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Can't Miss Winter Events in Mt. Washington Valley!


Photo c/o Cait Fitzgerald of the Mt. Washington Backcountry Ski Festival.

Plan a winter of fun, with three major events coming up in Mt. Washington Valley! Mark your calendar for the Mount Washington Backcountry Ski Festival, Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest, and the Chocolate Festival.

Each event celebrates the spirit of this winter outdoor mecca, and brings fun and friendships to the winter season. From ice climbing to backcountry skiing to chocolate, each event is perfect for gathering a group of friends, and planning a fun weekend.

AND! These aren't the only events in Mt. Washington Valley this winter! Family-friendly events, live music and theater, apres-ski events, and more take place weekly throughout Mt. Washington Valley. You can plan your trip according to which events you want to attend! Click the link for a Mt. Washington Valley based events calendar!

We suggest booking any tickets in advance, AND securing your lodging. For a list of lodging options in Mt. Washington Valley, click here.

Mount Washington Ice Fest is a great event for novice and seasoned climbers alike!

Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest: Going on its 30th year, the festival is dedicated to the love of climbing. Ever since it started in 1993, it’s been bringing together climbers of all abilities to share in the reverence of the rock - or the ice in this case. Avid rock and ice climbers, and those just starting out in the sport come together to collaborate, learn from one another, share skill sets, and forge friendships.

This year’s event takes place February 3rd through the 5th, and features clinics that range from Ice Climbing 101 to a Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue clinic to a Snow and Ice Anchors clinic, and more. Many clinics offer programming fit for novice climbers and progress to more nuanced courses.  

Ledge Brewing Company will act as this event’s headquarters, where festival-goers will find food options, including the food truck BITES, which is included in the ticket cost, each night. On Friday evening, the festival’s signature event features an evening presentation at 7:00pm at Theater in the Wood.

Photo c/o Cait Fitzgerald of the Mt. Washington Backcountry Ski Festival.

Mt. Washington Backcountry Ski Festival: The Mt. Washington Backcountry Ski Festival is getting ready for an epic event centered around community, a shared love of the White Mountains, and winter adventure. Taking place February 9th through February 12th, the event features guided tours, avalanche education, demos, friendly competition, live music, social gatherings and more. Tickets are sold through the event’s website, at

Ticket holders can take part in four days of events, each tailored with a different lens to highlight the backcountry industry, and punctuated with three nightly apres-ski events.

Each evening, after returning from daily guided group experiences, festival-goers can enjoy live entertainment, locally crafted beer, and fun. This event will stoke your spirits for not only a great event ahead, but for an awesome backcountry ski season!

Snowshoe the entire MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation's trail network, as you make your way from treat to treat!

Chocolate Festival: Presented by the Mt. Washington Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation, this event has been going on for thirty years.This year it's taking place on February 26th! Mixing cross-country skiing or snowshoeing from inn to inn around Mt. Washington Valley and sweet, chocolate treats, make stops along MWV Ski Touring’s  45km trail network at different inns and businesses throughout North Conway, and Intervale. You'll enjoy treats that range from homemade chocolate cups, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate fountains and fondue, brownie sundaes, and more!

MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation describes its trail network as family-friendly and exciting for the novice skier. It offers easy, rolling terrain, and great winter views. It’s split up by Northern, Central, and Village trail networks. The Northern network takes you along Route 16A in Intervale or along the Saco River towards the Village of North Conway. The Central section includes easy trails accessed from Inns near the Scenic Vista, in Intervale, about 1.5 miles outside of North Conway. The Village section of the network includes the trails through Whitaker Woods in the Village of North Conway. For ticketing information, click here.

For a complete planning guide to visiting Mt Washington Valley, go to Here you’ll find a complete directory to places to stay, play, dine, shop and more.  To learn more about New Hampshire vacations, go to

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