St Patty’s Skiing is going to be Epic….
Ok, I am Irish and I love to ski, so St Patty’s has always been a bit of a dilemma for me. The best St Patty’s parties are probably in Boston. But the best skiing is right around March 17 weekend coincidentally. March skiing means sunshine, long days, soft snow, and fun festivals. So imagine my Irish luck when I found this Epic ski deal – $99 for a three day lift ticket valid at both Attitash and Wildcat March 16-19.
North Conway is a great party town for St Patty’s, and this three -day ski pass at just $33 a day gets you plenty of skiing at Attitash and Wildcat before you start your après ski. The caveat, you must buy the Epic Pass at Attitash or Wildcat on Friday March 16 (not before or after), and your three day St. Patty’s party on skis goes through Sunday.
I like Wildcat for its six-minute base to summit quad that covers 2,112’ vertical, the high elevation snow, and of course the sensational scenery of Mount Washington. There will be live music upstairs at the Wildcat Pub both Saturday and Sunday afternoons of St Patty’s weekend. The drawback to Wildcat: no slopeside lodging, as it in the White Mountain National Forest.
Attitash on the other hand has on mountain lodging at the base of Bear Peak - the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, and two interconnected mountains of skiing. St Patty’s weekend at Attitash coincides with the Annual Red Parka Pub Challenge on Friday – this 39th race is the longest running pro-am dual slalom in the country, and quite a sight. Saturday, March 17 at Attitash is the Spread Eagle World Championship where prizes will be awarded for the biggest air (picture old school backscratchers, daffies and eagles) and the best throwback outfit, so that should be a hoot. There will be live après ski entertainment at both Attitash and Beak Peak base lodges on St Patty’s Day.
North Conway has plenty of lodging, and many outstanding après ski establishments to celebrate St Patrick’s too. The Red Parka Pub, sponsor of the previous mentioned ski race, is a skier’s institution, and of course the Shannon Door in Jackson will be sham-rocking on March 17.
So if you are perplexed about plans for St Patty’s, check out the Attitash Wildcat $99 three day pass, it could be an Epic weekend for skiing and St Patty’s celebrations in snow country.
Photos by Greg Burke
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.