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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ski areas staging season-ending events

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.

Here’s what’s happening at ski areas around the state from Friday-Sunday, March 25-27.

The Balsams Wilderness

The vintage snowmobile event has gained popularity each year, and this year, it’ll be better than ever on Saturday.

Sleds from 1973 and older will compete in several challenging events at the base lodge, which will be closed to skiers, completely revamping the base terrain for this event.

Back by popular demand is the timed race on the specially designed course that surrounds the base area, featuring twists, turns, bumps and jumps.

Adding to the excitement will be a new event: a two-up race on the same challenging course.

For the final event, vintage sleds will try to climb one of the steepest slopes the mountain has to offer.

There will be a barbecue lunch on the deck, and the beer and wine tent will offer a range of choices.

Black Mountain

Black Mountain celebrates the arrival of spring with the annual Pond Skim on Saturday. Watch the craziest of Black Mountain friends try to cross the pond on their skis and snowboards. Costumes are always encouraged.

Enjoy barbecue on the deck, a Corona Apres Ski Party and music by Jeff Conley.

Bretton Woods

The 24th annual Beach Party at Bretton Woods will be Saturday. Spring skiing, live island-style music, a barbecue and apres-ski fun are involved.

Don’t forget about the annual Slush Pool event, which includes skiers and riders who’ll try to skim the slush pool at the bottom of Brettons’ Wood trail.

Bretton Woods will host the finals of the Winterbike Championship Point Series 2011, presented by Ernie’s Cycle Shop, on Saturday. Take the NASTAR course, give it some jumps, bumps and banked turns, add four bikes and see what comes next.

There’s also a Mountain Bike Big Air competition before the awards ceremony for anyone wanting to throw down.

Cranmore Mountain

The Spring Splash will be held Saturday. Participants can see how far they can make it across the slush pool on skis or snowboards. Registration is free with a lift ticket or season pass, and takes place from 8-10:30 a.m. on the Eating House deck or Events Den, if inclement weather. The Splash will start at noon.

Cranmore will end the season Sunday. The Darkside will have its end-of-the-season Cranarchy event in the Darkside Terrain Park with a free barbecue and jam for their dedicated park riders starting at noon.

Crotched Mountain

Who doesn’t love the ’80s? Come dressed in your favorite ’80s outfit and receive a discounted lift ticket Saturday.

The Telefest will be going on all day at the base of the Summit Lift. Enjoy the barbecue and try some demo gear.

Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain Park will host the Shop Showdown on Saturday and Sunday. Shop teams will compete in three events and a costume contest. Shop teams of two riders can enter for $60, which includes tickets, barbecue and the entry fee.

Following the Shop Showdown, join in musical chairs, sports trivia and more games with an apres-ski party hosted by WBZ in the Bunyan Room.

On Saturday, The Alchemystics will return to Loon for the last entertainment series of the season in the Bunyan Room. The show will begin at 8:30 p.m. and is open to anyone 21 and older.

Wildcat Mountain

Radio station WXGR invites Portsmouth, Dover and Seacoast area skiers and riders to join them Saturday when they travel to Wildcat Mountain once again for a great time on and off the slopes. Stream them online at to hear how you can win tickets and be sure to join in with other skiers and riders age 21 and older for a party in the Wildcat Pub.

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.