PINKHAM NOTCH, NH—The four massive treads of the SnowCoach dug into the fresh snow that covers the Mt. Washington Auto Road, offering a surprisingly smooth surface for day one of the tours. There was great excitement among the passengers, none of whom had experienced Mt. Washington and the winter world above treeline before. While limited snowfall made this one of the latest starts to the “SnowCoaching” season, it was an auspicious beginning, with sunny skies, brisk temperatures and unlimited views.
The two snowcoaches have a team of specially trained drivers, who surely have one of the most unique jobs in the United States—sentiment echoed by passengers as they ascended. “It’s hard to believe that some people get to work every day in such an amazing location. This is just a spectacular experience!” said Brad Halstead of Rye, NH, who took the tour with his wife, Jen. “At six months pregnant, I can’t think of a better way to see Mt. Washington in winter,” Mrs. Halstead said with a laugh.
The SnowCoach is indeed a unique way to travel. These same custom built Chevy passenger vans ferry guests up the Auto Road in summer, albeit with four tires instead of the winter treads. Capable of carrying up to 9 passengers, each trip up the road in a SnowCoach can be as unique as a snowflake, with no two ever being exactly alike.
“What’s really terrific about the SnowCoach is that we can take anyone, at any age, into an alpine environment they might never see otherwise. It really is a comfortable adventure for the whole family, in an unforgettable place,” said Great Glen Trails general manager, Howie Wemyss.
The SnowCoach tour up Mt. Washington takes approximately 1 ¼ hours and departs daily, weather permitting, on a first come, first served basis. The price for adults is $45, $30 for kids ages 5-12. A Total Trails Ticket ($69) includes a SnowCoach tour as well as an all day trail and tubing pass, as well as snowshoe and/or ski rentals. For more information call the Mt. Washington Auto Road or Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-3988 or online at www.greatglentrails.com