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  1. The runaway best choice for breakfast is the Sunrise Shack in Glen. The Moat is my standby if I am going to grab a bite by myself at the bar. Decent food, good beer, and even better prices. Tuckerman's Tavern has reliably good food and an excellent beer selection. For pizza go to Flatbread. The best nightlife is at the Red Parka. I'll go here if I'm getting food and want the live music that starts around 9pm. Delaney's has the most reliable menu and good food. It's the best sport bar in town, though Almost There has pretty good sports bar vibe and good dinner special prices. Sandwiches to go either Island Chef or Big Dave's Deli. Night by night... Sunday: May Kelly's for solid Irish pub food plus live Irish music on Sunday nights. Monday: White Mountain Cider Company is generally too classy for me, but they have a Monday night craft burger special. Tuesday: I'll make the drive over to 302 Smokehouse in Fryeburg for trivia. Wednesday: The Wildcat Inn and Tavern has a dinner for two special on Wednesday, but the food is hit or miss. Thursday: Stonehurst Manor has a 2 entrees for $35 special which is worthwhile. Friday: Live music at McGrath's Saturday: wherever my drunk self lands
  2. FYI, the ski area guides are going under the Articles section. http://www.northeastmountainsports.com/articles.html/ski-area-guides/
  3. If anyone wants Contributor access to bring over content from EpicSki, please contact me ASAP. I can make arrangements but time is short. I've already brought over a few of their Unofficial Guides, but haven't figured out how to handle the images yet.
  4. Good idea! Thanks for starting this thread. I'm glad to have you join us. We're just starting to learn the platform and build out content so I hope you can help!
  5. It is the end of an era at EpicSki. The ski forum owned by Vail Resorts' Mountain News Corporate has decided to close EpicSki after 18 years in business. http://www.epicski.com/t/150694/rip-epicski-1999-2017 I'm personally going to miss the vast archive of information relating to ski tuning and skiing technique. What is everyone else's reaction? Opportunity knocks for a new home here?
  6. @xwhaler has graciously agreed to write our guide to Ragged. If anyone else would like to contribute a guide to their home mountain(s), or has any other article topic in mind, please let me know. Ideally we will have an insider guide to every ski area in the Northeast. I'd like to make this a multi-sport destination so articles on any sport are welcome.
  7. You may be more diehard than me. After Wildcat and Sunday River close, the level of effort required to get ski days becomes a real barrier.
  8. Are you planning on skiing this weekend? I'll be up at Wildcat. On that note, I'm thinking about tailgating in C Lot with all the cool kids. If anyone wants to join, hit me up. I can arrange for some free lift tickets on Sunday.
  9. I've seen threads on other forums where members post deal on lift tickets for certain dates. The biggest problem with this concept is that if you post a deal for a specific date well in the future, it is highly unlikely that people will remember. And there is no way to search a thread to see what upcoming dates were posted. What is the solution to this? Meet the Skiing on the Cheap calendar. You can access this and all the calendars by clicking on the Calendar tab at the top of this page. For the time being I'm going to allow all members to post their own events to the calendar so that we can all easily share. I've already posted the first event: free skiing on May 1 at Sunday River. Having all the daily ski deals organized into a calendar should be a big upgrade from other offerings I've seen in the past.
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    Sunday River is offering free skiing on May 1st. Free lift tickets for everyone! Only Barker Lodge will be open. For details: http://www.sundayriver.com/events-and-activities/events-calendar/ski-maynia
  11. We should already have support for a few new features: Blogs! Feel free to create your own blog on the site. Click the Blogs tab at the top to get started. A blog of your own is a great way to post trip reports, and you can link into a thread in the forum. Galleries: the gallery tab should allow you to create photo albums for all your experiences. The media files should be staged out to Amazon S3. We'll see how the cost of this scales and reevaluate based on some first hand experience. Articles / Guides: I've already started building out a structure to keep a series of articles posted on the site. The first of these is already posted... I'd like to create a guide to every ski area in the northeast. Think of this as a place for insider tips. Social media promotion is a great idea. I really need to create accounts for Twitter, Facebook, etc. That'll be a good goal for tonight. The mobile apps are underway. I did the required ground work to get them off the ground and am working with an outside vendor -- which I think is the same vendor that AZ uses. The latest update is that it may be a couple weeks. Hopefully by then I'll have more content available, like the ski area guides.
  12. I'm not emotionally prepared for posts like this. In another week May will be here and maybe then I can stomach looking at this.
  13. Thank you for all of the interest in seeing this new site succeed. I just wanted to update everyone on my plans for our soft rollout. Before I go public I want to make sure that all of the necessary infrastructure is in place. You all have noticed that by now the forums are up, and I have some terrible graphics / design work. The next step moving forward is to roll out new mobile apps. I have the ball rolling and expect them to debut sometime in the next week. Don't expect greatness at first, but I hope for them to be fully functional. We can dial in the looks and design in the coming weeks. While this work is not sexy, it is a critical requirement to support an active community. The backend must be solid to support a growing user base. When do we go live? As soon as the mobile apps are ready and the infrastructure looks stable. Hopefully in a week or so. What can I do to help? Graphical design remains a sticky point for me. I have no artistic talents and would appreciate any help that you can offer. What will you do to build a community? I can't do this alone. Bring your friends over! I plan on hosting at least a couple of real-life meetups and activities in the coming months. Please feel free to suggest any activities, especially if you have a convenient venue / location in mind.
  14. It could happen. If I see a good deal this summer I may have to buy one.
  15. I have goals. A lot of work remains to be done. Getting some graphics and mobile apps are next on my list.
  16. Many of you know that I tried to complete this challenge last year. Tragically the event was cut short when one of my fellows skiers, Sam Moore, 34, of North Conway, was killed in an accident while participating. While I did not witness the accident occur, I did see the aftermath. I have already promised my wife Noreen that I will use my best judgement and conduct myself as safely as possible. While she does not want me to participate again this year, experiencing last year's tragedy has strengthened my resolve to complete the challenge this year.

    Please help by contributing any amount you can - $30, $50, $100 or even more.

  17. Many of you know that I tried to complete this challenge last year. Tragically the event was cut short when one of my fellows skiers, Sam Moore, 34, of North Conway, was killed in an accident while participating. While I did not witness the accident occur, I did see the aftermath. I have already promised my wife Noreen that I will use my best judgement and conduct myself as safely as possible. While she does not want me to participate again this year, experiencing last year's tragedy has strengthened my resolve to complete the challenge this year.

    Please help by contributing any amount you can - $30, $50, $100 or even more.

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