King Pine Cardboard Box Derby March 23


Cardboard Box Derby, a custom made "groomer" at King Pine Ski Resort.©King Pine Ski Resort

Cardboard Box Derby, a custom made “groomer” at King Pine Ski Resort.©King Pine Ski Resort

Spring is springing and the time for end of season special events has arrived. King Pine Ski Area in Madison New Hampshire continues a tradition this year with its annual Cardboard Box Derby, a family oriented event that fits right in with the long time commitment of  Purity Spring Resort (King Pine’s parent resort) to family oriented fun.

The rules are pretty simple, the racers must be made of cardboard and that means that you can’t use any wood, metal or hard plastic. The objective here is to be as loud and colorful as you can be. You can put them together with glue, or staple them or even do it with duck tape or similar tape, but whatever you do make sure they stand out from the crowd. Racers are in two categories: two person and four person. Prizes will be awarded for speed, style and durability, but really, this is more about just having a ball.

The sponsors also suggest that music can make a difference and they will have a DJ on hand to play whatever music you wish to use as you roar (?) down the race course. Everyone has seen the “pond skimming” contests at ski resorts in the spring…this one does sliding floats with flair. For an enjoyable few minutes, check out this video of the 2012 Derby. For further details and registration click here.

You don’t have to be a guest at Purity Springs Resort in order to take part in the cardboard Box Derby but think about making this a weekend adventure. This place is very laid back and has a lot to offer families from swimming to ice skating, tubing and skiing and cross country as well. Check them out online.

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Season Pass season: Gunstock buy before May 4


Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford, New Hampshire

The season is upon us when the season passes for the coming season are on sale. They always come with the right to ski the rest of this season as well as the 2014-2015 season. The other way they save money is to allow you to get a reduced price for skiing the whole of next year.

Gunstock Mountain is a favorite of mine for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the variety of terrain and the always improving quality of the snow making. Even in rough periods of weather I have been impressed with the ability of Gunstock’s team to get snow on the mountain and get it right.

Gunstock has announced that their 2014-2015 season tickets are now on sale through May 4, 2014. The price for an adult ticket is $439 (ages 18-64), $409 (ages 13-17), $209 (ages 6-12 and 65 and older), $10 (kids 5 and younger). There are no blackout days on these passes. There is also a Super Senior midweek only pass for only $129. The only blackout for this pass is weekends.

Other Gunstock deals

Gunstock has a number of other deals that are worth consideration. On Mondays they offer a 2FER, a pair of prime time tickets for the price of one. Tuesday they have a 2FER on night skiing, that is two tickets for only $32. Friday nights (as great deal if you are coming up for the weekend) is a family deal that lets a family of four ski for only $99.

To get your 2014-2015 season pass and ski for the rest of this season and all of next season call Cranmore Mountain Resort at (603) 737-4332, or you can buy them online.

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2015 Jackson XC passes on sale at 2014 prices


jackson Ski Touring in Jackson NH

Jackson Ski Touring has the largest groomed trail system in the east.

Probably one of the best known and most highly rated cross country ski operators, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, has put its 2014-5 passes on sale as of March 2 and, if you buy before March 30, you can buy the pass for $115 adult (or $65 if you are a resident of Jackson).

The lower rate also applies to Junior ticket holders, who will be able to get their new pass at the old rate through the month of March. Jackson also has a try-it-first policy that allows you to buy a one day pass first, try out the trails and if you approve you can get full credit for your one day pass against the purchase price of a seasons pass. The purchase of a 2014-5 season pass also includes the right to ski for the rest of the 2013-4 season. After March 30 prices for a 2014-5 pass rise to $139 adult non-resident and $119 adult resident.  Jackson Ski Touring will also be adding a new option for the 2014-5 season, a 5-Pack Value Card which will sell for $99 (for all ages). This pass makes sense only for adults aged 18-64. Regular daily adult rates are $21. Jackson Ski Touring was recently featured on the NH Chronicle TV program. The 2014-5 season passes can be bought online or by calling (800) XC-SNOWS (927-6697). They are also available at the Ski Touring base in Jackson.

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Gunstock NH gains 30 inches of Natural this week; Events and deals


Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford, New Hampshire

Mother nature has been good to Gunstock Mountain Resort this week. They are reporting a total of 30 inches of the natural stuff this week, creating conditions that are close to perfect. This comes on top of a solid base and natural and manmade snow that have already created some of the best snow condition in the white mountains at Gunstock.

Saturday there are three events for skiers and viewers. A Mini-Shredder Slopestyle Series will be taking place, hosted by the Park staff Radio Station KISS 108 is holding their Winter Games on the mountain and there will be games and prizes. If you go, plan to stay over so that you can see the fireworks display on the mountain starting at 9 PM.

Another option for a full day of activity is to plan on trying out the Zipline at Gunstock. It is the largest in New England and Gunstock is offering a special deal. For $99 you can buy a combined Zip and Lift ticket. If that tickles your fancy call (603) 737-4388. Full details for this offer are available online.

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Sugarbush-Mad River reset Randonee to Sunday Feb 23


Mad River Glen and Sugarbush have combined efforts to host their annual Ski Mountaineering Race on Sunday February 23. The race was originally scheduled for February 2 but was postponed because of a lack of snow on the trails and in the woods that were not served by snowmaking. Nature has now cured that defect and with additional snow today the course should be well supplied by Sunday.

The race will start at Mad River Glen, climb the mountain on the Lower and Upper Antelope trails to the Long Trail. It then runs along the Monroe Skyline to the Exterminator Trail on Mount Ellen at Sugarbush. From that point it connects along several Sugarbush trails before ending at Valley House at Sugarbush.

Preregistration for competitors is $40 adult, $20 age 17 and younger. You can register online. Racers get their bibs between 8 and 9AM at the Basebox at Mad River. All racers must attend a meeting at 9:45AM. The race starts at 10 AM. The use of helmets is highly recommended.

For more information on the MRV Ski Mountaineering Race, please visit sugarbush.com or contact John Bleh at 802-583-6814 or jbleh@sugarbush.com.

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Ski bonanza at Bolton Valley, Vermont, three feet of snow in February


Fresh snow at Bolton, skiers paradise. ©Bolton Ski Resort

Fresh snow at Bolton, skiers paradise. ©Bolton Ski Resort

Popular with Vermonters in the north country and Burlington, skiers and boarders for further south seldom venture  to this beautiful mountain. It is a shame because it has great trails, extensive Nordic terrain and it is blessed with lots of natural snow. The last storm, a day ago, dumped a foot and a half of fresh stuff and that is on top of another foot and a half since the beginning of February.

All of the lifts at Bolton are operating and all 65 trails on the mountain are open for skiing and boarding. The Nordic trails are also in great shape with 100 km of trails for Cross Country skiing and snowshoeing of which 15km are groomed. The adult Nordic rates are $17 per day, full rental package $20 adult, $10 child. Bolton also has rental of all equipment needed for alpine and Nordic.

Check the website for special stay and ski packages. Bolton is about a three and a half to four hour drive from greater Boston. Take I-93 to I-89 at Concord NH and I-89 to exit 10 at Waterbury. From the exit ramp turn left onto Route 100 and then right onto Route 2 west for about 8 miles. Turn right onto Bolton Access Road. If the road passes under the Interstate you have gone too far. The time from Hartford is about the same. Take I-91 north to I-89 at White River Junction Vermont, then I-89 north, following the rest of the preceding instructions.

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Three resorts offer FREE Learn to Ski March 9


 

Terrain Based Learning, developing the feel for controlled sliding.

Terrain Based Learning, developing the feel for controlled sliding.

The three resorts of Jiminy Peak in Hancock Massachusetts, Bromley Mountain Resort in Peru, Vermont, and Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway New Hampshire have together begun a new technique for teaching skiing and boarding that is called Terrain Based Learning.

Janessa Purney, from Bromley Mountain Resort, states that the intent of the program is to immediately reduce fear that beginners have when faced with a long downhill slope. The genius of this program is that learning takes place in carefully controlled spaces where students quickly gain confidence in their self control.

Each of the three resorts will provide free ski/board instruction on March 9 to the first 150 people to register. Advance registration is required. Follow this link for more details.

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Benefit Pink Ribbon Rail Jam at Waterville Valley


Base Lodge at Waterville Valley

Base Lodge at Waterville Valley

If you are planning ahead for a city getaway, think about going to the Pink Rail Jam at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, that will be held on February 1 and 2, 2014. Waterville Valley is an easy drive from Boston, straight up I-93 to exit 28 and Route 49 for 11 miles to Waterville Valley. With a vertical of over 2,000 feet, it is well-known as a great family area. For the non-skier/boarder in the family they also have tubing, skating, dog sledding rides and sleigh rides.

Attendees are asked to buy a pink Waterville Valley logo sticker or by naming a pink ribbon for a favorite person at their Guest Services desk on the second floor of the Base Lodge. The logo stickers are $2 and the ribbon naming will cost $1., a really inexpensive way to help a good cause.

Anyone interested in joining in the Rail Jam should plan to register in the morning between 8 and 10 AM in the base lodge. Competition will be held in the Exhibition Terrain Park. Competition starts at 11 followed by an awards celebration in the Base Lodge. The entry fee is only $25 and it all benefits breast cancer research and treatment.

And a gear auction.

The event also features a gear Pink Raffle and you do not need to be present to win. Included in the gear to be raffled off are jackets, snowboards, helmets, and other gear all donated by sponsors. For more information visit the Waterville website  or call 1-800-GO-VALLEY.

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Pats Peak S&DUB Board Shop Big Air Day and Mascot Day January 25 & 26


Catch some fine tubing experiences at Pats Peak.

Catch some fine tubing experiences at Pats Peak.

Pats Peak, in neighboring Henniker New Hampshire, is just a hop, skip and a jump from southern New Hampshire and the greater Boston area. In a couple of weeks they will be holding two events that are fun and a good opportunity to get out in the fresh air. Ski Getaways likes pats Peak because it is close, a great mountain and made with families in mind.

S&DUB Board Shop Big Air Day

The Big Air day is open to everyone who takes a notion to get on a board and fly. It will take place in Turbulence Park at pats Peak, starting at 12:30 PM on January 25. If you want to do it yourself, registration is from 10am to 11:30am in the Valley Lodge. The entry fee is $20 and you must have either a Valley Lift Ticket or a Pats Peak Season Pass. Liability release forms must be completed and signed and for contestants 17 and under a parental consent and release must be on file.

On the other hand, this could be a great chance for anyone tweaked by the Olympic trials to see some live board action. For more information contact Joe Valley at 1-888-PATS PEAK, ext. 113.

Mascot Day at the Peak and some tubing

For the past several years Pats Peak has invited the Mascots from many New England businesses and teams to come to the Peak and meet the public. Perhaps one of the biggest chances to see these mascots in one place, it’s an enjoyable event and particularly popular with kids. The mascots usually start arriving at about 10 am, so plan to get there about that time or a bit later and remember to bring your camera. It’s a chance to geta photo of you, and your kids, with Fungo, the Fisher Cat mascot, Sponge Bob, Smokey the Bear, Monty the mallard from Mount Washington Cruises, Ribby from the Keene Swamp Bats, Bob the Builder and at least a dozen other mascots.

While there, on both Saturday and Sunday don’t forget that Pats has some of the best tubing in New England and that weekend will be a good time to enjoy it with the whole family.

Getting there

From the Boston and Nashua-Manchester area take I-93 north to I-89 at Concord. Follow I-89 north (west) to the exit for Route 9 and Henniker. Take the Henniker exit and follow Route 114 south, through the town center, to Pats.

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Ski Magazine’s Best Snow Choices for 2014


Breton Woods, New Hampshire, 2014 Ski Magazine Best Snow in the East winner.

Breton Woods, New Hampshire, 2014 Ski Magazine Best Snow in the East winner.

 

Ski Magazine has just released its list of the 10 best snow mountain in the west and the 10 best snow mountains in the east and there could be a few surprises.

West:

The surprise is that Utah took six of the top spots:  #1 Best Snow in the west went to Alta, no surprise to anyone that has ever skied there, it is simply the definition of perfection.  #3 Grand Targhee, Utah; #4 Snowbird, Utah;  #5 Powder Mountain, Utah;  #6  Solitude, Utah,;  #7 Brighton, Utah.

The number  #2 spot went to Wolf Creek, Colorado, # 8 Monarch, Colorado, # 9 Sunshine Village in Alberta and # 10 to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

East:

For the Best Snow in the east, Ski Magazine chose two from New Hampshire. Number  1 best snow in the east went to Bretton Woods up in the north country and Number 4 went to Mount Sunapee on the western border.

Vermont captured  slots number  # 2 Jay Peak,  #7 Smuggler’s Notch,  #8 Okemo,  and #9  Stowe

Maine also ranked high and its top three big resorts carried off  #3 Saddleback, #5 Sugarloaf and #6 Sunday River.

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