More visitors, and warm temps

This weekend we had a bunch of people (12!) from Michele’s work over for a ski weekend.

On Saturday we split up, a bunch of us went to Cannon, and the rest went cross country skiing at Ski Hearth Farm in Franconia.  We really need to check that place out sometime!  Temps were in the lower 30’s.  Most of the conditions were man made, we are definitely due for a good dumping of the white stuff!

Dave, Eli, and Aaron both did the hike up the mittersill hill, which was a lot of fun.  It wasn’t as hard as we thought it was going to be!  In the afternoon conditions got very icey, so we headed home around 2:30pm.

For dinner we had chili, and just hung out, played various games, etc.

On Sunday everyone headed home and we went back to Cannon.  The kids had a blast on the terrain park and skiing the big ‘whales’ from the man made snow.  Temps were even warmer, in the middle to upper 30’s.

Overall another great weekend at the Lodge!

Ski fun continues

So far January has been an interesting month, filled with multiple feet of snow, a quick couple days of torrential downpours and thawing, then more snow.  I think it can only be described as wild weather!

The first weekend treated us with -20 degree temps, without the windchill.  On Saturday, the weather was so cold we decided to skip skiing.  We spent the day playing games, sledding, shoveling the deck, etc.  On Sunday we went to waterville and had a great time!

The next weekend we had some friends over, the Smith’s and Reimers.  It was our first time hosting 8 people.  The drive up on Friday was pretty rough.  The weather was in the 50’s and the roads were complete mud pits.  They were barely passable.  On Saturday we skiied Bretton Woods.  Due to the ice, the main lift (Bethlehem) was shut down the whole day.  This made the crowds pretty overwhelming at the base.  Overall the snow conditions were pretty good considering it had just rained for 2 days.  Tommy was in a lesson all day.  On Sunday we did Bretton Woods again and it was pretty busy, but at least all lifts were functional.  On Monday we did Bretton Woods yet again, this time it was pretty dead.  The T-Bar was open, though only to a single glade.

Dave had to head back for a work trip on Tuesday, but Michele and the boys stayed behind and did Cannon on Tuesday.  Apparently that was very successful and everyone had fun in the terrain park.  Even Tommy was getting some air.

A cold, cold Christmas vacation

We spent the week between Christmas and New Years up at the Lodge, and boy was it a cold one!  Temperatures ranged from -25 at night, to a high of -5 during the day.  Without wind chills.  And it was windy.

Christmas was on a Monday this year.  We spent the morning after cleaning up the house and packing for the week.  The big presents this year were, for Eli:  a sewing machine, xbox one, legos; for Aaron:  electric guitar, books, pokemon;  Tommy:  legos.

On Wednesday we headed to Cannon.  It was so cold we headed home after lunch.  Dave and Eli explored Mittersill for the first time, and they will be sure to head back.  In the afternoon Dave took Aaron and Eli to the skating rink in downtown Franconia.  Eli is having  a blast learning to play hockey.  Aaron is still learning to skate and is getting pretty frustrated by it.

On Thursday we just stayed home, played outside and did some sledding.  In the afternoon Dave and Eli went back to the rink.  This time we discovered it has a little shed that you can get changed and warm up in.  Also, the rink has lights so you can play anytime at night.  I love this rink, we’re so glad we found it.

On Friday, just Dave and Eli went to Cannon, and the rest of the fam stayed back at the Lodge.  We did a few runs and headed back around lunch time.  At night we went into Littleton for dinner and a Chutters candy run.

On the Saturday the whole fam went to Cannon and we made it a good way through the day.  The Tossup terrain park is open and in full effect.  This park is nuts with some epic jumps.  The kids love it.

On Sunday we headed to Bretton Woods.  I’m pretty sure it was even colder there then at Cannon, with some strong winds that didn’t help things.   We ran into our neighbors and had fun skiing a couple runs with them.

On Monday we skipped skiing, again.  We spent most of the morning cleaning and packing up.  Dave and Aaron went on a hike in the woods, and discovered a sugar shack nearby.

Overall we had a real fun week, even though we skipped a bunch of great snow days at the mountain, we made the best of it.  We had hot cocoa, went sledding, went for hikes in the woods, decorated the lodge, played board games, had movie nights, and relaxed.

 

First Ski Weekend!

This weekend we had the Holman’s up.  We rented a house with them all last season and really had a great time.  This year they are renting a place up at Stowe so, unfortunately, we aren’t going to be seeing them as much.

Luckily, Bretton Wood’s opened up the season early, so we were able to go skiing this weekend!  Only 3 trails were open, the bunny slope, Ben, and Range View.  The place was pretty empty, no lift lines.  Also, the average experience level was very high for this mountain.  Most of the people were on ski teams, getting some early season practice in.

At first Tommy (now 4) forgot how to ski, but quickly picked it up about half way through his first run.  Hard to believe this kid was doing black diamonds at Cannon at 3 years old!  The other 2 boys were kicking butt.  They’ve really turned into amazing skiers.  They can fly down any trail at Bretton Woods with ease and good form.

On Sunday the weather took a turn for the worse and was pouring rain.  The older kids went to do some indoor rock climbing.

I get to spend the rest of Sunday and most of Monday at the lodge by myself.  It was great to accomplish some home improvement projects.  I did some painting, organizing/storing the summer gear, and put up the Christmas Tree.

 

 

Winter is here!

The North Country is now in full on winter mode!  The daytime temps are in the 20’s-30’s and the peaks are all covered in snow!

This past weekend we had some light flurries on Saturday.  The boys got to pick out their own shovels at Lowe’s and had a blast playing in the dusting.  We can’t wait to create our sledding run in the front yard.

Unfortunately there’s a chance I won’t be able to put in the hockey rink if the ground is alreadyfrozen solid.  I’m going to attempt it anyways this weekend.   Note to self to install this in October next year!

In other news I purchased a Thule Roof Box at Rack Attack in Natick.  Great store.  These boxes are expensive but will allow us to transport all of our ski gear to and from the lodge each week, and protect them from the elements.

This upcoming weekend we are going skiing at Bretton Woods w/ the Holman’s.  Everyone is excited for our first weekend at the slopes of the season!

Fall Storm, disconnected from the Lodge

So we had a huge storm (wind + rain) at home and up at the Lodge this week.  The kids had no school on Monday and Tuesday.  The entire town of Sugar Hill has no power.  Apparently our street is impassable with downed trees and power lines.

It’s strange being disconnected from the lodge and not knowing if everything is OK there.  It’s become clear how important it is to have a connection to the neighbors and a caretaker being so far away from the house.

It’s now day 2 and still no power, looks like the electric company has 30% of customers without power, so it may be several days.

We’re planning on heading up this Friday, so hopefully things are cleaned up by then!

 

A great October at the Lodge

Well, I haven’t been doing as good of a job of keeping the blog up to date over the past few weeks.

We’ve been up at the Lodge each weekend in October though.

On the first weekend, we had an extra day off for Columbus day.  On Sat+Sun we had our friend Jenn and her two kids up.  In the morning we hiked Mt. Willard.  It was a peak foliage weekend and the trail was packed!

On the second weekend, we had my parents up.  On Saturday night Michele and I took advantage of the babysitters and had a date time.  We went to the Woodstock Brewery, which was a lot of fun (and really hopping!)  Also, we got some good projects accomplished, including repairing our broken sofa bed (thanks Dad!) and getting that upstairs.

On the third weekend, Michele’s brother, David, came up to visit.  Most of the crew hiked Mt. Osceola.

Cannon will be opening in one month and we are very excited to get the ski season started!

Dave and Eli hike Liberty

This weekend we had no visitors at the Lodge.  On Saturday, Eli and Dave hiked Mt. Liberty (4459′).  The hike had 3000′ of elevation gain.  Overall it took us about 7 hours to complete.  The top was chilly and there were even some snowflakes!  Eli did great on the hike, but was getting very tired in the last hour or so.  I think I tuckered him out!

 

On Sunday we spent the morning cleaning up the Lodge.  Also, we went to the Sugar Hill Autumn Festival, which was a small little craft fair in town.

Good shot of our view at the Lodge in Autumn!

 

 

Ingalls Family Visit

This weekend we had a few visitors.  Michele’s brother, David, visited us from South Boston.  Also, Michele’s dad and step mother visited us from Florida.

We had several contractors scheduled at the house on Friday, so worked remotely.  We had a chimney sweeping, couch delivery, and a quote for a new boiler.

On Saturday, we started the day with a quick hike up Artists Bluff.

After Artists Bluff, we hung out at the Echo Lake beach.

In the afternoon, Steve and Mary arrived.  We just hung out at the Lodge the rest of the night.

On Sunday, we headed over to Loon Mountain to check out the gondola ride.  At the top, the kids got to explore some caves.  After Loon we had lunch at our favorite spot in Lincoln, Enzo’s, then got some candy at Chutters!

 

 

Aaron hikes Cannon

We took a week off from the Lodge to do some stuff around the house, go to some kid bday parties, etc.

This weekend we headed up on Friday night, as usual.

Saturday AM, Michele and Aaron headed out to climb Cannon together.  This was Aaron’s biggest hike yet.  The Hi-Cannon trail is about 5 miles round trip with over 2500 feet of elevation gain.

While they were out hiking, I took the other boys out for the morning.  I had the great idea of hanging out at Loon to check out the gondola and the various other summer activities.  Well, it turned out that was a mistake, because it was the Highland Games at Loon this weekend.  This is a huge Scottish festival and the place was mobbed.

After waiting in line for over a half hour, we decided to turn around.  We had lunch at Enzo’s, ran some errands, checked out Boise rock and then headed back for nap time.

During nap I started chopping some wood, and built a wood holder.

Michele and Aaron got back to the Lodge just in time to head over to our neighbors house.  We got to meet a couple neighbors, which was great!

On Sunday we went to the Woodstock Cascades, which is an awesome watering hole.  We swam there and had lunch.  Then we headed back home and enjoyed the rest of the weekend back home!

Here’s some pics from the weekend!