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Daytrippin' from Boston (area)

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
What mountains do you guys prefer for daytrips from the Boston area? I will go to Wachusett if I wake up late or consumed too much the night before or Sunapee if I am feeling pretty good. Anywhere else is about 2.5 hours, which makes 5 hours in the car R/T, just too much for me.

Any other opinions or suggestions?
post #2 of 22
Loon, Waterville, Tenney, Cannon (possibily)
post #3 of 22
Seems to me that Waterville Valley can't be much farther than Sunapee. I would think that Gunstock would probably be closer than either of those, for that matter.
post #4 of 22
Forgot to mention Ragged, a great smaller mountain, especially in a good snow year when the glades are open.
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mac
Forgot to mention Ragged, a great smaller mountain, especially in a good snow year when the glades are open.
Thanks for bringing up Ragged. I haven't been there. How does it compare to Sunapee?
post #6 of 22
I've taught at both Ragged and Sunapee. Both are great mountains with good learing areas. Ragged has a high speed sixpack (yup a sixpack) and Sunapee has a high speed quad. The triple serving Spear Mountain at Ragged is SLOW. Sunapee is probably the larger of the two with more terrain and lifts. I also believe there is more vertical at Sunapee. Sunapee has great grooming. I think Ragged has the lower lift ticket price.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Is Ragged closer to Boston than Sunapee?
post #8 of 22
Ragged is much less crowded than Sunapee. As far as the distance from you, try Mapquest..
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
The defendant: RotoFury.
The charge: Too lazy to visit mapquest.
The verdict: Guilty.
The penalty: Quit posting messages for a while!
post #10 of 22
Gunstock, Sunapee, Waterville, Loon, and Mt. Snow.
post #11 of 22
I'll have to get my map out to see which one is closer. I'm glad you brought this post up. Makes me want to make it a point to go out and hit some of these great smaller mountains that I normally pass up on my way to somewhere else.
post #12 of 22
Boston to Sunapee = 2:06
Boston to Ragged = 2:07
Boston to Waterville = 2:38
Boston to Loon = 2:32
Boston to Cannon = 2:38
Boston to Bretton Woods = 2:59
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
THAT'S why I go to Sunapee, it's one minute less each way! :-) Thanks for the times, this is handy!
post #14 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by T-Square
Boston to Sunapee = 2:06
Boston to Ragged = 2:07
Boston to Waterville = 2:38
Boston to Loon = 2:32
Boston to Cannon = 2:38
Boston to Bretton Woods = 2:59
My driving times from East Boston
Boston to Sunapee = 1:30
Boston to Ragged = don't know
Boston to Waterville = 1:45
Boston to Loon = 2:00
Boston to Cannon = 2:00
Boston to Bretton Woods = 2:15

Also
Boston to Okemo = 2:30
post #15 of 22

re:.....

SundayRiver is ~2 1/2 to 3 hrs from Alewife Station(@End of the RedLine)....starting out at ~3/4am...
...Practice that "Daily Sick Call" technique & tone-color till you can do it on the fly ....and then catch a couple weekday powder days @the River or @Ragged... $50/down says your drive-times will improve:


T-Square:
I've NEVER been to Ragged: ...have to get over they'ah this Winter
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am looking forward to trying Ragged too. The Okemo group (they manage sunapee) really does have high prices.
post #17 of 22
Killington-- during the week
post #18 of 22
Scalce, what route do you take to make it from Boston to Okemo in 2:30? And how many tickets do you get along the way?
post #19 of 22
A little known and underappreciated area is Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA. (the Beast) About 2 hours away, but on a weekend in particular it's better than Ski93 places, because it's never crowded and inexpensive. Only 1,000 vert. but steep, well groomed and a very good varied mountain. I don't like Wachusett, too crowded and flat, but haven't tired yet of the Beast. http://www.berkshireeast.com

It's very popular with racers btw.
post #20 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by RISkier
Scalce, what route do you take to make it from Boston to Okemo in 2:30? And how many tickets do you get along the way?
The same as Okemo recommends:
Take I-89 to New Hampshire Exit 9, then NH 103 West to VT 131 West to VT 103 North, 2 miles to Ludlow

The only real speedtraps are one about 2-3 minutes past Sunapee where you come to a Stop sign and sometimes in the small towns.

I really only drive fast on the highways and have a V1 for that. I don't speed through the towns. I learned my lesson in Woodstock about 3 years ago when a cop nabbed me going 5-10 mph over when the signs had just changed and it was downhill. I guess they do that alot.

Average speed on 93 in the morning is 85-90 mph.

Sunday River is about 2:45 - 3:00 and Sugarloaf is 3:45+- depending on the time of day.

I think I made it to Tremblant in like 6:30-7:00 hours but that was because of traffic in Montreal.

I usually stop at least once inthe morning for a pit stop.
post #21 of 22
I second Berkshire East - a nice little mountain - Jiminey peak is also nice - my problem with the western mass resorts is coming from Boston its about the same time, if not longer than just shooting up 93 for sunapee or cannon. just my .02
post #22 of 22
If your skiing Wachusett, some tips on when it's not crowded... 1- Night ski on holidays; all the families go during the day; it's dead at nite. 2- Weekdays are obvious; except for a few mommies with five year olds, it's dead til around 2:30 when the school kids show up. 3- Right when the lifts open on the weekend; start doing laps on one of the quads at 8:00 and you'll get at least 10K vert under you before the crowds get out around 9:30-10:00, 4-- when it's -4F out; it's a family mountain; most mommies don't take the kiddies out in frostbite weather.


As far as drives, pretty much everythings been mentioned already. I haven't skied Berk East in almost 20 years but I remember it as delightful ski area. To beat the crowds on weekends you have to hit smaller areas like BE or Ragged. The Southern VT and I93 NH areas can get packed on weekends.

Last season I was up a Killington and drove back and was supprised how quick it was. I live SW of Boston and it was 1 hour on rt4 to WRJ and then just 2 hours on the interstate home. I bet you could do it from Boston in <3hours. I'm not a big Kmart but they got some great terrain if you know where to look and it's weekeday.

The only place I've skied recently on a weekend that isn't painfully crowded is Sunday River which really isn't a day trip from Boston. Some of the lifts have lines but you can usually find one that's quick. White Cap lift is kinda slow but it often has little or no line even on a mid-season Saturday.

-Ken
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