Monday, January 10, 2005

welcome

To all my fellow cheapskate skiers..welcome. I selfishly put this together for my own behalf. Being a mom of 3 children who love to ski and snowboard I had to find the most economical way of getting them out on the slopes without breaking my bank account. I painstakingly went on each mountain site and discount periodical to find these great deals in NH for the 04-05 season. Just to let you know what kind of deals I found, I can happily tell you we will be skiing 3 mountains this February vacation for about $165. Yes you read correctly $165 for 5 of us. We will be using the 2fers at Gunstock and Tenney and the carload Wednesday at Ragged. Plus since my 4th grader “earned his turns” (see prologue) his tickets are on the house. So enjoy and happy hunting ..or skiing….
( BTW - first $ amount is weekday/second $ amount is weekend)
Got comments about a trip check out http://www.skiersforum.blogspot.com

Attitash
rt 302, Bartlett
http://www.attitash.com/
70 trails 12 lifts
20% novice 47% intermediate 33% expert

adult $49/55 junior(6-12) $19/35
young adult (13- 18) $39/45 senior(65+) $19/35
kids 5&under free

discounts: has very little as far as discounts ; you can find savings for e-tickets or consecutive day purchase ; also ski and stay deals

The Balsams
rt 26, Dixville Notch
http://www.thebalsams.com/
14 trails 4 lifts
30% novice 45% intermediate 25% expert

adult (13-69) $30/35 senior(70 & +) free
junior(12 &+) $20/25 kids(5& younger) free

discounts: skiing is free for all registered guests ; after Jan 5th 2 for 1 adult tix m-th excluding Feb 16-Mar 2

Black Mountain
rt 16b, Jackson
http://www.blackmt.com/
40 trails 4 lifts
33% novice 34% intermediate 33% expert

adult $20/32 senior(65&+) $15/20
kids(18&younger) $15/20 kids(5&younger) free

discounts: family passport 2adults & 2kids $70 w/d and $89 w/e including holiday periods

Bretton Woods
rt 302, Bretton Woods
http://www.brettonwoods.com/
101 trails 9 lifts
31% novice 41% intermediate 28% expert

adult $52/59 junior(6-12) $31/36
young adult(13-18) $41/48 senior(65+) $15/59
kids 5 and younger free

discounts: Tuesdays- Mothers Day - $89 includes lift and all day kids ski program (4-12) or nursery program (2mos-5yrs); also $10 more will get you an adult lesson ; Wednesday-2 for 1 lift and 2 for 1 lesson ; Thursday-Seniors 65+ $30 lift and lesson

Cannon Mountain
Franconia Notch Parkway, Franconia
http://www.cannonmt.com/
55Trails 9 Lifts
17% novice 47% intermediate 36% expert

adult $38/49 junior(6-12) $25/29
young adult(13-17) $25/38 senior(65+) $25/29
kids 5 and younger free Brookside $20

discounts: Tuesday & Thursday-2 for 1 non-holiday ; Wednesday-NH residents pay just $15 ; $5 off with previous days pass ; Superbowl Sunday-2 for $49 ; save $10 when you show any mountains season pass for this year ; Zoomer Club Card-earn 5 points for every ticket bought, 50 pts gets you a free lift ticket

Cranmore
1 Skimobile Road, North Conway
http://www.cranmore.com/
39 Trails 10 Lifts
36% novice 44% intermediate 20% expert

adult $39 junior(6-12) $19
teen (13-18) $29 senior(65+) $19
kids 5 and younger free

discounts: buy a 2 day Adult ticket in January and one kid skis free ; add a day for $25 an adult, $20 for a teen $15 for a kid

Crotched Mountain
rt 47, 615 Francistown RD, Bennington
http://www.crotchedmountain.com/
17 Trails 5 Lifts
28% novice 50% intermediate 22% expert

9am to 9pm rates(full day pass)
adult $35/39 kid (7-12) $20/29
junior(13-18) $29/35
kids 6 and younger free

6 hour pass
adult $29/35 kid (7-12) $20/20
junior(13-18) $25/29
kids 6 and younger free

discounts: Monday-car load- up to 5 for $60 ; Tuesday & Wednesday-2 for 1 ; Wednesday-learn to day- $29 ticket,rental&lesson ; Thursday-student day-$15 with ID ; Military Special Mon-Fri – 50% discount & $29 w/rental weekend ; beginner ski & ride only $49

Dartmouth Skiway
39 Grafton Turnpike, Lyme Center
http://www.skiway.dartmouth.edu/
31 Trails 3 Lifts
25% novice 50% intermediate 25% expert

adult $38 senior(65+) $20
junior(14 & younger) $25 military $20/$33
kids under 5 and seniors over 80 free

discounts: holiday weekender-Adult skiing 2 consecutive days pays $60 ; junior skiing 2 consecutive days pays only $15 : Monday & Tuesday $20 day

Granite Gorge
rt 9, Keene
http://www.granitegorge.com/
5 Trails 2 lifts
30% novice 40% intermediate 30% expert

adult $18/25 senior(65+) $15/22
junior(6-17) $15/22 kids 5 and younger free

discounts: buy 5 pack of tickets get 6th one free ; Thursday $8 afternoons, $10 evenings

Gunstock
rt 11a, Gilford
http://www.gunstock.com/
49 Trails 6 lifts
12% novice 61% intermediate 27% expert

adult $39/49 junior(6-12) $19/29
young adult(13-19) $29/39 senior(65+) $19/39
kids 5 and younger free

discounts: Sunday-Family 4 pac $129 (2a&2c) each addl child $29 ; Monday-2 for 1 ; 6 pacs-c$140/t&sr$190/a$235 – all transferable& can use multiple tickets on same day ; bakers dozen c$260/t&s$365/a$450

King Pine
rt 153, East Madison
http://www.kingpine.com/
16 Trails 6 lifts
50% novice 30% intermediate 20% expert

adult $28/34 senior(65-69) $16/22
junior(6-12) $16/22 senior(70+) $10/5
kids 5 and younger free

discounts: Saturday – Family nights - 4-9pm for $39 under the lights

Loon
exit 32 off I-93, Lincoln
http://www.loonmtn.com/
44 Trails 10 lifts
20% novice 64% intermediate 16% expert

adult $52/59 junior(6-12) $32/37
young adult(13-17) $42/49 senior(65+) $15/59
kids 5 and younger free

discounts: Seniors $15 on Sundays ; from Jan 4th – Feb 17 , 2 for 1 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

McIntyre
50 Chalet Court, Manchester
http://www.mcintyreskiarea.com/
9 Trails 5 Lifts
75% novice 20% intermediate 5% expert

adult $17/25 junior(17&under) $15/22

discounts: Tuesday-Saturday- $15 evenings (6-9:25) , pony lift $6 , Family Season Pass $525

Mount Sunapee
rt 103, Newbury
http://www.mountsunapee.com/
65 Trail 10 Lifts
26% novice 49% intermediate 25% expert

adult $52/56 junior(6-12) $32/36
young adult(13-17) $41/48 senior(65-69) $41/48
kids 5 and younger free super senior(70+) $32/36

discounts: South Peak $29 ; 8 pac – a$392/ya$336/jr$252/sr$336/ssr$252 – transferable up to 3 per day ; get into skiing/snowboarding program $39 ; printable coupon on web site under Family Values- buy an adult ticket get a child ticket for free w/the coupon(after you use the coupon ,go back and print another) ; also check out the flex cards which offer different discounts ; Magic Mondays - $30 (not 1/17,2/14,2/21), Tuesday-Ladies day-$37-lift & lunch, daycare & lesson discounts (not 2/22) ; Twoffer Wednesdays (not 2/23) ; Thirsty Thursdays-beverage specials (not holidays or 2/24) ; Sunday –NH residents day 12:30-4 ,NH res ski for $26(not1/16,2/20) ; Cares & Shares – April 3rd bring 5 non-perishable food items and ski for $25-all items will be donated to local food shelters..WHEW!! lots of discounts here!

Pats Peak
Flanders Road, off rt 114, Henniker
http://www.patspeak.com/
22 Trails 10 Lifts
38% novice 30% intermediate 32% expert

adult $30/43 senior(65+) $22/30
junior(6-17) $22/30 kids 5 and younger free

discounts: POP – pay one price on Sat nights 3-10pm - $23 lets you ski, board, tube, rent, & have a lesson ; 6 pac-$200 ; 12 pac-$350 ; 18 pac $440 ; discounts on riding just the valley lift

Ragged Mountain
620 Ragged Mountain Rd, Danbury
http://www.raggedmountainresort.com/
50 Trails 9 Lifts
30% novice 40% intermediate 30% expert

adult $39/49 junior(6-12) $20/30
young adult(13-18) $29/39 senior(65-71) $20/30
kids 5 and younger free senior(72+) $10/15

discounts: Wednesdays- car load – up to 5 for $50 (except 12/29 & 2/23) ; Sundays-Nh residents $15 after 12:30 any non holiday-ID needed (rentals $19,lessons$19) ; 6 pac book a$245, ya$195, jr$150, sr$150

Tenney
151 Tenney Mountain Rd, Plymouth
http://www.tenneymtn.com/
45 Trails 5 Lifts
15% novice 54% intermediate 31% expert

adult $35/39 junior(6-12) $19/21 teen (13-17) $25/32 senior(65-69) $19/21
kids 5 and younger free senior(70+) free/discount

discounts: Wednesdays & Fridays-2 for 1 any non-holiday ; Sundays 8:30-12:30 $25 any non-holiday

Waterville Valley
1 Ski Area Road, Waterville Valley
http://www.waterville.com/
52 Trails 11 Lifts
36% novice 44% intermediate 20% expert

adult $44/49 junior(6-12) $24/29
young adult(13-17) $34/39 senior(65+) $24/29
kids 5 and younger free

discounts: buy a second day for a discount a $79/89 , ya $59/89 , j&s $39/49

Wildcat
rt 16, Pinkham Notch
http://www.skiwildcat.com/
47 Trails 4 lifts
25% novice 45% intermediate 30% expert

adult $55 junior(6-12) $25
teen (13-18) $42 senior(65+) $25
kids 5 and younger free

discounts: buy a second day for $25 ;check out the Cats great family seasons pass deals on their web site; snowcat novice area $25 ; Sunday afternoons $20, noon to close ; Aristocat Tuesday – 50+ - lift + 10am lesson for $45 ; Wednesday 2 for 1 ; Thursday – Ladies day – 10am lesson, lift & 10% off kids program all for $45 ; and last but not least…ski free on your birthday..sorry summer babies…..


Well, I hope this helps you get the deals you were hoping for…yes skiing is a big investment and can be expensive, but if you know where to look, you can make skiing affordable. I recommend once you find the deal you’ve been searching for, go onto that mountains site to see if any updates or changes have been made to that program. Check your local ski shops for ski trips Ski Haus and Ski Market have great deals for day trips starting at $55 (bus and lift). Also there are discounts in entertainment books like the Lung Association which sells a value book with discounted ski tickets. http://www.skinh.com/ has lots of
information and their 4th grade “earn your turns” program gives one ticket to each of the NH ski areas for doing a project on skiing. As far as equipment, go to your local ski swaps at the beginning of the year, you can outfit your entire family for the fraction of the cost. Most ski shops have deals for kids to lease or buy with a buy-back program. Enjoy and if you see any mistake or updates please let me know for I am not responsible for any changes made by the powers that charge you. Now get out there and SKI!!!

Ski trip schedules:
http://skihaus.com/haus/index_fr.htm
(use the site navigation bar and click ski trips)
http://www.skimarket.com/
(click the SkiMarket logo)