BARTLETT — It’s spring, which means it’s time for all sorts of fun activities on the slopes and ski touring trails in celebration of sunny skies, warmer temperatures and corn snow.
Celebrating spring is a tradition at Attitash Ski Area, which once again is featuring its Spring Mania series of events, with an ’80s Weekend today and tomorrow, with today’s events featuring the Grandstand Mogul Jam and music by the ’80s band Ovation in Ptarmigan’s Pub from 3-6 p.m. (Mitch Alden plays solo in the Den Sessions at Bear Peak from 2-4:30 p.m.).
The fun continues at Attitash next weekend, with a pond skimming contest on March 30, followed by the triumphant return of the outrageously colorful and funky disco band, Motor Booty Affair, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Local singer Jonathan Sarty entertains at the Den Sessions Saturday as well.
Cranmore, meanwhile, is featuring its Spring Splash Bash today with its splash pond at noon (register from 9-11:30 a.m. in the base lodge) and live music with Bangkok Disco on the deck from 1-4 p.m. Stonyfield Yogurt samples will be offered.
Black Mountain has its passholders and pond skimming party March 24 at 2 p.m.
King Pine started its spring events last weekend with Cynthia’s Challenge Ski-a-thon, raising $65,000 to buy a wheelchair accessible van for Sylis Heck, a 6-year-old boy, who was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. This Sunday, King Pine has its Cardboard Box Derby, and on March 31, will hold its end-of-season pond skimming.
Bretton Woods has Chuck and John for apres ski today, and its 32nd annual Beach Party is set for March 30.
The area received 3-5 inches of snow and mixed precipitation on Friday. Here is an overview of local conditions:
• ATTITASH MOUNTAIN RESORT (603-374-2368; attitash.com): 57 of 68 trails, two terrain parks and five of nine lifts. Sunday, March 24, is Youth Day with $17 lift tickets for ages 7-17, and it’s also a Sunday Funday, with $30 adult tickets after noon at the ticket window. (Another Funday will be held March 31). College Week, March 18-29. Attitash Race League Tuesdays, through March 26.
• BLACK MOUNTAIN (603-383-4490; blackmt.com): 35 of 45 trails and two of five lifts. Apres ski at Lostbo Pub: Today, Ben Cook, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; March 24, Tim Dion. College students get $25 lift tickets for the whole month with valid active college ID. April 6: Granite Backcountry Alliance’s second annual Wild Corn Party, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., featuring live music, barbecue, speakers, games and more (granitebackcountryalliance.org/wildcorn).
• BRETTON WOODS (603-278-3320; brettonwoods.com): 63 trails, 31 of 35 glades and seven of nine lifts. Sleigh rides, tubing hill. Canopy tour (reservations: 603-278-3335). Apres ski at the Slopeside Lounge: Today, Chuck and John.
• CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT (603-356-5543; cranmore.com): 55 of 57 trails, four terrain parks and six of eight lifts. Skiing and riding, tubing and Mountain Adventure Park. Daily operations extended to March 31, with ticket specials from March 25 on; plans are to be open weekends into April conditions permitting so stay tuned for updates. Events: Today: Spring Splash Bash; live music with Bangkok Disco. Sam Adams Happier Camper, Saturday and Sunday. March 24: Has Been, Never Was Snowboard Slopestyle Competition for ages 40 plus.
• KING PINE SKI AREA (603-367-8896; kingpine.com): All 17 trails and four of five lifts. Tubing hill. Skating. Night skiing Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Apres ski today, 3-6 p.m.: Desperate Measures String Band at Trails End Tavern; March 30: Pigs Eye.
• WILDCAT (603-466-3326; ski-wildcat.com): 8 inches of fresh snow Friday. 43 of 48 trails and four of five lifts. Apres-ski: Today, 2-5 p.m.: Indie617 Drafters. College Week ticket deals, March 18-29. Discounted tickets with valid college ID. Apres-ski March 29: Ryan St. Onge of Shark Martin (a WMWV 93.5-FM “Song of the Year” finalist). March 24: Wildcat Youth Day No. 2: kids ages 7-17 pay $17 for a lift ticket.
• BEAR NOTCH SKI TOURING (603-374-2277; bearnotch-skitouring.com): 45K open, 32K groomed on both sides of Route 302 along Saco River, Bartlett Experimental Forest and Yates Farm and to Attitash Mountain Village. Great views now in Bartlett Experimental Forest due to WMNF logging project. 60 km snowshoeing. Well-behaved dogs allowed. Fresh soups daily. “We’ll go into April, at least until Easter,” said Doug Garland Friday.
• BRETTON WOODS NORDIC CENTER (brettonwoods.com; 603-278-3322): 56 of 57 trails are open; 100K of skiing with 17 of 56 track set and 17 of 56 skate groomed. Snowshoeing.
• GREAT GLEN TRAILS OUTDOOR CENTER (greatglentrails.com; 603-466-2333; greatglentrails.com; tubing and Mount Washington SnowCoach; fat biking). 45K for snowshoeing; 20K classic and 28K skate groomed.
• JACKSON SKI TOURING (603-383-9355; jacksonxc.org): Total of 82.5K open. Snowshoe tours Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Tuesday Trekkers and Friday Gliders, both 1-3 p.m. Terrain park on the Wentworth Resort course. Trail pick: Ellis to picnic table.
• KING PINE/PURITY SPRING RESERVE (603-367-8896; kingpine.com): The Purity Spring Resort XC and Snowshoe Reserve has 12K of skate and tracked groomed on 15 trails. All King Pine lift tickets include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating access while valid. Guided snowshoe tours at 2 p.m.
• MWV SKI TOURING AND SNOWSHOE ASSOCIATION (603-356-9920; mwvskitouring.org): 45K snowshoe trails. Cross-country skiing: 45K with 25K single track and 35K skate groomed in Whitaker Woods and Intervale network. Fat biking on 10K of trails in Whitaker Woods. Weekly guided snowshoe tours Saturdays at 1 p.m. Weekly snowshoe yoga Sundays at 10 a.m. — reservations requested. Call (603) 356-9920 for information.
• 100 ACRE WOOD (603-356-9980; believeinbooks.org). All trails open; spring conditions; half-mile Storybook trail, “The Very Smart Pea and the Princess to Be” by Mini Grey. N.H. Maple Syrup Weekend at sugar house.