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Whaleback Mountain Resort

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Whaleback is closed for the 2010-11 ski season.
 

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Whaleback Mountain Resort
Description:

A small area located adjacent to Interstate 89, Whaleback Mountain of Enfield, New Hampshire is making a strong comeback. The brain child of two time Olympian Evan Dybvig and Zero Gravity's co-owner Frank Sparrow, the "new" Whaleback occupies a unique niche in the skiing and riding world. Approaching the re-development of the area from a year round perspective, Whaleback now not only provides an abundance of winter programs such as league racing, ski race training, snowboarding, freestyle and winter camps, but also summer programs and camps for in line skating and skateboarding, creating a new and stimulating addition to regional recreational offerings. Terrain With these specialized training opportunities also comes a more traditional on snow experience in New England. Featuring 30 trails and five lifts ( one double chair, one magic carpet and 3 surface lifts) Whaleback provides 85 ski able acres and over 700 feet of vertical fun, with 60% or more of the terrain falling into the "beginner" to "intermediate" range. And while there is ample cruising terrain to be had (try Spout for a relaxed ride down the mountain) Whaleback also provides plenty of challenge through its glades and steeper runs, with Jawbone highly recommended for those with the ability. Moreover, Whaleback offers night skiing and riding on 21 of its 30 runs, as well as the enhanced snow quality that comes with snowmaking on 85% of the trails. Whaleback also permits access to select parts of the mountain at reduced rates, including the tubing hill and the job park, for which lift tickets are available at very reasonable prices. Easily seen and found from Exit 16 on Interstate 89, Whaleback provides a diverse evening experience of its own, with frequent musical guests appearing in the mountain pub, while the proximity to the Lebanon and Hanover areas of New Hampshire assures visitors of the best choices in dining, accommodations and nightlife (links to which are available through the resort's site) all just a few miles away, as well as all the wonders of life on the many local lakes during the warmer months, most notably Lake Sunapee. One of the regions smaller resorts, Whaleback nonetheless delivers performance far beyond its boundaries and is well worth a visit.

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Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Doubleyes
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
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Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
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Trails-1-Beginner
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Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
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General-Vertical drop800 feet
General-Owner
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Posted

Pros: easy access, cheap prices

Cons: highway noise, slow chair

This one is right off I-89 a few miles before the Vermont border.  It’s literally a few hundred feet from the exit.  Easiest highway access I’ve ever seen.   If you’ve ever driving I-89, you’ve probably always wondered if it was worth a stop.   It’s a small mountain but it has some diverse terrain and nice steeps.  They even have some glades.  They do an extremely good job grooming the beginner/intermediate trails, but the diamond runs are left to nature’s mercy.  It’s kind of like Mad River Glen in that sense.  The mix of conditions makes it a fun place to come with people of all levels and chances are you won’t lose the kids.  Whaleback has absolutely no crowds to speak of and you’ll park right next to the slopes (like 2-10 yards away).  The only true downside to Whaleback is their lift.  They have one double chair and it’s slow (they did get new comfortable covers this year!)  Granted, you never have to wait, but it’s kind of painful at times and then an 18-wheeler drives by and there does that peaceful nature moment.  Overall it’s a great value (they have some great lift/rental deals too) but the highway noise is a little unsettling when you are used to (and appreciate) the quiet of the mountain experience.  It’s still a fun place for a half-day...  Also, if you are local, you can ski the last two hours of the day for $15.  Certainly something I would do weekly if I lived in the area.