It’s not too late to find a great February school vacation week special at New Hampshire’s ski areas. Whether you ski, ride, or prefer cross country and snow shoeing, there are many family-oriented activities and great deals across the Granite State to get you out of the house and into the snow.
(TRAVPR.COM) USA - February 9th, 2017 - It’s not too late to find a great February school vacation week special at New Hampshire’s ski areas. Whether you ski, ride, or prefer cross country and snow shoeing, there are many family-oriented activities and great deals across the Granite State to get you out of the house and into the snow.
Consistent snow fall in New Hampshire’s mountains has made for great ski conditions, and the state’s ski areas have announced a number of vacation week specials and events to entice families to the slopes.
For those looking for ticket deals, Pats Peak is offering its popular Pay One Price (POP) Under the Lights Saturday night special during February vacation weeks (Feb. 18 - March 4, except Sunday, Feb. 26). POP’s $49 ticket starts at 3 p.m. and includes skiing, snowboarding, rentals, lesson tips, and snow tubing, which opens at 5 p.m. Those who want to get on the mountain earlier can upgrade their ticket for an added fee starting at 12 noon.
Granite Gorge will host a February Vacation Blowout Bash on February 25, during which skiers can get two for one all-day lift tickets that last until 8:00 p.m. Black Mountain is offering a family package, which includes two adult and two junior lift tickets for $139. If you purchase your tickets after 2 p.m., you can ski that day and the next for the same price. Families can also save extra on lift tickets by purchasing them early at certain areas, including Cranmore Mountain Resort and Waterville Valley Resort.
Families looking to get away during February vacation will find ski and lodging deals at Waterville Valley Resort. The Kids Rule Waterville special from Feb. 26 – March 2 offers free skiing for kids with the purchase of an adult ticket, and includes two-night minimum midweek lodging, discounted group lessons, Kids Venture Kamps, childcare, rentals, ice skating passes at the indoor arena and access to the White Mountain Athletic Club.
For many families, February vacation week is a great time to learn to ski, using multiple days on the slopes to practice the basics. It’s also a great time for children who have the basics to take an intermediate lesson to improve their skills.
For kids who are experienced at skiing and riding, Granite Gorge is bringing back the February Vacation Snow Camps from Feb. 24 to 26. For $80 per student, and $100 per student with rentals, campers sign in at 9:45 a.m. and ski or ride with an instructor until mid-afternoon. It also includes snow tubing, hot chocolate and snack, with students providing their own lunch. King Pine at Purity Springs will also offer two week-long sessions at its Ski & Snowboard Camp, a tradition for more than 50 years. This camp offers ski and boarding instruction, as well as indoor swimming, tubing, ice skating and dances.
Cannon Mountain also has multi-day specials on lessons, rentals and tickets, a $75 any day adult ticket, and the Tuckerbrook learning area where beginners can learn separate from the big mountain.
There are too many events and activities to mention here that are going on at ski areas throughout the state during the February vacation weeks that fall between February 18 through March 5. While a complete listing can be found at SkiNH.com/Events, daytime events range from freestyle jam sessions for kids under 14 at Loon, to Winter Carnival at King Pine, to a Retro Race at McIntyre. But if après–ski is your favorite part of the day, there are plenty of afternoon and evening activities for parents and kids of all ages.
On Feb. 18, King Pine will host fireworks and Cranmore Mountain will kick off vacation week with Cranapalooza, including fireworks, a DJ dance party and s’mores. Cranmore will also have music in the square throughout vacation week, as well as live music daily in Zip’s Pub. At Cannon Mountain, kids will enjoy a Family fun Night on Feb. 18 and 25, which includes fireworks, a torchlight parade, live music, bouncy house, and a kid’s movie in the Brookside Lodge. Bretton Woods will host daily après–ski parties Feb. 18 – 25 featuring music in the Slopeside Pub, as well as its Powder and Pasta ski and ride event Friday and Saturday nights during vacation weeks. This event includes skiing or riding from 4 – 8 p.m. and a pasta dinner. Loon Mountain will host a Snowshoe and S’mores Après Party on Feb. 23, which includes a snowshoe tour, followed by hors d'oeuvres, hot cocoa and s’mores.
Downhill skiing and riding isn’t the only option for families at New Hampshire ski areas; many ski areas offer cross-country events and programs as well as other off-piste events and programs. Waterville Valley is hosting a women’s Nordic clinic on Feb. 18 that includes ski passes, ski and boot demos, rentals, as well as coffee, snacks, lunch and a yoga class. Demos and specials in the Nordic Center will be offered throughout February, including a Wax and Wine demo on Feb. 18.
Other events include the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation 28th Annual Chocolate Festival on Feb. 26, the Granite State Snowshoe Championship held at Waterville Valley on March 5, and the King Pine Winter Carnival from Feb. 21 – 24, where families can enjoy sleigh rides, snowshoe tours and family fun races.
To learn more about these vacation week deals and to see more special activities at New Hampshire ski areas, go to http://www.skinh.com/activities.
Ski NH is the statewide association representing 34 alpine and cross country resorts in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, trail conditions, vacation planning, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at 603.745.9396 or visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com. For statewide travel info, visit www.visitNH.gov.