Jingle those bells as the season of Christmas and celebrations approach. Embrace the warmth of the fireplace and hot drinks amidst the breath of your blankets. Friends and family have already begun planning surprises and trips for that once in a year time that you take part to create many memories to hold onto the next year. Thanks to all the celebrations ahead there are plenty of discounts and offers to spend all the money that you have worked hard in the gathering. Make a bucket list of things to do before this winter ends and include some adventures with all that thick snow.
Ragged Mountain Resort is a family friendly resort to have a fun filled vacation. The resort is located in Danbury a 2-hour drive from Boston in New Hampshire. The staff is especially friendly with the beginners as they toughen up to learn few grooves. The Ragged Mountain Resort offers programs with professional instructors to teach skiers of all abilities and can enjoy. The resort offers various amenities including a diverse range of options for lodging and dining. The Ragged Mountain Resort also offers special events for all ages which are only valid at the ticket window or Guest Services.
Base Elevation: 1000 feet
Summit Elevation: 2250 feet
Vertical Drop: 1250 feet
The Black Mountain boasts of a 2250 ft. summit with a base of 1000 ft. base and a vertical drop of 1250 ft. The resort has a terrain of 240 acres which is skiable and out of which more than 98%, that is 200 acres of land is covered by state-of-the-art snowmaking to ensure that you get the snow adventures whenever you want to snow which you paid for. The skiable terrain is divided into 56 trails serviced by seven lifts in total. The average snowfall at this place is about 100 inches. The resort opens in December and is open for 140 days in the season. It has had the experience of operating as a skiing destination for over half a century.
The resort is very well-connected with all the neighboring towns and cities, making it easily accessible for all.
Ragged Mountain Resort consists of 3 terrain parks which have 240 acres of skiable terrain divided into 23% for beginner’s runs, 30 % intermediate run and 39% are advanced runs and 7% are expert runs. The longest run on the mountain being 1 mile long. The resort has different slopes as per your skiing requirements. The mountain attracts skiing lovers thanks to its exciting 1000 ft. vertical drop. The rentals available and the instructors at the resort are professionals. Thus, everything related to requirements and satisfaction is guaranteed.
Ragged Mountain Resort offers snow tubing trails to provide a fun and energizing alternative for skiers and snowboarders. Snow tubing at the resort is called Pinnacle Plunge Tubing which is 700-feet in length which is more than two football fields and consists of four lanes. The lanes are designed with a series of pitches and rollers for speeds up to 30 mph, ending in a 250-ft run. A carpet is provided to bring the tubers that have sled down, back to the top of the mountain.
There are certain requirements such as children participating must be at least 42 inches tall to qualify for snow tubing, participants must wear warm clothing that includes gloves and winter footwear, loose clothing like scarves are not permitted, and hard shell boots are not permitted. Tickets are sold in 2-hour sessions which each cost about $20 and for students with ID session costs $15. The resort encourages the advance purchase of these tickets as in peak seasons or holidays they might be sold out. There won’t be any refunds or exchanges once the tickets have been purchased and coupons or rain checks are not allowed for tubing sessions.
Skiers who can control their moves on the slopes and are relatively advanced in skiing skills can participate in racing. NASTAR which stands for National Standard Race and is the largest public ski race programs conducted in the world. In 1968, NASTAR was developed by SKI Magazine to provide thrill in the skiing field of sports for those who want to compete and to compare themselves with friends. On weekends racing starts from 11 am and ends at 2 pm.
The price for racing for two runs is $5, $10 for unlimited trails, $3 for a single timed run which awards no medals and $1 for reruns.
Ragged Mountain Resort has three terrain parks. Wanna Be Wild is a small terrain park and is relatively a beginner terrain park featuring small boxes, rails, and jumps. Wild Side which is a medium sized terrain park which entertains features of Intermediate to Advanced Park featuring Jumps and rails that start off with small ones and then progress as you make your way down the park. Wild Ride, which is another medium sized terrain park that has features of intermediate to Advanced Park featuring amazing features as compared to the Wild Side terrain park.
Beware of reading the signs before adventuring at any of the above terrain parks and be smart. For example, an orange oval sign indicates freestyle terrain.
The Ragged Mountain Resort is serviced by a total of 7 lifts of which 1 is high-speed sixes, 2 is triple chair, 1 is double chair and remaining 3 are surface lifts. The rates depend on the category of the age group you belong to; junior group is aged 6 to 12, teen-aged 13 to 18, adult aged 19 to 64 and senior aged 80 and above or 65 and above. For seniors aged 80 and above lift tickets are free of cost and children aged below 5 have lift tickets free of cost when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
On weekends or holidays, the lift ticket for an adult costs $79, for a teen ticket costs $65, for a junior it costs $55 and seniors (aged above 65) $55. On midweek is the lift ticket for an adult costs $69, for a teen ticket costs $55, for a junior it costs $45 and seniors $45. On half days of weekends or holidays, the lift ticket for an adult costs $59, for a teen ticket costs $49, for a junior it costs $39 and seniors $39. On half days of midweek is the lift ticket for an adult costs $49, for a teen ticket costs $39, for a junior it costs $35 and seniors $35.
The Ragged Mountain Resort is acknowledged for its quick and amazing lifts, family friendly resort staff, and a big lodge to give guests much space to entertain themselves and one that is mostly never too crowded. The problem with the lift being so fast is that runs at the resort are very short so one can literally ski the entire mountain in a short time, and thus, skiing the same runs multiple times can get boring.
The medium range skiers will find the Ragged Mountain very fun and adventurous as for the higher level skiers, the experts, these glades and slopes will not be enough to fulfill their taste buds and the thrill of skiing. The ticket rates for lift seem a little pricey as compared to the weak terrain that the resort has to offer. The resort though may be well known for its enormous lodging and family friendly staff, it does not allow on-spot lodging. This is a drawback for the visitors.
Barring a few drawbacks, the Ragged Mountain ski area is one of the best in the region, attracting thousands of visitors every winter. And with so much to do and enjoy at the Ragged Mountain ski resort, you cannot afford to miss out on visiting Ragged Mountain this winter. So pack your gear, and head out straight for the Ragged Mountain Resort with your family and friends and make the most of the snowy, chilly winters. Have fun!
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