Outdoor Adventures: Sampling ski specials
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In the Lakes Region, Gunstock’s value offerings include a Sunday Family 4-pack for two adults and two youths for $199, 2-for-1 non-holiday Mondays and $25 Belknap County Club Tuesdays. Ski at night for more savings.
The Upper Valley has lots of options. The Dartmouth Skiway offers $20 non-holiday tickets Mondays and Tuesdays. Whaleback has midweek $20 tickets and a menu of $15 deals – last two hours of any day, Sunday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon and a lower mountain ticket for the terrain park and beginner zone.
Suicide Six in Pomfret, Vt., continues its non-holiday $10 Mondays and also has its non-holiday Frugal Fridays with $25 adult tickets, and $20 for kids and seniors.
Keene’s Granite Gorge Saturday Night Special allows everyone to ski, ride or tube (and get rentals) for $38. At Pats Peak in Henniker, the festive Pay One Price Saturday night deal starts Dec. 28 and costs $48. That’s good for skiing, riding, tubing and rentals.
Bennington’s Crotched Mountain has a few new deals to add to its arsenal, like non-holiday Monday $29 senior tickets (55 and older) and non-holiday $29 college student tickets.
Mount Sunapee’s deals include non-holiday Magic Mondays with $47 lift tickets and non-holiday Ladies Day Tuesdays when $52 scores a lift ticket and buffet lunch. Non-holiday Wednesdays are 2-for-1 for $72, while New Hampshire residents pay $42 on Sunday afternoons from noon-4 p.m.
The White Mountains are ripe with deals. Cannon continues its non-holiday twofers on Tuesdays and Thursdays at $72 for two and $47 for one. Granite Staters pay $25 on Wednesdays except New Year’s Day when everyone rings in the New Year with a 2-for-$72 day. It’s that same price on Super Sunday Feb. 2, too.
Bretton Woods is celebrating 40 years and has some deals linked to that starting with $40 tickets on Dec. 14, its birthday party. Pay $25 on Christmas Day and $17 on March 17. Wear beach attire March 29 and pay $25. Patriots Day (April 21) is $17.76 and get a return voucher good until Dec. 19, 2014.
The popular $25 noon-4 p.m. Sunday local ticket for Coos, Carroll, Grafton, Belknap and Vermont’s Essex and Caledonia County residents is back. Everyone gets in on non-holiday 2-for-1 Wednesdays (XC, too) while seniors 65 and older pay $50 on non-holiday Thursdays and that includes a lesson.
Both Attitash and Wildcat plan $40 Fridays in March and April, have a Sunday Funday afternoon ticket for $30 and will take part in $39 Super Football Sunday on Feb. 2, a 2-for-1 $63 ticket on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), $17 St. Patrick’s Day tickets (March 17) and $9 April Fool’s Day tickets.
Cross-country skiers can get twofers for non-holiday Mondays and Fridays at Great Glen Trails at the base of Mount Washington by going to the website and printing out a coupon, while Bear Notch Ski Touring charges seniors 60-plus $12 every day.
A Vermont sampler includes funky Magic Mountain in Londonderry with $15 non-holiday, non-powder day Throwback Thursdays while retro Mad River Glen charges $3.50 on Roll Back the Clock Day Jan. 28, 2014, $14 on Feb. 14 if you kiss your honey in the ticket booth and a twofer April Fool’s Day special if you act like a fool at the ticket booth.
Mount Snow’s $12 advance online purchase for Founder’s Day Dec. 12 sells out quickly. Anyone younger than 18 pays his/her age on Youth Pay Your Age Day Jan. 5, 2014. Valentine’s Day is 2-for-$49 while St. Patrick’s Day is $17.
Okemo takes care of residents on both sides of the Connecticut River with specials for Vermonters and Granite Staters. Play non-holiday Sunday mornings from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for $35 for adults, $30 for young adults/seniors and $24 for juniors/super seniors. Sunday afternoons are $29, while non-holiday Wonderful Wednesdays are $39 with select April dates at $29.
(Marty Basch can be reached through onetankaway.com.)