Snow showers linger in the mountains & a possible rare Four’easter next week!

March 17, 2018

Is it possible for a fourth Nor’easter in as little time as two and a half weeks here in the north country? It is not only possible, but according to the National Weather Service, it is probable! Based on two weather models, another major storm system will organize in the southeast and turn up coast creating another Nor’easter for New England and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Timing of the storms arrival to our region is now anticipated to be late next Wednesday with the storm raging throughout the day on Thursday. 

After Winter Storm Skylar pulled out of the region earlier this week, persistent snow showers have contributed to an additional 4 to 6 inches of accumulation on top of the nearly 2 feet of snow left from this storm. In fact, the snow gauge in my backyard is now totally buried – which means the natural snowpack on the ground there is over 32 inches deep! With another Nor’easter, we may not see the snow gauge for weeks to come!

Every year during the third week in March, I take a ski vacation. My wife, Lisa and I had planned to take a trip west this year. When time came to make travel plans, the western ski resorts had very little snow. Thank goodness we did not book. Instead, we are going to enjoy a ski staycation here in northern NH. With all of this snow and more on the way, the best skiing in the country is right here in northern New England! We will ski Sunday River, Wildcat, Bretton Woods, Loon, and Cannon Mountain. We could not have picked a better time. And, you can too!

Why not take advantage of these snow conditions and plan a last minute ski get-a-way to the Royalty Inn? We still offer discounted tickets for Wildcat, Attitash, and Bretton Woods. The snowmobile trails are also in excellent condition and have been freshly groomed. Do not miss out on these fabulous mid-winter conditions in March. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Three Nor’easters within 10 days – a perfect setup for St. Patrick’s Weekend!

March 13, 2018

Winter storm Skylar has just made his appearance into our region and is expected to stay with us for the next two days dropping 18 inches plus of new snow before daparting late Wednesday. This is the third Nor’easter to hit us within 10 days!

As a result, skiing, riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fat-tire biking and dog sledding is all fantastic, and a perfect setup for winter adventures for the upcoming St. Patricks Day weekend.

Aside from the many St. Patricks Day parties and celebrations taking place Saturday at all of the local ski resorts and local taverns, there are also some lift ticket deals to be had.

Nearby Wildcat Mountain is offering a $17 lift ticket for Friday just one day prior to St. Patricks Day. There is one catch, this ticket is available as a pre-purchase on their website only. There will be a limited number of $17 tickets and the price will likely increase each day as Friday approaches. Click here to buy now before rate increases. Bretton Woods is offering two days of skiing for just $117. No catch here, just show up at the ticket window and ask for the St. Pattys-Day 2-day special. 

Whatever your winter outdoor adventure, snow conditions do not get any better. The snow pack is deep and we are going to have weeks to enjoy our favorite snow sport. Take advantage and plan your  last minute adventure. Remember, the Royalty Inn offers guests free tubing and XC trail passes to Great Glen Trails. We also have discounted mid-week passes for the SnowCoach and discounted lift tickets every day for Wildcat, Attitash and Bretton Woods. Welcome to the Royalty Inn! 

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn


Winter Storm Quinn did not disappoint – 17 inches and still snowing!

My wife Lisa & Haley checking the snow guage after Quinn.

March 8, 2018

Often time weather forecasters will exagerate the snowfall of an impending storm. Not this time! As you can see from our snow stake in Randolph, NH, Winter Storm Quinn has delivered 17 inches of snow in northern NH and it is still snowing. There is even more snow in the higher elevations. Snow is expected to end late this afternoon and we should be able to receive a couple of more inches when all is said and done. This storm is the biggest snowfall so far in 2018. 

History did in fact repeat itself. Last winter, we had a similar storm occur at the same time in March known as Storm Stella. That storm put all of the ski resorts and snowmobile trails into tip top condition and set them up for the remainder of the winter season. We can expect the same quality of skiing, riding and snowmobiling again beginning now.

Winter is not over. Another Nor’easter is being predicted for Monday. Maybe not as large, but still, even more snow to come!

So, dig yourself out wherever you live, then head to Gorham NH and come play in our Winter Wonderland! It should be a great weekend and yes, there is room at the inn. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Snow Alert! Winter storm Quinn is in the forecast for NH’s White Mountains.

March 5, 2018

Snow enthusiasts are getting excited by the latest forecast for the White Mountains of NH. Forecasters are predicting the biggest snow storm of 2018 to begin late Wednesday and end early Friday morning. The storm has already been named Winter Storm Quinn.  Early predictions are calling for a “foot plus” of accumulation in our region. The White Mountains are considered to be in the jackpot zone with the biggest accumulation to occur.
Last winter, we had a similar storm occur at the same time in March known as Storm Stella. That storm put all of the ski resorts and snowmobile trails into tip top condition and set them up for the remainder of the winter season. One can hope that history will repeat itself and that Mother Nature will deliver another significant snowfall measured in feet, not inches!
Hunker down for the storm then react, head north, and come play in our Winter Wonderland! It should be a great weekend and yes, there is room at the inn. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

March is Prime Time for Skiing & Riding!

March 1, 2018

When people ask me what my favorite time of the ski season is, I always answer “March!” Why? Because in early March you have the snow pack that has built up over time with winter-like snow surfaces. As March progresses, the snow gradually gives way to the lightly- spirited spring conditions that we all look forward to. Temperatures have moderated, the sun angle is higher, and the crowded holiday weeks are behind us. For all of these reasons, I find skiing in March is primetime!

It appears that this winter will be no different. This week’s snowfall combined with the season-long snowmaking efforts have created some fantastic skiing. I managed to get to Bretton Woods last Sunday during the snowfall and enjoyed a great morning of skiing in fresh snow with my wife, Lisa. Historically, March can be the snowiest month of the winter. With luck, we will experience a a snowy month.

For those who have held back this season due to the erratic winter weather, it’s your time to come north and hit the slopes of Wildcat, Attitash, Sunday River, and Bretton Woods. All are within easy striking range of the Royalty Inn, and we offer ski packages and discounted lift tickets for guests skiing at three of these resorts. After skiing, guests are invited to relax in our heated indoor pool, sauna or soak in the Jacuzzi, a perfect end to a ski day. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Sunday, March 4th – Ski, Snowshoe, & Fatbike to the Clouds!

February 21, 2018

Welcome to North America’s toughest 10K on Sunday, March 4th!

Now in its 22nd year, this challenging event takes place at Great Glen Trails and the snow-covered Mt. Washington Auto Road. Long referred to as “North America’s Toughest 10K”, the Ski, Snowshoe & Fatbike to the Clouds course has an average grade of 12% over the last 6K as you climb the final 2,200 vertical feet to the treeline.

While there will be competitors who are seeking to make or break a record, for others, it is the ultimate way to personally test themselves in one of nature’s most spectacular environments.

After covering 4K on Great Glen’s nordic trail system, racers will have the Mt. Washington Auto Road to themselves with remarkable views of the Presidential Range and beyond.

On race day, there will be a mass start of cross-country skiers at 10 am, followed by the snowshoe start at 10:05 am and Fatbikers at 10:10 am. Ski, Snowshoe & Fatbike to the Clouds is considered a true freestyle event as there will not be separate classes for classic and skate skiing. This is NOT an event for inexperienced fatbikers, skiers or snowshoers! Should weather not be condusive for the event, Sunday, March 11th will be the back-up date. For more details, CLICK HERE.

The Royalty Inn is located just 9 miles from Great Glen Trails at the Mt. Washington Auto Road. We still have some rooms available both Saturday and Sunday nights for those who want to participate and need a place to stay. We also offer guests access to the Royalty Athletic Club, sauna, Jacuzzi and indoor pool. There is nothing like a soothing soak in the Jacuzzi after a demanding race up Mt. Washington. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn


Enjoy a unique sunrise at treeline on Mt. Washington via the SnowCoach

February 13, 2018

Climb aboard a Mt. Washington SnowCoach for a comfortable winter tour to an extreme world!

The Mt. Washington SnowCoach is a custom-designed touring vehicle that climbs up Mt. Washington to treeline (approximately 4,200 feet) for a one-of-a-kind winter adventure.

Powered by a 4-track, all-wheel-powered drivetrain, the 9 passenger Mt. Washington SnowCoach transports guests into a treeless, sub-arctic world for a truly unforgettable adventure that anyone of any age will enjoy!

This year’s season has been underway for two months and it is expected to run through March. Operating hours are approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm depending on weather and snow conditions. Guided winter tours aboard the Mt. Washington SnowCoaches are 1¼ hour long and depart daily from the Great Glen Trails base lodge at the base of Mt. Washington on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the popularity of these tours, you are urged to arrive as early as possible as they often sell out. Ticket sales begin at 8:30 am.  Advance reservations are not available due to unpredictable weather and snow conditions.

Now for the second season, experience a winter sunrise at treeline from the comfort of the Mt. Washington SnowCoach this Sunday, February 18th! Sunrise SnowCoach tours will be offered on three occaisions in February. The dates are February 18th, 21st and 25th. Reservations are required and can be made by phoning (603) 466-2333. Space is limited to just 16 seats per tour and dates will sell out.

The experienced SnowCoach drivers will take you to treeline (weather permitting) at 4,200ft on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sunrise. The SnowCoach leaves promptly at 5:45am to enable the driver to get guests to treeline by sunrise.

The Mt. Washington SnowCoach is conveniently located just 9 miles from the Royalty Inn. There is still some room at the Inn for those wanting to participate and avoid a long early morning ride to the mountain. The Royalty Inn offers guests a coupon for a $10 discount off the regular SnowCoach fare which is valid non-holiday Sunday through Thursday (not valid for sunrise tours). Simply ask for the coupon at the front desk before heading to the mountain. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn                                                                                         

Attention Snowsports Enthusiasts, More Snow in the White Mountains!

February 8, 2018

Just in time for the prime-time February ski weeks, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Western Mountains of Maine have been blessed with an additional 9 to 13 inches of fresh natural snow.  The region’s ski areas, cross country trails and snowmobile trails have been refreshed with a beautiful coating of snow and now have a substantial base to enjoy. Grooming operations have been underway at all trail networks and are in tip top shape for the upcoming weekend. Skiers will still be able to find plenty of powder stashes on ungroomed trails and in the glades and backcountry.

Nearby Wildcat Mountain reports that it received 13 inches of new snow overnight and two feet during the past 7 days, Sunday River received 12 inches of snow overnight and 11 inches in the past week, and Bretton Woods is reporting  9 inches of new snow and still snowing at the time of this post. 

Thanks to the recent storm, Great Glen Trails has 100% of their cross country ski trails open and are in perfect shape. The Mt. Washington Snow Coach has plenty of snowpack to travel up Mt. Washington, offering a fabulous winter wonderland to show off to its guests. Also, the local snowmobile trails are in the best shape they have been in all season.  Northeast Snowmobile Rentals awaits to set you up for a memorable adventure on the trails. You can check out the latest snowmobile trail conditions by clicking here.

It’s time to get out and play in the snow! The Royalty Inn is your perfect home base for your winter adventure. Royalty Inn guests have access to discounted lift tickets at Wildcat, Attitash and Bretton Woods or you can choose ski & stay packages for these resorts. The Royalty Inn also has FREE trail passes and FREE tubing passes for Great Glen Trails. We also offer guests discounted Mt. Washington Snow Coach tickets valid during any non-holiday Sunday through Thursday. Simply ask for the coupon at the front desk when checking in. We are also conveniently located only one block from a snowmobile trail for easy access to the trails from our own parking lot.

Best of all, after enjoying your outdoor adventure, you can return to the Inn to enjoy the Royalty Athletic Club with our indoor pool, hot sauna and relaxing Jacuzzi. It’s all here for you to enjoy. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Dog Sledding in the White Mountains

January 31, 2018

One of the most unique winter activities in the White Mountain region is dog sledding. Located in nearby Jefferson NH, Muddy Paws Dog Sledding is the premier dogsled touring operator in New England.

This kennel offers a variety of year-round dogsled rides in NH ranging from 2 – 50 miles. They even offer overnight trips. Muddy Paws welcomes guests of all ages and abilities to meet their rescue and second-chance sled dogs where you can pet them, help to harness/hitch the teams, and even help drive!

Guests are invited to meet the staff directly at their sled dog education center in Jefferson, or choose one of their convenient offsite locations. A list of trips & tours is posted on the Muddy Paws website. They also welcome your call to customize a unique dog sledding trip to fit your family or large group.

February and March are prime dog sledding months so there is still plenty of time to plan your excursion to the White Mountains. The Royalty Inn is conveniently located on Route 2 and not far from Muddy Paws. Come up and give dog sledding a try. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Wildcat Mountain Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary This Weekend!

January 23, 2018

Wildcat Mountain ski area is celebrating its 60th anniversary this weekend, with many special events planned for Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 25th – 28th. The celebration includes an array of activities including fireworks and lift ticket specials, all of which can be found online at

Wildcat has restored and painted an old Wildcat gondola cabin for the celebration, and skiers and riders will be able to have their photographs taken in the cabin, one of the many that used to ferry passengers to the summit from 1958-99.This lift was replaced by the high speed quad known as the Wildcat Express.

There will be a timeline display of trail maps, resort artifacts and even a video depicting Wildcat’s past. A 60th anniversary birthday cake-cutting is set for Thursday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. in the base lodge. Other events include:

* Thursday, Jan 25 — Après entertainment with White Steer, 1-4 p.m.

* Friday, Jan. 26 — Après entertainment with Ryan St. Onge, 1-4 p.m. Wildcat Hairball Ale Tasting with Tuckerman Brewing, 3:30 p.m.

* Saturday, Jan. 27 — Military Salute Weekend. Lift Ticket Specials for Service Members; Gondola “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony before first chair with Stan Judge, one of Wildcat’s original general managers; Radio BDC Drafters Promotion in Wildcat Pub; Wildcat history-themed trivia, 4:15-5 p.m.: Kids entertainment.

* Saturday, Jan. 27 – Fireworks display 5:00 PM

* Sunday, Jan. 28 — Hair of the ‘Cat Brunch, 8:30-11 a.m. $10 per person.

For more information, see or call (603) 466-3326.

The Royalty Inn is the closest lodging to Wildcat, just 9 miles up the road. We do have some room at the Inn this weeekend, so come on up and celebrate. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn