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Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at

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Posted: March 18, 2016

Skim or ski: New Hampshire ski areas offering soft snow and more this spring

Written by: Carey Kish

New England skiers, we love spring skiing. The soft snow, warm temperatures and the big parties in late March and early April make the trip to your favorite ski area oh so worthwhile. And next door in New Hampshire, there’s lots going on for sure.

So whether you want to pull out that neon one-piece snowsuit from 1988, dust off your favorite Hawaiian shirt, or test your pond-skimming prowess, there’s a weekend event for you this spring. Of course, given the forecast of a northeaster for early next week, best to have your warm stuff with you as well. No predicting this ski season’s weather, that’s for sure.

Here’s what on tap for skiing and partying fun in the Granite State this weekend:

Cannon Mountain: There’s an 80’s Day and Old School Duel this Saturday, March 19. Show up to ski or ride in your best 80’s gear and get $10 off any full day ticket that day. Then on Saturday, March 26, Cannon will host BodeFest with Olympic medalist and four-time world skiing champion Bode Miller, with racing, a silent auction, prizes and a chance for kids 18 and younger to ski with Bode.

King Pine: This Friday and Saturday March 18-19, King Pine is holding its Cynthia’s Challenge 24-hour Ski-a-Thon, a fundraiser to help ease the financial burden of children and their families dealing with the staggering expenses of specialty medical needs. Participate on your own yourself or with a team. Participants get dinner, breakfast, lunch, and a T-shirt.

Gunstock: This Sunday, March 20, Gunstock hosts its Spring Thing event. Gather your friends into a team to celebrate the first day of spring with cardboard box sliding contest or the snow sculpture contest. Prizes, live music, beverage specials and smores throughout the day.

Courtesy photo.

Pond skimming at King Pine. Courtesy photo.

In the coming weeks…

Bretton Woods: Will host its 29th Annual Beach Party on Saturday, March 26. Enjoy great spring skiing and riding plus live island-style music, a BBQ lunch, and plenty of après ski fun. For those daring enough, get in on the annual Slush Pool event. Ski or ride all day with $30 lift tickets.

Waterville Valley: For more Hawaiian fun, head to Waterville Valley on Saturday, April 2 to participate in the Last Run Luau Pond Skimming and Duck Race. Bid Aloha to the ski season with Waterville s 4th annual pond skimming challenge or sign up and buy a duck for the Charity Duck Race.

Loon Mountain: Also on April 2, Loon celebrates the return of spring by heading back to the 80’s. Break out your straight skis for a day of big hair and bold fashion choices. It wouldn’t be an 80’s Day throwback party without an outdoor DJ, outdoor bar, photo booth, costume contest and much more, all capped off with an après-ski performance from 80’s cover band Fast Times in the Paul Bunyan Room.

FMI: Ski New Hampshire.

Spring skiing at Cannon Mountain. Courtesy photo.

Spring skiing at Cannon Mountain. Courtesy photo.

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