When you think of Boston, tall mountains packed with snow and ski lodges are far from your mind. But rethink Boston as a ski destination, because this Massachusetts city is close to several ski areas. Blue Hills, Wachusett and Nashoba Valley are local mountains that will have you back in the city before bedtime.
Ski Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts — Photo courtesy of Wachusett Mountain
Located minutes from downtown Boston, Blue Hills Ski Area is a small hill with few options for skiers and snowboarders that is well worth the cost of a snow pass ticket. Rental equipment is available, making Blue Hills a viable option for those who are just starting out on the slopes or want to get in a few quick runs before getting back to the city for other plans.
Compact in size and featuring both a magic carpet and chair lift, you'll find Blue Hills Ski Area ideal for beginners. Lessons can be arranged, with the area offering both private and group lessons that can be scheduled before you arrive.
Passes come as a one-pass-suits-all model, allowing you to pay one price no matter which part of the mountain you choose to use, and allowing you a bit of flexibility in your day at Blue Hills. Open once the weather cools and closing when the snow starts to melt, Blue Hills Ski Area provides plenty of wintertime enjoyment.
Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass., is about one hour from Boston and offers a full day of fun. Popular with locals who want to maximize their slope time on a variety of trails, without the need to book a room for the weekend, Wachusett Mountain is bustling both day and night.
Little learners on the slopes — Photo courtesy of Joe Polizzotti
Home to 22 trails – including three black diamond trails, a spacious beginner area with several easy trails and a few intermediate trails – Wachusett Mountain is a safe bet for skiers of all abilities. Wachusett Mountain also features a terrain park, for those who want to take their skiing and boarding to the next level.
Complete with rental equipment, an on-site lodge for enjoying hot cider and snacks throughout the day and space for groups to gather, Wachusett is a solid bet for skiing Massachusetts.
Nashoba Valley Ski Area is a local mountain that gets a lot of attention and draws skiers for its variety of activities close to Boston. Located in Westford, Mass., Nashoba Valley Ski Area is 25 miles from Boston.
Offering both day and night skiing – with half-day, full-day and two-evening ticket options, Nashoba Valley Ski area is an excellent value. Nashoba features 18 trails, seven of which are black diamond and three beginner, so you'll find a good variety of terrain to tackle.
There's a little something for everyone at Nashoba Valley Ski Area. Featuring a restaurant and bar, Nashoba is a ski area that adults can enjoy while children take lessons or their more experienced teens make their way around the mountain themselves. A terrain park and neighboring tubing park allow skiers and non skiers alike to enjoy the outdoors on a winter's day.
Once you've had your fill of slope-side excitement, you can easily make your way back to Boston and be tucked in tight before your bedtime. Get well rested for another day on the slopes, as you find yourself rethinking skiing in Massachusetts.
Ski lessons — Photo courtesy of Joe Polizzotti