Exclusive photos and snow report from Mt. Washington Valley

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 28, 2010 6:54 am

Greetings from Mt. Washington Valley, NH,

After Monday’s rain, Mt Washington Valley ski resorts’ season-long snowmaking efforts really paid off.  Machine made snow combined with the natural snow of the season continue to allow the grooming fleets to quickly restore quality skiing at Mt Washington Valley’s resorts and XC Centers.  In addition, snow bases at Mt Washington Valley’s resorts  and XC Centers have  remained steady even with Monday’s storm.  Snow is in the forecast for Thursday and cold overnight temperatures for the foreseeable future will give snowmakers the opportunity to blast away on the slopes and trails.

Here is the Mt. Washington Valley forecast from Mount Washington Observatory staff meteorologist Ryan Knapp: Low pressure dropping across Canada will drag a strong arctic cold front across New England this afternoon and continue into the weekend which will bring a few changes to the weather pattern. Before this change occurs, some drier air visible on water vapor imagery and slightly warmer air from soundings up stream ahead of the front will move past this morning which will allow skies to clear a bit and for temperatures to warm early but as the front approaches, clouds will once again return and bring snow showers starting this afternoon. Snow might become heavy at times from embedded squall lines which may bring some possible downbursts or even a remote chance of a winter thunderstorm with them. Snow showers will ease up overnight as the front departs but in its place into tomorrow, upslope snow showers will continue. The best chance of additional upslope showers will be overnight because of the very cold air moving in which isnt as favorable in holding significant amounts of moisture needed for upsloping. By the time the front passes this evening, 1-3 inches of snow will have fallen.


 Photo Credits:

Thom Perkins/Jackson Ski Touring:  Before and after grooming shots taken behind the Touring Center on 1-26-10 and 1-27-10.

Shawnee Peak:  Shawnee Peak employees and skiers donated 1,500 pounds of relief items to the Haiti earthquake relief effort last weekend. Donated items included: a backboard, wheelchair, crutches, walkers, bottled water, baby diapers, dried foods, children’s toys, bandages, gauze, antiseptic cream and many other items.

Alpine Areas 

Attitash Ski Resort — Snow base depth: 20 – 30 inches / 67 trails / 6 lifts

Black Mountain — Snow base depth: 8 – 30 inches / 18 trails / 2 lifts

Bretton Woods — Snow base depth: 18 – 40 inches / 101 trails / 6 lifts

Cranmore Mountain Resort — Snow base depth: 12 – 48 inches / 50 trails / 5 lifts

King Pine — Snow base depth: 18 – 32 inches / 17 trails / 3 lifts

Shawnee Peak — Snow base depth: 6 – 24 inches / 28 trails / 4 lifts

Wildcat Mountain — Snow base depth: 12 – 30 inches / 24 trails / 3 lifts

Cross Country Areas 

Bretton Woods XC — Snow base depth: 12 – 20 inches  / 20 km open

Great Glen Trails — Snow base depth: 6 – 12 inches / 43 km open

Jackson Ski Touring — Snow base depth: 5 – 24 inches / 23 km open

Bear Notch Ski Touring — 50 km open

Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring — 45k open

Purity Spring XC & Snowshoe Reserve – 13k open


Black Mountain – Saturday, January 30, 2010, Black’s 75th Birthday Gala, an evening of entertainment, food, memories and more. $15.00 per person, 7pm-midnight. 

Great Glen Trails – Saturday, January 30, 2010, Full Moon Snowshoe Tour, experience the wonder of a winter walk on the moonlit snow. Join a Tin Mountain Conservation Center Guide on a guided full moon snowshoe walk. Call Tin Mountain Conservation Center to reserve your spot at 603-447-6991

Attitash – Saturday, January 6, 2010, Round two of the ‘U Go Girl’ series where the ladies take the stage with aerial maneuvers. Event start: 11:00 am.