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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday! Today is going to be mostly clear with temperatures in the upper 30's, which is fantastic news for everything we have going on around the resort. Ski East will be visiting today as we host their giant slalom race on Village Green. These Massachusetts athletes will be trying their best, so be certain to stop by and cheer these guys on!

A few trail updates: Flying Yankee will have race training on it until 10:30 am this morning, and the upper portion of the terrain park, Wild Side, will be a delayed opening.

In addition, Laura from Greg and The Morning Buzz will be visiting the mountain today in order to participate in our Bebe Woods Free Learn to Ski and Ride program. Once her lesson is over, she'll be hanging out in the Stone Hearth Bar, hosting the Von Trapp Brewery Tap Takeover! There will be plenty of great beer, as well as a handful of giveaways. On top of all that, New Hampshire band Supernothing will be providing tunes for the event. It's going to be a great day. We'll see you out there!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 20, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thank Goodnes It's Friday!

Happy Friday, everyone! The forecast today calls for partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 20's, so the weather will be perfect for you to get out and enjoy our fantastic conditions. Right now, the snowmaking team is hard at work getting Exhibition and Birches ready for riding. It won't be long now at all before we're all riding one of our favorite trails!

Looking ahead to the weekend, we're excited to be hosting Ski East, a Massachusetts race league, for a giant slalom race on Village Green. Come by and check it out from the base area! Also this weekend, on Saturday, January 20th, Laura from Greg and The Morning Buzz will be stopping by the resort to take part in a Bebe Wood Free Learn to Ski and Ride lesson! Following her lesson, she'll be hanging out in the Stone Hearth Bar with Von Trapp Brewery for their Tap Takeover. They'll have plenty of their delicious brews, there will be plenty of giveaways, and New Hampshire band Supernothing will be stopping by as well to provide the tunes. This is certainly one weekend you don't want to miss!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snowmaking Continues!

After 6 inches of fresh snow, things are fantastic out there right now! To help Mother Nature along, our snowmaking team has shifted their focus over to Exhibition, Town Meeting, and Birches. It won't be long now until some of our favorite trails are open for skiing and riding. With clear skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 20's, today is going to be a great day for you to get out and enjoy that fresh, new snowfall.

Looking forward to the weekend, on January 20th, the Von Trapp Family will be joining us in the Stone Hearth Bar, sampling their fantastic brews, complete with giveaways and live music provided by New Hampshire band, Supernothing. Laura from Greg and The Morning Buzz will be joining us on Saturday as well, so be sure you don't miss out on the fun!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

We've Got The Cure for Midweek Blues!

Happy Wednesday! What better way to celebrate the middle of the week than with some snow? Today's forecast calls for snow showers throughout the day with temps in the mid to upper 20's. We can expect the snow showers to wrap up near midday, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Why not head up to the Stone Hearth Bar for a cold glass of Ragged Mountain Red, brewed by the Flying Goose? Pair it up with some homemade Angus Beef chili to complete your meal!

Also in the Stone Hearth Bar, this coming Saturday New Hampshire band Supernothing will be joining us to provide the tunes for a tap takeover brought to you by the folks over at Von Trapp Brewery. Come join the Von Trapp family and sample some of their fantastic brews. There will be plenty of great beer, giveaways, and good music that you won't want to miss!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snow In The Forecast!

After all those warm temperatures, nothing excites us more than seeing snow on the forecast, and that's just what they're calling for tomorrow! Today will be cloudy with some snow flurries, but tonight, another storm system moves in and should help us to recharge following that January Thaw. We're helping Mother Nature along, too. Snowmaking continues on Wild Side and Wild Ride today to help our Terrain Park crew put together a top notch terrain park. While you're riding up the 6-Pack, you may even notice that there are some snow cannons in place on Exhibition. It won't be long now before our team shifts their focus to one of our favorite trails. Flying Yankee will also be closed for race training throughout the day, so be certain to check out some other fan favorites, like Lower Ridge or Showboat!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Getting Tubular!

The Pinnacle Plunge Tubing Park will open today! We're starting with 4 lanes of over 700 feet of rolling, speed inducing, fun! Check out our Pinnacle Plunge page for more information including session times and pricing. 

The weather looks fantastic for today, with temps in the mid to upper teens and mostly sunny. Spend your day cruising around Ragged and Spear peaks taking in the views and enjoying the skiing and riding. When you need to recharge, head on up to the Birches Mountain Restaurant for lunch. Today, try a Hot Bowl like the fan favorite Pho Noodle Bowl, a Miso broth base loaded with fresh veggies and your choice of meat. A healthy and hearty way to warm up and refuel for the rest of the afternoon. When your done, check out the increased selection of Flying Goose beers. Brewed just minutes down the road in New London, Flying Goose has a wide selection of tasty beers. New on tap is the Jabberwocky Brown and Oatmeal Stout!

Enjoy the day! 

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

We're Bringing It Back

It appears that Mother Nature has come to her senses and decided that in January it should be cold! Thank you, Mother!

That means, we're bringing back the snow. The guns have been turned back on in the park as we build some big piles so the Terrain Park Crew can build a killer park for everyone to enjoy. Both Wild Ride and Wild Side will remain open, but the features have been removed and snowmaking efforts will be on going for the next couple of days. The team has also kicked the guns back on over in the Pinnacle Plunge Tubing Park and we hope to have that open soon. Once efforts in the terrain park and tubing park have been completed the team will move efforts back over to Exhibition and Birches.

Make sure you stop into either Stone Hearth as we feature one of our favorite breweries around, the Flying Goose! Adding to our standard line up of the Ragged Mountain Red and Long Brother's IPA will be the amazing Jabberwocky Brown and the Oatmeal Stout, great beers to sit by the fire and warm up with! Grab a great meal today in the Birches Mountain Restaurant which will be open 11 am to 7 pm. Try the Poutine, it's fantastic! Plus, both locations will have Sunday NFL Divisional Round Playoff Games playing.

Have a great day out there!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Go Home Mother Nature... You're Drunk!

Well, it's been an interesting past 24 hours. Mother Nature thought she would play some Jimmy Buffet, and while sipping some margaritas she obviously turned up the heat... way to much.

Fortunately our team makes SNOW, and when they make it they make a lot of it. The team got to work early and have been able to quickly get Ragged Peak back in shape and it will be opening this morning. Love to see those four groomers in action, including our new Bison-X.

There is a bit more work to do to get Barnyard and Spear open, but the team has already moved efforts to those two areas. Keep posted to our Slope Report as we continue to update.

Looking ahead, snowmaking will resume this evening and Mother Nature looks like she will be returning to her normal winter self and might grace us with some natural snow.

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Delayed Opening(1)

We will have a delayed opening today as the team is out doing a bit of resurfacing on the trails. Please keep an eye on our slope report and right here on our blog for further updates.

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

January Thaw

It happens every year, the January thaw. Today will climb up into the 50's and looks to be a little bit wet. The good news is with the amount of snow we've received early this season, and the amount that the snowmakers have been able to make conditions will hold up just fine. Today's snow will be spring like, with some variable conditions and wet snow. We have closed the natural terrain for the day to help preserve some of our natural snow fall.

Looking ahead to next week, the temps will drop back down and we should be able to fire up the guns again to finish making snow on Exhibition, Birches, and Town Meeting. And there might even be a little assistance from good ol' Mother Nature too!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Friday, January 12, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Happy Thursday!

It's been a great week so far. The warmer temps have soften the snow and the skiing and riding has been tremendous. We certainly hope you've been able to skip a day of work or school and join us. Whether you're carving deep trenches on the groomers, popping off of the natural moguls on Upper Crewcut or Sweepstakes, or are dropping into one of the glades, you're sure to have a big smile on your face by the time you back in the lift line. 

Snowmaking has continued through the night both on Ragged Peak, and on the Pinnacle Plunge Tubing Park which, weather permitting, will open this weekend. Look for further updates on tubing session times and pricing on our tubing page. This has us really excited for a great MLK weekend, and we look forward to seeing you up here enjoying the skiing, riding, & tubing!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Snowmaking Continues(1)

The Mountain Ops team has resumed snowmaking efforts over the past couple of days on Upper and Lower Exhibition, Birches, and Town Meeting. They're also continuing to make snow over on the Pinnacle Plunge Snow Tubing Park, with the goal of having that open soon. Conditions are still great from top to bottom and from the groomers to the trees.

With MLK Weekend this weekend we are sure to have some great things happening at the Mountain, including a visit from our friends at the Allagash Brewery from Portland ME. Make sure to stop into the Stone Hearth Bar this Saturday to grab a mug or pint of Allagash's great beers and possibly score some swag from them.

If you haven't purchased your tickets yet for MLK Weekend, make sure to do that soon. Purchasing tickets online here, will help you save some money. The earlier you buy, the more you save!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Break Out the Warm Weather Gear

After the arctic blast last week, it going to seem like it's down right balmy out today with the temps in the low 30's. Conditions are still holding up in the trees and on all natural terrain, so make sure you get out there and explore all that Ragged has to offer.

One of the best things about Ragged Mountain Resort is the tree skiing and riding that we have. In the off season we have a dedicated trail care crew which maintains our glades ensuring that they are in the best possible shape. From expert glades like Not Too Shabby, Triple Take and Karen's Dream, to the novice level Raggae Glades and Moose Alley, there are glade trails for almost any level. If you are unsure of how to ski or ride gladed trails, or are looking to take the skills you have to the next level, talk to our Learning Center about an advanced private lesson. Our professional, certified instructors can help you progress from occasionally dipping into the trees to a Ragged Glades Hero. Check out more on our Learning Center here.

Take time out of your day today to swing into the Harvest Cafe for a healthy lunch item. Did you know we have a Grab N' Go cooler that is always stocked with freshly made healthy salads, wraps, and local cheeses and meats. Pass by the fried stuff today, and fuel your body correctly with something from our healthy lunch selection. Don't see what you want, no problem. The ladies at the deli counter can make you something to order. 

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Monday, January 08, 2018

Monday, Monday!

If you haven't heard yet, we are at 91% open, and it's still just the beginning of January! We've been blessed this winter with some amazing natural snowfall and very cold temps which have allowed our Mountain Ops crew to make a ton of snow. Snowmaking operations will be moving back over to Ragged Peak to finish out on Exhibition and Birches. They have also started making snow on the Pinnacle Plunge Tubing Park, which we hope to open soon. 

Make sure to mark your calendar with the great events we have going on this month, including the Tap Takeovers from Allagash and Von Trapp Breweries happening in the Stone Hearth Bar, and Ski New Hampshire Weekend on the 27th and 28th. Check these and more on our events page. Make sure you stay connected by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where we are constantly sharing conditions, photos, events, and more. Make sure to share your experience with us by tagging your posts with #getragged!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Monday, January 08, 2018

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Spear Is In The Clear!

*UPDATE*: As of 11:30 we are 91% open with 52 of our 57 trails. We've added both Mikey's Run and Karen's Dream to the list!

The winds are dying down and the temps will be rising! Spear is now 100% open for business, including Flying Yankee and all Spear Peak Glades! There should be plenty of fresh left in those woods, go get it.

It will still be very cold first thing this morning, so make sure you layer up and make sure all skin is covered. By midday the temps will have climbed back up above the zero mark and it should be very nice. 

Take a time out to have an Allagash beer up in the Stone Hearth Bar or have a great meal in the Birches Mountain Restaurant while the Wild Card Weekend playoff games are on. 

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Sunday, January 07, 2018

Saturday, January 06, 2018

But Baby It's Cold Outside

That's right, it's cold. Please be sure to bundle up and cover all skin. The conditions will be great out there, but due to the extreme cold and high winds, frost bite is a major concern today and any exposed skin will be susceptible in a matter of minutes. 

We will have plenty of hot cocoa, soup, and other items to help keep you warm. Take plenty of breaks and keep your body fueled!

The Spear Mountain Express is currently on a wind hold due to the high sustained winds and even higher gusts. We anticipate that it will remain on wind hold throughout the day.

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Saturday, January 06, 2018

Friday, January 05, 2018

Thanks Grayson!

Update 8:30: The Spear Mountain Express will be delayed due to winds at the summit.

Grayson has graced Ragged with over 12 inches of new snow allowing us to drop the ropes on many of our natural terrain, which due to the winds seemed to refill non-stop yesterday. Most open terrain was groomed last night, but Showboat was left natural after the storm. Ski Patrol will be assessing the conditions today after last nights wind to see if there are more trails that can be opened today. 

After banging through the trees all morning, make sure to stop by the Harvest Cafe to warm up with some hearty soup or chili served in a fresh bread bowl. Tons of calories and warmth to recharge you for the afternoon! Also make sure to grab a new Cardigan Kolsch from Henniker, a crisp light beer made just for Ragged Mountain!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Friday, January 05, 2018

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Powder Day!!!

Come one, come all. With a forecast of 8" to 12" inches of snow falling today, things will get real fun real quick. Keep an eye on our Snow Report for any openings that take place throughout the day. The Spear Mountain Express will be running today, which means that Showboat, Showoff, and Ragged Edge will all be open for skiing and riding! Have fun out there.

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Thursday, January 04, 2018

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Sunshine and Warmer Temps!

Happy January 3rd! Today, we're forecast to finally get some warmer temps, with highs in the upper teens to lower 20's, so get out there and enjoy the sunshine. As a result of all those cold temps, the snow is amazing, making for some fantastic conditions out there on the slopes.

The Spear Mountain Express will be undergoing some maintenance in the morning, and as a result will be experiencing a delayed opening. Maintenance should be wrapping up around midday, but check back frequently for updates to the status of the lift.

This weekend, we're looking forward to another Tap Takeover brought to you by the folks at Allagash Brewing. They'll be stopping by the Stone Hearth Bar with some of their favorite brews, as well as some exciting promotions, so be certain not to miss it!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Wanna Be Wild!

Update 11:00 AM: The Spear Mountain Quad is currently closed for maintenance.

Hello, and welcome to January 2! We're in for another great day here at the resort with temperatures forecast to be in the upper single digits to low teens. Be sure to keep covered up, as the windchill will keep things nice and frosty. To warm up, swing by the Stone Hearth Bar for some hot chili or maybe some freshly made nachos.

Wanna Be Wild will be closed today while our Terrain Park crew sets to work on our beginner progression park. This terrain park is the perfect spot for little rippers to learn how to use features and is also a fantastic area for people to practice a new trick before heading over to Wild Side or Wild Ride. In case you didn't know, January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, so it's the perfect time to try something new -- like catching some air!

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year's!

*Update* As of 11:30 am, the Spear Mountain Express Lift is open.

Welcome to the first day of 2018! After a great New Year's Eve celebration, we're back at it for some fantastic skiing and riding. The forecast calls for sunny skies and cold temperatures, so make certain you bundle up before you hit the slopes. The wind chill will be low today, so when you need to warm up, why not stop by the Harvest Cafe for some fresh soup and a nice hot chocolate? We're also excited to announce that we're now serving Henniker Brewing's Cardigan Kolsch on draft. A huge thanks goes out to Henniker Brewing for this one. We're proud to be serving these fantastic beers, and we're especially proud to be serving local goods.

As a reminder, we do allow uphill ski access during operating hours at Ragged Mountain Resort, but it's imperative that you check in with Guest Services first. One of our staff members will tell you which trail is serving uphill traffic for the day. After you've checked in at the front desk, you'll be good to go! We urge you to check out the uphill policy in full on our Mountain Safety page. Just scroll to the bottom and select Mountain Policies to view all the information.

Last Edited by Ragged Mountain on Monday, January 01, 2018
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