Just the Facts:
The trip sold for $395 and included:
Number of Participants: 45
The Ride up:
The weather was with us for our ride up but our trip leader really needs to remember to bring the knapsack with the DVDs. We were able to rent a few movies at a rest area – but they were, well, really bad.
We stayed at the Woodwards Resort in Lincoln NH, a motel style complex with multiple buildings and plenty of amenities. There is full dinning room, comfortable bar and large indoor pool with hot tub . The rooms are spread out in several distinct buildings. The dinning, reception lounge and bar are in the central building. Service was spectacular. The staff could not do enough for us. The service in the dinning room was pleasant, polite, efficient and very quick; The quality of the food was top notch and reasonably priced with a $27/day meal plan for breakfast and dinner. One could get breakfast ordered, served and finished all within 30 minutes.
A wine and cheese reception was held on Friday evening in the pool room. This was just too cool. Woodwards provided huge servings of food. I think folks enjoyed eating/swimming/drinking. It was a little warm in the pool room with our winter clothes on – maybe we have to advertise this as a tropical party in the future.
The Lincoln area had significant amounts of the snow on the roads and grounds when we arrived on Thursday. The rain on Friday night converted that snow to a slippery mess which froze solid on Saturday. Skiing is always an adventure.
We started with Loon on
Friday – unfortunately the conditions were not so good with plenty of
fog since it was quite warm. Loon had a pretty good base so we could
get plenty of runs in. Well at least the crowds were not too bad. On
Saturday we went to Waterville Valley. Again the crowds were not too
bad and the weather had gotten colder but clearer. Skiing was pretty
good in the afternoon, after the ice from the night's rain had time to
break down. On Sunday we skied Cannon. Many of us had never skied
Cannon and were quite pleased with the terrain and conditions.
Cannon had numerous runs that were challenging for even the expert
skiers - not something that we expected in tame New Hampshire.
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