When I learned Outside Television blogger and adventurer extraordinaire Majka Burhardt would be spending her holidays up the road in North Conway, New Hampshire, I arranged to meet her for drinks and dinner. I figured I might as well make the most of my time in the White Mountains by spending the day riding my new board.
I knew I’d be riding at Sunday River two days prior and the thought of snowboarding two mountains in two different states in the same week was positively exciting, so I sent out a tweet asking for some feedback regarding Attitash. I expected to get some feedback from my friends; I didn’t expect to hear from Attitash.
Clearly Attitash gets social media. I was impressed and immediately followed them on Twitter (@0utsideTV and @brentdanley). The next day they mentioned @WhiteMtnsTV16, North Conway’s Outside Television affiliate. I sent a direct message (DM) on Twitter to the station and asked if they had an extra lift ticket to Attitash. They replied in the affirmative and things were set. Booya!
After a SPAM and eggs breakfast at the Palace Diner in Biddeford I made the short drive to North Conway. The White Mountains TV 16 offices and studio are very nice, as is the team that runs the station. They showed me around and answered my litany of questions. Then, I was off to the mountain.
The weather forecast for the day was in the mid-30°F range and no wind. Perfect. I parked in a distant parking lot, which wasn’t a problem because a free shuttle is always available to whisk visitors from the parking lots to the resort, and back. They have people standing around to help EVERYWHERE, which is very nice. A kind gentleman near the ticket window recommended I take the lift to the middle of the mountain a few times before heading to the summit. I ignored his advice, but was appreciative of it nonetheless.
I like long blues, so took the Summit Triple lift up and came down the Saco > Chicken’s Option > Ammonoosuc > Lower Cathedral run. It was a blast! The trails are nice and easy with lots of changes in slope. This run has lots of nice long turns and includes enough variety to challenge a rider of my (limited) experience without being overly difficult. I fell a few times on the three or four trips down this run, but never severe enough to cause injury or much pain. As much as I liked the trails to the east of the mountain, I wondered what the other trails were like, so I rode the same lift to the summit, but went west. I was not disappointed.
The Northwest Passage > Far Out trail on the west side of Attitash is wicked fun, too. The snow was powdery and the long green at the end was perfect terrain for me to practice my skills and get some speed in soft powder. I rode it until I was hungry and exhausted and done for the day.
As amazing as it was snowboarding at Attitash in spring-like conditions, the highlight of my trip was definitely spending time with Majka and her “partner,” Peter. Both are good-looking, kind, passionate, professional, intelligent and awesome. We talked about Boulder, Colorado (where she lives and I graduated high school), relationships, ice climbing, Ethiopia, coffee, and things I can do to improve the blogging experience with Outside Television. We drank beer and ate pizza. It was blissful, and way too short.
Update: Monday, January 10, 2011 – Stickers
Stickers! I forgot to pick up stickers when I was at Attitash. I used Twitter to request they mail me some and, voilà! Stickers arrived today. Booya!