We are on a roll. This must be the 4th week in a row where we’ve received a lovely coating of new powdery snow midweek, making for perfect conditions moving into the weekend. Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC Centers received anywhere from two to four inches of pure fluff on Wednesday. Couple that with ongoing snowmaking as temps allow, and we’re skiing and riding on bases up to 55” at our alpine resorts, with as much as 122” of snowfall reported this season. North Conway was named among the top 30 small towns for winter sports this week, right up there with Aspen, Jackson Hole and Steamboat Springs. And best of all, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning so we have six more weeks (at least) of winter to look forward to supposedly. All the elements are aligning to make 2017 the best ski season in years.
Here’s the update on snow conditions from Mt Washington Valley today, Thursday, February 2, 2017:
Attitash – 58 trails (53 groomed and 4 snowmaking trails), 7 lifts operating, 220 acres of machine groomed skiing. Base depths: 15”-35”. 3” of new snow in the past 24 hours & 5” of new snow in the past 7 days. 64” of snowfall for the season. Game Day Special: Celebrate the Super Bowl with a super ticket price of $30 for an all-day ticket (any age) on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Black Mountain – 30 trails, 3 lifts operating, 130 acres of machine groomed skiing. Base depths approx: 12”-30”. 2” of new snow in the past 24 hours & 3” of new snow in the past 72 hours. 52” of snowfall for the season. Join the Drafters with their amazing bag of swag at the Radio DBC Coors Light event in the Lostbo Pub on Sat, Feb 2.
Bretton Woods – 62 trails/28 glade runs, 8 lifts, 457 acres of skiable terrain. Base depths: 18”-42”. 3” to 6” of new snow in the past 48 hours and 8” to 14” in the past 6 days; Snowfall in season to date: 101”. End the day right on Saturday with Adult Apres Ski Party on the slopeside level of the base lodge, 2:30-5:30pm.
Cranmore – 42 machine groomed/packed powder trails, 4 lifts, 143 acres of skiable terrain. Base depths: 18”-30”. 2” of new snowfall in the past 24 hours. Mountain Adventure Park and Tubing Park open this weekend, starting on Friday at 11am. Events for the weekend start on Friday with a celebration of Teton Gravity Research’s 21st Birthday and a Live Auction FUNdraiser for one of the MWV’s own: Caite Zeliff. Saturday’s events include a jam packed Cranapalooza, and live music in Zip’s.
King Pine – King Pine is 100% open and skiing and riding on 17 trails (100% groomed), 5 lifts, 50 acres skiable terrain. Base depths: 16” – 36. 1”-2” of snowfall in the past 48 hours, 2” – 3” in the past 4 days. 57” snowfall to date this season. Tubing park, skating rink, open this weekend. It’s Big Game Sunday, celebrated with a #1 Fan Contest and 2017/18 season pass drawing for all ticket holders on Sunday. Wear your best King Pine garb to show spirit!
Shawnee Peak – 30 trails (26 groomed), 4 lifts operating, 2 terrain parks open. Base depths: 17”-31”. 3” of new snow in the past 48 hours. Friday is New England Ski Day. Purchase your ticket to ski or ride all day and night on Friday February 3rd for just $32 with the presentation of your New England driver’s license. Sat, Feb 4th is Winter Wild, an uphill series with a twist, the finish is at the bottom so you get to come back down too. Grab your skis, snowshoes, or favorite winter running shoes. Most events take place at a public ski area and you get to hit slopes before they open to the public. First Tracks, yes!
Wildcat–Wildcat is 100% open with 48 trails (20 groomed), 4 lifts, 225 skiable acres. Base depth: 25”-55”. 4” of new snowfall in the past 24 hours and 9” in the past 7 days, 122” of snowfall for the season to date. Apres Ski Entertainment and Green Giant Vege sampling on Saturday, Feb 4th. Celebrate the Super Bowl with a super ticket price of $30 for an all-day ticket (any age) on Sunday, Feb. 5.
The XC Ski Centers in Mt Washington Valley are all open and jamming with tons of recent snowfall.
Bear Notch Ski Touring – 35km classic, 35km skating with extensive grooming on the Western and primo conditions on the Eastern Trail Network. Base depth: 16”-24”. 3” of new snow in the past 24 hours and 5” in the past 48 hours.
Bretton Woods Nordic Center – 45 trails, 86km open. 25 trails (54km) track set and 38 trails (78km) skate groomed, Base depth: 4”-6”. 3”- 5”of new snowfall in the past 48 hours and 12” – 14” of new snow in the past 6 days. Snowfall to date: 101”. Fat bike and snowshoeing on Faybans Field too. Sunday, February 5, before the Big Game, specially priced tickets in honor of the 51st season mean 4 Nordic trail passes for just $51.
Great Glen Trails – 45km open, 18km tracked, 23km skate groomed, 45km snowshoe trails. Average base depth: 12”. 2” of new snow in the past 48 hours and 9” of new snow in the past 7 days. 80” of snowfall season to date. SnowCoach is running. Tubing hill is open. Call ahead for fat bike terrain report. Guided snowshoe tours offered every Saturday, 1:00-2:15. Free with trail pass. Rentals available. Sat, Feb 4: Technique Improvement Clinic covers cornering on downhill and flats.
Jackson Ski Touring Foundation – 48 trails open (110 km total), 32 trails track set and skate groomed (46km groomed). 18 trails open for snowshoeing, 8 back country trails open. Base depth: 8”-16”. 2” of new snowfall in the past 24 hours, 4” of new snowfall in the past 48 hours. 56” of snowfall to date. Coming up: Feb 11: Art Along the Trails: Beautiful splashes of color along the trail at Jackson Ski Touring. Local artists Kristen Pobatsching, and Rebecca Klementovich along with Jackson Ski Touring, present this magical gallery on snow. Free with trail pass.
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring – 40km open in Whitaker Woods & Intervale Network, 40km single tracked. 45km open for snowshoeing, 15km open for fat biking. Base depths: 8”-16”. 4” of new snow in the past 24 hours. Mark the calendar for the 28th Annual Chocolate Festival, Sun, Feb 26. Ski or snowshoe and stop along the trails for chocolate treats galore. The sweetest event of the winter on skis.
Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve – 16 trails open. 20km track set, 20 km skate groomed. Groomed 1/29/17. Guided snowshoe tours offered at Purity Spring Resort on Saturday, Feb 4.
Photos of the Day:
- Black Mountain: Skiers grab first tracks after recent snowfalls. Photo taken on 2/1/17 by Wiseguy Creative Photography.
- SnowCoach: For a change, take the SnowCoach to get up the mountain with views over to Wildcat Mountain on a clear day. Photo taken 1/31/17 by Wiseguy Creative Photography.
- Winter Hiking: Another alternative for spending time on the trails is winter hiking. Photo taken on the Webster Jackson Loop on 2/1/17 by Wiseguy Creative photography.