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Ski New Hampshire Resorts Offer Deals, Special Events for February Vacation Weeks

February 15, 2012

Snowboarding at Waterville Valley. New Hampshire ski resorts now have a deep base of snow for skiing and riding, and special deals and events for the February vacation © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

The slow snow start of the 2011-12 ski season is now a distant memory with a deep base of snow statewide. The upcoming February school vacation weeks offer kids and families of all ages an opportunity to enjoy the fun part of winter along with special events at the state’s ski resorts.

Thanks to intense snowmaking efforts over the past three months, New Hampshire’s ski areas have made the most of a winter that has brought below-normal snowfall totals to most of the United States. Although many New England residents have bare ground in their yards, most of New Hampshire has natural snow on the ground and alpine areas have enhanced natural snowfall with hundreds of hours of snowmaking. As a result, not only are the downhill conditions surprisingly good, most of New Hampshire’s cross country ski areas are also open with over 450 kilometers of trails available.

“It’s very easy to look out your window at home and assume that the ski areas may not have much snow, which really is an unfortunate misconception. Thanks to cooler temperatures, we’ve retained much of the natural snow that has fallen and ski areas have spared no expense utilizing modern snowmaking technology to pile the snow deep over the past few months,” stated Alice Pearce, Ski NH’s president.

Vacation weeks allow families to enjoy time together and take advantage of the fun part of winter in New England. Ski areas realize that and offer a variety of activities to entertain everyone. Special events are scheduled through the week including fireworks displays, family ski races, après ski entertainment for adults and kids, and much more. For a complete list visit SkiNH.com.

Among the offerings are Disney’s Get Out and Play with giveaways, games and more at Gunstock on February 18. King Pine at Purity Spring Resort will host Retro Day and a Scavenger Hunt on February 19. The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge family-friendly race series visits Black Mountain, Crotched Mountain, and Mount Sunapee over the holiday break. Live music and auctions are part of the Childhood Cancer Lifeline Event at Pats Peak on February 25-26.

New Hampshire’s ski areas also continue to offer a wide variety of year-round attractions for guests. Among the non-skiing activities offered are mountain coasters, zip line rides, canopy tours, giant swings, dog sled and sleigh rides, ice skating and much more.

Although it may be considered a holiday period at resorts, many discount offers are still available. Ski NH’s Anywhere, Anytime Lift Ticket Packages offer $11-$21 off of holiday lift ticket rates, are valid anyday, and are fully-transferable so they can be shared with family and friends. Many ski areas also have daily lift ticket specials, discounts for buying online in advance, family deals and much more. Visit SkiNH.com for full details on all of these February vacation offers.

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 38 alpine and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging and guest service properties in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, lodging packages, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at (800) 88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464) or visit the Ski NH website at http://www.SkiNH.com.

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JANUARY IS LEARN-TO-SKI MONTH AT NEW HAMPSHIRE SKI AREAS

December 18, 2010
Waterville Valley, NH

Waterville Valley is one of the 37 Ski New Hampshire resorts offering Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month programs in January © 2010 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

During the month of January, Ski New Hampshire and its 37 member resorts will participate in a national program to introduce guests to the sports of skiing and snowboarding.  Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month is a program taking place across the United States that features special offers making it easy and affordable for people to learn to ski, snowboard, cross country ski or snowshoe, and for current skiers & snowboarders to enhance their skills by taking lessons from professional instructors.

Among the special offers being featured in New Hampshire is Learn to Ski & Ride Free Week from January 3-9. 2011.  During this week, 14 NH ski areas will be offering a limited number of free learn to ski or snowboard packages.  These packages include a free beginner lesson, free equipment rentals, and a free beginner lift ticket or trail pass to those who register in advance.  Participants must visit http://www.SkiNH.com/JanLearnToSki to register and download a Learn to Ski or Ride Free Coupon; they then contact one of the 14 participating areas to make a reservation for a specific day that week.  Participating alpine areas include Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain, Cannon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Wildcat Mountain, Cranmore, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Pats Peak, Ragged Mountain, King Pine and Black Mountain; participating cross country areas include Great Glen Trails, Purity Spring Resort XC & Snowshoe Reserve, Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center and Sunset Hill Nordic Center.

Every day of the ski season, New Hampshire’s ski areas already offer specially-designed learn to ski and ride programs to introduce new people to the sport. In addition to these learn to ski and ride packages, there will be many other special programs offered during January that normally are not available.

Among these offerings, guests will find savings on lift tickets for those who bring a friend to try the sport, special pricing on learn to ski or ride packages, and follow-up rewards for first timers who choose to hit the slopes or trails again.  Guests can visit SkiNH.com’s January Learn to Ski page for full details & offers at SkiNH.com/JanLearnToSki.

Visitors to SkiNH.com can also enter to win a learn to ski or snowboard weekend for two.  The grand prize includes two days of beginner lessons at King Pine and two nights’ accommodations at Purity Spring Resort in East Madison.  The second place prize includes two days of beginner lessons at Gunstock Mountain Resort and one night’s accommodations. Third place prizes include learn to ski or snowboard packages from Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Cranmore Mountain, Granite Gorge and Pats Peak, with other areas expected to contribute even more in the upcoming weeks.  The contest runs from January 1-31 and winners will be notified the first week of February.

Nationally the program is being promoted by Glen Plake, Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month’s official spokesperson.  Plake, with his infamous mohawk, is one of the world’s most recognized skiers and ambassadors of the sport.

“For some good, healthy exercise, skiing and snowboarding are a great incentive to get outside and enjoy winter with family and friends,” said Alice Pearce, president of Ski NH.  “As our slogan says, ‘Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate.'”

To learn more about Ski NH’s Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month events and New Hampshire’s 37 downhill and cross country resorts, visit www.SkiNH.com.

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 37 alpine and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging and guest service properties in New Hampshire.  For more information on ski areas, lodging packages, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at (800) 88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464) or visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com.

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