Once lessons are completed, skiers receive a free pair of Elan Skis and a Pats Peak Season Pass. (Pats Peak)
Got a friend you want to introduce to the slopes? Southern New Hampshire’s Pats Peak will again offer the Passport Program PLUS for newbie skiers. Purchase the program for $349, valid for four Skier Starter Special Packages of lift tickets, lessons and rental equipment.
A skier cruises down Ripsaw, Loon's first double-black diamond trail. The town of Lincoln is visible below. (Loon Mountain)
It was 50 years ago that former New Hampshire Governor Sherman Adams founded Loon Mountain Resort, transforming Lincoln from a sleepy mill town to a year-round resort destination. This winter, they’re celebrating with special events throughout the entire season, including a special 50th Anniversary Weekend (Jan. 28-29) featuring a commemorative gala, family scavenger hunt, and revamped Briefcase Race.
Tahoe’s Freakers Ball will have DJs, gogo dancers, laser lights, plus $10,000 in cash and prizes costume contest. (MontBleu Resort Casino Spa/Facebook)
While the snow starts to fall on the high ground – and the snow guns get fired up – there’s still a couple of non-winter celebrations to enjoy at mountain resorts, including favorite Halloween.
A number of resorts across the nation put up the haunted houses, game booths and scary rides in October to get the nerves on edge for the big night, Oct. 30.
Here’s SnoCountry’s list of a few hair-raising, scream-filled events at ski and snowboard resorts:
Lake Tahoe. The 38th annual Freaker's Ball, Lake Tahoe’s largest, oldest and most extravagant Halloween party, brings the wild with a four-ring costume circus under one room on Saturday, Oct. 29, at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa.
Nashoba Valley. The popular Witch’s Woods is open Thursdays through Sundays through Halloween at the eastern Massachusetts mountain. Admission ticket gets a ride on Haunted Hayride, entry into three haunted houses, and unlimited time in the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree and Horrorwood Chamber of Chills.
Cranmore. The Ghoullog has been going on in the Artist Falls Lodge for 10 years. Four “haunts” challenge with “chases through dark woods,” plus nighttime rides on a swing, zipline and Mountain Coaster. Runs weekend evenings through Nov. 5.
Bretton Woods. On Halloween weekend, the northern New Hampshire resort opens its Wicked Woods center for Halloween activities. Scheduled are costume parties for both young and old, game booths and annual Trunk or Treat Family Celebration.
Mammoth. Bring scooters, skateboards, roller blades or roller skates for an evening on Oct. 28 at Mammoth RecZone in Mammoth Lakes. Plenty of carnival games to play while circling the rink.
Copper Mountain. The Colorado resort combines Halloween scary fun with a fundraiser for a local infant with a brain tumor. Entrance fees donated to family – plus cover candy, games and freaky fun.
Upstate New York specializes in fall colors, and best place to see them is atop Whiteface (Whiteface/Facebook)
For skiers and snowboarders, the first sign of winter comes when the leaves start to color up as the days get shorter and the temps begin to drop.
Free rides all the time at Bretton Woods (Bretton Woods/Facebook)
A ride up a ski lift in the offseason both gives a different perspective on a favorite mountain and gets the juices flowing for the upcoming skiing and snowboarding season.
Waterville Valley has begun cutting 10 new trails on Green Peak. (Martha Wilson)
The smell of cut pine and the sound of chippers and heavy machinery are in the air as Waterville Valley Resort has begun trail work on a 45-acre, 10-trail addition to its slopes in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.
Mount Sunapee has the green light to move forward with plans for the West Bowl Expansion from New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and state's Executive Council.
One thing we won’t complain about this spring in the Northeast: it’s not too cold. Bretton Woods' snowmaking team has ensured there will be plenty of good spring skiing still to come.
Looking to ditch lugging your gear and long lift lines on the weekends? You invest a lot in making skiing a lifestyle, whether it’s with your buddies or the groms, so why not make the most of that time and money for a first class, no hassle experience?
New Hampshire's Cannon Mountain lift mechanics and ski patrol were alerted to an unplanned stop on Cannon’s Aerial Tramway Sunday at 1:50 p.m. The evacuation was completed in the top car by 3:45 p.m. and the bottom car by 4:45 p.m. No injuries were reported.
Telemark skiing may be considered old school, but racers coming to Vermont and New Hampshire this winter will be showing off a combination of the giant slalom turns of alpine racing, the distance jumps of ski jumping, and the endurance of Nordic skiing into one format which tests skill, stamina, power and grace. Proponents hope to one day make Telemark racing an Olympic sport.
Cranmore Resort has announced plans for a $50 million condominium and base area redevelopment that will provide ski–in, ski–out ownership at the base of Cranmore and in the heart of North Conway, one of America’s most dynamic ski towns.
Located about 80 miles northwest of Boston, New Hampshire’s Crotched Mountain is home to New England’s only midnight skiing session every Friday and Saturday night during January and February until 3 a.m. For those looking to ski or ride bell to bell, that’s an 18 hour day.
The money raised at this year’s Cynthia's Challenge 24-hour ski-a-thon at King Pine, March 18-19, 2016, will go towards helping 10-year-old Kevin Dall's family purchase a wheelchair accessible van.
Even though the Bretton Woods Women’s Alpine Retreat is a unique chance to improve skiing and gain more confidence on the slopes, there’s an element of vulnerability in having someone examine your technique and provide feedback. It may be a leap of faith in joining a clinic like this and hoping that you don’t find out that you’re doing everything wrong.
Odds are good that no matter what mountain you are skiing or riding, you’ll probably come across someone who got their start at Pats Peak. Centrally located near New Hampshire’s metropolitan areas, Pats Peak is where a large population of the state’s kids learn to ski and ride.
Vertical Express for Can Do MS, the only national event series that combines skiing and fundraising to empower people with multiple sclerosis (MS), kicks off Feb. 6 with seven ski resort events across the country. This event supports lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners.
As we celebrate the long-awaited return of winter in New Hampshire, the flakes are falling on more than just the ski slopes. For the full mountain resort experience, savor a jaunt through the woods on a traditional horse drawn sleigh ride, get your adrenaline rush on a zipline, or control your own speed on a mountain coaster.
The biggest rolling news story of 2015 across North America’s SnoCountry is, of course, the weather, including the return of that strong and totally unruly little boy — El Nino. Love him or hate him, and that depends on where you ski and ride, you are feeling the impact of this recurring atmospheric condition.