Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cranmore improvements are happening!

We are already well underway with our renovations and capital improvements for 2010-2011. We plan on spending over $6 million between now and Christmas and I wanted to share with you photos of the work in progress.

Below are photos taken by our mountain operations director, Rick Oaks, showing the disassembling and moving of the South Chair. It is moving to a location near the old North Chair area and being replaced with a fixed grip quad. The towers for the South are staying in place but the rest of it is moving to create a new learning area with some new trail crossings over near lower Lift Line.

Watch this blog for more photos on a regular basis!





Monday, July 5, 2010

New Concert Added at Cranmore This Summer!

Cranmore Mountain today announced the line up for the new 92.5 The River Music on the Mountain concert slated for Aug. 5, 2010. Headlined by the Atlantic Records recording artists, NEEDTOBREATHE, with Vermont’s Grace Potter and the Nocturnals plus opener Robert Francis from LA, the concert promises to bring a dynamic musical assortment to Cranmore’s slopes, right in the heart of North Conway Village, NH. The concert is sponsored in part by Newcastle Brown Ale, Cranmore Mountain Resort & 92.5 The River.



NEEDTOBREATHE hail from Possum Kingdom, South Carolina and formed in 1999. On their latest album, The Outsiders, NEEDTOBREATHE has truly come into their own, seamlessly blending arena-ready soundscapes with a decidedly Southern sensibility. Tracks from that album currently heard on 92.5 The River include "The Outsiders," "More Time," "Something Beautiful" and "Washed by The Water."



The band has honed their live show the old-fashioned way - putting in the time, spending years on the road. Aside from their skillful musicianship, there's a spontaneous energy that intangibly connects them with their audience, and their powerful performances have helped build a dedicated fan base that's been clamoring for The Outsiders.



"This band is our life - it's everything, really the only thing that we've done for the last 10 years," lead singer Bear Rinehart stated, explaining that the band literally poured everything they had into The Outsiders. "We know this is the best record we've ever made." The band’s website is www.needtobreathe.net.

Multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are a Vermont-based band gaining national recognition. The band consists of 5 members including keyboard specialist Potter, lead guitarist Scott Tournet, drummer Matt Burr, bassist Catherine Popper, and rhythm guitarist Benny Yurco. “We had a stylistic epiphany,” Potter says of her band’s exponential leap. “We realized we’re not the kind of band that’s ever gonna fit neatly in one genre, and this time we just let the songs be the songs. We just naturally wound up playing them in a certain way — they all have that beat to them, a physicality and a mood. You have to either want to dance to it or cry to it. But there’s also a feistiness to these songs that’s completely unapologetic.” Their albums include Original Soul (2004), Nothing But The Water (2005), Live Oh Five (2005), This is Somewhere (2007), Live at Skowhegan (2008), Almost Alice (2010) and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (2010). The band’s website is: www.gracepotter.com.

Robert Francis was born in Los Angeles and grew up surrounded by music studying piano first and then guitar. He dropped out of high school in eleventh grade and started writing songs. His first song was ‘One By One’ which was recorded in 2007 and earned positive reviews. His current record, “Before Nightfall” is a snapshot of where Francis is now. "When people listen to the album, I want them to feel happy," he says. "I feel uplifted when I hear these songs; they don't bring me down. I hope people will be able to relate to them and feel as though whatever is going on in their lives is going to be okay." His albums include: One By One (2007) and Before Nightfall (2009). His website is www.robertfrancisofficial.com. Also playing at the event will be River Rising Star 4-piece band, Aldous Collins.



Tickets for the concert are just $19 in advance and $25 at the gate; ages 12 and under are free. Doors open at 3:30pm with the first act going on at 4pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.cranmore.com , in person at the resort Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm or by calling 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.



Cranmore is a fully licensed facility and will offer an assortment of grilled foods, salads and beverages on the deck plus a full assortment of beer, wine and alcohol, featuring Newcastle Brown Ale. This is an all ages “rain or shine” event. No dogs and no coolers allowed. ID required for alcohol consumption. No reentry permitted after entering the grounds.



WXRV 92.5 The River is Haverhill, MA based radio station, Known for establishing concert events in Massachusetts and New Hampshire including Riverfront Festival, taking place July 10 in Newburyport, MA with The Lemonheads, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers and Sarah Harmer. Tickets to Music on the Mountain may be purchased at Riverfront Festival at a special advance rate of just $9.25 when you visit the Cranmore Mountain table at the concert. For more information on the River, visit them online at www.wxrv.com.



For more information on Cranmore and its full summer concert line up, go online to www.cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.