Snow Much Fun in the Mt. Washington Valley Anything is Possible!
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.
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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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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What's Happening at ski resorts and XC Centers?
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".
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking to make first tracks? With Shawnee Peak'sFirst 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.
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).