Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Ragged Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsLocated in rural Danbury, New Hampshire, Ragged Mountain is about 90 minutes from Boston and just over an hour from Manchester, New Hampshire, by car or bus. For those flying into New England, it's near Logan Airport in Boston, Lebanon Municipal Airport and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. With few hotels in the immediate area and relatively small crowds most weekends, Ragged Mountain has a local, small-town feel. This family-friendly resort has plenty to offer beginners as well as the more experienced. Ragged boasts many expert trails, making it a popular destination for true enthusiasts who want to spend more time on the slopes and less time in line.
The MountainWith a 2,250-foot-high summit and a vertical drop of 1,250 feet, Ragged Mountain is a midsized ski mountain with more than 200 acres of trails. Average annual snowfall is 100 inches plus state-of-the-art snowmaking for most of the slopes. The mountain opens to skiers and snowboarders in either late November or early December, with a projected season of 140 days. A third of the trails are black diamond advanced or double black diamond expert, with the rest being either beginner or intermediate, so the mountain offers significant challenges for advanced and expert-level skiers and plenty of opportunities for less experienced skiers to hone their skills.
Trails And LiftsRagged Mountain features the only high-speed "six-pack" lift in New England, plus four more leisurely lifts and a "wonder carpet" lift for kids. Of the 45 trails, 30 percent are beginner level, 40 percent are intermediate and 30 percent are advanced or expert. Slow ski areas are designated for beginners, including the long and winding Turnpike trail. Four terrain parks cater to advanced snowboarders, beginners and those who prefer more natural terrain.
In The NewsRagged Mountain underwent a $1 million upgrade that included a new automated snowmaking system. One hundred high-efficiency snow guns were also added to the resort's arsenal. The upgrades were unveiled in December 2011.
CostA basic, full-day lift ticket costs $62 for an adult on weekdays and $71 on weekends and holidays. Tickets for teens 13 to 18 are $47 and $57, juniors 6 to 12 and seniors 65 to 79 are $37 and $47, and those 5 and younger or 80 and older ski free. Lower Mountain tickets are also available for $34 and $44. Packages, season passes and discounts for military and college students are available. Full-day skiing or snowboarding equipment rental packages are $41 for adults and $31 for juniors.
Apres-SkiRagged offers on-site dining, lodging and entertainment, so skiers and boarders can make their trips as all-inclusive as they want them to be. Tallula's Tavern features lunch, dinner and drinks, plus live entertainment on weekend evenings. The Pub at Ragged Mountain serves both resort guests and locals wood-fired pizza, pub fare and fine dining entrees such as baked sea scallops and prime rib. For something quick, Harvest offers chowder, burgers and a baked potato bar. Guests can stay overnight in the Bunk Room for as little as $20 a person with a group of 10 or more, or rent an apartment or the charming Golf House.
WATCH: Ragged Mountain Resort
A snowboarder rides Ragged Mountain.