Slopeside with Kathleen Baglio Humphreys: New Hampshire ski resorts plan Easter sunrise services


By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS | March 24. 2016 9:16PM

Plymouth's Nora Healey stands on top of the podium after winning the Rev Tour snowboarding event at Seven Springs, Pa., and was the overall tour winner. 








 
Snow fell on the first day of spring, prompting Cannon Mountain, Pats Peak and Sunday River to freshen up slope conditions with their snow guns.

This weekend will be packed with special events, such as skiing legend Bode Miller’s appearance at Cannon Mountain, a beach party at Bretton Woods on Saturday and Easter sunrise services on Sunday.

Mount Sunapee’s Easter sunrise service will be at 6:39 a.m. Worshipers can ride the Sunapee Express to the summit from 6:10 to 6:25 a.m. Afterward, guests can ski or take the chairlift down.

Waterville Valley will hold its traditional sunrise service at the top of the mountain, and the resort will host an Easter egg hunt.

Cranmore Mountain Resort, Loon Mountain and King Pine also plan Easter Sunday services.

Mount Sunapee’s annual Chip Gilroy T-Shirt race on Saturday promises a party atmosphere as rows of tents for tailgating will dot the base of the mountain. The race will raise money for research and treatment of childhood cancer at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. More than 600 young athletes will get in the gate. It’s one of the largest alpine events in New Hampshire, and an end-of-the-race-season tradition for many racing clubs.

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Congratulations to Plymouth’s Nora Healey, who was the overall winner of the Rev Tour and is on her way to Italy to defend her Junior World title.

“Nora Healey has been having a year for the books here at the Waterville Valley Academy,” said WVBBTS coach Tim McLaughlin. “She has had two World Cup starts, and has won two of the past three Revolution Tour stops. She has earned herself the title of Female Overall Revolution Tour Champion. This is a great accomplishment. She has now been invited to compete and try to win her second Junior World Title in Italy.”

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Congratulations to all the athletes who competed in skiing and snowboarding events this season — from the youngest athlete who got in the gate for the first time to the athletes who advanced to high-level championships.

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The four-day U.S. Paralympic Alpine National Championships wrapped up at Loon Mountain this week as top racers from all over the United States participated.

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As New Hampshire resorts look to shut down over the next few weeks, skiers and riders can search out snow in Vermont or Maine. Stowe plans to stay open until April 24, while Sunday River is shooting for May skiing.

As the snow melts in the mountains, continue to think snow this summer. Winter will be here again before you know it. Take time to enjoy the summer adventures at the resorts, such as ziplines, mountain biking, hiking or canopy tours.

Slopeside runs every week during the ski season. Kathleen Baglio Humphreys can be reached at kmbh@tds.net.
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