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  April, 2014 E-Traveler
The Insider's Guide to Mt Washington Valley
Anything is possible! 
Spring is on its way to Mt Washington Valley.  While some are anxious to wind down winter, there's still plenty of snow in the Valley, which means ski season will continue well into April, and then after that, there's always Tuckerman Ravine for the die hards! Click on the arrow above and get psyched for the end of the ski season and next year too.  In Mt Washington Valley we celebrate Mud Season by getting dirty!  Grab a mate, look forward to off-season rates and come up to play in the mountains.

 

Event of the Month 

         

For those with an extreme competitive spirit, The Friends of Tuckerman's Ravine offers the perfect pentathlon of Adventure on Saturday, April 12. The Tuckerman Inferno combines running, kayaking, biking, hiking and skiing for one of the most challenging adventure races in the country. Test yourself on roads, on the river, on the bike, on the hiking trail and on your skis in Tuckerman Ravine during the Tuckerman Inferno next month! The Tuckerman Inferno will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 with individual and team members competing in five different sports as they head from Mount Washington Valley up to Tuckerman Ravine in Pinkham Notch. If you're not into this kind of competition, this is an equally fun event for spectators too. Bring the camera!

The Tuckerman Inferno adventure race started in 2000 as the annual fundraiser for the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. The race pays homage to the original American Inferno ski races of the 1930s, and while the classic American Infernos were top-to- bottom ski races only, the current Tuckerman Inferno includes running, kayaking, biking, hiking and skiing to create a pentathlon event that is one of the most challenging adventure races in the country. Individuals and relay teams of two or five people compete to see who will be the fastest to cover an approximately 36 mile course that starts in the Mount Washington Valley and finishes in Tuckerman Ravine. Individual champions are crowned Tuckerman and Tuckerwoman and there are terrific prizes for all categories of competitors.

The Inferno Pentathlon starts at Story Land in Glen, and finishes in Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington. The race consists of five legs - run, kayak, bike, hike and ski. An 8.3 mile road run is followed by a 5.5 mile kayak leg, an 18.2 mile bike ride up into Pinkham Notch and a 3 mile hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail up to Tuckerman Ravine. The final ski/snowboard leg will consist of a hike from the transition area to the start of the slalom course set in Tuckerman Ravine, with a ski to the finish. The exact ski course will be decided the day of the race depending on snow conditions and safety considerations.

Sound like a fun adventure? Sign yourself (and your friends) up for the challenge! If you aren't interested in racing, but would still like to be part of the event, hike up to the Ravine and cheer on the athletes as they make their ski run down the slalom course, or better yet, volunteer! The Friends of Tuckerman Ravine are still seeking volunteers to help with race day operations. More information about the race can be found on the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine website: http://www.friendsoftuckermanravine.org/inferno.   

 

News from the Valley  


Now Open:  Living From Within, Holistic Life Center

Living From Within, Holistic Life Center located at 486 White Mountain Highway, Conway, NH is Mt Washington Valley's newest addition to the body, mind & spirit collection of businesses. Dedicated to helping people heal and grow through gentle treatment options, the center's holistic approach addresses all aspects of one's self, offering  a variety of wellness services that includes Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Psychic Services, Nutritional & Life Coaching, Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy,and  Hot Stone & Herbal Foot Soaks.  In addition to those services, Living From Within also offers a variety of classes and workshops. The Practitioners at Living From Within, Holistic Life Center are highly experienced and passionate about healing.  Check it out on your next visit to Mt Washington Valley, visit www.livingfromwithin.org or call 603-733-6215. 

 

An Evening with Ginger Zee:  On April 4th a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory will offer an intimate look at the life and career of America's favorite meteorologist, Ginger Zee, who recently replaced Sam Champion as Good Morning America's Chief Meteorologist. Emceed by former Mount Washington Observatory and WGME-TV 13 meteorologist Sara Long, the evening will also feature a meet and greet with an all-star line-up of New England meteorologists. The evening will kick off with a cash bar cocktail hour and heavy hors d'oeuvres, complimented by a silent auction. The program will begin at 6:15pm at Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME with stories from regional meteorologists, and be followed by a live connection with the Observatory weather station and the feature presentation at 7:30pm. Tickets are for sale at the Port City Music Hall ticket office. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory, helping to support their work in weather observation, research and education on Mount Washington. Info:

http://www.mountwashington.org/events/spring2014/

 

Lodging Package of the Month   

  

Ski Tucks like Royalty

While Tuckerman Ravine is one of the most popular hiking destinations throughout the summer and fall, in the spring it lures and challenges die-hard skiers from New England and Canada with its steep and extreme back-country terrain along with Lunch Rocks for viewing the spectacle.

The Royalty Inn is the closest hotel to Tuckerman's making it an ideal home-base for those who want to experience Tuckerman's back-country and return to the comfort of a hotel. Included in the Royalty Inn's Tuckerman's package is free use of the Royalty Athletic Club featuring the indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, ideal for soaking after a day on the mountain. Tuckerman specials are only available by contacting the Royalty Inn directly. Note: Be sure to check on latest snow conditions and avalanche risk before going out.

Royalty Inn's Tuckerman Special: Stay for a special rate of $69 per night for queen room or $79 per night for double queen room, valid now through 5/31. Bonus: Stay two nights at the regular rate of $85 to $89 (2 Queens) or $79 - $83 (One queen) and get the third night FREE! Blackout dates: 4/4, 4/5, 5/23 & 5/24.  Click here for details.

 

Two family attractions celebrate anniversaries

Mt Washington Valley has been a favorite family vacation destination for generations.  This year Story Land and Conway Scenic Railroad will blow out boxes of candles on the birthday cake as they celebrate significant birthdays.

 

Story Land will turn 60 this year and will celebrate with a gift to their guests - a brand new roller coaster and dinosaur themed park. Entertaining multiple generations of families since 1954, Story Land celebrates a 60th anniversary with "Roar-O-Saurus", a one-of-a-kind wooden roller coaster specifically designed for Story Land's natural terrain.  Joining the ever popular Polar Coaster, the new coaster is the major component of Story Land's new dinosaur themed section of the park. Roar-O-Saurus will provide children of all ages the experience and memory of riding their first big coaster!  The colorful train of 12 passengers will be led by Story Land's newest family member, "Rory" the little Dino with the big roar!  The coaster will feature a lift height of 40 feet (providing a spectacular view of the surrounding area), sending riders soaring down a first drop of 39 feet. It will feature 1,250 feet of track length, and provide riders with 12 unique airtime moments.  The dinosaur themed area will include the "Dino Dash" Dinosaur race game, a "Dino Dig" play area, and multiple animated friends of the prehistoric variety!  The expansion of the Dino area will be a highlight of Story Land's 60th Anniversary.

Additionally, Conway Scenic Railroad will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. In 1974, after several years of hard work with many dedicated volunteers, Dwight Smith and his partners reopened the beautiful 1874 Boston & Maine railroad station and surrounding property in the center of North Conway Village. In the beginning, there were 5½ miles of track between North Conway and Conway villages and coach seating was the only option available.   Today, Conway Scenic RR operates two passenger excursion trains over three routes and 35½ combined miles, each with seating choices of Coach, First Class and Dining Car. The Conway Scenic Railroad will launch their 40th Anniversary season on April 12th when they re-open for the 2014 season.  They're inviting everyone to their birthday party on August 4, 2014 featuring face painting and balloons for the kids, live entertainment, lemonade and birthday cake after the train rides. During their August 4th birthday party, except for the dining cars, all tickets will be 50% off - their birthday gift to riders. Info: http://conwayscenic.com/.

 

              Get Out and Play in Mt Washington Valley


The ski season is going to last well into April,  but that doesn't stop us from looking ahead to next year. April is the time to purchase next season's pass and resorts and XC Centers offer special pricing for those who think ahead. Here are just a few of the season pass offers being offered throughout the Mt. Washington Valley this month.

 

1) Cranmore Happy Trails Pass: Cranmore announced the resort will hold their pricing on early season pass rates at last season's level for the Cranmore Happy Trails Pass. As an added bonus, 2013/2014 Happy Trails passholders who renew their pass for 2014/2015 by the end of March 2014 will receive an additional 10% off the early season rate.  New 2014/2015 passholders can ski for free for the month of March 2014 too. The Adult Unlimited Happy Trails Pass pricing is $599 through May 31, 2014. More information can be found here.

 

2) Jackson Ski Touring 2015 Season Pass: The 2015 Jackson Ski Touring season passes are now on sale at 2014 pre-season prices until March 31, 2014. An adult season pass is $115; teen season pass (ages 14-18) is an affordable $40. Jackson Ski Touring season pass information is available here.

 

3) Attitash and Wildcat Season Passes: The 2014/2015 season passes are on sale now at Attitash and Wildcat. All new passholders can ski or ride during the remainder of the 2013/2014 for free! The Granite Pass is valid at both Attitash and Wildcat, with no black-out dates; the adult Granite Pass price is $629 if purchased before June 1, 2014.  Additionally, Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain will introduce a new, significantly lower-priced Granite season pass for the "twenty-something" age category which has no college requirements. At an early rate of $399, the new 19-29 Granite pass is for skiers/riders age 19-29 years and is valid for use at Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain ski areas with no black-out dates. More information can be found here.

 

4) Shawnee Peak Early Bird Season Pass Sale: Buy your pass for next season at Shawnee Peak now, and ski for the remainder of this season for free! Special Early Bird pricing is in effect until April 4, 2014, so act soon. The Unlimited Adult pass is priced at $599. Additional season pass options and information can be found here.

 

5) Bretton Woods Season Pass Sale: Purchase your pass to Bretton Woods before May 31, 2014 and receive special early season pricing. The Winter Mountain Pass includes unlimited skiing and riding, including night skiing, with no blackout dates. The adult pass price is $799. Bretton Woods and Cranmore are also once again offering their Sun N' Snow Pass with skiing and riding at both Cranmore and Bretton Woods from Sunday through Friday (with certain restrictions). Purchase an adult Sun N' Snow Pass before May 31, 2014 for $499. More season pass information is available here.

   

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Plan Ahead for the Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Death at Club 54

It's a Groovy Kind of Murder:  Dust off your bell bottoms, platform shoes and disco balls and get ready to get down tonight at Club 54, the trendiest dinner club this side of "Funky Town." Take a ride on the "Love Train" and "Staying Alive" will be the order of the night as the drama unfolds and murder "Turns The Beat Around." Join in for an evening of "far out" adult fun! Who dies? Who did it? Who figures it out and who will be around for the "Last Dance"? It all takes place on the Conway Scenic Railroad. The train departs promptly at 6:00pm. Plan to board early and enjoy a cocktail in one of the beautiful dining cars. The fare includes First Class seating for the three-hour train excursion, a four-course dinner, live theatrical performance, taxes and gratuities. Beverage service is additional. Please note that this is an adult only event. Tickets for the event only (no lodging) may also be purchased directly from Conway Scenic Railroad at $125.00 per person. Tickets are also available through the properties below which are packaging the event around themed weekends at their establishments. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of Mt Washington Valley's inns, motels and B&Bs, including:

Bartlett Inn 

Cabernet Inn 

Cranmore Mountain Lodge 

The Wentworth 

 Snowvillage Inn 

 

Spruce Moose Lodge 

The Covered Bridge House 

Buttonwood Inn  

Farm by the River 

Notchland Inn 

Mt. Washington B&B 

Colonial Motel  

Info & reservations: 800-232-5251 or click here 
 

   

Eat, Shop & Ski Events to Plan Your Trip Around  

      

April 4: Celebrate Red Sox Opening Day at Settlers' Green Outlet Village: To celebrate opening day for the Red Sox, the first 100 customers to show off Red Sox gearat Settlers' Green will get a free cupcake at the White Mountain Cupcakery on Friday, April 4. Info: click here.

 

April 5, 12 & 19:  Character Breakfasts at the Theater in the Wood: Have breakfast with your favorite storybook character at the Theater in the Wood in Intervale offered by Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. Starting at 10:00am, breakfast is $5/person, children three and under are free, and will include a small breakfast with pancakes featuring their own 100 Acre Wood maple syrup! There will be a reading of a storybook about that week's character, a visit with the character and a book swap. Bring a gently used book and swap it for another. Afterward, enjoy the 10K of trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing or just walk along the Storybook Trail with your family. Schedule:April 5 - Clifford; April 12 - Mother Goose, Humpty Dumpty & Duke the Dragon; April 19 - Lorax. Info: http://www.believeinbooks.org/CharacterBreakfast.html.

 

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Wildcat Trail at Wildcat:  Come commemorate the Wildcat Trail and its role as the catalyst for the eventual development of Wildcat Mountain ski area and take advantage of a special $80 2-day lift ticket valid for Saturday, April 5 & Sunday, April 6. On the Saturday, Wildcat will also be hosting the 1st Annual Cat Scratch Fever, an  inaugural spring mogul event taking place in The Chutes at the base of Wildcat Mountain. Come cheer on competitors and sway the judges' scores from easy vantage points located at the Bobcat Base Lodge or from the decks of the Main Base Lodge. No matter where you are, a party atmosphere will surround you. This event will run from 11:00am to 1:00pm then the music starts from 2:00-5:00pm. The Ross Livermore Band will be playing on the outdoor snow stage in the Wildcat base area weather/conditions permitting. If weather doesn't allow, the band will move inside to the Wildcat Pub. Info: Click here.

 

Enjoy Live Theater: Homestead Crossing: On April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 M&D Productions  in North Conway  (1857 White Mountain Hwy) will present Homestead Crossing. "Homestead Crossing" takes place on one set: Anne and Noel's living room, an orderly suburban interior. It's raining outside - raining hard, biblically hard. Noel sits reading. His wife Anne flits about, trying to interrupt and converse, but with no real agenda. The couple isn't squabbling so much as talking circles around each other. A bang on the bay window changes that and the story is revealed from there.  Don't miss it. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door.. Info: 603.733.5275,  www.yourtheatre.com.

 

Knitters Unite at White Birch Books: On Tuesday, April 29, 5:00pm, enjoy an author talk and knitting circle with Ann Hood, author of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, co-sponsored with Close Knit Sisters and Kearsarge Inn. Bring in your knitting or simply join Ann Hood who will share how the power of knitting, stitch-by-stitch, can teach us to live in the moment and let go. Both knitters and non-knitters alike find serenity in the clicking of needles, the fuzzy array of colors and textures, and the artistry of creating something with their own hands. Info: 603-356-3200, www.whitebirchbooks.com  


Free Fun & Delicious Deals    

 

Easter on the Green: Visit participating stores at Settlers' Green Outlet Village on April 12, 2014 between 10:00am and 2:00pm for a free Easter treat and visit the Customer Service desk for a free Easter Toy and Egg! While supplies last. Info: Click here.

 

$9 tickets at Attitash, no fooling! Make your way to Attitash Mountain Resort on April 1st for $9 all-day tickets. It's snow joke! A great way to enjoy all that snow in early April. Info: www.Attitash.com.

  

Ski for $17.76 at Bretton Woods: Speaking of ticket deals, wrap up the season and celebrate Patriot's Day (April 21, 2014) at Bretton Woods with $17.76 lift tickets, plus receive a return voucher valid through 12/19/2014! Info: http://brettonwoods.com/specials/specials/offers.

Chinese Auction and Penny Sale: 

 

Chinese Penny Auction Sale: Carroll County Senior Volunteer Program will hold its annual Chinese Auction-Penny Sale at the Ossipee Town Hall on April 5th.  Preview starts at 4:00pm and Auction at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $2.50 for a sheet of 25.  There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, bake sale, food basket raffle and hundreds of auction/sale items.  All monies raised goes to Meals on Wheels and Medical transport programs.  Info: 603- 356-9331.

 
Anything is Possible!