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Sunapee question

Bumpsis

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I'll be renewing my IKON for 22/23 season but I'm thinking about supplementing it with Epic Day pass for a few sessions at Sunapee. It's the closest to me for day skiing and another friend will be getting his Epic Local so he's on me to get it.

So is Sunapee worth it for a few days pass? How was their snow making, grooming, lift lines, and lodge services this season? Especially on weekdays?
Given the neglect of Vail areas here in the NH (Attitash, Wildcat) and complaints evident in the "Vail sucks" thread I'm somewhat hesitant.

I used to really like Sunapee before Vail's ownership. They had good snow and weekday sessions were just great.
 

machski

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I'll be renewing my IKON for 22/23 season but I'm thinking about supplementing it with Epic Day pass for a few sessions at Sunapee. It's the closest to me for day skiing and another friend will be getting his Epic Local so he's on me to get it.

So is Sunapee worth it for a few days pass? How was their snow making, grooming, lift lines, and lodge services this season? Especially on weekdays?
Given the neglect of Vail areas here in the NH (Attitash, Wildcat) and complaints evident in the "Vail sucks" thread I'm somewhat hesitant.

I used to really like Sunapee before Vail's ownership. They had good snow and weekday sessions were just great.
I skied there sparingly this year, once early and once last week. They were quite slow in December to get the snowmaking kicked into high gear (heard they shipped their snowmaking team to Okemo mid December to get them going faster). What they had open was good, but given the temps during their crew shift stretch, they could have had double open what they did have. Lodge back then was vax check to get in.
Flash forward to last week, snow was going up quite well (except for Upper Blast Off, the very top was melting out fast) and appeared they really laid it down once they got rolling. Every lift you would expect was spinning, crowds were light. In the lodge, no more vac check, only food was in main lodge, and they even had some storage cubbies back out and available downstairs (not to the extent they once did, but nice to see any available again).

So yes, especially if you are teaming up with a friend/friends who ski Sunapee a lot, it is probably worth grabbing an Epic Day pass for a few midweek days. If going that route, plan a day or 2 as well at the bigger areas, it is worth it.
 

snoseek

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Sunapee is a best enjoyed midweek imo alot like loon.
Anyhow things got off to a slow start but man have they done a fantastic job here for the second half. I feel like they've worked out some kinks and are back to being a great little daytrip place. Was there last Saturday and the place felt very midweek so once the peak season is over its not nearly as bad. I'm here today and they really have put the mountain back together into a smooth consistent surface. Out of all the vail owned properties in nh sunapee was easily the best run.
 
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