Mountain Message Blog

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.

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Tuesday, September 04, 2018

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. 

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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!



Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Monday, June 04, 2018

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.

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Friday, March 23, 2018

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!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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!


Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Sunday, February 18, 2018

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.


Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, February 17, 2018

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!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Monday, February 12, 2018

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! 


Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Monday, February 05, 2018

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!!!!!

   

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Sunday, January 21, 2018

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!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 20, 2018

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.


Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 13, 2018