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Welcome to Mt Washington Valley, New England's premier snow sports playground.  Here we're all about the snow! The 13 ski resorts and XC Centers in Mt Washington Valley are all within a half-hour of North Conway, named among the top 25 ski towns in the world by National Geographic in 2012 and the #1 Affordable Ski Town by TripAdvisor in 2012 and 2013. 

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With the new snow that fell over Thanksgiving, Mt Washington Valley is now a winter wonderland.  Wildcat received 14-16" of new snow and Bretton Woods reported 8-10" of white fluffy snow!  This will help add to the base and allow resorts and XC centers to possibly open earlier. Stay tuned!

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: 

Mt Washington Valley ski resorts are celebrating snow this year!  Nearly 200 inches fell last year and we're planning on another very successful year. 

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Friday, December 26, 2013 update

ALPINE SKI RESORTS as of December 26, 2013  

December 26, 2013 update 

Attitash - 26 trails. Base depth: 18" - 24". Season snowfall total: 22".
Black Mountain - 25 trails. Base depth: 12" - 28". Season snowfall total: 23". 
Bretton Woods - 33 trails. Base depth: 16" - 32". Season snowfall total: 32".
Cranmore - 32 trails. Base depth: 16" - 24". Season snowfall total: 17". 
King Pine - 17 trails. Base depth: 18" - 30". Season snowfall total: 18". 
Shawnee Peak - 34 trails. Base depth: 15" - 32". 
Wildcat - 12 trails. Base depth: 18" - 24". Season snowfall total: 31". 

CROSS COUNTRY CENTERS as of December 26, 2013

Bear Notch Ski Touring - 30 km open with 30 km classic groomed and 15 km skate groomed. 
Bretton Woods Nordic - 10 km open with 7 km classic groomed and 10 km skate groomed. Base depth: 4". 
Great Glen Trails - 16 km open with 10 km classic groomed and 16 km skate groomed. Base depth: 5". 
Jackson Ski Touring - 30 km open with 22 km classic groomed and 22 km skate groomed. Base depth: 5" - 14". 
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring - 30 km open with 20 km classic groomed and 30 km skate groomed. Base depth: 5" - 8".   
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve - 15 km open with 15 km classic groomed and 15 km skate groomed.

SKI NH FORECAST from Mt Washington Obervatory  for December 26, 2013:

The weather forecast is calling for one to three inches of snow today, Thursday, December 26, followed by a sunshine on Friday. The weekend is looking partly cloudy with another chance of snow on Sunday. 

 For the complete Ski NH Outdoor Lovers weather forecast, click here.        

HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Christmas Week:

From fireworks and fine dining to night skiing, tubing and family racing, you're bound to have fun! 

  1. New Year's Eve Fireworks - Ring in the new year with celebrations throughout the Valley on New Year's Eve. In North Conway there will be an early fireworks display at Cranmore at 6:30 pm and fireworks at 9:30 pm in Schouler Park. There will also be a fireworks display at the Omni Mount Washington Resort at 5:30 pm. 
  1. Night Skiing - King Pine and Shawnee Peak will be open until 9:00 pm, and Cranmore will be open until 6:00 pm, for night skiing from Thursday, December 26 through Wednesday, December 31. 
  1. Family Events, Races and Festivals - There's no shortage of on-slope events throughout the Valley as we head into the New Year! Attitash is holding its Freeride Rail Jam on Saturday, December 28 and the first race in the U Go Girl race series on Sunday, December 29, while Jackson Ski Touring is hosting Snowshoe Nature Tours on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, December 29, Shawnee Peak will hold its annual Winter Festival, with après ski entertainment in the pub and a torch light parade and fireworks display. King Pine will be having a family friendly New Year's Eve celebration, with family racing from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, outdoor music, a torch light parade and fireworks, Cranmore's New Year's Eve Cranapalooza event will feature family entertainment, giveaways and fireworks. 
  1. Dinner Out and Apres Ski Fun - Celebrate the New Year with après ski fun at your favorite ski resort pub and then enjoy dinner out at one of the Valley's restaurants, many of which are offering special New Year's Eve menus. Click here for a complete description of dinner and après ski New Year opportunities in Mt. Washington Valley. 

Get out on the snow and tube, skate or ride! Great Glen Trails, Cranmore, King Pine and Bretton Woods all offer snow tubing, while ice skating fun can be found at King Pine and Ham Arena. Take a sleigh ride, go dog sledding, or get out on the trails for a snowmobile ride. The options are endless!

 Where to find deals 

Mt Washington Valley is full of great finds , giveaways and special promotions, just waiting for you to discover! No wonder TripAdvisor has named Mt Washington Valley the most affordable ski town in the Northeast for the past two years!

Each week we’ll highlight a few of the Valley’s great “finds” on and off the slopes. Here are the Valley Finds for this week:

  • Monday Night Madness at Shawnee Peak. Ski from 4:00 to 9:00 pm for only $13. Price increases to $17 on holiday Mondays. 
  • Sunday Funday Afternoon at Attitash and Wildcat: $30 Half Day Lift Ticket from 12:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday afternoons. Holiday afternoons too!  
  • Tubing and Mountain Adventure Combo Ticket at Cranmore: Play all day in Cranmore's Mountain Adventure Park with a Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park Combo Ticket for only $45. Unlimited rides on the mountain coaster, giant swing, and soaring eagle zip line, plus two hours of tubing.  
  • Ski at Black Mountain on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 4:30 pm for only $17! 
  • Alpine Sundays at Jackson Ski Touring: Bring your Saturday lift ticket from any alpine ski area on Sundays and get a 33% discount on trail pass, rentals and/or lesson. 

For a complete list of 2013/2014 ticket deals and special rates at Mt. Washington Valley's 13 ski resorts and XC centers, click here

 Top 5: Top Five Ways to Find Fun in the Mountains

Named among the top 25 mountain adventure towns in the world by National Geographic and Men's Journal, Mt. Washington Valley is one great place to find mountain fun this winter. 

Whether on skis, snowcoach or via ice ax, enjoy one of these unique adventures this winter. 

  1. Take a trip to the top of Mt. Washington with the Mount Washington  Observatory. The Observatory's Winter Day trips offer the chance to get to the top of New England's highest peak in the winter.  Enjoy a ride up the mountain in the Observatory's snowcat, take a guided tour of the Observatory and meet Marty, the official summit cat, then enjoy lunch with the scientists and volunteers who live and work atop the  peak before heading down the mountain in the afternoon For those who want something longer, the Observatory offers Overnight Trips as well.
  2. Travel up the Mt. Washington Auto Road  via the one-of-a-kind SnowCoach. A specially constructed all-wheel drive and unique 4-track system allows the SnowCoach to deliver you to the world above treeline at the 4.5 mile mark on the Auto Road for an unforgettable winter experience. For the more adventurous, the SnowCoach offers the option to xc ski, telemark or snowshoe back down the Auto Road. SnowCoach tours last approximately 1.5  and depart daily, weather permitting, December through March from Great Glen Trails on a  first come, first served basis. 
  3. Want the thrill of getting to the top using your own two feet and hands? Mt. Washington Valley is home to three renowned climbing schools - International Mountain Climbing School, EMS and Northeast Mountaineering - all of which offer guided mountaineering and ice climbing trips to Mt. Washington and the surrounding Presidentials. 
  4. Looking to make first tracks? With Shawnee Peak's First Tracks, you and up to five of your friends or family can experience first tracks for only $75. Travel by six-person transporter up to the top of the mountain a hour before the lifts begin to turn for the day and the mountain is yours!  Reservations required; first come-first served.
  5. For the expert XC or  backcountry skier, the Wildcat Valley Trail offers a unique way to travel from the summit of Wildcat Mountain into ackson Village. This 17.8 km XC ski trail was cut by Jackson Ski Touring in 1972 and descends along the Wildcat ridge, through birch forest, to th edge of Jackson Village. Experienced skiers only. An uphill trail pass at  Wildcat must be purchased to ski or skin up the mountain; a special  Wildcat Valley Trail pass from Jackson Ski Touring is also necessary for  trail use. More information can be found here.  

For more information on planning or creating a memorable ski getaway call the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).