Old School New England

by: rleestump - Feb 17, 2010

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 2
  • Terrain Park 2
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: Close, quaint, friendly... good ice practice

    Cons: Lacks vertical, lacks grooming, lacks glades...

    Recommended For: Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Feb 1, 2010

Full review

You don't go to Catamount for glitz and glamour... it's an old school New England ski resort that doesn't put on airs. It's smallish... who needs a ski drop off area when the parking lot is barely four rows deep. It's quaint... no $$$ slopeside condos... It's cozy... ok, maybe the lodge is so small, dark and intimate it can smell like a locker room... but Catamount knows who it is and whom it serves. They do have a signature trail, Catapult, which has launched more than a few falls on it's usually ice hard slope. But hey, it's only 1000ft so you can work on your turns, 100+ top to bottom... or your technique, they don't overgroom so edge work on ice matters... so it's still good fun for a day.

The school has a great reputation and the staff seem to genuinely care... honest to goodness, they're really nice.

... and if not everyone in your group skis, or skis well on ice... they can shop for antiques in the local towns.