On Friday, February 3rd, The Wentworth hosted its first ever Broom Ball game behind the hotel on our freshly groomed ice skating rink. This was brought on by a challenge from the Jackson Fire Department toward the Bartlett Fire Department. What is broomball you ask….
“In a game of broomball there are two teams, each consisting of six players: a goaltender and five others. The object of the game is to score more goals than your opponent. Goals are scored by hitting the ball into your opponent’s net using your broom. Tactics and plays are similar to those used in sports such as ice hockey.
Players hit a small ball around the ice with a stick called a “broom.” The broom may have a wooden or aluminum shaft and has a rubber-molded triangular head similar in shape to that of a regular broom. Players wear special rubber-soled shoes instead of skates, and the ice is prepared in such a way that it is smooth and dry to improve traction.”
It was a great night and alot of fun was had by all. We had our fire pit roaring to keep spectators warm and of course there were plenty of marshmallows available for roasting. The final friendly score was 3-1 with Jackson coming out victorious.
On Monday, January 9th we had nine carvers from around New England carve 300 lb blocks of ice into clowns, dragons, fish, a margarita bar, angels and even a road runner. Over the years we have seen these sculptures melt in as little as a few days or last until the middle of March.
Starting last year we had our own competition for those on our e-mail guest list and facebook friends. By submitting a guess as to the date when the last ice sculpture would topple, those with the correct date were entered into a draw to win a two night stay in a deluxe suite. We received over 2,000 guesses and the lucky winner is actually using her certificate on a Sunday and Monday this coming February.
Again this year we are holding the same competition – the guesses this year are a little more conservative due to how warm this winter has been so far. We actually have had to only eliminate 20 guesses so far. Pictured above is this years winner Dennis Hickey of Ice Breakers a regular participant in our ice carving competition. Make sure that you join our mailing list and like us on Facebook for updates on future events and competitions.
On Tuesday January 4th Pat, Ellie, Irina and Karen from The Wentworth Front Desk took advantage of a gracious offer from Thom at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation and took a complimentary cross country ski lesson with equipment rental for the day. We arrived at 10:30AM and were promptly taken care of by Denise and before we knew it we were on the trails! Our teacher Barbara was excellent and showed us how to glide, stop, go uphill, slow down on a not so steep slope and slow down on a steep slope. Our one hour lesson turned into a two hour lesson and we laughed the entire time.
After the lesson Fritz showed up with a lunch and we all skied on the Ellis River Trail to the warming hut to enjoy a well deserved lunch. What we learned was that not only is cross country skiing fun, but it can be enjoyed by everyone, of any age and of any availability. We encourage all of our guests to take advantage of this winter wonderland right outside the door of The Wentworth No special equipment or clothing is needed – all the equipment you will need is available at the center and a warm hat, gloves and coat is all you need.
My only wish is that I had a picture of us to put on here but our one camera that we brought with us was out of battery.
This is what memorable Christmases are made of: a magical setting, wonderful dining, festive activities and the fresh scent of holiday greenery. The inn is decked out in its holiday finery as is your guest room with its own Christmas tree.
Jackson at Christmas is magical – snow, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, downhill and cross country skiing. Sit around our fireplace in the lobby, or by our many Christmas trees, enjoy our piano music in the lounge accompanied by a festive drink … whatever your desire, The Wentworth will fulfill it.
Our package rate includes your accommodations a festive Christmas Dinner a full country breakfast and even a little Chirstmas Tree in your guest room. Call us today at 800-637-0013 to reserve.