White Mountain Summit: NASJA Greets Mt. Washington
North Conway, New Hampshire, March 4, 2019
Members of NASJA (North American Snowsports Journalists Association) had the White Mountain Summit in New Hampshire in early March attracting 21 participants. Trip coordinator Roger Lohr commented, “It was a different type of NASJA meeting but it was exactly like my family ski trips where we enjoy different activities throughout weekend.”
Activities ranged from a ride up the Mt. Washington Auto Road via a “SnowCoach” to a great days of skiing at Great Glen and Bretton Woods. NASJA organized different options to offer its writers a variety of potential stories. On the opening night, the group attended a reception at the newly opened New England Ski Museum’s Eastern Slope Branch showcasing memorabilia ranging from antique skis to vintage ski pins. On Friday March 1, attendees visited The Glen House, a new hotel at the base of Mt. Washington. During a delicious lunch, the group listened to presentations about new cross country ski technology and details on the new hotel’s sustainability practices. Then it was time to hit the trails at the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center cross country skiing with Olympian Sue Wemyss giving tips on how to be a better Nordic skier. Some participants tried snowshoeing and fat-biking.
On Saturday, The Hannes Schneider Meister Cup race was hosted by the New England Ski Museum and Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway. An opening ceremony included Bavarian music as local legends spoke briefly about the importance of the annual event, now in its 23rd year. Cranmore’s spokesperson Becca Deschenes referred to the Hannes Schneider event as “her favorite weekend of the winter!”
Many NASJA members raced in the main event and while not being a very competitive thing for NASJA participants, the incredible camaraderie between racers was very apparent. Roger Lohr won the 2019 Hannes Schneider Meister Cup 1st Place Snowboard. NASJA president Iseult Devlin had the fastest time among the members and BEWI Sports president Bernie Weichsel posted the most improved time between the two runs.
On Sunday March 3, NASJA member and author Jeremy Davis talked about his latest book, The Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires. The morning stroll through ski history provided a great foundation for the final destination of the NASJA meeting on a short trip through the scenic Crawford Notch to Bretton Woods Resort. Once there, they got the lowdown on the construction projects already underway including the first 8-person gondola in N.H. and a new mountain top restaurant. The ski conditions were simply superb and enjoyed by all.