About the Snow Title
About the Snow
This Week: The Need for Speed
 
It seemed like the last week in the Mt. Washington Valley, everyone wanted to go fast. Speed was the name of the game. Keep your eyes open, these shots will fly by pretty quickly.
Racing at Attitash
Racing at Attitash. Photo by Laura Tuveson.
Eagle at Purity Spring
Eagle soaring at Purity Spring XC. Photo by Dan Houde.
Snowmaking at Wildcat
Snow blasting from a snowgun at Wildcat. Photo by Laura Tuveson.
 
If you're looking to get your pulse racing, you can always zip over to our Flickr gallery for a shot of adrenaline.
 
View our photos on flickr 

 

What's your favorite view in the Mt. Washington Valley? Post it on our Facebook page and make your case for it being the best.

Weather Report

Another beautiful weekend? Sure, we can do that. Seasonal temperatures and sunny skies all weekend long. Need we say more?

 

Unfortunately, we don't see a lot of snow in the forecast. A few flurries, some possible mix on Friday, but no significant storms. What's going on this winter? Well, here's the explanation from the experts at the Mt. Washington Observatory:
 

First, let's dispel the myth that we haven't gotten any snow: Observer Ryan Knapp reports 125.2 inches so far this season (defined as June 1, 2011 through today), versus 140.3 inches during the same period last year. Not so bad, right?

Here's the difference: Last year, we received a lot of coastal storms (picking up moisture from the Atlantic and dumping it as snow), followed by periods of deep cold that helped all that snow accumulate throughout the season. This year, however, storms have originated primarily in the north and west-a bad combination for good accumulation. Northern storms, while cold enough for snow, typically carry drier air (little moisture = little to no snow). Western storms, while packing plenty of moisture, carry warmer temps from the south, reducing or melting away what little snow any Northern storms may have delivered. We haven't yet hit that ideal mix of cold air and southern moisture.

Take heart in Knapp's observation that "last year, some of our biggest snow storms came in February and March." In other words, there's still hope for some snow days!

 

Weather, snowmaking and grooming updates can always be found on the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page 
One of the World's Best Ski Towns

 

Snow in North Conway  
Their formula starts naturally, with skiing and snowboarding so good they attract people like youth-bestowing fountains. Then add an inviting mountain burg steeped in ski heritage, amenities, and culture. It's a magic formula, and our little town stacks up alongside some of the most famous ski towns across the globe. The magazine sought out experts in each town, and Tom Eastman recommended the best of the best. Click here to read the full article.

From South to North

  

Greg Fishel on Mt. Washington 

Meteorologists and weather buffs from around the world are drawn to the magic of Mt. Washington. Nothing gets them more excited than a visit to the home of the World's Worst Weather. Meteorologist Greg Fishel from Raleigh, North Carolina's WRAL paid a visit to the Mt. Washington Observatory to understand just what all the buzz was about. He wasn't disappointed. Click here to view the video.

Valley Girl Videos
Valley Girl - Snowmobiling
Hang out with "Valley Girl" as she takes on the adventures of the White Mountains! Every week she will be taking on a new adventure and letting you see it from first person view! Check out what the "Valley Girl" is up to next in the Mt. Washington Valley!

 

This week, Valley Girl hits the trails with Northeast Snowmobile Rentals...and a friend. 

 

Ski Free Midweek!

We all know that the weekends are too short, so extend your stay with one of the Midweek ski packages offered by lodging partners through the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. And, since you're staying a bit longer, why not stay in the lap of luxury at the White Mountain Hotel?

 

White Mountain Hotel 

White Mountain Motel Midweek Packages start at just $95 per person and ski or ride your choice of 7 Mt. Washington Valley Alpine or Nordic ski areas! Alpine skiers can choose from Attitash, Black, Bretton Woods, Cranmore, King Pine, Shawnee Peak and Wildcat Mt!  Cross Country Skiers can choose from Bretton Woods, Bear Notch, Great Glen, Jackson Ski Touring, MWV Ski Touring and King Pine and include an all day trail pass, rental and group Nordic Lesson! Call the Colonial Motel for details and to make a reservation, 800-533-6301.

Photo Contests Roll On
 
You still have plenty of time to enter our February contest. It's so easy to win. Snap a photo and send it our way. Here's how:

 

WEEKLY CONTESTS:

Each week a name will be drawn randomly from those who've signed up to receive the monthly E-Traveler newsletter or the weekly ABOUT THE SNOW newsletter.  Winners will be announced on the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Each Monday, a new prize is posted on the Mt Washington Valley's Contest page on the website.  Each Friday, one lucky winner is drawn randomly to win the weekly prize. Prizes include pairs of lift tickets to one of the Valley 7 ski resorts, 6 XC Centers or other winter adventure opportunities.

 

MONTHLY CONTESTS:

Each month, a different prize package will be offered combining lift tickets or trail passes with gift certificates to restaurants and stores in Mt Washington Valley.  All photos are accepted, and those depicting winter adventure, family fun in the snow or even fun with Fido are all encouraged. The zanier, the better.  Post your photos on the special Photo Contest tab on the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Upcoming Events
Racing at King Pine
2/17

Friday Freezestyle Jam Series

Bretton Woods

 

2/17

Jackson XC

 

2/17 - 26
Bretton Woods

 

2/18
Great Glen Trails

 

2/18
Bretton Woods

 

2/18
Attitash

 

2/18
Purity Spring XC

 

2/18
Cranmore

 

2/18
Wildcat

 

2/18
King Pine

 

2/18
King Pine

 

2/18
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring

 

2/19
King Pine

 

2/19
Attitash

 

2/19
King Pine

 

2/20 - 22
Great Glen Trails

 

2/21
Jackson XC

 

2/21
Great Glen Trails

 

2/21 - 23
King Pine

 

2/22
Cranmore

 

2/22
Black Mountain

 

2/23
King Pine
 
2/24
Bretton Woods
 
2/24
Jackson XC
 
2/25
Attitash
 
2/25
Purity Spring XC
 
2/25
Cranmore
 
2/25
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring
Snow Reports

Alpine Ski Resorts

Wildcat

Nordic Centers

To learn more about skiing getaways and for complete vacation planning resources, visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org  or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH

(1-800-367-3364)

  

Alpine and Cross Country Ski Vacation Packages 

 

 

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Mt. Washington Valley Vacation Planner