Spring Fever on the Ski Slopes
NH Ski Resorts Spring Events
Northern New England ski resorts certainly know how to end the season with a bang! Pool parties, pond skimming, reggae bands and Hawaiian BBQ’s – the list of festive events goes on and on! For those brave souls willing to risk their lives, there’s always the crowd-pleasing shovel and cardboard sled races. Another fairly recent addition to this list of crazy year-end competitions is, of all things, snow golf! So what are these events all about? Here’s a quick run-down. Ask us about NH Spring Ski Resort Events or share your NH ski area comments. To feature your business, contact us.
NH Spring Ski Area Events
Best Western White Mountain Resort, 87 Wallace Hill Road, Franconia, NH 03580 | 888-669-6777 or 603-823-7422
The BEST WESTERN White Mountain Inn is an outdoor enthusiast's dream! Located in Franconia, this New Hampshire hotel proudly offers the best in customer service and amenities at an affordable rate. Guests staying at this Franconia inn will be a short distance from Franconia Notch State Park, Cannon Mountain Ski Park, Loon Mountain Ski Resort and the Wildcat Mountain Ski area. Other nearby outdoor activities include hiking, biking and golf. Favorite attractions in Franconia include the Mount Washington Auto Road, Mt. Washington Cog Railway and Santa's Village.
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Cabot Inn & Suites, 200 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584 | 603-788-3346
A four-season family resort located in the heart of the White Mountains, over-looking the Presidential Range. 60+ acres, breathtaking views of the mountains. Bretton Woods, Cannon, Wildcat, Attitash, Loon, Black Mountain, Cranmore ski areas nearby. Family restaurant and lounge. Indoor heated pool, game room, outdoor playground, video game hook-ups. Santa’s Village, Six Gun City, Story Land, Whale’s Tale Water park a short drive away.
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Pond skimming / Slush Cups
The competition where traditional skiing is fused with surfing. Brave souls, often in wetsuits, costumes or swimwear, ski down a slope with a large, cold pond waiting for them at the bottom. The competitor that can hit the water and skim it the furthest without sinking wins the event. Visit the King Pine website to learn about their annual Pond Skimming competition.
Another fun costumed event, shovel races are also the riskiest! Participants don outrageous costumes and take a seat on their favorite waxed snow shovel for a fast slide down the slopes. There are very often anywhere between 4 and 6 competitors racing at once, making shovel races an exciting event to watch!
Teams build their most creative “dummies”, mount them on skis or snowboards, and launch them off large jumps for the grand prize. Prizes are usually awarded on biggest jump, most creative dummy, best crash landing and spectator approval.
Cardboard Sled Races
Along with Slush Cups, this competition is by far one of the most beloved by participants and spectators alike. Depending on the resorts guidelines, teams of anywhere between 2 and 4 build sleds entirely of cardboard and duct tape, don costumes and launch themselves down the mountain in their contraptions. Some sleds arrive at the bottom of the slope intact, while others fly into pieces with brilliant crashes! Competitors are ranked on speed and creativity.
Relatively new in the roster of spring snow events, snow golf is another outrageous costumed event. Teams bring their own clubs and balls for a challenging game in the snow.
Many resorts combine their crazy end-of-season events into one fun-filled weekend, while other resorts spread the fun out over several weekends. Check with the resort for event schedules and participation guidelines ahead of time. You’re guaranteed a great time, as the Northern New England resorts know how to throw a party!
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