Ragged Mountain – The Hidden Gem of New England Ski Areas
While we may be facing an abnormally warm El Nino winter, this hasn’t stopped us from getting out on the slopes. This past weekend we took a day skiing trip to Ragged Mountain located in Danbury, New Hampshire. Ragged Mountain is a hidden gem of New England ski areas for a number of reasons.
For starters, it’s located a little further off the Interstate 93 corridor than many of the other NH ski areas. The ride off the highway was enjoyable as we passed through a few towns and windy roads through the woods; giving us the feeling of a more private mountain vs. commercialized resort. The proximity to Boston was also a big plus, as Ragged is less than 2 hours away. This made for an easy day trip that didn’t require us to leave before sunrise.
When we arrived, we couldn’t have asked for better skiing weather. The temperatures hovered around 30 degrees with no wind. Ragged has done a great job making up for Mother Nature’s lack of snow this winter. About half the mountain was open, with numerous top to bottom runs from their two main peaks, Ragged Mountain and Spear Mountain.
Despite a good crowd at the mountain, we barely waited more than a few minutes in a lift line thanks to Ragged’s 6-person and 4-person high speed lifts. Additionally the two peaks service a wide variety of terrain. There are very few mountains in New England where one lift services a green circle and a double black diamond. This is great for groups with a variety of levels because they can still ride the chairlift up together then get down their separate ways.
Once the slopes closed down we celebrated a great day of skiing with a beer in the Stone Hearth bar. The atmosphere was a ton of fun, and we highly recommend getting a specialty pizza. Next time you’re looking for a great day of skiing, just a day trip away from Boston, check out Ragged Mountain!
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