Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Water Park
The park opens daily from 11am-6pm; an early opening may be requested for group 100+. Groups must pay for 100 people if the park is opened early for them. Early opening does not guarantee exclusivity, public may be permitted into the park should they arrive before regular opening.
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So, we've spent a winter getting acquainted with Yawgoo via lessons for the kids and some recreational outings, and I have to say I am impressed. Now, it's not a huge mountain (and I've skied mountains all over N.E. and out west), so anyone expecting something comparable and then complaining about it needs to get realistic. I think Yawgoo has done an exceptional job carving out interesting trails on what essentially is sloping terrain into a valley. The trails are varied and enjoyable .. and they are great for beginners to intermediates to work on technique. In fact, I am actually surprised at how many trails they offer. Now their black diamonds are not comparable to bigger resorts, but for beginners, they're challenging enough and a great confidence booster. I am also impressed with how the staff keeps the place open. This winter - 2018 - has been mild with lots of rain and 40F days, but Yawgoo continues to keep most of trails open, and in good shape. Whoever is in charge of trail maintenance is doing a great job. Lastly, the lesson program. The lessons are fantastic for any level, especially newbies. They're well organized, the right size as far as student to teacher ratio, the instructors are great, and the facility really caters to families. We plan on sticking with Yawgoo for some time with lessons and season passes. It's really a great place to ski in Southern RI ... remember that, you're skiing in Southern Rhode Island. If you live in the area, it's pretty special that you get to drive a short distance and get some skiing in at an enjoyable and affordable place.
The runs are fine... but some of the staff were extremely unprofessional. One of the employees that was unhooking tubes simply screamed at little kids to get out of tubes. Another employee brought a couple of his friends directly to the front of the lines. Very disappointing.
We love snow tubing here every year. The staff have a fun attitude and it's a great value. There are 5 slides usually open and very little wait because they limit the number of people who can go at one time. Haven't skied here yet, but that's next.
It easy to get too. Always making snow. Survives the rain well...and great for kids. Staff that work there know how to have fun.
The Duff 29
Yawgoo charges alot for what they offer also the guy Clay is super against fun, once he sees kids having fun he is like a shark to blood, for example the contest on Saturday the 17th was a great time everyone having fun. Probably because he wasn't able to destroy the fun but afterwords some kids were hitting a hip having a good time and then clay comes over and closes down the whole thing standing on the hip yelling at anyone that went near. Kind of like a bear protecting their territory, then he decided it was a good idea to put a whole fence around it. For what reason i'm not sure because that was the first time they had something that fun all year. But as I said earlier he is like a shark to blood he loves to destroy anything fun.