Mountain Message Blog

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ragged Welcomes Our New General Manager - Erik Barnes

Erik Barnes has been named general manager of Ragged Mountain ski area in New Hampshire. Barnes replaces resort industry veteran Jay Gamble who recently accepted the role of general manager at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. Both resorts are operated by Park City, Utah based Pacific Group Resorts, Inc. Barnes previously served as the vice president and general manager of Mount Snow in Dover, Vermont and brings over 20 years of mountain resort leadership experience to the role.

During his tenure at Mount Snow, Barnes held the position of ski school director and was also in charge of resort services for Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire. He was promoted to head of resort operations in 2008 which included managing ski school, the racing and training center, guest services, rental operations, and ticketing. Barnes became the vice president and general manager of Mount Snow in 2017 and oversaw operations and business development for the publicly traded Peak Resort’s flagship 600-acre ski resort along with its 18-hole championship golf course, lodging properties, and all revenue centers.

Vern Greco, CEO of Pacific Group Resorts, Inc., commented on Barnes’ arrival saying, “We’re really very fortunate to be able to bring someone with Erik’s talents and experience to Ragged Mountain. His previous general management tenure and resort leadership results in the Northeast are a great fit for us. They put him in a strong position to continue the positive momentum we have at Ragged Mountain and will ensure a seamless transition from the great work of Jay Gamble who has a big job ahead of him at Wintergreen.”

Barnes noted “With expanded snowmaking and the successful Mission: Affordable season pass program, it’s an exciting time to lead the team at Ragged Mountain as it transitions to a noteworthy mid-sized New England ski area with potential for more growth and future expansion plans.” He further explained what attracted him to the Danbury resort, “Ragged Mountain has developed an impressive track record of creating new skiers and snowboarders through the Bebe Wood Free Learn-to-Ski or Ride Program and catering to families who appreciate the mountain and its laid-back vibe. They have been doing a lot of good things here, and I am very pleased to be in a position to take Ragged Mountain to its next level of progress.”

Ragged Mountain has been honored by the National Ski Areas Association for attracting new participants to snow sports and successfully converting them from first timers to season pass holders. Families and the next generation of skiers and snowboarders have embraced Ragged Mountain for uncrowded slopes, high-speed chairlifts, and easy-to-navigate layout. The resort features two distinct peaks, 250 acres of classic New England trails, and the only detachable six-person chairlift in New Hampshire.

 Job Fair Dates & Times:  Thursday, October 28 4:00pm to 7:00pm & Saturday, November 13 9:00am to 12:00pm 

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Fall And The Anticipation Of Winter

We are officially into the fall season and the excitement for skiing and snowboarding is beginning to build! The team has done a tremendous job getting the base area the best it has looked in years and we are looking forward to sharing it with you. We have been fortunate enough to host many gorgeous weddings over the course of summer and will continue every weekend through November 6th. 

WHAT'S NEW:  For the 2021-22 winter season we have improved on our snowmaking coverage and efficiency and we purchased some new equipment for mountain operations. Elmwood and Meetinghouse Lodges received exterior and interior renovations, and our F&B departments received some new appliances along with kitchen enhancements.  

HARVEST PARTY POSTPONED:  Every Autumn, the Team at Ragged Mountain Resort looks forward to welcoming our valued Season Passholders to the mountain to celebrate the coming of winter, and give appreciation for their loyalty with the Annual Harvest Party.  Due to some extenuating circumstances, the Harvest Party will be rescheduled at a later date this season.  We are looking forward to a great ski season ahead, and are in full preparation mode at this time. Thank you for your understanding, and we are excited to see your smiling faces once the snow begins to fly!

Our job fairs are coming up, this is your opportunity to work where most people come to play! We are looking to fill roles in all departments and our full management team will be present for your chance to interview and apply. We have a fun-loving, talented, hard working team - if this sounds like a good fit for you, come join us on Thursday, October 28th and on Saturday, November 13th.

Job Fair Dates & Times:  Thursday, October 28 4:00pm to 7:00pm & Saturday, November 13 9:00am to 12:00pm 

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Thursday, October 14, 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021

2021 SUMMER PROJECTS

The middle of August is now upon us, days are starting to get shorter and believe it or not, several trees are beginning to change color on the slopes of Ragged Mountain. Our staff have been hard at work painting the Elmwood and Meetinghouse Lodges, servicing the chairlifts, and maintaining a busy wedding calendar. Just last week we installed four additional T40 snowmaking fan guns on Lower Village Green - this should substantially help snow production in one of the most vital locations on the mountain. The mountain operations team will soon be on the ski trails preparing the grounds for snowfall, how exciting! 

We recently hosted the Ragged 50K endurance running race with over 250 registered racers from all over the United States. And we are planning our Harvest Party season pass holder appreciation event on Sunday, October 10 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm - be sure to mark your calendar!

2021-22 Mission: Affordable XTRA Season Passes are available NOW for $499 until October 10th. Make the wise decision and invest in yourself - enjoy skiing and riding with us this winter with one of the most affordable season passes in all of New England!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021

SUMMER TIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY

The last patch of snow has now melted off of Wild Side, is anyone else missing turns on our perfect corduroy yet? We are now in the midst of a stacked wedding calendar and we have hosted some tremendous gatherings lately. Just this past weekend we had 105 guests from throughout the Northeast, isn't it refreshing to comfortably gather once again? The weekend of September 25th is now available if you or a loved one may be looking for that perfect venue to host their special day. Please contact our Wedding Coordinator, Rachel at (603) 768-3166 to inquire. 

Our team has recently been busy with state inspections on the Spear Mountain Express, servicing snowmaking pumps and motors, freshening up and painting the Red Barn of Elmwood Lodge. Preparation is ongoing for ski season and our crew is looking forward to an exciting, normal winter ahead. We will be hosting our Harvest Party season pass holder appreciation event on Sunday, October 10 - be sure to pencil it in your calendar. 

2021-22 Mission: Affordable XTRA Season Passes are available NOW - make sure you commit to skiing and riding with us next season and lock in at one of the most affordable season passes in all of New England!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Thursday, June 24, 2021

Thursday, April 08, 2021

2020 - 21 Winter Operations Are Now Closed For The Season

Ragged Mountain Resort just wrapped up a winter season for the record books! With the unprecedented challenges of operating in the midst of a pandemic, our team rose to the occasion and provided a safe, fulfilling season of high quality skiing and snowboarding. We could not have done it without you! On behalf of all of our staff, we truly appreciate you respecting all the unique policies and logistical changes we enforced this winter. How about that RECORD-BREAKING SNOWSTORM! Ragged Mountain received the second highest recorded snowfall in the history of New Hampshire, literally one inch shy of Mount Washington's forty-nine inches in a single storm! So many fond memories from this past seasons adventures with family and friends.

As spring has sprung Mountain Operations and Ski Patrol are cleaning up Ragged and Spear peaks and putting them to rest. Ski touring is permitted, but please respect that it is 'AT YOUR OWN RISK' and there are many hazards throughout the two mountains and be mindful that they are not patrolled. We look forward to a summer full of weddings and ceremonies. The time has come to put that last thick coat of wax on your boards and put them away to rest. Many exciting new things will be happening next winter and we are thrilled to see all of your smiling faces once again at beautiful Ragged Mountain.

2021-22 Mission: Affordable Season Passes are available NOW - make sure you commit to skiing and riding with us next season and lock in at one of the most affordable season passes in all of New England!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Monday, May 03, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2021-22 Mission: Affordable XTRA Season Passes On-Sale NOW!

Mission: Affordable Season Passes are available now - make sure you commit to skiing and riding with us next season and lock in at the most affordable price!

Sport Thoma: 

Located in the Elmwood Lodge is currently running a sale on Ragged logoed products and certain outerwear, stop in and check it out!

Ski and Stay Packages Available:

Discounted Ski and Stay rates are currently available at our New Hampshire Mountain Inn, located just down New Canada Rd. in Wilmot 5min from the ski trails. 

The New Hampshire Mountain Inn veritably exudes historic authenticity, but it has also been selectively updated to provide some of the nicest of modern amenities. For example, stroll from the country charm of the farmhouse to the spectacular Tavern-style Family Room, built around an open double-sided fireplace with a hearth that is cantilevered over the pool area and see how easily the past and present blend. It is a seamless juxtaposition that makes for an ideal retreat — for a self-aware individual, for a romantic couple, for an adventurous family, or for leading executive groups.

Food and Beverage:

The Harvest Café menu is available 10:30am to 3:00pm Friday through Sunday. You can find the take-out / pick-up window on the Bricks along the main corridor entrance to the mountain. This convenience allows you to order from the chairlift or perhaps in your car as you are in route to carve up the slopes!

Uphill Traffic:

Uphill Skiing continues to be popular this season and guests seem to be enjoying our new route - Up Pines, Reggae Glades, across the intersection atop Wild Side and into an off-piste section under the powerlines to the summit! Please be sure to check in with Guest Services and allow us to notify Ski Patrol of your presence, for your safety. A current season pass or uphill ticket ($10) is required. Our Uphill Policy is found in the Winter header/Mountain Info/Uphill Policy or HERE.

Ski and Snowboard Conditions:

Daily snow surface conditions and trail counts change rapidly this time of year, stay up to date on our open terrain on our Snow Report updated daily every afternoon and early morning.

Advance Sales:

Lift tickets, rental equipment and ski & snowboard lessons MUST be purchased online in advance - this guarantees availability and your place on the slopes. Browse and buy on our online store.

Know Before You Go! 

Please review our Covid-19 guidelines prior to your arrival.  We thank you in advance for adhering to the guidelines and keeping our season safe!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Thursday, April 01, 2021

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

2021-22 Mission: Affordable Season Passes On-Sale NOW!!!

As this weeks temperatures begin a warming trend, we welcome spring skiing with open arms! Sunshine, corn-snow, après, the terrain park and bumps - it's everybody's favorite time of year to ski and ride!

This season begin with many operational challenges, but our team rose to the occasion and adapted. We truly appreciate everyone respecting this seasons policies and prioritizing the skiing and snowboarding at beautiful Ragged Mountain. We are so fortunate to say - we have had a phenomenal winter at Ragged Mountain!

2021-22 Mission: Affordable XTRA Season Passes are available now! Make sure you commit to skiing and riding with us next season and lock in at the most affordable price.

Event Calendar: HERE

* Saturday, March 20 - Meier Skis On-Snow Demo

* Saturday 20th - We will be offering live music at the base of the Spear Lift featuring DJ Ras 1, Music on the Mountain

* Sunday, March 21 - Dash & Crash Uphill Ski Challenge

* Thursday, March 25 - USASA Rail Jam Event, must be a USASA member to compete.

* Saturday, March 27th - Vertical Descent Challenge, Using the Ragged Mountain APP - track your vertical that you descended throughout the day and the top performer wins a prize pack! 

* Saturday March 27th - We will be offering live music at the base of the Spear Lift featuring DJ Ras 1, Music on the Mountain

Ski and Stay Packages Available:

Discounted Ski and Stay rates are currently available at our New Hampshire Mountain Inn, located just down New Canada Rd. in Wilmot 5min from the ski trails. 

The New Hampshire Mountain Inn veritably exudes historic authenticity, but it has also been selectively updated to provide some of the nicest of modern amenities. For example, stroll from the country charm of the farmhouse to the spectacular Tavern-style Family Room, built around an open double-sided fireplace with a hearth that is cantilevered over the pool area and see how easily the past and present blend. It is a seamless juxtaposition that makes for an ideal retreat — for a self-aware individual, for a romantic couple, for an adventurous family, or for leading executive groups.

Food and Beverage:

The Harvest Café menu is available 10:30am to 3:00pm Friday through Sunday. You can find the take-out / pick-up window on the Bricks along the main corridor entrance to the mountain. This convenience allows you to order from the chairlift or perhaps in your car as you are in route to carve up the slopes!

Uphill Traffic:

Uphill Skiing continues to be popular this season and guests seem to be enjoying our new route - Up Pines, Reggae Glades, across the intersection atop Wild Side and into an off-piste section under the powerlines to the summit! Please be sure to check in with Guest Services and allow us to notify Ski Patrol of your presence, for your safety. A current season pass or uphill ticket ($10) is required. Our Uphill Policy is found in the Winter header/Mountain Info/Uphill Policy or HERE.

Ski and Snowboard Conditions:

Stay up to date on our daily snow surface conditions and open terrain on our Snow Report updated every afternoon and early morning.

Advance Sales:

Lift tickets, rental equipment and ski & snowboard lessons MUST be purchased online in advance - this guarantees availability and your place on the slopes. Browse and buy on our online store.

Know Before You Go! 

Please review our Covid-19 guidelines prior to your arrival.  We thank you in advance for adhering to the guidelines and keeping our season safe!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

Conditions don't get any better than right now at Ragged Mountain!

We have been enjoying many bluebird days with spring-like conditions at beautiful Ragged Mountain this past week. The skiing and snowboarding are at their peak and it is everybody's favorite time of year to be in the mountains! We have some exciting events going on into the spring, please read below.

Event Calendar: HERE

~ We will be offering live music at the base of the Spear Lift featuring DJ Ras, with Music on the Mountain - Saturday's March 13th, 20th and 27th.

~ U12 Slalom Race on Village Green, Saturday, February 27 - hosted by our Competition Programs 

~ USASA Slopestyle Event on Thursday, March 11 - must be a USASA member to compete.

~ LaFoley Slalom Race on Showboat Sunday, March 14 - hosted by our Competition Programs 

~ USASA Rail Jam Event on Thursday, March 25 - must be a USASA member to compete.

Ski and Stay Packages Available:

Discounted Ski and Stay rates are currently available at our New Hampshire Mountain Inn, located just down New Canada Rd. in Wilmot 5min from the ski trails. 

The New Hampshire Mountain Inn veritably exudes historic authenticity, but it has also been selectively updated to provide some of the nicest of modern amenities. For example, stroll from the country charm of the farmhouse to the spectacular Tavern-style Family Room, built around an open double-sided fireplace with a hearth that is cantilevered over the pool area and see how easily the past and present blend. It is a seamless juxtaposition that makes for an ideal retreat — for a self-aware individual, for a romantic couple, for an adventurous family, or for leading executive groups.

Food and Beverage:

Dining will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:30pm in our slope-side Birches Restaurant, which offers incredible views of skiers and riders coming down Main Street. Have you tried ordering take-out food through our APP yet? The Harvest Café menu is available 10:30am to 3:00pm Friday through Sunday. You can find the take-out / pick-up window on the Bricks along the main corridor entrance to the mountain. This convenience allows you to order from the chairlift or perhaps in your car as you are in route to carve up the slopes!

Uphill Traffic:

Uphill Skiing continues to be popular this season and guests seem to be enjoying our new route - Up Pines, Reggae Glades, across the intersection atop Wild Side and into an off-piste section under the powerlines to the summit! Please be sure to check in with Guest Services and allow us to notify Ski Patrol of your presence, for your safety. A current season pass or uphill ticket ($10) is required. Our Uphill Policy is found in the Winter header/Mountain Info/Uphill Policy or HERE.

Ski and Snowboard Conditions:

Stay up to date on our daily snow surface conditions and open terrain on our Snow Report updated every afternoon and early morning.

Advance Sales:

Lift tickets, rental equipment and ski & snowboard lessons MUST be purchased online in advance - this guarantees availability and your place on the slopes. Browse and buy on our online store.

Know Before You Go! 

Please review our Covid-19 guidelines prior to your arrival.  We thank you in advance for adhering to the guidelines and keeping our season safe!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Sunday, February 28, 2021

Friday, February 12, 2021

COMING INTO PRESIDENTS WEEK -

We have received 6 inches of blower powder over the past 7 days and the temps have stayed cold enough to keep the snow well preserved. Going into the holiday weekend we have 54 trails and 245 acres of terrain open for you to enjoy! Snowstorms are beginning to stack up in the long term forecast and the skiing and snowboarding at Ragged Mountain are as good as it gets!  Make sure you purchase your lift tickets in advance, as the conditions have gotten so good - we are selling out of our daily lift ticket allotment for most Saturdays and Sundays many days in advance.

Ski and Stay Packages Available:

Discounted Ski and Stay rates are currently available at our New Hampshire Mountain Inn, located just down New Canada Rd. in Wilmot 5min from the ski trails. 

The New Hampshire Mountain Inn veritably exudes historic authenticity, but it has also been selectively updated to provide some of the nicest of modern amenities. For example, stroll from the country charm of the farmhouse to the spectacular Tavern-style Family Room, built around an open double-sided fireplace with a hearth that is cantilevered over the pool area and see how easily the past and present blend. It is a seamless juxtaposition that makes for an ideal retreat — for a self-aware individual, for a romantic couple, for an adventurous family, or for leading executive groups.

Food and Beverage:

Dining will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:30pm in our slope-side Birches Restaurant, which offers incredible views of skiers and riders coming down Main Street. Have you tried ordering take-out food through our APP yet? The Harvest Café menu is available 10:30am to 3:00pm Friday through Sunday. You can find the take-out / pick-up window on the Bricks along the main corridor entrance to the mountain. This convenience allows you to order from the chairlift or perhaps in your car as you are in route to carve up the slopes!

Uphill Traffic:

Uphill Skiing continues to be popular this season and guests seem to be enjoying our new route - Up Pines, Reggae Glades, across the intersection atop Wild Side and into an off-piste section under the powerlines to the summit! Please be sure to check in with Guest Services and allow us to notify Ski Patrol of your presence, for your safety. A current season pass or uphill ticket ($10) is required. Our Uphill Policy is found in the Winter header/Mountain Info/Uphill Policy or HERE.

Ski and Snowboard Conditions:

Stay up to date on our daily snow surface conditions and open terrain on our Snow Report updated every afternoon and early morning.

Advance Sales:

Lift tickets, equipment rentals and ski / ride lessons MUST be purchased online in advance to guarantee availability and your place on the slopes. Browse and buy on our online store.

Know Before You Go! 

Please review our Covid-19 guidelines prior to your arrival.  We thank you in advance for adhering to the guidelines and keeping our season safe!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Sunday, February 14, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

JANUARY 20TH, 2021 UPDATE

This weeks cold temperatures have our snowmaking team busy expanding on open skiable acreage. We plan to open Birches, Upper & Lower Exhibition, and Town Meeting totaling 29 Trails and all 5 Lifts - providing you access to the slopes. Snow surfaces have consistently been machine groomed primarily and loose granular secondary of recent. You may not have any snow in your backyard, but winter is thriving at Ragged Mountain - the trails have thick bases and you know how great our grooming is! Just take a peek at our webcam and see for yourself!

Events:

This Saturday, January 23 Meier Skis will be providing a number of models and shapes to try out on-snow for FREE. This on-snow demo will be located slope-side of Elmwood Lodge from 9:00am to 4:00pm, in the market for new skis - be sure to check it out!

Food and Beverage:

Our mountain-side Birches Restaurant offers incredible views of skiers and riders coming down Village Green, dining will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:30pm. Have you tried our take-out food yet? We now have integrated mobile phone food ordering in our APP and the Harvest Cafe menu is available 10:30am to 3:00pm Friday through Sunday. You can find the take-out or pick-up window on the Bricks along the main corridor entrance to the mountain. This convenience allows you to order from the chairlift or perhaps in your car as you are in route to make some turns!

Uphill Traffic now has a NEW Route:

Uphill Skiing is open for the season and our new route sends you up Pines, Reggae Glades, across the intersection atop Wild Side and into an off-piste section under the powerlines to the summit! Please be sure to check in with Guest Services and allow us to notify Ski Patrol of your presence - for your safety. A current season pass or uphill ticket ($10) is required. Our Uphill Policy is found in the Winter header/Mountain Info/Uphill Policy or HERE.

Ski and Snowboard Conditions:

Stay up to date on our daily snow surface conditions and open terrain on our Snow Report updated every afternoon and early morning.

Advance Sales:

Lift tickets, equipment rentals and ski/ride lessons MUST be purchased online in advance to guarantee availability and your place on the snow. Browse and buy on our online store.

Know Before You Go! 

Please review our Covid-19 guidelines prior to your arrival.  We thank you in advance for adhering to the guidelines and keeping our season safe!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

MLK WEEKEND UPDATE

Although we have faced a mild winter thus far in New Hampshire, our snowmaking team has been hard at work making up for the lack of snow. Coming into MLK Weekend we are expecting 26 Trails open and all 5 Lifts running to access the slopes. 

Food and Beverage

This weekend Birches Restaurant will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:30pm. Did you forget your lunch at home? We now have integrated mobile phone take-out food ordering into our APP and the Harvest Cafe menu is available 10:30am to 3:00pm Friday through Sunday. You can find the take-out (pick-up) window on the Bricks along the main corridor entrance to the mountain. This convenience allows you to order from the chairlift or perhaps in your car as you are in route to make some turns!

Uphill Traffic is now Permitted

Uphill Skiing is now open for the season and we are offering a new route up Pines, Reggae Glades, across the intersection atop Wild Side and into an off-piste section under the powerlines to the summit! Please be sure to check in with Guest Services and allow us to notify Ski Patrol of your presence - for your safety. A current season pass or uphill ticket ($10) is required. Our Uphill Policy is found in the Winter header/Mountain Info/Uphill Policy or HERE.

Ski and Ride Operations

Stay up to date on our daily conditions and terrain expansion on our Snow Report.

Know Before You Go! 

Please review our Covid-19 guidelines prior to your arrival.  We thank you in advance for adhering to the guidelines and keeping our season safe!

Advance Sales

Lift tickets, equipment rentals and ski/ride lessons MUST be purchased online in advance to guarantee availability and your place on the snow. Browse and buy on our online store.

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

OPENING DAY DETAILS

Ragged Mountain will open for the 2020-21 winter season on Thursday, December 10 at 9:00am. For our first week of the ski season, Thursday through Sunday, we will only be serving Season Pass holders (and their Buddy Tickets) and Quad Pack tickets. Online lift tickets will not be available on these first four days.  Online Lift tickets will be valid for use beginning on Monday, December 14, 2020.

Please “Know Before You Go” by reading our covid-19 operating protocols before you arrive at Ragged Mountain as our operations will be different this winter. 

Details:                         Opening Time:            Lifts Open:            Trails Open:           

Thursday, Dec. 10                 9:00am                             1                               3

Friday, Dec. 11                      9:00am                             1                               3

Saturday, Dec 12                   8:30am                            2                               4

Sunday, Dec 13                     8:30am                            2                               4

Trails:                                    Blueberry Patch, Wild Side, Wild Ride for Thursday - Sunday and in addition Meadows for Saturday and Sunday

Lifts:                                      Summit Six Thursday - Sunday and in addition Carpet 1 for Saturday and Sunday

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

A Letter From Our General Manager

Dear Winter Enthusiast,

As somebody who has long been committed to an active outdoor lifestyle, particularly as a skier, I can honestly say there has never been a time when I anticipated the arrival of ski season more than this year. The magic of winter - snow silently falling, the sharp bite of winter on the face and the excitement of linking turns on every unique run are always special. This year it’s safe to say “special” could be expanded to include therapeutic. In a sense, we need this ski season for our emotional and physical well-being as much as for our enjoyment. We believe recreation is one of the essential food groups - now more than ever.

I want to share Ragged Mountain Resort’s plans for the upcoming ski season. There has been so much uncertainty since the Covid-19 pandemic first upended our lives. Among the many lessons learned are the importance of clear and consistent communication, the setting of realistic expectations, and the need for tolerance for unexpected changes.

The embrace of all these lessons is going to be critical to a successful ski season, as is the recognition we’re all in this together. A collective effort must be part of the foundation for success as we strive to balance the safety of our guests, employees and the local communities in which we operate our business.

In addition to following all CDC and local regulations, Ragged Mountain will require face coverings, will make the necessary changes to allow for physical distancing, and will closely monitor employee health including requiring employees to stay home if they are sick. Similarly, we encourage guests to not visit if they are not feeling well or have any symptoms of Covid-19.  We will implement additional precautions related to ski school, rental equipment, food and beverage, and hospitality as further outlined below.

Ragged plans to open for the winter season on Friday, November 27, 2020. As always, this depends on weather, but our summer work prioritized the readiness of the snowmaking system and our hope is for an on time opening.

As you know, capacity restrictions have been one of the tools used to manage the spread of the novel corona virus. Skiing and riding at Ragged Mountain takes place on over 250 acres ensuring the opportunity to safely recreate. Nevertheless, we will adhere to any limitations imposed by State and local authorities. To what extent we might be required to limit on-mountain capacities is still unknown, however, we are confident any restrictions will be on a limited number of days and all guests will have access on the vast majority of days.

Season pass holders will be our highest priority in managing any on-mountain capacity restrictions. It is our intention to allow pass holders to ski any day the resort is open without reservations or other exceptional requirements. Our primary means to control capacity will be done by limiting the sale of daily lift tickets.

It is possible we may need to control the number of skiers, including pass holders, in the event there is limited terrain open. In such case, Ragged Mountain will implement an online advance reservation system and requirements for reservations will be communicated on the web site, via email, and on the resort app. Pass holders are strongly encouraged to download the resort app and enable push messaging. This will be the quickest and most certain way to stay abreast of changes of any kind.

Face coverings will be required to access the mountain, including in the base area, in lift lines and while loading, unloading and riding on chairlifts.  Face coverings will be required in every part of our operation including inside all buildings and during all ski and snowboard lessons.  We are asking everyone to support these necessary changes and cooperate with resort workers who are in the challenging role of ensuring everyone’s safety. Guests who don’t comply with the guidelines will be asked to leave.

First and foremost, we will manage the number of people on the mountain. We will do everything possible and practical to allow for physical distancing throughout the resort to help ensure a safe experience. Additionally, we will load lifts maintaining social distancing guidelines applicable to each individual lift configuration. We will also manage the number of people entering buildings including base lodges and restaurants in accordance with local guidelines. Currently the maximum number of people allowed indoors in a gathering space is about a 50% capacity since tables must be 6 feet apart with no more than 6 chairs per table. This number may change between now and the beginning of ski season or even during the season. We are working to expand areas to comfortably accommodate guests while maintaining distancing requirements and revising menus and service levels that strike a balance between safety, forced capacity limits, and reasonable hospitality. Some of the “new norms” we all have embraced over the summer - online ordering, takeout, grab-and-go and outdoor dining - will be in place for the winter.

Ski school is an important part of every mountain operation because it introduces people to the sport and helps them improve so the sport is more enjoyable.  Our teaching professionals are always committed to safety and enjoyment while learning, and this season that will be highlighted more than ever.  Ski and snowboard school formats will be revised to accommodate either small groups or individual self-paced learning options. Advance reservations will be required for all lessons and programs.

Children’s on-snow programs will be the subject of particular emphasis with small class sizes and minimal exposure to larger group settings.  

Equipment rental will be available exclusively online with advance reservations. Pick up and drop off of equipment may be modified to accommodate social distancing and to limit the number of people in confined spaces.

There is no avoiding the fact that navigating your way around the resort will be different this winter. Compared to the alternative of no ski season, I hope you’ll agree the changes are manageable and worth any inconvenience.

Our web site, raggedmountainresort.com will be updated regularly with the latest info on restrictions and other important information. The resort app, available for both iOS or Android DOWNLOAD HERE, will be one of the best ways to stay informed through notifications and current status updates.

Advance planning and online advance purchases will be more important than ever. Most products will only be available online in advance. Knowing what to expect when you arrive will go a long way toward minimizing confusion and frustration.

Finally, for those who purchased a season pass for this year but are still uncertain about their preferences this winter, please remember there is the option to defer the use of that pass until next season:

  • Anyone who buys a Mission: Affordable season pass for the 2020/2021 season can choose to request to defer the use of the pass until the 2021/2022 season.
  • The request must be made by sending an email stating the request between October 1st and November 25th, 2020, and the request must include the pass holder name and the number on the pass.
  • This is not an offer of a cash refund or any other credit offer and only applies to the one-time deferral of a 2020/2021 season pass in exchange for a 2021/2022 season pass.
  • The pass will be moved to the 2021/2022 winter season at no charge, regardless of a season pass price increase.

As you can see, we are planning lots of changes with the objective of making us all safer and more comfortable this ski season.  While some of the changes will be a little inconvenient, we think it is a small price to accept for safety and the opportunity to have a great season on the slopes.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Sincerely,

  Signature

General Manager

     

Disclaimer

Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present.  The resort has implemented protocols to prioritize guest health and safety, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your visit.  The risk of being exposed or becoming sick due to COVID-19 cannot be eliminated.  Every skier and rider shares the responsibility for a safe and healthy skiing experience.  It is your responsibility to read and comply with all instructions and signage posted at the resort and on the resort’s website.  Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  Wear a face covering in designated areas and maintain at least 6 feet physical distancing from other guests, including in lift lines.  Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Monday, September 14, 2020

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Amidst The Heat Of Summer

As the traditional Yankee saying goes, July 4th marks the beginning of preparation for winter here in New England. Mid-summer is now behind us and our staff are hard at work servicing our lifts, chairs, grounds, snowmaking system and equipment.

During these unprecedented times, we are blessed to be in an industry that is based outdoors in the mountains. The abundance of birds, wildlife, along with wildflowers peaking are sentiment of what we love about beautiful Ragged Mountain! If you get the opportunity be sure to check out the SRKG - Sunapee, Ragged, Kearsarge Greenway hiking trails. Just beyond our New Hampshire Mountain Inn off of New Canada Rd. is a small parking lot to gain access. This is an awesome opportunity to exercise outdoors, safely social distance and appreciate the views Ragged Mountain has to offer.

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Friday, April 03, 2020

Coronavirus Mission: Four'dable 4-Pack Resolution

The coronavirus has disrupted life for pretty much everyone around the world, and our resorts are among the affected operations.  The corona-crisis only impacted a small portion of our season, but it was enough that some of those who purchased our Mission: Four’dable 4-packs (M:4) might not have had a chance to use all of the lift tickets included.

In the past, any unused lift tickets (including Mission: Four’dable) have expired at the end of a ski season but because of the extenuating circumstances involved with the coronavirus, we have decided to allow up to two unredeemed M:4 tickets from this season to be used next season before (or on) Dec 24, 2020.  Those qualifying tickets from this year will need to be taken to the ticket office after November 1, 2020, along with your ID to be exchanged for tickets that will work next season.

Alternatively, because of the unprecedented interruptions caused by the coronavirus, up to two unredeemed M:4 tickets from this season can be appended to a new M:4 purchased for next year and may be used anytime next season.  Those tickets qualifying for exchange should be taken to the ticket office after November 1, 2020, along with your ID to be added to the newly purchased M:4 for the 2020/2021 season.

The 2019/2020 season had some great conditions, and some challenges, but we managed to get in the vast majority of a normal season even with the coronavirus caused shut down.  Most importantly, we noticed time and again families, friends, and even those who enjoy being solo on the slopes, enjoying the improvements at Ragged Mountain and being out in the fresh mountain air more than ever before.  It’s unfortunate the coronavirus has been a major disruption for everyone, including the entire ski industry, and we hope this one-time extension of the M:4 program helps ease the inconvenience a bit.

While normally all M:4 tickets strictly expire at the end the season for which they were issued, the corona-crisis is anything but normal.  Allowing the extension of up to two of the unused tickets is our way of helping you get the most out of your time on the mountain.  We value you as a customer, we appreciate you as a patron, and we look forward to seeing you on the slopes at Ragged Mountain next season.

Stay healthy and ski safe!


COVID-19 News & Updates

Please visit this page dedicated to news and updates for COVID-19 and resort operations.

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Monday, April 13, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mission: Affordable XTRA Season Passes - EXTENDED!

There have been significant disruptions from the coronavirus for all of us.  Due to extenuating circumstances, Ragged Mountain has EXTENDED the Mission: Affordable XTRA Passes for just $299 until May 3! During these unprecedented times, Ragged Mountain wants to make it easy and affordable for everyone to own a Mission: Affordable XTRA Season Pass to ensure next winter is active and enjoyable on the slopes for you with all of your family and friends!  To facilitate that objective, we have extended the deadline for our lowest price of the year until May 3, and we've also introduced a new payment plan if you'd like to take advantage of that. 

NEW - Easy Pay Plan

We've made it even easier to purchase your Mission: Affordable XTRA Season Passes with four (4) easy payments of $74.75 each*!  Choose the Easy Pay Plan product in the store link on the season pass page.

Easy Pay Payment Schedule:

  • May 3
  • June 1
  • July 1
  • August 1

*A $2.99 service fee applies to all payments on the Easy Pay Plan. Payments will be automatically charged to authorized credit card on the account.

HERE'S THE DEAL:

  • Best Deal of the Year - Regular adult pass will be $599
  • Unlimited skiing - NO BLACKOUT DATES!
  • Mission: Affordable XTRA benefits include:
    • Access to ALL Pacific Group Resorts across North America.
    • 6 Buddy Tickets, valid at any PGRI Resort
  • XTRA! XTRA! Season passes paid in full by April 5th will receive more 4 more Buddy Tickets for a total of 10!
  • It’s STILL the best deal in all of New England!

COVID-19 News & Updates

Please visit this page dedicated to news and updates for COVID-19 and resort operations.

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Guest Services in a COVID-19 World

Update: March 26

The coronavirus has created a number of unique challenges.  One of those is how to continue to serve our guests while also helping to protect their health and the health of our wonderful staff.  We take both the service of our customers and the coronavirus safety concerns very seriously, so in order to protect our employees, our guests, and our communities, we are following CDC guidelines along with federal and state mandates for non-essential business operations in this most unusual of times.

To meet our dual objectives, while we are not open for normal in-person business transactions at the resort, we are available for business online, by telephone, or by email. We have staff working (mostly from home) who can respond to your needs and assist you with purchases and reservations so you can enjoy the fresh mountain air here in the not-too-distant future.  Please check our website frequently for the latest updates and answers to your questions, and contact us if we can assist you.

We hope everyone can be safe and healthy as we all follow social distancing and stay-at-home  protocols to get through this corona-crisis.


Update: March 16

The unexpected closure of Ragged Mountain Resort has understandably caused a great number of questions, concerns and uncertainty for individual guests, pass holders, group bookings, weddings and Spring or early Summer operations.

We are evaluating the changing circumstances daily and doing our best to address your questions and concerns. Like every other winter resort we are experiencing heavy call, email and social media volume. We will address every inquiry but it may take some time before we get to your specific inquiry. This web site is your best source for up to date information.

There are a few questions we can answer at this time;

- Will there be any adjustment to my season pass as a result of the unexpected closure?

No, season passes are good for the duration of the season regardless of the actual closing date. Opening and closing dates are planned but not guaranteed.

- I have a complimentary ticket. Will it be valid next season as a result of the closing?

No, complimentary tickets expire at the end of the season in which they were issued.

- I paid for lift ticket(s) on your web site for a day after you closed. Can I get a refund?

Yes, we will refund any day ticket purchased for a day after the closing date. We will process these automatically.

- I paid for rentals and/or ski school for a day after you closed. Can I get a refund?

Yes, similar to on line lift ticket purchases rental and ski school purchases for any day after closing will be refunded. These too will be processed automatically.

- Will my 2019-2020 Buddy Tickets be valid next year?

No, Buddy Tickets expire at the end of the season for which they were issued.

- I have a reservation at your lodging that is after the closing date. Can I get a refund or change the reservation?

Yes, any lodging reservation between now and May 1 can be cancelled or changed with no penalty. We will reassess the situation closer to May 1 as we know more about the COVID 19 situation.

- I have unused quad pack tickets. Will they be refunded or extended?

At this time we are evaluating our policies and next steps regarding unused Mission Four'dable Quad Pack tickets. We will communicate with you directly and on this website soon.

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020

An Open Letter to Ragged Mountain Resort Guests and Community Members,

The entire world has been impacted by the rapidly evolving coronavirus - COVID 19 – crisis.

We take this development very seriously and we are committed to being diligent in our efforts to safeguard the well being of our guests, employees and community. We have reviewed our daily policies and practices to make certain we are utilizing the most advanced tools available and rigorously enforcing policies to achieve the highest level of safety and confidence possible.

At this time the resort remains open and it is our intent to continue winter operations through April 5th. Most of the resort amenities are open but we encourage you to check the web site daily for changes. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust current as well as Spring and early Summer operations with the same objective; to enjoy the many virtues of Ragged Mountain and at the same time guard the safety of all stakeholders.

We are following Centers for Disease Control COVID 19 protocols in cleaning, food service, handwashing and by requiring employees stay home in the event of illness.

We have relaxed our cancellation policies and are being flexible with booking policies as it relates to future bookings.

We understand the challenge this situation presents and we also recognize the situation may be different tomorrow and again the day after. We are committed to evolving as the circumstances do.

You can check back here to get the latest details and updates. 

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Friday, March 13, 2020

Thursday, March 12, 2020

2020-21 Mission: Affordable Season Pass Available Now!

Ragged Mountain's mission to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for everyone is continuing for the 2020-21 Season with the Mission: Affordable Season Pass for just $299!  

Here's the deal:

  • Buy Your MISSION: AFFORDABLE Season Pass for just $299.
  • The lowest price is available from March 12 through April 5, 2020.
  • Ski or Ride every day Ragged Mountain Resort is open during the 2020-21 season -- NO Blackout Dates!
  • NEW Passholders can ski/ride for FREE the remainder of the 2019-20 Winter Season.
  • It’s the best deal in all of New England!  

Plus, passholders will enjoy additional benefits including the Sister Resort Reciprocal Program, Regional Resort Program and more.  Read all the details here.

Join us:  Accept the Mission!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coming Into Presidents Week

We have received three inches in the past twenty four hours and there is another three to five inches forecasted for tomorrow into Thrusday! This has enabled us to open up additional terrain and we are expecting to offer 50+ trails and 235 acres of terrain going into Presidents Weekend. Stay posted HERE for up to date snow reporting. Just this morning Patrol approved Cemetery Gates, Sunnyside, Pels Pass, Abyss, Rags to Riches, Sweepstakes, Double and Triple Take, Not Too Shabby, Cabin Fever, Lower Easy Winder and Miss Behavin to open. Our Terrain Parks team is currently plowing out our bordercross course on Lower Chute, look for it to open this Friday. We are bringing back the cute little flamingo Sweeps, she will be out on the slopes this Valentines's Day in various locations. If you are lucky enough to find Sweeps, bring her into Guest Services and redeem your FREE day ticket!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, February 15:  USASA Rail Jam USASA members only event featuring skiers and snowboarders. Contestants will compete on our legendary three-tier rail layout which gives them a total of nine different features to be judged on.

Sunday, February 16:  Sport Thoma On-Snow Ski Demo they will be offering Rossignol, Fischer, Blizzard, K2, Nordica, Liberty, Stockli, Kastle, and Armada skis. The demo will be located along the base area from 9:00am to 2:00pm, please register in the Sport Thoma retail space.

Saturday, February 22:  U10 Open Stubbie Slalom Event on Village Green hosted by our Competition Programs Department.

February, 29 – March 1: USASA Boardercross / Skiercross Event USASA members only ski and snowboard event. This event is on Lower Chute, and skiers and riders start four at a time racing to the finish line.

Come on up to beautiful Ragged Mountain and enjoy making some turns with us... Get Ragged!

  

Red Barn
Red Barn

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Happy New Year From All Of Us At Ragged Mountain!

The New Year is upon us and beautiful Ragged Mountain has had an incredible start to the season! We are currently offering 30 trails, 128 skiable acres of terrain. Ski Patrol recently dropped the ropes on several of our glades including Moose Alley and Raggae Glades from the Summit 6-passenger Express, and Gobblers Knob, Tree Hugger, Devils Den and Ridge Runner glades off the Spear Mountain Express Quad.

We have had over 1200 downloads of our new Ragged Mountain Resort APP and we are getting tremendous feedback on it! If you have not had a chance to check it out, be sure to:  Apple HERE | Android HERE

Our Birches Mountain Restaurant is offering casual dining and changed their menu for this season. Perhaps you fancy the Poutine, or the Headwall Burger, my personal favorite is the Wonton Chicken Enchiladas.

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to become a better skier or rider, consider booking a lesson with our Learning Center. We offer a number of classes that cater to you, such as our Women's Program, Legends Program, Race Development Program, or our Freestyle Snowboard Program.

January Events Include:

Saturday, Jan. 4th Ski The East High School Race

Saturday, Jan. 11th Ride & Ski Event

Saturday, Jan. 11th Ski The East High School Race

Monday, Jan. 20th Ragged Mountain Food Drive Bring (5) non-perishables and receive a $59 Adult Day Ticket or $47 Junior / Teen Day Ticket

Sunday, Jan.26th Sport Thoma On-Snow Ski Demo


Ski you on the slopes!

Last Edited by Kyle Matzke on Saturday, January 11, 2020

Sunday, December 01, 2019

2019-20 Opening Weekend

Thanks to all of our hard-working staff here at Ragged Mountain Resort this has been one of the greatest opening weekends we have had in years! We are skiing top-to-bottom on 9 trails catering to beginner and intermediate ability levels. Our faithful guests have been complimentary of the remodels to our Meetinghouse Lodge, the new pizza oven in Stone Hearth Bar, our new Rags to Riches IPA, and of course, the trail conditions. We are looking forward to releasing our new digital trail map app that will feature our live web cam within the next couple of weeks.

Tonight begins the first major snowstorm of the season and we are seeing accumulation totals varying from 10 to 16 inches. You may want to consider booking a room at the New Hampshire Mountain Inn, Click Here after all it's going to be a snow day for the kids and the skiing is going to be phenomenal. Pull out the powder sticks it is going to be deep, and this may vary well open up more terrain throughout our awesome mountains!

2019-20 First Chair

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Thursday, November 07, 2019

The Mission Continues!

Snowmaking at Ragged Mountain kicked off Friday, November 8 for the 2019-20 Winter Season.  Plus, Ragged Mountain Resort's on-going mission to make skiing and riding more affordable for everyone is back for the 2019-20 Winter Season with the Mission: Four'dable quad pack.  It's 4 unrestricted lift tickets valid for the 2019-20 winter season for just $189

Here’s the deal:

  • Four unrestricted lift tickets (printed on 4 one-way non-reloadable RFID cards)
  • Only $189
  • Offer valid online only from November 8 thru 11:59 pm on December 2, 2019
  • Tickets valid any day Ragged Mountain is open during the 2019-20 Winter Season.
  • No redemption necessary - take ticket directly to chairlift!
  • Use anytime including same day.  Use all 4 yourself or give them out to others.
  • Unlimited quad packs per purchase.
  • Once your purchase is complete, your credit card will be charged for the amount shown regardless of whether or not the cards are used.
  • We do not guarantee number of operating days, lifts or slopes, weather, or other conditions.
  • Tickets expire at the end of the 2019-20 Winter Season.  All sales final.  No refunds, exchanges, returns, extensions or cash value.  Not for re-sale.
  • Quad pack rate increases December 3, 2019

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Friday, November 08, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Last Chance for Season Pass Savings!


the countdown is on

Ragged's mission to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for everyone continues for the 2019-20 Season with the Mission: Affordable Season Pass for just $419!

HURRY - this is the last chance to save on Ragged Mountain Season Passes for the 2019-20 Season!  

Here's the Deal:

  • Buy Your MISSION: AFFORDABLE Season Pass for just $419.
  • Ski or ride every day Ragged Mountain Resort is open during the 2019-20 season -- No Blackout Dates!
  • It’s the best deal in all of New England!
  • Offer ends November 2, 2019

Plus, passholders will enjoy additional benefits including the Sister Resorts Reciprocal Program, Buddy Passes and more.  Read all the details here.


A one-time $5 RFID card fee applies to all new passholders.

Come join us:  Accept the Mission!

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Friday, October 02, 2020

Monday, October 07, 2019

Time is ticking on the deadline for savings - don't miss out!


the countdown is on

Ragged's mission to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for everyone is back for the 2019-20 Season with the Mission:  Affordable Season Pass for just $349!

Here's the Deal:

  • Buy Your MISSION: AFFORDABLE Season Pass for just $349.
  • Ski or ride every day Ragged Mountain Resort is open during the 2019-20 season -- No Blackout Dates!
  • It’s the best deal in all of New England!

Plus, passholders will enjoy additional benefits including the Sister Resorts Reciprocal Program, Buddy Passes and more.  Read all the details here.


A one-time $5 RFID card fee applies to all new passholders.

Come join us:  Accept the Mission!

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Monday, October 07, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

It's Harvest Party Time!

The warm summer days are beginning to come to an end and the leaves are starting to change color here at Ragged Mountain Resort. Momentum for the winter season is building and skiers and riders have snow sports on their minds. There are some exciting changes going on here at Ragged for the upcoming season and we are thrilled to share them with our valued Passholders and Guests!

The annual Harvest Party will kick off the season on Sunday, October 20 from 11:00am - 5:00pm. The Just Because Band will start us rocking at 11:30am followed by Sweeping the Leg Band into the afternoon. We will be releasing our new Ragged Mountain Resort / Flying Goose IPA collaborative beer, there will be food trucks and a bbq, a tent sale provided by Sport Thoma, Ragged Mountain apparel available, industry vendors, yard games, pumpkin painting, s'mores, and more.

New Ragged Mountain Season Passholders will be able to pick up their RFID cards from guest services. Previous Ragged Seasons Passholders do not need to bother though, our Axess system allows them to be reloaded when renewed online

There will also be a boot-fitting clinic provided for all Competition Program participants.

Save the date and we look forward to seeing you!

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Hiking Trails Near Ragged Mountain

Hiking Trails Near Ragged Mountain - Stay Outdoors in All Four Seasons

Ragged Mountain is known for its 1,250 feet of vertical drop, great skiing, Terrain Park, wedding venue, and beautiful lodging. What is often overlooked are the various and gorgeous hikes in close proximity. This article is meant to point out some of the best hikes to help you enjoy the Ragged Mountain area even more.

 

Views of Ragged Mountain from Mount Cardigan


Trails at Ragged Mountain

Ragged Mountain itself is a gorgeous, moderately difficult hike with views of nearby Newfound Lake, Mount Cardigan, Mount Moosilaukee, and other New Hampshire peaks. Hikers can choose to ascend Ragged Mountain, Ragged Mountain West Peak, and Balanced Rock (correctly named), from Ragged Mountain Ski Area via the skiing trails, the New Canada Road Trailhead, or the Proctor Academy Trailhead.

The trails outside the ski slopes are a part of the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway trail network that is a 75 mile loop trail system that connects summits, state parks, and state forests in central New Hampshire.

 

Nearby Mountains

Ragged is located only an hour south of Franconia Notch where there is access to Franconia Ridge, and many other NH 4,000 footers, the below list of hikes are all within a 30 minute drive, and have excellent views.

   

Mount Cardigan

Mount Cardigan Views

 

Cardigan is a stunning and relatively quick hike suitable for active families. With a 3 mile round trip, it is doable in only a few hours, and delivers incredible views at the summit. Rising 3,155 feet above sea level, Cardigan is a frequently trafficked family hike.

 

The most common route up is via the West Ridge Trail located at the end of Cardigan Mountain road. The trail features a lot of exposed steep granite near the summit and can be slippery when wet or icy.

   

Mount Kearsarge

The trailhead to mount Kearsarge, a 2,937 foot mountain, is located less than 30 minutes away from Ragged Mountain. Kearsarge is located within two state parks, Winslow State park, and Rollins State Park. This gives hikers and families a ton of opportunities for outdoor activities beyond summiting Kearsarge.

The summit of Kearsarge features a fire tower that enables visitors to see as far south as Boston on a clear day, and also see many more mountains to the north.

Parking is located at the Winslow State Park Picnic area where there are two options to hike to the summit, the Barlow Trail, and the Winslow Trail. Each are moderate options, and are often both done (one up, one down). The Winslow Trail is 1.1 miles to the summit, and the Barlow Trail is 1.7 miles to the summit.

Hikers can also choose to hike up the other side of Kearsarge from Rollins State Park (a .5 mile hike). However, this is a slightly longer drive from Ragged Mountain.

 

Danbury Bog Wildlife Management Area

Danbury Bog Wildlife Management Area is located just a short 10 minute drive from Ragged, and is a fantastic family picnic, birdwatching, canoeing, and short hiking area. If you like canoeing, kayaking, birds, frogs, turtles, and other pond wildlife, this is a great spot to visit.

 

Lake Sunapee

Lake Sunapee may not be the best hiking spot, but for those that love beautiful lakes and boating, it is great to know that the lake is only a short 30 minute drive from Ragged Mountain. Looking for a beach day? Lake Sunapee State Park is only about 40 minutes away from Ragged.

 

The Rest of New Hampshire

This is by no means a complete list of all of the great outdoor places to visit within a short drive of Ragged Mountain. Not only is there far more within 30 minutes, but if you are willing to drive an hour to an hour and a half, New Hampshire has some absolutely incredible short and easy, as well as long and strenuous hikes for all ability levels.


Information provided by: Max DesMarais an avid Outdoorsman and founder of Hiking & Fishing, an online resource to help those get in the outdoors.

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Monday, April 29, 2019

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Hurry, get in on the best deal in all of New England!

Ragged's mission to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for everyone is coming back for the 2019-20 Season with the Mission:  Affordable Season Pass for just $279

Here's the deal:

  • Buy Your MISSION: AFFORDABLE Season Pass for just $279.
  • The lowest price is available from March 15 thru April 7, 2019.
  • Ski or ride every day Ragged Mountain Resort is open during the 2019-20 season -- No Blackout Dates!
  • It’s the best deal in all of New England!  HURRY, purchase by April 7 before it's gone.

Plus, passholders will enjoy additional benefits including the Sister Resort Reciprocal Program, Regional Resort Program and more.  Read all the details here.

Friends don't let friends miss a deal like this!

Come join us:  Accept the Mission!

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Monday, October 07, 2019

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

MISSION: AFFORDABLE returns on March 15!

Ragged's mission to make skiing and snowboarding affordable for everyone is coming back for the 2019-20 Season with the Mission:  Affordable Season Pass for just $279Mission launches March 15!

Here's the deal:

  • Buy Your MISSION: AFFORDABLE Season Pass for just $279.
  • The lowest price is available from March 15 thru April 7, 2019.
  • Ski or ride every day Ragged Mountain Resort is open during the 2019-20 season -- No Blackout Dates!
  • NEW Passholders can ski/ride for FREE the remainder of the 2018-19 Winter Season.
  • It’s the best deal in all of New England!  HURRY, purchase by April 7 before it's gone.

Plus, passholders will enjoy additional benefits including the Sister Resort Reciprocal Program, Regional Resort Program and more.  Read all the details here.

Join us:  Accept the Mission!

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Friday, March 08, 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Fabulous Finish to February

This winter keeps going strong with snow storms almost every week making for fantastic slope conditions and coverage.  Our Groomers are laying down a perfect layer of corduroy each night to welcome skiers and riders each morning.  Be on the lookout for the Glades to be primed with the 2" - 3" of snow forecast for tonight.  With only 2 days left this month, we're still producing smiles for miles with tons more to come in March!

Ski & Stay Midweek Package at the New Hampshire Mountain Inn starting at $89 pp/pn*

Enjoy a 1-night stay in our quintessentially New Hampshire Mountain Inn with breakfast and a 1-day lift ticket at Ragged Mountain. Call 1-888-797-2899 or make your reservation online today!  *Restrictions apply, read full details. 

Last Edited by Lori Zaloga on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Back To Winter!

After the quick thaw that Mother Nature threw our way, we're happy to be staring at a forecast for the coming week that looks a lot more like winter! Headed into the weekend, we're looking forward to sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 20's to mid 30's. Talk about a difference from the 50 degree day we had on Thursday!

With the return to cold temperatures, anyone who visited us today may have noticed some snowmakers scurrying around to get Exhibition set back up for snowmaking operations. Following the warm weather, they're going to be working hard to help build up some more of those piles. Our groomers will be working hard too, pushing around the new snow and laying down that beautiful corduroy that we all love so much. Even with those warm temps and that clear precipitation, our surface is skiing as good as ever!

We're also amped about all the hard work that the Terrain Park Crew has been putting in over on Wild Side and Wild Ride. The top half of the terrain park is scheduled to open up tomorrow with three jumps and a hip. The team has certainly outdone themselves over there this year, and we're looking forward to seeing you all get sendy in the park. Be sure to mention @ragged_parks on Instagram, and as always, we'll see you on the slopes!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 26, 2019

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

A Very Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas, and regardless of whether or not you found yourself on Santa's naughty or nice list, we've got plenty of great skiing and riding for all. Be sure to stop by today and make some turns with us to celebrate this season. From our family to yours, Ragged Mountain Resort wishes you the happiest of holidays!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

An Exciting Weekend!

Join us on Sunday the 23rd for our first annual Scrap Yard Jam featuring DJ Scrumptious! We’re dialing back the intensity for this junk yard themed, skate style inspired rail jam that has something for all types of snowboarders! Look for small skate style benches, tire jibs, transition, and some new rail features from Ragged Park Staff. The open format is meant as a welcome for boarders of all ages and abilities. Keep it stock, or get weird with the parking cones! Registration is from 9:30 - 11am. Click HERE for more info.

We’re still rocking some great early season ticket deals with our Adult tickets at $79, Teens are $64, and Junior tickets are $54 all weekend long. But, you need to check out our Mission: Four'dable Quad Pack. At just $189, this four pack of tickets is the best value Ragged has to offer on tickets right now, and you can still snag a couple of packages just in time for the holidays! You get four, fully transferable and non-restricted tickets, meaning you can buy one pack and give four people tickets, or buy a pack for each person on your list. These tickets can be used any day Ragged is open for the 2018/19 season, and the way things have been going so far it looks to be one of the best seasons yet! Grab a Quad Pack now and get the best savings on tickets we offer. Buy Now HERE.

We’ll see you on the mountain!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, December 22, 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

2 Inches To Help Refresh!

A nice little refresh was granted to us last night by Mother Nature, who dropped a new 2” of snow across Ragged. The temps will also drop tonight allowing Snowmaking to pick back up and spread some more across the lower portions of Ragged. The plan right now is to do some resurface work on Ragged Peak providing a bit more coverage to Newfound and Village Green. They will also be working to connect the dots by finishing off Lower Chutte, and adding Pines, Sunnyside, and Upper Crew Cut. This, along with pushing out Showboat and Showoff, will certainly make for another great weekend of skiing ahead of us!

We’re still rocking some great early season ticket deals with our Adult tickets at $69, Teens are $50, and Junior tickets are $45 all weekend long. But, you need to check out our Mission: Four'dable Quad Pack. At just $189, this four pack of tickets is the best value Ragged has to offer on tickets right now, and you can still snag a couple of packages just in time for the holidays! You get four, fully transferable and non-restricted tickets, meaning you can buy one pack and give four people tickets, or buy a pack for each person on your list. These tickets can be used any day Ragged is open for the 2018/19 season, and the way things have been going so far it looks to be one of the best seasons yet! Grab a Quad Pack now and get the best savings on tickets we offer. Buy Now HERE.

We’ll see you on the mountain!

 

Last Edited by Ben Hall on Monday, December 17, 2018

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

How We're Working to Improve Your Experience!

Work has begun on building a new Guest Services area in what was known as the Discovery Center. Ticketing, season pass pick-up and general information will all move to the new space better suited to making your experience easier and faster. But, that’s not the only way we’re going to improve tickets and season passes.

The best part for you is Ragged Mountain's new partnership established with Team Axess, a leading manufacturer of ticketing and access management systems based in Austria. Axess currently has roughly 18,000 gates installed worldwide with more than 106 million active RFID cards. Their most notable ski resort installations include Killington, Sugarbush, Alta, and Snowbird, plus our neighbors Gunstock and Mount Sunapee. This partnership with Axess will allow us to more effectively serve you by providing you with a unique, reloadable RFID card granting you access to any lift without the need to stop by Guest Services once you've picked up your card.

Once you've picked up your $5, unique RFID card at Guest Services you can then reload it with everything from a Mission: Affordable season pass, to day tickets, and the new 4 hour flex ticket! It’s all about speeding up the process of getting you from your car to the lift as fast as possible.

To learn more about this new RFID card and Team Axess, click HERE.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bebe Wood, the 2018 Ski NH Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

As she sat, enjoying her Tuckerman’s Pale Ale, Bebe Wood had little clue as to why she was asked to attend the annual Ski New Hampshire conference. But to her surprise she was there to be honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her surprise was shared by all as her loud gasp, upon learning that she was this year’s recipient, was followed by cheers of a crowd who in some way, shape, or form, had all been touched by Bebe and her dedication to sharing our wonderful sport with as many people as possible.

As Ryan Schramm explained in his presentation of the award “Bebe is a true Ski Bum”, having spent her entire life enjoying the sport. Growing up in Marblehead, MA, Bebe and her siblings taught themselves how to ski at a nearby golf course. By the late 30’s she and her sister were making trips to Cranmore, NH and within the next decade Bebe would become a pioneer of the growing counter culture of the “ski bum”. In 1950 Bebe, living in Sun Valley, Idaho was featured as one of the models for a skiing article that ran in a February issue of Life Magazine.

In the early 60’s she and her husband moved to Bristol, NH where they introduced their children to the joys of skiing. In 1965, when Ragged Mountain Resort opened, Bebe was a natural fit as the Director of the Junior Program designed to introduce local school children to the sport. Bebe served as the head of the Courtesy Patrol through the new millennium until her retirement. Today she is still an active member of the Ragged Mountain Resort community as a host on the weekends. Skiers and Riders from all ages and all areas are greeted warmly with a smile and sometimes a hug as they enter the Elmwood Lodge.

A wealth of knowledge both of the mountain and of the industry, Bebe enjoys her role as the mountain’s ambassador of the newly formed Bebe Wood Free Learn to Ski & Ride Program. Named in her honor as a testament to her desire to introduce new folks to this wonderful sport, the Bebe Wood Program has introduced over 2000 people to skiing and riding, completely free of charge, in its first two years of operation. 

We are so happy to congratulate Bebe on her award, and couldn’t think of a more fitting person to be recognized as the 2018 Ski NH Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

 

Thanks to Joan Wallen and SeniorsSkiing.com for the use of information contained within this overview. 

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Weekly Update, Cleaning Up The Rails

The off season is in full effect around here and we're attending to some essential upkeep around the resort. Here is Bryan Harper, Manager of the Ragged Mountain Parks with an update for you. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube Channel to stay up to date on all that is happening around the resort!



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Friday, March 23, 2018

Heading Into the Weekend...

Another great day is ahead of us with temps in the low 40's and plenty of great skiing and riding happening today. Make sure you grab your MISSION: AFFORDABLE Season Pass today and take full advantage of all the benefits now. At $259, our all ages, non-restricted pass (No Blackout Dates), and the rest of this season for free, is the "Best Deal in New England"!

Coming Up This Weekend:

On Saturday we have our annual end of season Family Fun Race for the Ragged Mountain Ski Team and their parents. They will be having a fun race on Village Green to celebrate both a great season and their success in the regional race world. Stop by and cheer everyone on. A big thanks to the RMST and all the athletes for representing Ragged Mountain all winter long. 

Also on Saturday we will also have an outdoor BBQ and our regular bar set up for those who want to soak in some sunshine in between their runs. In the Stone Hearth we will have a Tap Takeover by Henniker Brewing Company and local fan favorite Dopamine will be playing from 3 pm to 6 pm. 

Sunday will be another big day of events at the mountain as we host our second annual Bump N' Jump contest. This retro ski contest is all about having fun and showing off your old school, hot dog moves! We've got a big sponsor line up with some killer prizes. Open to everyone of all skill levels and ages, this contest is more about having fun in the bumps and on the jumps than it is about how skilled you are. Find out more HERE.

Sport Thoma will also be here on Sunday with their final demo of the season at Ragged. Make sure to stop by to check out what demo options are available and possibly score some great deals on closeout skis.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

5 Inches of New Snow

Today has been a blast. The snow fell hard and fast here making for some fun skiing and riding. Make sure to snag your tickets for the NH vacation week now so you can save. 

While the snow was falling, we decided to check in with our Learning Center crew as they led a couple of advanced classes on skiing and riding in the soft bumps. Check out the video:

You can learn more about skiing or riding the bumps and join group or private lesson by heading over to our Learning Center page.

We'll see you tomorrow, on the mountain!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Another Great Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Clouds will break later in the day to reveal partial sunshine, while temperatures will remain warm, hitting the mid to upper 50's, so it should be another epic day!

Be sure to join us this weekend for more fantastic events! On Saturday, stop by the Stone Hearth Bar and grab a cold pint at the Tap Takeover featuring the Flying Goose and Angry Orchard. The Goose will be bringing by their new limited release, Citrus Soul Patch -- a fruity take on the American-style lager. If hops aren't your thing, Angry Orchard will be bringing their new rosé. 

It's going to be a weekend packed with fun. Don't miss it!

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

5 Inches of New Snow!!!

Well, it snowed last night!!! Mother Nature has reached out and lent a helping hand again to give this season a little bit more juice. The groomers have been out resurfacing the trails with the snowfall and today should be an amazing day of skiing and riding. The outdoor bar will be open again today, so make sure you get those turns in and then kick back for some under the sun apres on the bricks!

If you didn't catch our video recap from yesterday's fun, here it is again. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay connected!


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Saturday, February 17, 2018

What a Great Day!

Here's a glimpse at all the action that happened today around the mountain. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on what's happening.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

A Great Start to the Week

What a weekend. After two successful races, an awesome Tap Takeover, live music, and a bunch of snow last week, we're headed into this week buzzing. We're looking forward to next weekend already, when we'll be hosting our Mardi Gras celebration. It's going to be a roaring good time!

Expect temperatures today to be in the upper 20's to lower 30's with clearing clouds. It's going to be a fantastic day to kick off the new week, so cash in one of those sick days and come join us.

We'll see you on the slopes!

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Monday, February 05, 2018

A Nice Monday, and a good week ahead!

Update 1:00 pm: The Spear Mountain Quad is currently on wind hold.

Another week starts off with a decent looking forecast ahead of us. Today looks to be a great day on the slopes with temps in the upper 20's and clearing skies. Conditions on the mountain have been tremendous and we did receive a bit of snow last night, followed by a bit of rain. But the surface was turned over by our groomers early this morning, so the conditions should still be in great shape. Look for some variable conditions as you head out there.

Looking ahead, everyone should keep doing their snow dances and help this system on Wednesday dump loads of snow all our our mountain. Let's see how much we can get that #DanburySnowBelt to kick in!

Check out our two featured events this month: Treat your loved one to a wonderful time on the slopes on Valentine's Day complete with a couple's dinner in our Birches Mountain Restaurant. Dinner for two is $99 and you can add tickets for only $14 a piece. Then on the 17th of February, join us for a roaring good time at our first ever Mardi Gras Party featuring The Freeway Revival Band, tons of Creole inspired cuisine and a Sam Adams Tap Takeover. Find out more information including complete menus and pricing on our Featured Event's Page.

We'll see you on the slopes! 


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Birches Opens Today!(1)

Fan favorite Birches will open today for skiing and riding. This is one of our favorite trails, as a black diamond, narrow double fall line trail, it is classic New England trail design. Go have a blast on this amazing trail, along with Upper Exhibition and Town Meeting. 

Today marks the start of the Ski NH Weekend, and we're kicking things off with a USSA Open Scored Slalom on Showboat. This race will feature some of the states top U16 athletes, bashing the gates down the steep pitch of Showboat. A great spectators sport from either the Spear Mountain Quad, or the designated spectators area. If you wish to hike up to see the race, please check in at Race Registration on the 2nd floor of the Meeting House Lodge. There you will receive instruction on how to get to the spectators area, and our uphill spectator policy. NO DOGS are allowed on hill, in the base area, or hiking. Because of the race, Showboat will be closed for the majority of the day.

The Pinnacle Plunge Tubing Park will be open today with two sessions, 11 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm. Please see Guest Services to purchase a 2 hr tubing session ticket.

The fun continues indoors with some NH Inspired foods from our chef. Check out the 603 Coffee Cake Porter Beef Stew being served in the Harvest Cafe, or have a nice sit down lunch in the Birches Mountain Restaurant and try the NH Chorizo Jambalaya. Plus in the Stone Hearth Bar we will be serving NH Maple Syrup Glazed Chicken Wings to compliment the Woodstock Inn Brewery Tap Takeover from 2 pm to 5 pm. Apres will kick in to full swing with White Steer playing from 3 pm to 6 pm.

We can't wait to celebrate skiing and riding in our wonderful state with all of you today! We'll see you at the mountain.

 

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Another Beautiful Day Ahead...

With temps climbing into the high 30's low 40's and mostly sunny skies, it's shaping up to be another beautiful day at the mountain. Conditions across the mountain are in great shape, whether you fancy some gentle turns down Lower Ridge, catching some air in the newly built Wild Side terrain park, or are ripping down the steep of Showboat, there is plenty of fun to be had out there. Plus the Pinnacle Plunge Tubing Park will be open again today. Tubing is only $19 for a 2 hour session. Sessions run from 11 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm.

Trail Update: Flying Yankee will be closed today for a collegiate Giant Slalom race. You can check out the action from either the Showboat or Cardigan cutoffs. Go watch some fun ski racing as these athletes will be racing at top speeds.

Yes... We will have the game on today. Swing by the Stone Hearth Bar to watch as the Patriots take on the Jags... We can't choose a favorite due to wanting to remain a neutral, non-biased, business. But, we do have a special Ski Patrol staff member today who is wearing our team colors! GO PATRIOTS!!!!!

   

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday! Today is going to be mostly clear with temperatures in the upper 30's, which is fantastic news for everything we have going on around the resort. Ski East will be visiting today as we host their giant slalom race on Village Green. These Massachusetts athletes will be trying their best, so be certain to stop by and cheer these guys on!

A few trail updates: Flying Yankee will have race training on it until 10:30 am this morning, and the upper portion of the terrain park, Wild Side, will be a delayed opening.

In addition, Laura from Greg and The Morning Buzz will be visiting the mountain today in order to participate in our Bebe Woods Free Learn to Ski and Ride program. Once her lesson is over, she'll be hanging out in the Stone Hearth Bar, hosting the Von Trapp Brewery Tap Takeover! There will be plenty of great beer, as well as a handful of giveaways. On top of all that, New Hampshire band Supernothing will be providing tunes for the event. It's going to be a great day. We'll see you out there!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Go Home Mother Nature... You're Drunk!

Well, it's been an interesting past 24 hours. Mother Nature thought she would play some Jimmy Buffet, and while sipping some margaritas she obviously turned up the heat... way to much.

Fortunately our team makes SNOW, and when they make it they make a lot of it. The team got to work early and have been able to quickly get Ragged Peak back in shape and it will be opening this morning. Love to see those four groomers in action, including our new Bison-X.

There is a bit more work to do to get Barnyard and Spear open, but the team has already moved efforts to those two areas. Keep posted to our Slope Report as we continue to update.

Looking ahead, snowmaking will resume this evening and Mother Nature looks like she will be returning to her normal winter self and might grace us with some natural snow.


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

603 Brewery Tap Takeover!

Welcome to Saturday, December 30! Temperatures today are forecast to be a little warmer today, with highs in the low teens, but it's definitely still going to be a cold one, so be sure to bundle up and keep your eyes peeled for early signs of frostbite.

While you're waiting to warm up, why not stop by the Stone Hearth Bar for some hot chili and great drinks. This weekend, 603 Brewery will be taking over the taps in the bar, bringing along favorites like their 18 Mile Rye Pale Ale, Winni Amber Ale, White Peaks IPA, Wood Devil Double IPA, and their Coffee Cake Porter! We're in for an exciting weekend. See you soon!

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

'Twas The Day Before Christmas...

...And all across the resort, conditions are holding because our mountain ops team ROCKS!

Conditions today will be a soft, frozen granular surface which will be very fun to carve some turns in. While some may see yesterday’s freezing rain as a bad thing, it has actually helped in a couple of ways. One it helped to generate a nice firm base in the woods which will be great for the New Year and tree skiing/riding. Two it recharged our snowmaking ponds giving us more water as we look to continue the snowmaking program on Spear this week.  What does all this mean… with the cold temps and snow in the forecast for this week, the skiing and riding for the holiday week should be fantastic!

Don’t forget to spend the last few minutes of 2017 with us at our annual New Year’s Eve Party. There will be plenty of dancing, fireworks, a great dinner, and specials from the 603 Brewery. Reserve your seats today, or grab some friends and go in on a table. Call 603-768-3166 to get your tickets, space is becoming extremely limited. 

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