Remember When You Could Ski Until 3 AM at This New Hampshire Mountain?
Remember your parents going to bed on a Friday or Saturday night while you and your buddies would just be packing up the car to hit the slopes?
I'm not talking about 3 PM in the afternoon. I am talking about when the sun goes does and the fireball comes out: night skiing at Crotched Mountain.
Now that you are feeling nostalgic, a bit older, and perhaps missing your teenage body, here is some more upsetting news: Midnight Madness, aka the only night skiing you could do until 3 am, is no longer running.
I know. I was shook, too.
This came to my attention about a week ago. My neighbors and I were all getting together for dinner and drinks. The six of us decided we should plan a night ski trip "like we used to do."
Most of us remembered countless memories of being on the slopes from 9 PM - 3 AM. All of our memories were fairly consistent. There was always a band, DJ, or some other kind of entertainment. There was always a bonfire for the après ski warm-up party.
And speaking of party, it was always a party. From the lodge bar to the high-speed Crotch Rocket lift, skiers and snowboarders were there to party.
No doubt, Midnight Madness at Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire was the place to be!
Previously operating from 10 PM until the 3 AM hour, Crotched Mountain attracted tons of young skiers and snowboarders looking to ski through the night. The mountain and lodge would be packed with night shredders enjoying a once in a lifetime experience.
There were many aspects of Midnight Madness that made it so memorable:
1. The opportunity. Not many people have the chance to ski at 12, 1, 2 in the morning...
2. The accessibility. Crotched Mountain is located in Bennington, NH. The mountain is only an hour and a half from Boston and the seacoast, 50 minutes from Nashua, and 40 minutes from Manchester.
3. Crotched is a fun mountain. It is a mountain for beginners to learn, intermediates to sharpen skills, and experts...well the experts were probably just enjoying the party!
Today, Midnight Madness is simply "night skiing." Crotched Mountain offers the experience to ski in the evening; however, if you are plan to go, make sure to hit the slopes earlier than midnight. Night skiing at Crotched Mountain runs until 9 PM now.
Fortunately, I looked this up before going. If I hadn't, a car full of my neighbors would likely be pulling into the parking lot as the lift lights went black.
It is unknown if Midnight Madness will ever come back. To those, like me, who have unlimited memories from simpler times...hold on to them. Those were the good ole days.