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 historic 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 a 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!

summitWBZShoot a Documentary or News Feature

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!





Sponsored By Eastern Mountain Sports, Inc. & Vasque Footwear (“Sponsors”)



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: You must enter as explained below between October 16, 2013 and November 3, 2013 (the “Entry Period”). Entries received before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.

FACEBOOK : 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, WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU’D DO? 
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. 
WINNER: 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. Odds of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. 
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 Sponsor’s discretion. 
PRIZE: One (1) winner will receive:


Mount Washington Observatory Overnight Trip for 2, scheduled on December 13 & 14, 2013. Prize dates are not changeable. Prize components include:

-       Airline tickets for 2 to Manchester NH via continental US flights. (Valued at up to, but not to exceed, $1200) Details will be arranged by Vasque and prize winner.

-       Ground Transportation to and from the airport. (Valued at up to, but not to exceed, $200) Details will be arranged by Vasque and prize winner.

-       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)

-       VIP, Snowcat trip for overnight stay at the MWOBS. (Valued at $1000)

-       2 pair Vasque Insulated boots. (Valued at $325)

-       2 pair Darn Tough socks. (Valued at $45)

-       2 Mountainsmith day packs. (Valued at $125)

-       Combined Retail Value of Prize is $3000. Prize is not redeemable for cash.

-        Retail Value of Prize is $3,000 
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Jim Darroch

Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski. Follow Jim Darroch on !


  1. Julie Caswell
    November 3, 2013, 9:11 pm

    The friend that will accompany me owns beautiful black female cat that would love to meet Marty. She has only seen him on the internet but she is very interested in meeting him and hanging out on the observation deck. She has a thick coat and tufted paws perfect for the winter weather up there. My friend is a photographer and will shoot the encounter from beginning to end. So Marty will have a memento of the event.

  2. Robbin Levin
    October 27, 2013, 7:32 pm

    I would bring my son Xander, then share the experience with wmur news, so the experience could be shared by many.

  3. Chris
    October 26, 2013, 10:04 am

    Stay awake soaking every aspect of the days changes as the clock ticks on. Sunset to Sunrise soak it in like a sponge

  4. Cody
    October 24, 2013, 3:23 pm

    Set up my GoPro overnight to film the stars, write on a piece paper what I love about my life, and what I would like to change, then bury it, and return to it a few years later and see what has changed. Have a massive snowball fight, then in the morning, skateboard down the mountain road.

  5. Regis Saucier
    October 23, 2013, 5:41 pm

    Put on my Volkls, and make the cat driver cash me down the autoroad! Although, from the Mt W hotel side, we might have to ski the cog tracks. Ouch. Ok, from cat – ski road, from cog, ice fish lake in clouds. 1958 stocking report: fingerling stocking attempts discountinued after 3 years. Pond appears to freeze solid!

  6. Wendy Akeson
    October 23, 2013, 2:29 pm

    I would call my mom because she would think that was so cool that I was staying overnight on Mt Washington :)

  7. Patti
    October 23, 2013, 9:40 am

    I would probably go into the kitchen and see if I could help the volunteer cooks out, having been a volunteer cook up on the summit 10 times or so. I know how hard they work feeding the crew and the guests that come up. Love that place!

  8. Herschel
    October 23, 2013, 9:21 am

    I would show my two kids (5 and 2) the magic of the stars and hope to show them the northern lights.

  9. October 23, 2013, 9:10 am

    I wonder. What if you win but live close enough to drive and don’t need the flight? Maybe they could throw in a couple parkas? lol
    If I win, after I scream “Top of the world Ma!” aI want to drink a lot of hot chocolate.

  10. Christie Muesse
    October 23, 2013, 9:09 am

    I would love to set up a tripod and hope to capture some aurora or at least some amazing star shots!

  11. Sara
    October 16, 2013, 5:54 pm

    I would make s’mores on my jet boil while sitting in my one piece base layer suit!

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