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Basch: Ski and snowboard deals in New Hampshire for 2020

  • From learn-to-ski packages to discounted tickets, ski areas have many offerings to get new and seasoned skiers and riders out on the slopes in 2020. For example, Cannon Mountain (above) has $29 lift tickets for New Hampshire residents on Wednesdays. COURTESY / Ski NH/Cannon

For the Monitor
Published: 1/1/2020 9:28:30 PM
Modified: 1/1/2020 9:28:10 PM

With the promise of a new year, skiers and riders should promise themselves to get the most of their alpine experiences. New Hampshire’s resorts have much to offer in 2020 on, and just off, the slopes.

The Skyway gondola is a hit at Bretton Woods, but the new lift isn’t the only enclosure worth checking out near Crawford Notch. Located at the top of the very al fresco old school style Telegraph t-bar, the cozy Mount Stickney cabin is a nice place warm up and take a break by sipping on a comforting adult beverage, hot chocolate or soup. Roast some marshmallows at the stone outdoor fireplace. From the cabin, plunge into the Mount Stickney glades for some deep snow runs.

When it comes to live entertainment, Attitash shines. The 21-plus After Dark Series is preceded by fireworks for the family. Held in rollicking Ptarmigan’s Pub, the series features rocking cover bands for a $5 cover charge. A Foreigner and Journey cover band is slated for Jan. 18, Crush playing Dave Matthews Band is Feb. 15 and the U2 cover band Decades is March 21.

The killer terrain at Wildcat is only surpassed by its views of Mount Washington and Tuckerman Ravine. Even hardened northern New England yankees have been known to smile – at least I think they have – upon plunging down trails like Lynx with those frosty crowns in their face. Ranked No. 1 several times by SKI Magazine for views in the East, imagine what it’s like to experience those vistas for the first time! Take that selfie, post it and watch the likes come in.

Speaking of views, how about lingering at the Mount Cranmore summit and hanging out at the storied Meister Hut? The rustic hut’s warming fireplace is a place to relax with friends and family as you partake of the mountain’s offering like grilled cheese, hot chocolate and maybe a beverage like a local Tuckerman’s.

Be a sport during King Pine’s super $10 non-holiday Tuesday night specials. Starting Jan. 7, the East Madison ski area serves up $10 night lift tickets for skiing from 4-9 p.m., $10 rental packages, $10 snow tubing from 5-7 p.m. and a $10 beer and burger deal upstairs in the Trail’s End Tavern for skiers aged at least 21 showing a valid lift ticket.

Waterville Valley is the place to go for a non-holiday Sunday deal for junior (ages 6-12) riders and skiers. On those days, lift tickets are just $15 for them.

“That’s a big program to make skiing accessible for local families,” Waterville Valley communication manager Stacie Sullivan said.

Also, when you purchase an Adult Season Plus Pass, you get a free junior season pass.

Pats Peak in Henniker is the land of Saturday night fun as the Pay One Price program continues on Saturday nights this season. For $52, go skiing, riding and tubing. The prices includes rentals and lesson tips as well.

Danbury’s Ragged Mountain wants to get people skiing and snowboarding with the Bebe Wood Free Learn to Ski and Ride program. The program, which is named after the longtime ski instructor, offers three days of tickets, lessons and equipment rentals. Complete it and take advantage of the option to buy the Rossignol rental gear package at a discounted rate and a season pass for the rest of the season.

Want to learn to ski in a weekend? Consider Loon’s intensive First Class Beginner’s Weekends. Under the guidance of coaches, skiers and riders can learn to make turns on their own gear as part of the program includes a pair of Head skis, boots and bindings, or a Burton snowboard, boots and bindings.

In Gilford, you can sleep in the tree year-round at Gunstock, which is now offering a glamp-packing overnight tree tent excursion with a pond view. Marketing manager Rachel Templar says you can hike, cross-country ski or snowshoe in the woods on their trails to tree tents where everything is set up for you.

“You get to cook your dinner over a fire, have some fun s’mores, hang out in the peace and quiet and then go to sleep up in the air,” Templar said.

It truly does pay off to live in New Hampshire. Cannon in Franconia Notch State Park has its $29 Resident Wednesday tickets, even good on holidays.

“We try to spread the word as much as possible because that’s a great deal,” marketing director Greg Keeler said. “That is something New Hampshire residents should take advantage of.”

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