HIGHLIGHTS ON THE HILLS: FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK AT MT WASHINGTON VALLEY’S SKI RESORTS AND XC CENTERS
With more than 130” of natural snowfall at Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC Centers, not to mention tons of manmade snow, snow conditions going into February Vacation Week are primo for skiers and riders. Add to that a full line-up of events and adventures scheduled at the region’s 13 ski resorts and XC Centers, and you’ve got the perfect destination for your February Vacation. Not a skier? Fear not! There’s plenty of great adventure on and off the mountains for those who’d prefer to find fun without skis or boards on their feet!
Wildcat Mountain, Pinkham Notch, NH
Apres ski entertainment every afternoon at the Wildcat Pub
- Feb 16: Rafe & Alecia, 12:30-3:30pm
- Feb 17: The Gravel Project & Bud Light promo: 2:00-5:00pm
- Feb 18: Pat Foley Band: 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 19: White Steer: 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 20: Riley Parkhurst Project, 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 21: Scott Baer, 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 22: White Steer, 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 23: Ryan St. Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
- Feb 24: Dominic Lavoie, 2:00-5:00pm
- March 2: Rafe Montegrano, 1:00-4:00pm
Feb 17: Kitty Cat’s Apres Ski Entertainment: Parents, enjoy good times with adults in the pub while children have fun in the Lions Den located on the ground floor of the Wildcat Base Lodge.
Cost is $5.00 per child and includes supervision, children’s movie, cookie decorating and arts & crafts.
Feb 17: Torchlight Parade: Ski Patrol and Ski School will journey down the hill just after dusk to form the Torchlight Parade. This is a great event that brings families and friends together on the ski mountain. 5:30-6:00pm.
Feb 20: Kitty Litter Cardboard Box Race: A fun, free, February Vacation tradition for kids. Build your own “vessel” out of cardboard boxes and go for the fastest run of the day, best decorated, best crash or judges’ choice awarded prizes. All vessels will be inspected to make sure they fit the standards prior to racing. Decorating is encouraged. Pre-registration Required: Guest Services 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Feb 21: 9 Lives Lunch Tray Luge: Another February Vacation Tradition. Race down the luge track on lunch trays! Free. Noon-1:00pm.
Feb 24: Crazy Hat Day: Dig deep into your closets and imagination to find the craziest, weirdest, wackiest, funniest, hat. Meet on the front lawn at 2 p.m. where the winner will take home the Grand Prize.
Attitash Mountain Resort, Bartlett, NH
Apres Ski entertainment every afternoon at Attitash
· Feb 17: Den sessions at Bear Peak with Jeremy Dean, 2:00-4:30pm
· Feb 17: “Crush”, a Dave Matthews Tribute Band at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm & 8:00-11:00pm
· Feb 18: Den Sessions at Bear Peak featuring Packman Dave, 2:00-4:30pm
· Feb 18: Riley Parkhurst Project at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
· Feb 19: Packman Dave at Ptarmigan Pub, 2:00-5:00pm
· Feb 19: Den Sessions at Bear Peak, 2:00-4:30pm
· Feb 20: Shark Martin at Ptarmigan Pub, 2:00-5:00pm
· Feb 20: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Justin Jaymes,2:00-4:30pm
· Feb 21: DJ Ben Cook at Ptarmigan Pub, 2:00-5:00pm
· Feb 21 Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Pat Foley, 2:00-4:30pm
· Feb 22: Dean Machine at Ptarmigan Pub 3:000-6:00pm
· Feb 22: Den Sessions at Bear Peak featuring Packman Dave, 2:00-4:30pm
· Feb 23: White Steer at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
· Feb 23: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Isaiah Bennett, 2:00-4:30pm
· Feb 24: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Mitch Alden, 2:00-4:30pm
Feb 17: Skier Boardercross: First to finish all-out race through berms, jumps and rollers. Pre-registration required. 11:00am race. $20.
Feb 17: Attitash After Dark: Ptarmigan Pub is transformed into Attitash After Dark HQ when “Crush” will again take the stage, 8:00-11:00pm. Fireworks at 6:30pm too.
Feb 24: Abenaki Parks Big Air, 11:00am-1:00pm – Stomp your best tricks for prizes.
Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, NH
Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.
- Feb 18: Music with Ben Cook in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- Feb 19: Music with Jonathan Sarty in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- Feb 20: Music with White Steer in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
- Feb 21: Music with Mitch Alden in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-5:00pm
- Feb 22: Music with Greg Walsh in Zip’s Pub, 3:00-5:00pm
- Feb 23: Music with Bill Cameron, 3:00-6:00pm
Feb 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24: February Vacation Week Cranapalooza: A whole week of music, entertainment and games hosted by no other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More. On February 24th, the vacation week Cranapalooza celebration is topped off with fireworks too!
Feb 24: 80th Anniversary Summit Ice Bar Party: Join fellow skiers and rider for Cranmore’s 80th Anniversary Summit Celebration! Head to the Meister Hut for a special ice bar, appetizers and live music with Shark Martin from 6pm to 9pm. Entrance includes one drink ticket. Tickets start at $49. Event is for ages 21+. Purchase tickets online, here.
Feb 24: Double Feature Throw Down Competition: In the Terrain Park on the North Slope for skiers and snowboarders. Open to all ages.
Bretton Woods Ski Resort, Bretton Woods, NH
Feb 17, 18, 19, 20, 21: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Feb 17, 18, 19, 20, 21: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods. Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids. Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge. Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.
Feb 24-25: Winter Games Weekend with Gilson Snowboard & Ski Co: Join Gilson on the mountain all weekend long with a demo on both Saturday and Sunday! Just visit the demo area next to the canopy tour building at Bretton Woods for a custom fit set and an opportunity to discover a new favorite. Plus, on Sunday, 3:00-5:00pm, make way to the Slopeside Lounge for a Radio Promo with The River 92.5, Entertainment from Chuck and John, and Bar Promos from Shock Top.
Black Mountain, Jackson, NH
Apres Ski in the Lostbo Pub
- Fri, Feb 16: Apres ski entertainment with Riley Parkhurst, 3:30-5:30pm
- Sat, Feb 17: Apres ski entertainment with Greg Walsh & Tuckerman Brewery, 3:30-5:30pm
- Sun, Feb 18: Apres ski entertainment with Tim Dion & Coors Lite, 3:30-5:30pm
- Mon, Feb 19: Apres ski entertainment with Greg Walsh, 3:30-5:30pm
- Tues, Feb 20: Apres ski promo with Narragansett Brewery, 3:30-5:30pm
- Wed, Feb 21: Apres ski entertainment with Ben Cook, 3:30-5:30pm
- Thurs, Feb 22: Apres ski entertainment with Candie Tremblay & Switchback Ale, 3:30-5:30pm
- Fri, Feb 23: Apres ski entertainment with Ben Cook, 3:30-5:30pm
- Sat, Feb 24: Apres ski with Palmer Egan, 3:30-5:30pm
Feb 24: All Day Ride & Ski Cardholder Party: Show your card and ski or ride all day for $45. Afterward, apres ski party in the Lostbo Pub with Palmer Egan, giveaways and beer/spirits promotions.
King Pine, East Madison, NH
Fridays in February: Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at our Pine Meadows Tubing Park!
Feb 17, 24: Say hello to Powder Bear: King Pine’s mascot, Powder Bear, will be out and about offering greetings to young skiers from 2:00-3:00pm.
Feb 17, 24: Horse Drawn Sleighrides, 11am – 1:00pm: Enjoy the classic experience of riding among surrounding fields and within wooded trails in a horse-driven sleigh. In addition to the approximate 15-20-minute ride in the sleigh, warm up by an outdoor fire before and after your ride and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. $20 for age 13+; $15 for 12 and under.
Feb 17: Kid’s Fun Race: Head to the bottom of the open slope for this fun race for kids. Weather dependent, 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Feb 17: Saturday night family racing: A dual recreation race under the lights, 6:00-8:00pm. Free with a lift ticket.
Feb 18: Winter Trails Nordic Demo Day with EMS: King Pine is celebrating Winter Trail’s with EMS throughout this season by offering complimentary Nordic passes to first-timers. In addition, EMS will have demo cross country skis and snowshoes available for on snow clinics with the EMS crew from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. First timers, ages 12 and above, are invited to join EMS for on snow clinics at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sign up in advance at the EMS tent on the day of and receive a complimentary trail pass with your clinic. There is limited availability for the clinics which will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Feb 18-24: Overnight Ski & Snowboard Camp: This Feb vacation King Pine tradition is for kids ages 8-17 and includes a full week of skiing, riding and instruction, plus fun events for the kids. Click here for complete info.
Feb 18-23: Winter Carnival at King Pine: Look for a full week of scheduled events including Silly Slalom & Belly Bag Races, Family Challenge Races, Sleigh rides, snowshoe tours, Gold Rush, Kids Fun Race, Fireworks over King Pine on Thursday, February 22 and Campfire and S’mores – Friday, February 26.
Feb 22: Gold Rush: Look for candy & goodies scattered throughout the Pokey Pine Trail starting at 1:00pm.
Shawnee Peak, Bridgton, Maine
Feb 16: College Night #3 at Shawnee Peak: From 3pm to 9pm, lift tickets are just $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are just $15, a savings of $12 for college students and professors/staff. College ID required.
Feb 17-23: February Vacation Week: Shawnee Peak will be open for night skiing every night until 9:00pm.
Feb 20: Live Stand Up Comedy with Bob Marley: Don’t miss this live show by Maine’s famous and well-loved comedian Bob Marley in the Shawnee Peak Great Room. The show begins at 7.30pm, tickets are available currently through Guest Services or online for $30.This is a fundraising event for Shawnee Peak’s Adaptive program! There will be a cash bar in the Great Room during the event.
Feb 22: Family Fun Day: Family Day is a kid-oriented day on the slopes. All events are free and open to the public. In honor of Shawnee Peak’s 80th birthday, 80 years of memories is the theme! There is a costume contest for both young and old, Face Painting and arts and crafts in the Great Room, a scavenger hunt on the Mountain and around the base lodge, Family obstacle race, Skillet toss, Sack Race, Snow Volley Ball and Tug of war, BBQ, crafts and so much more. Dress up and join in the parade. Prizes will be awarded, and fun is a guarantee!
Feb 23: Ride & Ski apres ski party: Join the Ride & Ski Card friends at Blizzard’s Pub after a great day of skiing.
Feb 24: Bubble Soccer: Try something new on the slopes! Teams sign up on a first come first serve basis. Cost will be $5 pp. Click here for the rules and lowdown.
Feb 24 Ski with Spring Luau, Sam Adams & Fireworks: End the vacation week with a cold Sam Adams in Blizzards Pub, along with a Spring luau and fireworks kicking off at 8:00pm.
Feb 25: Russ Haggett Memorial Race: Russ Haggett, a 2003 inductee to the Ski Maine Hall of Fame, was Pleasant Mountain’s general manager throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. Haggett’s vision and ambition made Pleasant Mountain into a true winter destination, thus improving the Lakes Region winter economy forever. The Russ Haggett Memorial Race is a family-fun race, for Skiers and Snowboarders of all ages and ability, and a great opportunity for beginners to experience downhill ski racing. Race day registration 8:30am-10:30am. Race fee $15. Race begins at 11:00am. Door prizes and awards will be handed out at 1:30pm. For more information and to sign up visit downeastskiclub.com.
Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road, Pinkham Notch, NH
Feb 18: Sunrise Snowcoach Tour: Experienced SnowCoach drivers will take you to treeline (weather permitting) at 4,200 feet on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sun rise. Plan to leave promptly at 5:45am from the base lodge. Even if you don’t actually get to the see the sun rise, you can be sure the early morning lighting at treeline will make for incredible and unforgettable scenes. Click here for info & reservations.
Feb 24: Evening snowshoe tour: Experience the wonder of a night time winter walk. Join a Naturalist from the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided snowshoe tour. Reservations required, and tours fill fast. For questions, please call (603) 466-3988. Online registration here.
MWV XC Ski & Snowshoeing Foundation, North Conway, NH
Feb 17: 8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble: This Snowshoe Scramble is a 4-mile snowshoe race on groomed trails and twisty singletrack winding through Whitaker Woods in North Conway Village. Registration is $20 per person and may be done online or at the event from 8:30 – 9:30 am. Race start is 10 am sharp! $200 in prizes to giveaway. Lodging discounts available. Dion snowshoe rentals available for $5 on first come first served basis. This is an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation. (Rescheduled from earlier Jan date). Info: Click here.
Feb 25: 29th Annual Chocolate Festival: Known by many as the ‘Sweetest Day on the Trails", this may be the only day of the year when chocolate indulgence is totally guilt-free, 11:00am – 4:00pm! Chocoholics cross country ski or snowshoe the trails to enjoy chocolate prepared every way imaginable. Chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate fountains and fondue, brownie sundaes, and chocolate cookies of all kinds are just some of the treats you’ll enjoy at the trailside stops between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Take a minute to view the Festival Map online. Every participant will have a Festival map and brochure for each trailside business to validate to confirm your stop. Visit each of the trailside stops to enter the drawing for a $200 gift certificate to be used at any participating member business. More treats await the chocoholics that have completed the tour! Present your Festival pass on the day of the event to other North Conway area businesses for more special offers. Complimentary shuttle between stops. Advance purchase tickets: $30; $35 on event day. Full info, click here.
Feb 17: Free Evening Program: Live Peregrine Falcons: During this program, a Squam Lakes Science Center naturalist will introduce you to three live animals native to New Hampshire, including a Peregrine Falcon, and share the inspiring stories of three Earth Heroes whose work helped to ensure the survival of some amazing animals. 6:00-7:00pm. $5.00 suggested donation.
For complete trip planning resources, including off-mountain events, accommodations, dining and shopping ideas and more, please visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH). To learn more about a New Hampshire winter vacation, go to www.VisitNH.gov.