The five feet of snow we received over ten days earlier in February has not gone away. Not even close! We’re skiing, riding and snowmobiling on the most perfect fun snow you could imagine. And plenty of it. While we lost some, our base depths are still upwards of 30” to 60″ at the resorts, and the XC trails still have wide coverage. With more seasonal temperatures returning today and through the weekend, we’ll go back to snowmaking and winter as winter should be, and look forward to delivering the groundhog’s promise of more great weeks of winter fun to come.
Here’s the update on snow conditions from Mt Washington Valley today, Thursday, March 3, 2017:
Attitash – 57 trails (32 groomed), 7 lifts operating, 214 acres of packed powder skiing. Base depths: 24”-48”. 110” of snowfall for the season. The L.L. Bean Bootmobile will be at Attitash on Friday, March 4 with games, giveaways and prizes. Be sure to stop by and register for a $300 gift card. Then on Sunday, March 5, stop by the Green Giant Sampling Tent at the Adventure Center to try something new. In addition, there’ll be live entertainment for après ski every afternoon in the Bear’s Den and Ptarmigan’s Pub this weekend too.
Black Mountain – 32 trails, 2 lifts operating, 135 acres of machine groomed skiing. Base depths approx: 12”-30”. 82” of snowfall for the season. On March 4th, take part in the Winter Wild Race Series! This is a great up and downhill race on the snow, skin up or run and race back down, then catch some apres ski entertainment in the Lostbo Pub this weekend.
Bretton Woods – 67 trails/11 glades, 7 lifts, 385 acres of skiable terrain. Base depths: 22”-46”. 1” – 2” of new snow in the last 4 days. Snowfall for season to date: 172”. On Saturday, March 4, Saturday après ski events include a “Blast from the Past” 80s themed après event with Mix 104.1 and a Moosehead Lager Promo on the Slopeside level. Plus kids will have a “Ride, Tie and Dye” après event where they can make their very own tie dye masterpiece.
Cranmore – 5o machine groomed trails, 6 lifts, 1654acres of skiable terrain. Base depths: 18”-30”. Mountain Adventure Park and Tubing Park open this weekend. Cranapalooza includes kids fun and games followed by fireworks on Saturday, March 4. Join the hardhat tour of Kearsarge Brook, the new base complex scheduled to be completed in October, 2017 also on March 4th. The tours will be led by Cranmore’s President, Ben Wilcox,and everyone is welcome to attend. Simply show up at the Kearsarge Brook Sales office to get your hard hat.
King Pine – King Pine is 100% open and skiing and riding on 17 trails (90% groomed), 5 lifts, 50 acres skiable terrain. Base depths: 24” – 48”. 107” snowfall to date this season. Tubing park, open this weekend. Kid’s Torchlight Parade on Fri, March 3 – meet at the Polar Bear lift at 8:55pm to receive your glowstick. Get in on the Kids Fun Race and Saturday night family racing on Saturday, March 4th both free with a lift ticket.
Shawnee Peak –29 trails (26 groomed), 4 lifts operating, 2 terrain parks open. Base depths: 34”-38”. Friday, March 3rd is New England Ski Day with specially priced $32 lift tickets for New England residents (ID required). Then on Saturday, March 4th, It’s the Cardboard Box Race and Mary’s Fireman for a Cure Race. Not a fire fighter? You can still participate. Don’t miss the 15th Annual Break the Sound Barrier Ski Race on Sunday. Click here to read all about it.
Wildcat–Wildcat is closed for wind hold on Thursday, March 2, and expected to re-open on Friday, March 3. Base depth: 30”-60”. 181” of snowfall for the season to date. Saturday, March 4th is the Crazy Catwalk Challenge. A kid-friendly on-snow obstacle course. On Sunday, March 5th, back for its second season is the Cross Cat Touring Challenge. Push your endurance in this uphill, downhill randonee race. Throughout the weekend there’ll be live music and entertainment in the Wildcat Pub too.
The XC Ski Centers in Mt Washington Valley are all open and grooming as temps allow.
Bear Notch Ski Touring – 50 km open. 40km classic, 40km skating. Upper and Lower Saco River trails have spectacular views and are beginner friendly. Picnic tables are out! Base depth: 12”-24”.
Bretton Woods Nordic Center –46 trails, 81km open. Base depth: 1”-3”. 1” of new snowfall in the past 4 days. Snowfall to date: 172”. Looking ahead, mark your calendar for the 11th and 12th of March for the Nordic Marathon and 43rd Annual Mt. Washington Cup Skate Race! Contact the Nordic Center at (603) 278-3322 for details.
Great Glen Trails – 45km open, TBA tracked, TBA skate groomed, 45km snowshoe trails. Average base depth: 8”. 146” of snowfall season to date. SnowCoach is not running. Tubing hill is not open. Call ahead (603-466-3988) for fat bike terrain report and status of SnowCoach and Tubing. Save on trail passes, SnowCoach tours, tubing and the total trails ticket on Mondays with the Buy One Get One offer at Great Glen Trails. On Sunday, March 5, observe or take your chances in the Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds event up the snow-covered Mt Washington Auto Road, considered North America’s toughest 10K.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation – 55 trails open (128 km total), 23 trails track set and 23 trails skate groomed. 18 trails open for snowshoeing, 10 back country trails open. Base depth: 10”-24”. 100” of snowfall to date. March 8-11th, the 2017 National Collegiate Skiing Championships will be held at Jackson Ski Touring.
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring – 45km open in Whitaker Woods & Intervale Network, 45km single tracked. 45km open for snowshoeing, 2km open for fat biking in Whitaker Woods. Base depths: 18”-30”.
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve – 16 trails open. 20km track set, 20km skate groomed. Groomed 3/2/17. 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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