CONWAY — From the campaign trails for New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary Feb. 11, to the ski and touring trails of the valley fresh after this week’s snow, there’s a lot of excitement this weekend for political and snowsports enthusiasts alike.
Among the field, we know that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a snowboarder who recently visited Cranmore to take a few runs after holding an editorial board with The Conway Daily Sun. In her interview with the Sun, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said being from Minnesota, she’s familiar with the cold, and that she is a snowmobiler.
Thursday and Friday’s wintry mix brought 5-8 inches at some resorts, making for some good conditions on the tracks and trails with clear skies today but breezy, with highs in the low 20s, and intervals of clouds and sun Sunday with a high of 26.
A highlight of the weekend is the trail dedication at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation for former executive director Thom Perkins and longtime JSTF supporter Bengt Karlsson, followed by a potluck dinner.
A group will depart the Touring Center at 2:30 p.m. to ski the junction of two trails near the Ellis River Trail. Thom’s Reach is the southbound trail that links the Ellis River Trail to the bridge near Gray’s Field; and The Bengt is a trail that has been known as “South Hall Connector.” They meet near Gray’s Field.
An apres ski party will be held at the Wentworth Resort Hotel at 4 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. at the JSTF.
For further information, go to jacksonxc.org or call (603) 383-9355.
As of Friday:
• ATTITASH MOUNTAIN (603-374-2368; attitash.com): 60 of 68 trails, all three terrain parks, 249 acres of skiable terrain, six of nine lifts running. Events: Attitash Race League nine-week series, Tuesdays through March 17 (excluding Feb. 18); Feb. 8: Abenaki Parks Slopestyle. Apres ski: Feb. 8, 2-4:30 p.m.: Den Sessions, Bear Peak: Scott Baer; Ptarmigan’s, 3-6 p.m.: Diana’s Bath Salts.
• BLACK MOUNTAIN (603-383-4490; blackmt.com): 24 trails, two lifts running. Friday Night Lights Uphill/Downhill Series. Apres ski, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Feb. 7: Candie Tremblay.
• BRETTON WOODS (603-278-3320; brettonwoods.com): 63 of 63 trails, 15 of 35 glades, 438 of 468 acres of skiable terrain, nine of 10 lifts running. Canopy Tour. Apres ski, Slopeside Lounge: Feb. 8: The River 92.5 FM. Ted Gilbert Race Series Mondays and Fireball Series Friday Nights Under the Lights.
• CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT (603-356-5543; cranmore.com): 48 of 57 trails, two terrain parks, all eight lifts running. Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park are open in Fridays from 4-8 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; lifts are open Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, 8:30-4 p.m. and Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Events: Cranapaloozas every Saturday, Schneider Square, 2:30-4:30 p.m. with games for children. Feb. 8: Apres Ski, 4-7 p.m. Zip’s Pub: Ben Cook. Family pasta night, 6-8 p.m. and ski movies Zip’s Pub. Feb. 9: First Tracks with the GM Ben Wilcox at Skimobile Express 7:45 a.m.; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Amazing Winter Race scavenger hunt to support the White Mountain Trail Collective. Cranmore Mountain Meisters Wednesdays; entertainment by White Steer.
• KING PINE SKI AREA (603-367-8896; kingpine.com): All 17 trails, one terrain park, five of six lifts running. Night skiing, Saturdays, Fridays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 4-9 p.m. Feb. 8: Touch a Truck, 2-3:45 p.m. Apres ski, Trails End Tavern, 3-6 p.m. Feb. 8: Chimera. Pioneer Racing Series Mondays .
• WILDCAT (603-466-3326; ski-wildcat.com): 36 of 48 trails, 208 acres of skiable terrain, three of five lifts running. Apres ski: Feb. 8, 1-4 p.m.: Dark Train Express. Feb. 14, 12:30-3:30 p.m.: Scott Baer.
• BEAR NOTCH SKI TOURING (603-374-2277; bearnotchskitouring.com): Bear Notch Ski Touring 30 km open for snowshoeing and skiing, with skate grooming and tracks on the Western Trail Network. More trails on the Yates Farm Trail Network, Village Loop and Bartlett Experimental Forest. Great dog-friendly skiing and homemade soups and bread in warm-up barn. Rentals and sales.
• BRETTON WOODS NORDIC CENTER (brettonwoods.com; 603-278-3322): 32 of 56 trails (59 of 99.8 km open); 3 km track set and 3 km skate groomed. Nordic Center Grille open 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
• GREAT GLEN TRAILS OUTDOOR CENTER (greatglentrails.com; 603-466-2333): 35 trails (45 km). 25 km skate groomed, 18 km track set. 45 km of snowshoeing. Fatbiking and tubing. SnowCoaches running. Call ahead for availability on SnowCoach.
• JACKSON SKI TOURING (603-383-9355; jacksonxc.org): 35 of 100 classic open; 50 of 100 km skate groomed. Guided snowshoe tours, Saturdays 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.; Tuesdays: Toddlers and Tots, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Hills lessons Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Weekly Friday Gliders. Feb. 9: 2:30 p.m.: ski trail dedication tour for Thom Perkins and Bengt Karlsson ceremony at 3 p.m.; followed by apres ski at Wentworth Resort at 4 p.m. and potluck supper at ski touring center from 5-7 p.m.
• KING PINE/PURITY SPRING RESERVE (603-367-8896; kingpine.com): Snowshoers are welcome to access 20 km of trails. Tohko Dome ice skating, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Guided snowshoe tours Saturdays at 2 p.m. Moonlight Snowshoe Tour Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.
• MWV SKI TOURING AND SNOWSHOE ASSOCIATION (603-356-9920; mwvskitouring.org): 35 km skate groomed in Whitaker Woods only; 25 km single track in Whitaker Woods only. 45 km of snowshoe trails. 2 km fatbiking in Whitaker Woods. Guided snowshoe walks Saturdays at 1 p.m.; snowshoe yoga Sundays at 10 a.m. On Feb. 8 and March 7, beginning at 7 p.m.: Intervale Snowshoe After Dark. Call the touring center for reservations before 5 p.m.
• 100 ACRE WOOD (603-356-9980; believeinbooks.org). All trails open; groomer’s choice: North Bush. Storybook trail, “No Two Alike” by Keith Baker. Entertainment at Theater in the Wood Feb. 8, 7 p.m.: John Lackard Blues Band.