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  January, 2015 E-Traveler
The Insider's Guide to Mt Washington Valley
Anything is possible! 
Photo Credit: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative Photography

Happy New Year to all our E-Travelers. May 2015 bring plenty of time for travel to our corner of the White Mountains. The Valley's 13 ski resorts  and XC Centers have plenty of natural snow and snow guns are cranked up nightly as temps allow. This means you'll find fabulous conditions on and off the slopes. But skiing is not the only way to get up and down the mountain! Mountain coasters, canopy tours, tubing parks, snowmobile trails, sleigh rides, and fat bikes (what are they? Read on to hear about them!) are all options for enjoying winter in Mt Washington Valley. Add to that a wide spectrum of events throughout the month and no wonder we say it's "Snow Much Fun" in Mt Washington Valley. Drive safely on your way up to see us!

 

Event of the Month   


Celebrate Anniversaries on January 24-25th in Mt Washington Valley
 

 

Come help us honor a 250th and a 50th Anniversary in Mt Washington Valley, with both events happening on the weekend of January 24-25, 2015.    

 

Conway 250th Celebration Committee Presents the Greater Conway Winter Carnival Jan 24-25

Come take part in a weekend of events highlighting all the winter activities enjoyed in the Town of Conway, one of New England's birthplaces for skiing. While specific events are being added to the calendar all the time, look forward to church suppers throughout Conway and North Conway, a presentation of the history of skiing at Conway Public Library, classic wooden stick hockey game at Ham Ice Arena, concerts, a Cranapalooza Conway 250th birthday party hosted by Cranmore Mountain. sleigh rides with Stables at Farm by the River B&B, a Square Dance at Salyards Center for the Arts in Conway and more. Ice climbing demonstrations by International Mountain Climbing School at Cathedral Ledge and ice skating and snow sculptures in Schouler Park are among the on-snow activities. Be sure to follow the schedule being updated regularly on Facebook. Note: some events will take place earlier in January too! 

 

 
Attitash 50th Anniversary and 7th Annual Salute to Military, Jan 24

 

Attitash Ski Area opened in January 1965 and quickly became known as the "Red Carpet" ski area for their customer service and business philosophy of limiting the number of tickets sold daily. Come celebrate their 50th Anniversary and the 7th Annual Salute to Military weekend on January 24-25, 2015. Our nation's defenders will be honored with FREE lift tickets for active duty, veteran and retired service men and women as well as discounted lift tickets ($45 all ages) for active duty family members with ID* on January 24 and 25th. While all events take place at Attitash, Wildcat Mountain, located in Pinkham Notch just 20 minutes from Attitash, will also be offering free lift tickets for active, veteran and retired service men and women on January 24 and 25. It's a weekend filled with pride including a flag parade and anthem, après ski entertainment and the 6th Annual Battle of the Branches GS race. For info and complete details and schedule, click here.

*Common Access Card (CAC) or their DD Form 2ACT. Dependent family members of active duty personnel must show their DD Form 1173. Veterans must present their DD Form 214 and retired military personnel must show their DD Form 2RET.  Please note, the family member/dependent discount is only available for active duty military personnel.
 

Lodging Package of the Month   

     

Ski and Stay Specials

Did you know that one website delivers a wide range of Ski & Stay specials in Mt Washington Valley? Simply visit the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce's website and click on Vacation Specials for a wide range of different themed accommodation packages. Click here for a complete list of Ski & Stay packages.

Here's a great example of one of the Ski & Stay packages you'll find on the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce's website.

2014 / 2015 "No Brainer" Ski & Stay Package at Royalty Inn: This lodging package includes one night's lodging, one lift ticket at either Wildcat or Attitash and unlimited use of the Royalty Athletic Club with an indoor pool and Jacuzzi. Mid-week packages start at $79 per person plus tax. Call 1-900-43RELAX or click http://www.royaltyinn.com/ski-stay-packages/ for more info.

 

News from the Valley

                  

 

North Conway named among Lonely Planet's Best in the US, 2015

Each year, Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel media company that has published over 130 million guidebooks since 1973, gathers their expert authors and US-based editorial team to determine their Best in the US list. This year, North Conway, NH was named to the Best of the US 2015 list. The Best in the US 2015 destinations are ten places in the US that Lonely Planet authors and travel experts think travelers should add to their wish lists for the coming year. Each year travelers await this important list to plan their bucket list vacations. According to Lonely Planet, some of these destinations are emerging or up-and-coming, others are perennial favorites but have a new or timely angle that makes them prime for visitors in 2015. "We chose North Conway for our Best in the US 2015 list as it offers up some of the best year-round activities in New England for all ages and skill-levels - from skiing and rock-climbing to hiking and leaf peeping," says Rana Freedman, Director of Marketing-US for Lonely Planet. "This year also marks the 250th birthday of the Town of Conway's charter, making it a fantastic time to go and celebrate this quintessential New England village." For more information and the complete list of Lonely Planet's Best of the US 2015, click here.

Resolve to create a new you in 2015? Take lessons from the junkyard.

Michael Kline spent the first 7 years of his life on a junkyard and you can learn from his experience. Attend a one day Success-a-thon and learn to remove the emotional junk that gets in the way of your goals. His one-day workshop, held on January16, 2015 at The White Mountain Hotel and Resort in North Conway, will motivate, inspire and lead you to success in meeting your goals. Step into your future today!  Info and registration here


Chef's Market has a whole new menu and experience

Chef's Market Bistro in North Conway Village has a whole new look and feel. Recently purchased by innkeepers and owners of the Cranmore Inn (yes, they are both restauranteurs and innkeepers!) the new Chef's Market Bistro offers table service, a full bar and an expanded menu. The entire menu, however, is also available for take-out, so it's still a great place to get prepared meals, sandwiches, desserts, apps and more. Local is the word here as Mt Washington Valley's Chef Tyler Schwarz, who trained at The Balsams, is in charge of this locally owned business. Choose from small plates to sandwiches, soups, desserts and more. Next time you're in North Conway, be sure to stop by and experience the new Chef's Market.

Family Fun in Mt Washington Valley

Kids love to hit the trails on any day of the week. Add some special events just for kids and you won't have any trouble convincing them to get out of bed early for first tracks. Add these special January dates to your family calendar and we'll see you on the trails in Mt Washington Valley.

Saturdays in January: Cranapalooza at Cranmore: On Saturday afternoons and select holidays just as the skiing winds down, kid fun starts up at Cranmore Mountain Resort. It's their own form of après ski energy-dash. Even before the chairlifts close, a variety of fun family events are planned throughout the resort in addition to snow tubing, mountain coaster, giant swing and soaring eagle zip line operations are planned until 9pm. The resort-wide, fun-filled après celebration is geared toward the whole family.  Now bigger than ever, families can enjoy entertainment every Saturday through March 7th, including bonus nights during holiday periods.  You'll find family entertainment, famous s'mores at the outdoor fire pit in Schneider Square and tubing area, parades led by C-More across the base area, and face painting. Plus adults can enjoy live music in Zip's Pub and Grill then gather the family back together for evening fireworks (held on select dates at the base of the South Slope). Cranmore is open for skiing until 6pm on Saturdays and vacation periods. Full day lift tickets are valid on those dates for the extra two hours at no additional cost. Or buy a Twilight lift ticket for just $42 and ski from 2:00pm until 6:00pm. For more information regarding dates and scheduled entertainers check out the Cranmore events calendar.

 

January 11: Kids Ski Fest at Great Glen Trails: From 9:00am to 4:00pm it's all about kids at Great Glen Trails on January 11th. Here's a great way to introduce your kids to Nordic skiing too. The terrain park, group games, bean bag biathlon, team sprint relays, treats to eat at the Cabin, a lollipop race and more are all on the agenda for this family fun celebration. Mini-lessons will be offered in both morning and afternoon for first-time cross country youth skiers. A trail pass is required for adults and children at a reduced rate of $5. Plus, activities and children's rental equipment will be free. Rentals are available for participating parent/guardians for $10. For more info, click here. 

Kids Fun Races at King Pine
Plan to take part in the weekly Kids Fun Race at King Pine every Saturday.
The Race course is at the bottom of the Open Slope. Then follow it up with a Family Fun Race that evening.Family Racing on Saturday nights are a dual recreation race from 6:00pm - 8:00pm on the King Pine Trail. Both races are free to all with a lift ticket and are weather dependent. And this is a great way to introduce the youngest skiers into the fun of racing. Info: click here and here.

   

Couples Capers 
 
While many think that the holidays are the time for shopping, couples who enjoy finding great deals on winter gear may want to wait until January for their romantic getaway. January is the month for winter clearance sales and that means everything from ski gear to apparel will be on sale throughout Mt Washington Valley's outlets and locally-owned stores and boutiques. Learn more about shopping in Mt Washington Valley from Amy Quigley, our regional shopping Diva.

 

Even if he'd rather ski and you'd rather shop, January is still the time to get away together. He'll have 13 ski resorts and XC Centers to choose from and you'll have more than 200 brand name outlets and independently owned stores and boutiques to visit. Do your own thing by day and in the evening meet for a romantic fireside dinner with drinks and entertainment afterward!

 

You'll find a number of romantic getaways listed under Vacation Specials on www.Mtwashingtonvalley.org. When you come, be sure to ask your lodging property about shopping coupons or visit the Mt Washington Valley Visitor Center in North Conway village for coupons and sale information.

 

Get out and play in Mt Washington Valley

Photo by Ernie Mills
Fat Biking at Great Glen Trails

With all those weight loss resolutions at this time of year, we try hard not to use the word "fat" unless it refers to taking special bikes on the trails. However, on January 4th and 25th (along with February 1, 22, and March 1, 15) Great Glen Trails will allow winter biking, better known as Fatbiking on their trail system. This privilege is restricted to select Sunday afternoons from 12:30pm - 4:00pm on Jan 4th & 25th, Feb 1st & 22nd and March 1st & 15th. A trail pass required and rentals available. Info: www.GreatGlenTrails.com.

Get ready for IceFest, Feb 6-8, 2015

Since its inception 22 years ago, Ice Fest North Conway has been eagerly anticipated by ice climbers in the Eastern United States and is considered one of the premier climbing events in the country. It is intended to be a celebration of ice climbing and winter mountaineering and the people that make it a part of their lives. It continues to provide a great opportunity for those attending to network, socialize, try new gear and participate in multiple day courses, one-day technical clinics and privately guided climbs. The Mt. Washington Valley is one of the finest waterfall ice climbing destinations in North America. Each year a variety of skills-based clinics and exciting slide shows are combined with clinics and the chance to meet featured climbers and guides from the New England area and around the world. For a complete schedule and more information, visit http://www.mwv-icefest.com/.

AMC International Dinners celebrate 25th Anniversary

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) will kick off the twenty-fifth season of its International Dinner and Adventure Series on January 14, when the weekly winter program at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge Pinkham Notch Visitor Center explores Nepal and trekking around the Annapurna Circuit.  For 25 years, winter Wednesday evenings in Pinkham Notch have been transformed into an armchair adventure offering a taste of international cuisine, culture, and exploration. Dinners include soup or appetizer, salad, entrée, bread, dessert, coffee, teas and cold beverages. Guests may bring their own beer or wine. A nightly raffle of AMC or other regional items is offered to spur thoughts of new adventures. Dinner is served at 6:00pm, immediately before the presentation, and is $29 for adult non-members ($24 for AMC members). The International Dinner lodging package starts at $59 per person for adult non-members ($49 for members), and includes Joe Dodge Lodge accommodations, featured dinner and presentation, breakfast, and a one-day trail pass for cross-country skiing and tubing the next day at Great Glen Trails. The Wednesday series runs from January 14 - March 25, with the exception of February 18. The presentations are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of 10 programs through March 25, from Tasmania and Greenland to Beirut and British Columbia, at www.outdoors.org/internationaldinner.

 

January events to plan your trip around 

December 31: Ring in 2015 and the Town of Conway's 250th anniversary year at Schouler Park in North Conway. Take photos in front of the huge ceramic snowman commemorating Conway, and enjoy hot drinks at the warming hut as town Selectmen and women offer a greeting to the new year. An expanded fireworks display tops off the evening. Before and after, enjoy dinner and drinks at restaurants throughout the Valley. Visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org and click on EVENTS for a complete listing of the New Year's Eve festivities throughout Mt Washington Valley.

Fridays in January: Friday Night Lights Shopping Series at Settlers' Green: Shop Settlers' Green on your way into town on Fridays this winter and get exclusive savings and access to specially priced lift tickets to Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain. Visit Customer Service (Suite C13) and get a free voucher for hot chocolate made with Lindt Chocolate at the White Mountain Cupcakery and get exclusive offers at participating stores when you sign up for the VIP Program. Plus, cozy up in an Adirondack chair at the new fire pit in the Courtyard. Friday Night Lights takes place every Friday night in January and February from 4:00-8:00pm. Info: Click here.

January 14: AHA "Ski Heart Strong"-Open Registration Starts At Jackson Ski Touring Foundation: Ski Heart Strong is a pledge campaign to raise money and awareness for heart health through cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It is also an opportunity to raise your own commitment to cardiovascular exercise during the winter months when many of us have trouble being active. Register as an individual or a team and raise money through pledges for the number of hours you ski during the month-long campaign starting January 14 - February 14. Registration includes a day pass for Jackson XC, a "Ski Heart Strong" t-shirt, and goodie bag with chocolates and spa coupons for each participant. For more information or to register, email info@jacksonxc.org, call 1-603-383-9355 or visit www.jacksonxc.org.

January 23: Small Farmers Club at Remick Museum and Farm: Parents and children 2-6 years old are invited to enjoy a hands-on activity with the different animals on the farm each month. Brush a goat, milk a cow, and even spin wool, to name a few! The time will be spent getting to know the animals, and will include a story, craft or game to complement learning. This is a parent/child activity; parents need to accompany their child for the duration of the activity. Location: Main Museum Cost: $5.00. Please make sure children are ready to spend time outdoors (appropriate clothing for any inclement weather). This day's theme is goats! Info: Click here.

January 23: New West Guitar Group at Gorham, NH Town Hall Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein, the New West Guitar Group has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble. Performing popular covers, jazz standards and exciting originals, NWGG combines the acoustic and electric guitar to create their signature sound. They're performing at the Gorham, NH Town Hall at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 and available at the door. Info:  www.medallionoperahouse.org.
Free Show at Stone Mountain Arts Center, January 22
     

Waltzings for Dreamers FREE Music Series featuring Dustbowl Revival: L.A. WEEKLY says of Dustbowl Revival, "In a city like Los Angeles, home to musical stars in nearly every known genre, handing out the Best Live Band title is not easy. But the free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival's upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear." This show has free admission by reservation.  In the spirit of providing, you are asked if possible, to please bring a donation in the form of cat or dog food, bleach, detergent, and "hardwood" pellets for the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. Info: Click here.

Start Fun, Start Free at Cranmore, January 19

Learn to ski or ride for free at Cranmore on January 19th. Take one of their signature GET lessons, powered by terrain based learning and get ready to have fun with on the slopes this winter! Free lessons , limited to the first 50 people, ages 8 and older. Reservations are required, call 603-356-5544 ext. 333 to sign up. Info: www.Cranmore.com.

Free Waxing Demo at JSTF Wednesdays & Saturdays   

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) hosts a free waxing demonstration every Wednesday and Saturday from 12:00pm -1:00pm. Sessions take place in the touring center and are hands-on as participants learn how to maintain waxless and waxable skis - Classic and Skate. JSTF also offers a free wax room to skiers. Info: www.jacksonxc.org.

Where the deals are

We've compiled an exhaustive list of all the sales closets, clearance lofts and special websites for finding the best deals for your holiday shopping. Simply click here for a full list of where to find great deals throughout Mt Washington Valley, NH.   We also maintain a list of all the ski and winter special ticket offers and deals, which are featured weekly in the About the Snow newsletter. Click here for a list of deals at ski resorts in Mt Washington Valley.
 
Anything is Possible!