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“Best Skiing Close to Boston”

Mount Sunapee State Park and Ski Area
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Owner description: A 3,000-acre recreation area which offers a full-fledged Adventure Park with ziplines, ropes courses, mini golf, disc golf, hiking trails, restaurant and more. During the winter months Mount Sunapee is home to a premier ski area with 66 trails and 11 lifts and known for excellent trail conditions.
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Best Skiing Close to Boston”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

Mount Sunapee is less than 2 hours from Boston and the closest "big mountain skiing" with a vertical drop of 1500' and skiing for all levels including several steep groomed trails. Their snowmaking and grooming are superb. They bounce back quickly from the freeze/thaw cycles of New England weather and always provide a good surface for skiing and riding. The view from the summit out over Lake Sunapee with the White Mountains beyond is one of the top 5 views in the east. Looking out the back side you can see trails on a number of Vermont ski areas - Okemo, Killington, Bromley, Stratton and Mount Snow. Of the base lodges the newer (Sunapee Lodge) is light and airy with large pine supports going up 2 floors. the other base lodge (Spruce Lodge) has the charm and feel of a middle school cafeteria. The old Summit Lodge has a lot of charm, great views and a very interesting and unique firplace. The daily lunch specials are very good, but rather heavy. The rest of the food is expensive and run of the mill. Great day trip from Boston!

Visited January 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Skiing for a all a short distance from Boston”
Reviewed January 26, 2012

The 3 hills accommodate all levels, but the best for me is the location right off of RT89 is only about 2 hours from Boston

Visited January 2012
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Nashua, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“great 4 season spot with a few caveats”
Reviewed January 14, 2012

I love Sunapee, and truth be told, I have had a season pass for skiing there for the last 3 years. I think it's great all year round, and here's why:

Winter- Sunapee generally has the best snow around (Okemo in Vermont is close). the folks who run this place are maniacal about grooming, so you almost never find the ice here that you find at other NH mountains. Now having said that, if you are looking for a place to party or huge steeps/expert slopes, this is not the place. it's a nice friendly intermediate mountain. For the folks who complained about it being crowded on vacation week or weekends, welcome to NH skiing- that describes every decent mountain up here. This is why i have a weekday pass.

Spring- because of the attention to grooming you rarely find the rocks/ bare spots here that you will find at a less groomed mountain (e.g. Cannon). The downside is that, since Sunapee is further south, it may close a week earlier than others.

Summer- the climbing is great and the views spectacular. it's even got a small lake near the top that is pristine. Take the Andrew brook trail ont he southeastern side- it is great, and it is under tree cover most of the way, so even on hotter days it's doable. The down side of this trail is that it skirts a brook, so it can be muddy and have insects. bring your boots and insect spray and you'll be fine. i do not recommend this trail in the spring because it's just too wet.

Fall, especially after a frost, is a great time to climb the brook trail. The insects are down, and the brook is drier. The view when the leaves are turning, combined with the view of the lake, is great.

This is a beautiful place with great intermediate skiing, and rewarding hiking trails. Again, it's not for expert skiers, heavy partiers or hikers afraid of a little mud or some mosquitoes, and it's just as crowded as other good skiing spots, but for me, it's just what the doctor ordered!

Visited January 2012
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Mount sunnapee is a great place..beautiful and green:)”
Reviewed December 17, 2011

Just very nice and peacful...lots of wild life :) Nice place to go hiking with the family and dog.

Visited December 2011
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New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Hiked the summit”
Reviewed November 6, 2011

Beautiful area! Hiked the summit trail and had a blast. Bit muddy, snow still on the ground but it was manageable as first time hikers.

Visited November 2011
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