The excitement of a New Year approaching has made us reminisce and indulge in the most memorable moments that we have spent in the past. Time to pour in the hot chocolates and enjoy the warmth brought by the gentle hug of your blankets. It’s almost impossible to wake up from the bed thanks to the most comfortable season of the year. The roads start lighting up with the merry feel of Christmas. It’s fun time one can have a family trip. Why waste a good vacation in the same place that you spend most of the year at?
Dartmouth Skiway is the ticket you need to get away from all that pollution and the city noise. Located in New Hampshire 20 minutes away from Dartmouth College in Lyme. It is a family fun destination since several decades at affordable rates and short lift lines. The Mountain provides a wide range of challenges to skiers of every level and has many amenities to entertain its guests. The place has become home for ski racing and has contributed to over 100 members of U.S ski teams over the years. The resort offers many discounts which let you have special experiences with your loved ones.
Base Elevation: 975 feet
Summit Elevation: 1943 feet
Vertical Drop: 968 feet
The Dartmouth Skiway boasts of a 1942 ft. summit with a base of 973 ft. and a vertical drop of 968 ft. The Mountain consists of 1 Terrain Park which has over 107 acres of skiable terrain with 54 acres of snowmaking serviced by four lifts. The resort has been open for more than half a century. Winter fun starts from the month of December and is open for 100 days until March. Dartmouth Mountain has had many great skiers born from the area whose families now visit the mountain with an average snowfall of 100 inches. As the peak is close to the college, it gets a lot of students and faculty as customers. The resort is also well connected with the neighbouring towns and cities, making it the top choice for a large number of visitors in the region.
The Dartmouth Skiway has over 100 acres of skiable terrain and a total of 28 trails of which 21% are beginner runs (for those who have just begun or are not very good at skiing), 50% intermediate runs (for those who have experience in skiing and are comfortable with their own gear), 25% advanced runs (skiers who have more control while riding steep slopes) and the remaining 4% (for the experts who can race and compete in competitions). The longest run of the mountain is about 1 mile long.
The Dartmouth Skiway and the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center at Oak Hill has become the venue and hosts for the prestigious 2003 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Collegiate Ski Championships. The Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center at Oak Hill was intended to be a downhill skiing center. With the help of further funding the resort plans on developing sprinting courses. The main aim of the resort is to increase public recreational activities.
The USSA conducts races at the Dartmouth Skiway to which many students and professionals get registered. The resort supports a ski club called Ford Sayre whose sole purpose is for skiers who are hungry for the thrill of a race. No wonder the place has given birth to many national level skiers.
The Mountain offers to coach all levels of skier’s right from beginners to advanced level. Sean Norton is in charge of directing the ski and snowboard lessons. For beginners, they have specially designed equipment to let the learning be both fun and hassle free. The Dartmouth Skiway resort offers both private and group lessons for the visitors to help them ace the skills of skiing.
The private lessons have several sessions starting in the morning from 10:30 am. Private, one-hour lesson cost $75 per person; semi-private lesson cost $115 per person, one hour lesson which includes all-day lift tickets costs $89 per person, a one hour lesson which includes all-day lift tickets and all-day rentals cost $99 per person.
Group Lessons lesson for adults has various programs like the midweek group and Wednesday women’s group. The midweek group which costs $170 is a 6-week program with each session being 90 minutes long. The midweek group with lift access which costs $225 is a 6-week program with each session being 90 minutes long. The women’s Wednesday group which costs $170 is also a 6-week program with each session being 90 minutes long.
The Mountain has over 107 acres of the skiable area which is served by four lifts of which 1 is a quad chair, one double chair, and two surface lifts. The lifts have short waiting time and have made many impatient skiers happy. The group lift tickets consist of at least 20 people per group and charge $35 per head. Children who are under the age of 5 and seniors over the age of 80 can travel the lifts free of cost provided that a ticketed adult accompanies the child.
On weekends and holidays the ticket charges for juniors (ages 6 to 12) for half day $28 and full day $20, high school teens the ticket costs $33 for half day and $38 for a full day. For the adults the ticket costs $43 for half day and $48 for full day and seniors aged 65 and above the ticket costs $28 for half day and $33 for a full day. The charges for beginners are is $12 regardless of age.
On midweek and non-holidays the ticket charges for juniors for half day is $21 and full day $26, high school teens the ticket costs $24 for half day and $29 for a full day. For visitors who are adults, the ticket costs $25 for half day and $31 for a full day and for seniors the ticket costs $21 for half day and $26 for a full day. The charges for beginners are is $12 regardless of age
The Dartmouth Skiway is wonderful and a heartwarming place for a great stay. The Dartmouth College owns the resort. Although, on busy days the place gets crowded due to small terrain area. The longest run is only one mile long which takes about 4 minutes to slide which is not much fun. The place comes at a reasonable cost along with the tickets stay and food.
The resort leaves every skier of every level with a good experience to remember. It has racing, freestyle, and beginner trails. The place has a bad history of snowfall and when it doesn’t snow the place turns icy and undesirable. The resort consists of 2 mountains holds for a tougher level and Winslow for lesser difficulty. The best trails are mostly blocked for racing by kids with an adrenaline rush.
With all the amazing facilities on offer and equally amazing snow sports to enjoy, Dartmouth Skiway is truly the best place to head out to, this winter. So, go ahead, pack your bags and visit Dartmouth Skiway with family and friends this winter and make the most of these winter holidays. Have fun!
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