Schneider Square. Feb. 13: Cranapalooza with fireworks at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14: Ski with the General Manager Ben Wilcox (also Feb. 28 and March 13). Meet at the base of the Skimobile Express Quad at 7:45 a.m. for first tracks, followed by coffee and pastries. Feb. 14: Sport Thoma Demo Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (also Feb. 28). Apres ski: Feb. 14: Andrew Gravel 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Feb. 16: Ben Cook; family-friendly karaoke 3-5 p.m. on third floor of the main base lodge; Feb. 17: Rek'lis; Feb. 18: Bill Cameron; Feb. 19: Martin England; and Feb. 20: Ben Vincent Cook. Feb. 20: Guided Mountain Tour with Cranmore ambassadors: meet at 10:30 a.m. at base of Skimobile Express. Feb. 21: Apres ski: the Gravel Project. Feb. 21: Jibbin' for Jen: freestyle event for skiers and riders to support Jen's Friends. Cranmore’s tubing and Mountain Adventure Park activities will offer extended hours for the holiday period. Activities will run Feb. 13-20 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


• King Pine (603-367-8896): All 17 trails and all five lifts. Night skiing is available every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening from 4-9 p.m. and each night during the holiday period, Feb. 13-21. Apres ski: Trails End Tavern, Saturdays, 3-6 p.m.: Simon Crawford. Feb. 13: Mitch Alden. Feb. 20.
Ongoing activities on the slopes include Kids Fun Races and Night Family Races Saturdays; Sunday a.m. Events: Feb. 14: Sweetheart Race. Feb. 15-19 and Feb. 22-26: Winter Carnival Weeks, featuring Silly Bag and Slalom Racing Tuesdays; Family Challenge Wednesdays, fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Feb. 18; kids fun races and Gold Rush races Thursdays; and a kids torchlight parade Feb. 26 at 8:45 p.m

King Pine features the longest-running ski camp in the country, geared for boys and girls ages 8-16. Week 1 is Sunday, Feb. 14-20; Week 2 is Feb. 21-16; and Week 3 is March 13-18. Tubing park, terrain park; Tohko Dome covered slating rink.

• Wildcat Mountain (603-466-3326): 20 of 48 trails, four of five lifts Feb. 13: Pat Foley Band in Wildcat Pub. Feb. 14: Shot of JD, apres ski. Feb. 15: Pat Foley, apres ski. Feb. 16: Kitty Litter Cardboard Race. Feb. 16-17: Packman Dave, apres ski. Feb. 17: Nine Lives Lunch Tray Race. Feb. 18: Chuck 'n John, apres ski. Feb. 19: Ryan St. Onge, apres ski. Feb. 20: Crazy Hat Day; Wildcat Mountain Torchlight Parade at dusk (ice cream and a movie showing for children). NOTE: The date for the torchlight parade was changed this week from Feb. 13 to Feb. 20, too late to be corrected for the Feb.-April issue of North Conway Magazine now on the stands).

SKI TOURING CONDITIONS

• Bear Notch Ski Touring and Snowshoe Association (603-374-2277): 0 of 70K classic; 20 of 70K skate; the soup is always on in the warm-up shack: be sure to try the hearty corn chowder, chili and chicken noodle.

"We have classic skiers who are just thrilled with our conditions," said owner Doug Garland Friday afternoon. "We have 15K that is exceptionally good, and another 10K that is surprisingly good. We have been shoveling it, raking it, pulling it, whatever it takes, we're doing and the skiers are telling how great the skiing is. They are amazed," he said, adding that Bear Notch's trails are well-protected by trees from the wind. "Come on up and ski — and have some soup."
• Bretton Woods Nordic Center (604-278-3322): 0 of 100K classic; 33 of 100K skate.
• Great Glen Trails (603-466-2333): 0 of 45K of classic and 10 of 45K skate groomed; 30K snowshoeing. SnowCoach: call for updates on operation; FatBikes on Sundays, trail conditions permitting. Snowtubing hill; guided snowshoe tours Saturdays at 1 p.m.
• Jackson Ski Touring (603-383-9355): 39 of 154K classic and 39 of 154K of skate; two-hour guided snowshoe nature hikes Saturdays at 10 a.m.; guided ski tours Saturdays at 11 a.m.; Tuesday Trekkers snowshoe tours at 1 p.m.; Friday Gliders and Easy Sliders group tours Fridays at 1 p.m. Feb. 13: evening wellness series Saturdays (Feb. 13, 5 p.m.: Dr. Trish Murray: "Stress, Hormones and Heart Health"). Feb. 15: Fischer Demo Day. Feb. 19: Skate Clinic Series. Feb. 20: Smokey Bear visit, 2-3 p.m. Full Moon Snowshoe Tour Feb. 22 6 p.m.
• MWV Ski Touring (603-356-9920): 10K skate groomed in Whitaker Woods an Intervale; 45K snowshoe trails; FatBikes on 3K on Fat Bike Trail in Whitaker Woods; 27th annual Chocolatefest Feb. 28. Guided snowshoe tours Saturdays at 10 a.m. from the center.
• King Pine Purity Spring Nordic Reserve (603-367-8896): 15k open, Tohko Skating Dome, tubing hill.

 

SKATING/WAGON RIDES:

Indoor skating and rentals are available at Conway Village's Ham Arena (603-447-5886; www.hamarena.com) along with stick-and-puck sessions year-round. You’ll also find sheltered skating under the Tohko Dome at King Pine/Purity Spring Resort (603-367-8896).
Outdoor skating is provided in Schouler Park in North Conway, maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department. Skate rentals are available through Joe Jones Sun & Ski (603-356-9411) in North Conway.
Ice skating and rentals are also offered at the Victorian Emerald Pond at Nestlenook Farm (603-383-7101) in Jackson. Sleigh/wagon rides are also offered, as well as at the Stables at the Farm by the River (603-356-6640) in North Conway, Omni Mount Washington Hotel (603-278-1000) in Bretton Woods and King Pine/Purity Spring Resort (603-367-8896) in East Madison.

 

1-30-16: The Snow Report: Local ski events benefit worthy causes

By Tom Eastman

BARTLETT — Two great causes will benefit from two local alpine events this weekend in Mount Washington Valley: the U Go Girl Race at Attitash Jan. 30, which benefits Jen's Friends, and the American Cancer Society's Hope on the Slopes Race at Cranmore Jan. 31.

Saturday's event at Attitash is the second leg of the four-part Attitash U Go Girl Race Series. Half of the proceeds benefit Jen's Friends Cancer Foundation, the organization that provides supplemental financial assistance and other resources to local cancer patients and their families who are uninsured, underinsured, or financially challenged, allowing them to focus on battling cancer without worrying about the indirect financial burdens that often arise.

Registration: 8-10 a.m. in the South Wing; entry fee: $10. Event open to all ages, boys, girls, men and women. Event location: Spillway Trail. Course inspection: 9:30 a.m. Event Start: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Awards: 2 p.m. in the South Wing. All participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature.

RACE TO BEAT CANCER: The American Cancer Society's 39th annual Race to Beat Cancer at Cranmore Jan. 31 is a "celebration of life" that brings the community together in a unified effort to fight cancer. Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations and the general public are invited to take part in these fun ski, snowboard and tube races.
Great prizes, such as a 2016-2017 Cranmore season's pass, will be awarded to the top fundraisers.
Registration is from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. on the third floor of the Cranmore Base Lodge, with the race set for 10 a.m. to noon (take unlimited runs on the race course). Morning coffee will be provided by Good Vibes, and pizza will be furnished by Flatbread Co. and bottled water by Pepsi. Awards, prizes and raffle drawings are to take place at 1 p.m.
For more information, call Katie Bailey at (603) 986-3351 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.hots.nh.org.

ALPINE CONDITIONS

• Attitash (603-374-2368) 52 trails and six lifts. On Jan. 30, Attitash will present Pat Foley at the Den Session at Bear Peak from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and RadioBDC at Ptarmigan's from 3 to 6 p.m.
• Black Mountain (603-383-4490): 13 trails, three lifts; Family Passport holidays and weekends two adults, two juniors (6-17), $159. Apres ski entertainment in the Losbo Pub Saturdays.
• Bretton Woods (603-278-3320): 39 trails and nine lifts; night skiing Fridays and Saturdays. Apres ski entertainment Saturdays.
• Cannon Mountain (603-823-8800): 43 trails, 10 lifts. Apres ski entertainment and Family Fun Nights Satursdays.
• Cranmore Mountain Resort (603-356-5544): 38 trails, six lifts; Cranaplaoozas on Saturday afternoons/evenings; tubing park and Mountain Adventure Center; apres ski with Jonathan Sarty at Zip's Pub Jan. 30 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ski with General Manager Ben Wilcox — meet at 7:45 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Skimobile Express.
• King Pine (603-367-8896): all 17 trails, five lifts; night skiing Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays; apres ski with the Gravel Project Jan. 30.
• Wildcat Mountain (603-466-3326): 26 trails, four lifts; Scott Baer plays apres ski entertainment Jan. 30.
 King Pine is hosting its first annual Youth Pond Hockey Tournament Jan. 30-31, attracting teams from throughout New England. Proceeds benefit the Laura Foundation for Epilepsy and Autism. Play gets under way at 8 a.m. Saturday. For further information, call Amy Mahoney at (603) 662-6464.

 
SKI TOURING CONDITIONS
Areas have lost cover this week, due to the lack of natural snow and warmer than average temperatures, but there is still good skiing to be had on packed powder, frozen granular conditions.
Yours truly skied Bretton Woods Nordic Center last Sunday, skiing on the trails along the edge of the Ammonoosuc River up to the Upper Falls. The backdrop of the Presidential Range was beautiful, as the afternoon rays of the sun highlighted the ravines and contours, dominated by the clear peak of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. Be sure to give Bretton Woods a try.

I also spoke Friday with Doug Garland of Bear Notch Ski Touring in Bartlett. He said skiers have been pleasantly surprised by the conditions they've found on his trails. He said crews have been shoveling snow from the woods onto the trails. It has been a challenging El Nino winter with warmer than average temperatures and low snowfall, but Bear Notch is doing its best to lay down decent skiing.

"We have more quality than quantity at this point," he said Friday. "Right now," Garland said, "we've got what I'd consider 15k of real good (skiing terrain), and 10k of what I'd consider real exciting terrain."

• Bear Notch Ski Touring and Snowshoe Association (603-374-2277): 15k classic; 25k skate; remember, the soup is always on in the warming shack: be sure to try the hearty corn chowder, chili and chicken noodle.
• Bretton Woods Nordic Center (604-278-3322): 16k classic; 16k skate.
• Great Glen Trails (603-466-2333): 45k of classic and 20K skate groomed; SnowCoach now in operation; FatBikes on Sundays, trail conditions permitting; snowtubing hill; three-week ski technique clinics Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.; guided snowshoe tours Saturdays at 1 p.m.
• Jackson Ski Touring (603-383-9355): 37k of classic and 36.5 of skate; two-hour guided snowshoe nature hikes Saturdays at 10 a.m.; guided ski tours Saturdays at 11 a.m.; Tuesday Trekkers snowshoe tours at 1 p.m.; Friday Gliders and Easy Sliders group tours Fridays at 1 p.m.
• MWV Ski Touring (603-356-9920): 35K in Whitaker Woods an Intervale; 35k skate groomed; 25k single tracked; 45k snowshoe trails; FatBikes on 12k trail on Fat Bike Trail and Whitaker Woods; guided snowshoe walks Saturdays at 1 p.m.; 27th annual Chocolatefest Feb. 28.
• King Pine Purity Spring Nordic Reserve (603-367-8896): 15k of skate skiing, 17 trails of classic skiing now open, Tohko Skating Dome, tubing hill.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
For skating, enjoy outdoor skating at the rink in Schouler Park in North Conway — rentals are available at nearby Joe Jones Sun and Ski (603-356-9411). The Nestlenook Farm (603-383-7101) in Jackson offers outdoor skating on the Victorian Emerald Lake, hot chocolate, sleigh/wagon rides and snowshoe trails. For indoor skating as well as rentals, lessons and stick-and-puck sessions, visit the Ham Arena (603-447-5886) on West Main Street in Conway village. King Pine Ski Area/Purity Spring Resort (603-367-8896) offers sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, tubing and covered ice skating.
For sleigh rides, choose from the Nestlenook Farm (603-383-7101) in Jackson, the Omni Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods (603-278-1000), Purity Spring Resort/King Pine Ski Area (603-367-8896) in East Madison, and Farm by the River B&B with Stables (603-356-2694) off West Side Road in North Conway, which also offers trail rides, conditions permitting.
For more updates, visit www.skinh.com.

 

Fire destroys historic Kearsarge Peg Co in Bartlett

By Tom Eastman

BARTLETT — The historic Kearsarge Peg. Co. peg mill located at 14 Mill Street burned in a four-alarm fire in Bartlett Village early Friday afternoon.

2-12-Kearsarge-Peg-co-fire-4The Kearsarge Peg Co. was destroyed by fire in Bartlett on Friday. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)Cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Bartlett Fire Chief Pat Roberts. He said water was drawn from the Saco River to help fight the fire in addition to village hydrants.

 "We were worried that villagers might lose their water (from the town water supply through hydrants), so we had two tanker trucks go over to the Saco and use water from there," said Roberts Friday evening, as crews continued to apply water to hot spots.

Units responding included Bartlett, Jackson, Conway, North Conway, Redstone and Tamworth, and Bartlett Jackson Ambulance Service. No injuries were reported. Roberts said the building was a total loss.

The company is owned by Paul W. Soares of Bartlett and Osterville, Mass., and employed four workers, according to Soares.

Soares said he first came on board as a consultant for the Davidson family, the former owners, in the 1980s, and bought the business in 2001.


He said 20 percent of the company's business consisted of creating wooden pegs out of white birch and the rest was creating polishing/finishing media. "That means people would ship us stuff, and we would polish it here," said Soares.

He said the building was not insured.


He remained positive, despite the loss. Most of all, he is happy that no one was hurt.

"We had an order worth about $25,000 to $30,000 waiting to be shipped out in the next few days. What are you going to do? I just told the young guy that ran into the building with me today when we heard about the fire, Darren Barrows, that we are going to do something. This isn't the end — I'll come up with something," he said, adding, "I told Nancy and Joe Keleman of the North Colony Motel, where I stay when I am up here, when they saw me today that I seemed upbeat. I said what are you going to do, cry? That does no good."

Norman Head of the Bartlett Historical Society said the peg mill has been in continuous operation at the Bartlett site since 1878. A fire destroyed the first plant in 1910, after which it was rebuilt in 1911. "It's sad to see another piece of Bartlett history go," said Head.