Cranmore Mountain Named Business NH Magazine 2009 Tourism Business of the Year

Recognized for civic involvement and exceptional performance within its industry
NORTH CONWAY, NH – Cranmore Mountain was recently named 2009 Tourism/Hospitality Business of the Year by Business NH Magazine.

In addition to its exceptional business performance over the last several years, Cranmore was recognized in part due to its long-standing commitment to the community of Mount Washington Valley and for being a leader for its environmental policies.

“We are honored to be named by Business NH Magazine for our efforts,” stated Cranmore General Manager, Ben Wilcox. “We feel that it’s good business to ‘do the right thing’ and this award is a nice recognition of this.”

Cranmore was the first ski area in the east to use biodiesel fuel in 2003, a milestone for which it has received many accolades. Now 6 years later, now more than 8 areas in the state have followed their example and are using biodiesel fuel.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association presented a National Community Service Award to New Hampshire Electric Cooperative for the co-op’s multi-faceted program to help Cranmore Mountain Resort reduce its energy consumption. Implementing this comprehensive program boosted the bottom line of a major commercial member that is a linchpin to economic vitality in the state.

In 2008, the resort received a special Commendation from Governor John H. Lynch for its leadership and initiative on climate change issues, including being the first New Hampshire ski resort to support the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; a member of the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition; and for instituting a resort-wide anti-idling program.

Cranmore is known as a generous benefactor to the many organizations throughout the state of New Hampshire and beyond. Cranmore hosts many non-profit fund-raisers responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars being raised over the years, most notably for the American Cancer Society, the New England Ski Museum and Jen’s Friends, a North Conway organization which provides support to cancer patients.

Cranmore was one of seven businesses recognized by the publication. The 2009 Business NH Magazine Business of the Year awards went to the following companies for their outstanding civic contributions and exceptional performance within their industries:

•          Business Services – Jordan Signature Heating in Exeter

•          Construction/Engineering/Real Estate – EnviroVantage in Epping

•          Education/Nonprofit –  Child and Family Services of NH in Manchester

•          Financial Services/Insurance – Baker Newman Noyes in Manchester

•          Health Care – Elliot Health Systems in Manchester

•          Hospitality/Tourism – Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway

•          Manufacturing/Technology – Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry

This is the 19th year of the recognition program.   A screening committee made up of members of the NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (NHACCE) had the difficult task of paring the remarkable field of applicants to three semifinalists in each category. From there, a Panel of Excellence with executives from the 2008 winning companies selected the winners after careful consideration and great debate.

Awards will be presented at a special luncheon on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel at the Center of NH in Manchester. Tickets for the luncheon are $55 per person or $440 for a table of eight. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the NHACCE scholarship fund. To register, please visit www.eventsNH.com or call Naomi Halter at 603.626.6354 x213.

Cranmore Mountain is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the United States and has been open since 1937. It provides lift-serviced skiing, riding and snow tubing to hundreds of thousands of guests every winter with a season running from November to March. The resort features 7 lifts, 50 trails and glades, 2 base lodges, plus services including ski school, food venues, pub, rental shop, race program, daycare and more. Additionally, the resort also operates a year-round full-service fitness facility and hosts a variety of summer and fall events including an outdoor concert series, summer kids programs and a month-long Halloween event.

Over the last several years, Cranmore has seen significant growth in its business as measured by market share, skier visits and financial results.

For more information on Cranmore Mountain, visit cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.