March into Fun with Packed Calendar of Events
|Whether March comes in like a lion or a lamb, there's no doubt it's the best month of the year for winter fun. Enjoy one of the many events offered from Mt. Washington Valley's 13 ski resorts or XC Centers, take in a snowmobile or sleigh ride or just sit by a cozy fire enjoying some apres ski or off-slope fun. This is the month for a fun-filled getaway to Mt. Washington Valley.|
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MT WASHINGTON VALLEY CALENDAR OF EVENTS - MARCH 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. Mt Washington Valley's 13 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 about 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 at King Pine. Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
Every Tuesday: Tuesday evening Twisted 10 Big Air Series - Tuesday evening competition under the lights with rotating events each week at King Pine from 6 to 8 p.m. Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
Every Tuesday: Tuesday Trekkers at JSTF - Like Friday Gliders but for snowshoers. Program goes through 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 www.jacksonxc.org.
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 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 and Saturday: 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 10 a.m. throughout the winter. Reservations are required. Info: 603-374-2277 or www.bearnotchski.com.
Every Friday: Friday Gliders Classic Social Ski at JSTF - On Fridays through March 14, the Friday Gliders Classic Social Ski with Ski School Director Marianne Borowski and a host of other skiers will be held at 1 p.m. Very fun and social with instructional tips along the way. Includes après ski stretching and refreshments. $22 per person includes day pass or $10 for annual members. Or sign up for Friday Gliders for the season for only $35. 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 show what you've got to show off. This isn't your regular rail jam! Call 603-278-3320 for details.
Every Saturday: Weekly Cranapalooza at Cranmore - Cranmore will host an evening festival for families and friends every Saturday through March 6. Between the hours of 2 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. Info: 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 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 www.jacksonxc.org.
March 1: ATP Freeride Series #4 - Skiercross/Ridercross - An all out race to the finish in the fourth and final event of the freeride series. Info: 603-374-2368 or www.attitash.com.
March 1: Mardi Gras and the Cajun Experience at Bretton Woods - Taste a bit of New Orleans with New England flair! Colorful beads, entertainment, costumes, and masks all add up to "Bourbon Street North." Begin the festivities at Bretton Woods with games and contests fit for the slopes and return to the Hotel for a Cajun Experience Dinner and an evening of traditional King Cake and Mardi Gras flavor. Info: 603-278-3320 or www.brettonwoods.com.
March 1: Chilly Chili Cook-Off - Flatbread's at the Eastern Slope Inn will be hosting the Chilly Chili Cook-Off from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. Taste the chili from local restaurants, organizations, locals and visitors alike as they vie for the people's choice title, "2008 Best Chili." Enjoy musical entertainment and a lively atmosphere. Info: 603-356-4470 or 603-356-5701.
March 1-2: Cranmore's 70th Birthday Party - Come join us for a weekend of fun on the snow as Cranmore celebrates their 70th season. Info: www.cranmore.com.
March 2: Bretton Woods Adaptive Ski-A-Thon - This ski-a-thon race is to benefit the Bretton Woods Adaptive Program. A speed lane for The Zephyr will take you to the top as skiers race down amongst the challengers of the day. Don't forget about the Silent Auction and Raffle! Info: 603-278-3320 or www.brettonwoods.com.
March 2: Break the Sound Barrier Race at Shawnee Peak - Teams of four race for prizes, bragging rights and to benefit the "hear ME now" Association aimed at providing cochlear implants for deaf and hard of hearing children. Fee is $400 for a team of four, includes lift ticket, race, lunch buffet, t-shirt and chance at prizes. Info: 207-647-8444 or www.shawneepeak.com or www.hear-me-now.org.
March 3: 5th Annual Wildcat 100K Day - Participants will challenge themselves to ski and ride 100K in a single day! Give it a try today at Wildcat and raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation at the same time! Info: 603-466-3326 or www.skiwildcat.com.
March 2: King Pine Mini Hits - Junior skiers and riders can win prizes in King Pine's terrain park in this free, freestyle jam. Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
March 4: Nordic Meister Weekly Series at Great Glen Trails - Great Glen Trails hosts its final weekly Nordic Meister recreational race series for skate/classic skiers of all ages and abilities. 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: 603-356-5543 or www.greatglentrails.com.
March 7-9: NENSA J2 Championships -The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation will host the TD Banknorth Eastern J2 Championships and National Invitation at the Jackson Touring Center. Info: 603-356-9355 or www.jacksonxc.org.
March 8 & 9:1st Annual Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic - The New England Sled Dog Association joins Purity Spring for exciting sled dog racing action all weekend along! Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
March 8: Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race at Cranmore -This 12th annual Meister Cup fund-raising event for the benefit of the New England Ski Museum is a great time for all, with ski celebrities, fun team races, a vintage skiwear contest, ice carving competition, a live auction, and more. Info: 603-356-5543 or www.cranmore.com.
March 8: 5th Annual Mary's Firemen for a Cure at Shawnee Peak - Teams of five firemen in full turn-out gear race to raise money for breast cancer research. Registration is from 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Info: 207-647-8444 or www.shawneepeak.com.
March 9: Ski to the Clouds - North America's Toughest 10K. Raced on the trails at Great Glen Trails and then up to the finish at treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road, Ski to the Clouds includes a climb of more than 2200 vertical feet over the final 6 kilometers. The race is a true freestyle event: skiers can use either skating or classic technique. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.skitotheclouds.com.
March 9: 8th Annual Marky B's Board Fest at King Pine - The most unique snowboard event in the region. A slalom race through a course with hits rolls and jumps! Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
March 14: 35th Annual Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup at Attitash - This is a highly competitive dual format race featuring a pro-style bump mid-course. It's one of the biggest and longest-running Mt. Washington Valley ski traditions. All proceeds from entry fees will benefit the Eastern Slope Ski Club's Junior Program. Info: 603-374-2368 or www.attitash.com.
March 14: "Grascals" at the Stone Mountain Arts Center - Dolly Parton's back up band and bluegrass favorites the Grascals return to the Stone Mountain Arts Center for an encore performance. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Info: 866-227-6523 or www.stonemountainartscenter.com.
March 15: 4th Annual Attitash Spread Eagle World Championship & Retro Weekend - Get in the groove at the Attitash Spread Eagle World Championship followed by live outdoor 70's entertainment on the outside snow stage. Participants will air out their one-piece day glow suits as they fly off big air jumps, executing old school tricks of their choice such as Daffys, Spread Eagle, Backscratcher... The retro weekend is not just for ski jumpers but anyone who is nostalgic for the 70's. Those that arrive in their best 70's attire (including fro) can participate in the Best Retro Outfit contest. Winner takes home a peace ring and a special Atti-fro. Info: 603-374-2368 or www.attitash.com.
March 15: The Carl Johnson 5K Freestyle Race at Great Glen Trails - Classic or skate. This is a fun race with prizes for loudest tights, mystery time and fastest skate and classic time. All proceeds go to the ALS Association. You don't have to be a great racer you just have to like fun! Registration is at noon. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.greatglentrails.com.
March 15: Maple Sugaring at Remick Farm & Museum - Come learn how sap is turned into syrup and lots of other tasty treats from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Remick Farm & Museum in Tamworth. Help gather the sap from the maple trees. Check out demonstrations of early Native American, Colonial and modern Backyard Boiler methods of making syrup. Taste the different grades of syrup, maple candy, maple jelly, and sugar on snow. Admission is free. Info: 603-323-7591 or www.remickmuseum.org.
March 15: Hearthside Dinner at Remick Museum - The dinners are cooked entirely on the open hearth using historic recipes. Our 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.
March 15: St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Bretton Woods - Everyone's a bit of Irish on St. Patrick's Day. This fun day will be filled with shenanigans, both on and off the snow. Enjoy traditional Irish sounds and green beer while washing down corned beef and cabbage. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Leprechaun roving resort-wide as he spreads his gold. Info: 603-278-3320 or www.brettonwoods.com.
March 15 & 16: Women First Ski Clinic at Bretton Woods - Join Bretton Woods women instructors for specialized alpine ski instruction for women this weekend. Workshops are specially designed for women and take place in a comfortable, friendly environment. Info: 603-278-3320 or www.brettonwoods.com.
March 15 & 16: Telemark Workshop in Pinkham Notch - Learn all about the sport of telemarking this weekend with this 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.
March 16: St. Paddy's Duathalon at Great Glen Trails - This is a Classic then Skate continuous pursuit, with 5 km each leg, to be held at Great Glen Trails. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.greatglentrails.com.
March 16: 34th Annual Mount Washington Cup Cross Country Race - This 10 km freestyle race, the fifth in the Wellinghurst Series of races, will be held at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center. Info: 603-278-3322 or www.brettonwoods.com.
March 16: Snow Monsters Family SnowFest - King Pine's resident Snow Monster, "SnowBall" is throwing a big party! Games, activities, fun races and more takes place right at the King Pine base lodge. Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
March 22: Annual On-Snow Golf Tournament at Attitash - Serious golf for silly skiers today with the annual Attitash Open. Costume clad foursomes scramble their way down a nine-hole course built entirely out of snow. There are tee-boxes, bunkers, greens and the ever-present steep slope down which the ball may careen. Info: 603-374-2368 or www.attitash.com.
March 22: Moonlight Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Tour - 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.
March 22: King Pine Cardboard Box Derby - Build a cardboard box racer (for two or four racers) with a theme and bring your theme music to race down the special racecourse. Prizes will be awarded for appearance, speed and durability. Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
March 22: 23rd Annual Spring Fling Beach Party - Shawnee Peak will celebrate the beginning of Spring with lots of soft snow, live entertainment, sumptuous BBQ and lounging on the Blizzard's Pub party deck, catching rays and enjoying the weather! Info: (207) 647-8444 or www.shawneepeak.com.
March 22: Slush Pond Skimming & Reggaefest at Wildcat - Enjoy the legendary spring skiing at Wildcat, but don't forget to bring a swim suit! Gravity, speed, and finesse will motor participants across the pond, causing them to sink or swim! Info: 603-466-3326 or www.skiwildcat.com.
March 22: Red Molly in Concert - Arts Council of Tamworth will present Red Molly at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth. This trio of women musicians plays a variety of stringed instruments and as well as singing three part harmony with a distinctive Americana sound. Info: 603-323-8104 or www.artstamworth.org.
March 22: New England Telemark Spring Fling - Join New England Telemark and Bretton Woods alpine ski area for a great day which includes tele lessons, clinics and demo equipment. Info: 603-278-3300 or www.brettonwoods.com.
March 23: Randonnee Rally at Bretton Woods - Join Bretton Woods for the 3rd annual Randonnee Rally, which includes alternate racing elements on foot and on skis for a unique mountain race. Info: 603-278-3320 or www.brettonwoods.com.
March 24: Mountain Dew Spring Splash at Cranmore - Join the springtime zaniness at Cranmore Mountain Resort today at the 7th annual Mountain Dew Spring Splash celebration. Events include a beach party and the infamous pond-skimming competition. Info: 603-356-5543 or www.cranmore.com.
March 25: Maple Sunday at Weston's Farm - Weston's Farm, on River Road in Fryeburg, Maine, will celebrate that sweet and sticky brown syrup that they make from the local sugar maples by opening their doors and showing everyone how maple syrup-making is done. Of course, taste-testing is part of the day! Info: (207) 935-2567.
March 28: Black Splash Closing Weekend at Black Mountain - Popular pond skimming contest with excellent prizes, raffles and entertainment all day. Free entry fee to anyone with a valid lift ticket. Info: 603-383-4490 or www.blackmt.com.
March 29 - 30: Nevado Demo Days at Wildcat - Nevado Mountain Adventures will bring their gear, clothing and accessories from the top lines to Wildcat Mountain today for skiers and boarders to test out. Info: 603-466-3326 or www.skiwildcat.com.
March 29: Mullet Mogul Jam Rock Weekend at Attitash - Amp up to compete in a dual mogul set up on Grandstand before rockin' out to an 80's hair band set up on the outdoor snow stage. Mullets not required but preferred. Best Mullet wins a set of drum sticks, an autographed air guitar and a $25 gift certificate to Kentucky Fried Chicken. Info: 603-374-2368 or www.attitash.com.
March 29: 23rd Annual Beach Party at Bretton Woods - Enjoy spring skiing, live island-style music, a barbecue, après ski fun and, of course, the annual Slush Pool event, which includes skiers and riders who will attempt to skim the slush pool at the bottom of Bretton Woods Trail. Info: 603-278-3320 or www.brettonwoods.com.
March 29: Mountain Dew Spring Splash at Cranmore - Everyone's favorite spring event! Come down to Cranmore to see how far you can go! Info: 603-356-5543 or www.cranmore.com.
March 30: King Pine Pond Skimming - Skiers and riders attempt to cross the man-made shark-pond at the base of King Pine on the final day of the season. Info: 603-367-8896 or www.kingpine.com.
March 30: "Ruthie Foster & Eric Bibb" at the Stone Mountain Arts Center - Unique folk, blues and soul performers and amazing singers Foster and Bibb grace the stage at the Stone Mountain Arts Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 per person. Info: 866-227-6523 or www.stonemountainartscenter.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.