The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature’s phone with today’s Groupon to Whaleback in Enfield. Choose from the following options:
- For $40, you get full-day lift tickets for two (up to an $80 value).
- For $70, you get full-day lift tickets with ski rentals for two (up to a $140 value).
- For $72, you get full-day lift tickets for four (up to a $160 value).
- For $126, you get full-day lift tickets with ski rentals for four (up to a $280 value).<p>
Whaleback helps action-sports enthusiasts stave off sofa hibernations with year-round outdoor opportunities on 85 acres of varied terrain. During warmer months, Whaleback hosts BMX bikers, skaters, and paintball players, then snow season encourages the park crew to convert the mountain into a well-sculpted, 32-trail winter oasis. While perched in one of the automatic lifts or in line for the uphill ski club, skiers and snowboarders ascend 1,800 feet to enjoy the labyrinthine slopes of the novice Ivory Run or an adrenaline surge on the double-black-diamond Upper Face trail. Park lights illuminate the snowscape during evening hours from Tuesday to Thursday, and two terrain parks challenge freestyle riders with shred session obstacles, including 12-foot banked boxes and 10-foot handrails. Riders warm up and refuel inside of the Whaleback lodge, which hosts a menu of hearty pub fare, a regular schedule of live musicians, and an invisible force field warding off mountain yetis.
Though Whaleback sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
During the summer, Whaleback reverberates with the echoes of paintball players, mountain bikers, and BMX riders. But, when winter’s blustery winds sweep across the peaks, the homey lodge welcomes skiers and snowboarders with 85 acres of fresh powder.
More than 30 trails run down from various heights and slopes at this family-friendly resort filled with the rustic, laid-back vibes of old New England. Beginners practice their mountainside maneuvers on the gentle magic carpet level; more advanced riders can take advantage of the kickers in the terrain park, or the whoosh down the 1,800-foot descent from the mountain’s towering summit. Such feats of wintry derring-do aren’t bound by the constraints of sun—the resort also lights up the mountain for night excursion. Post-ride, visitors can decamp to the resort’s on-site pub, a no-frills joint often filled with the friendly racket of live music.