Monday, January 28, 2013

Revolution Girls Camp

Coach Lauren with Clare Sullivan
A new snowboard program at Cranmore has been designed with female riders in mind. The Revolution Girls Camp is designed for female riders 13 years or older. Lauren Swymer one of the lead camp instructors is incredibly excited about the new camp. “This is a camp that focuses on the beginner snowboarder, with some freestyle involved to help people with their style and it focuses on having a lot of fun riding.” One of the main proponents for having a women’s specific camp is that there are a lot of male snowboarders out there and Lauren Swymer and other coaches want to see more females out riding and enjoying the sport that they have such a deep passion for. When you sign up for a Revolution Girl Camp lesson you are paired with a female instructor, which customers so far have really enjoyed. Clare Sullivan was the first person to try the program had this to say “I was up last weekend and had a GREAT time! Thank you Cranmore team. Everyone was so kind, patient, and very encouraging! I would highly recommend the program.”  

Working on the basics
There are two different types of lessons that you can take. One is a lesson set up for the beginner snowboarder who has never tried the sport or someone with very little experience.  This lesson is $89 and it includes a lesson, rentals, and a lower mountain lift ticket for the day. If you are someone who is a little more advance, there is a freestyle lesson. This focuses on fine turning skills that you already have as well as working on terrain park elements. Cranmore have 5 different terrain parks that range from beginner features to more advanced, so there is something for everyone.  If this lesson is better suited for you, it is $59. You must provide your own equipment for this lesson.

Making Turns

With the snow being fantastic right now and with our snowmakers continuing to build our snow depth higher and higher, there is no better time to get out and try something new.  These programs are meant to be relaxed and welcoming. Load up your car and bring your girlfriends and yourself to Cranmrore.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Skiing with GM Part 2

The view from the top

On Sunday January 20th we had our second Skiing with the GM event. This event brought out more people than the initial event on December 22nd. With the conditions being superb, Cranmore’s passholders didn’t want to miss the opportunity to get on the lift earlier than usual to take advantage of first tracks. As everyone gathered at the base of the Skimobile Express Quad everyone couldn’t help but look at the freshly groomed packed powder corduroy. At 8:00am everyone loaded on the lift heading for the top. At the top of the mountain General Manager Ben Wilcox gathered everyone to discuss what trails everyone wanted to go down. After deciding everyone carved their way down Skimeister, a fan favorite here at Cranmore. Wilcox made sure that just about every part of the mountain was skied, as well as taking a ride up the new Schneider Triple Chairlift. 
GM Ben Wilcox leading the group

Coffee and a Rennie roll

Shortly after 9am the Meister Hut opened its doors to the passholders where inside there were coffee and Rennie rolls awaiting everyone. After everyone got their food and drinks, passholders discussed with Ben Wilcox what is new at Cranmore. After everyone finished their coffee and Rennie roll, everyone departed back out onto the slopes to enjoy the rest of the ski day. There are two more Skiing with The GM events later this season. There is one scheduled for February 10th and March 10th.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Looking ahead to MLK Weekend


After enjoying spring like weather this past weekend filled with soft snow, this current January Thaw is coming to an end. Look for temperatures to return to normal starting this evening. Our plan is to fire up the snowguns on Tuesday night. Look for 24 hour a day production from Tuesday night through Friday. With all that snow being pumped out expect trails like North Conway, Triple Shot and Skimeister to open up this weekend. Also the guns will be blowing on open terrain as well. There will be a fresh coating of manmade snow on North Slope, Ledges and Bandit. Not only will snowmaking help us open more trails, it will also help our terrain park crew set up more features in the Double Feature Progression Terrain Park, including an advanced jump section. 

Comedy Night Poster
All of the new snow made will set us up for a fantastic Martin Luther King Weekend. There will plenty of events happening this weekend on top of great ski conditions. On Friday January 18th Cranmore will be hosting Comedy Night. This 21+ event will showcase the talents of Brian Brinegar, Tom Clark and Christine Hurley. You can purchase tickets online for $12 or $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. 

Coming up on Sunday is our 2nd Skiing with the GM event. This event gives passholders a chance to ski first tracks with Cranmore’s general manager Ben Wilcox.  Meet at the base of the Skimobile Express quad at 7:45am and load by 8:00am a full half an hour before the public is allowed to load the lifts. Skiing will be followed with coffee and snacks in the Meister Hut, where passholders will have the opportunity to sit with Wilcox to discuss all things Cranmore.
We look forward to seeing you up here this weekend!

GM Ben Wilcox and Passholders

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Fantastic Vacation Week

Skiing on New Year's Eve

After a fantastic vacation week the skiing and riding at Cranmore is the best it has been in recent memory.  We are close to being 100% open. We currently have 48 of our 57 trails and glades open and many of the trails that are currently closed should be open soon as we are in our final phase of snowmaking. We just recently opened The Reel terrain park; we now have 3 out of 5 terrain parks open. Look for the last two including the only skier/boarder cross in the state of New Hampshire to start being built within the next week. 

A line up of Hybrid Cars
As we get into the swing of the season, many of our events are beginning to happen. On January 12th is our Biodiesel Day. This is a great event for anyone who owns a hybrid vehicle. The driver of the hybrid vehicle will receive a free lift ticket for the day as well as a VIP parking spot close to the base lodge. Cranmore made headlines in 2003 when it became the first ski area east of the Mississippi to run its grooming equipment and other diesel vehicles on the then-innovative alternative fuel that few others were utilizing.

Also on January 12th is our 75th Anniversary Gala. Join us for cocktails, dinner and dancing to a swing band at the Red Jacket Resort in North Conway. Dress in vintage 1930’s garb, ski attire, or your finest evening attire.

The Red Jacket Resort
Tickets are $99 per person. Tickets include a cocktail hour with appetizers and a cash bar sponsored by the Red Jacket and music from the Alpiner Oom-Pah Band; and 3-course Austrian-themed dinner with a celebratory glass of wine. Evening includes live music and dancing with the Chris Humphrey Big Band. A portion of proceeds benefit the Herbert Schneider Memorial Fund.
Guests will receive a goodie bag including a commemorative engraved wine glass, a 75th anniversary poster, pin and a copy of Tom Eastman's new book, "The History of Cranmore Mountain" (one book per couple).

With a good stretch of weather ahead there is no better time to come up to Cranmore than now.