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ski guide :: climate
the mouNtaiNS are meltiNg!
The case of the disappearing ski slopes By Noah Schaffer
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limate change may have been ignored during this fall’s eleccmention tions, but it’s likely on the minds of many skiers — not to ski resorts eager to avoid a repeat of last year’s warm
winter, which saw many ski-related businesses either opening late or closing early. And it’s not just a threat of an occasional lackluster ski season. A recent report prepared by the office of Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for the House Natural Resources Committee warns that unless carbon pollution is cut by 2100, “Maine will likely be the only state cold enough to sustain ski resorts, putting thousands out of work and losing billions of dollars for the New England economy.” >> climate on p 46
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Pamela Templer, a Boston University biologist affiliated with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, recently spoke with me about why changing temperatures mean fewer days to ski. How has the ski season changed? The data collected in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest shows that since 1955 there are about 20 fewer ski days per year. The snow pack has decreased by 10 inches. The air temperatures have increased by 2.5 degrees. There’s been an increase in midwinter thawing. It used to be that you could reliably expect a continuous snowpack all winter, and you could go skiing anytime you wanted. That’s changed, because now the snow isn’t quite as predictable. So now the ski season is both shorter and less consistently snowy? Exactly. This isn’t continuous. It’s not like each year, the ski season starts a day later. But the general trend over the last 50 years is that it is starting later and
“Since 1955, there are about 20 fewer ski days per year. it used to be that you could reliably expect a continuous snowpack all winter. that’s changed, because now the snow isn’t as predictable.” ending earlier and is interrupted by midwinter thaws. What’s causing the shortage of snow? It’s safe to say it that it is driven by increases in air-temperature shifts, so there is less snow and more rain. That has been observed and is projected to increase. So that not only changes the form of precipitation, so even if you have snow on the ground, if the air temperature goes up, you get more melting. If you have snow on the ground and it rains, that will melt what is on the ground. Is this happening in every ski region around the world? New
Hampshire is similar to many other regions in northern latitudes where the spatial extent and the duration that snow is on the ground is likely to decrease in the future. I know that you’re a scientist and not an economist or a politician, but surely this is having an economic impact on the ski region. Yes, that’s being experienced. Lawrence Hamilton, a sociologist at the University of New Hampshire, has studied this. One thing he’s researched is how there is often more snow in New Hampshire than in Boston. He calls it the “urban effect.” If we don’t see
snow in the ground in Boston, we don’t think there’s snow up north. That has an economic effect on the ski industry. People in Boston need to be educated to check the ski reports and not to just look at what is on the ground. He’s also documented some of the costs associated with artificial snow. Right now, a lot of ski companies have been able to keep pace with the lack of natural snow. But the midwinter thaw makes the process more expensive. So wouldn’t this multi-billiondollar industry want to prevent being threatened? Last spring, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation convened a roundtable discussion involving scientists like myself, recreational users, and land managers, and we learned that the scientific evidence of climate change is being experienced firsthand by users and land managers. We need to communicate more with each other. It should be a two-way street where we find ways to make science usable to the public while at the same time the users inform scientists what they’re experiencing. P
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ecently, I did something that most career advisors — no, most people — would consider fundamentally insane. I quit my editorial staff job at one of Boston’s hottest lifestyle magazines, swapped my hi-tops for trekking poles, and moved into a hut in the middle of the New Hampshire woods.
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illUsTraTioN BY Jared Boggess
Would a solitary winter in the New Hampshire wilderness clear my head, or destroy my sanity? I couldn’t wait to find out.
My new home, a solar-powered, yurt-shaped structure called Lonesome Lake Hut, is one of eight such huts owned and operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club — the granddaddy of outdoor nonprofits across New England, and my summer employer throughout college. With 48 bunk beds for hikers, the hut is perched above a disc of cold water, miles from any road. In the summer, hikers from New England and beyond make overnight reservations at Lonesome, and a co-ed crew of six sling out hot meals and entertainment for them. But once the first frost glazes the trees, the hut reverts to self-service, meaning guests must strap on micro-spikes to combat the snowy trail and bring their own food and bedding. As the lone caretaker, my job description is simple: welcome hikers with a pearly grin, show them to their bunk beds, and help them cook spaghetti on the stove without burning down
the building. The rest of the time, I will often be left alone in the frozen forest, for up to a week. I am then allowed a week off in the valley (to catch up on music, news, and collect my sanity), while my fellow rotating caretaker, Beth, hikes up and takes the helm. Before breaking the news to my friends and family, I spent weeks preparing a list of rationalizations on why this would be a good idea. For one, I had spent much of my childhood romping around outdoors, in the very mountains I was about to inhabit again. After a solid year without leaving the city for more than 48 hours, I was long overdue for a holiday of pine needles, loon cries, and other bucolic things not found near Central Square. Unsurprisingly, office life had taken a punishing toll on my body. Even an hour of grunting at the gym each day wasn’t enough to offset the chronic aches of sitting for hours and staring at an LCD screen. Life as a hut caretaker offered an endless menu of physical necessities, from snowshoeing down mountain slopes to chopping log rounds with an axe (I was very excited for this). By New Year’s Day, I’d be built like a brick shithouse. But what drove me to the hut with greater urgency was a desire to temporarily escape the superficialities of city life and do something real, dammit. As a magazine writer, I was uniquely subject to the constant symphony of pop hype and fury that defines the metropolis these days. Each week seemed wrapped around yet another new club opening near the Financial District, or the arrival of some hotshot chef with a freezer full of duck fat or kangaroo bacon. Everything that was once intoxicating to me had outworn its welcome. It was all beginning to feel like the waning hour of any house party, when sipping one of those IPAs that once tasted so crisp and hoppy is about as pleasurable as inhaling cough syrup. I needed a cold shower, like Martin Sheen in the opening frames of Apocalypse Now. I wanted to get dirt under my nails, rip holes in my pants. Most of all, on the busier weekend nights, I wanted to greet hikers with a crackling fire, start conversations that didn’t involve couture houses or hashtags, and serve as a steward of the forest. I left Boston with a sedan full of clothes and cumbersome books like Jude the Obscure and Atlas Shrugged (for comic relief, you understand). The drive up Route 93 was one for the ages, with a lifting breeze and a magic >> HUT on p 50
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hour that seemed to last the entire evening. As the autumnal mounds of suburban New Hampshire gave way to greasy food joints and creaky general stores, I began to feel like I had entered another country. And to a degree, I had. For better or worse, the New England countryside has a way of preserving old-time comforts and customs that most cities have largely shoved aside to make room for more contemporary diversions. It felt deeply refreshing to be surrounded by unpretentious establishments with names like “Hank’s Chops” or “D.W. Beezley Supply and Feed.” The first hike up almost killed me. Day one is invariably the worst. Of course, it doesn’t help that most trails in the White Mountains were designed by alpine athletes seeking revenge on regular humans. There’s no other explanation for the lack of switchbacks, the prominence of rock staircases, and the evident principle that a trail should reach its destination as fast as possible: even if that means shooting up three vertical miles of granite and roots. For 1.6 miles (a modest distance in these mountains, believe me) every muscle in my legs and lower back quaked and quivered, guaranteeing physical therapy sessions in seniority. But I trudged on, climbing out of Franconia Notch, onto the plateau beneath Cannon Mountain, where Lonesome Lake Hut awaited. I kicked open the front door, redfaced and gasping like a beached whale, trying to remind my lungs of their normal function. The hut was empty: the kitchen sinks dry, floors swept, mysterious bags of garbage festooned throughout the place. The first thing I noticed was just how loud my labored wheezing sounded, with no ambient noise to make it less conspicuous. This was it: my new habitat. There wasn’t a soul to break the silence or offer a glance of acknowledgment. For the first time since my departure from Boston — from the office, the gala parties, the company of roommates, the availability of beer — I began to wonder if I had made a mistake. I tried to distract myself by cooking a big, fatty dinner: ground beef sizzled with smoked paprika, spaghetti, and sautéed peppers. I took my plate, which was really more like a trashcan lid, and sat in the empty dining room, under the glow of bare bulbs. Through every bite, I kept shifting my glance towards the door, expecting some weary traveler to stomp in. This was similar to moments I would often have back in 50 11.09.12 :: Thephoenix.com/ski
i swung until i thought my arms would fall from their sockets, relieved that i had not given myself a lobster foot with the chopping blade. Cambridge, when I’d walk home from work in the evening and find that I had the apartment to myself for a few precious minutes. I could take my shirt off, put on Guns N’ Roses, and rest my feet on the kitchen table, or invite a girlfriend over for some sensual boinking that wouldn’t be punctuated by repeated whispers of “Shh!” from the other side of the wall. I savored those interludes of privacy, but at the same time, I counted the minutes until my friends would arrive home. No one walked through the hut door for the rest of dinner, nor while I washed my dishes and spread out my sleeping bag in the caretaker quarters. In theory, anyone could crack open the door any time, even as I slept (a reality I tried not to reflect upon too much). If they were modestly experienced hikers, I’d likely find them eating their own cold porridge in the dining room the next morning. But if this was their first time in the woods, or worse, if they had gotten themselves wet and been out in the cold long enough to develop the shakes, I could be up well beyond 2 am wrapping them with emergency blankets and spoon-feeding them instant chicken soup to replenish their body temperature and sodium levels. It was an entirely imaginable, if daunting prospect. The crew room was arrestingly cozy with six bunks, a desk stacked with journals, and a dusty two-way radio, through which I would receive and
transmit weather reports each morning. I chose an upper-level bed by the window — I figured this would allow me the best vantage point in the event of a nighttime visit by genetic mutants with names like Virgil and Purvis. Stripped down to my briefs, I encased myself in the bag and hit the lights. But before allowing myself to drift off, I uttered a brief, quiet “Hello?” into the dark. I’m not quite sure why I did it, but it was the first time I had spoken since arriving at the hut that afternoon. It was Monday night, and I was officially off the grid. I awoke the next morning with a head full of phlegm and a heart full of purpose. I couldn’t remember feeling so juiced up for the day during my entire tenure in Boston. I threw on jeans and flannel, brewed a pot of coffee, shoveled some oatmeal down my gullet, and went to town on my morning chores. First I spritzed the composting toilets with bacteria-killing spray. Then I checked the gauges on the hut’s propane tanks and made sure that none of the hoses had developed a leak that could incinerate the entire area if some poor sucker lit a match nearby. Finally, I slipped into steel-toed boots and began splitting firewood with a weighted axe called a maul. I’d been pumping iron on a regular basis for the last few years, but this was a workout I could actually enjoy, probably because it would guarantee a toasty fire by the end of the day. I swung and swung until I thought my arms would
fall from their sockets, relieved that I had not given myself a lobster foot with the chopping blade. The crazy thing to consider is that not too long ago, this morning ritual was of vital importance for the survival of millions of American men and women. To endure a winter in the countryside, hematomainducing amounts of firewood were needed to keep the house warm. If livestock were part of the equation, endless bales of hay and grain, reaped from the fields out back, were also necessary. Toweling off from my first bout of log splitting, I thought about fitness beauties and bodybuilders packed into gyms, wringing what pleasure they could from lifting metal plates under fluorescent lights, with LMFAO pumping from the stereo. Laura Ingalls Wilder would have wept. I fell into a routine by my own design. Once chores were complete, I’d take my notepad or laptop down to the dock near the lake and put my English degree to a more literal use, finally full of energy to tap out every half-baked script and short story idea that had come to me during a sales meeting or a Green Line delay between Arlington and Copley. Being autumn, there were hardly any birds left in the area, which imbued the lake with serene echoes of rippling water. Thursday afternoon, I thought to myself, “This is healthy.” Just imagine if American employers spent less time quantifying work hours and allowed employees more space to breathe and gather ourselves. I’m not only suggesting more paid vacation time, but an enforced requirement to actually take that vacation and recuperate. Back in 2009, thencongressman Alan Grayson proposed a bill that would require businesses with over 100 employees to provide at least one week of paid holiday for each worker. The bill was shot down by a bipartisan majority with such intensity that you’d think Grayson had suggested infecting the nation with syphilis. Plenty of us still cling to that old “work hard and never look up” mentality, but a look at today’s economy suggests that ethos has not exactly aged well. Maybe it was never meant to. I was just beginning to feel at home, when suddenly, on Friday, a worrying thing happened. I woke up rattled and alert. My dreams from the night before had been disturbing: gunfire, gore, and a sand-swept locale in ruins. The other day, I had read a New Yorker article on the devastation in Syria, afflicted by Assad’s army. I was no stranger to violent news, and in >> HUT on p 52
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the valley, it rarely affected my sleep. But this morning, a sticky, unseasonably warm day of fog, I was so shaken that I was reluctant to close my eyes, for fear of falling backward into that imagined hell. As I scrambled some eggs on the stove, later that morning, I wondered why I had internalized the war zone reports so completely as to envision them in my sleep. It was an affliction disturbingly similar to Jack Torrance’s in The Shining: a writer-cum-caretaker besot by night terrors. The allegory was so apt that it would be laughable in retrospect — only, I was beginning to wonder whether I’d maintain my sanity long enough to experience that retrospect. In one night, my caretaking experience had gone from blissful to haunting, and I couldn’t figure out what had snapped. I spent a deeply unnerving morning moving wood inside, cleaning out my freezer — a coffin-sized container in the perpetually dripping hut basement — and doing lunges on the trail around the lake. I’d constantly catch myself looking over my shoulder, triggered by something as slight as a rustle of leaves or the moving of wa-
ter. During lunch, down on the dock, I spotted a man on the other side of the lake, moving between pockets of trees. He had a bright red jacket on, which gave away his presence from afar. Yet the man never made it to my side of the lake. I kept waiting for him to pop around a boulder or tree trunk, but he never did. It hit me like a bucket of ice water: I was already starting to miss people. Dearly. After four days on my own, I craved that familiar comfort of banter, shared laughter. No wonder I’d dreamt of Syria: there was nothing and nobody up here to take my mind off whatever media I had digested each day. The of retreating to a log cabin with baked beans, a machine gun, and several gold bricks — “every man for himself,” if you will — never seems to take into account the implications of being completely alone with one’s thoughts. The reality of that classic American dream was grimmer than many of us would imagine. Even in the woods, community remains important. Because at one point or another, Mother Nature will kick the living shit out of you. Nothing ruins an outing like a freak blizzard or twisted ankle on slippery rocks.
In those desperate moments — your once-insulating, cutting-edge wind jacket sodden, your knees lacerated like a roast ham — it helps to have others nearby, ready and willing to offer you a hand. And that is the absolutely salient point here: everyone needs a hand sometimes, whether they’ll admit it or not. Ultimately, the function of Lonesome Lake Hut — a warm sanctuary for outdoor visitors to take shelter and at times, help each other — swooped in and saved my mind. The weekend had just begun, and my reservations sheet indicated that I had a group of 48 travelers en route for the evening. Jumping from zero to 48 living companions is dramatic in any event. But what really caught my eye about this particular group was the subheading: “MIT GRAD STUDENT RETREAT — CAMP SLOAN.” Giddy, I swept the hut floors vigorously, hid everything breakable, and made sure that all of the fire extinguishers had inspection tags. I had lived right next to MIT for a year and knew what those students could get up to, in and out of the classroom. They had rented out the entire hut, a new (and cheap) option for 2012
guests. I was anxious, but really, beyond what havoc the group might have been planning to wreak, I was looking forward to seeing and engaging them. They arrived sodden and shivery at 6 pm, with frozen hamburgers and what looked like tubes of fireworks. Before they finished frying up the patties, the group had erected battery powered speakers, thrown on “Gangnam Style,” and formed a breakdance circle in the dining room. They might as well have brought a wagon of elephants and baboons with them. It would be a tiring night — enough to make four more days of solitude seem heavenly. But it moved me to witness others enjoy their time in such an extreme, removed place, where life is boiled down to its most lasting essentials. I was grateful to be trusted with the responsibility of preserving a place unstuck from time. And I realized: this was what I had left Boston for. “I hope we’re not making life tough for you up here,” Denise, their leader, said to me at one point as she sloshed water around a tray of beef fat. “Not at all,” I replied, handing her the dish soap. “Actually, you’re making it interesting.” P
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NASHOBA VALLEY SKI AREA 79 Powers Rd, Westford, MA › 978.692.3033 › skinashoba. com › Nashoba Valley claims 17 trails (the number used to be higher), even though anyone standing and looking at the 240-foot hillside — roughly one-third the height of the Prudential Tower — would have trouble figuring out where some of them end and others begin. Still, it’s
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ski guide :: listings a learner’s paradise, with clearly demarcated areas for each skill level, serviced by their own lifts. That, the location, private and group lessons, and half-day and nighttime tickets make this one of the most convenient places around to learn how to ski or ride. Ski school, tubing park, and ski and snowboard shop at base. Call 800.400.7669 for snow conditions. A 240 feet B 17 total, three novice, eight intermediate, six expert F terrain park K 100 percent G three triples, one double, three rope tows and two conveyors D weekdays 9 am to 10 pm, and weekends 8:30 am to 10 pm C Weekdays $38, kids under 12 $36, kids under 5 $22; weekends and holidays adults $48, kids under 12 $46, kids under 5 $22; half-day and night skiing is discounted H skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots $32; demos $42; skis for children ages 5 and under $23; helmets $10 M private lessons $90/hour, $45 per additional person; group lessons $45/hour; rental and lesson packages and race training also available
SKI BRADFORD South Cross Rd, Haverhill, MA › 866.644.7669 › skibradford.com › Just minutes from Boston and the North Shore, Ski Bradford has an uphill capacity of 9600 skiers per hour. Lessons for all ages and abilities, racing, complete rental shop, full-service snack bar, large base lodge, ample parking, and more than 80 hours of operation per week. A 248 feet B 15 total: three beginner, four intermediate, eight expert F terrain park with jumps, rails, boxes, and events and competitions throughout the season K 100 percent G three triple chair lifts, one T-bar, and three rope tows
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D weekdays 8:30 am to 6 pm; weekends, school vacation, and holidays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; nights Monday through Saturday 6 to 10 pm C weekdays and twilight hours $34; nights $30; weekends $45; discounts for half days and learners H ski or snowboard package $35, $30 half day or night; juniors $25, $20 half day M group lesson $35; private lesson $80
SKI BUTTERNUT 380 STATE RD, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA › 413.528.2000 › skibutternut.com › Base includes a children’s nursery, clubhouse with locker rooms and cafeteria, upper lodge, sun deck, and ski rental, repair and clothing shop. Also hosts a professional ski school and five-lane tubing center. Now offering private lessons for learning to ski on Telemark skis. (Call 800.438.7669 or check web site for snow conditions.) A 1000 feet B 22 trails total, eight novice, eight intermediate, six expert F three terrain parks for different abilities with jumps, rails, boxes and pipes K 100 percent G three quads, D Weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, weekends and holidays 8:15 am to 4 pm, tubing center open Sat 10 am- 8 pm and Sun 10 am to 5 pm C Mon through Fri $25 adults, $20 juniors/seniors, $15 children; Sat through Sun $55 adults, $45 juniors/ seniors, $20 children; student discounts available; tubing $18/two hours any age H skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots $35 adults, $30 juniors, $20 children; helmets $12 M group lessons $40 an skill level; private lessons $90/ hour, $50 per additional person; private Telemark lesson $90/hour only by reservation
SKI WARD 1000 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA › 508.842.6346 › skiward.com › Located just minutes from major highways, Ski Ward is small
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• BUNYAN ROOM END OF THE WORLD PARTY Celebrate the Mayanpredicted end of days with a party at the Bunyan Room with live music by ’90s cover band Hello Newman. No cover. Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Rd, Lincoln, NH, 603.745.8111 DEC
• JINGLE JAM RAIL RAM A rail jam in the Bob Skinner’s Six O’ Three terrain park. Cash prizes for top competitors. Mount Sunapee, 1398 Rte. 103, Newbury, NH, 603.763.3500 DEC
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but offers terrain for all abilities, a mogul field, a race facility, ski school, and an instructional terrain garden and learning pipe. A 220 feet B 9 trails total; three novice, three intermediate, three expert F quarter-pipe and terrain garden with two rails, jump, box, tire bank, and cannon K 100 percent G two handle-pulls, t-bar, triple chair, tube lift D weekdays 11 am to 9 pm; Sat and holidays 9 am to 9 pm; Sun 10 am to 5 pm C weekdays $28, $10 children 10 and under, $15 halfday (handle-pull only); weekends and holidays $42, $35 half-day, H skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots $30 weekdays, $35 weekends and holidays; helmets $10; discounts for military and seniors M group lessons $35/hour; private lessons $70/hour, $50 per additional person; rental and lesson packages for beginner and intermediate skiers available
WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton, MA › 978.464.2300 › wachusett. com › Wachusett Mountain is a decent place for beginners and intermediate skiers/riders alike. It also has a few black-diamond trails and a vertical of 1000 feet, but truth be told, its proximity is its greatest asset. Call 800.SKI.1234 for ski conditions. A 1000 feet B 22 trails total; 30 percent novice, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert F snowboard-friendly resort with diverse terrain for all abilities K 100 percent G two high-speed quads, two triple chairs, three carpets, one pony lift D weekdays 9 am to 10 pm, weekends 8 am to 10 pm C prime season weekdays adults $47, juniors/seniors $38, children $10; weekends adults $52, juniors/
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At the top of the new T-Bar near the summit of Mount Stickney, a cozy new 600-squarefoot log cabin features an exterior stone fireplace and patio as well as a porch for catching rays on warmer days. Inside, a wood stove warms skiers in between runs while enjoying a light snack. In addition, Bretton Woods has increased its snowmaking capabilities with the installation of 50 new snowguns on the popular Range View trail. The SV10 Impulse snowmaking technology provides for a better and longer skiing experience.
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New Hampshire’s largest ski area welcomes the 2012-2013 winter season with exciting new developments. As part of a multi-phased $70 million transformation at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, the luxury, all-season resort introduces a new lift, additional terrain for backcountry adventures and new snowmaking capabilities at the Bretton Woods ski area. “The dedicated team at Bretton Woods is excited for the upcoming season with new and exciting enhancements that maintain the area’s reputation as one of the top ski destinations in New England,” said Larry Magor, Managing Director of the Omni Mount Washington Resort. New Hampshire’s largest ski area continues to expand with the much anticipated addition of lift service to the Mount Stickney area, welcoming adventurers with a step back to a traditional New England skiing experience. The Mount Stickney expansion, whose last addition included 30 acres of gladed tree skiing, is now complemented with the addition of a T-Bar surface lift and warming cabin. A new 2,000-foot Doppelmayr T-Bar serves the Mount Stickney Glades, while the gladed terrain has been expanded and enhanced to open up the steep drop offs and cliff area for those thrill-seeking skiers and riders. For the less adventurous, many of the glades have been manicured in the Bretton Woods fashion so they will be skiable even in lean snow years and cater to abilities of intermediate and above. With the addition of the surface lift, skiers and riders can now spend hours doing laps in the trees without having to return to the main base area.
The next phase of the Mount Stickney expansion is planned for the 2013-14 season, and is aimed at the Nordic skier with additional terrain to be added to the resort’s already vast 100km network. The new high altitude trails will provide Nordic skiers with early and late season terrain, starting at the Mount Stickney Cabin and connecting into the existing Stickney trail system. With these recent additions and enhancements, Bretton Woods has now expanded across three summits, providing skiers and riders with a variety of terrain to match anyone’s desires. Long known for its family-oriented atmosphere, Bretton Woods continues to strive to provide an experience that family members can enjoy together for the entire day. Part of the Omni Mount Washington Resort, the popular “Stay Here, Ski Free” package is on offer again this season, as is the “Zip & Ski” combo ticket allowing guests to hit the slopes then soar above them. Both offers start at just $99 per person. To learn more, visit brettonwoods.com, or call 800-843-6664.
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ski guide :: listings seniors $38, children $10. peak season adults $53, juniors/seniors $42, children $15 H skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots fullday $32 adults, $26 juniors/seniors, $20 children, $10 helmets; half-day $27 adults, $21 juniors/seniors, $15 children, $8 helmets; packages available M group lessons $40-160; private lessons $80/hour; semi-private $55/hour
BIGROCK 37 Graves Rd, Mars Hill, ME › 207.425.6711 › bigrockmaine.com › Established in 1960, Bigrock Ski Area was purchased in 2000 by the Maine Winter Sports Center. Steps have been taken to make this family friendly ski area ideal for learners. Its projected opening day is December 11. A 980 feet B 35 trails: 11 percent novice, 75 percent intermediate, 14 percent expert F terrain park K 37 percent G one triple chair, one double chair, one poma lift, one carpet lift D Wed-Fri 3 pm to 8 pm; weekend and holidays 9 am to 4 pm C adults $15 every day; children 5 and under $5 every day; seniors 75+ free H ski or snowboard package $25; ski or snowboard only $20 M group lessons $20, private lessons $28
BLACK MOUNTAIN OF MAINE 39 Glover Rd, Rumford, ME › 207.364.8977 › skiblackmountain.org › A family-oriented ski area with snow tubing and ski racing (classical, slalom, and freestyle) throughout the season. A 1150 feet B 21 trails: five novice, six intermediate, and ten expert F half-pipe and terrain park K 90 percent
CYCLES 128 107 BRIMBAL AVENUE BEVERLY, MA 01915 • 800-464-2925 www.cycles128.com
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G one T-bar, one handle tow, one double chair, and one triple chair D daily 9 am to 4 pm C ages 6-74 $15 all day every day; children 5 and under and seniors 75+ free H full day $8, half day $6 M runs several children’s ski programs throughout the season; prices vary
CAMDEN SNOW BOWL Off Rte 1, Camden, ME › 207.236.3438 › camdensnowbowl.com › The ski area overlooks Penobscot Bay and includes areas to skate and tube slide, as well as a toboggan chute. A 850 feet B eight total; one intermediate/beginner, four intermediate, two intermediate/expert, one freestyle F terrain park K 45 percent G two T-bars, one double chair, and one surface lift D Wed through Fri 10 am to 8 pm, and Sat and Sun 9 am to 4 pm C weekdays $23 for adults, $21 for students, weekends $35 for adults, $26 for students. Half-day and night rates also available. H ski and board packages $30 M $25/hour and a half for group lessons, $50/hour for private lessons and $25/hour for each additional person
MOUNT ABRAM 308 Howe Hill Rd, Greenwood, ME › 207.875.5000 › mtabram. com › Boasts 650 acres of trails and glades and also features the longest tubing park in Maine (1325 feet!). A 1150 feet B 44 total; 10 novice, 22 intermediate, 12 expert F four freestyle terrain parks K 75 percent G two double chairs, one T-bar, one handle tow D Thurs through Sun 9 am to 4 pm C adults $49, seniors 60-79/students six through 17
PARKWAY CYCLE 1865 REVERE BEACH PARKWAY EVERETT, MA 02149 • 617-389-7000 www.parkwaycycle.com
$39. Seniors 80+ and children five and under free. Thurs is two-for-one, and on “Caravan Fridays,” everyone seat-belted into a vehicle receives a lift ticket for the flat price of $75 H adult package $30, seniors/juniors $23 M group lessons $35, private lessons $60/hour
SADDLEBACK MOUNTAIN Rte 4, Rangeley, ME › 207.864.5671 › saddlebackmaine.com › The 12,000-acre preserve includes Saddleback Mountain and Saddleback Lake. Glades and other “free” skiing opportunities challenge experts, but plenty of terrain is groomed and smooth enough for beginner and intermediate skiers. Backcountry cross-country trails available at no charge. Projected opening day is Dec 11. A 2000 feet B 66 trails and glades F terrain park K 85 percent G two quads, two double chairs, one T-bar D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm; weekends and holidays 8:30 am to 4 pm C weekdays, $49, $10 seniors, juniors seven-18/college students $39, children under six free; weekends, adults $59, juniors 7 through 18 and college students $49, seniors over 70 $10, children under six free H adult ski or snowboard package $35, junior/senior ski or snowboard package $25 M group lessons $45, private lessons $79/hour
SHAWNEE PEAK 119 Mountain Rd, Bridgton, ME › 207.647.8444 › shawneepeak.com › Offers top-to-bottom night skiing on 19 trails, plus one of the largest pipe/park combinations in New England. A 1300 feet B 44 total; 25 percent novice, 45 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert F half-pipe, two terrain parks, and grommet-garden
GREATER BOSTON MOTORSPORTS 1098 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE ARLINGTON, MA 02176 • 781-648-1300 www.greaterbostonmotorsports.com
beginner’s park, all equipped with night lighting K 98 percent G one quad, two triple chairs, one double chair, one surface lift D Mon 9 am to 9 pm; Tues through Thurs 9:30 am to 8 pm; Fri 9 am to 10 pm; Sat 8:30 am to 10 pm; and Sun 8:30 am to 4:30 pm C weekdays adults $41, juniors/seniors $33; weekends and holidays adults $59, juniors/seniors $46 H ski or snowboard package $35 M private lessons $59/hour, $77/90 min, $150/three hours; first-timer packages and kids’ programs also available
SUGARLOAF 5092 Access Rd, Carrabassett Valley, Kingfield, ME › › sugarloaf.com › With the first double-black-diamond trails in New England, Sugarloaf had an early lead carving a niche out for itself with the core wintersports set. It’s a fun, challenging mountain with 54 miles of trails, three terrain parks, a superpipe, and separate snowboard-cross and skiercross courses designed by two-time Olympic snowboard-cross gold medalist Seth Wescott. Maine’s second-highest peak sees an average of 200 inches of snow each year and celebrates its 60th anniversary on January 8. A 2820 feet B 146 total; 23 percent novice, 34 percent intermediate, 27 percent advanced, 16 percent very advanced F three terrain parks, one superpipe, one half-pipe, one snowboardcross course K 95 percent G two superquads, two high capacity quads, one triple chair, eight double chairs, and two surface lifts D weekdays 8:30 am to 3:50 pm; Sat and Sun opens at 8 am C regular season, adults $79, young adults $66, juniors/ seniors $55;
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ski guide :: listings H ski or snowboard package $39 adults, $26 juniors/ seniors M one-day first-timer’s ski or snowboard lesson $80, group lessons $35/90 min. Private lessons $100/hr between 10 am and 1 pm or $85/hr/person before 10 am or after 1 pm
SUNDAY RIVER 15 South Ridge Rd, Newry, ME › 207.824.3000 › sundayriver.com › Sunday River offers skiers and snowboarders eight interconnected peaks featuring a hearty selection of double black diamonds and open bowls among its 132 trails and terrain parks, so you never have to ride the same run twice. The mountain has done a good job of clustering trails together by skill level, so you shouldn’t run across (or over) beginners while stomping through White Heat’s moguls or tackling Locke Mountain runs. Additionally, a superpipe and four terrain parks provide ample opportunity for trick riders to jib, bonk, and air to their hearts’ content. A 2340 feet B 132 total; 25 percent beginner, 32 percent intermediate, 27 percent expert, 17 expert only F four terrain parks, a super-pipe, and a mini-pipe K 92 percent G nine quad chairs (four high-speed detachables), four triple chairs, two double chairs, three surface lifts D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, and weekends 8 am to 4 pm; subject to change C adult $80; teen $68; junior/senior $55 H ski or snowboard package $39 M group lessons $35/90-min; private lessons $85/hour
ARROWHEAD 14 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, NH › 603.542.7016 › arrowheadnh.com › Arrowhead Recreation Area is jointly run by the city of Claremont and the Arrowhead Recreation Club. It offers day and night skiing and
boarding, as well as tubing. A 1210 feet B nine trails: one novice, five intermediate, three expert F terrain park K none, but infrastructure is being laid out for future snowmaking G three lifts D Fri 6:30 to 9 pm, Sat 10 am to 4 pm and 6 to 9 pm, Sun 10 am to 4 pm C adults $8, juniors $6; night skiing $6, $4 H ski or snowboard $12 M group lessons $11, private lessons $16
ATTITASH MOUNTAIN RESORT Rte 302, Bartlett, NH › 800.223.7669 › attitash. com › Attitash Mountain Resort and nearby Wildcat Mountain are now under the same ownership and offer two of New Hampshire’s larger ski areas for the price of one. Lift tickets are valid for use at both resorts and allow skiers and riders to enjoy the most vertical, value, and variety. Attitash Mountain Resort features some of New England’s most advanced snowmaking technology, excellent grooming, and après & on-snow events that are the essence of the skiing lifestyle. Call 877.677.7669 for snow conditions. A Attitash, 1750 feet; Bear Peak, 1450 feet B 77 total; 33 percent novice, 47 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert F the terrain park on Thad’s Choice has more than 1700 feet of ramps, table tops, huge air hits, rails, boxes, & jibs K 98 percent G three quad lifts (two high-speed detachable), three triple lifts, three double lifts, and one surface lift D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, weekends and holidays 8:30 am to 4 pm C midweek adults $63, teens (13 through 18) $48, seniors (over 65) and juniors (6 through 12) $39;
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weekends/holidays adults $70, teens $55, seniors and juniors $50; multi-day and military discount tickets also available; ages 5 and under free ticket when accompanied by adult/guardian with valid ticket H skis and snowboard packages $36 M private lessons $79 an hour, $20 per additional person; group lessons adults $30, full-day childrens programs $79, half-day $59; lesson and rental packages available
BLACK MOUNTAIN 373 Black Mountain Rd, Jackson, NH › 800.698.4490 › blackmt. com › A family friendly ski area located in the Mount Washington Valley with activities, racing, and special events throughout the season. Call 800.475.4669 for snow conditions. A 1100 feet B 44 trails and glades; 34 percent novice, 32 percent intermediate, 34 percent expert F half-pipe and two terrain parks K 98 percent G one triple, one double, one platter-pull, one J-bar D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, weekends and holidays 8:30 am to 4 pm C weekdays, adults $35 and juniors/seniors $25 ($5 off after 12:30 pm); weekends, adults $45, juniors/ seniors/students $30 (33 percent off after 12:30 pm). Kids under six always ski free H ski or snowboard $30 adults, $24 juniors M group lesson package $79 for adults, $69 for juniors (includes lift ticket and rentals); private lessons $55/hour; semi-private lessons $50/hour
BRETTON WOODS RTE 302, Bretton Woods, NH › 800.314.1752 › brettonwoods.com › The Granite State’s largest ski area, historic Bretton Woods features four terrain parks and 101 trails on 434 acres, including intermittent tree runs and the Rosebrook Canyon Glades, a large free-riding area with patches of heavier maintenance than might typically be expected
of “backcountry” terrain, although it still provides plenty of opportunities to sit in the back seat as you plow through the powder. Snowmaking covers 92 percent of the mountain, so you can ride morning, noon, and night whether Old Man Winter is doing his job or not. Season begins in mid-November. A 1500 feet B 101 total; 25 novice, 29 intermediate, 31 black diamond, 16 double diamond F four freestyle terrain parks K 92 percent G five quads, two carpets, one double chair, one triple chair D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, and Sat and Sun 8 am to 4 pm; night skiing 4 to 9 pm on selected dates; subject to change C weekdays adults $70, teen $57, junior $43; weekends and holidays adults $78, teen $64, junior $49, senior $78 H adult package $41; seniors/juniors $30 M group lessons $35/90 min, private lessons $85/ hour
CANNON MOUNTAIN 9 Franconia Notch, Franconia, NH › 603.823.7771 › cannonmt.com › Cannon Mountain was the site of the first passenger tramway in North America and is the home of the New England Ski Museum. Call 603.823.7771 for snow conditions. A 2180 feet B 72 total; 15 novice, 34 intermediate, 23 expert F terrain park open to skiers and riders K 97 percent G one tram, three quad chairs, three triple chairs, one wonder carpet, one rope tow D Mon and Fri 9 am to 4 pm, weekends and holidays 8:30 am to 4 pm, closed Tues through Thurs C regular season: adults $68, college/teen $55, juniors/ seniors $45 H ski/snowboard rentals $41 for adults/teens/seniors,
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$30 for juniors M group lessons $40, private lessons $50/hour
CRANMORE MOUNTAIN 1 Skimobile Rd, PO Box 1640, North Conway, NH › 800.SUN. NSKI › cranmore.com › This affordable resort tucked away in downtown North Conway offers more than 200 skiable acres, as well as seven dining options, kids’ programs, tubing, night skiing, and entertainment and special events all season long. Scheduled to open on Nov 26. A 1200 feet, with W, NW, and SW exposures B 43 total, with seven glades: 36 percent novice, 44 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert F freestyle terrain park with quarter-pipe K 100 percent G one quad, one triple chair, two double chairs, two carpets, one rope tow D weekdays generally from 9 am to 4 pm, Sat and Sun open at 8:30 am and close at varying times C adult $59, teen $49, kids/seniors $39 H ski and snowboard packages $35 adults, $32 youth M group lessons $59 to $125, private lessons $109 to $209; prices vary by age and length
CROTCHED MOUNTAIN 615 Francestown Rd, Bennington, NH › 603.588.3668 › crotchedmountain.com › Crotched Mountain has the highest snow-production capacity per acre in New England and offers Midnight Madness skiing from 9 pm to 3 am on Fri and Sat nights A 875 feet B 21 total; seven novice, six intermediate, eight advanced F Crotched Mountain Park is equipped with its own quad chair, and Zero-G terrain park features its own triple chair K 100 percent G two quads, one triple chair, one double chair, one magic carpet D Mon through Sat 9 am to 9 pm; Sun 9 am to 5 pm. Midnight Madness Fri and Sat 9 pm to 3 am from Dec 30 to Feb 25 C weekdays, adults $48, juniors/seniors $39; weekends, adults $59, juniors/seniors $48. Midnight madness is $42 H $29/day M group lessons $29, private lessons $70/hour
GRANITE GORGE SKI AREA 341 Rte 9, Keene, NH › 603.358.5000 › granitegorge.com › Features downhill racing, tubing, alpine, and 12 kilometers of cross country skiing. A 525 feet B 20 trails: 30 percent novice, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert F terrain park K 75% G one summit chair lift, one handle tow, one carpet lift D Wed and Thurs noon to 6 pm, Fri noon to 8 pm, Sat 10 am to 6 pm, Sun 10 am to 4 pm C adults $42, juniors and seniors $35, college with id $30 H skis or snowboards $35 M group lessons $25, private lessons $65
GUNSTOCK 719 Cherry Valley Rd, Gilford, NH › 603.293.4341 › gunstock.com › Located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Gunstock has scenic views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the third-longest lift in the state. The Panorama High Speed Quad takes skiers over a mile to 1400 vertical feet in only six minutes. The tubing park has five chutes and is serviced by a hand tow lift. Backcountry cross-country ski tours and clinics are offered throughout the season, as well as skijoring (cross-country skiing with your dog). The tentative opening date is Dec 3. A 1400 feet B 55 total, 12 percent novice, 61 percent intermediate, 27 percent expert; night skiing includes 21 trails and five lifts F all trails, freestyle terrain park, and wall K 90 percent G one high-speed quad, two quads, two triples, one double, one conveyor, one handle tow D Mon 9 am to 4 pm; Tues through Thurs 9 am to 9
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ski guide :: listings pm; Fri 9 am to 10 pm; Sat 8:30 am to 10 pm; Sun 8:30 am to 4 pm C weekdays adults $63, teens $50, children/seniors $36; weekends and holidays adults $72, teens $59, children/seniors $46; night and half-day skiing prices are discounted; Mon tickets are two-for-one H ski/snowboard packages adults/teens $38, children/ seniors $30; ski boots only $20; snowboard boots only $20; skis only $28; poles only $5; helmets $10 M group day programs $75 to $95; private lessons $65/ hour; semi-private (two person) lessons $120/hour
KING PINE 1251 Eaton Rd, Madison, NH › 603.367.8896 › kingpine.com › King Pine’s gentle terrain is ideal for children and beginners, but thrill-seekers can ski “Pitch Pine,” one of New England’s steepest trails. Area includes a skating rink, indoor pool, nursery, tubing area, and fitness complex. The Nordic Center at King Pine features scenic trails on the grounds of Purity Spring Resort and through the pines of the New Hampshire Audubon Sanctuary. Opening day is Dec 10. A 350 feet B 17 total; 44 percent novice, 31 percent intermediate, 25 percent expert F terrain park K 100 percent G three triple chairs, two rope tows, one magic carpet lift D Mon, Wed, and Thurs 9 am to 4 pm; Tues and Fri 9 am to 9 pm; Sat 8:30 am to 9 pm; Sun 8:30 am to 4 pm C adults $47; juniors/seniors $33; children 5 and under free; beginner lifts adults $35, juniors/seniors $22 H adults $34, juniors under 13 $26, children under six $16; snowboard package $34; half-day rentals available M group lessons $77 adults, $62 juniors; private lessons $68/hour, $29 per additional person
LOON MOUNTAIN 60 Loon Mountain Rd,
Lincoln, NH › 603.745.8111 › loonmtn.com › Call 603.745.8100 for snow conditions. The resort is located in the White Mountain National Forest. Season scheduled to begin on Nov 19.Loon’s Nordic and Adventure Center also hosts snowshoeing, ice-skating, indoor climbing, workshops, and Nordic rental/trail/lesson packages. A 2100 feet B 61 total; 20 percent novice, 60 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert F six terrain parks, a 18’ Superpipe, and a mini-pipe K 97 percent G one gondala, three high-speed quads, one fixedgrip quad, one triple chair, three double chairs, two carpet lifts, and one handle tow D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm; weekends and holidays 8 am to 4 pm C weekdays $53, teens 13-18 $43, juniors 6-12 and seniors 65-79 $33; weekends $78, teens 13-18 $68, juniors 6-12 and seniors 65-79 $58 H ski/board packages $40, junior packages $28 M group lessons $80-$95; private lessons $99-$410
MOUNT SUNAPEE 1398 Rte. 103, Newbury, NH › 603.763.3500 › mtsunapee.com/mtsunapeewinter/index.asp › A family-owned and operated resort in southern New Hampshire. Season runs from late November to mid-April. Call 603.763.4020 for snow conditions. A 1510 feet B 65 total; 17 novice, 32 intermediate, 16 exper F three terrain parks K 97 percent G three quads (one high-speed), two triple chairs, one double chair, three carpet lifts, and two surface lifts D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm; weekends and holidays 8 am to 4 pm; half day starts at noon C weekdays adults $70, young adults $56, juniors/ super seniors $48; weekends and holidays adults $74, young adults $59, juniors/super seniors $50;
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half-day and South Peak only tickets available H skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots adults $41, juniors $30; skis or snowboard only adults $33, juniors $23; poles only $8; snowboard boots only $19; helmets $10, juniors $8; Telemark skis available M private lessons $95/hour, children aged 3-4 $65; group lessons adults $45/hour, children’s vary by age and ability
PAT’S PEAK 686 Flanders Rd, Henniker, NH › 603.428.3245 › patspeak.com › Call 888.728.7732 for snow conditions. Offers child care and kids’ programs, snowtubing, and après ski entertainment. A 710 feet B 22 total and seven glades; 11 novice, four intermediate, seven advanced/expert F “Turbulence Park” terrain park, freestyle terrain park K 100 percent G two triple chairs, three double chairs, two carpet lifts, two handle tows and one J-bar lift D daily 8:30 am to 4 pm until Dec 24; hours extended after the holiday and vary throughout the season C weekdays adults $46, youth $43; weekends and holidays adults $58, youth $50 H skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots adults $36, juniors/seniors $32, children $24; premium equipment $46 M group lessons $32; private lessons $75/hour
RAGGED MOUNTAIN 620 Ragged Mountain Rd, Danbury, NH › 603.768.3600 › raggedmountainresort.com › Call 603.768.3971 for snow conditions. Out-of-bounds skiing is available if natural snowfall permits. Season open Nov 26. A 1250 feet B 50 total; 30 percent novice, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert F four terrain parks, including a “learn to slide” begin-
ners park K 84 percent G one high-speed summit six-pack express, two triples, one double, one surface lift D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm; weekends and holidays 8:30 am to 4 pm C weekdays adults $62, teens $47, juniors/seniors 65+ $37, seniors 80+ free; weekends and holidays adults $71, teens $57, juniors/seniors 65+ $47, seniors 80+ free; half day tickets available H ski and snowboard packages adults $41, juniors $31; half-day ski or board $34; helmets $10 M private lessons $85/hour; $29 per additional person; group lessons start at $41
WATERVILLE VALLEY 1 Ski Area Rd, Waterville Valley, NH › 1.800.468.2553 › waterville. com › Assuming you don’t mind the two-hour drive from Boston, Waterville is a readily accessible mountain that provides exceptional bang for your buck. We should know: we skied here so often in high school, we should have owned stock in the mountain. Its 52 trails span 259 acres — all of which are covered by snow guns — and include terrain parks, a superpipe, and tree skiing. Admittedly, the lift lines can get a bit horrendous on the weekends, despite seven chairlifts, but that’s what mid-week lift tickets are for. Also, the two double-black-diamond trails here are mogul runs, so you’re either going to be totally stoked or your knees will hate you by lunchtime. Opens for the season on Nov 20. Call 603.236.4144 for snow conditions. A 2020 feet B 52 total; 20 percent novice, 60 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert; intermediate and expert glades and mogul runs F terrain park and superpipe K 100 percent G two high-speed quads, two triples, three doubles, five surface lifts
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ski guide :: suds
Six-packS for the hardpack Five canned local craft brews to throw in the cooler for your next ski trip B y Mic ha el c . Wa l S h m wa l s h @ p h x .c o m
Brace yourself; I’m aBout to unveil the biggest revelation in the world of ski and snowboard since Gore-Tex: canned craft beer. Seriously, this will change the way you think about getting drunk after a day on the slopes. Truth is, the shift from glass to aluminum is in full swing and will have an effect on the way everyone consumes their finer-grade suds, but the revolution seems especially suited for perpetually mobile snow enthusiasts. Because it’s our duty to point you in the right direction, we’ve picked five New England–brewed selections that’ll slake your après-ski thirst.
cIsco Brewers :: whale’s tale Pale ale :: 5.60% aBV
Although brewed in Nantucket — probably the furthest thing from the mountains — Whale’s Tale is an exceptionally perfect post-ride beverage. It’s smooth, with a malty, orange-tinged taste, ideal for consumption while laid up in a reclined position. Just because it isn’t summer doesn’t mean the beer that you’re drinking can’t taste like it.
shIPyard :: exPort ale :: 5.00% aBV
The most wintery selection of the lot. Bearing a hearty caramel scent, Shipyard’s blonde ale is light and easy to drink while still maintaining a staunchly piney seasonal taste. And being the flagship beer of one of New England’s pre-eminent microbreweries, the Export Ale shouldn’t be too difficult to come by.
New eNglaNd BrewINg co. :: 668 the NeIghBor of the Beast :: 9.00% aBV
While the fact that New England Brewing Co. is based out of Connecticut might make this Belgian strong pale ale a bit tougher to seek out, we suggest that you do so at all costs. Besides being the beer with the greatest name in the history of beer, 668 lives up to its “strong” brand with a full-bodied imperial taste. Plus, at 9 percent ABV, we doubt it will take much more than two of these following a day of rigorous cardio to have you feeling nice.
Baxter BrewINg co :: stowaway IPa :: 6.90% aBV
Once you shake the initial shock of drinking an IPA from a can, you’ll be quick to realize that this is, in fact, one damn fine IPA. Revealing a hazy orange glow should you choose to dispense it into a glass, the Stowaway treads a bit closer to the sweet, fruity side of the IPA spectrum than the bitter, starchy end. It’s essentially a West Coast IPA brewed in Maine (lucky for us).
It’s not often that ‘Gansett gets lumped in with a discussion on craft beer, but this year-round offering is deserving of as much praise as we can levy in its direction. Their website recommends the Cream Ale as a “fitting a reward at the end of a hard day of yard work,” and the same rings true following a day on the mountain. P
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ski guide :: listings D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, and weekends 8 am to 4 pm C adults $73; teens $63; youth/seniors $53; Sun kids under 12 ski free; Mon and Fri tickets 2-for-1 H ski and snowboard packages adults $42, juniors $35, children under 6 $29; helmets $10 M group lessons $42; “Learn to Ski/Ride Program” $75/day; private lessons peak $99/hour, off-peak $79/hour
WHALEBACK SKI AREA 160 Whaleback Mountain Rd, Enfield, NH › 603.448.1489 › whaleback.com › This mountain focuses on extreme sports and offers night skiing, programs, camps, and events. They also have a pub at the base. A 700 feet B 30 total; 60 percent or more are novice and intermediate; 21 trails equipped for night skiing F two terrain parks K 85 percent G one double chair, one magic carpet and 3 surface lifts D Tue and Wed 1 to 7 pm, Thurs and Fri 1 to 8 pm, Sat and Sun 9 am to 4 pm C weekdays $20, last two hours only $15; weekends and holidays adults $40, youth $30, children/seniors $25, last two hours only $15; half-day tickets available H ski and snowboard packages adults $30, youth/ seniors $25; boots only $20; skis and poles or snowboard only $20; helmets $10 M group lessons adults $29, youth $24; private lessons $65, $25 per additional person; lesson and rental packages available
WILDCAT MOUNTAIN Rte 16 , Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH › 603.466.3326 › skiwildcat. com › Wildcat Mountain is 100% within the White Mountain National Forest across from Mount Washington and features legendary scenery, longer trails, and a season that goes well in to spring. Now under the same ownership as nearby Attitash Mountain Resort, lift tickets are valid for use at both resorts and allow skiers and riders to enjoy the most vertical, value, and variety. Call 1-888-SKI-WILD for snow conditions.
“Every sport has its Mecca; the stadiums, race tracks or ball parks against which everything else is judged... Skiing has them too... There’s an agelessness to the place. Mad River Glen is an institution...” Photo credit: Michael Riddell
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A 2112 feet B 49 total: 25 percent novice, 45 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert F progression terrain park with snow elements, rails, & boxes K 90 percent coverage G one high-speed detachable summit quad, three triples D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm; weekends and holidays 8:30 am to 4 pm C midweek adults $63, teens (13 through 18) $48, seniors (over 65) and juniors (6 through 12) $39; weekends/holidays adults $70, teens $55, seniors and juniors $50; multi-day and military discount tickets also available; ages 5 and under free ticket when accompanied by adult/guardian with valid ticket H ski and snowboard packages $35 M private lessons $69 an hour, $20 per additional person; group lessons adults $35, full-day childrens programs $89, half-day $69; lesson and rental packages available
BOLTON VALLEY 877.9BO.LTON › boltonvalley.com › This full-service resort offers child care, dining, a sports center, and evening activities. A 1704 feet B 64 total; 27 percent novice, 47 percent intermediate, 26 percent expert F three terrain parks K 60 percent G two quad lifts, three double chairs, one surface lift D Mon through Tues 9 am to 4 pm; Wed through Fri 9 am to 8 pm; Sat 8:30 am to 8 pm; Sun 8:30 am to 4 pm C weekends $64, juniors and seniors $54; midweek $54 and $44 H adult ski or snowboard package $40, junior ski or snowboard package $29 M call for details
BROMLEY MOUNTAIN 1-63 Bromley Lodge Rd, Peru, VT › 802.824.5522 › bromley. com › A family friendly resort with varied terrain and lots of sunshine. A 1334 feet B 46 trails and glades; 32 percent novice, 37 percent intermediate, 31 expert, four glades F three freestyle terrain parks and half-pipe K 84 percent G two quad chairs, four double chairs, two Mitey-Mites, one T-bar D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, weekends and holidays 8:30 am to 4 pm C midweek adults and teens $49, junior $39; weekend adults $67, teens $57, juniors $41; holiday adults $71, teens $61, juniors $47; non-holiday Sunday specials available H ski and snowboard packages $44, $34 for juniors M group lessons $49/90-min, private lessons $89/hour
JAY PEAK 4850 VT Route 242, North Troy, VT › 617.629.5383 › jaypeakresort.com › Less than seven miles from the Canadian border, Jay Peak offers more than 100 acres of offpiste terrain, the most in New England. An average annual snowfall of 379 inches makes a true backcountry riding experience possible, and it will only take one run bombing through the trees to understand why it’s far superior to carving S’s among the masses on any trail. Another defining feature: Jay Peak has Vermont’s only aerial tramway. Absolutely worth the drive, and easy to roll into a road trip to Montreal. The projected opening date is Nov 26. A 2153 feet B 77 trails, glades, and chutes; 20 percent novice, 40 percent intermediate, 40 percent expert F four terrain parks and a half-pipe K 80 percent G one 60-passenger tram, three quad chairs, one triple chair, one double chair, one T-bar, one moving carpet for beginners D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, weekends 8:30 am to 4 pm C adults $75, juniors $55, senior $35, toddler $16 H ski or snowboard packages $50 for adults, $40 for juniors M TBD for 2012-2013
KILLINGTON 4763 Killington Rd, Killington, VT › 802.422.6200 › killington.com › Killington Mountain Resort and Ski Area, the largest winter-sports complex on the East Coast, boasts more than 87 miles of trails serviced by the region’s highest-capacity lift system, so you’ll spend more time on the slopes than in line for the gondola. With five ski and snowboard terrain parks — one of which is the largest snowboard park in the Northeast — and double black diamonds including the steepest mogul run in New England, Killington is a proving ground, as the annual rotation of contests the mountain hosts attests. One of them, the Winter Dew Tour, stops by on January 20–23. It’s usually the first mountain open in the fall and the last one to close in the spring. A 3050 feet B 140 total; 28 percent novice, 33 percent intermediate, 39 percent expert F three terrain parks and a 430-foot superpipe K 80 percent G nine quads (five are high-speed), two gondolas, six surface lifts, three triple chairs, two double chairs D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, weekends 8:30 am to 4 pm (subject to change) C adults $86 on peak days and weekend, $79 midweek; young adults/seniors $73, $67; juniors/super seniors (70+) $60, $55 H skis or board $39, $43 peak days;juniors/seniors $26; $29 peak days M group lessons $49 off-peak $57 peak;private $99
MAD RIVER GLEN 62 Mad River Resort Rd, Waitsfield, VT › 802.496.3551 › madriverglen.com › This ski area at General Stark Mountain offers varied terrain and the country’s last surviving
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ski guide :: listings single chairlift. A 2037 feet B 45 total: 30% novice, 30% intermediate, 40% expert F no snowboarders allowed K 15 percent, but the area gets plenty of natural snow G three double chairs, one single chair, one handle tow D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, weekends and holidays 8:30 am to 4 pm C midweek $49; weekends adults $69, juniors and seniors $53; holidays adults $72, juniors and seniors $59 H ski packages $30, juniors $25 M private lessons $65, semi-private lessons (four people) $160 for two hours
MAGIC MOUNTAIN 495 Magic Mountain Access Rd, Londonderry, VT › 802.824.5645 › magicmtn.com › This area is known for its steep and challenging terrain, but beginners will find easier slopes on the mountain’s east side. A 1700 feet B 40 total; 30 percent beginner, 30 percent intermediate, 40 percent expert F terrain park K 70 percent G two double chair, two surface lifts D Fri and Mon 9 am to 4 pm, Sat and Sun 8:30 am to 4 pm C weekday lifts, $39 adults, $35 teens, $25 juniors/seniors; weekends and holidays, $59 adults, $51 teens, $39 juniors/seniors H ski or snowboard package $35, $25 juniors M private lesson $105 for two hour lesson, group lessons $40 for two hours
MOUNT SNOW 39 Mount Snow Rd, West Dover, VT › 800.245.SNOW › mountsnow.com › Mount Snow includes four mountain areas: Main Mountain, North Face, Carinthia, and Sunbrook. A 1700 feet B 80 total, including tree terrain: 15 percent novice, 70 percent intermediate, 15 percent expert F 12 terrain parks, one superpipe, one mini-pipe K 80 percent G 20 total, including three high-speed quad chairs, one fixed quad chair, seven triple chairs, four double chairs, one rope tow, four magic carpets D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, weekends 8 am to 4 pm C weekends and holidays, adults $83, youth and seniors $65; weekdays $75 and $58 H adults $39, juniors $30 M group lessons $48, private lessons $105 per hour
OKEMO 77 Okemo Ridge Rd, Ludlow, VT › 802.228.4041 › okemo.com › Family ski area with day care and extensive children’s ski programs. Season begins in mid November. A 2200 feet B 119 total; 32 percent novice, 36 percent intermediate, 32 percent expert F six terrain parks, one super-pipe, and one minihalf-pipe K 96 percent G nine quad chairs (five high-speed detachables), three triple chairs, seven surface lifts D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, and weekends 8:30 am to 4 pm C weekdays adults $77, teens and seniors $67, juniors and super seniors $52; weekends $84, $74, $57 H ski or board package $40 for adults, $29 juniors M group lessons $55, private lessons $110
PICO 73 Alpine Dr, Killington, VT › 802.422.6200 › picomountain.com › Also offers explorer and mountaineer programs. Season opens December 16 and runs through late March. A 1967 feet B 52 total: 19 percent novice, 46 percent intermediate, 35 percent expert F half-pipe and alpine park K 75 percent G two quads, two triple chairs, two double chairs, one rope tow D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, and weekends 8:30 am to 4 pm C midweek adults $49, teens and seniors $42, juniors $34; weekends $62, $53; peak period $65, $55
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H adults $35, teens and seniors $28, juniors and super seniors $24 M half day group lesson $44, peak $49; one-hour private lesson $94
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT 5781 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT › 800.253.4754 › stowe.com › The resort boasts 485 skiable acres and 39 total miles of skiing, as well as resort vacation packages and dog-sledding tours. The Stowe Mountain Lodge was recently named #9 on the Top 100 Hotels in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler as well as the Reader’s Choice Award. In celebration, they’re offering two special packages this year for guests- the “Ski & Stay” package and the “Ski For Free” package. A 2160 feet B 116 total; 16 percent novice, 59 percent intermediate, 25 percent expert F beginner park, mini-park, advanced-terrain park, and super-pipe K 80 percent G 13 total: one 10-person high-speed gondola, one eight-passenger gondola, three high-speed quad chairs, two triple chairs, four double chairs, and two surface lifts D daily 8 am to 4 pm C during prime season adults $84, seniors $73, juniors $63; during peak season $89, $77, $66; early/late season $59, $58, $48 H adults $43, children $34 M group lessons $108 for 2.5 hours; private lessons $145-$575
STRATTON SKI AND SUMMER RESORT Rte 30, Bondville, VT › 800.787.2886 › stratton. com › This family-friendly resort boasts nearly 600 acres of skiing and riding with a sports center, spa, and slopeside village. Seasons opens late November. A 2003 feet B 92 total; 42 percent novice, 31 percent intermediate, 27 percent expert F four terrain parks and a half-pipe K 90 percent G one gondola, four high-speed six-passenger lifts, three quad chairs, one triple chair, one double chair, two surface lifts, four magic carpets D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, and weekends 8:30 am to 4 pm C midweek adults $76, teens and seniors $67, juniors and super seniors $59; weekends $87, $75, $65 H midweek $35; weekends $45 M group lessons $49-59, private lessons $89 to $114 per hour, depending on day
SUGARBUSH RESORT › Skiing on six mountain peaks, all within Sugarbush North and South. A 2600 feet B 111 total; 20 novice, 45 intermediate, 35 expert F three terrain parks and a regulation half-pipe K 70 percent G seven quad chairs, two triple chairs, four double chairs, three surface lifts D weekdays 9 am to 4 pm, and weekends 8 am to 4 pm C call for details H call for details M rates vary by time of day, date, hours of lessons, and age
SUICIDE SIX 247 Stage Rd, South Pomfret, VT › 802.457.6661 › suicide6.com › Includes a cross-country ski area and sports center with pool, indoor tennis, squash courts, and Swedish massage. Suicide Six and the Woodstock Ski Touring Center are both part of the Woodstock Inn and Resort. A 650 feet B 23 total; 30 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 30 percent advanced F terrain park K 50 percent G two double chairs, one J-bar D daily 9 am to 4 pm C call for details H call for details M call for details