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Lower Ledges at Yawgoo Valley in 2014
Yawgoo Valley
Exeter, Rhode Island
Status: Open
First Season:1964-65
Vertical Drop:245 feet
Standing Lifts:2 doubles, surface lifts
Past Lifts:
Left: Lower Ledges at Yawgoo Valley in 2014
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Located in southern Rhode Island, Yawgoo Valley is Rhode Island's only operating alpine ski area.

Early Years

Yawgoo's ski history likely dates back to the mid 1964, when ski trails were cut on the 295 foot southeast peak of Yorker Hill. A University of Rhode Island student named Max de Wardener was part of the construction crew.

Yawgoo Valley likely opened as a small rope tow served area for the 1964-65 season. One year later, a new Hall double chairlift was installed, making Yawgoo Valley Rhode Island's first chairlift served ski area.

Max de Wardener Purchases Yawgoo Valley

Outback in 2014
Outback in 2014

Heading into the 1970s, school teacher Max de Wardener ran Yawgoo's ski school. Learning that the ski area was for sale and that he could lose his ski school business, de Wardener's Ski Pro, Inc. purchased Yawgoo Valley from Richard Downs for $300,000 in December of 1980.

Meanwhile, Rhode Island's other ski areas were on the verge of closing. With the closing of Ski Valley after the 1984-85 season, Yawgoo Valley became the state's only ski area. In order to stay in business in an otherwise difficult winter climate, non skiing activities such as a water park and snow tubing were added.

A second double chairlift, named Conan, was installed for the 1989-90 season. Since then, Yawgoo has invested in its snowmaking infrastructure, ensuring it can operate throughout even mild winters.

Yawgoo Valley continues to operate to this day for skiers, snow tubers, and waterpark-goers.

Image Gallery
January 10, 1968 New London Day1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1969-70 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Conan Double circa the 2000s
Conan Double
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1989-90
The Proud Mary Double circa the 2000s
Proud Mary
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1965-66

Past Lifts
Seasons

Maps
1976-77 Yawgoo Valley Trail Map2001-02 Yawgoo Valley Trail Map2002-03 Yawgoo Valley Trail Map2003-04 Yawgoo Valley Trail Map2004-05 Yawgoo Valley Trail Map2005-06 Yawgoo Valley Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-17$49.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$475.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph9.7 daysDecember 11March 192016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$47.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$425.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph9.0 daysJanuary 2March 62015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$47.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$425.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph9.0 daysDecember 13March 222014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$45.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$425.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph9.4 daysNovember 30March 162013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$42.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$425.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph10.1 daysDecember 242012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$42.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$425.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph10.1 daysDecember 11March 42011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$42.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$425.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph10.1 days2010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$42.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price Graph2009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$40.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$400.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$38.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph2007-08 Season Pass Price Graph2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$37.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$370.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$37.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph2005-06 Season Pass Price Graph2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$35.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$360.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph10.3 daysMarch 192004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$34.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph2003-04 Season Pass Price Graph2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$32.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph2002-03 Season Pass Price Graph2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$30.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price Graph2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-012000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph50,0002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1992-931992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph25,0001992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1983-841983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 241983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1975-76$6.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price Graph1975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$4.501968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$4.501967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Stuart, you are correct about the addition to the vertical but NOT about the fill that was used. The material was boulders, stone, and gravel from the construction of Mill Pond Rd. which was built due to the closing of the Amtrak rail across Yawgoo Valley Rd. Mill Pond Rd., connected to Liberty Rd. and a bridge over the tracks was constructed so residents in the area would not be trapped by a forest fire. The trail that resulted is called North Forte (not forty) the company that constructed the road and dumped the material."
Pati deWardener, May. 19, 2015
"It should be noted that Yawgoo is one of a very few ski areas that increased its vertical in the late 70's with the establishment of a landfill (garbage dump) on the summit. I believe it brought their vertical to just over 200 ft, from 175. I started teaching there in 1974, for 2 years, moving on to Sugarbush and then Utah."
Stuart Cole , May. 12, 2015
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External Links
  • Yawgoo Valley - official site
  • Last updated: June 13, 2016

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