WEIRS BEACH, NH --. New Hampshire’s official "Ice-Out" date on Lake Winnipesaukee occurs when the M.S. Mount Washington can leave her winter dock in Center Harbor and motor to all four ports on her normal route, in Meredith, Alton Bay, Wolfeboro, and Weirs Beach.
“What was once just a way to mark the beginning of spring sailing is now a New Hampshire tradition,” said MS Mount Washington Captain Jim Morash. “This is going to be a great summer on the Lake, and some lucky winner is going to enjoy a cruise and brunch for two with the best view in New England.”
Ice-out is determined by air from by Emerson Aviation.
Back in 2004, Ice-out took place the morning of April 20th. The Mount Washington’s first public cruise is the annual Mother’s Day Brunch on May 10th, and the cruise season runs until October. Each year the 230-foot boat offers daily scenic cruises as well as evening dinner and dance cruises from the ship’s summer homeport of Weirs Beach
In the past thirty years, Ice-Out has mostly occurred between April 5 and April 29. Records dating back more than 150 years mark the earliest-ever Ice-Out occurring on March 23, 2012 and the latest ever on May 12, 1888.
The family-owned Mount now operates May through October, offering daytime scenic, evening dinner & dance, and special themed cruises. With a capacity of 1,250 passengers, the Mount serves as the largest restaurant in the state and a popular gathering point for school proms, college reunions, large corporate celebrations and weddings.
To learn more about Mount Washington Cruises please call toll-free (888) 843-6686 or visit their Website for discounted advance cruise tickets and information at www.cruisenh.com