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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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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:
Well, we’ve hit the Mother Lode for snow in Mt Washington Valley! We’re going for a record on snowfall this winter. Bretton Woods hit a high for snowfall at 120" + and the other resorts aren't too far behind!
How is this for a fabulous view from Wildcat on March 5, 2014? Photo by Patrick Lynch.
These adventure seekers "go both ways" when it comes to getting out on the trails at Great Glen Trails. New fat tire bike demos on 2/28/14. Photo by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.
Wow! Pow! at Wildcat on 2-19-14 after a week of snowfall.
An early morning after-the-storm photo taken at Black Mountain on 2-14-14.
Another perfect day of skiing at Bretton Woods. Photo on 2/12/14 by Mark Butterfield.
Nice action shot of dogsledding at Muddy Paws Sled Dog Kennel taken on 2/1/14 by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.
ABOUT THE SNOW ADVICE FOR THE WEEK
What's Happening at ski resorts and XC Centers?
March 6, 2014 update
Here’s the scoop on skiing in Mt. Washington Valley:
ALPINE SKI RESORTS as of March 6, 2014
Attitash Mountain Resort – Attitash is open for skiing and riding on 64 trails with 6 lifts running. The base depth is 24” to 48”. Attitash has received a total season snowfall of 87”, with 1” in the past 48 hours. The Attitash Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster is open weekends and holidays.
Black Mountain – Black Mountain is open for skiing and riding on 45 trails with 3 lifts running. The base depth is 34” to 46”. Black has received a season snowfall total of 103”, with 1” received in the past 48 hours.
Bretton Woods Resort – Bretton Woods is 100% open for skiing and riding with 62 trails with 9 lifts running. Base depth is 32” to 44”. The resort has received 125” of natural snow to date this season, with 1” received in the past 48 hours.
Cranmore Mountain Resort – Cranmore is open for skiing and riding with 57 trails and 6 lifts running. Base depth is 28” to 36”. Cranmore has received a season snowfall total of 81”, with 0.5” received in the past 48 hours. Tubing and the Cranmore Mountain Adventure Center are open daily.
King Pine Ski Area – King Pine is 100% open for skiing and riding with 17 trails and 5 lifts. The base depth is 24” to 36”. King Pine has received 84” of natural snow to date this season.
Shawnee Peak – Shawnee Peak is currently skiing and riding on 31 trails with 4 lifts running. Base depth is 31” to 43”, with 1” of new snow received in the past 48 hours.
Wildcat Mountain – Wildcat is open daily and is currently skiing and riding on 49 trails with 3 lifts running. Wildcat has received 108” of natural snow this season, with 1” received in the past 48 hours. Base depth is 24” to 48”.
CROSS COUNTRY CENTERS as of March 6, 2014
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center – Bear Notch is open with 50 km of trails, with 40 km groomed for classic skiing and 50 km groomed for skate skiing. Base depth: 19” to 30”, with 1” of new snow received in the past 48 hours.
Bretton Woods Nordic – Bretton Woods Nordic is currently XC skiing on 100 km of trails, with 80 km groomed for classic skiing and 80 km groomed for skate skiing. Base depth: 10” to 14”. Bretton Woods Nordic has received 1” of new snow in the past 48 hours.
Great Glen Trails – Great Glen is open with 45 km of trails, with 22 km groomed for classic skiing and 24 km groomed for skate skiing. Base depth is 15” to 25”, with 1” of fresh snow in the past 48 hours.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation – Jackson Ski Touring is open with 132 km of trails, with 83 km groomed for classic skiing and 83 km groomed for skate skiing. Base depth is 14” to 30”, with 2” of new snow received in the past 48 hours.
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center – Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring has 45 km of trails open, with 40 km groomed for classic skiing and 40 km groomed for skate skiing. Base depth is 17” to 29”, with 0.5” of new snow received in the past 48 hours.
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve – Purity Spring XC is currently XC skiing on 15 km of trails with 15 km groomed for both classic and skate skiing.
Please note: Trail and lift counts vary every day, with weekends typically offering expanded terrain. The snow reports from all of Mt. Washington Valley's 13 ski resorts or XC centers are updated daily and offer the most up-to-date trail and lift counts. Please check with individual resorts/XC centers or visit www.SkiMWV.com.
MT. WASHINGTON VALLEY EVENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS
Below are just a few of the events and happenings in the Mt. Washington Valley this weekend.
This skier is all smiles after the perfect day on the trails at Jackson XC. Photo by Bill Lee.
Purity Spring XC Ski & Snowshoe Preserve. Photo by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center. Photo by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative
SKI NH FORECAST from Mt Washington Obervatory for March 5, 2014:
At last! A warm and wonderful weekend to hit the trails. We've got sun and warming temps in store for you. The Ski New Hampshire Skier's forecast is calling for fair skies and more moderate temperatures for today, Thursday, March 6. Then plan on temps in the low to mid 30s and partly sunny skies for Friday, with temperatures in the low 40s predicted for Saturday. This will be the perfect weekend to get out and play in the snow.
As a cold front slowly passes through the weekend, scattered clouds and possibly some scattered snow showers may pass through the state in the evening, but partly cloudy skies and warmer temps will make skiing delightful. As this front pushes south, a more organized area of low pressure will slide along the coast. A quick ridge will crest in on Sunday night into Monday as a Clipper approaches for early next week with a return to colder temps.
Top 5: Top Five Ways to get down the mountain:
What goes up must come down and Mt. Washington Valley is filled with opportunities forgoing up and down in our mountains. Whether by ski, snowshoe, ice pick or zipline, there is always something more to explore. Here are a few of our favorite ways to get up and down the mountains this month:
What a day to be on the trails at Jackson XC! Photo by Bill Lee.