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Ten Great Ways to Go Up and Down the Mountains

For Immediate Release - 12-10-13

Contact:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331,

Top Ten Ways to Go Up and Down the Mountains in Mt Washington Valley

North Conway, NH -- When skiing first came to New England, skiers were thankful to have simple tows made from ropes and shovel handles to transport them up the mountain.  We've come a long way since the days of skimobiles and shovel handle tows in Mt Washington Valley.  Nowhere in New England will you find more ways to slip, slide away than in Mt Washington Valley, NH.  With seven ski resorts and six cross country centers offering ziplines and canopy tours, three tubing parks, lighted skiing, the SnowCoach up Mount Washington and now two Mountain Coaster rides, those hoping to "go fast" down the mountain are no longer limited to skis and snowboards.  Best of all, while the best in gear is still a priority for skiers and boarders, those without skiing or riding experience can now feel the exhilaration of riding, rolling and zipping down the mountain.

Rock and Roll on the Mountain Coasters:  Both Attitash and Cranmore Mountain Resort opened their new Mountain Coaster rides in November, 2010.  The Nor'Easter at Attitash the Mountain Coaster at Cranmore both offer an exhilarating ride up and down the mountain with scenic views and thrilling banked turns.

Bretton Woods Canopy and Zipline Tour: Descending over 1000 feet of elevation, the Bretton Woods Canopy tour takes nature-lovers and thrill-seekers across a series of tree-top zip lines. It's one of the longest zip line canopy tour in New England and one of the longest canopy tours in the continental United States! High-flying suspension bridges and hiking trails connect the zip lines, and the tour concludes with the Williwaw Racing Zip, a dual, side-by-side zip line leading right into the Bretton Woods base area! This is one of those "bucket list" thrills of a lifetime.

Dogsledding: Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel offers year round dog sledding adventures throughout  Northern, NH. Tours are hands-on and interactive and guests get a first-hand experience at driving the sled. New England Dog Sledding offers the opportunity to sled with Iditarod style Alaskan huskies in one to three hour rides.

Snowmobiling: From Freedom to Fryeburg, you'll find eight options for snowmobile outfitters, guides, rentals and centers in Mt Washington Valley and in places in between, Mt Washington Valley offers miles and miles of open fields, wooded trails and exciting terrain for snowmobiling. From guided tours to snowmobile rentals and gear, this is one place snowmobilers are bound to find great deals and all the gear and sleds you need.

Tubing: Do the kids still have plenty of energy even after the slopes close?  Perhaps they're not skiers, but love to go fast down the mountain.  Look for tubing parks (open weekends and holiday periods) at Cranmore, King Pine and Great Glen Trails

Skiing and Riding:  Here's one place where skiers and boarders are bound to find whatever they seek.  From glades to steeps to gentle, wide terrain, Mt Washington Valley's seven ski resorts offer more than 250 trails combined.  Just to make sure you're outfitted properly, there are more than ten ski rental and ski shops offering a wide variety of ski and snowboard gear, plus great customer service both at the mountains in throughout Mt Washington Valley. Mt Washington Valley offers six varied and naturally beautiful XC ski centers where outdoor lovers can ski, skate or snowshoe on trails through woods, open fields and back country on 450 km of trails (some groomed, some natural).

SnowCoach: A specially constructed all-wheel drive and unique 4-track system allows the SnowCoach to deliver you to the world above treeline at the 4.5 mile mark on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a truly unforgettable experience. This is one of New England's most spectacular winter sightseeing opportunities available through Great Glen Trails. For the adventurous, the SnowCoach gives you the option to cross country ski, telemark ski or snowshoe down the Auto Road too.

Skating: Whether you prefer a year-round indoor rink, like Ham Ice Arena or a little of both, like the covered rink at Purity Spring Resort, you'll find plenty of skating options in Mt Washington Valley.  For public rinks, North Conway Village offers a great rink in Schouler Park and Jackson Village offers ice skating in the center of town too and Joe Jones Sun ‘n Ski Sports rents skates and other winter sports equipment too.  Some resorts like Nordic Village, Mountain View Grand and Omni Mt Washington Hotel offer private ice skating rinks for guests. 

Winter hiking and ice climbing:  Surrounded by 660,000 acres of White Mountain Forest, Mt Washington Valley offers hundreds of miles of trails and plenty of options for winter hiking.  Join guided hikes and get outfitted too at places like Ragged Mountain Equipment.  Stay at The AMC Highlands Lodge  or Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch for plenty of programs, lodging and even equipment loans. For the ultimate in getting back to nature, stay in the AMC White Mountain Huts after your back country hike. Mt Washington Valley is also renowned among ice climbers for its challenging and varied opportunities and excellent outfitters and ice climbing schoolsInternational Mountain  Climbing School offers equipment, guided expeditions, and climbing instruction.  Eastern Mountain Sports Schools also offers guided tours and ice climbing instruction.

Sleigh ridesThis winter go dashing through the snow on a one or two horse open sleigh.  Lodging properties including Omni Mount Washington Hotel and Purity Spring Resort , Farm By The River B&B and Stables and Darby Field Inn & Restaurant.

For more information on winter vacations in Mt Washington Valley, visit for a complete vacation planning resource guide.  Rather talk to a friendly visitor services representative?  Simply call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364). 

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