North Conway Chilly Chili Cook Off

Published by Dick Schwalbenberg at March 10th, 2011

This past weekend Eastern Slope Inn was once again host to the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Chilly Chili Cook Off.

 More than 600 people strolled through North Conway Village for this annual event.  In addition, this year the International Chili Society hosted a sanctioned Chili Cook-off event under the tents at Decade’s Restaurant. 


For a list of winners check out the chamber web site at

2010 WCCC Winning Recipe

Happy Trails Chili


2 ¾ lbs. tri-tip sirloin beef cut in 3/8” cubes
1 15 oz. can beef broth
1 8 oz. can chicken broth
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

1 T. granulated onion
1 T. granulated garlic

1 T. pasilla chili powder
4 T. Gebhardt chili powder
3 T. California chili powder
1 T. New Mexico chili powder
1 T. cumin
1 fresh minced Serrano chili pepper
2 t. salt.


Brown meat, drain fat and juice, add to pot. Add both broths and tomato sauce and simmer ½ hour. Add other ingredients and simmer covered until meat is tender.  Add 2 T. Happy Trails Chili Seasoning Mix and simmer 5 minutes. Check for salt.


Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race

March 11-13 The Eastern Slope Inn will be host to the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup.  The Hannes Schneider Meister Cup is unlike any ski race in history. It combines the best of skiing today with the warm nostalgia of yesterday. It honors the founding father of ski instruction, Austrian Hannes Schneider, who brought his world-renowned skills to North Conway and Mt. Cranmore in 1939. Schneider introduced skiing fun and excitement to millions around the globe.  For more information on this event check out the events page for Cranmore at


Harvey Dow Gibson purchased the Eastern Slope Inn in the Summer of 1937. He later purchased the Eastern Slope Ski School and headquartered it at the Inn. At this time he learned of a man so talented at ski instruction that his style of skiing lives on today, Hannes Schneider.

Unfortunately, Schneider was interned in a Nazi prison camp in Austria, but Gibson was not deterred. Through his international banking connections, Harvey Gibson arranged for the release of Hannes Schneider and his family and brought them to North Conway.

 For more on the History of Eastern Slope Inn Resort and our link to Hannes Schneider check out our web site at

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