Tuesday, March 13, 2018

MT Washington Valley Ski Touring and "Michigans" 9:45 am

Thursday, March 15, 2018

For a change of scenery, I would like to ski the trails of Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation. It would be a tour of all the trails from the Intervale, Ragged Mountain Equipment headquarters into North Conway and Whittaker Woods. For a special apres-ski event, Lisa Baughn will make "Michigans" for us. These special hot dogs with hamburger sauce (?) are uniquely from Lisa's stomping ground in the Plattsburgh, NY area (??...not Michigan?). They are available in that area at roadside stands. Lisa's home is conveniently located alongside the xc ski trails of Whitaker Woods.

What's a "Michigan"? We are quite fortunate to have Lisa, a Michigans expert, so let's see what this is all about. Come try one or two for lunch after skiing next week. Lisa will also have a home made soup for those who won't dare to try a Michigan.

The snow should be good for us after all these nor'easters. Great March skiing, likely good in April, too.

Link to trail maps:  http://www.mwvskitouring.org/trails.html

The Plan:

Ragged Mountain Equipment opens at 10:00 am, so the plan works around that:

For those of you driving in from SOUTH of North Conway Village, park in the Whitaker Woods Parking area which on the right, just north of the stoplight in North Conway Village. Meet there at 9:45 am. I will meet you there and we will carpool up to Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale on Route 16-302.

Those of you coming from Glen, Jackson and the Northern Extremes can just park at Ragged Mountain Equipment. Meet us there at 10:00 am, ready to ski. We will start skiing from here.

If you are time crunched and are unable to do the Michigans experience apres-ski, park with the others at the Whitaker Woods lot at 9:45. You will be close to your car at the end of the ski route so that you can get on your way without having to ski all the way back to Ragged!

We will get our tickets and start skiing from Ragged, trying to ski all the trails we can. Some may not be groomed but we can likely break trial easily on this nice snow. We will then work our way back though the hay and cornfield trails up to the Stonehurst Manor and enter the Whitaker Woods system. We will do a big loop in there and end up at Lisa' home which is trailside. We experience the authentic Michigans then slap the skis back on and ski one flat K back to our cars at the Whitaker Woods parking lot. A car or 2 will then bring skiers back to their cars spotted at Ragged.

PLEASE RECHECK THIS BLOG on Wednesday night FOR ANY CHANGES TO THIS PLAN in case of logistical issues. (The snow should not be an issue this time!)

Lisa and I would appreciate an approximate count of Michigans attendees. email me at marinaneborowski@yahoo.com  IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO ATTEND. That way Lisa can start making the hot dogs. Not a problem if you end up changing your mind, we just need an approximate number!


Trail passes for MWV Ski Touring are half price with a JacksonXC season's pass, free for Conway residents, or weekday passes are $10 for adults, $7 for 60-70, free for over 70.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Anyone for a WednesdaySki?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

With a storm coming in on Wednesday Night and Thursday, skiing and driving will not likely be fun in the wind and blowing snow.

Wednesday during the day looks good. Anyone want to ski on Wednesday -- meet at JacksonXC, in the lodge, at 10:00 am. We will do what is groomed -- either Prospect Farm or North Hall area, perhaps?  (UPDATE: 6 ThursdaySkiers had a great WednesdaySki today -Ellis-Wifferdill, South Hall out and back)

I will not post a ski adventure for this Thursday due to the storm. Enjoy the Snow Day!!!!

NEXT WEEK if conditions allow, I would like to ski the trails of Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation. It would be a tour of all the trials from Intervale into North Conway and Whittaker Woods. For a special apres-ski event, Lisa Baughn will make "Michigans" for us. These special hot dogs with hamburger sauce (?) are uniquely from Lisa's stomping ground in the Plattsburgh, NY area (...not Michigan?). What's a "Michigan"? Come try one or two after skiing next week.. Let's hope that the new snow lasts for us until next Thursday!!

Trail passes are half price with a JacksonXC season's pass, free for Conway residents, or $15 for adults, $10 for over 60.  More details next week!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Rocky Branch, North Hall, Maple, Keeney One Way Epic: 9:00 am

Thursday March 1, 2018  9:00 meet at Thompson House Eatery

Thursday Weather Update:  All looks good!!  See you at 9:00!

Skied this Tuesday and it was epic and beautiful and sunny and springtime. Susie and I never had to walk on dirt, but the sunny beach area at the top of Maple Mountain that may require some stepping on dirt spots by Thursday. Not a problem. Great lunch spot in the sun. The trails are in fabulous shape.  It looks like we can do this epic ski this Thursday in spring conditions!

I will be monitoring the weather and conditions over the next day/night so please do check back on this site on Wednesday evening to double check that the plan is still good.

We will do a one way ski from the Rocky Branch parking lot, starting up the North Hall, around Maple Mountain Loop, down to the South Hall and take the Keeney back to the Ellis and back to our cars. We can choose to ski down the South Hall and the connector to shorten the trip if we want. Total will be about 18 Km.

We will then retrieve the cars parked at the Rocky Branch. Those coming from up north (Tom, Pam..) -- meet us a the Rocky Branch Parking lot at approximately 9:20 am.

Others meet in Jackson in the parking lot behind the Thompson House Eatery at 9:00 am. There is plenty of parking there without fighting for spaces in the JacksonXC lot during the NH school vacation week.

Bring lunch to eat in the sunshine, snacks and beverage, sunscreen, sunglasses, happy hat, Hawaiian Shirt??

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ellis to Rocky Branch one way or out & back JacksonXC Lower Parking lot , 10:00 am

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday Morning Update:  Not much has been groomed because of the warm temps that did not drop until the early hours of the morning. Looks like the most epic trip we could do today is either a one way Rocky Branch to Jackson via the Ellis or the out and back for more exercise.  Lets see who shows up and we can finalize the plan.

Meet in the parking lot, across from the J-Town Deli, 10:00 am

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL is on Sunday, I am going, plan to stop at every place. Anyone want to join me? I typically start early at the Eastern Inn and ski Whittaker and the fields all the way to Ragged Mt to arrive at the start time (11:00 am), then taste the chocolate all the way back to the car. I bring a Tupperware container because even a small taste at each place it is too much to ingest in one day!

I was hiking up in the Gorham area today, and I checked out the Presidential Rail Trail for a possible ThursdaySki that was AWAY from all the vacation week hustle-bustle. Unfortunately, the sunny spots are either ice or dirty snow, some places even dirt. I think we need to do that adventure once we get more snow!

So, back to the default: JacksonXC. With the wet drippy snow today and the below freezing temperatures tonight, I think groomed trails are the way to go for a good ski tomorrow.

I will look at the grooming report early in the morning and put together an adventure for us. East Pasture would be fun, so would a one-way trip from the Rocky Branch parking lot, up the North Hall to Maple to South Hall to Keeney. It might be necessary to walk a few sections, maybe carrying microspikes in our packs would be a good insurance against the low snow/icy sections just in case.

Check back tomorrow mounting for a plan.

Meet at the JacksonXC parking lot, the far away section across from the J-Town Deli. It will likely be too crowded in the lodge to meet there. We probably will be carpooling to the start.  Meet there at 10:00 and we will proceed form there!

Bring food, beverage and sunscreen!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bear Notch Ski Touring 9:30 am

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I just returned from checking out the skiing at Bear Notch. It was fabulous!!  I skied all over the place including the snowmobile trails, everything was perfect, a Valentine's Ski-Love Day. Then the sun came out and it was beach day on the snow!

Thursday's weather forecast is in our favor. Yesterday's forecast indicated rain by 2:00, but the recent forecast delays the rain to the evening. We may have clouds but the temperature should start off at freezing then head up into the mid 40's. Good day on soft snow, hopefully like what I had today.

Let's meet at the Thorne Pond parking lot at 9:30 and carpool over to Bear Notch. Thorne Pond is located across Route 302 from the entrance of the Bear Peak Ski Area. It is on the right as you drive Route 302 towards Bartlett Village, just after the railroad tracks and cemetery.

If you are coming from Bartlett Village, just meet us at Bear Notch Ski Touring at 9:45 am.

The Yates Farm area (across the Saco off of River Road) has been groomed and also all the trails in the Fields of Attitiash. The snowmobile trails should be soft also...so many possibilities. We will establish the route once we see the morning grooming report.

I have a few freebie passes for Bear Notch Ski Touring that I will be glad to give out.

Seniors (age 60+) are $15.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

JacksonXC 10:00 am

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I will be skiing at Craftsbury this Thursday - I think we will need to have a ThursdaySki over there sometime soon....let's discuss this for a plan...

Until than, I am just going to set up the default plan -- Meet at 10:00 am at the lodge of JacksonXC, be ready to ski. Pick the best adventure of the day. With all the beautiful snow there should be some good options!!

See you next week!  I would hope that next week we will do an adventure ...perhaps at Bretton Woods (hopefully there will be enough new show to be able to do the Mountain Road Loop!!) or maybe a backcounty excursion!

Enjoy this beautiful snow!!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

JacksonXC, Keeney Loop, 10:00 am!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My first idea for ThursdaySki this week was a loop tour on Bear Notch Road and the Experimental Forest Trails. I tested a part of this route today, and I was not impressed enough to set it up for tomorrow. It was good uphill, but a bit squirlly and bumpy on sections requiring snowplowing on the way back down. I will wait until the snow is softer for this adventure.

Sooooo, lets head back to JacksonXC. the skiing there has been good lately. Freshly groomed trails are necessary for a good ski!

The Keeney Loop was groomed last night, so I suggest we do that! It is a 17k challenge, one of the finest ski routes in the valley! Bring food and beverage for energy!

We will have some new fresh snow on top of the crust, and it should still be snowing in the morning. Let's meet in the lodge at 10:00 am.