Winter Events for the Whole Family, January 2008
|Plenty of early season snow means that Mt Washington Valley ski resorts, XC Centers, snowmobile and ice climbing outfitters are well underway offering some of the best conditions ever. Add to that a packed January calendar of events, and this is the month for a Mt. Washington Valley getaway.|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 17, 2007
CONTACT: Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331, firstname.lastname@example.org
MT WASHINGTON VALLEY CALENDAR OF EVENTS - JANUARY 2008
With thirteen ski resorts and XC Centers, miles and miles of snowmobiling terrain, plus sledding, ice skating, sleighrides and a packed calendar of events, Mt. Washington Valley offers something for everyone. Early season snow means ski resorts and XC Centers are offeing some of the best conditions ever. Make this the year for a Mt. Washington Valley winter getaway. Here's a peak at the region's packed events calendar.
Every Monday: Waxing Demonstration at JSTF - The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation will host a waxing demonstration every Monday at 9:30 a.m. Find out the latest info from getting started to race fine tuning. All are welcome, free of charge. Info: 603-383-9355 or www.jacksonxc.org. Every Monday: Pioneer Race Series at King Pine - This weekly community race series is loads of fun for everyone. Races are held every Monday (except Jan. 21 and Feb. 18) at King Pine. Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
Every Tuesday: Tuesday Twisted 10 Big Air Series - Evening competition under the lights with rotating events each week at King Pine. Hours are 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. (except Feb. 19 and 26). Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
Every Tuesday: Tuesday Trekkers at JSTF - Like Friday Gliders but for snowshoers. Program goes January 8 - March 11, 2008. Enjoy a fun and social trek to explore the forest followed by refreshments by the fire. Participants will experience many wondrous winter things along the way. Rates are $10 for the day or $45 for the season. Info: 603-383-9355 or http://www.jacksonxc.org/.
Every Tuesday: Nordic Meister Weekly Series at Great Glen Trails - Great Glen Trails hosts its weekly Nordic Meister recreational race series for skate/classic skiers of all ages and abilities every Tuesday through March 4. Participants will compete on the same 5 km course week after week, and they can show up any time between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. to do it. Prizes for competitors who complete six out of eight weeks are based on a raffle at the end of the series awards party. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.greatglentrails.com. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Easy Sliders at JSTF - This program is a gentle introduction to cross country skiing and winter fitness for people who want to exercise but don't quite know how to begin. Open to absolute beginners on Tuesdays and Thursdays running January 4 through March 13. Each one hour instruction and gentle practice session starts at 10:30 followed by refreshments by the fire in the base lodge. Rate is $10 for each session including rentals (for the session period only). This program will introduce new skiers to basic XC technique and give participants a chance to experience the fun and fitness benefit of cross country skiing. Info: 603-383-9355 or www.jacksonxc.org. Every Friday: Friday Gliders Classic Social Ski at JSTF - On Fridays, through March 14, the Friday Gliders Classic Social Ski with Marianne Borowski will be held at 1 p.m. Very fun and social with instructional tips along the way. Includes après ski stretching and refreshments. Cost is $10 for the tour or $35 for the season. Info: 603-383-9355 or www.jacksonxc.org.
Every Friday: Friday Night Freestyle Frenzy at Bretton Woods - Skiers and riders of all ages are welcome to come to Bretton Woods Ski Area on Friday nights through March 14 to showcase their skills and style. This isn't a regular rail jam! Info: 603-278-3320 or www.brettonwoods.com.
Fridays and Saturdays: Guided Naturalist Skiing and Snowshoe Tours at Bear Notch - The Bear Notch Ski Touring Center in Bartlett will host special guided naturalist skiing and snowshoe tours on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. throughout the winter. Info: 603-374-2277 or www.bearnotchski.com.
Every Saturday: Weekly Cranapalooza at Cranmore - Cranmore introduces an evening festival for families and friends every Saturday from January through March 6. Between the hours of 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. enjoy live music, terrain park competitions, face painting, clowns, fireworks and other activities that will vary from week to week. The fun will be held in Cranmore's Schneider Square in front of the Main Lodge and on the slopes. Info: 603-356-5543 or www.cranmore.com.
Every Saturday: Children's Après Ski Parties at Bretton Woods - Kids aged 4-12 are invited to join in this après ski party just for them, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday evening through March 15. Parties will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments. Info: 603-278-3320 or www.brettonwoods.com.
Every Saturday: Guided Snowshoe Walks at MWV Ski Touring & Snowshoe Center - Come by the Center in Intervale any Saturday at 1 p.m. for a guided snowshoe walk along the East Branch and Saco rivers. Snowshoes are available for rent. Info: 603-356-9920 or www.crosscountryskinh.com.
Every Saturday: Snowshoe Instructional Nature Tour - Jackson Ski Touring offers a guided nature tour every Saturday from 10 a.m. to Noon. It's the perfect way to learn to snowshoe and experience the winter woods. Rental snowshoes are available in the Touring Center. Skill Level: First-timers to expert. Info: 603-383-9355 or visit www.jacksonxc.org.
Every Sunday: Recreational Racing Clinics at King Pine - Held each Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. at King Pine. Sharpen skiing skills with experienced coaching staff. Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
January 4-6: Future Chefs Winter Festival at the Mt. Washington Resort - This event features four talented junior culinary teams from New Hampshire at Saturday's gala dinner and reception. Ice carvings will be display on the veranda and all weekend events will be focused on the joys of fine dining. Info: www.mtwashington.com.
January 4: Enjoy the Downhills at JSTF - The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation will host a one session special clinic to build confidence and skills for skiing hilly terrain. The two-hour clinic runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Info: 603-383-9355 or www.jacksonxc.org.
January 5: Nordic Skier Demo Day at JSTF - The Nordic Skiers Sports Shop at Jackson Ski Touring will host a Demo Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with equipment by Atomic, Fisher, Karhu and Salomon, snowshoes by Tubbs, boots by Salomon and Fischer, poles by Swix and test Swix waxes. Info: 603-383-9355 or www.jacksonxc.org.
January 5: Bread Workshop at Remick Museum - The Remick Museum in Tamworth Village will host a workshop to teach the fine art of making bread. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required. Info: 603-323-7591 or e-mail at email@example.com.
January 5: Elan and Burton Demo Day - It's time to try before buying at Bretton Woods' Demo Day sponsored by Elan Skis and Burton Snowboards, complimentary with the purchase of a lift ticket. Or enjoy the beauty of Mount Washington Resort's Nordic trail system with some of the newest in high-performance equipment. Demos are complimentary, but a driver's license, credit card, and valid lift ticket or trail pass will be required. Info: 603-278-3300 or www.brettonwoods.com.
January 5: Elvis on the Mountain at Shawnee Peak - Dress up as Elvis, go skiing, participate in a group photo with all of the other Elvis impersonators and receive a free lift ticket valid for any day this season. Top it off with an après ski party featuring Boston's own Elvis impersonator Michael Viselli. Have fun at an Elvis look-a-like contest, lip sync contest and more. Info: 207-647-8444 or www.shawneepeak.com.
January 6: 4th Annual Great Penguin Race at Cranmore - Hundreds of identical little rubber penguins will race down the slopes of Cranmore. Penguins can be purchased for $5 each. Numbers on their bottoms connect them to their owners for prizes. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Mount Washington Valley Children's Museum. Info: 603-356-5543 or www.cranmore.com.
January 6: Super Hits Sunday Kick-off at Shawnee Peak - Come over to Shawnee Peak for one of the best grassroots freestyle jam sessions in Maine. Compete in the half pipe and newly-expanded snowboard park for super prizes in this season-long series. Info: 207- 647-8444 or www.shawneepeak.com.
January 7: "Ricky Skaggs" at the Stone Mountain Arts Center - Ricky Skaggs, a nationally acclaimed bluegrass virtuoso is coming to the Stone Mountain Arts Center, located in Brownfield, Maine. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $100.00 per person. Info: 866-227-6523 or www.stonemountainartscenter.com.
January 10: "Mamadou Diabate" at the Stone Mountain Arts Center - Back by popular demand is Mamadou Diabate from West Africa. He and his band play energetic renditions of traditional music featuring the kora, a unique instrument from Africa. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Info: 866-227-6523 or www.stonemountainartscenter.com.
January 11: Eyes on Owls at Great Glen Trails - Learn all about the nocturnal world of owls in these special evening presentations in the Lodge at 5 and 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available from the Glen View Cafe. Reservations are required. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.greatglentrails.com.
January 12: Winter Feels Good at Great Glen Trails - First time Nordic Skiers - mention "Winter Feels Good" and take advantage of free cross country skiing and rentals and free 1/2 hour cross country clinics. Clinics available every hour on a first come, first serve basis. First time on Snowshoes - mention "Winter Feels Good" and take advantage of free Snowshoeing! Come on out and enjoy winter. Offer available from 1 p.m. to closing. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.greatglentrails.com.
January 12: Winter Trails Day at King Pine - Kids and adults new to snow sports get to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free at King Pine. Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
January 12: ATP Freeride Series #2 - Slopestyle at Attitash. - Stomp it in the newly designed ATP Fly Zone terrain park. Top three in each division win prizes from event sponsors. Info: 603-374-2368 or www.attitash.com.
January 12: CCSAA's Winter Trails Day at Bretton Woods Nordic Center - CCSAA's national day of getting outdoors! Winter Trails Day offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits with these easy-to-learn winter sports. Complimentary snowshoe or Nordic ski rentals for beginners will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. with the purchase of a Nordic trail pass. Info: 603-278-3322 or www.brettonwoods.com.
January 12: Diana Golden Series Level 1 Adaptive Race at Bretton Woods - The Golden Cup Series memorializes US and World Champion skier Diana Golden and is intended to promote the sport of ski racing to disabled athletes on the East coast. Level I racing is for everyone; any person with a disability may participate. Racers do not need to have any prior racing experience. The atmosphere is relaxed and racers are encouraged to do their best, but most importantly, to have fun. Info: 603-278-3398 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 12: NE Telemark Festival - Join New England Telemark for a day of Raising Heel! Clinics, demos, events, prizes, raffles, and an après ski party with Peaks Organic Beer. Info: 603-466-3326 or www.skiwildcat.com.
January 12: WFNX Boston SnoRiders Après Ski at Wildcat - Be part of the rubber chicken scavenger hunt during the day, then hang with the team members and DJ from 3 - 5 p.m. for interactive games, prizes, and their legendary après party. Info: 603-466-3326 or www.skiwildcat.com.
January 14: 13th Annual Great Ice Carvers of NE Invitational Competition at the Wentworth Inn - Twelve competitors will be given three hours to transform and carve a three hundred pound block of ice using the tools of their choice. The ice carving competition begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a lunch and an awards ceremony. First prize is $500 cash to the winner, with other prizes for second and third place. Info: 603-383-9700 or www.thewentworth.com.
January 18: Darol Anger's Republic of Strings in concert -The Arts Council of Tamworth will present Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, a musical pioneer taking listeners on a journey from Scandinavia to Brazil and from Ireland to New Orleans. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth. Tickets are $25.00 each. Info: 603-323-8104 or www.artstamworth.org.
January 18: "Liz Carroll & John Doyle" at the Stone Mountain Arts Center - Exciting performers and composers who are Irish fiddle and guitar virtuosos who take traditional Irish music in daring, inventive and new directions. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show time is at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Info: 866-227-6523 or www.stonemountainartscenter.com.
January 19 & 20: Jibsaw Massacre Snowboard and Skiing Competitions at Cranmore - This is the first in a series of terrain park events, an open jam for snowboarders and skiers age 16 and younger which offers an introduction to the world of competition. Snowboarding will take place on Saturday and skiing on Sunday. Info: 603-356-5543 or www.cranmore.com.
January 19 & 20: Telemark Workshop in Pinkham Notch - Learn all about the sport of telemarking this weekend with a two-day workshop presented by the North American Telemark organization. Spend one day at Wildcat and the other across the street in Tuckerman Ravine. Info: www.telemarknato.com.
January 19 & 20: Women's Winter Escape - Great Glen Trails offers a snow country getaway designed by women for women and will feature cross country ski clinics, wine tasting, a fashion show, yoga, dog sled rides and more. Women's Winter Escape is a women-only winter getaway focused on fun, relaxation and learning. Featuring world-class instruction from former Olympians and NCAA All-Americans, the cross country ski clinics are designed for all ability levels. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.greatglentrails.com.
January 19 & 20: Bike Board Demos at King Pine -King Pine and BikeBoard North America introduce the latest craze on snow! Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
January 19: Nordic Demo Day at Great Glen Trails - Great Glen will host a demo day with a chance to try skis from Atomic, Fischer, Karhu and snowshoes by Tubbs, boots by Salomon and Fischer. Company reps will be available to answer questions and the demos come free with a trail pass. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.greatglentrails.com.
January 19: "Duke Levine Band" at the Stone Mountain Arts Center - Lead and stellar guitar player of the Stone Mountain Boys, Levine has backed up many famous people from Peter Wolf to Mary Chapin Carpenter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show time is at 8:00 p.m. Info: 866-227-6523 or www.stonemountainartscenter.com.
January 19: Hearthside Dinner at Remick Museum - The dinners are cooked entirely on the open hearth using historic recipes. Guests help to prepare the meal with ingredients preserved fresh from the harvest. The Remick Museum staff dress in 19th century attire, and the menu changes with the seasons. Hearthside Dinners take place from 5 - 7 p.m.; they are a cozy gathering of 8-10 people, and although they are designed for adult audiences, young people ages 16 and up are welcome with an adult in attendance. Reservations are required. Info: 603-323-7591 or www.remickmuseum.org.
January 19: Moonlight Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Tour at Bretton Woods - Snow and a full moon accentuate the breathtaking beauty of Mount Washington Resort's Nordic and snowshoe terrain. Join the Nordic Center staff on this hour-long excursion along the cross-country moonlit trails of the Resort. If the views and experience are not hot enough, hot chocolate and a roaring fire will warm participants following the adventure. Info: 603-278-3322 or www.brettonwoods.com.
January 21: Geschmossel Classic Ski Race at Bretton Woods - This 15 km classical style ski race is one of the oldest citizens' races in New England. Info: 603-278-3322 or www.brettonwoods.com.
January 22: Full Moon Snowshoe Tour at Great Glen Trails - See a whole different side of Great Glen Trails on this moonlight tour of Pinkham Notch. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.greatglentrails.com.
January 25 - 27: Seventh Annual Snow Sculpting Competition in Jackson -Weather permitting, the Seventh Annual New Hampshire Snow Sculpting Competition will be held this weekend in Jackson Village. Competitive sculpting will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and continue through most of the weekend. When the time is up, the sculptures will be judged and awards will be presented, including the People's Choice Award. Info: 603-383-9356 or www.jacksonnh.com.
January 26: White Mtn. 30K Classic Race. The Fourth Annual White Mountain Classic, a 30 km marathon and tour race that is a fund-raiser for the Valley-wide Nordic junior ski program. Info: 603-383-9355 or www.jacksonxc.org.
January 26: "Richard Thompson" at the Stone Mountain Arts Center - British Folk legend, guitarist extraordinaire and songwriter Richard Thompson will bring his original show to the Stone Mountain Arts Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $85.00 per person. Info: 866-227-6523 or www.stonemountainartscenter.com.
January 27: 7th Annual Shawnee Peak/Ernie's Cycle Shop Snow Mountain Bike Race - Bikers will get down and dirty on the course at Shawnee Peak. The challenging course comes complete with twists, turns, banks and jumps. Practice runs start at 11:30 a.m. Event starts at 1 p.m. $25 registration fee includes a free lift ticket. Info: 207-892-9228 or www.shawneepeak.com.
For more information and trip planning for Mt Washington Valley getaways, visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364). With a great start to the ski season after plenty of early season snow, this is the year for an event-filled Mt. Washington Valley getaway.