As the smallest state in New England and the nation-and the one farthest from the mountains of the Northeast— Rhode Island cannot be faulted for featuring a single ski area. Yawgoo Valley is located off Route 138, which lead to sparkling Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and thus is more traveled by sailors and anglers than snow sports enthusiasts.
But for those Rhody skiers and snowboarders not inclined to make the trip north to Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts (which attracts a lot of visitors from the Ocean State) or farther up routes 93 or 95 into New Hampshire or Maine, Yawgoo is just the place. It may have a modest vertical and elementary lift system, but Yawgoo is a great feeder area ina state know for its enthusiastic skiers and 'boarders.
Cross-country enthusiasts in Rhode Island can head even further south, to Burlingame State Park, which is located just above Block island Sound. Embracing Watchauag Pond, the park offers both plenty of backcountry skiing and great snowshoeing.