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Thursday, March 10, 2011

On the slopes: Think spring – and the ’80s

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ski WiP is your weekly place to find out what’s happening at ski areas across the state. It’s where you’ll find previews of special events, deals and races at New Hampshire mountains for the upcoming weekend throughout the winter.

As temperatures continue to creep up and winter dwindles to its final few weeks, New Hampshire mountains and ski areas are still planning events for March and on the onset of spring skiing.

This weekend, March 11-13, a telemark skiing camp and Hawaiian-themed activities are highlights, and an event will be held Monday, March 14, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Here is what’s happening:

Cannon Mountain

Live music featuring 1980s cover bands will highlight Cannon’s ’80s Party in the Cannonball Pub on Saturday.

The ’80s band Aquanet will play from 3-6 p.m. and the Back-to-the-’80s radio station host Joe Cortese will play DJ for ’80s trivia after the music.

There is also a costume contest with prizes.

Mount Sunapee

Two-time national champion Heather Paul will showcase her telemark skiing skills and teach them to women during Mount Sunapee’s Ultimate Groove Telemark Camp on Saturday and Sunday.

The camp is geared to show women how to telemark ski or improve their telemark skiing.

All ability levels are welcome.

Mount Sunapee is also hosting a Big Air Contest for Dummies on Saturday. Participants can create their own dummy skiers and snowboarders, who are then launched off a huge ramp to compete for prizes.

Loon Mountain

Ski and snowboard shops from around New England will bring their best skiers and snowboarders to Loon Mountain on Saturday for the annual Shop Showdown.

The top athletes will compete in the terrain park. The event is entering its ninth year.

Pats Peak

In an effort to embrace the warming weather, Pats Peak is hosting a Hawaiian Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to wear their best Hawaiian outfits.

The employees will participate, as well, competing to be the most spirited employee or department at Pats Peak.

The Hawaiian Weekend will also feature hot tubs on the deck and music from the Jah Spirit Reggae Band in the pub.

The mountain will offer helicopter rides from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

On Sunday, there will be a Man of Steel rail jam starting at 1 p.m.

Wildcat Mountain

Marathon skiers and snowboarders who like to spend hours on end rushing down the slopes can find their perfect event at Wildcat Mountain on Monday in the eighth annual Make-A-Wish 100K Vertical Challenge.

Skiers are allowed to ski nonstop, with no lift lines, on Wildcat’s Lynx trail from early morning until late afternoon.

The goal is to reach 100,000 vertical feet on the day to raise $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. The Telegraph and NH.com have launched a website that’s a one-stop place for the latest New Hampshire ski news, events and ticket giveaways. The site features live Twitter feed from the slopes and a map plotting each resort. Visit www.nh.com/skiing to see updates throughout the week.