Summer Fun at Mt Washington Valley, NH's ski resorts
NEWS FROM MT WASHINGTON VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - June, 2015
CONTACT: Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331, PR@MtWashingtonValley.org
WHEN THE LIFTS CLOSE, SUMMER ADVENTURE BEGINS IN MT WASHINGTON VALLEY, NH
North Conway, NH - Just because the snow stops falling doesn’t mean the mountains go into hibernation. While they do enjoy a short stint of rest, closing down throughout the month of April to mid-May, Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts come back alive with summer adventure, park rides, events and so much more. All valley attractions anticipate opening for weekends by Memorial Day (May 25th) and then open daily for the season by June 21st. Make sure you put some of these note-worthy summer happenings on your calendar and plan a fun-filled family vacation with these attractions at your favorite ski resorts.
Cranmore Mountain Resort has an entire day’s worth of summer fun with its Mountain Adventure Park. You’ll zoom down the Mountain Coaster, zip on the Soaring Eagle zip-line, and fly through the air on the Giant Swing. Relax on a chair lift ride to the top of Cranmore, with great views of North Conway and Mount Washington or enjoy lunch at the Meister Hut before you hit the ropes course. The mountain also has a summer tubing hill to race down and this year a Cranmore Mountain Resort is adding a children’s ropes course to their line-up. It’s a continuous belay, so kids get harnessed in and can go right around without having to clip in and clip out. It’s going to be geared for younger kids, ages 3-8, as it’s pretty close to the ground. It will include bridges, zip lines and other fun obstacles. It will be the perfect intro to the larger Aerial Adventure Park.
Cranmore Mountain also hosts the Arts Jubilee Summer Concert series. Playing on Thursdays throughout the summer on July 16th, 23rd, 30th, August 6th and August 13th, Arts Jubilee features a series of live performers beginning at 6:00pm. Enjoy musical stylings from bands such as Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Entrain and more.
Wildcat Mountain opens its doors to summer vacationers with a zip line, scenic gondola and disc golf. The Wildcat Express Scenic Gondola has consistently been ranked #1 Scenery in the East by SKI Magazine and offers eye level views of Tuckerman Ravine, Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. The mountain’s four-person ZipRider zip-line brings riders a huge rush, descending 2,100 feet over the trails, treetops and the Peabody River to a landing platform. Groups can also come to play Disc Golf, a unique mixture of Frisbee® and golf by renting a 3-disc set or bringing their own and using the mountain’s course.
If you love horses or want to find your place in the saddle for the first time, enjoy a horse-themed mountain adventure at Black Mountain in Jackson. Bring the whole family for a scenic horseback ride along mountain trails. Younger children can enjoy pony rides around the stables area. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous then join the mountain for an overnight cabin stay with an extended trail ride, BBQ and s'mores by the campfire at the end of the day.
Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine is a great place to hike the mountain in search of blueberries and beautiful scenic views of Moose Pond. The mountain also offers overnight accommodations in the Pleasant Mountain Cabins. Overnight guests have access to the dock on Moose Pond where canoes, with paddles and lifejackets are ready for those looking for an aquatic adventure.
The alpine ski trails at Bretton Woods , quickly turn to the thrilling Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, guided rock climbing, downhill mountain biking and Polaris Ranger Tour trails in the summer. These are among the many summer activities sure to bring out your inner adventurer. Summer guests also enjoy activities across the street on the grounds of the Omni Mount Washington Hotel; with a 27-hole state of the art golf course, horseback riding, fly-fishing, tennis and biking. For those looking to find adventure on their own Bretton Woods offers the Williwaw Racing Zip, Kids ATV Park, archery range, mountain bike and Diggler scooter rentals, 18- holes of disc golf and an indoor rock climbing experience at the Slopeside Climbing Wall at their Adventure Park. To top off your perfect day, enjoy a Scenic Lift Ride to the top of the mountain and take in a hearty lunch with Presidential views from Latitude 44° Restaurant. Plus kids 12 and under ride free with paying adult. The Adventure Center operates mid-June through mid-October. For more information, please call the Adventure Center at (603) 278-3335.
What is King Pine Ski Area in the winter turns into Camp Tohkomeupog, a summer camp for boy’s when the temperatures rise and season changes. This camp is a traditional overnight boys’ camp located in the New Hampshire wilderness . The focus at Tohkomeupog is on those sports and skills which can best enjoyed in the great outdoors. Campers will learn outdoor survival skills from cooking over a fire to building outdoor shelter as well as taking part in activities such as hiking, kayaking and canoeing, swim lessons, rock climbing, archery and more. Camp Tohkomeupog is open to boys in 2nd through 10th grade. Click here for more information: http://tohko.com/.
Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch offers endless family fun. Enjoy true quality time with your family while biking, running or walking on a beautiful trail system, all at the base of Mount. Washington. Experience nature and wildlife at its very best with help from a dedicated and friendly staff who live in and love this environment. Join the outdoor center for one of the many events or just enjoy a picnic by the pond in a field of wildflowers. For something completely different and exciting, try a kayaking experience suited just to your taste and ability. And right next door is the Mt Washington Auto Road, where scenic tours take you to the summit and the Extreme Mt Washington Museum, which opened just last summer.
You would be hard-pressed to notice it in the winter, but Jackson Ski Touring Center turns into the Wentworth Golf Course in the summer. The Wentworth Golf Club is a beautiful eighteen hole course with outstanding views of the Presidential Range and the Wildcat and Ellis Rivers. The Wentworth Golf Club offers all the amenities you would expect from a top resort facility and is perfect for a day out with a couple of friends or a whole group.
Once the snow is melted, the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation’s trail network turns into a wonderful resource for avid or causal runners, walkers and mountain bikers to enjoy. With marked trails, trail runners, bikers and walkers can get in a work-out or enjoy an adventure with stunning views of Mt. Washington and the Ledges. Your adventure can bring you to all parts of North Conway and Intervale villages, depending on how long and difficult you want to make your outdoor excursion. The trail is even dog-friendly for those with well-behaved furry friends.
Just as you did this winter, you will find mountains of summer fun as these ski resorts change with the seasons. We look forward to seeing you out in the adventure parks, on the golf course and flying high on the ziplines once Memorial Day comes.
For more information on planning a Mt Washington Valley vacation, visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org or call 1-800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH). To learn more about visiting New Hampshire go to www.VisitNH.gov.
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