Rhode Island is not exactly the obvious choice for skiers in New England. The highest point in our state, Jerimoth Hill stands at a lowly 812 feet above sea level and so it is hardly surprising that most folks travel further afield to hit the slopes. Â There are some reasonable local options however, which are especially good for beginners, families and younger children.
Back in the day, there used to be five local ski areas dotted around Rhode Island but now where is only one remaining, Yawgoo in Exeter. Â Yawgoo offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing within a Â 30 minute drive of Providence (on a Â good day, with the wind behind you!)
Yawgoo offers a great 5 week learn-to-ski program but crikey, you have to register early (like October!!). Â Other options involving less pre-planning are:
February Vacation Package:
1 hour lesson (8.30-9.30am) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday plus half day lift pass $130, with rental $170. Â Children should be aged 5+ to ski and 7+ to snowboard.
45 min lesson (9-9.45am) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday $80, with half day lift pass $120. For children aged 2.5-4 years.
- Group Lessons
For children aged 7+
1.25 hour lesson $35 (times vary)
- Private lessons
For all ages (including adults). Â Prices do not include equipment rental.
1 student/1 hour $75
2 students/1 hour $95
3 students/1 hour $125
Wachusett offers 22 trails, 1000 feet of slopes, night skiing and some great options for children’s lessons. Drive time from Providence is approximately 1 hour 45 mins.
- Polar Kids (Age 4-12)
Weekday Lessons: 10.15am and 1pm $45, rental $17.
Weekend/Vacation Lessons: Full Day 9.30am-3.30pm $85/Half Day 9.30am-12pm and 1pm-3.30pm $60
Supervised Lunch $10
Although a small “resort”, the Blue Hills is another local option which is great for more affordable children’s lessons. Only 40 minutes from Providence!
- Polar Cubs (Ages 4-6)
1.5 hour lesson $35
1.5 hour lesson, all day lift pass, rental $79 (Monday-Friday) and $89 Weekend/Vacation. Â Ski or Snowboard options.
- Mountain Tracks (Ages 7-13)
1 hour lesson $30
1 hour lesson, all day lift pass, rental $79 (Monday-Friday) and $89 Weekend/Vacation. Ski or Snowboard Options
Photo Credits: Top (Skiing Forever), Middle (Ninemsn), Bottom (Chamonix First)