great line control, decent pricing, glades
small lodges, lack of steep terrain
Went to Sunapee this past weekend as I was visiting family in Massachusetts and wanted to do a little riding. We all decided to give it a try as Sunapee was fairly close, decently priced and seemed to have a nice variety of terrain for each of us. It didn't hurt that they got over 14 inches of the good stuff over the previous 3 days. Overall, I thought this was a very good mountain. The staff seemed to care about what was going on as most were on point in keeping the lift lines moving. Not sure if it was isolated just to the day I was there but the Sunapee Express lift seemed to stop often and sometimes for up to 5 to 10 minutes. While on the slopes, it never felt crowded and all of the green and blue runs were well groomed. Unfortunately, Sunapee is lacking truly steep and challenging black/ double black runs. If you need to fill your black diamond appetite, definitely go tree riding either in the Summit Glades or Hawes Hideout. You can also go "off piste" and head for the trees along the Williamson Trail. There are also a couple of good mogul trails and some small jumps to keep more experienced riders entertained while riding on the blue trails. As for amenities, the lodges were definitely small and overcrowded. Despite being overcrowded most of the people were very friendly. The only refuge was found upstairs in the bar area at Spruce Lodge where thankfully there was table service, however it was seat yourself so it can get a little hairy. Food was good, but don't try to modify menu items even slightly (i.e. hold the cheese or medium rare) as the food is prefabricated and simply cooked as is. Don't worry it still comes out good. The wait staff was very attentive and always checking in to see everything was okay and if you needed anything else. At the end of the day I had a lot of fun and it is one of the better run mountains I have visited on the East Coast. A+ to the mountain staff. B+ for the terrain. B- for lifts. C+ for amenities.