With the countdown underway to the start of the new ski and ride season, at least several New Hampshire resorts are still in fall mode around the Northeast.
Bretton Woods and Gunstock will be downright creepy. BW presents Wicked Woods Weekend Oct. 26-28, while Gunstock has Morbid Mountain Oct. 19-20 and 26-27. Loon Mountain, which was making snow over the weekend, gets down and dirty with its Monster Mud Run Oct. 27. They conclude a banner “off-season”, highlighted by one of the best summers for weather on record in ski country.
“The summer has gone very well,” Karl Stone, Ski NH spokesman, told SnoCountry.com. “Excellent weather with a wide selection of new attractions such as a zip-line, mountain coasters and Segway Tours, has created a buzz in New Hampshire that complements the events at our areas."
Wicked Woods Weekend is a spooked out event full of witches cauldrons, black cats and superstition to get the family in the Halloween spirit. Morbid Mountain bills itself as a Halloween screamfest.
“These are among our non-traditional events where the resort is transformed into a haunted wonderland that is intended to be a scary adventure as Halloween approaches,” continued Stone.
Now in its second year, the Monster Mud Run, presented by Harpoon Brewery, is literally all mucked up with a competition surface of snow, dirt and water. But for the survivor of the grueling 3.1-mile course, glory awaits. Like what? A shower? That and more after you get the mud out of your eyes.
“Resorts hosting these activities have seen great success,” Stone concluded. If creativity is crucial to financial stability in the warm months, these resort areas have unlocked some of the keys.
Gunstock, next to Lake Winnipesaukee, positions the resort perfectly. Bill Quigley, Director of Sales and Marketing for Gunstock, told SnoCountry that his facility took full advantage.
“Gunstock entertained over 130,000 people this summer, including 25,000 people through the adventure park. Our summer events included Soulfest (30,000 plus people), WarriorDash (8,000 people), Lakeside Living and the Craft Fair.” Gunstock’s investment of more than $2 million in their summer adventure park is reaping great dividends.
The Grim Zipper: Photo Bretton Woods/Omni Mount Washington Resort
Monster Mud Run: Sherri Harkin Photography