This February vacation, don’t stay cooped up at home. With so many fun events happening on and off the slopes in Mt. Washington Valley, February is the time to plan a getaway to New Hampshire’s premier vacation destination. Thirteen ski resorts and XC Centers offer plenty of on-slope fun, yet sleigh rides, dog sled rides, skating, and tax-free shopping, offer plenty of fun for non-skiers too.
Cranmore Mountain: It’s all about fun this February at Cranmore Mountain Resort. Cranapalooza, Cranmore’s signature family event, will take place each day from 2:30pm – 4:30pm from Saturday, February 19th through Saturday, February 26th. Held in Schneider Square, the block party style event includes $1 smores, music, appearances from Cranmore’s penguin mascot, C-more, lawn games, giveaways and more. On Saturday, February 26th, Cranmore will host an early fireworks show at the base of the South Slope at 6:30pm.
Presented by Tuckerman Brewing Company, guests can enjoy live music in Zip’s Pub from some of the Valley’s favorite musicians, scheduled daily through the vacation period, 4pm – 7pm.
Cranmore’s second terrain park event of the season will take place on Saturday, February 26th. The second event of a three-part series is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Registration is free with a valid lift ticket or season pass.
While snowshoeing at Purity Spring Resort, you'll enjoy an approximate 1-1.5 hour guided snowshoe tour (moonlit tours are a bit longer) of the NH Audubon's Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary Loop. Tours leave from the The Mill at Purity Spring Resort (less than a quarter mile from King Pine base lodge south on Route 153) and group will meet outside, under cover near the main door to the Purity Spring Resort guest check-in office. Equipment rentals are available, and must be made in advance. Click here to learn more, and see which dates are available for guided tours.
Mt. Washington Ski Touring Foundation hosts regular guided snowshoe tours that depart every Saturday from its Touring Center at Ragged Mountain. Tours start at 1:00 pm, and are ideal for first-timers and novices interested in learning basic techniques.
The guided snowshoe walk takes you along the East Branch and Saco rivers. Tours last between 1.5 - 2 hours covering a distance of less than 2 miles at an easy pace. This activity is suitable for all ages and abilities. Learn about the trees and wildlife and search for animal tracks while learning basic snowshoeing technique and bushwacking skills. Click the link to learn more.
Guided evening snowshoe tour at Great Glen Trails are led by an Appalachian Mountain Club Naturalist, you'll learn to navigate by using your senses, learn new animal sounds and calls, and test your night vision. There is a minimum age of 8 years old to participate, and Great Glen Trails offer snowshoes for rent. The program lasts 90-minutes, and you'll finish the tour having learned something new. Once you're done, make the trek across the street to The Glen House Hotel for dinner, and piping hot cup of hot cocoa.
Mt. Washington Backcountry Ski Festival: While the days are filled with demos, guiding services and mountaineering classes, the evening portion of this festival - that celebrates all there is to love about backcountry skiing - features live entertainment, presentations, and more. Taking place February 24th through February 27th, each evening highlights a different headlining act and event. While the entertainment differs, the level of fun remains the same. (Meaning you're going to have a lot of fun each night.)
Depending on the evening you come you will experience a bonfire, Red Bull’s DJ thumping tunes, ski & board vendors showing product, a film fest, and more. Click the links to buy night pass tickets to each event. Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Live Music at Theater in the Wood: The band, "The Gravel Project" will be rocking the nigh with blues and funk on Friday, February 25th. Purchase your ticket to this weekly live music series, and get ready move and groove all night long.
New England Ski Museum: Cultivate a love for skiing early on with your kids, both on and off the slopes! After a few days spent on the trails, make a stop at the eastern branch of the New England Ski Museum, right in North Conway Village. This museum is free and open to the public, and focuses on the collection, conservation, and exhibition of ski history for research, education and inspiration. The eastern branch of the New England Ski Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm, seven days a week.
For complete trip planning resources and information, explore this site, visitmwv.com, or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH) to talk to a Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce rep. To learn more about New Hampshire vacations, go to www.VisitNH.gov.