Wednesday, February 24, 2010

February Snow Storm!

It has been snowing like crazy all day- What a wonderful way to wrap up a busy vacation week- and a reminder that there is plenty of winter left! At the end of the day we could see accumulation up to 10 inches. Bring it on!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

First Person Snow Report - Cranmore Feb. 21, 2010

February vacation week is a time that most ski area employees hunker down and get down to business during what is usually the very busiest time of year. This week was no different at Cranmore. We enjoyed a fabulous week with blue skies and sweet snow conditions, entertaining thousands of families over the last 7 days. By the looks of it, our fans love the the warmer temps and bluebird days that this February has brought to us.

Late February combines the reality of late winter and the promise of early spring, with firm, fast conditions in the morning, softening up to almost-but-not-quite spring conditions by early afternoon (especially on our famous southern and east facing slopes). 

Today was no exception as I tested three of my favorite runs: Schneider, East Slope and North Conway.

Schneider was a short fast run down to the East Chair with nice steeps at the top and a dusting of powder on top of edge-to-edge snow pack. A leisurely ride up New England's oldest continously operating double chair, then I was back at it on the East Slope, which was already showing signs of sugaring up, especially towards the bottom. You can always tell how late in the season it is judging by the tans on the faces of the East Chair's lift attendents. Clearly, spring is on its way.

After a quick hot cocoa break at the Meister Hut (I know, I have a tough job), I chatted with a fellow skier and Cranmore condo owner also taking a break. He recommended Hurricane and North Conway trails as having the best snow conditions. Not to take his word for it, I made North Conway my final run. He was right! Easily the best snow on the mountain today, unexpected for this more north-westerly facing slope. I stayed on skiers right, avoiding the nascent bumps forming on the left.

The coming week brings the promise of a more stormy weather pattern. The last month has been uncommonly calm, clear and dry. Judging by business levels, this is what brings out famlies in droves. But those of us who know that March skiing at Cranmore is really the best time of all, we're crossing fingers and toes that the month-long dry spell is about to end with snow in the forecast finally for late this week.

Stay on top of the forecast thanks to our friends at the Mount Washington Observatory's weather forecast for the Valley here:

And enjoy these photos taken this weekend by our friend photographer Bill Lee.

Top of the Darkside Terrain Park, looking up at Ledges. The Pink Ribbon Jibbin' event last night raised close to $2,000 for Boarding for Breast Cancer!

Sweet riding conditions!

Top of Schneider - love that gnarly tree at the summit! Note the depth of the snowpack.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Save During Vacation Week at Cranmore!

February school vacation week is in full swing here at Cranmore and there is snow in the forecast for tonight into tomorrow, which means conditions will be getting even better! Who doesn't love a little fresh pow? Make Cranmore your place to ski and ride this week and take advantage of these special insider tips and savings for getting the most out your ski getaway right here in North Conway.

Some children's camps are selling out this week. Don't be disappointed. Reserve Penguin Camps, Adventure Camps and Day Care online in advance for your spot.

Did you know when you buy your Fun Zone ticket online in advance you get $2 off? Regular price is $12, you pay only $10 for North Conway's largest indoor activity center. Watch this video to see what it's all about and then buy online and pay less.

To save on skiing, you can purchase a 3-Pak, only $135 for any 3 days of skiing and riding for one individual. That's only $45 a day and it's valid every day with no vacation week blackout dates. Best of all, even if you are just skiing with us 1 or 2 days this week, you can come back later in the season and use remaining days. Some resorts charge more for holiday periods but not Cranmore!

Our best value of all is our Super Slider ticket. It's valid every Sat. night plus this Wed. 2/17. You get 6 hours of skiing and riding from 2-8pm, 2 hours of snow tubing plus a Fun Zone admission, all for only $49 for all ages. Buy it here.

NH's most popular tubing park has extended hours for February and NH school vacation week- check out the schedule here, then buy your tickets online in advance for added convenience. 

Laugh it up at Cranmore's next Comedy Night coming up Friday, Feb. 26. This ages 21+ show features 3 Boston and Portland area stand up comics and host Mike Viselli. You pay $2 less when you buy online in advance. Seats are limited so reserve your seats now.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Leanne Smith Day a Huge Hit at Cranmore

WOW! Hundreds of people showed up to help send off Leanne Smith to the Olympics. Cranmore hosted a fundraiser for Smith and her family on Fri. Feb. 5th and the turnout was spectacular. Together the community raised over $15,000! Here are some pictures of the event. Thanks to everyone who donated their time, money and auction items and showed up to help celebrate!