There are 55 trails to the bottom of Ragged Mountain, and all involve gliding along fresh powdery snow. The routes range from beginner to black diamond, with a vertical drop of 1,250 feet. Ragged Mountain also hosts three terrain parks, which sprawl across 220 acres for all abilities, a new beginners area, new tubing park, and snowmakers provide 85% coverage on the days when the sky decides not to cry snowflakes. Six lifts, including one rare six-seat unit, glide up through the cool air, carrying riders back to the mountaintop. For guests who’d like to stay overnight, Ragged Mountain partners with local bed-and-breakfast establishments to keep guests and their skis well rested.
At Evolution Rock + Fitness, the climbing courses, fitness programs, and climbing parties follow its mission statement's goal "To build upon, strengthen, and evolve with climbers and the climbing community." Boasting 16,000 square feet of climbing surface, the center provides some of the most modern and extensive climbing walls in northern New England. On a given day, a mix of expert and novice climbers scale surfaces through lead climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering. Energy-efficient and nontoxic furnishings earned the center accolades as a top energy efficient and environmentally friendly climbing gym in the region. A team of design experts at Rockwerx in Barre, Mass., also sculpted the signature walls, which welcome all ranges of climbers throughout the week. In addition to whipping people into shape, Evolution Rock + Fitness seeks to be "the conduit between this rich history and the future of climbing." The Fitness center also offers yoga and Pilates mat classes, aerial fabric yoga, zumba, and a mix of fitness equipment.
Perched on I-93 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Exit 28 Ski & Snowboard Rentals fits slope-destined travelers with equipment. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages can pull off the highway to check out rental packages or peruse the equipment for sale, including gear by top brands such as Salomon, K2, and Armada. Once they’ve loaded rentals or new purchases into their cars, trucks, or street-legal snowcats, they can hop back on the highway and continue to the runs at Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley Resort, Cannon Mountain, and Bretton Woods.
The ping of sharp line drives and towering drives echo over the grounds at Legends Golf, where athletes of all ages compete in rounds of miniature golf and hone swings in the batting cages or at the driving range.
Golf balls trickle down topsy-turvy tracks at the 18-hole miniature-golf course, which weaves through rock faces and tiny geysers that erupt with glee any time a player misses an easy putt. Eight target greens populate the 300-yard driving range, where new Wilson Staff Range Balls touch down after taking flight from 45 synthetic mats or 35 grass tees.
Under the vaulted roof of the batting cages, nine pitching machines send baseballs and softballs speeding toward hitters as they get the most out of every at bat and discreetly argue balls and strikes with imaginary umpires. To pass the time in between mini-golf rounds or during kids' golf lessons, guests can use Legends' wireless Internet connection free of charge.
You can’t talk about Eastman Golf Links without mentioning the scenery. Situated amidst 3,700 acres of environmentally protected woodlands, the 18-hole course tunnels through thick groves of trees and around six ponds. Its hilly terrain offers both elevated views of the unspoiled landscape as well as a safe place to look out for charging tribes of territorial sand trap rakes. The picturesque par-71 plays to 6,731 yards from the farthest tees—presenting a formidable challenge for experienced golfers—but shrinks to 5,499 yards when played from the shortest of four tee options.
Though the course is Eastman Golf Links centerpiece, guests can consider it a one-stop resource for all their golfing needs. A trio of experienced instructors lends their fairway-splitting savvy during private lessons, and also offers club-fitting services using FlightScope Launch Monitors. A driving range with both grass and turf hitting bays fosters practice sessions as does a practice green and a 9-hole short course. Guests can sample a collection of 150 demo clubs to find the one that best suits their game or scratches the parts of their back that are hardest to reach.
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