Crotched Mountain opens next weekend, primed for big season

  • Crotched Mountain Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Snowmaking at Crotched Mountain. Courtesy photo—

  • Snowmaking at Crotched Mountain. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 29, 2018 9:20AM

November snows set up Crotched Mountain with a beautiful early-season base, and if the weather holds, the Bennington ski area could be in for a banner year.

“To have this base built could really help us hold over and be open a little bit longer than normal,” said mountain marketing maven Megan Myhaver, “but only time will tell.”

While most of the northern New Hampshire mountains have been open for a week or two, Crotched — which has been blowing snow steadily on colder days — held off to allow the base to take hold and potentially extend the season even further on the back end.

“We’d rather have a really good base and provide a quality product rather than just opening and rushing early to get people in,” Myhaver said.

Still, the mountain plans to open on Dec. 8 with three more trails than usual ready to go. With Dublin’s Old Farmer’s Almanac predicting above-average snowfall this winter, next weekend could be the start of a season to remember.

The season unofficially kicks off Friday evening with the annual rail jam, held this year on the bunny slope from 5 to 9 p.m.

Throughout the year, Crotched will hold the usual events: a block party on Jan. 19, an extended season of Midnight Madness (ten weeks of skiing until 3 a.m. on weekend nights), and the adult and youth race leagues. And, Myhaver said, there’s a surprise planned for one of the parks at some point, though the exact details are a secret at this point.

“It’s going to be big,” she said.

For more information, consult the snow report at crotchedmtn.com/snow-report.