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Are there any ski areas near Providence, RI? How are they? Right now I'm going to school in the adirondacks about 25 min from whiteface so it's going to be a big jump moving there.

Also if anyone has any info about Providence itself such as nightlife, things to do, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
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Since the most ski areas Rhode Island ever had was 5 (that I am aware of) and four of them have closed, the only choice left in the state is Yawgoo Valley which has a vertical drop of about 250 ft. The next closest is probably Wachusett Mountain Ski Area which claims to have a 1000 ft. Vertical. There is also Ski Ward which is in Shrewsbury (actually a little closer than Wachusett) which has about a 250 vertical drop. Pine Ridge Ski Area in Barre, MA is also opening (under new management) this year after being closed last year. It has about a 200' vertical. What it lacks in vertical it makes up for in character and friendliness. There is no website for this area yet (I work there and will be making one for them) but you can read about the area and see some photos at NELSAP.ORG. These are from the 1999 season. The old management did little upkeep, but the new management is sprucing up the place, getting new rentals and has plans to upgrade the lift after this season.
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Wachusset Mtn. is probably the closest, about an hours drive. Not a big mountain, but I'll go there once or twice a season, usually for night skiing after work when I need a quick fix. There's a few other small mtns. in CT. and the Berkshires,1-2 hours away. Sunapee and Waterville Valley in NH. are about 2 1/2 hours, Loon and Cannon 3 hrs. Mt. Snow in VT. about 3 hrs., Killington 3 1/2. Not exactly the 25 minute drive you're used to, but I manage to get my 40+ days in. I don't live in Pvd., so I don't know too much about the nightlife other than a few good restaurants, but they do have a lot of upscale bars and live entertainment, so you shouldn't have any problem finding ways to keep busy. Plus it's a college town, lots of younger people out having a good time. I think you'll like it, not a bad place to be.
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I work in Prov and live down in South County. Providence is somewhat enigmatic. Downtown has really been revitalized. Lots of clubs, restaurants. Providence has great Italian restaurants! Trinity Rep puts on lots of excellent theatrical productions. I'm long past my prime as a "clubber" but Elvis Costello played at Lupo's and we had to go to that. The East Side around Brown has lots of grand old triple deckers, lots of funky shops, as one might expect around Brown University. Then there's Newport, Cape Cod, and you're only 40 minutes or so from Boston. Someone from NYC might find the area pedestrian, but there's lots to keep most folks occupied. There are parts of Providence -- especially the South side, that suffer from the social disorganization often found in impovrished areas -- quite high rates of violence, most of which is gang related. We live just up the road from Yawgoo. For what it is, they do a good job. BUT, the base elevation is about 70 ft and it can't be but 3-4 miles from the ocean as the crow flies. Mother nature is not always kind. Last year we lots of dumps, and the place is fun to take a few turns, especially after a good snow. One day we had lots of super light powder, but that's rare. My wife and I do lots of day trips to Southern New Hampshire. From Prov you can get to Sunappee, Gunstock, and Ragged Mountain in a bit under 3 hours (we make it in about 3 hours and I'm that old guy in a hat that everyone wants to get off the road). Pat's Peak and Crotched, both smaller hills, should be a bit less than 2 hours. We've not gone to any of the MA areas. Wachusett is about an hour or so from Prov. We've not gone because it's reputed to be so busy on weekends, and we're pretty limited to weekday trips. Don't know where you're working or going to school, but you might consider living North of Providence Proper -- that basically bring places like Waterville Valley, and Loon into reasonable day trip locations as well. Sorry to say, you won't find much good skiing within a half hour of Providence. Oh, and welcome to RI.
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Does anyone know if Yawgoo has any knid of night race leauges. I have lived and worked at Loon for the past several years and have just moved to Newport. I would love to be able to run some gates one or two nights a week without the drive to WA-WA. IF they do any contact info?
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Originally posted by oklahhomaskibum:
Does anyone know if Yawgoo has any knid of night race leauges. I have lived and worked at Loon for the past several years and have just moved to Newport. I would love to be able to run some gates one or two nights a week without the drive to WA-WA. IF they do any contact info?
Click on the links provided by Skiteach. They do have a race development program but I don't know anything about it. I'd be somewhat surprised if it will really meet your needs. How do you like Newport?
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