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“PERFECT for families!!”

Yawgoo Valley Ski Area & Water Park
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“PERFECT for families!!”
Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

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!

Visited February 2013
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A Ski Place in Rhode Island? Yes!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

I was so surprised to find out there was a place to ski and snowboard in RI! My daughter took snowboarding lessons and was very happy with the instructors. There is a rope tow, as well as two chair lifts. They make their own snow, although this past winter cooperated with the natural elements. There is also a VERY fun tubing hill that is part of Yawgoo. They have a snack bar, regular bar, and nice place to wait for the skiers.

Visited February 2013
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South Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States
2 reviews
“Im a Park rat”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

if youre in the area and need a place to get your park fill without getting arrested on the street, then head to yawgoo. the local crew usually has new featured built in 5 minutes so youll never get bored. the rope top lets you get countless laps to dial in your tricks rather than hiking or taking slow lifts.

Visited January 2013
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Mystic, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great beginner ski area”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

My 4 year old granddaughter has learned to ski there this year. What a little gem of an area. It was friendly and inviting. Her instructor was patient and encouraging.

Visited February 2013
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North West Ct
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A very nice little mountain”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Went here on a holiday week day. It was a little busy. Both lifts and the tow rope were opened. It moved along very well. This is a nice place. The lift ticket price was okay. Like I said it was a holiday. I would like to return. I like little places like this.

Visited February 2013
Thank Brian L
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