While the ethos of Black Mt., NH may be MRG, I would suggest that the trails in MRG's Birdland are more exciting and challenging than the most difficult runs at Black.
dude, have you skied black mountain? there is some stuff at black that could easily match up with many of the blue squares at mrg. i wouldn't compare black to mrg, but to compare black to birdland is off base.
Yes. I was there only once and in the in the 1976-7 season. I remember a very pleasant day with relatively unsteep trails reminiscent of King Ridge and the Birdland section of MRG (while most of Birdland is labeled green, there are a lot of ski areas that would rate those trails blue or even an easy black).
Someone who skis Black Mt. more frequently well may be capable of correcting my memory with respect to Black Mt., NH.
As aside to "jgreco" who started this thread: I think that any area over 500 vertical is at least worth one-day in a lifetime of skiing. Of the 170 or so places I've skied, there are only 56 that I've been to more than once and only 18 to which I've been 10 or more days.
Although these two areas did not operate last year, they are worth mentioning just in case things change for the better. Both Bobcat and Hickory Hill in NY are IMHO both prime examples of a great "small" ski area and worth a visit.
"Freedom often leads, but responsibility always follows close behind."
FYI. King Pine lists in the White Book as 350 feet vertical. The one day I skied there was very pleasant and I agree with the earlier poster who suggested there were some good, albeit short, steeps.
I (and I suspect most readers of this forum) can have fun anywhere I (we)can make some turns, but I can't think of an area with less than 500 feet of vertical to which I'd drive for more than an hour (unless I just wanted to add a area to the list of places I've been.)
Perhaps I was thinking 800 feet of elevation, not vertical (I always get that backwards). I WISH Cranmore had 2000 feet of vertical instead of elevation!
Ok! let's get back to the original request.
Whaleback, steep, uncrowded, easy access and a bargain.
Suiside Six , full of skiing history and quite steep.
Granite Gorge, again steep and narrow and the chair does go to the top now.
Dartmouth skiway 2 mts. sweet int. terrain and a couple of nice steep runs.
Ragged is a must and like they said go after a big dump.
Wachussett mt. I was surprised . Do it on a weekday!
Tenney, Black, Cranmore, Balsams, Crotched all well worth the time and price but try to ski them when they are 100% open to get the most out of them.
5 ft vertical 500 ft vertical, whatever. one of my favorite place's to ski is mr & mrs dumais' backyard in upstate new york. a whopping 100 or so vert. packed with a snowmobile, powder lines, handmade terrain park. that yard was awesome!
I learned to really love Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT last season. The fact that it's 25 minutes from my house helps and it's a great night skiing option. Nice lodge, cool vibe, some okay pitch on a few runs. and they set up one helluva seeded bump run (see attached) last season. My daughter will be learning there this year.
Another vote for Ski Sundown here. Add a spectacular view that seems very remote from the top of Gunbarrel to the list. I am buying their ticket this year instead of the All In One despite the fact that it is considerably pricier.