The following is a Nordic Skiing update for Whitaker Woods in North Conway as of February 5th.
Members & Friends,
We have received close to 4″ of snow in the last 24-36 hours, followed by some rain and warm temperatures last night. Our grooming plan is to wait until the temperatures drop below freezing and the snow has had a chance to drain and freeze up before we start grooming. As is the usual practice for many touring centers we will get much better snow conditions if we wait for the snow to freeze and then till the dry snow to create a fine granular mix snow condition. If we groom when it is wet we will get a hard, icy deck that will be impossible to set track and result in much poorer skate conditions. The weather forecast had predicted the temperatures to drop sooner today than has been the case, but we will start as soon as we are able when conditions permit. There is a predicted storm for Wednesday and Thursday that may allow us to open up more trails later this week. Let’s hope it brings a lot more snow that last night.
Saturday’s NHNCA race in Whitaker Woods went off well under excellent weather with temperatures warmer than the predicted single digits. With sun and blue sky and somewhere between 700-800 skiers racing on a 5K classic course made for a great day with lots of enthusiastic skiers and families in Whitaker Woods. A substantial volunteer effort went into making this event happen with volunteers bucketing truckloads of snow into the race trail network, shoveling and raking the trails to make it all possible on Saturday. A big thank you to all those who helped prepare the trails over the last week or more. Dozens of other people volunteered to assist with start and finish areas as well as monitor the course during the 5 different heats that day. A tremendous group effort all helped make this a successful event. Thank you to all.
Rates for the public are as follows:
ADULT (15-59): $15 $10
JUNIOR (6-14): $10 $7
CHILD: (under 6): free free
SENIOR: (60-70): $10 $7
SENIOR (70+): free free
1/2 DAY (1-dusk)
ADULT: $10 $7
JUNIOR: $7 $5
FOR CONWAY RESIDENTS AND NON-RESIDENT CONWAY TAXPAYERS:
SEASON PASSES are available at the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment seven days a week starting each season on December 1st. The initial pass is $15.00 which covers photo, pass lamination and processing. Renewal passes are processed for $5 per season by bring in the old pass and having it renewed and stamped each season. Resident passes are valid for use in the entire network of trail both Whitaker Woods and the Intervale network.
SAU#9 and SAU#13 students ski for free. Students should display their Student ID while skiing (or student passes are available for $5 at the Touring Center).
Season Passes for non-resident, non-taxpayers (everyone else), are also available. Adult $85, Junior $65, Senior $65 and Family $155.
Trail passes are available at the Whitaker House during the mid-day (weather condition dependent), the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain, Eastern Slope Inn, 1785 Inn, Stonehurst Manor, Local Grocer, and several other locations (refer to the web page or trail map for other locations).
Refer to the web site for additional information, including the Fat Tire Bike policy, trail map, event listings, etc. at www.MWVSkiTouring.org