Friday, April 24, 2015

Last Day At The Woods 2015

Bretton Woods encouraged everyone to use the hashtag #dayatthewoods to tag our adventures this year at the resort. We tagged probably 50 days at Bretton Woods this season.

Our final trip to the resort this year  was one of indulgences. The last day of the season set for Patriot's Day Monday, we planned to play hooky from school and work, and spend Sunday night at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel.

Although the kids relished their time in the Hotel's pool more than anything, my delight was the sunny skies over the softest snow of the season on Sunday. We had traded neck gaitors for sunscreen and powder skiing for sliding on slushy mashed potatoes. The endless winter had left the trails still abundant with snow, and I was reminded of the irony of closing the mountain with so much snow still on the ground, recalling the first day of the season when we were willing to ski on one thin strip of snow in November and grab a ride on the Polaris Rangers to the still-brown base of the Zephyr Quad.

The elevation on Rosebrook made for snow that wasn't quite so slushy, and we covered every run up there from McIntire's Ride to Zealand. 

Presidential views on a perfect bluebird spring day.

Timmy took a moment to show the older guys how its done on Bode's Run.

The staff at the the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, knows how to make the kids feel welcome They were greeted warmly by the front desk staff, and each one received a Omni Kids backpack, packed with games, coloring books, crayons and a fun straw. Bridget wore hers everywhere we went at the resort. After dinner, the kids found milk and cookies waiting for them in them in our room.

The stark contrast of snowcapped mountains above the brown valley makes the expansive vistas all the more impressive. The kids ran down the back walkway for warm dip in the outdoor heated pool.

Mother Nature seemed to be as reluctant to let go of winter as I was on the last ski day of the season.  But whether I like it or not, the seasons change and the kids grow. From the excitement of the Boston Ski Show, to making new friends at the Bretton Woods Club, to soaring through the forest on the Canopy Tour, to more powder days than I can recall, it has been a wonderful adventure. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Beach Party Day At The Woods

The calendar says spring, the conditions say mid-winter. Sure, Bretton Woods Beach Party may have not offered the mashed-potatoes snow and sunny skies we think of when dreaming of spring skiing, but that didn't stop the guests and staff at the mountain from getting into the spirit with leis and #dayatthewoods neon sunglasses for everyone. Who can resist skiing in costumes and cheering on those crazy folks who dare to make it over the slush pool using gear that's made for sliding on snow?

A few of our favorite moments from last weekend:

Bridget skied like a butterfly all day to celebrate the coming of spring.

Timmy wore his Dinosaur head and lei proudly as we cruised the mountain.

I took advantage of the Sport Thoma Demo Day happening at the resort. In the firm conditions, I especially loved the Blizzard Viva and Head Super Joy.
Timmy and Bridget joined just about everyone on the mountain in cheering on the slush pool competitors. (Bretton Woods photo)

While the kids were treated to an animal show at the Kids' Apres Ski Party upstairs in the base lodge, Outdoor Dad and I just might have enjoyed an adult beverage while Jah Spirit brought sunny beach vibes to northern New Hampshire.

Sunday brought those sunny skies and warm temperatures that we've been dreaming of.

As we frolicked in the soft bumps of Peboamauk Falls, Bridget found one of the Groomer Grab prizes hidden on the mountain for Beach Party. We're headed to the Mount Pleasant Golf Course this summer!