lifestyle, travel

Skiing with Skedaddle & Mount Sunapee

Winter is rough, its cold, gray, it gets dark at 4 o’clock! If you’re new to New England winters this can be really depressing. But if you grew up going through these long winters you know how to make it fun. I am definitely guilty of being a homebody during the winter months, but nothing gets me outside the way skiing does! I started skiing when I was 7 years old, every Wednesday after school I would board the bus and head up to the mountain for ski lessons. In college and as an adult I have had a love hate relationship with skiing. Its expensive, its hard to get to the mountains if you don’t own a car etc. However ever time I go I’m reminded that I love it. If you didn’t grow up learning to ski the first couple times you go may feel like its impossible. But I promise you skiing is tons of fun once you get the hang of it!

Last weekend I partnered with Skedaddle and Mount Sunapee to go skiing with my friend Maddie. Skedaddle solves one of my biggest problems: how to get there! I live in Beacon Hill and I don’t own a car. In order to get to the mountains I either need to take an Amtrak Train, borrow a car, or convince a friend who has a car to come skiing with me. If you’re someone who loves to ski every weekend not having a car can seriously limit your season. Skedaddle is an app that plans routes from the city to fun events and activities outside the city! This winter Skedaddle is running a promotion with Mount Sunapee, $5 round trip from Boston to Mount Sunapee! Let me say that again FIVE DOLLARS. I was shocked how nice the bus was, big comfy seats that even had a usb port to charge your phone. Skedaddle got us to the mountain by 9:00AM and we were on the ski lift by 9:30. After the lifts closed we boarded the bus and napped while we were driven back to Boston. So easy, no stress, FIVE DOLLARS! Check out all the Skedaddle routes on their website and download the app!

I hadn’t skied at Mount Sunapee in a really long time and I was pleasantly surprised. Tons of great trails and the entire south peak is dedicated to those who are learning. It can definitely be intimidating to learn when you have people more experienced flying past you, so having a learning zone is great for first timers! If you are more experienced take the lift to the summit and choose from a variety of trails. A trip to Mount Sunapee isn’t complete without grabbing a waffle from the Waffle Cabin. Getting a Belgian waffle covered in chocolate is probably my favorite part of skiing.

When you’re done for the day grab a drink at the Goosefeathers Pub. Maddie and I had a great day, it was my first time skiing this season and I can’t wait for more fun trips! Where is your favorite place to ski?

Thank you Skedaddle and Mount Sunapee for hosting me and Maddie last weekend. As always all opinions are my own.

lifestyle, travel

Skication

One of the best things to do during a brutal city winter is escape to the mountains for some skiing! I started skiing when I was 7 years old and I instantly fell in love! When I was that age I would go skiing every Wednesday after school during the winter with Ski camp and I would go on the weekends with my friends and family. Unfortunately now a days I only get to go skiing once or twice a season but we always make a weekend out of it! So whether you’re an expert skier looking to take on some black diamonds or if your new and want to hang out in the lodge (read bar) there is somewhere for you in New England! Here are my top 3!

#1 Jay Peak

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Jay is the first trip me and my boyfriend ever went on together so maybe it has a special place in my heart but trust me it is worth the drive! Plenty to do far advanced skiers and new skiers.

#2 Bretton Woods

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This is a great place for beginner skiers and families! Plus stay at the Mount Washington Hotel, its gorgeous and everyone should visit there at least once. Not a big skier? Plenty else to do at Bretton Woods!

#3 Killington VT

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One of my favorite places to ski! Also just a short drive to Woodstock VT if you want to take the day off from the slopes. Such a cute area of Vermont and just a 2.5 hour drive from Boston!

Now of course there a tons of other fantastic places to ski in New England, Stowe, Loon, Sugarbush the list goes on and on. If you have never skied I encourage you to go out and try this winter, take an intro lesson its hard it can be cold but it is so much fun! Tell me what your favorites are in the comments! What is a place you have never been but are dying to try?