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Showing Love 3: Yawgoo Valley RI
Words by Alex Kaufman l STE Online Editor
Editor's Note: While there's a tendency to focus on where the snow falls, the parks are massive or the backcountry lines are slayed (northern New England), there's vast areas of the East where the mountains are a little smaller and the climate a little warmer, but skiers flock to their local slopes with the same level of dedication. From the midwest to the deep south to the coast, the East is home to ski areas large and small that deserve their props. This spring and summer we're going to "show some love." Do you rip a lesser hyped spot that deserves a moment in the sun? Hit me up. - AK
As the only operating ski area in the state of Rhode Island, Yawgoo is located south of Providence on a hill in Exeter. The base elevation is 70 feet and the slopes climb to summit of 310 feet making for a not-so-whopping 240 feet of vertical drop. According to wikipedia, we're talking a 39" annual snowfall across their 36 acres of terrain.
The ski area first opened in the 1965/66 ski season and currently offers 12 trails and 3 lifts. Tubing and summer activities are the big draw. Here's a collection of visuals that might help bring you back to the Goo.
Old school promo from the 60's as seen on New England Ski History
From a recent Yelp review: "Sure it's tiny, the snow is usually man made, and it's technically not even a mountain, but Yawgoo makes up for it by being a fantastic place to learn. It's the cheapest around, the green circle trails take up half the mounta... errr valley, and the instruction is top notch."
To get to Yawgoo Valley Ski Area from Providence, take Route 95 South to Route 4 (Exit 9). Take Exit 5B off Route 4 (Route 102N) and go one mile; then left onto Route 2 South. Go approximately four and a half miles, take a left onto Yawgoo Valley Road (opposite Carbon Technologies). The ski area is one mile down the road.
You may or may not be core enough for these guys. Forewarned.