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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Bear View Post
    If the trees are in play, Ragged can't be beat by any mid sized mountain. If the trees are not in play , it's a very boring mountain.
    I agree with this 95%. When the ungroomed side of Showboat is skiable its a lot of fun. My beef with that is the way they've been handling the groomed side. They build of this "road" down skiers left with a berm of icy boulders blocking the best part of the fall line right down the center of the slope. Plus they block off the last section of slope directly above the ravine. I guess they're worried too many skiers would ski right into the stream. If it weren't for these foibles Showboat would be, hands down, my favorite slope there - Flying Yankee gets my nod there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    What don't you like about Bear Peak?
    The trails are 80 feet wide and nothing holds snow worth a damn.

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    I'm not sure how this thread turned into a comparison of Attitash and Ragged, but here is my take:
    Vertical: Attitash wins
    Steeps: Attitash wins
    Glades: Ragged wins
    Proximity to metropolitan areas: Ragged wins
    Availability of overnight accommodations: Attitash wins

    Now EasternPowderBaby noted s/he had Attitash ahead of Ragged, but Ragged ahead of Waterville.

    On SnowJournal in 2009, we put together a "best of the 1000 foot (or larger) vertical areas in NH" and the result was:
    1. Wildcat
    2. Cannon
    3. Attitash
    4. Sunapee
    5. Black
    5. Ragged

    Note neither Loon nor Waterville were in the top 5!

    deadheadskier said: "Ragged is the single worst 1000+ vert ski area in New England for moguls."

    I went there a couple of times last season. I thought that Sweepstakes skied a lot like MRG's Canyon; there were wonderful bumps on both the east side of Exhibition and through the Reggae (faux-)Glade. Ragged's biggest problems: Not enough snow to keep the glades open for much of the season and no true steep of any length, (except in the glades).

    I've got to agree with sull1102's comment: "Isn't it someday of a compliment then if we're comparing it (i.e. Ragged) to the big boys?"

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    Maybe you have a different definition of good bumps than I do. In all of those locations, I've found the bumps to be fair at best each of the past 6 seasons. Each of those trails except for Sweepstakes gets skied by a lot of lower level skiers. Everyone has to start somewhere, but such skiers don't make for good bumps. The biggest problem in southern NH regarding moguls is lack of natural snowfall. Sunapee gets this and seeds Goose and a Sunnyside trail accordingly to make up for the deficiency in natural snow. Pat's Peak doesn't seed Hurricane, but they pound it with snowmaking and don't groom it. Pat's and Sunapee are the only Southern NH areas with decent bumps IMO. Ragged, Crotched and Gunstock are all pretty awful regarding bumps. No clue if Granite and McIntyre have decent bumps, but they are off my radar anyways.

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    Mac doesn't have bumps.

    "man you make it look so fluid"

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    While we are on the topic of S NH bump runs,Whaleback has very nice bumps on The Face as well as sometimes smaller ones on Bougainvillea
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    I've heard that about Whaleback and see them driving by all the time. One of these days I'll get back there. Always seems I've already got plans skiing somewhere in VT when I get up that way.

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    Probably best to wait until Feb/March when they have a good amount of snow both made and natural...they do training there with Evan Dybvig so if you can look at the calendar and see when they have a bump competition going on going on either side of that will likely yield good results.
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    don't forget the bumps on the other front two, jawbone and blowhole too! Oops I am off topic on Whaleback too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newpylong View Post
    Oops I am off topic on Whaleback too.
    Hijack of the month. I'll get things back on track with my first ride in the new Spear lift. Promise. btw The best moguls at Ragged are usually on Birches or Sweepstakes but I agree they don't really compete with places like True Grit at Waterville.
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