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NO CROWDS AT SUNAPEE
By Paul Maraschiello
The next day, I was up early and heading for New Hampshire. I had planned to ski Sunapee that day. I had never skied there before, but it had really looked inviting when I had been power boating on the lake that summer. It was easy to find off the interstate and I liked the look of the place. They had been purchased a couple of years ago by Okemo and I was interested in seeing what this mountain was like.
I road the chair right in front of the old base lodge and flew down the mountain and hopped on the chair again. The view of the lake from the top was breathtaking. They had not had a lick of real snow and everything was man-made. I took another run and headed over to the new lodge. It is a beautiful building. After sampling their hot chocolate, I was on the chair heading up the mountain. I cruised the trails off the high-speed quad and did some GS skiing down some nice long trails.
After a few runs, I decided to go into the new lodge for a little lunch. When I got inside, I noticed that one of my ski boots had lost a hinge. I went over to the ski shop in the old base lodge and Matt the technician found a screw and made a temporary repair to my boot. I was on the hill again in a few minutes and continued to explore this mountain.
They have 50 trails and slopes covering 220 skiable acres (19 miles of terrain) 13 novice trails, 24 intermediate trails, 13 expert trails with a 1,510 foot vertical drop, the highest in southern New Hampshire. Their longest trail is The Ridge Trail and it is 2 miles long. For snowboarders there is a Halfpipe and Snowboard Park and an Alpine Terrain Park for everyone.
They had some nice trails in a gladed area that was not open. I looked at it from the chair and decided that it would be a great trail once there was more snow. Since Okemo had taken over the management from the Parks Service, there had been many improvements. "They did even more than they had promised," one Race Club parent told me on the chair. You could see all the improvements that had recently been completed and I bet there are more plans to make this into a really 1st class ski area.