Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 05:49
The Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum will host children activities from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Conway Community Center. VIP tickets allow one-hour early sampling at the cook-off at the Gibson Center at 11 a.m., wine, beer and Mead tastings, one free entry to the judging festivities, and a gift bag.
The general stroll will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 356-5701 or visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org for further details.
The MWV Curling Club's “Olympic Curling Experience” open house, will be held at the Ham Ice Arena (447-5886) on West Main Street in Conway from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m.
Here's an overview of all local vacation week activities, on the slopes and touring trails, as of Feb. 28.
ATTITASH (374-2368): 58 trails and six lifts; three terrain parks open. Attitash's Nor-easter Mountain Coaster is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends. Attitash's apres ski entertainment March 1 features the Dean Machine in Ptarmigan's | Den Sessions w/Al Shafner Atittash hosts an Attitash Freeride Series: Skier/Boarder X March 1; and a U Go Girl Race Series: Race 3 March 2.
BLACK MOUNTAIN (383-4490): All 45 trails, three of five lifts. Sunny and affordable Black Mountain has live entertainment weekends. The schedule includes: Tim Dion; March 1, Ben Cook. During the vacation week, Black will also have face painting and more. On the slopes, Black hosts a NATO Telemark clinic March 1, and Black hosts the New England Winter Wild Race March 8. Part of an eight-race series, the up-and-down race promises lots of excitement. Visit www.newinterwild.com/ to register.
BRETTON WOODS (278-3320): All 62 trails, eight of 10 lifts; two terrain parks and other elements. Kids Snowmobile Park. Highlights include night skiing Fridays and Saturdays through March 8. Sowa Entertainment is featured March 1 for apres ski in the Slopeside Lounge. In conjunction with International Mountain Climbing School, Bretton Woods presents the second annual Snow Kiting Festival March 1 and 2. Register at the Nordic Center (278-3305). For a real thrill, go for a Canopy Tour, which operates daily.
CANNON (823-7771): 66 of 73 trails and seven of 10 lifts; Tossup Terrain Park open; Mittersill backcountry area open for experts. Cannon Mountain in Franconia offers a Family Fun Night every Saturday. Bill's Race to Beat Amyloid March 1 in memory of n memory of long time Cannon skier Bill Cunningham. Looking ahead, Cannon hosts BodeFest 2014 with Olympian Bode Miller April 5 for the benefit of the Turtle Ridge Foundation — onlie registration begins March 5.
CRANMORE (356-5543): All 57 trails and six of seven lifts. Cranmore presents a Cranapalooza on Saturdays through March 8, featuring face painting, s'mores roasting fun, apres ski music and games. Fireworks will be presented at 6:30 p.m. March 8. The Cranapalooza schedule in March features Earth Jams March 1, and Bobo the Clown March 8 as part of the New England Ski Museum's Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race, March 7 through 9. Other event highlights include: March 15, a six-person-per team Mountain Mush Human Sled Dog Race for the benefit of the Conway Area Humane Society; and March 22, the annual Spring Splash. Cranmore's Adventure Park (snow tubing, mountain coaster, Soaring Eagle Zipline and giant swing) is open Friday through Sunday through March 30.
KING PINE (367-8896): All 17 trails and five lifts; Twisted Terrain Park. King Pine Ski Area offers night skiing Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays. Family dual racing is held Saturday nights from 6 to 8 p.m., weather permitting. King Pine offers snow tubing, indoor skating under a covered dome, sleigh rides and guided Audubon snowshoe tours Saturdays at 2 p.m. from The Mill. Apres ski is featured Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Trails End Tavern through March 29, with Shine It On performing Feb. 22. Late March events are to include: Cynthia's Challenge 24-hour fund-raiser, March 21 and 22, with fund to help Cynthia purchase a service dog for young Cynthia Verrill; the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge March 22; the King Pine Cardboard Box Derby March 23; a Wacky Obstacle Course race March 29, and the end-of-season pond skimming contest March 30.
WILDCAT (466-3326): 49 trails, four lifts, one terrain park. Wildcat Mountain events include: a RAMP Demo Day March 1, and the Ability Plus Ski-Athon March 8. Pat Foley will perform in the Wildcat Pub March 1, and the Altitude Blues Band is there as part of the Blues Brunch Series March 2. Erik Ray is to perform as part of the series March 16. Other March events at Wildcat include the 11th annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge March 10 to support Make-A-Wish of New Hampshire.
The cross country skiing continues to be excellent at all local centers following February's 30-plus-inch snowfall totals. As of Feb. 28 :
• Bear Notch Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center (374-2277): All 60k open: Come enjoy the best skiing of the season, says Doug Garland. “We've had light dustings all week every night, adding to the base,” he said Feb. 28. Yates Farm network and trails to Attitash are now open. Waterfall and Saco River trails great for all abilities. Rentals and sales available. Guided snowshoe tours and lessons by reservation.
• Bretton Woods (278-3322): All 100k open. Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon March 8; and 40th Mount Washington Cup 10k Skate Race March 9. Check out all three Nordic systems.
• Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center (466-2333): All 45k open. Great Glen offers ski touring, SnowCoach tours to halfway point of Mount Washington Auto Road, conditions permitting, and a tubing hill. March 8: Moonlight snowshoe tour; March 9: Ski to the Clouds.
• Jackson Ski Touring (383-9355): All 110.3k open. Jackson Ski Touring offers affordable family fun with a variety of activities for children, terrain fit for beginners and hot chocolate at the Ellis River Cocoa Cabin as a way to top off a great day of skiing. While out on the trails, children will enjoy the center’s newly-expanded Story Land Element Garden and the 300-foot Anklebiter course, where they can earn a chocolate gold coin for their efforts. Scheduled event highlights include: Snowshoe instructional tours Saturdays at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Guided Tuesday Trekker Snowshoe Tours Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Friday Gliders at 1 p.m. and Eric's Awesome Waxing Demonstrations Fridays, 3:30 p.m. March 8: On-Snow Picnic. March 9: Snowshoe Challenge. Visit www.jacksonxc.org to register.
• Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve (367-8896). Enjoy 15k of skiing and snowshoeing. Guided Audubon snowshoe tours Saturdays at 2 p.m. — meet at the Mill. Sleigh rides by reservation.
For more event information, visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org or www.northconwayplaces.com and www.skinh.com.
• MWV Children's Museum (356-2992): Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Thursdays through Mondays non-holiday weeks.
• Free Weather Programs: The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory (356-2137) is open daily. Free admission.
• Ham Ice Arena (447-5886): Visit www.hamarena.com for updates for public skating and stick-and-puck sessions. Skating is also offered at Purity Spring Resort (367-8896), at North Conway's Schouler Park (rentals at Joe Jones Sun and Ski, 356-9411), and at Nestlenook Farm Estate (383-7101) in Jackson.
• Sleigh rides are offered at Nestlenook Farm Estate (383-7101), the Stables at the Farm by the River (356-6640), Purity Spring Resort (367-8896); the Omni Mount Washington Hotel and Resort (278-1000) and Fireside Sleigh Rides (447-2737).
• Local snowmobile renters include Northeast Snowmobile Rentals (800) 458-1838 and Northern Extremes (374-6000).
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 05:19
CONWAY — The weather for Week 6 of Cranmore Mountain Meisters on Feb. 12 could not have been better!
We had some great courses set up by Dave Clancy and the rest of the crew and once again due to the excellent conditions preceding yesterday’s event the snow and courses held up excellently. We decided at 6 a.m. to put the “Second Run Option” into play again and I do believe we were all happy about that! Thanks to our “Skiing DJ” Roy Prescott and the rest of the crew at WMWV and Magic 104FM for getting the word out. But, there is always one or two in the bunch who didn’t like that fact that we do not have it every week, but I think I set him straight as to why, SAFETY!
It looks like most of the field decided to show up and take their two runs which some said, and this may apply most of you, resulted in their best times of the season which included yours truly! But that was still not enough to get me into the top 3 of my division! I can understand many of the issues racers are having about the Divisions, count me in! I will never get up to the top 3 unless I pull a “Tonya Harding” move on my opponents. Not a bad idea, eh, especially with those race points to think about … OK, enough whining — I’m starting to sound like a Mountain Meister!
As usual you see in today’s issue of The Conway Daily Sun, your best time is listed in your current division, which may have changed from last week. We did have some division winners that got moved up but we also had many racers moved up into higher divisions due to the “Craig Hill Shift”! If you do not know what that is you can call Craig and have it explain it to you! Anyhow, everything is there for you to see and you can also check the official results on the Official Mountain Meisters website (https://sites.google.com/site/mountainmeisters/) from last week to see what happened to you if you are somewhere else than where you thought you should be! Did that make sense?
The Eaton Boogers are still holding on to first place in the Team Standings with McGrath’s Leprechauns now coming in second and the ever present Trail Map Express crew lurking in the third-place spot. Will someone have enough to knock out the Boogers over the next few weeks? I think we have some great team racing coming up over the last few weeks once we get back from the break. Remember you show means you point for the team!
Thanks again to all our local sponsors for all the gift certificates we have been handing out all day long every week. Be sure to check out the sponsors in today’s paper and support them with all your business; keep it in the valley, eh?
Next week is February vacation week, so we will not race Feb. 19. We will see you all back here Feb. 26 for Week 7. Looking ahead, the Jesse E. Lyman III Memorial Downhill is scheduled to take place March 5, weather permitting! You have been warned! Enjoy the vacation beak!
— Danbo Doucet
Mountain Meisters Coordinator
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 01:25
By Danbo Doucet
CONWAY — What a day we had Wednesday, Jan. 15, for Week 2 of the Cranmore Mountain Meisters Race Series, with perfect temps and a beautiful sunny sky. You could not have asked for more!
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