Spring is a fantastic time to visit the White Mountains Hostel. There are many activities you can only do in Spring that should not be missed. Don’t miss the Local Mountain Garden Club who puts on a walking tour of Jackson NH with floral interpretations of art in on June 18, 2016. In North Conway Village just 5 minutes from the hostel there are Artisan Craft Fairs right in the middle of town all through Spring. There are many handmade treasures to be found from jewelry to furniture to amazing quilts and much more! Spring is a great time to go see a play or a show and we have a lovely local theater in North Conway just 5 minutes from the hostel. M&D Productions puts on a great show that’s perfect to go watch after a Spring day filled with adventures around the White Mountains.
Perhaps the most exciting part of Spring in The White Mountains is the alpine flowers blooming on top of our great mountains. Peak blooming occurs in May and June. You will see Lapland Rosebay, Labrador Tea and Diapensia just to name a few. These tiny, delicate yet hardy flowers are rugged and have to survive harsh winters and high speed winds all year round. There is an Alpine Garden on Mt Washington, so whether you want to hike up, drive up or take a train, you can see this beautiful sight. These flowers and gardens can be found all over the peaks of the White Mountains and Presidential Range.
For Ornithology (bird watching) fans, Spring is a fantastic time of year to go out. In June there is a Bicknell’s Thrush Tour up the Auto Road of Mt Washington. The Bicknell’s Thrush is a rare bird that breeds and nests around 3000 ft. It would be a spectacular rare bird to add to your ‘life list’.
Spring skiing is some of our hostel guests favorite time of year to ski! You’re out on the slopes for those last runs till next year and you could be wearing a t-shirt! Tuckerman’s Ravine is a very popular back country spring ski spot, though with snow melting this time of year check out the Mount Washington Avalanche Center website for current conditions and advisories. We also have many ski areas to choose from near the White Mountains Hostel for downhill Spring skiing. Attitash Ski Resort offers many trails and is only a 20 minute drive from the hostel. King Pine Ski Resort is a smaller very family friendly place to ski and only a 15 minute drive from the Hostel. Along with downhill skiing they have a great network of cross country ski trails on their property. Located only 10 minutes from the Hostel and right in the middle of North Conway Village is Cranmore Mountain Resort. You can hit the slopes all day at Cranmore and be walking distance to the village that offers hip coffee shops like The Met and Frontside and many great local restaurants such as Horsefeathers if you feel like tasty pub food and a sports bar, or Bangkok Cafe if you want some phenomenal Thai food, or Flatbread if you’re feeling like delicious brick oven baked pizza, fun seaweed salad and a mouthwatering brownie sundae for dessert! If you’re wanting to be up in the mountains away from town head up to Pinkham Notch to Wildcat Mountain. They have great Spring downhill skiing and you will see amazing views from the chair lift and mountain while still only being a 45 minute drive from the White Mountains Hostel.