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Old timey charm and affordable in new England?

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Thread Starter 
Hi,

I am new here after getting hooked on these forums. I am back in the northeast after several years gone, and haven't gone skiing since I was 16 or so (now 26). For some reason I have gotten the bug to hit the slopes once again.

I was hoping y'all might recommend a good place to ski wihin 4 hours or so of Boston that is cheap, and maintains some level of old new englandyness. I am a poor graduate student, so I was hoping to spend as little as possible. To give you an idea of my past experience I have skied intermediate slopes at bromley, killington, watchusette, and "expert" at nashoba valley. I was hoping to regain my confidence and eventually tackle something harder.

I can do midweek, and would need lodging as well, also I am eligible for student discounts if possible. I was hoping to leave MA as nashoba and watchussette are really expensive for what they offer.

Also i may be bringing a novice female with me, hence the new englandy charm, if the skiing doesn't do it for her, I may placate her with scenery and maple syrup.

I saw an older thread on here about truly frugal skiing in NE, so maybe it would be good to start something similar in these troubling economic times.

Cheers.
post #2 of 9

Look into joining a ski club in North Conway.  There are about 20 there with lodges.  Go to EICSL.org and check around.  Visit, stay overnight, ski with the group.  You'll want to join eventually; these are mostly singles clubs, and there's a party scene on Saturday nights, every weekend during ski season; it's a great way to find other skiers.  With a membership you can purchase discount lift tickets too.  Wildcat, Sunday River, Attitash, Cranmore, Bretton Woods, Cannon and Black are all within 1 hour's drive from North Conway.  

 

Recently on this forum there's been a thread about bus trips to ski which leave from the Boston area.  That's another way to get back into skiing.

 

Unfortunately it's not frugal, but ski club life helps smooth over the expense.  

post #3 of 9

Day trip to New Hampshire and look for ticket deals. 

post #4 of 9

Burke is kind of a sleepy little town but has great skiing and a nice little charming village

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Burke is kind of a sleepy little town but has great skiing and a nice little charming village



Burke is a great suggestion. For another one, check my signature. Saddleback also scores well on the "bang for your buck" meter in your other recent post. 2000' feet of very interesting vertical for a $50 - $60 ticket (full retail) is a bargain. You do have to be prepared for the drive, though.

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check out this place  www.middleburysnowbowl.com 1000' vert  no lift lines ,quiet area, inexpensive lift tickets, right between Killington and Sugarbush in the Green Mts. If you want a trifecta of old  style homey NE ski areas in the middle of Vt.  Can hit Pico for a day, drive to Middlebury for the next then round it out with day at MRG. Probably can do them all mid week for less than $120-130 total  Pico is closed 2 days mid week I think Tues and Weds though

post #7 of 9

Being able to ski weekdays is a huge savings.  I agree that North Conway area might be a good combo of charm and cheapsmile.gif

There are some tips here on inexpensive lodging and skiing in NH:

http://www.epicski.com/a/theres-something-about-skiing-new-hampshire

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Wow thanks for the great article. I love that kind of travel writing. Now if it would just snow...
post #9 of 9

For classic New England charm in Vermont, my votes go to Bromley, Magic, Pico and Mad River Glen.

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