Mountain Message Blog

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