The slow snow start of the 2011-12 ski season is now a distant memory, with a deep base of snow now blanketing New Hampshire. The upcoming February school vacation weeks offer kids and families of all ages an opportunity to enjoy the fun part of winter along with special events at the state's ski resorts.

"It's very easy to look out your window at home and assume that the ski areas may not have much snow, which really is an unfortunate misconception," says Ski NH's president Alice Pearce. "Thanks to cooler temperatures, we've retained much of the natural snow that has fallen and ski areas have spared no expense utilizing modern snowmaking technology to pile the snow deep over the past few months," 

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Snow Tubing at King Pine. Photo Courtesy of King Pine Ski Area.

The next two weeks will be packed with events, including fireworks displays, family ski races, après ski entertainment for adults and kids, and much more. For a complete list visit SkiNH.com.

Here are some of the highlights to mark on your calendar:

- Disney's Get Out and Play with giveaways, games and more at Gunstock

- Winter Carnival at King Pine

- The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge at Black Mountain, Crotched Mountain, and Mount Sunapee

 

New Hampshire's ski areas also continue to offer a wide variety of year-round attractions for guests. Among the non-skiing activities offered are mountain coasters, zip line rides, canopy tours, giant swings, dog sled and sleigh rides, ice skating and much more.

 

Although it may be considered a holiday period at resorts, many discount offers are still available. Ski NH's Anywhere, Anytime Lift Ticket Packages offer $11-$21 off of holiday lift ticket rates, are valid anyday, and are fully-transferable so they can be shared with family and friends. Many ski areas also have daily lift ticket specials, discounts for buying online in advance, family deals and much more. Visit SkiNH.com for full details.