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BOAT BASH SNOW CRASH | full

BOAT BASH SNOW CRASH | full

The First Boat Bash Snow Crash was a success despite the 25+ mph gusts and the well below freezing temperatures. As Northern Yankees we are hearty, as such, every New England state was represented in the over 140 people that came out to our inaugural event. The event was a collaboration between the Franklin Outing Club and Mill City Park, which brought in positive donations for both groups.

However, this event would not be possible without our gracious sponsors and volunteers!

Thank you all for making this event a reality!

Donations |

Rowell's Services, Beck & Bellucci, New England Pro Greens & Turf, JA Garneau, Grevior Furniture, Franklin Studio, Blackfly Canoe, Franklin Savings Bank, Morrill's Landscaping, SKR Site Work, Sweet Protection, LiquidLogic, Hidden Collective, Franklin Fire Department and Outdoor New England.

Volunteers |

Mark Pickard, Steve Nelson, The Stanley's, Colby Morrill, Chris Downey, Dave Curdie, Tom Atwood, Steve Donahue, The Mullavey's, Scott Burns, Chad Carey, Cheryl Joyce, Eric Keck, The Coulter's, Jamie Parent, The Ford's, Alan Carigan, Bob Lucas, Orli Gottleib, Rob Schafsteck, Jeremy Laucks, Owen P, The Grevior's, Jim Jones, Daniel Fithian, James Detzel, Dominic Capozzi and CREEKBOAT MAN!

Boat Bash Snow Crash | SHORTY

Boat Bash Snow Crash | SHORTY

Two nights of no sleep... Super low temps... Making snow at Veterans Memorial Ski Area for the first time in it's lifetime...

Those were some of the challenges that the volunteer crew faced heading into this signature event. And oh my the juice was worth the squeeze!!!! What an event! Over 120 people on a bitter cold New England winter day.

Enjoy this shorty and we will see you there next year!

Video & Editing Services provided by R. Mooney.

I rode backwards down a ski hill in a kayak. On Saturday, you can too.

I rode backwards down a ski hill in a kayak. On Saturday, you can too.

Concord Monitor | Elodie Reed

    The author's friend and volunteer Orli Gottlieb finishes up a couple test-runs kayaking down the Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area in Franklin on Friday, the day before the Boat Bash Snow Crash event. Elodie Reed—Concord Monitor

 

The author's friend and volunteer Orli Gottlieb finishes up a couple test-runs kayaking down the Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area in Franklin on Friday, the day before the Boat Bash Snow Crash event. Elodie Reed—Concord Monitor

This job has landed me in some pretty peculiar circumstances. They range from holding a pig to eating meat from the same pig months later, listening to a state senator’s soliloquy about firecrackers, and walking in the woods with a Chichester woman who was wearing nothing but shorts and a sports bra in the middle of January. 

Then on Friday, I went kayaking down a Franklin ski hill.

Outdoor New England owner and paddler Marty Parichand lent me a boat for a “test-run” before today’s Boat Bash Snow Crash event at Veteran’s Memorial Ski Hill. For 12 hours, people can sled using kayaks provided by Parichand or canoes provided by Blackfly Canoes of New Hampton, listen to music, visit vendors and, starting at 3 p.m., compete in a downhill elimination race.

Parichand, who is holding the event in conjunction with the Franklin Outing Club, said it’s the first of its kind on the east coast. Only people in Colorado and Europe, apparently, have figured out before now that cruising downhill in a boat is actually a great idea.

A fact-check seemed important for this story. As Parichand led me over to a boat and handed me a helmet to squish on my head, I had another peculiar, though not uncommon, experience on the job: one of my best friends from high school pulled up in her car.

Orli Gottlieb, who is an engineer, fellow Bow High School alum and a board member for Parichand’s nonprofit whitewater park project, Mill City Park, agreed to sled with me. (She also became my iPhone videographer).

Snowmobiles and a T-bar will be up and running for the actual event, but we had to walk up the ski hill with our kayaks Friday. After slipping our way over some icy patches, we found a spot with reasonable elevation, and not in the immediate trajectory of anything we could hit.

(There was a big snow pile at the bottom of the hill – insurance, Parichand told me, just in case someone reaches top-end speeds).

Orli and I sat into our short kayaks, though my winter boots made it difficult to get my legs bent enough so they were completely inside. I didn’t have a paddle – I needed my hands to hold my camera.

“With a paddle you’d be able to control which end is going forward,” Parichand told me.

I shrugged like the amateur I was.

Orli expertly managed to balance both paddle and my iPhone, and she scooted her boat forward first. I followed – rocking back and forth with perfect muscle memory from my childhood sledding days – and off we went.

I rode backwards, giggling, for half of the hill. But all’s well that end’s well: I finished my run with grace, sliding in smoothly – and frontwards – next to Orli.

There was more giggling after that.

We did just a small portion of today’s course. Parichand told me there would be two tracks side-by-side for the races, though before those could be made, they needed a whole lot more snow after the past few weeks of warm temperatures.

The Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area has never made its own snow. But with donated hoses, compressors and snow gun stands, the retired Franklin Fire Department member and “Goddamned genius” Alan Carignan, and half a dozen volunteers, it was possible.

Getting the hoses connected right, controlling for the best pressure, and stopping the snow guns from tipping over (and spraying my entire pantleg) took a little while. But by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Parichand and his crew were making snow.

They expected to cover the hill in 8 to 12 inches throughout the night, with some time to spare to construct the race course.

Parichand and his crew have been working long hours to make the Snow Bash Boat Crash come to fruition. They only got the snow makers functioning correctly at 1:30 a.m. Friday morning, and they weren’t sure how much sleep they would get, if any, the night before the event.

With proceeds from the event going to both the Mill City Park project and the Franklin Outing Club, plus the general momentum for outdoor sports and downtown development in Franklin, Parichand told me he’s okay pulling all-nighters to make some snow. 

“There isn’t anything I’d rather be doing,” he said.

The Boat Bash Snow Crash will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Entry just to watch is $5 per person, $20 to sled, and $25 to sled and race.

http://www.concordmonitor.com/Franklin-NH-boat-bash-kayak-sledding-8404420

WHO NEEDS WHITEWATER? KAYAKERS TO RACE IN SNOW MARCH 4 IN FRANKLIN

Laconia Daily Sun | Community Announcements

FRANKLIN — The East's First Annual Dual Snow Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, March 4, at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area at 361 Flaghole Road in Franklin. The day-long festivities begin at 10 a.m. and run until 10 p.m.

Activities include the active participation in the sport of downhill kayaking, optional dual racing, or just enjoying the event as a spectator. Day- and evening-long entertainment will feature race events and prizes, live music, silent auction, raffles, kayak vendors and concession sales in the ski area's lodge, and more.

"The Franklin Outing Club Winter Carnival is excited to be adding such a unique sporting event to celebrate its 55th Winter Carnival," said Kathy Fuller, Franklin Outing Club board member. "We enjoy attracting new families to the Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area and this first annual event is the perfect way to see many new smiling faces adorning the mountain."

"Those involved with the creation of Trestle View Park understood the interaction between whitewater kayakers and the City of Franklin," added Marty Parichand of the Mill City Park at Franklin Falls. "This Winter Kayaking Event is the next step in that relationship. The event will be a fun and music-filled afternoon for all to enjoy with the benefits supporting the Franklin Outing Club and Mill City Park. This kayak sledding experience is the only one of its kind on the East Coast, which will surely have people of all ages attracted to Franklin's Veteran Memorial Recreational Ski Area."

Admission prices are: $5 general entrance fee, $20 for admission and snow kayaking from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (before the official races begin), and $25 to enter dual races (starting at 3 p.m.). For insurance purposes, kayakers under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and all kayakers will wear helmets and sign a release of liability agreement.
The event proceeds will benefit the Franklin Outing Club and the Mill City Park at Franklin Falls nonprofit organizations. To become an event sponsor, email timothymorrill13@gmail.com.
Established in 1960, Veteran's Memorial Recreation Ski Area is a volunteer recreation area run by the Franklin Outing Club. The VMRSA has been holding Winter Carnival events to celebrate this community resource and serve as a fundraiser since a year after the Area's opening. Recently, the VMRSA has expanded its year-round recreational opportunities to include such activities as affordable skiing for families; free skating; free snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails; disc golf; hiking, biking and walking trails; and more. You can learn more about the Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area by visiting www.veteransskiarea.com or www.facebook.com/veteransskiarea, by calling Ellen Coulter at 934-0148.

Established in 2016, Mill City Park at Franklin Falls is a nonprofit adventure park with plans to create a whitewater park, mountain bike pump track, community garden, historic mill ruin trail and event space. Mill City Parks' purpose is to create an iconic outdoor community park through environmental restoration, historic preservation, community sustainability and economic development initiatives. Mill City Park will consist of New England's first whitewater park and mountain bike pump track free for people to use and able to host national and international amateur sports competitions. The park will also include a community garden and historical mill ruin trail providing learning and charitable food opportunities for the region. Learn more about the Mill City Park at Franklin Falls at millcitypark.com, by calling Marty Parichand at 931-4775, or by visiting www.facebook.com/millcitypark.

http://www.laconiadailysun.com/community/community-announcements/102200-022317outdoors-who-needs-whitewater-kayakers-to-race-in-snow-march-4-in-franklin-558