Mount Washington Valley — Other activities
The SnowCoach tour up Mt. Washington takes approximately 1 ¼ hours and departs daily, weather permitting, on a first come, first served basis. The price for adults is $45, $30 for kids ages 5-12. A Total Trails Ticket ($69) includes a SnowCoach tour as well as an all day trail and tubing pass, as well as snowshoe and/or ski rentals. For more information call the Mt. Washington Auto Road or Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-3988 or online at www.greatglentrails.com.
At the Weather Discovery Center (603-356-2137) experience what it felt like to be atop Mt. Washington in high winds or practice being a weather reporter and see yourself on TV.
North Conway has one of the top independent bookstores in the country, White Birch Bookstore (603-356-3200) right at 2568 Main Street. Stop by to purchase a novel to read on a snowy day or pick up information about the local sights and lore.
The Cranmore Sports Center (603-356-6301), at Cranmore base, is a huge all-season facility, with indoor and outdoor tennis courts, pool, aerobics classes, steamroom and sauna. It is also home to a huge (30 by 40 feet) indoor climbing wall. Classes are available through International Mountain Climbing School (603-356-6316). The owner, Rick Wilcox, has climbed Mt. Everest. Eastern Mountain Sports (603-356-5433) is in the Eastern Slope Inn. Both schools offer a range of winter climbing and hiking programs, including ice-climbing instruction, ascents of Mt. Washington and traverses of the Presidential Range. The Appalachian Mountain Club (603-466-2721) has an active schedule of courses and workshops on ski touring, snowshoeing, avalanches and more.
Take a sleigh ride in the Valley. Try Nestlenook’s horse-drawn sleigh (603-383-0845) or The Stables at the Farm off West Side Road (603-356-6640). Sleigh rides can be combined with dinner at the Darby Field Inn (800-426-4147 or 603-383-2181), in Conway. Cranmore, Black Mountain, King Pine and Shawnee Peak have active tubing hills. Tthe Ham Arena (603-447-5886), in Conway, has indoor ice skating. Two-hour skating lessons start at $4 for children and $5 for adults. Call ahead for public skating hours. You can ice skate in Jackson, North Conway and at King Pine’s covered ice arena (free with a lift ticket).
For bargain hunters, Mt. Washington Valley may have the best shopping of any ski resort in the nation, with more than 100 factory outlets and no sales tax. The area also has many unusual boutiques with creative gift items. For a chance to meet local authors, stop by White Birch Books.
The Chamber of Commerce in North Conway has Visitor Guides; as well as a map and guide to shopping.