Balsams Resort Expansion in Dixville Notch

The historic Balsams Resort hotel in Dixville Notch has been closed for renovations since 2010, but developer Les Otten has ambitious plans to redevelop the hotel and dramatically expand the adjacent Wilderness Ski Area. The plans are undergoing a lengthy approval process, but if approved and completed, the ski area would become the largest in the … [Read more…]

Wildfire Burns Near Kinsman Notch

A wildfire burned for several days on Dilly Cliffs of the Kinsman range in the White Mountains, near Woodstock, NH. The cause of the fire, which started on October 3, 2017, is not known, although there was much debate about whether a meteorite could have caused it, after a motorist reported seeing something like a … [Read more…]

Increased Fines for Trucks Stuck in Smugglers’ Notch

Route 108 is a narrow, winding road through Smugglers’ Notch between Stowe and Cambridge, Vermont. The tricky passage is not recommended for buses and RVs, and tractor-trailers are banned from the notch. Nonetheless, some trucks get stuck every year trying to get through, despite the warning signs, when they become wedged against boulders in the tight turns. … [Read more…]

ATV Use on Kelsey Notch Trail in Question

Kelsey Notch Trail was opened in 2013 as a pilot ATV trail in the Nash Stream State Forest. In 2016, The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Nature Conservancy challenged the legality of ATV use on the Kelsey Notch Trail, as well as the West Side Trail, … [Read more…]

Glen House Hotel to Be Rebuilt in Pinkham Notch

The Coos County Planning Board has approved Mount Washington Summit Road Company’s site plan for construction of a new Glen House Hotel in Pinkham Notch. The 68-room hotel will be the fifth Glen House on the property since 1852. The three-story hotel will be located next to the entrance to the Mount Washington Auto Road … [Read more…]

AMC Withdraws Proposal for New Hut in Crawford Notch

After more than a year of study and public comments, the Appalachian Mountain Club has withdrawn a proposal to build a new backcountry hut in Crawford Notch. The proposed hut, to have been called ‘‘Sparkling Cascade,’’ would have been the AMC’s ninth hut, splitting the distance between Zealand Falls and Mizpah Spring Huts, and accommodating up to 50 … [Read more…]

Midnight Voting in Dixville Notch

The residents of Dixville Notch, NH continued the tradition of voting at midnight, along with the small New Hampshire communities of Millsfield (just south of Dixville Notch) and Hart’s Location (in Crawford Notch) during the 2016 presidential primary and on Election Day. New Hampshire law permits small towns to open the polls at midnight and close them as soon … [Read more…]

Notches are Home to Nesting Peregrine Falcons

As peregrine falcons return to nest, some rock climbing routes are closed to protect the birds. These include sites in Hazen’s Notch and Bolton Notch in Vermont, and Wilmington Notch in New York. Cliff tops and overlooks closed to protect nesting peregrines (Newport Dispatch News, May 12, 2016) Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Adirondack Explorer, … [Read more…]

Tuckerman Inferno: Race to Benefit Friends of Tuckerman Ravine

The Tuckerman Inferno is an annual fundraiser for the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. The race includes running, kayaking, biking (from Glen Ellis Campground to Pinkham Notch), hiking and skiing covering approximately 36 miles starting from the Mount Washington Valley to finish in Tuckerman Ravine. Andrew Drummond and Jessica Marion were the winners of this year’s race … [Read more…]

First Winter Thru-Hike of Cohos Trail

Four men from New Hampshire have become the first to thru-hike the entire Cohos Trail in winter, approximately 170 miles. Three brothers—Collin, Ian, and Ryan Hart—and their friend Matt Miller started on February 2, 2016 at the southern end of the trail in Crawford Notch, and arrived at the Canadian border in Pittsburg, NH on February … [Read more…]