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    Learning to Ski


    I am super stoked about getting into backcountry exploration now that I am back in NE. Skiing seems to be an essential tool for this. Initial research tells me that plain old downhill skiing is a good starting point. So, what's the best bang-for-your-buck ski hill in Southern NH? I don't need an epic experience, just somewhere to go take some lessons as a complete beginner, as close to Windham NH as possible. If its worth making the drive to a "real" ski resort, I'm open to hearing the case for that as well.

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    Re: Learning to Ski

    go somewhere cheap and close to learn...i like ragged for that area

    https://www.skinewengland.net/allareas.php

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    I second Ragged if you can get the early deal on a season pass (purchase in April of the previous year). Last year it was $350 for unlimited skiing all season long. The year before it was $299.

    I suspect prices will be going up quite a bit next year. They have a new GM and the early deals always seemed to good to be true as smaller mountains have been getting almost twice as much.

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    Re: Learning to Ski

    I learned to ski at Attitash.. learning as an adult is a painful process, though! Can you ice skate?

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    Re: Learning to Ski

    https://www.mcintyreskiarea.com/

    https://skibradford.com/

    two small hills with night skiing available fairly close to Windham to get your feet wet

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    Re: Learning to Ski

    Quote Originally Posted by number9 View Post
    I learned to ski at Attitash.. learning as an adult is a painful process, though! Can you ice skate?
    attitash/bear peak is a good one too...fun for a smaller mountain

    +1 if you can water ski or ice skate that will help so you know how to work the edges

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    Ragged is good for starters.
    https://www.patspeak.com/ is also a solid choice, but a bit farther from you.

    I probably have a set of men's and a set of women's skis kicking around (they will be more than a few years old) you can have if you want them.

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    Re: Learning to Ski

    Quote Originally Posted by Petorius View Post
    I am super stoked about getting into backcountry exploration now that I am back in NE. Skiing seems to be an essential tool for this. Initial research tells me that plain old downhill skiing is a good starting point. So, what's the best bang-for-your-buck ski hill in Southern NH? I don't need an epic experience, just somewhere to go take some lessons as a complete beginner, as close to Windham NH as possible. If its worth making the drive to a "real" ski resort, I'm open to hearing the case for that as well.
    What exactly will you be back country exploring that you'll need to be skiing? If you're planning on skiing down things that you need to use AT gear to get up you are a little while away from that in terms of length of time to be able to ski technical routes. By all means learn to ski, it's my favorite hobby and would never steer anyone away, but I think you will be better served with snow shoes and crampons for a few years while you learn to ski to a level where you can handle the conditions of Backcountry skiing.

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    Riding is where it’s at Pete….Ditch the sticks!

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    Re: Learning to Ski

    Quote Originally Posted by number9 View Post
    Can you ice skate?
    Nope, not really

    Quote Originally Posted by tls25rs View Post
    https://www.mcintyreskiarea.com/

    https://skibradford.com/

    two small hills with night skiing available fairly close to Windham to get your feet wet
    Any experience with these? Mcintyre in particular has a 5-week Thursday night adult beginner program. Seems perfect.

    Quote Originally Posted by jasnmar View Post
    I probably have a set of men's and a set of women's skis kicking around (they will be more than a few years old) you can have if you want them.
    If these resurface at some point, I would absolutely take you up on that! My wife knows how to ski but doesn't currently have any gear.

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    I think you will be better served with snow shoes and crampons for a few years while you learn to ski to a level where you can handle the conditions of Backcountry skiing.
    Absolutely, and that is my plan for now. I just hiked Cardigan and the ski trails there got me curious. Something like that is the nearer-term goal. Long term Tuckerman's / other stuff in the Whites.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tas View Post
    Riding is where it’s at Pete….Ditch the sticks!
    I snowboarded as a kid, never got very good at it and seems like skiing would be more useful now.

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    Re: Learning to Ski

    Quote Originally Posted by Petorius View Post
    Long term Tuckerman's / other stuff in the Whites.
    I've been skiing for 35+ years... still haven't skied Tuckerman's... That needs to change.

    Anyway, my recommendation: Find something CLOSE and CHEAP with decent reviews SPECIFICALLY regarding their ski instructors and their lessons. Don't go by general reviews on the overall mountain... you won't even see the rest of the mountain on day 1.

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    Please put Tuckerman's wayyyyy long term. Even people that ski resort often have a tough time with that. I can give you some insight as I "learned" to ski at about about 30ish. I had skied more than a few times in the military and in high school, maybe 10-15 times. I was ok at it relatively quickly. Around 30 I fell in love with it (again) and decided I wanted to be good at it. Since then I missed 1 year due to a broken leg, so let's call it 10 years I've been putting down a min of 50 days a year. I'm usually higher. I now consider myself a pretty good skier (everything is relative). For me, year 4 was when I was comfortable in the trees and year 5 was when I got more comfortable with steeps out west. After that I started and have continued skiing bigger things and getting more into the back country. If you're really serious about skiing in the back country get a few good serious seasons in on the front side and take lessons a few times throughout the year. s with most things, progression is key and when you are comfortable on steep icy trails think about transitioning into the easier glades. When you get to not caring about resort signs at the bigger resorts then think about switching to backcountry. New England trees are tight and you want that quick turn initiation that practicing in steep cut glades gives you. As far as snow boarding for back country goes, completely doable. Skiing is far more capable at dealing with varied terrain in terms of ground cover, pitch, snow pack etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petorius View Post

    If these resurface at some point, I would absolutely take you up on that! My wife knows how to ski but doesn't currently have any gear.

    I can see them, but I'll need a ladder to get them down (which I didn't do yet).
    Mine will be skis, poles and boots if they fit you (I'm like a 10-11 US).
    I certainly see her ski's and I think there are poles there, but I'm pretty sure we tossed her boots a few years ago.

    I can get them down this weekend if you want them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    I've been skiing for 35+ years... still haven't skied Tuckerman's... That needs to change.//
    Been once. It was warm and thus foggy as hell. Skied down a bit, stopped, and a guy flew by, airborne, about three feet in front of me. Close call! And the girl hurt her back so had to carry all her gear down and a romantic evening was out.

    Some of the glades out west seem more appealing at this point!

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    Re: Learning to Ski

    I’m biased to Loon Mountain

    Well I would say ragged or a pats peak, if we get snow early around here hit Nashoba valley or a Bradford to learn

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    Pat’s Peak has night skiing.

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    Re: Learning to Ski

    Stay on the appropriate terrain. First walk up a tiny grade and learn to stop with a wedge. Then go up a few feet further then learn to make a turn. Then the other direction. Then go a little more then try to link some turns. If you are doing this you are ready for the magic carpet. Play and have some fun. Bring a tiny packet of red Kool Aid and make dots in the snow in a straight line down the slope. Try going around them. Use it as a slalom course. Have fun. I will be skiing every day at Waterville Valley which has a excellent learning area. You are more than welcome to meet up with me.

    Whatever you do don't let a friend teach you skiing that is gonna get you on inappropriate terrain and just say "Do this". You might have a very bad day and never return.

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    "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way...turn." Charles Demar

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    Don't french fry when you're supposed to pizza or you're gonna have a bad time.

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    Usually some awesome deals. Saturday.

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    Here's how it works:
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    3) Receive 75% of your sale amount and 25% is donated to the Ski Club to help benefit our Junior Programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boosten lebaron View Post
    "Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way...turn." Charles Demar
    Also Monique Junot!

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    this was a great small place but way too far up...they had good snow...i hope it comes back...

    https://www.newenglandskihistory.com...wilderness.php

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    Pats Peak Passport program seems like an absurdly good value. $469 for 4 day-packages including a 1-hr lesson, rentals, and all-day lower mountain ski pass. After the 4 days you get an unlimited season pass and a new pair of skis/bindings (low-end I assume).

    https://www.patspeak.com/Shop/Value-Packages.aspx

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    Also Monique Junot!
    Damn it, your right. I never think about her. It's always Charles or little Rickie. Sometimes the paperboy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petorius View Post
    Pats Peak Passport program seems like an absurdly good value. $469 for 4 day-packages including a 1-hr lesson, rentals, and all-day lower mountain ski pass. After the 4 days you get an unlimited season pass and a new pair of skis/bindings (low-end I assume).

    https://www.patspeak.com/Shop/Value-Packages.aspx
    That seems like a great deal. Close and affordable is mint because it'll get you going more. Next order of business, get fitted for boots as soon as you're ready to commit. They are your most important piece of gear. Marry your boots, date your skis. IMO heat molding and custom foot beds are worth it but I have high arches with flexible feet so some form of arch support is needed for my own comfort. I started with Dr Scholl's arch supports before dropping the coin on customs.

    Once your boots are square keep demoing or renting skiis until you have a little skill and can start narrowing what you actually like and don't like about different skiis.

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