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New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year from the Tallest Point in New England

We are proud to announce our seventh annual New Year's Eve extravaganza, December 31, 2015 – January 1, 2016! This special VIP trip combines all the alpine adventure of a Mount Washington Observatory overnight with the added indulgence of an incredible, chef-prepared culinary masterpiece on New Year’s Eve.

And of course, no New Year's Eve celebration is complete without a festive champagne toast to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. Revelers will even have the opportunity to welcome the first sunrise of the new year from the most remarkable vantage point in the Northeastern United States!

An incredible way to celebrate New Year's Eve while supporting a legendary New Hampshire institution, this truly is the trip of a lifetime.

What's Included:

  • Round-trip transportation to and from the base in our deluxe snowcat
  • Two Observatory trip leaders dedicated to ensuring an incredible experience for all participants
  • Gourmet, chef-prepared cuisine for the duration of your stay, including beverages and snacks upon arrival, lunch, and a multi-course dining experience on New Year's Eve, followed by a hearty breakfast on New Year's Day
  • A backstage tour of our famous weather station
  • Overnight lodging on the summit of Mount Washington
  • The opportunity to experience Mount Washington's famous winter extremes from the comfort and safety of our heated weather station
  • A commemorative gift

All proceeds from this special fundraising event directly support the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory's work in weather observation, research and education.

This year's event is sold out, please contact Krissy Fraser (info at the bottom of the page) to add your name to the waitlist for next year!

Trip Format

Your adventure will begin at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, where you'll meet your trip leaders and load the snowcat. As you ascend the 8-mile road, you'll take in the incredible scenery of Pinkham Notch and the Presidential Range while marveling at the power of a two-ton tracked vehicle plowing through massive snowdrifts.

When you reach the top you will have gained more than 3,500 feet of elevation, traveling from the temperate forest, through tree line, and into to the alpine zone—a rugged, otherworldly landscape of earth and sky. After unloading the snowcat you'll head inside the weather station and warm up with a hot beverage and snack.

The rest of your visit will be planned around the mountain's incredible weather, but will include:

  • Ample opportunity to experience subarctic-like conditions, which often include winds at or above hurricane force, remarkable icing, freezing temperatures, blowing snow and more
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of Mount Washington Observatory's famous mountaintop weather station, where you'll learn about the institution's work and see the instruments used by Observatory scientists
  • A trip to the top of the instrument tower for a birds-eye view of the summit from the highest point on the mountain
  • Decadent, chef-prepared cuisine enjoyed in our private living quarters
  • The opportunity to experience sunset and/or sunrise from the tallest peak in the Northeast
  • A night in our weather station on the summit of Mount Washington

This special trip will meet at 10:00am and arrive back at the base around 12:00pm the next day. The exact timing of our ascent and return will be determined by the weather, so bring your sense of adventure and look forward to experiencing the thrill of a true alpine expedition.


Tickets are $1,000 per person. Please contact Krissy Fraser to make your reservation today.

Health & Safety Requirements

This trip grants access to Mount Washington's alpine zone, but not everyone is suited for this environment. Please read our full health and safety requirements to make sure you are eligible for a Mount Washington Observatory winter trip.

Age Requirements

Due to the nature of this event, the minimum age is 21.

Gear Requirements

For your health and safety, and for the health and safety of your fellow trip mates, you will be required to come prepared with attire and gear to protect you from Mount Washington's extreme conditions. View the full list on our winter overnight gear list.

If you have any questions about any of this gear, don't hesitate to contact us. We will help you find what you need to enjoy the trip of a lifetime!


This special trip departs from and returns to the employee parking lot at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The employee parking lot is located immediately north of the main entrance to the Auto Road.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is located on NH Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire . 12 miles north of Jackson, NH, and 8 miles south of Gorham, NH. It is sometimes hard to find with GPS devices. Try 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, NH or simply enter "Mt Washington Auto Road" or "Glen House" in your GPS Attractions or Points of Interest page. However, remember that you are going to the employee parking lot, not the main entrance.

The GPS coordinates are: 44.28850 Lat., -71.22580 Long.

Travel Considerations

Extreme weather may occur at any time, and may delay our descent. For this reason, we recommend that you remain flexible with your travel plans. Weather-related changes are an inherent part of any true alpine adventure.

Area Lodging

For a list of area lodging options, visit our lodging partners page.


Krissy Fraser, Director of Marketing & Events
(603) 356-2137, ext. 231

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