Lists are helpful reminders detailing things you want to do but have not yet done. Sometimes the mindless pursuit of lists can become inane, especially when lists are arbitrary or contrary to stronger underlying desires. In outdoor pursuits, lists can drive us to explore new and interesting locales that might otherwise be completely off our radar. This pursuit of new and different experiences is central to my way of life.
With this in mind, I made a list of New England ski areas I have yet to ski. At one time, I thought it would be an interesting goal to ski every open ski area in New England. I have since realized that would be an arduous task; more of a chore than an enjoyable pursuit given the quantity of small feeder, family, and community areas.
So I arbitrarily set a vertical gain minimum of 1150 feet within New England. Why that number? Because no mountain below that threshold ignites my interest excepting Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Dartmouth Skiway, Whaleback, and Suicide Six, which I have included. All ski areas above that threshold spark my interest enough to ski at least once in my lifetime.
I have shamelessly omitted Jiminy Peak which claims 1150′ (but this site says 1140′). Not that it matters. Several Northeastern ski areas outside of New England are included. This list does not include backcountry destinations. I am looking forward to exploring some of these mountains this season.
- Balsams Wilderness — December 31, 2010
Bretton Woods— March 4, 2012
- Cranmore — January 7, 2011
Dartmouth Skiway— March 11, 2012 Mount Sunapee— March 11, 2012 Whaleback— March 9, 2013 Vermont
- Ascutney — Doh
- Middlebury College Snow Bowl — February 20, 2011
- Mount Snow — January 1, 2011
- Okemo — March 19, 2011
Stratton— March 17, 2012 Suicide Six— March 9, 2013 Maine
- Le Massif de Charlevoix
- Le Massif du Sud
Owl’s Head— February 19, 2012