Insider’s Guide To Mount Sunapee
Lake Sunapee views from the top of Mount Sunapee. (Mount Sunapee/Facebook)
Less than two hours from Boston and close to southern New Hampshire’s cities, Mount Sunapee is a favorite for many looking for a resort with a big mountain feel and local hill charm. Parents don’t worry about kids getting lost and the grooming team makes morning corduroy a dream.
Trails. Hit up Wing Ding first run of the day down into the Sunbowl for breathtaking views behind your morning selfie. Also in the Sunbowl, Williamson is the one trail that is not groomed – really fun for a wooded, sidecountry experience with all natural snow. Blast Off offers traditional New England turns with meandering rollers and challenge to make you realize you’re at a big mountain. The South Peak learning area is separate from the big mountain, so newbies don’t need to face the intimidation factor of being mixed in with experienced skiers.
Eat. Delicious choices can be found at Marzeli’s Deli in the Sunapee Lodge, but for a change of pace, head to the Summit Lodge for hot soup next to the stone fireplace, or grab a waffle from the Waffle Cabin’s Waffle Bar and sneak outside to the deck for spectacular views of Lake Sunapee. Goosefeathers Pub serves the Beck Brook Burger with local grass-fed beef on a brioche roll with lettuce, tomato and Cabot cheddar.
Play. Plan a return trip in the summer to soar over, under and around the trees at the Adventure Park, with zip lines, a bike park, aerial challenge course plus mountaintop yoga, aerial sky rides and summer camp.
Stay. The Mountain Edge Resort and Sunapee Lake Lodge are just before the entrance to the resort and indoor pools at each mean fun for the kids after skiing. Numerous bed-and-breakfasts dot the area, like the Twin Doors, a farmhouse cape in Sunapee Harbor with access to nearby cross country skiing, snowshoe trails and skating.
Travel. Arrive early for a parking spot at The Beach - prime real estate for tailgating. Regulars bring blow up furniture and canvas rugs to set up their own living room, friends gather and family headquarters meet up. They do have great parking lot shuttle service for those who want to sleep in a little bit, and a special shuttle from rental shop to learning center.
Deals. RFID access is new to Sunapee for 2017-18, so you can now reload online and go direct to lift. Ladies Day is every Tuesday with complimentary breakfast upstairs in the Sunapee Lodge, group workshops for a minimal $39 and $25 child care. Epic Pass holders now get seven days at Sunapee and Mount Sunapee’s Full Ride Pass and Skiing is Life Pass season pass holders get unlimited half off daily lift tickets at all Vail Resorts-owned mountain resorts.