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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Think spring at NH ski areas this weekend

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.

Spring-type events such as cardboard box racing and pond skimming will take center stage at New Hampshire ski areas this weekend.

Here are events taking place Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20.


The second event on Attitash’s Spring Mania schedule will be on the nine-hole golf course on Spillway on Saturday. Teams of four playing on skis, snowboard or telemarks will make their way down the course, trying to score the lowest possible strokes on each hole with a best-ball format.

Skis, snowboards or telemarks must be at least 120 centimeters for the taller folks, and you must put the ball in the hole. No gimmies! Each hole has a difficulty, from par 2s to par 4s. The top three teams and best costume will win prizes from sponsors.

You can register in the season pass office or from 8-10 a.m. Saturday in the south wing. The cost is $25 per team of four.

The Snow Stage will have live music by the band TBD.

Cannon Mountain

Blizzard/Chutters Splash & Crash pond skim event combines the Splash Pond and Crash Test Dummy Race into one huge spring event on Saturday.

The “live” person category will be followed with the “dummy” category, with their own special start ramp and entry point to the pond. All participants will have their names put in a raffle for prizes from Blizzard Skis & Chutter’s candy shop. Prizes are for overall human champion, overall dummy champion, best costume and best splash/crash.

Costumes are welcome.

Crash test dummy rules:

 • The dummy must have a face – not necessarily a pretty one.

 • The dummy must have two skis. No snowboards. Outriggers are allowed.

 • The dummy must be built on a 2-foot square or 2-foot diameter platform that’s securely mounted to the skis.

Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore is offering free skiing and riding in March with the early purchase of a 2011-12 Cranmore Happy Trails Season Pass. The price will increase after May 31.

Crotched Mountain

The Cardboard Box Race and Pond Skimming will be held this weekend.

The Cardboard Box Race will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. Here are the rules:

 • Sleds may be made out of cardboard and duct tape only.

 • No metal fasteners, rope, wood or any other kind of hard objects will be permitted.

 • All sleds will be subject to inspection prior to the race course.

 • There are no limits on the number of people or how big the sled can be. (But remember you have to drag it up the hill.)

 • Extra points will be awarded for creativity and costumes.

Live music will be performed at noon on the ATC deck by The Challenger.

The Pond Skimming event will be at noon Sunday. Here are the rules:

 • Skis and snowboards only.

 • No ski poles allowed.

 • Style points will be awarded. Costumes, tricks and wipeouts will be tallied.

Registration will be held in the morning in the main lobby.

Live music will be played at noon on the ATC deck by DJ Nick.

Loon Mountain

The 27th Governor Adams Cup Invitational is back at Loon at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. This nonsanctioned “citizens race” for good skiers of all ages benefits the Governor’s Cup Ski Scholarship to help local kids who want to further their racing careers.

To register online, visit and search for Governors Cup Giant Slalom Race 2011.

The WFNX crew will host an after-party in the Bunyan Room from 3-5 p.m.

On Saturday, the Cardboard Box Race will take place on lower Coolidge Street. Cash prizes will be given out for first, second and third place in categories of best themed favorite trail, best crash and fastest time.

The race is a free event for the first 75 entries. Registration runs from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Governor’s Lodge. The event will start at noon following the cardboard box parade at 11:30 a.m.

The annual 2 Plank to the Bank on Sunday, sponsored by Vitamin Water, is a skier-only event in which skiers will compete with a partner in three categories. There will be a wall ride, moguls and other unique setups. The winning team will take home $1,000.

Registration will be in the Bunyan Room from 8:30-10 a.m.

Pats Peak

The Pond Skim and Garage Band Party will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. No poles will be allowed, and costumes are mandatory. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best splash and best skim.

Registration will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Valley Lodge. There is no entry fee, but the purchase of at least a Bluster Area lift ticket (or a season pass holder) is required.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or The Telegraph and 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 to see updates throughout the week.