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Snow Much Fun in the Mt. Washington Valley
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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.  We've recently been named among the best towns for ski bums too!  It's all here.

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SNOW REPORTS (as of 12/17/14):

Mixed precip is the story of today in Mt Washington Valley.  We're looking to some snowfall tonight. Here is a quick trail and lift count
and projected opening dates at the Valley's seven ski resorts from this morning: 

Attitash - Open daily. 21 trails. 5 lifts. Base: 12" - 24". Snowmaking operations underway. 

Black Mountain - Closed due to weather conditions. Plans to re-open on 12/18. 

Bretton Woods - Open daily. 41 trails. 4 lifts. Base depth: 12" - 26". New snow in the past 7 days: 5" - 6".

Cranmore - Open Daily. 22 trails. 4 lifts. Base depth: 12" - 20." Season snowfall total: 26."  Snowmaking operations underway. 

King Pine - Closed today due to weather conditions. Plans to re-open 12/18. 

Shawnee Peak - Closed midweek.  Will re-open December 20. 

Wildcat - Open daily. 34 trails. 2 lifts. Base depth: 18" - 24." New snow in the past 6 days: 3". Season snowfall total: 55." 

Here's a look at the cross country ski and snowshoe terrain open at the Valley's six XC centers:

Bear Notch Ski Touring - 10-15km open and groomed.  Base depth: 6" - 12." (as reported on 12/14)

Bretton Woods Nordic - 45km classic and 48km skating.  Base depth: 6" - 18." New snow in the past 7 days: 5" - 6". Season snowfall total: 44."

Great Glen Trails – 18 km classic; 18km skating.  Base depth: 14" - 18." New snow in the past 6 days: 16." Season snowfall total: 44."

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation - 46km classic; 47.3km skating open..  Base depth: 8" - 12."

Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring - Closed midweek.  Plan to re-open soon as conditions allow.

Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve - Stay tuned for a projected opening date. 

Please note: As we astart the ski season, daily hours, conditions and start-of-season dates for Mt. Washington Valley's 13 ski resorts and XC centers will be weather-dependent. Be sure to check the resort's ski reports for updated information. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Wildcat Mountain reported 12 inches of new snow with the Dec. 9 storm. Photo by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative Photography.

Dan Houde of Wiseguy Creative Photography caught Mrs. Claus as she spent the day at the Conway Village Holiday Parade festivities on Dec. 6th.

Ernie Mills of Great Glen Trails caught this fun shot of snow-making at the outdoor center on Dec. 5.

The Science of Snow-Making

The Mt. Washington Valley is the gateway to New Hampshire's North Country and is famous for being home to "the world's worst weather." The weather here is drastically different than anywhere else in the southern part of New England, which means when your backyard is green, there is a good chance that our backyard is a white winter wonderland of snow.

Yet what happens when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate and also early in the season as the ski resorts and XC Centers are working on building their base? The valley's ski resorts and some of the XC Centers have some of the best snow making operations in the state and as they have employed their snow-making arsenal alongside with mother nature, a nice base has been built. 

Snow-making is a very technical process, which includes temperature, pressure and water. The snow-making equipment breaks down the water into small particles, which makes it easier to cool. The water is cooled by a moving system that transports the water particles through cold air and transforms them into man-made snowflakes.  

Click here to read more on how snow is made.

Dog Sledding Adventures

If you're both a dog and an adventure lover, enjoy an authentic dog-sledding experience and interact with beautiful Alaskan Huskies, Siberians and Malamutes in Mt Washington Valley this winter. Both Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel and Bretton Woods offer the opportunity to experience winter fun in a whole new way and create memories.

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, located in Jefferson, NH, is both a rescue dog center and dog sled touring operator. Muddy Paws dog sledding experiences are designed to be hands-on and cater to the comfort level of each guest, ages 2 and up.  

Bretton Woods partners with Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel to offer dog sled rides as well. The resort offers a more casual approach to dog sledding by offering twenty and sixty minute excursions taking riders you across the majestic grounds of the grand Omni Mount Washington Resort and into the White Mountains. 

To help plan your dog sledding adventure in the MWV, click here

Where the Deals Are

Many ski resorts and businesses are excited to bring you  some great deals this holiday season. Enjoy amazing lift ticket and trail pass deals and great gift certificate sales at local restaurants. North Conway, NH wasn't rated one of the most affordable ski destinations by TripAdvisor for nothing!

Purchase a $150 Notchland Inn gift certificate before New Year's Eve and receive $25 "Dream Dollars," which are good for lodging, dining, or any other purchase at the inn. Even better, for every  $250 spent on a gift certificate purchased before New Year's Eve, receive $50 in "Dream Dollars".

Attitash Mountain and Wildcat Mountain are featuring their "Free Learn 2 Ski or Snowboard" on December 13 and 14. Spots will be limited, so be sure to reserve your spot through guest services at either mountain.


Click here for a list of holiday deals throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. You will also find a list of Alpine Ski deals here and Nordic Ski deals here.

Apres-Ski

There is so much going on this holiday season. Shops, restaurants and music halls are preparing some great evening apres-ski events.
Pencil in The Good Beer Store's holiday open house on December 20, complete with beer and wine tastings, raffles, appetizers, fun and holiday cheer. Food author Kate Krukowski Gooding will also be attending to share samples of her venison recipes.

If you're extending your weekend and planning to be in the Valley on Thursdays, stop by Oxford House Inn for the Pint & a Pound night, every Thursday night. You'll get a pint of local beer or glass of wine with a pound of steamed mussels or clams prepared one of five ways for $11.95. Or try White Mt. Cider Co.'s "Street Food Night" every Monday with tapas and international delights topped off with one of their famed craft cocktails.

Plan ahead and peruse our Christmas page to help you plan your holiday get-away in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Click here for a look at what's going on for apres-ski for the upcoming week.