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    Camera 1/3/19 Cranmore

    When I moved to New England about 15 years ago I had a long list of places I wanted to ski. Over the years I have crossed off a lot of places. Prior to today I was left with two NH mountains, Cranmore and Black. My spouse knowing that got me a Cranmore gift card. So I headed up today from my NH place.

    When I left this morning I had a little over 2 inches of light fluffy snow on my truck. When I got to Cranmore they had received about 2-3 inches on top of the their groomed base. They did get about 5 inches earlier in the week. I love fresh light snow on a heavier base. Weather was bluebird skies, no wind at all, and in the 20s. Really a comfortable day to ski with no lines and most of the non gladed trails open. Surface conditions were great unless you wanted everything groomed flat (those people are out there) because the light snow was mounded up all over but you could so easily cut right through it. I laughed out loud more than once on my first few runs.

    I know Cranmore by today's standards is not a resort and is somewhat in the same orbit as Gunstock, Sunapee, Pico, etc. Day trippers some vacationers, and a lot of second home owners. Like those other places I was impressed how they have maximized every bit of the mountain terrain. They seem to know their market and are not trying to be something they are not.

    While not the most challenging terrain I found it a playful kind of place. Great views today too which never hurts. I had a great day and got a lot of skiing so I left around 2. Glad I finally made it up there. I love old school mountains and Cranmore definitely fit the bill. If North Conway was not such a pain in the ass to get to I could see doing family ski days up there with my nieces.

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    Last edited by medfordmike; Jan 3, 2019 at 8:41 PM.
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    Sunapee 7, Pico 6, Wachusett 2, Stowe 1, Cranmore 1, Skiway 1, Whaleback 1

    2017-2018 season: 43, 2016-2017 season: 43, 2015-2016 season: 27, 2014-2015 season: 29, 2013-2014 season: 25

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    Cranmore is a delight. Glad you enjoyed it!


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    Great pics! Looks like a good day to be out on the hill.
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    Curious why you lump Pico in with Gunstock, Sunapee and Cranmore? Pico is pretty big in comparison and has much much more challenging terrain.

    Below is the Vertical, Acres & Trail counts.

    Pico 1967-468-57
    Sunapee 1510-233-65
    Cranmore 1200-200-54
    Gunstock 1400-227-50



    Quote Originally Posted by medfordmike View Post

    I know Cranmore by today's standards is not a resort and is somewhat in the same orbit as Gunstock, Sunapee, Pico, etc. Day trippers some vacationers, and a lot of second home owners.

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    Maybe you meant that those places weren't developed with a lot of hotels/shopping/village right at the base. If so I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnardawg View Post
    Maybe you meant that those places weren't developed with a lot of hotels/shopping/village right at the base. If so I agree.
    The resort development aspect is a big one, also the core demographics the mountains center on feels similar to me. They are older mountains too Pico, Gunstock, and Cranmore from the late 1930s and Sunapee 1940s (although hard to tell it has been redeveloped so fully). The other three all have an accumulation of buildings, equipment, even the trail layout that tells you they have been around a long time. Also Pico and Cranmore definitely had their time in the sun as the place to be. In some ways I hesitate to included Sunappe not Pico! But the demographics of day trippers, locals and weekend home owners seems pretty strong there and I live close to it.

    Pico is indeed big but you are giving max stats. Here is the acreage of three of them I could easily find today that is available:
    Pico 85 acres
    Sunapee 185 acres
    Cranmore 125 acres

    Pico is a big place but their snow making is limited by water and I am sure budget is as well. I do feel though that they reflect that in the pass price. I would also add that it has been my home mountain for several years. I can't tell you the number of people who ask me where I am going in VT and when I say Pico they have zero recognition. I skied Pico this morning and will hit Sunapee tomorrow on way back to Boston. Pico has only two runs from the top open, Knomes is not open at all nor Outpost or Upper Pike or anything natural. Not unusual at all for this time of the year. Just the way things roll there.
    Last edited by medfordmike; Jan 4, 2019 at 3:06 PM.
    2018-2019: 19
    Sunapee 7, Pico 6, Wachusett 2, Stowe 1, Cranmore 1, Skiway 1, Whaleback 1

    2017-2018 season: 43, 2016-2017 season: 43, 2015-2016 season: 27, 2014-2015 season: 29, 2013-2014 season: 25

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    Pico must use a rather large and special tape measure. Maybe they have that much if they count boundary to boundary. Stowe markets 485. Pico might be half the size

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Pico must use a rather large and special tape measure. Maybe they have that much if they count boundary to boundary. Stowe markets 485. Pico might be half the size

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    probably boarder to boarder vs all trails+marked glades. Sugarbush claims 4000 acres, which must include Slide Brook.

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    Nice Mike, remember you from SJournal early days. Was at Cranmore 1/4/19 in morning for $10, busy but skied well. Is that Kandahar in 3rd pic?
    Went to Black in pm, what a blast from the past and such contrast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciscokid View Post
    Nice Mike, remember you from SJournal early days. Was at Cranmore 1/4/19 in morning for $10, busy but skied well. Is that Kandahar in 3rd pic?
    Went to Black in pm, what a blast from the past and such contrast!
    Hey Ciscokid good to hear from you. I still check out SJ from time to time. It was either Kandahar or Rattlesnake (I think it was the second but trusting my memory for photos is never good). I really want to hit Black this season as a first timer but its a haul for sure.
    2018-2019: 19
    Sunapee 7, Pico 6, Wachusett 2, Stowe 1, Cranmore 1, Skiway 1, Whaleback 1

    2017-2018 season: 43, 2016-2017 season: 43, 2015-2016 season: 27, 2014-2015 season: 29, 2013-2014 season: 25

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