March sure has delivered some wacky weather. Warm one day and cold and snowy next week! We call it “yo-yo weather”. However, we got reports this morning that it was “snowing to beat the band” in Crawford and Pinkham Notch. We have our fingers crossed for more snow tomorrow and next week. And fear not, there’s plenty of great fun left in the spring skiing season in Mt Washington Valley, NH.
A gorgeous sunset enhances views of Shawnee Peak over Moose Pond on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Photo by Wiseguy Creative Photography
Here’s the update on snow conditions from Mt Washington Valley today, Thursday, March 9, 2017:
Attitash – 54 trails (52 groomed), 7 lifts operating, Abenaki Terrain Parks open. 217 acres of packed powder skiing. Base depths: 24”-48”. 110” of snowfall for the season. Great upcoming deals: Ski Attitash for just $17 on St. Patrick’s Day and on Sunday March 26th Youth Pay Their Age, all kids 17 and under pay their age when purchasing a lift ticket! In addition, The 44th Annual Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup will be held on March 17, 2017 at Attitash Mountain Resort.
Black Mountain – 30 trails, 2 lifts operating, 110 acres of machine groomed skiing. Base depths approx: 12”-30”. 2” of snow in the past 24 hours. 82” of snowfall for the season. On March 11, enjoy Last Tracks with Moat Mountain, ride the lift up at 4pm, enjoy light appetizers and a Moat Mountain Brewery Tasting followed by a ski down a freshly groomed trail under a full moon or with your headlamp. On March 12th, kick off St. Paddy’s week with the Shannon Door Parade. Then, close out the season with Pond Skimming on March 25th.
Bretton Woods – 77 trails, 6 lifts, 292 acres of skiable terrain. Base depths: 22”-46”. Presently snowing in Bretton Woods. Snowfall for season to date: 174”. This is the Cystic Fibrosis Ski For the Cure weekend at Bretton Woods. This is also the final weekend for night skiing (Fri/Sat pm). Looking ahead, don’t miss the 30th annual Bretton Woods Beach Party on March 25. March 25th for our 30th Annual Bretton Woods Beach Party. Spring skiing, live music, good food, great costumes, the Fujiwhara Downhill bike race, and $30 lift tickets
Cranmore – 43 trails, 4 lifts, 155 acres of skiable terrain. Base depths: 18”-30”. Mountain Adventure Park and Tubing Park open this weekend. March 10-12 take in all the ski history and events of the 21st Annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup with its Tyrolean-themed dinner, torchlight parade, Dual slalom race, vintage ski wear contest, music and more. Looking ahead, get in on $17 lift tickets on St. Paddy’s Day (purchase online/in advance) and Spring Splash on March 25th.
King Pine – King Pine is 100% open and skiing and riding on 17 trails (95% groomed), 4 lifts, 50 acres skiable terrain. Base depths: 24” – 48”. 107” snowfall to date this season. Tubing park, open this weekend. On Saturday, March 11RadioBDC Coors Light Drafters bring a blizzard of music, games, shenanigans and your chance to win tons of amazing ski gear in the Tavern 3-6 p.m. Sunday, March 12 is the 17th Annual Marky B Boardfest snowboard race in memory of Mark Bierweiler, a slalom race through a course with hits, rolls and jumps! Looking ahead, March 17-18 is the annual Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to benefit Faith Holt, an 11-year-old girl living with skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome.
Shawnee Peak –29 trails (26 groomed), 4 lifts operating, 2 terrain parks open. Base depths: 25”-32”. On Saturday, March 11th, bring out your old mattress and put it to good use for great prizes in the annual Mattress Race. Sunday, March 12th is Retro Day with prizes for the best costumes. Looking ahead, don’t miss the Slush Cup and other spring skiing traditions at the 33rd Annual Spring Fling on March 18th and the Ice Coast Challenge, a snowboard surfing contest on Saturday, March 25th.
Wildcat–23 trails (20 groomed), 3 lifts operating. Base depth: 20”-40”. 2” of new snow in the past 24 hours and it’s snowing hard right now in Pinkham Notch. 184” of snowfall for the season to date. The 14th Annual 100,000 foot Vertical Challenge takes place on Monday, March 13th. Come watch skiers test their limits. On Friday, March 17th skiers and riders are treated to $17 lift tickets in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Looking ahead on March 25thRadio BDC Coors Light Drafters bring their apres ski fun to Wildcat Pub and on March 26th, kids 17 and under pay their age for lift tickets.
The XC Ski Centers in Mt Washington Valley are all still open and grooming as temps allow.
Bear Notch Ski Touring – 40km classic, 40km skating. It’s presently snowing lightly at Bear Notch Ski Touring. Base depth: 12”-24”.
Bretton Woods Nordic Center –41 trails, 66km open. Base depth: 1”-2”. It’s presently snowing at Bretton Woods Nordic Center. Snowfall to date: 172”.
Great Glen Trails – 40km open, 15km tracked, 15km skate groomed, 40km snowshoe trails. Average base depth: 8”. 1” of new snow in the past 24 hours/3” new snow in the past 7 days. 150” of snowfall season to date. Call ahead (603-466-3988) for fat bike terrain report and status of SnowCoach and Tubing. Saturday, March 11th is Charity Day at Great Glen Trails. Make a minimum donation of $25 per person ($15 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and a buffet lunch. or Make a minimum donation of $50 per person ($30 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, a buffet lunch and a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach* to treeline on the Auto Road.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation – 32 trails open (93 km total), 26 trails track set and 23 trails skate groomed. 18 trails open for snowshoeing, 8 back country trails open. Base depth: 8”-24”. 100” of snowfall to date. March 9-11th, the 2017 National Collegiate Skiing Championships will be held at Jackson Ski Touring. Sunday, March 12, enjoy a Full Moon Classic Ski Tour at Jackson XC from 6:00-8:00pm.
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring – 40km open in Whitaker Woods & Intervale Network, 40km single tracked. 45km open for snowshoeing, 15km open for fat biking in Whitaker Woods. Base depths: 8”-20”. 15 km in Whitaker Woods groomed recently.
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve – 16 trails open. 15km track set, 15km skate groomed. Groomed 3/5/17. On Saturday, look forward to a Guided Snowshoe Tour at 2 p.m. ($12 per person or $20 with snowshoe rentals).
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