One of the persistent knocks against Mount Sunapee is that this delightful mid-sized hill in central New Hampshire doesn’t have any slopeside accommodations. Interestingly enough, you rarely hear the same complaints about a place like Waterville Valley. Maybe that’s because the village at Waterville Valley has plenty of beds and restaurants, and a dedicated shuttle system to ferry skiers and boarders to and from the ski slopes.
In reality, the sprawling Mountain Edge Resort & Spa at Sunapee is literally minutes away from the ski hill and runs a convenient shuttle that gets you to the slopes before your morning coffee can cool off. Much like Mount Sunapee itself, the Mountain Edge is a family-friendly resort, featuring 47 suites, ranging from 650 to 1,500 square feet, that can sleep anywhere from six to 10 people (seven suites are timeshare units, part of the RCI Resorts Worldwide system).
Combine the Mountain Edge’s easy access to the slopes with cozy accommodations, a fitness center, a pool center with lap pool and hot tub, a lighted sledding hill, an in-house restaurant (open Wednesday to Sunday, 4 p.m. to close), a full-service spa and a general store for incidentals, plus a nearby ski shop (Bob Skinner’s Ski & Sports), and you’ve got a ski family’s dream escape.
“That’s the experience we want,” said Mountain Edge owner Tom Behrens. “You arrive and can just park your car. The shuttle can bring everyone up to ski. About half the people use the shuttle, and half will drive up later in the day with the rest of the family.”