Two of the best things about Ragged Mountain in Danbury, N.H., are the ease of getting there — it’s close to I-93 with little secondary road travel — and what a good place it is to learn and practice.
At 1,250 feet of vertical and 250 skiable acres, Ragged sprawls with an array of big blue cruisers that roll along nicely through New Hampshire’s hardwood forest. I last skied here with a lawyer friend from Boston who figured he could “sneak away” and spend a few non-billable hours making some turns with me, then get back for a few billable ones to end his day. That’s how close and convenient Ragged is to the Hub of New England, about 1 hour, 45 minutes.
If one word applies to Ragged, it’s diversity. Slide off the new six-pack lift and the experienced skiers likely will head off to some good, but not killer glades, such as Pel’s Pass, which is steep in spots but fairly forgiving in tree density, with lots of rocks and jumping opportunities.
But that morning we were more wanting to take advantage of Ragged’s flawless grooming on intermediate terrain — also known as hero runs. And if the challenge was not exactly breathtaking — OK, it’s downright plush — it was the kind of snow that, if you did screw up, there was no one else to blame.