Ragged Mountain Resort is one of the most underrated mountains in New England. Its varied mix of groomers, immense tree skiing, underrated terrain parks, and steeps make it a bucket list item for New England skiers and riders. With recent investments in snowmaking, new lifts, and lodging, people are beginning to notice how great Ragged is. Over the offseason, Ragged Mountain expanded their snowmaking operations with four more guns on Lower Village Green, did exterior and interior renovations of the Elmwood and Meetinghouse Lodges which includes new paint jobs, and new kitchen appliances in their food and beverage operations.
Also new at the mountain is a leadership change. Jay Gamble, the previous GM of Mount Sunapee, left earlier this fall to become GM at partner Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. In comes Erik Barnes, who was the Ski School Director, Vice President, and General Manager of Mount Snow. He also was in charge of Resort Services, as well as the Head of Resort Operations. With over twenty years of resort operations, Erik Barnes is ready to lead Ragged into an exciting era of changes.
A quote from Erik Barnes in Ragged’s press release provides a promising note: “With expanded snowmaking and the successful Mission: Affordable season pass program, it’s an exciting time to lead the team at Ragged Mountain as it transitions to a noteworthy mid-sized New England ski area with potential for more growth and future expansion plans.” The elephant in the room for Ragged is the Pinnacle Peak, a new set of runs to the west of the existing slopes. Most of the trails have been cut, all that needs to happen is put in the lifts. They are also planning to add trails near New Canada Road. The expansion was on the trail map for many years but has been removed in recent years, meaning we still may be a few years out from it coming to fruition. With this press statement, it’s clear that Ragged still wants to expand in the future. As a local who loves shredding there, I hope to see it happen.
You can read Ragged’s press statement here.