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  1. #391
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    Was at Ragged on Friday myself, and it is a really beautiful lodge. Having the mountain to myself and just exploring was great. In terms of value, for $249 that's a steal! Considering Gunstock is $499 this coming year, if my family didn't have the house by G, I would so do ragged, since it is a lot of fun to ski.

    The snow itself on Friday was probably the best groomed snow conditions I've skied all year. I'll end up doing the Gunstock and Peaks option this year again. Crotched, Snow, Attitash and Wildcat is worth it... Plus G for close to home too. However, Ragged is a fun place and really a hidden gem of sorts.

    Skiing for 2016-2017 - 23 outings:

    Crotched: ​12/11/2016, 1/8/2017, 3/11/2017
    Gunstock: ​12/3/2016, 12/23/2016, 12/31/2016-1/1/2017, 1/14/2017, 1/21/2017, 2/20/2017, 2/25/2017, 3/26/2017
    Killington: 4/29/2017
    Mount Snow:
    11/26/2016, 12/2/2016, 1/16/2017, 2/11/2017, 4/8/2017
    Nashoba: ​3/19/2017

    Ragged Mountain:
    3/17/2017
    Wachusett: 1/28/2017, 4/1/2017
    Wildcat: ​4/15/2017

    Seasons Past:
    2015-2016 - 17 Visits; 2014-2015 - 20 visits: 2013-2014 - 19 visits: 2012-2013 - 13 Visits; 2011-2012 - 16 Visits;
    2011-2012 - 16 Visits; 2010-2011 - 19 Visits; 2009-2010 - 16 Visits; 2008-2009 - 15 Visits

  2. #392
    At the $249 pass price it won't be a hidden gem much longer. As Bill Belicheck says "it's better to get out a yr early then a yr late"
    That's sort of my approach to Ragged for next yr. I fear the crowds are just going to get worse as the migration from Sunapee continues.
    It's been a nice mtn for my family this yr but looking forward to a change of pace for next season.
    2016-17
    Bretton Woods 11/23, 4/17
    Cannon 12/3, 4/8
    Ragged Mtn 12/9, 12/16, 12/17, 12/23, 12/24, 12/30, 12/31, 1/2, 1/7, 1/15, 1/21, 1/29, 2/11, 2/18, 3/4, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 4/1
    Crotched Mtn 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/12, 2/15, 2/22, 3/9, 3/25, 4/2
    Gunstock 12/28
    Wildcat 1/22, 2/10, 4/15, 4/16
    Magic Mtn 1/26, 1/27
    Whaleback 2/19
    Okemo 11/26, 2/25
    Pats Peak 3/1
    Smugglers Notch 3/10
    Stowe 3/11
    Jay Peak 3/12
    Sugarbush (Mt Ellen) 3/13

    2016-2017 Days: 51
    2015-2016 Days: 25
    2014-2015 Days: 36
    2013-2014 Days: 25
    2012-2013 Days: 16
    2011-2012 Days: 25
    2010-2011 Days: 24
    2009-2010 Days: 47

  3. #393
    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    At the $249 pass price it won't be a hidden gem much longer. As Bill Belicheck says "it's better to get out a yr early then a yr late"
    That's sort of my approach to Ragged for next yr. I fear the crowds are just going to get worse as the migration from Sunapee continues.
    It's been a nice mtn for my family this yr but looking forward to a change of pace for next season.
    I'll also be intrigued to see how crowds do next year. I'm actually inclined to think the opposite. I think the $249 price was pretty well advertised and next year while more will sign up from Sunapee and other areas, I think a good number will leave. Many tried it for the $249 price and decided it was not worth it long term (you and me both included in that category).

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    I think most of the crowds this season have come after snow events that happen to coincide with holiday periods. But if you guys aren't going in for the cheap pass I'll let you know how things turn out.
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  5. #395
    I actually have seen a much more aggressive advertising of that pass this spring vs last spring.
    Last yr they did virtually nothing to advertise it until sometime in Early April even though u could buy it if you discovered the deal in Mid March.

    This yr they have it all up on their site, social media, every table in the lodge has a card holder showing the deal. The LCD monitor when u walk in has the deal in full view.

    I think they will lose some folks but gain more. I've spoken to quite a few people who are casual skiers and live ~30 or so mins away that buy it to come out on nice days and get some runs in.
    For that skier who sees Gunstock and Sunapee as high price Ragged at $249 is a no brainer especially as they aren't the folks scouring the internet to find skiing on the cheap deals like the AZ community.

    I also see a lot of MA/RI plates in the lot so it could be folks who have 2nd homes in the area who are migrating over from the other 2 main competitors.

    It's a good strategy for them if the goal is to create mass volume quickly. I do wish they did basic things like hire wait staff or someone to bus the tables in the bar however.
    2016-17
    Bretton Woods 11/23, 4/17
    Cannon 12/3, 4/8
    Ragged Mtn 12/9, 12/16, 12/17, 12/23, 12/24, 12/30, 12/31, 1/2, 1/7, 1/15, 1/21, 1/29, 2/11, 2/18, 3/4, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 4/1
    Crotched Mtn 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/12, 2/15, 2/22, 3/9, 3/25, 4/2
    Gunstock 12/28
    Wildcat 1/22, 2/10, 4/15, 4/16
    Magic Mtn 1/26, 1/27
    Whaleback 2/19
    Okemo 11/26, 2/25
    Pats Peak 3/1
    Smugglers Notch 3/10
    Stowe 3/11
    Jay Peak 3/12
    Sugarbush (Mt Ellen) 3/13

    2016-2017 Days: 51
    2015-2016 Days: 25
    2014-2015 Days: 36
    2013-2014 Days: 25
    2012-2013 Days: 16
    2011-2012 Days: 25
    2010-2011 Days: 24
    2009-2010 Days: 47

  6. #396
    That is fair. I suppose I was just so shocked at the total number of pass holders they got this year that I can't imagine more. Getting volume quickly will hopefully work out for them. I would love to see Pinnacle happen in the next few years, though the terrain is in all likelihood not particularly compelling, I just find resort expansions exciting and positive overall.

    Hopefully next year they do hire more staff... But who knows. If next year is a good snow year for So. NH I'll regret not having a pass, but the groomers and no bumps just don't cut it. I look forward to hearing how it is, Bob!

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    Yer on July!


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    I would not do the $249 season pass. Frankly, the woods have never been open enough to make it worth it. Bad snow years they struggle. Then again my season pass at Cannon was sub $300. Huge difference between the two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    I would not do the $249 season pass. Frankly, the woods have never been open enough to make it worth it. Bad snow years they struggle. Then again my season pass at Cannon was sub $300. Huge difference between the two.
    The NH resident military pass at Cannon is only $289.00. Having never served I do not qualify. That is a great deal and if I had THAT choice I'd go with Cannon myself.
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    The NH resident military pass at Cannon is only $289.00. Having never served I do not qualify. That is a great deal and if I had THAT choice I'd go with Cannon myself.
    Precisely. The next cheapest pass for most people is over $400. If I could get a Cannon pass for under $300 I would almost certainly do that as well.

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