Four Fabulous Smaller Ski Areas in the Upper Valley
Dec 21, 2017 01:08PM
● Published by Linda Ditch
season has arrived! And with it, the large crowds often found at bigger
resorts. Maybe you prefer less crowded venues, or perhaps you’re a ski newbie
who gets a little intimidated by the bigger areas. No worries! The Upper Valley
has several small ski areas just right for you and your family and friends!
1. Dartmouth Skiway, 39 Grafton Turnpike, Lyme Center, NH
Find big-mountain challenges in a family-friendly
setting. Nearly 100 Dartmouth All-Americans and more than 30 national champions
call this their ski home. The area offers more than 100 skiable acres spread
over two mountains, with something fun for everyone: a 968-foot vertical drop, a
full-service day lodge, superb grooming, and exciting terrain features.
2. Whaleback Mountain, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield, NH
Originally founded in 1955 by
Olympic Nordic Jumper Ernie Dion, Whaleback is a nonprofit, community-supported
ski and snowboard area. The area has 4 lifts, boasts 30 trails with a 700-foot elevation,
and a nostalgic New England mountain feel. Plus, Whaleback is the only
night-skiing option in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region. There is also a professionally
staffed ski school, the Whaleback Pub and Cafe, and a rental shop.
One of the oldest in the United States, Suicide Six has operated for 82
consecutive years. This ski area is a part of the Woodstock Inn & Resort.
It has a 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, and 30 percent advanced
slope rating, so there’s a trail for just about any level of skiing ability.
This ski area near both I-89 and I-91 offers 66
trails and slopes covering 233 skiable acres (18 miles of terrain). There are 17
easier trails, 32 trails that are more difficult, and 17 trails that are
described as the most difficult. There are also 4 terrain parks, 4 mogul runs,
and 9 glades.
What's your favorite local ski area?