I learned to ski here when I was about 8 years old, so I have a soft spot for Yawgoo! I since have been up to the bigger resorts in NH and I have to say that yawgoo rivals them in terms of value and snow production.
The area is small with only 2 ski lifts and a rope tow, but is a perfect place for beginners. There are a surprisingly wide range of trails ranging from beginner to moderate. The moderate trails really aren't difficult at all but they do give you a chance to build up skills to feel more comfy doing the easier trails at places like Loon or Gunstock, or even Wachusett. The trails are rather short, but to a child just learning how to ski, they're perfect.
The ski lifts are rather dated. They are slow and barely seat two to a chair. It takes about 6 minutes to get to the top. That's the same amount of time that the quad at Wachusett takes to get you up their mountain.
The only issue I really had at Yawgoo were the lines for the lifts, which stretch across the place on busy week nights because of after school clubs. But during the morning and early afternoon, the place is deserted. Best to go in the morning if you're an adult!
The lodge is comfy with a large stone fireplace and refreshments like hot chocolate and various food items (pizza and nachos). The menu looked more extensive last time I went, but I was too busy skiing to really notice.
In the summer, again you can't beat it if you have little kids. The water slides have a nice patio area for mom and dad, and the slides are thrilling yet gentle enough for young swimmers. My family always enjoyed spending a couple hours on a hot summer day going down the water slides and eating hot dogs.
The slides were recently upgraded and replaced. They added tunnels and I think the layout is slightly different.
One of the best features is the location. It's right off of Rt 2 (South County Trail) in Exeter. It's about a ten minute drive from URI and 15 to Narragansett and Wakefield.
Prices are fantastic considering their lack of competition. I can't comment on the water slide prices because its been years since I e been, but it was only 20 bucks for an all day pass to ski. All day means opening (9am?) to closing at 9 pm! This is also one of the few places in New England that offers night skiing!!
I forgot to mention they have a fun tubing park too!
If you're a pro skier who is looking for the thrills of a big mountain, yawgoo isn't for you. But if you're a beginner or a family, it's perfect!
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