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DOT Denies Request To Prohibit Parking On West Side Road

by Christian Mower on March 24, 2017

courtesy of Northconwaynh.comPhoto of Diana’s Bath courtesy of www. Northconwaynh.com

 

Conway, NH – It doesn’t look like congested parking near Diana’s Baths is going to change anytime soon. The Conway Board Of Selectmen sent a letter to the State DOT requesting that parking be banned on West Side Road in the area around Diana’s Baths based on community concerns related to environmental impact, traffic safety, and damage to neighboring properties.

DOT Commissioner Victoria Sheehan denied their request for now. In her response she noted that prohibiting parking on the road would “have a tremendous impact on the quality of the visitor experience”. she cites this as a reason to not prohibit parking along the road without getting input from public and private stakeholders.

The Commissioner said that an effort to get input from stakeholders about prohibiting parking on West Side Road as well as on issues at other natural attractions throughout the state is underway. This effort began on January 30th with a stakeholder workshop at the AMC Highland Center. The Commissioner said the next step would be to “develop task groups to address specific areas of concern”.

Conway Selectmen will be discussing the Commissioners response at the next meeting on Tuesday March 28th at 4pm.

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North Conway, NH – In Mt Washington Valley, NH, the forecast of snow brings applause.  Snow is white gold here for the 13 ski resorts and XC Centers and all the lodging, dining, retail and attraction businesses that benefit from tourism.  With up to 200+-inches of snowfall reported at some of the resorts, this winter has attracted skiers, vacationers and outdoor adventure lovers to Mt Washington Valley in greater numbers from the snow-deprived winter last year.

In a recent survey conducted among members of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce (MWVCC), 74-percent of respondents reported that business was up over last winter. Additionally, both the February vacation weeks were up over last year, according to survey respondents; 78-percent of whom noted that the first February vacation week showed an increase in sales over last year, and 50-percent of whom noted that the second/New Hampshire vacation week showed sales up over last year.  More than 80-percent of respondents credited more snow this year with the reason for the increase in business.

The best news is that 35-percent of respondents reported that sales were up anywhere from 24-to-74 percent, with the majority of those within that group (21%) noting that sales were up by 10-to-24-percent.  In fact, only 5-percent of MWVCC survey respondents reported that business was down over last year and 15-percent reported that business was even with last year.  The rest of the survey respondents, nearly 80-percent of those who answered the survey, reported that business was up over last year.

Representatives from ski resorts and XC Centers weighed into the survey. John D. Lowell, President of Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain, summed up the ski season to date by saying, “The great early season snowfall regenerated momentum in the marketplace that has continued to grow throughout the season. All three major vacation periods were exceptional with our business levels at both resorts were up significantly over last year. More important is that our business levels were on par with our best vacation weeks of the past several years. We had some record breaking days at Attitash, and Wildcat Mountain saw the largest growth and benefitted greatly from the great vacation week weather.  Base depths are strong, conditions are wonderful and we expect to stretch the season well into late April if not into May.”

Becca Deschenes, Marketing Director for Cranmore Mountain Resort, shared comments about the first vacation week, saying, “For February Vacation Week, Cranmore was up 9.3-percent over last year for visits, and for President’s Weekend we were up 64-percent. We broke records for day visits, set a record for overall visits for the entire week, and for our KidsRule Adventure Camp learning program.  The Tubing Park was up 76-percent for President’s Weekend and 18-percent for the vacation week and the  Mountain Adventure Park was up 166-percent for the weekend and 56-percent for the entire week.”

Crispin Battles, Marketing Director for Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center shared, “Snow and weather conditions are always the key factor in revenues for our business. We had a slow start to the winter, and Christmas vacation was impacted substantially. The snow arrived (and kept coming!) and mid-winter conditions (and revenues) were above average. Overall it has been a good winter season for us.” Great Glen Trails reported their winter revenues are up more than 25-percent this winter.

From lodging to restaurant to retail owners and respondents, all reporting an increase in revenues for the winter season to date, the overwhelming reasoning for business increases was snow.

And the snow wasn’t just a boon for the skiers. Conrad Klefos, General Manager at the Royalty Inn, explained that “Last year we had nearly zero snowmobilers. This year we had many. Natural snow is a must for snowmobilers.”  Royalty Inn reported their sales increased by more than 25-percent this winter.

Interestingly, the second most often offered reason for increases in business for winter 2016/17 over last year was a better economy.  Throughout this year, Mt Washington Valley businesses have reported that the “better economy” and secondarily, “people spending more while on vacation” was the reason for increases in revenues and sales this year over last year. Genn Anzaldi, co-owner of the J-Town Deli in Jackson, NH, shared impressions about the winter and February vacation weeks, saying, “Snow was huge! We also had a great staff and worked our butts off! Folks were spending more, and seemed happier over all.” The J-Town Deli reports revenues up more than 10-percent for the winter season and up 15-percent for the February vacation week.

The best news of all is that winter season is not over.  With up to 207-inches of snowfall reported at Mt Washington Valley ski resorts and XC Centers, the ski and snowmobiling season is sure to continue. According to Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, “Winter sports like skiing and snowmobiling plus ice fishing, ice climbing and dog sledding will all add to the winter economy in Mt Washington Valley, and continue to draw visitors who will stay in Mt Washington Valley lodging, dine in the restaurants, shop at tax-free stores and play in the mountains well into April.” Looking forward, the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce plans a series of food, shopping, cultural and outdoor adventure events, starting with the 14th Annual Chili Cookoff and Feeling Good 5K on April 8th.

To plan a vacation to Mt Washington Valley during any season, visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org for complete vacation planning resources or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364). To learn more about vacation opportunities in New Hampshire go to www.VisitNH.gov.

 

Story Courtesy of Marti Mayne PR Manager, Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Cynthia’s Challenge For Faith A Success

by Christian Mower on March 22, 2017

East Madison, NH (March 20, 2017)  – Cynthia’s Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon that took place Friday, March 17 through Saturday, March 18 raised over $50,000 and is still accepting donations. Over 250 skiers and snowboarders from near and afar registered and participated in the 24-hour event.  Registration was $99 per person and included dinner, breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the event, a 24-hour lift ticket, a custom t-shirt and memories that will last a lifetime.

Atlas Fireworks and Bank of New Hampshire provided a spectacular fireworks show Friday night and key support was provided by Vertical Challenge and Bolt Depot with crews playing music and providing entertainment throughout the event.

In its fourth year, Cynthia’s Challenge has now raised over $180,000 to fulfill the needs of children including a service dog for Cynthia Verrill and handicap accessible vans for Sammy Gillard, Kevin Dall and now one to be purchased for Faith Holt, age 11, from Sanbornville, NH.

Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when Faith was six-years-old. Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap.

Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility. Faith is completely dependent on others to bring her to the places that she needs to go, school, doctors’ appointments, social events and her family was in need of a reliable, wheelchair accessible vehicle.

“It’s an incredible show of support by the local community, but also from all here at King Pine including ski patrol, lift operators and the many employees who volunteer their time to see the event through the night,” stated Bob Hoyt, co-owner and President of Purity Spring Resort. “We feel fortunate to be able to make this large contribution to Faith and for the Holt family to have a reliable, wheelchair accessible van.”

Tax deductible donations are still being accepted to help Cynthia’s Challenge reach the original $65,000 goal. Online donations are welcome at cynthiaschallenge.org and checks made out to Cynthia’s Challenge are also being accepted. For more information, please call King Pine or Purity Spring resort at (603) 367-8896 or email [email protected]

About Cynthia’s Challenge

Cynthia’s Challenge is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the State of New Hampshire. Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to support children and their families encountering the staggering expenses associated with the financial burden of specialty medical needs. Funds raised from the annual 24-hour Ski-A-Thon are used to provide financial and logistical support to families confronted with profound medical needs of disabled and/or handicapped children.

For Additional Information:

Thomas Prindle – Director of Marketing

[email protected]

Story courtesy of Thomas Prindle

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Blue Bird 44th Annual Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup

by Christian Mower on March 21, 2017

Bartlett, NH – Another Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup is in the books. On Friday the longest running pro-style dual giant slalom race in the nation took place for the 44th year on Attitash Mountain. All proceeds from the race benefited the Eastern Slopes Ski Club, a local organization that funds youth skiing in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Brad Harden won the A-division for the men beating Ian Macomber. Two time Olympian Leanne Smith took the W for the women beating out Hilary McCloy. Andrew Drummond won in the locals division.

Red Parka Pub Manager Jim Yarmantino said that the race couldn’t have gone better. Noting that it the weather was perfect and everything went off without a hitch. He also said that though they are still crunching the numbers they expect to have matched or exceeded the $10,000 raised last year for ESSC.

 

Results Courtesy of the Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup Facebook Page

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Bartlett Police Officer’s Home Destroyed By Falling Trees

by Christian Mower March 16, 2017 Front Page News

The home of Bartlett Police Officer Michael Chapman and family was destroyed by two large pine trees during the March 14th blizzard ~ Photo courtesy of the Chapman Family NH gofundme page   Bartlett, NH – A Bartlett Police Officer’s home was destroyed by two massive pine trees. The Conway Daily Sun reports that just […]

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Mount Washington Radio Group Announces Format Change to WBNC 95.3FM

by Chris March 15, 2017 Front Page News

Locally owned and operated radio group re-introducing forgotten format of “easy listening favorites” on WBNC 95.3fm. (North Conway, NH) March 15, 2017 – Mount Washington Radio & Gramophone L.L.C., a locally owned and operated radio group located in North Conway, New Hampshire, has announced a format change to one of its three stations. WBNC will […]

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