Many American towns adopted the popular Munich festival of Oktoberfest due to their German immigrant populations. Ski resorts have followed, offering celebrations with traditional Bavarian music, dancing, beer, food, and activities. Most offer free admission and lodging specials.
As the kids make their way back to school, resorts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire are making preparations for the upcoming foliage season. Leaf peepers and thrill seekers still have plenty of time to enjoy the mountains as we wait for the snow to fly.
Fresh off the heels of the Cascade Basin expansion, which added six new trails and a new lift, New Hampshire's Pats Peak has invested another $1 million in capital improvements for the 2015-2016 season.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has granted The Balsams, the venerable Dixville, N.H .resort, a Water Quality Certificate (WQC) under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. The certificate grants The Balsams permission to withdraw water from the Androscoggin River for snowmaking at what is projected to become the largest ski resort in the northeastern United States.
Okemo Mountain Resort has added lift-serviced mountain biking to its lineup of summer and fall amenities. The South Ridge Quad A will provide access to more than three miles of trails in the resort’s Clock Tower base area as the first phase in the development of the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo will be open for the July Fourth weekend.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed Senate Bill 30 into law formally paving the way for The Balsams Resort redevelopment team, led by resort developer Les Otten, to apply to Coos County for a redevelopment assessment district and the Business Finance Authority (BFA) for a credit enhancement as part of its proposed $145 million Phase 1 plan.
Peak Resorts, headquartered in Missouri announced two promotions in the Northeast region. Greg Fisher, General Manager of Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield, Ohio will become Northeast Director of Marketing, while Mike Chase,Director of Marketing Technology, at Mount Snow Resort in Vermont will become Director of Marketing Technology in the region.
New Hampshire's House of Representatives passed an amended bill creating a special taxing district allowing the state to back $28 million in bonds toward redeveloping the Balsams Resort and ski area, which closed in 2011.
Unseasonably cool temperatures and more precipitation in the Northeast will keep the ski and snowboard season open at least through the weekend.
Bits and pieces of winter will sprinkle across the country for the next week, with Front Range Colorado getting the bulk of new stuff while New England’s winter weather gods just don’t seem to want to let go.
The future renovation and expansion of The Balsams moved one step closer to reality last week when the New Hampshire state Senate unanimously approved a bill that would allow for the creation of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts in unincorporated places in the state.
“We are in the business of making people smile,” Gunstock Mountain Resort’s Bill Quigley told SnoCountry.com. Quigley says people who aren’t skiers and riders miss out on an amazing element of living in the Northeast: the ability to love being outside in the winter, whether they ski, ride, bike, snowshoe or tube on the snow.
New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain plans to construct 13 new trails and add two fixed grip chairlifts as part of a ski and snowboard Learning Center expansion project at the South Peak area. The proposed new learning center would include a new snow tubing facility, two surface lifts and 21 acres of new beginner terrain and associated snowmaking. The U.S. Forest Service has already approved plans for a South Peak expansion.
As the cross country ski season winds down, most XC ski areas close because of lack of skiers rather than lack of snow on the trails. The sun comes out, the temperature rises, and the XC skiers quit. Why? Are we infected with winter fatigue? Is the lure of spring time recreation too strong to ignore?
The Childhood Cancer Lifeline 2015 event at Pats Peak raised over $25,000, insuring much needed support for New Hampshire families who have a child battling cancer.
Waterville Valley Resort’s Hannah Kearney will be on the New Hampshire mountain to meet and ski with guests on March 21, 2015.
Who says kids are the only ones who can have fun romping in the trees? Zip lines, sky bridges, rappels and a snow-covered forest made for an exhilarating day to play on the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour.
Looking for some spring fun on the slopes? Spring brings out “the silly season,” and for good reason according to Crystal Mountain’s Brian Lawson.
Developers of The Balsams Resort went before the Coos County, N.H., Planning Board last week to give the board an update on their proposed $140 million project that would eventually make The Balsams the largest ski resort in the East.
Boston has been breaking records left and right this winter for snowfall, but what about the mountain resorts in the Northeast? Many resorts across the region are looking at smashing year-end snow totals if they haven't already. Yes, it’s been cold, but that has meant super-fluffy powder days that New Englanders often have to head west to find.