Exclusive photos and info from Mt. Washington ski valley

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 2, 2010 11:04 am

Greetings from Mt. Washington Valley, NH,

With good snowmaking temperatures and drier air, snowmaking crews are making tremendous efforts and continue to cover the trails and slopes of Mt. Washington Valley’s ski resorts.  Just as important, the groomers at all area Alpine and Nordic areas continue to apply their considerable talents in providing an outstanding experience for skiers and riders.

Here is the Mt. Washington Valley forecast from Mount Washington Observatory staff meteorologist Ryan Knapp: A weak cold front this morning will continue to move towards the south where it will become stationary today as Canadian high pressure builds in behind it. This will allow drier air to work in breaking up clouds and clearing skies this morning. The high will weaken overnight as low pressure moves up the coast tomorrow lifting the stationary front northward as a warm front. The clear skies with today’s high will diminish overnight as the rising front returns clouds with snow showers as it passes. Snow showers will amount to less than one inch by the end of tomorrow with the best chances occurring in the mountains in the north. High pressure will then once again build over the region on Thursday before cresting on Friday and exiting Saturday.

Photo Credits: 

Wildcat Mountain: Taken 2-1-10,  (Red Jacket) Ski Patrol Director Ian Turnbull admiring the work of snowmakers on lower Catenary & shot of Catenary entrance with Mt. Adams in background. (Snowmaking) Wildcat is expecting several more trails to open later this week after snow has set and groomers work their craft with piles of snow – some as high as 20 feet.

Thom Perkins/Jackson Ski Touring: Taken 2-2-10, (Cross country skier in red) Denise Perkins on the Hall Trail.  This is day 56 in a row for Denise. Despite the lack of significant snowfall, Jackson’s grooming staff continues to make superior skiing on the trails.
Alpine Areas 

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

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

Bretton Woods — Snow base depth: 18 – 40 inches / 90 trails / 5 lifts

Cranmore Mountain Resort — Snow base depth: 12 – 48 inches / 47 trails / 5 lifts

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

Shawnee Peak — Snow base depth: 10 – 24 inches / 29 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 – 15 inches  / 60 km open

Great Glen Trails — Snow base depth: 6 – 18 inches / 43 km open

Jackson Ski Touring — Snow base depth: 5 – 24 inches / 96 km open

Bear Notch Ski Touring — 50 km open

Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring — 20k open

Purity Spring XC & Snowshoe Reserve – 9k open