When the snow is good, as it is this week, the best skiing nearest Boston, Providence and Worcester is Mt. Sunapee, N.H. (100 miles from Boston, 150 miles from Worcester). Sunapee's "T bar in the sky" starts where its 3,200-foot chair lift leaves off and pulls skiers up another 2,500 feet to the top of two wide, well-groomed open slopes on the very crest of the mountain. Southern New England skiers who want to cut their (ravel time and still ski a major area have found a good answer and have been coming here each winter in ever increasing numbers, but lately even New Yorkers have climbed into their cars to drive the 265 miles up to Sunapee. They like to make the two-mile advanced runs that start on the open slope, then go down the typical New England woods trails alongside the chair lift and end opposite the modern glass-front warming lodge at the bottom.
Sunapee is also good to beginners. It has a big, 1,600-foot Pomalift and two rope tows on 10 acres of open hillside around the lodge. The resort has started drawing record-breaking crowds this year, and plans for expansion are afoot both at the area and among the lodge owners around Sunapee. Right now the best lodgings for comfort-loving adults are at Dexter's, which is three miles away. For the younger crowd there are budget accommodations at Four Seasons and dancing at Conrad Manor. Closest of all to area is Skinner's Lodge which provides dormitory-style rooms, low rates and also features a ski shop and rentals.
Sunapee sits at an elevation of from 1,300 to 2,700 feet and a snowfall of about 100 inches per year keeps the average depth at 18 inches. "Sunapee," says Area Manager Dick Parker, "will just about double when the new federal turnpike comes north from Boston. We're going to have a regular Sun Valley here."
SKIING ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Be sure to check resorts for latest condition changes
UP—inches of snow on upper slopes and trails LO—inches of snow on lower slopes and trails CR—crowd last Saturday SN—inches of snow last week
Bousquet's, Mass.: Thursday and Friday night skiing draws crowds of 300 to Russell Slope. Machine-made snow provided very good skiing on slopes last weekend with rest fair to good. Expanded area handling big crowd without strain. UP 15, LO 4, SN 8, CR 2,200.
Big Bromley, Vt.: Weather sunny and skiing excellent. UP 18, LO 6, SN 9, CR 1,800.
Dutch Hill, Hogback opened for season with good running, fair crowds. UP 18, LO 6, SN 9, CR 1,800.