For those of you who might’ve missed our first Ski Local blog post, here’s a quick recap: Ski Local is your ultimate resource to skiing and boarding in Massachusetts — where you can find a rundown of Massachusetts’ twelve ski areas, including real-time weather conditions, details on the mountains and some fun, local tips.
Now, with more snow soon to arrive, what better time to introduce the second half of the series? While the first installment zoomed in on Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires, this post will cast an eye towards places that might be a bit more convenient for folks on the other side of the state.
Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford, MA
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Nashoba Valley offers 17 trails and plenty of terrain space. Nashoba hosts a number of events as well, which range from snowboard-only competitions to video editing showdowns. Once you’re through with the powder, the Outlook Restaurant is a good place to refuel, while adults can also check out the nearby award-winning winery. You can take a peek at ski and stay deals at Nashoba here.
Photo: Skiing at Nashoba Valley via MOTT
Ski Ward Ski Area in Shrewsbury, MA
Ski Ward is another Massachusetts winter sport spot celebrating a significant birthday this year, with 2014 marking their 75th year in operation. Ski Ward is a great place for beginners to cut their teeth, with lessons available in both the basics and racing. For those who have a little more seasoning, between the trails and terrain parks, there’s plenty of entertainment, too. For a more in-depth look at Ski Ward Ski Area, including ticket rates and this winter’s special events, click here.
Ski Blue Hills in Canton, MA
For folks who are in the Boston area or close by, the Blue Hills Reservation offers a convenient place to ski, snowboard and tube. Located just half an hour’s drive south of the city, the ski area is a part of the Blue Hills Reservation, which spans over 7,000 acres. Ski Blue Hills is especially good for families and young ones, with several programs for various ages. To learn more about the mountain, click here. For snow pass rates, click here.
Photo: the Blue Hills Ski Area via Facebook
Ski Bradford in Bradford, MA
Nestled in the Merrimack Valley, Ski Bradford offers something for North of Boston residents and guests of varying pursuits. The forgiving trails provide an excellent forum where beginners and kids can build their skills, while the terrain park has plenty to explore for snowboarders. Groups are also eligible for discounts, something to definitely consider if you’ll have company. For directions to Ski Bradford, just click here.
Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA
Photo: Wachusett Mountain at night via MOTT
The Algonquin word “Wachusett” translates into “The Great Hill” in English, which tells you pretty much all you need to know about Wachusett. The mountain summit stands more than 2,000 feet above the bottom, with a vertical drop of 1,000 feet; 22 trails fan out from the top, with eight lifts that provide easy access after the descent. Ski and snowboard rentals are available for folks trying something new and the service shop can cover all tune-up needs.
For those who aren’t keen on skiing or snowboarding, but are still looking to venture outside for some winter family fun, Amesbury Sports Park makes a great thrifty stop. A three-hour pass costs less than $30 and comes with access to the gravity park tubing hill, one of the fastest tube tracks around. For more info on winter fun in Amesbury, click here.
If you’re looking to get out and about this winter but aren’t interested in skiing or snowboarding, visit our Wintry Day page on massvacation.com for a few more ideas!