11-16″ of snow in the last 5 days in MW Valley? March 9 Snow Report


Mt Washington Valley, NH Snow Report  – March 8, 2012


Last night Portland, Maine’s WCSH meteorologist Joe Cupo and evening news anchor Cindy Williams bantered about the beauty of warm temps bringing spring skiing conditions to ski resorts in New Hampshire and Maine.  Best of all they covered the fact that colder temps throughout the winter in the mountains means that ski resorts and XC Centers still have plenty of snow thanks to the ideal snowmaking conditions from January and February. They got right to the heart of what makes this week’s warm temperatures ideal from a skiing perspective. Hat’s off to Joe and Cindy!  Thanks!


While February was a light snow month throughout New England, ski resorts and XC Centers took advantage of colder temps and pounded their snowmaking machines throughout December, January and February. When coupled with mountain snow storms (11”- 16” of snow within the last 6 days at most resorts) base depths are still on the rise. Skiers can look forward to fun events bluebird skiing days and t-shirt weather being offered up by Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC Centers throughout March, not to mention continued snowmobiling, tubing, skating, Snow Coach, sleigh rides and more.  Despite what your readers see in their backyards, Mt Washington Valley is still skier’s paradise!


Snow Reports from Mt Washington Valley Ski Resorts and XC Centers:


Attitash:  Presently skiing on 280 acres with 73 trails and glades and 6 lifts operating.  Base depths of 20” – 40”.  3” of new snow in the last 7 days. St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 3-Day Ticket Deal: $99 for a 3-day (consecutive days) lift ticket on Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18. Available for purchase on Friday, March 16 only.


Bear Notch Ski Touring Center50 km open –50KM classic and 50 KM skating on a 18-24” base.  Break out the cameras and sunglasses for skiing today and this weekend! 13” of new snow in the last 6 days. Break out the sunglasses and make your way to Bartlett!


Black Mountain:  Skiing on 40 trails with 2 lifts operating.  12”- 33 base.  13” of snow reportedin the last 6 days.  Get ready for the Shannon Door St. Pats Day Parade & Treasure Hunt this weekend on 03/11/2012. Join in the St. Patty’s Day parade in your favorite green attire. A treasure hunt will follow along the trails of Black Mountain – whoever finds the special treasure will win the "pot of gold" grand prize.


Bretton Woods Ski Resort:  Presently skiing on 460 acres with 98 trails and 6 lifts operating on a 20” – 30” base. 6-8” of new snow reported in the last 4 days. Winter Wild Uphill Race Series Championship on 3/17 – call 603-278-3407 for info/reservations.


Bretton Woods Nordic Center:  50 trails open. 50KM classic, 60 KM skate groomed on a 2”-12” base.  100KM of snowshoe and back country terrain open.  1” of new snow reported in the last 5 days.  Come on out for some of the classic Mt Washington views.


Cranmore Mountain Resort: Skiing on 138 acres with 53 trails and 6  lifts operating.  16” – 38” base.  11” of new snow reported in the last 6 days. Take in Cranapalooza with 80’s themed events after the lifts close on March 10.


Great Glen Trails:  45 KM trails open and 18 KM skate/classic groomed on a base of 12” – 18”. 45 KM snowshoe terrain. 15” of new snow reported in the last 6 days. Don’t forget to take advantage of huge savings tomorrow- its 2 for 1 Friday! Every activity for the price of one when you print out the coupon and bring a friend for a great day on snow.

King Pine Ski Area:  Skiing on 50 acres on 17 trails with 3 lifts operating. 20” – 32” base. 11” of new snow reported in the last 6 days.  Retro Days – 80’s on Sunday, March 11: Dress up in your best retro garb of that day’s decade! Participate in the Best Dressed Contest at Noon for your chance at gift certificates!

Purity Spring XC & Snowshoe Reserve: 23 trails open.  15KM skate groomed. 11” new snow in the last 6 days. The Our Audubon Snowshoe Tour meets on Saturdays at 2pm at The Mill.  Complimentary with trail pass.


Jackson Ski Touring Foundation:  146 KM ski terrain open including backcountry. 72 KM machine groomed tracks, 71 KM machine groomed lanes. 16” – 30” base varying by elevation.  9” -13” new snow in the last 6 days. Thom’s Amazing Waxing Demo every Monday at 9:30 a.m. – Free and Informative.


Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Center:  45 KM open in Whittaker Woods and Intervale Network, 25 KM single tracked, 35KM double tracked.  45KM skate groomed.  8” – 12” base depthSaturday, March 10th - Weekly Guided Snowshoe Walk at 1:00 pm departs from the Touring Center for a 1.5 – 2 hour tour through the Intervale. Call 603-356-9920 for reservations.


Shawnee Peak:  Skiing during the day on 246 acres, 36 trails accessed by 4 lifts on a 25” – 46” base. 13” – 15” of new snow reported in the last 5 days. Give a Pint, Get a Ticket on March 11! Come to Shawnee Peak’s Blood Drive from 10am-4pm, give a pint of blood and you’ll get a midweek (Mon-Fri) lift ticket valid through the end of the 2011/12 Season!


Wildcat Mountain: Skiing on 49 trails accessed by 2 lifts on a 12” – 36” base.  16” of new snowin the past 6 days.  Play hookie and take advantage of $40 Fridays and great new powder at Wildcat and Attitash,




·         The Allen Family from Foxboro, MA took to Bretton Woods on 3-6-12 with daughters in sit skis.  Photo by Marti Mayne

·         Just another perfect skiing day at Jackson Ski Touring on 3-7-12 as Denise Perkins and Sharyn Eckburgh take to the Woodchuck Fields.  Photo provided by Thom Perkins.


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