The family and I headed up to cross country ski Bretton Woods today. I am feeling spring down here in the Valley, but up in the Notches, it is still winter. Today’s Nordic Marathon attracted a huge number of skiers from all around New England and the country. Reports were that the conditions were slower than last year, firm on the fields, soft in the woods. After the race, we hit the Eisenhower area again to great success. Dark Forest had complete coverage on the trails…off trail it was more than pole-length deep!
On the way down, we kept a lookout for the numerous ice climbers in the area hitting the nice looking ice on the sides of Rte 302 in the Notch. Word has it that our good friend, Kevin Mahoney, was up on the ice somewhere there. If you are interested in trying ice climbing, give Kevin from Mahoney Alpine Adventures a ring. I would trust him to take my kids ice climbing…and if you know me…that says a lot.
Huge congratulations go out to the Kennett Girls Basketball and the Kennett Boys Hockey. Two state championships in the last two days. Amazing. Great job, kids.
Enjoy the last days of winter and don’t forget to “spring ahead” tonight for daylight savings. Check our RSN TV16 tomorrow for the live show – more Watch ‘n’ Win to be had! Free tickets for spring skiing can’t be beat. We will start to blow those out now that the days are numbered. Become a friend of RSN on Facebook and you have even more ways to win.
I was able to sneak out and hit the trails today to continue my coverage of the cross country areas for the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. A great late morning ski at Bear Notch Ski Touring Center in Bartlett, NH. Trails were in excellent condition – one couldn’t tell that the Valley hadn’t received snow in a month. I hit the waterfall trail again as well as heading up the hill on trail #2…more confident in my uphill abilities sans pulk and small child. The snow was sticky, which for me, was perfect. Uphills were tackled without the herringbone and filming downhill while skiing was less hairy. The Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation (Whitaker Woods area) were waiting to groom some corduroy and lay track on their trail system until more snow had fallen (the word from them as of 11AM this morning).
I had the pleasure to meet some great people in the lodge (names to go unmentioned due to extreme stardom), up on vacation from Massachusetts. They brought some beautiful snow and some welcomed cheer to the area. Thanks for sharing your stories with me. I hope to see you all on the trails again. And by the way, the chicken noodle soup cooked up by Bear Notch was absolutely amazing! No joke. If you like thick noodles…it is worth the trip alone just to get the soup.
Later in the day, the weather turned a bit wetter in the lower elevations. The upper elevations should be fine. The next few days are supposed to be white again…keep your fingers crossed. I’ve more skiing to do!
Onward to 2010! Bookings are underway and it seems that the previously labeled “slow season” has disappeared. Rachel and Henry’s wedding is finished and I am very excited about how it turned out. A sneak peak to be posted soon. What a beautiful couple…and they chose the unbelievably classy Mount Washington Hotel to host their wedding. There is something about the cold and snow that brings out the purples and pinks in the Presidential Range and the surrounding skies. Awesome. Stay tuned for that video coming over the next few days…