CONWAY — After Friday’s heavy mixed precipitation, groomers did their stuff to get the trails back in shape as skiers looked forward to clear skies and warm temperatures for some spring skiing this weekend.
Note: Due to overall concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), King Pine officials this week canceled this year’s 24-Hour Cynthia’s Challenge Ski-A-Thon that was set for Friday and Saturday, March 13-14.
Although the event has been canceled for this year, donations may still be sent online to cynthiaschallenge.org.
The big highlight today is the New England Ski Museum’s 24th annual Hannes Schneider Cup at Cranmore (see feature story and schedule in today’s edition).
On the skinny ski side of life, the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is scheduled to hold the Long Hall Loppet. Call to see if the race is still on as they were to make the decision on whether to cancel or postpone due to the virus. The freestyle race will be part of the NENSA (New England Nordic Ski Association) series.
Looking ahead, Attitash hosts the 46th annual Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup March 20, the longest running pro-style dual giant slalom race in the country. Proceeds benefit the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s Junior Program. The race is considered to be New England’s premier amateur ski race. Go to redparkapub.com for registration details. The bib draw party is set for the Red Parka Pub March 19. Call (603) 383-4344 for further information.
Alpine conditions as of Friday were:
• ATTITASH MOUNTAIN (603-374-2368; attitash.com): Frozen granular; 43 of 68 trails, 232 acres of skiable terrain, seven of nine lifts running. Apres ski March 14: Den Sessions 2-4:30 p.m. at Bear Peak, Packman Dave. At Ptarmigan’s, 3-6 p.m., Something Stupid. St. Patty’s Day, March 17: Rek-lis at Ptarmigan’s and Attitash Race League Party. March 20: Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup.
• BLACK MOUNTAIN (603-383-4490; blackmt.com): 29 of 45 trails, two lifts running. Friday Night Lights Uphill/Downhill Series. Apres ski, March 14: Scott Baer; March 15: Tim Dion and March 20: Ben Cook. March 15: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Parade for children.
• BRETTON WOODS (603-278-3320; brettonwoods.com): 39 of 62 trails, eight of 10 lifts; 232 of 468 acres of skiable terrain. Canopy Tour. Kids snowmobile park. Indoor climbing wall. Night skiing Friday and Saturday. Apres ski at Slopeside Lounge: March 14: DJ New England.
• CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT (603-356-5543; cranmore.com): Wet packed.;46 of 57 trails, two terrain parks and six of eight lifts running. Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Fridays, 4-8 p.m. Lift hours on Saturdays are 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Cranapaloozas on Saturdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. with music, games and s’mores. Events: March 14: 24th annual Schneider Meister Cup. March 15: Ski with General Manager and President Ben Wilcox at 9 a.m.
• KING PINE SKI AREA (603-367-8896; kingpine.com): Closed Friday due to the rain but plan to reopen March 14. On Thursday, all 17 trails and five of six lifts were running call for updates or check the website. Tohko Dome Skating. Night skiing, Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays, 4-9 p.m. Today, 11 a.m.: Kids’ Fun Race; Apres ski at Trails End Tavern March 14, 3-6 p.m.: Riley Parkhurst Duo. Pioneer Race Series final race and awards party Monday. Events: March 14: guided day snowshoe tours, 2 p.m. March 22: King Pine Cardboard Box Derby.
• WILDCAT (603-466-3326; skiwildcat.com): Three inches of new snow; wet snow primary with machine groomed secondary surface. 41 of 48 trails, 259 acres of skiable terrain; three of five lifts running. Apres ski, 2-5 p.m. March 14: Jonathan Sarty Band. March 20, 1-4 p.m.: Andrew Gravel. Events: March 17: St. Patrick’s Day ticket deal.
• BEAR NOTCH SKI TOURING (603-374-2277; bearnotchskitouring.com): “We got an inch or so of white product Friday before it mixed in with the rain in various degrees. In the end we had an inch net gain; so after it cools down tonight I expect it to groom out well for the weekend once it dries out. The trails will be better after the storm than they were before. People will be amazed at the conditions,” said co-owner Doug Garland Friday afternoon. 30K groomed. Riverside skiing. Great dog-friendly skiing and homemade soups and bread in warm-up barn. Rentals and sales available.
• BRETTON WOODS NORDIC CENTER (brettonwoods.com; 603-278-3322): 38 of 56 trails (64.6 of 99.8K open); 2K track set and 22K skate groomed. Lift-serviced skiing open. Deception system open for fat biking. Nordic Center Grille open 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• GREAT GLEN TRAILS OUTDOOR CENTER (greatglentrails.com; 603-466-2333): 45K; 22K skate groomed, 15K track set. 45k snowshoeing. Fatbiking and tubing. Check the website for updates. Call ahead for availability on SnowCoach. Great Glen Cafe and Outfitters Shop. Events: March 15: Bill Koch Club 1:30-3:30 p.m.
• JACKSON SKI TOURING (603-383-9355; jacksonxc.org): 56.7 of 100K open. Events: Guided snowshoe tours, Saturdays 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.; Hills lessons Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.; Toddlers and Tots, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. parents and grandparents with toddlers skiing. Weekly Friday Gliders. Call to see if today’s Long Hall Loppet is still on. Trail pick: Prospect Farm.
• KING PINE/PURITY SPRING RESERVE (603-367-8896; kingpine.com): Warm weather has closed the cross-country trails for the foreseeable future. Tohko Dome ice skating, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (best to call to confirm). Guided snowshoe tours Saturdays at 2 p.m.
• MWV SKI TOURING AND SNOWSHOE ASSOCIATION (603-356-9920; mwvskitouring.org): Limited skiing with thin snow cover pending more substantial snowfall. Guided snowshoe walk Saturdays at 1 p.m. and guided snowshoe yoga Sundays at 10 a.m. Headquartwers at Ragged Mountain Equipment, host of the Mt. Washington Backcountry Ski Festival with events all weekend and presentations at Theater in the Wood tonight. For further information, go to skimtwashington.com.
• 100 ACRE WOOD (603-356-9980; believeinbooks.org). All trails open. Spring conditions. Half-mile Storybook Trail, “Dragons Love Tacos,” by Adam Rubin. Sugar shack open.