Embrace the chilling winds of forthcoming winter in the warmth of your blanket. It’s that time of the year where one has to find themselves busy in finding a present for their loved ones. Thanks to all the auspicious events there are loads of discounts to spend all the money that has piled up for shopping. Fly back to your homes or your friends and have an adventurous get-together. Now is the time to create memories, as you look beck the coming year these are what matters. Make a list of the fun things to do this winter and make sure that you take advantage of all that thick snow.
Granite Gorge ski area is a warm resort to have a fun filled vacation. The resort is located in the southwest of Hampshire on the Pinnacle Mountain in the town of Roxbury, is a downhill ski resort. The Pinnacle Mountain faces north and thus protects from the heavy and chilly winter winds. The terrain parks here include the signature events like VW bus and the Bag Jump. The resort is also known for its cosmic and glow lighting tubing.
Base Elevation: 800 feet
Summit Elevation: 1325 feet
Vertical Drop: 525 feet
The granite gorge has a summit of 1325 ft with a base of 800 ft and a vertical drop of 525 ft. The place has skiable terrain of over 55 acres with snowmaking covering 39 acres to ensure guests of their non-stop winter fun that they have paid. The skiable terrain is divided into 19 trails serviced by four lifts in total. The Granite Gorge Ski Area opens in the month of December and is open for 70 days in the season. The resort is relatively quiet new as compared to other resorts as it has been open for about a decade, 13 years to be precise. The average snowfall at this place is about 100 inches thick. But with good accessibility and top quality services on offer, Granite Gorge Ski Area has made a name for itself in the list of skiing resorts. The place is visited by a large number of visitors every winter.
The terrain has 55 acres of skiable terrain divided into 35% for beginner’s runs, 35 % intermediate run, 15% are advanced runs and 15 % expert runs. The resort has night skiing on over 17 acres. The alpine skiing consists of long windy rides on the Monadnock Mile and steep, bumpy runs on Headwall. The cross country skiing is stretched across 14 km of trails of which one kilometer is a lighted loop in the shadows of the Pinnacle Mountain away from the chilly winds near Keene.
The trail fees are lowest in the region; the fee for XC skiing is $8 for skiers older than 14 and $6 for a half day. The rentals are about $18 per day and $10 for a half day. For junior, senior, college student or military (with ID proofs) a full day ticket costs $7 and a half day ticket costs $5.
Snowshoeing is for those who can’t pick up the skiing pace. If you want to have a slow relaxing walk through the woods just enjoying the view then snowshoeing is your sport. Granite Gorge ski resort offers you snowshoeing at a very low price of $8 which is fixed and includes a pass and rentals like boots. Kids under five can go snowshoeing for free when accompanied by an adult with a ticket. The resort also offers lessons for better performance.
The granite gorge Mountain offers a wonderful tubing experience with its 200 Pro tubes and newly groomed snow. The whole mountain has a sound system. New double person tubes and 20 pro mini tubes for children have been recently installed. There is night skiing facility with a lighting system and a new wonder craft lift that takes you 2.5 minutes to traverse 950 ft. You must be at least five years old and 42 inches tall to qualify for snow tubing.
The charge for 2 hours for a single person is $18, for a group of 20 to 50 people $17 each per 2 hours, for a group of more than 50 people $16 each. The cosmic tubing with the splendid black lights, fluorescent tubes, light shows and a DJ costs $25 and is only available on Saturday nights.
Skiers who can control their moves on the sill and are relatively advanced at the level of 6 and above are qualified to participate in racing. The racing here is less about competition and more about fun and learning for the child. The competition is organized with specific drills and gate training which includes free skiing. There are two programs to choose from, Friday Night Fun Races at Granite Gorge and Thursday Night Adult Race League.
Friday Night Fun Races at Granite Gorge is a monthly race event which you can enjoy with your friends. The race course is suited for both beginners and advanced racers and is mostly meant for fun. Thursday Night Adult Race League is for adults aged 21 and above and consist of a group of 5 to 7 people for each team. The resort also conducts Nastar races which are open to the public for viewing.
The 55 acres of the skiable terrain of Granite Gorge is serviced by a total of 4 lifts of which 1 is a double chair and three surface lifts. For a full day, the ticket cost for an adult is $49, for a junior $42, for a senior (aged 65 and above) $42, Military (with valid ID proof) $42 and college students with ID cost $32. For a full day with carpet and HT only the ticket cost for an adult is $34, for a junior $27, for a senior (aged 65 and above) $27, military $27 and college students cost $25.
For a half day, the ticket price for an adult is $39, for a junior $32, for a senior (aged 65 and above) $32, military $32 and college students cost $25. For a half day with carpet and HT, only the ticket cost for an adult is $29, for a junior $27, for a senior $27, military $27 and college students cost $25.
Last 2-hour tickets from Thursday to Saturday the ticket cost for an adult is $25, for a junior $25, for a senior $25, military $25 and college students cost $25. The magic carpet only costs $10 regardless of age.
The granite gorge is a very affordable and a cozy place to stay. The tubing has garnered great reviews but sadly the same can’t be said for skiing due to the inaccurate snowfall predictions and the small number of lifts in service. The food comes cheap at the grill area for about $2 for beers and $3 for hot dogs. The customer service and hospitality haven’t had great reviews as the staff is said to lack compassion or any sort of empathy towards their guests.
The place is fairly mediocre and mostly empty considering they have only two snow making machines which seem like they haven’t been used for a long time. The lift operators are mostly amateur as the other staff and are reviewed to be very bad at their job as they don’t care for the passenger’s safety. The trails are pretty short and take only about seconds for you to get back to the main trail. Overall the place is not the best spot, but can have fun with family especially with the cosmic tubing.
With so much on offer, Granite Gorge Ski Area sounds a perfect place to be at, with your family and friends. So go ahead, pack your skiing gear and head out straight for this fantastic skiing resort and have a great time with your family and friends. You won’t regret it, we promise.
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