What Would YOU Do With a Night at the Mount Washington Observatory?
For the past three years, Eastern Mountain Sports has been the official outfitter of the intrepid staff that measures, records and analyzes the “World’s Worst Weather” at the top of Mount Washington. Since 1932, the Mount Washington Observatory has kept an uninterrupted watch of one of the most fascinating places on the planet. Located at the confluence of three major storm tracks, Mount Washington has recorded some of the most powerful winds and coldest temperatures in world history at a height of just 6,288 in the heart of New England.
It’s a fascinating place to visit but only a select few people each year have the opportunity to stay past dark. Which is why the contest we have running on our Facebook page with Vasque Footwear through November 3, 2013 is so awesome. One lucky person and a guest will win the Ultimate New England Weather Experience. This sweet prize package incudes a night at the elegant and historicÂ Omni Mount Washington Hotel, a snowcat ride to the Mount Washington Observatory and an overnight stay at the most famous weather station on earth! The lucky winner will also receive two pairs of Vasque insulated boots (the same boots worn by the staff of the Mount Washington Observatory), two pairs of Darn Tough Socks and two Mountainsmith daypacks!
This $3,000 prize package includes air transportation (if necessary) and ground transportation along with dinner and breakfast at the Mount Washington Hotel and all meals at the observatory.
Entering the contest is easy as CLICKING HERE and adding a comment telling us the first thing you’d do when you get to the Mount Washington Observatory. The person with the most creative/compelling answer as chosen by aÂ panel of experts from Eastern Mountain Sports and the Mount Washington Observatory will be the winner.
The possibilities are unlimited but here are a few of our favorite activities as submitted by the Mount Washington Observatory staff:
Do a Snow Angel
The first coating of rime ice of the fall was observed on October 8 so chances are, the winner’s visit on December 14 will feature PLENTY of opportunities to do real snow angels on the observation deck.
Rub Marty the Cat’s Belly (or at least TRY to)
The only year-round resident is a fluffy black cat named Marty. Among the hundreds of observatory visitors and volunteers Marty has unfairly earned a reputation for being somewhat aloof and anti-social. While he does indeed tend to keep his distance, the observers are quick to tell you that he is a love bug at heart who has learned to share his affections only with the regular crew. Roughly translated, the poor kitty doesn’t want to get too attached to folks who don’t visit more than a few hours!
Reflect On How Lucky You Are
If the extreme weather doesn’t dazzle you, the indescribable feeling of seeing firsthand the stunning sunsets that the rest of the world wlll only see in photographs will definitely give you something to think about.
Track the Stars
OK, so maybe you don’t have the tools or the patience to construct a single image from 1,000 stacked still photos but you’ll be spending time with people who do. Just imagine the conversations you’ll have around the dinner table!
The Mount Washington Observatory is a hotspot for weather reporters and documentary filmmakers alike but there’s ALWAYS room for fresh perspectives and in-depth reports on the fascinating work that happens there around the clock in all kinds of weather.
SO, what would be the first thing YOU’D do when you got to the Mount Washington Observatory? Leave a comment in the photo below on our Facebook page and you just might get the chance to make it happen!
OFFICIAL RULES â€¨EASTERN MOUNTAIN SPORTS & VASQUE MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY OVERNIGHT CONTEST
Sponsored By Eastern Mountain Sports, Inc. & Vasque Footwear (â€œSponsorsâ€)
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.â€¨ A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE CHANCES OF WINNING.
OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. EMPLOYEES OF EASTERN MOUNTAIN SPORTS OR NATIVE EYEWEAR OR THEIR ADVERTISING OR PROMOTIONAL AGENCIES AND MEMBERS OF THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILIES OR HOUSEHOLDS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENTER.
By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges, which are binding and final on matters relating to this sweepstakes. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.
TO ENTER:Â You must enter as explained below between October 16, 2013 and November 3, 2013 (the â€œEntry Periodâ€). Entries received before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.
FACEBOOK :Â Log onto Facebook, visit the Eastern Mountain Sports Facebook Page and leave a comment on the photo titled IF YOU COULD SPEND A NIGHT ON MOUNT WASHINGTON, WHATâ€™S THE FIRST THING YOUâ€™D DO? â€¨Limit one (1) comment per individual and/or email address for the duration of the Entry Period. Multiple entries received from any email address after the first entry received from that email address will be void. Entries generated by script, macro, or other automated means are void. â€¨WINNER:Â A panel of judges from Eastern Mountain Sports and the Mount Washington will choose a single winning caption that offers the most creative answer. Winner will be drawn on or around November 5, 2013.Â Odds of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received.Â â€¨NOTICE TO WINNER:Â â€¨Sponsor will notify potential winners by email or Facebook comment. If a potential winner declines the prize or fails to collect the prize by November 10, 2013 or does not fulfill requirements for the award of the prize, an alternate potential winner will be selected at Sponsorâ€™s discretion. â€¨PRIZE:Â One (1) winner will receive:
Mount Washington Observatory Overnight Trip for 2, scheduled onÂ December 13 & 14, 2013. Prize dates are not changeable. Prize components include:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Airline tickets for 2 to Manchester NH via continental US flights.Â (Valued at up to, but not to exceed, $1200) Details will be arranged by Vasque and prize winner.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Ground Transportation to and from the airport.Â (Valued at up to, but not to exceed, $200) Details will be arranged by Vasque and prize winner.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â One nights’ accommodation for 2 at the Mount Washington Hotel. Includes dinner, breakfast, all resort amenities, tax, gratuity. (Valued at up to, but not to exceed, $450)
-Â Â Â Â Â Â VIP, Snowcat trip for overnight stay at the MWOBS.Â (Valued at $1000)
-Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 pair Vasque Insulated boots.Â (Valued at $325)
-Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 pair Darn Tough socks.Â (Valued at $45)
-Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 Mountainsmith day packs.Â (Valued at $125)
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Combined Retail Value of Prize is $3000. Prize is not redeemable for cash.
Releasees (as defined below) are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, stolen, misdirected, undelivered, garbled or illegible entries; failures or difficulties, or other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic or network; or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information or the failure to capture any such information. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the sweepstakes, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified. Should any portion of the sweepstakes be, in Sponsorâ€™s sole opinion, compromised by non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the sweepstakes and select the winners from all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor.
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For the name of the winner which will be available after December 15, 2013, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Eastern Mountain Sports, Inc. Attn: Mount Washington Sweepstakes, 1 Vose Farm Road, Peterborough, NH 03458, for receipt no later than November 30, 2013. Vermont residents need not include return postage.
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