After hearing of the exciting changes that were promised for the new ski season and because New England had received so much snow, we decided to try Ascutney Mountain again. Ugh!
This resort has so much promise, it's disappointing the way the management treats its property.
They advertise 95% snow-making but we neither saw nor heard of any recent snow-making and the trails were only open at the lower part of the mountain. When we asked, we were told different stories about broken equipment, frozen pipes, bad weather - all the same stories we had heard over the years. So, there were only 20 trails open when most of the other resorts were in full operation top to bottom.
The last day of the trip we had some decent natural snowfall which finally opened most of the trails but there's more. They advertise 1800 vertical (which, on a few occasions is magnificent) but they did not operate their new high speed quad so only 1500 vertical on a very slow triple-chair ride was available for our full-priced tickets. You wouldn't believe what they told us about why the quad wasn't running. And still, no snow-making.
By the way, the grooming is generally horrible. It doesn't bother me because I like it that way, but to hear so many people complain, it's obviously bad for business and this resort could flourish with some effort. Right now, it's not a place for the average skier.
The management misses the point not only on the big things but little details like broken toilets, heavily damaged carpeting, brushing snow off the lift seats and often lacking a fire in the base-lodge fireplace.
Well, maybe we'll try again in a few months. With a little care and better marketing sense this resort would be terrific.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This vibrant resort is tucked away in the rolling New England countryside away from the bustle of daily life making it the perfect spot to truly get away from it all. Ascutney Mountain Resort is a year-round indoor and outdoor recreational playground for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Whether hitting the areas ski slopes, touring historic covered bridges, enjoying one of the nearby golf courses, or simply gazing upon the magnificent palette of crimson and gold of autumn in New England, you'll find activities for every taste. In winter we are located in the heart of more than 150 acres of groomed slopes and trails. Visitors will enjoy alpine and cross-country skiing, as well as snowboarding and snow tubing on a variety of trails offering more than 1,530 feet of vertical drop and 32 kilometers of freshly groomed cross-country trails. The resort also offers a learning center and ski camps to help skiers of all skill levels. ... more less
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