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Old 01-24-2014, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My first snowboard experience was at Cranmore, New Hampshire. Cute mountain, easy parking, horrendous rental chaos, nice staff, mediocre lessons on a cramped beginner hill packed with kids. Nice lodge and basic fare ski lodge dining.

Next day we hit up Bretton Woods. It was AMAZING..gorgeous, super efficient rentals, super staff, super lessons, great beginner hill with a chairlift for practice (didn't fall off once, yahhh)...fun lodge and well, overall, I loved it all.

We head to Wachusett Sunday for proximity and back to Conway area the 8th so may try Attitash and on the way back, Gunstock. Any opinion on either? I really prefer a larger beginner area or easy peasy green circle trails and good lessons as I prefer learning this way.

Lastly, V Day weekend we are thinking VT so want a low key mountain with the same. My friend snowboards black diamonds but will go with the flow for whatever I choose as he wants me to be happy and to learn.

Oh by the way, how long does a tailbone injury take to heal? Day 6 here and man, oh man, still sore!!

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Cant say much about the hills you want to visit but I can say tailbone soreness may stick around a bit. Mines never bothered me too much, but the soreness definitely lingered for about 4 or 5 months.
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My first snowboard experience was at Cranmore, New Hampshire. Cute mountain, easy parking, horrendous rental chaos, nice staff, mediocre lessons on a cramped beginner hill packed with kids. Nice lodge and basic fare ski lodge dining.

Next day we hit up Bretton Woods. It was AMAZING..gorgeous, super efficient rentals, super staff, super lessons, great beginner hill with a chairlift for practice (didn't fall off once, yahhh)...fun lodge and well, overall, I loved it all.

We head to Wachusett Sunday for proximity and back to Conway area the 8th so may try Attitash and on the way back, Gunstock. Any opinion on either? I really prefer a larger beginner area or easy peasy green circle trails and good lessons as I prefer learning this way.

Lastly, V Day weekend we are thinking VT so want a low key mountain with the same. My friend snowboards black diamonds but will go with the flow for whatever I choose as he wants me to be happy and to learn.

Oh by the way, how long does a tailbone injury take to heal? Day 6 here and man, oh man, still sore!!
Re tailbone -- advil and warm compresses.

Never been to Attitash -- at 3 hrs from Boston I'd rather go to Killington in VT (or 3.5 hrs to Sugarbush).

Gunstock is nice for beginners and good instructors there. I'll PM you a name of an instructor that you can request for a private lesson.

VT I like Sugarbush. Conditions were great earlier this season (prior to Christmas), but I've heard mixed things since. The town is nice with good restaurants.
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My main complaint with wachusett is the beginner hill is way too cramped. The bottom 1/3 is full of lessons and at the very top they started a kid terrain park. Ill spring for the full mountain next time, the hill all the way to the right is much more enjoyable even for learning.
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thanks Pork, so tomorrow, take the lift to where, to access the trail on the right, please?
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Oh by the way, how long does a tailbone injury take to heal? Day 6 here and man, oh man, still sore!!
I had one that lasted a couple of months. And all I did was butt-plant coming off the lift.
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....Oh by the way, how long does a tailbone injury take to heal? Day 6 here and man, oh man, still sore!!

They are a bummer! (...LOL! Bwahahahaahaha! -sigh- sometimes I just "crack" myself up!)

Seriously,.. depending on severity. They can sometimes take quite a while to to stop hurting. I cracked mine 30-40 years ago on a icy toboggan run. Still bothers me from time to time!

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http://www.wachusett.com/LinkClick.a...s%3d&tabid=461

Ralphs run was the one that was more enjoyable. Id do a few runs on the beginner trails then hit that one. It is a little more steep and but the snow conditions were usually better.
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Pork, I hit Sundowner all day Sunday..it was perfect for my third day as a snowboarder. Wachusett was wonderful. It was absolutely frigid with wind chills below zero and frostbite warnings. My Under Armour and Burton gear kept me super warm. We bought the BFF / Bring a Friend for Fun (lift ticket for him and lessons, rental and lift tickets for me) for 95.00 with my AAA discount. Score!

We secured a parking spot in the main lot and I had my rental gear (rather ragged compared to Bretton Woods but similar to Cranmore) in minutes and was at my lesson by 10:30. I paid for a group lesson but had a 1-1 with Erin. She was super, helping me take it to the next level. Lift lines moved fast and the Monadnock quad to the top was so easy to load and unload. Big confidence boost not to fall off the lift. At the top, views were amazing and the ride down, challenging yet confidence building.

Oh and the tailbone, I babied it big time thus impacting my heel turns (fear of falling) and I did fall on it again but I came home, took some advil and applied lots of heat..wow, that worked..much improved. Oh, did tweak my shoulder big time...

Overall, loved day 3. Day four is Feb. 8 when we head to Shawnee Peak and the Feb. 14th weekend at Pats Peak and Crotched Mountain.

I am addicted!!

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