CONWAY — Welcome to a busy first of two February vacation weeks in the Mount Washington Valley, with tons of new snow this past week and favorable weather for the weekend.
Topping the weekend tonight are two events at the Vail resorts of Wildcat and Attitash:
• Wildcat Mountain will hold its annual torchlight parade at 5:30 p.m., with members of the Wildcat Ski Patrol and Ski School. Apres ski will be at the Wildcat Pub from 2-5 p.m. with the Andrew Gravel Project.
• Attitash will have the Dave Matthews tribute band, Crush, open to all ages, from 6:30-8 p.m., with fireworks at 6:30 p.m. as part of its Bud Light Attitash After Dark series.
The skiing is superb no matter where you go this week. I had the privilege of skiing with my friend Joy Frankio at Bretton Woods last Sunday and rode the new Skyway gondola, the only eight-person lift in the state.
At 6,000 feet long, the new lift climbs 1,300 vertical feet, terminating about 100 feet below the summit of Mount Rosebrook. It was a very smooth ride, matched by exceptionally fantastic ski conditions, especially on West Mountain on such runs as Waumbek, Little Tuckerman and Starr King.
The views were inspiring of the grand Omni Mount Washington Resort, Mount Washington and the Presidential Range to the southeast as well as into Zealand Valley from the top of the West Mountain High-Speed Express. (Remove your skis and take a short hike to look at the valley.)
Here’s a roundup of events and conditions as of Friday following Thursday’s snow, which brought 6-12 inches plus to local slopes and touring trails.
• ATTITASH MOUNTAIN (603-374-2368; attitash.com): All 68 trails, all three terrain parks, 319 acres of skiable terrain, six of nine lifts running. Events: Feb. 15: Abenaki Parks Skier Boardercross. Feb. 16: U Go Girl Race No. 3; and Feb. 22: Abenaki Parks Big Air. Apres ski will be featured daily through Feb. 22 at the Den Sessions at Bear Peak and at Ptarmigan’s.
The schedule: Den Sessions: Feb. 15, Riley Parkhurst Duo; Feb. 16: Packman Dave; Feb. 17: Mitch Alden; Feb. 18: Scott Baer; Feb. 19: Isiah Bennett; Feb. 20: Packman Dave; Feb. 21: Jennifer Teft and Feb. 22: Mitch Alden.
For Ptarmigan’s: Feb. 15: 3-6 p.m.: Crush; fireworks at 6:30 p.m.; Crush performs at all ages party, 6:30-8 p.m.; Feb. 16: Riley Parkhurst Project; Feb. 17: Packman Dave; Feb. 18: Now is Now; Feb. 19: DJ Kristen Corrigan; Feb. 20: Jester Jigs; Feb. 21: The Wheelers and Feb. 22: Best Not Broken.
• BLACK MOUNTAIN (603-383-4490; blackmt.com): 30 trails, two lifts running. Friday Night Lights Uphill/Downhill Series. Daily apres ski through Feb. 23, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Feb. 15, Greg Walsh; Feb. 16, Tim Dion; Feb. 17, Candie Tremblay; Feb. 18, Greg Walsh; Feb. 19, Ericka Cushing; Feb. 20, Tim Dion; Feb. 21, Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge and fun apres ski; Feb. 22, Ride and Ski Promo and Feb. 23, Jonathan Sarty.
• BRETTON WOODS (603-278-3320; brettonwoods.com): All 63 trails, 29 of 35 glades, 464 of 468 acres of skiable terrain, seven of 10 lifts running. Canopy Tour. Night skiing through Feb. 22. Apres ski and kids’ apres ski daily through Feb. 23. Slopeside Lounge: Feb. 15, DJ Chuck Noel; Feb. 16, Chuck and John; Feb. 17, DJ Chuck Noel; Feb. 18, Cause and Effect; Feb. 19, Broke and Ugly; Feb. 20, Shark Martin; Feb. 21, The 603’s; Feb. 22, Sean Patrick Mcgraw and Feb. 23, The River 92.5 FM.
• CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT (603-356-5543; cranmore.com): 56 of 57 trails, two terrain parks, seven of eight lifts running. Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park will be open extended hours, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., through Feb. 22. Advance reservations are recommended for the tubing park and may be made online in advance.
Events: Feb. 15: Kiss 108 Winter Games, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bud Light promo, 4-6 p.m. Family Pasta Night. Cranapalooza! daily, Feb. 15 through 22, featuring fun and games for kids in Schneider Square, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Live music in Zip’s Pub sponsored by Tuckerman Brewing, daily, through Feb. 22, 4 -7 p.m., including: Feb. 16, the Rafters; Feb. 17, Ryan St. Onge; Feb. 18, Arthur James; Feb. 19, Mitch Alden; Feb. 20, Andrew Gravel; Feb. 21, Ben Cook and Feb. 22, Riley Parkhurst Duo. On the snow: Feb. 19: Sport Thoma Demo Day, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22: Terrain Park Throwdown, freestyle competition for all ages and abilities. Feb. 22: Fireworks, 6 p.m.
• KING PINE SKI AREA (603-367-8896; kingpine.com): All 17 trails, one terrain park, five of six lifts running. Night skiing, 4-9 p.m. throughout vacation weeks, Feb. 15-29. Feb. 15-22: Family Fun Week (snowshoe tours, kids’ fun races, campfires, s’mores, special events and more), including: Feb. 15: Kids Fun Race and snowshoe tour; Feb. 16: Overnight Ski Camp I (through Feb. 22); Feb. 17: Silly Slalom; Feb. 18: Belly Bag Race; Feb. 19: Family Challenge Race; Feb. 21 campfire and Feb. 22: King’s Mark Big Air. Apres ski: Trails End Tavern, Feb. 15: Even Better Medicine; Feb. 22: The Gravel Project.
• WILDCAT (603-466-3326; ski-wildcat.com): 46 of 48 trails, 283 acres of skiable terrain, four of five lifts running. Events: Torchlight parade Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20: Parlor Demo Ski Day, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Apres ski, 2-5 p.m. weekends: Feb. 15, Andrew Gravel Project and Feb. 16, Jonathan Sarty Band; Midweek, 1-4 p.m.: Feb. 17, Scott Baer; Feb. 18, Jonathan Sarty Duo; Feb. 19, Daniel Byrnes; Feb. 20, Scott Baer; and Feb. 21, Ryan St. Onge; Feb. 22, 2-5 p.m., Shark Martin.
• BEAR NOTCH SKI TOURING (603-374-2277; bearnotchskitouring.com): 45 km open for snowshoeing and skiing. Bartlett Experimental Forest, Western Trail Network, Yates Farm Trail Network, Village Loop to Attitash Mountain Village and the Fields at Attitash now open. “The Waterfall Crossing is now open, and everyone likes that!” said Doug Garland. 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): 45 of 56 trails (79.1 of 99.8 km open); 31 km track set and 43 km skate groomed. Lift-serviced skiing open. Nordic Center Grille open 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• GREAT GLEN TRAILS OUTDOOR CENTER (greatglentrails.com; 603-466-2333): 35 trails (45 km). 26 km skate groomed, 18 km track set. 45 km of snowshoeing. Fatbiking and tubing. SnowCoaches running. Call ahead for availability on SnowCoach. Great Glen Cafe and Outfitters Shop.
• JACKSON SKI TOURING (603-383-9355; jacksonxc.org): 35 of 100km 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. 15: Luminary Ski and Snowshoe Tour, 5-7 p.m. on Wentworth Resort Loop. March 1: Jackson Nordic Foodie Fondo: Tour the trails and explore village eateries while enjoying trailside treats.
• KING PINE/PURITY SPRING RESERVE (603-367-8896; kingpine.com): Snowshoers are welcome to access 15 km of skate-groomed trails. Tohko Dome ice skating, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Guided snowshoe tours Saturdays at 2 p.m.
• MWV SKI TOURING AND SNOWSHOE ASSOCIATION (603-356-9920; mwvskitouring.org): All 45 km skate groomed and single tracked in Whitaker Woods and Intervale Network. 45 km of snowshoe trails. 12 km fatbiking in Whitaker Woods. Guided snowshoe walks Saturdays at 1 p.m.; snowshoe yoga Sundays at 10 a.m. Feb. 23: 31st annual Chocolate Festival.
• 100 ACRE WOOD (603-356-9980; believeinbooks.org). All trails open and skate-groomed. Storybook trail, “No Two Alike” by Keith Baker. Entertainment at Theater in the Wood Feb. 15, 7 p.m.: Comedian Juston McKinney. Feb. 22: Ice Bar: An Evening of Ice and Dancing; Feb. 29: Chad Hollister Band.