|Address:||160 Yawgoo Valley Rd, Exeter, RI 02822, USA|
I took my nephew to Yawgoo after growing up on going to the water-slides and having a blast. Positives -Good in-ground pool -Not a bad price Negatives -A bit dated- hasnt changed since I went 15 years ago. -The lifeguards and slide supervisors didnt seem to care too much about anything. **Important**- The kids had a good time on the water-slides but one of the main reasons I am writing is because of my experience on the larger of the 2 slides. I laid down on the slide (per sign direction) and after taking a second to get going, I started flying down the slide. Long story short, I was going so fast that I got turned around and hit my head on the slide before entering the pool. Luckily I am okay, but after I got out of the pool neither life guard came over to check on me. In addition, I watched several adults come down the slide and look as though they were going to fly off the slide coming around the corner. If you weigh more than 150 pounds I would HIGHLY suggest sitting up while going down either slide to prevent possible injury. I am not one who usually writes reviews, especially ones that are negative but I feel obligated to warn people about how potentially dangerous these water-slides can be and the general lack of care by the guards.
BEWARE AND CAUTION. Lax, careless staff fails to properly watch pool area right below the water slide -- a kid sliding down could easily crash into swimmers who should be exiting right away; rather, staff lazily look on -- paying more attention to the Liquor Bar (which oddly serves as the main entrance) as children continue waterplay in the retention pool with watersliders zipping down feet first. Asked if staff and lifeguard could find our child because he hadnt come down the slide for a long time; staff replied with "Go find him yourself because we cant find him. Plus its not like they can go far or that anything can happen to them." The lifeguard even admitted that staff at top of slides should be watching children and properly look for a missing child; then next thing I know the lifeguard simply departs, leaving an unguarded pool/slide area. Saw this reckless hell within 15-20 minutes of arriving here. Spoke with one Katie (Agianis?) and requested the manager: She replied, "Well shes not here . . . Shes kind of here and there." Last time we ever subject a child to this risky nightmare of an operation run by a fellow named Max Dewardener.
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My wife and I brought our two kids 10 and 12 there just today on school vacation. We have never been there before today. I honestly thought it was going to be much better. The hill is not steep at all and it isnt long enough either. For $48 per family ($12 per person) we would have been better off buying two really nice inflatable snow tubes and found a big hill to sled for free. It really was not anything special at all. Plus the fact that we had to get there at 9:30 and stand in line for an hour to get tickets for 11:00 was a little much (10:00 was sold out). We did more standing around than anything else today. You only get to sled for 50 minutes and most people only got 5 runs down the hill. I would recommend snow tubing if you can find a better place with a higher, faster hill and quicker lines (more than just 5 turns down the hill in 50 minutes), In our opinion Yawgoo just isnt worth going to.
Dont underestimate yawgoo for its size. It can be just as fun as any old mountain up north as long as youre with the right people. I can stay from 8:30 in the morning to 9:00 at night and still want to ride more. Also, management is very reasonable and friendly there. Usually you can spot Clay, Steve-o, or Jack (some of the operations managers) greeting people or taking care of things around the slope. I took lessons here about 6 years ago, not knowing how to even ride down a small hill. Now I am very cabable on the various features that are put out and switched around every week or so. Most of my good friends I met at yawgoo over the years.
Its hard to rate this place. Its almost silly-small. For advanced skiers and riders, it feels like one turn between the top and bottom. Still, when I was first learning advanced snowboarding, there was a feature here I practiced on. It prepared me for some of what I then did at Breckenridge. For beginners, its good and bad. There were nice instructors. The rope tow, though, is your baptism. Right after a good 10-inch storm, I head down there just to get on the snow and feel freshies. The do make some snow and have a tubing park.
Went there with a large group of about 10 people. It was a nice idea, but it is not worth $13 for a 50 minute session that you spend about 40-45 minutes waiting in line and climbing the mountain. The conveyor they have makes it so that you dont have to climb up, but if you are fit enough to walk up a hill, you can easily outpace the towing line. If you live close to Exeter, then it may be worth it. However, the 40 minute drive from Cranston tipped the scales unfavorably.
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i think this winter is going to be a very good one there at, yawgoo this area is very good for beginners and, semi skilled skiers and snowboarders all the, best to all and be safe as always ho ho ho santa clause ps and keven can take a hike !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I, personally, havent skied here since I was a kid. However, my 7 year old daughter loves it. The staff is very helpful and friendly, its an excellent place for starters and those who want to knock some rust off. Also, lets not forget the AMAZING tubing hill they have. We try to go all the time, unfortunately they are only open weekends.
Its a really cute layout - cozy little lodge - but the skiing is terrible! maybe for snowboarders its ok. the green trails are too steep and interrupted with harder trails - the rope tow operates poorly. I would be terrified to go on the chairlift....sorry, nice idea, but doesnt feel safe.
The tubing park is great and only $13. Its a great way to spend and hour with your friends. Staff are fun and happy to allow groups of three or four tubes go down at once ! Especially on icy days, they can spin your tube really fast if youd like. They do great private groups too.
TERRIBLE!!! You cant get in. Poorly managed and all youll get is a sorry. Dont waste your time. Tubing is the worst! You would think with the amount of good days they have they would be more pleasant and accommodating to their patrons. Buy yourself a tube and find a good hill.
Not a large mountain, but an awesome Ski Area, with several trails and an awesome staff. If you want to learn how to ski, Yawgoo is one of the best places to learn. If you live in the Rhode Island are and want to enjoy some fun in the snow visit Yawgoo