NY Ski Magazine: New Hampshire’s Whites

I’m a variety freak — someone who loves to mix it up and visit as many ski areas as possible, sometimes in pretty out-of-the-way places.  Still I had only made it up to northern New Hampshire’s White Mountain’s two times over the past 12 years. It wasn’t due to a lack of desire, but more a question of geography.

view of NH White Mountains

If New Yorkers are going to cross the Hudson for anything, the obvious choice is to head to Vermont, particularly the Big 5 in the northern Green Mountains: Jay, Stowe, Smugglers Notch, Sugarbush, and Mad River Glen. They get the most snow in the East and have what many would call the best terrain.

But after a whirlwind visit last March in which I hit all four ski areas in the Whites, there’s no question that the region deserves a closer look from Empire State skiers. Each of the mountains has a distinctive personality — Cannon is, as Harv called it, the quintessential “Man vs. Mountain” ski area; Attitash is a surprisingly interesting all-arounder; Wildcat offers truly classic New England terrain with value-added views of Mount Washington; and Bretton Woods is great for families.

Add to that cute New England towns, covered bridges, welcoming locals, stunning scenery, and fine food, and you have a destination region that’s worth an additional hour of drive time. Please read:

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Wandering Skis: The White Mountains

Greg Petrics of Famous Internet Skiers

Greg Petrics of Famous Internet SkiersWe first noticed Greg Petrics and the famousinternetskiers in December of 2009.  A early winter storm had dumped rain on most of the east coast, but at the highest elevations on the Green Mountain spine, skiable snow had accumulated.

The photos and accounts posted by Petrics and FIS on their website captured my imagination.  Who were these guys, who were doing exactly what I wished I was doing, while I was at work?

It wasn’t long before everyone in the ski blogosphere knew of them, and knew they’d raised the bar.  Greg Petrics, a founding member of FIS, agreed to answer a few questions. Our interview follows.

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The Ski Season in Photos #11

Hiking Mittersill at Cannon MountainMadPat Hikes Mittersill • Cannon Mtn • February 27, 2012

All season it seemed that eastern skiers were waiting for the start of winter. When temps got cold in early February, the pattern failed to deliver any significant precipitation. Finally, late in the month, forecasters predicted a coincidence of cold air and moisture.

In some ways, the first day of the Northeast Ski Blogger Summit in the White Mountains was a microcosm of the season.  We skied at Cannon and we worked for everything we got. We battled the weather and for our efforts we found pockets of satisfaction and natural snow.

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