WATERVILLE VALLEY — The latest in a series of expanding off-mountain activities at Waterville Valley Resort is the addition of fat bikes available to rent from the Nordic Center. Fat bikes are mountain bikes with oversized tires designed to float in soft and challenging terrain, including snow. Developed in Alaska in the early 1980's, fat bikes have grown in popularity in recent years but are still rare to find at ski resorts in the White Mountains.
"One of Waterville Valley Resort's most unique features is the wide variety of activities available to guests off the slopes," says Nordic Center Director Leah Wilson. "Whether you're an alpine skier or not, the valley a great place to stay and play. Fat biking is another excellent option in addition to the cross country skiing and snowshoing available at the Nordic Center." There is 15km of "many use" trails within the Nordic system where the fat bikes will be available to ride. These are part of Waterville Valley Resort's mountain bike trail system in the summer.
The Nordic Center is stocking a small fleet of fat bikes that are now available to the general public seven days a week as conditions allow. For more information, call the Nordic Center at 603-236-4666.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:57
CONCORD — New Hampshire's 2015 moose hunt lottery is now open. Enter today to try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime -- hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State. Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.
To enter the N.H. moose hunt lottery, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm, where you can enter online or print out a mail-in application, or buy one in person from any Fish and Game license agent or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. Moose hunt lottery applications for 2015 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Eastern Time on May 29, 2015, or delivered to the Licensing office at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4:00 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 19, at the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord.
Each applicant can enter the moose hunt lottery once a year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year. For example, last year the overall odds of a resident applicant being drawn were 1 in 59, while resident applicants with a total of 11 points had a 1 in 28 chance of being drawn. For nonresidents, the odds increased from 1 in 221 overall to 1 in 106 for applicants with 11 points.
Last year (2014), more than 10,000 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 124 permits. More than 1,400 people continued to accrue bonus points because they submitted an application for a point only. Hunters from eight different states won permits in the lottery.
While people travel from all over the country to take part in the New Hampshire moose hunt, the majority of permits (about 85%) go to New Hampshire residents. The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year's sales of nonresident hunting licenses.
The exact number of moose hunt permits that will be offered for this fall's hunt has not yet been determined. Because of the continued decline in moose numbers in some areas, permit reductions are possible in parts of the state, according to Wildlife Programs Supervisor Kent Gustafson. If needed, permit allocation proposals for 2015 will be developed through the state's formal rulemaking process.
While permit numbers may be reduced in 2015, your chance of being drawn and offered a permit in the lottery will be improved if you rank all wildlife management units on your application, Gustafson noted. You will have the option to decline a permit if drawn for a unit you prefer not to hunt.
New Hampshire's nine-day moose hunt starts the third Saturday in October. This year's hunt runs from October 17-25, 2015.
New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988, when 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The state's current moose population is estimated at about 4,000 animals. The availability of moose hunting permits, with some issued for every area of the state, is made possible by careful management of moose populations. The resulting annual harvest of moose helps to regulate moose numbers, provides valuable information on the physical condition of moose and provides a unique recreational opportunity. Learn more about moose hunting in New Hampshire at http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:54
LACONIA — The Laconia Kiwanis Club is offering chances for a 55 inch LG Smart TV in its March Madness. Raffle tickets, selling at $10 apiece, are available at Greenlaw's Music, where the state-of-the-art TV is being displayed, as well as from club members and at the Belknap Mill.
The winner's name will be drawn on March 16 at City Hall by Mayor Engler, just in time for the start of March Madness.
All proceeds from this raffle and all Kiwanis fundraisers go back into the community for the benefit of our children. Come check us out. www.laconiakiwanis.org.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:41
GILFORD — Gilford Rotary will bring the Caribbean to the Lakes Region with a special “Parrotthead” event at the Gilford Youth Center, on Saturday March 28. The cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the dance with the “Island Castaways” from 7:30-11 p.m.
The event is presented by the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook and Binnie Media will feature a Caribbean style Buffet and desserts, special island drinks, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and dancing to the tropical tunes of the “Island Castaways” band.
The Island Castaways Band plays a tropical rock genre of music originally made famous by Jimmy Buffett and more recently by Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown. The band is popular with people who live the Margaritaville lifestyle no matter what the climate may bring. The band enjoys bringing a Key West attitude to their originals as well as classic rock, country and beach tunes. See www.islandcastawaysband.com to preview
This event is presented by the Gilford Rotary with all proceeds to benefit the Gilford Youth Center and other local charities. Admission for this adults only event is $60 and includes a tasty Caribbean style buffet, deserts, door prizes, and dancing with New England Parrotthead favorites the Jimmy Buffet tribute band the “Island Castaways” direct from Cape Cod.
Attendees are encouraged to wear beachwear. Margaritas will be the specialty drink of the evening for the Parrotheads. The cash bar will also offer beer and wine.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 10:12
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