Better known for attracting millions of tourists to Boston and Cape Cod during the summer months, Massachusetts becomes a
snowy paradise for skiers and snowboarders throughout the season, usually lasting from late November to early spring.
Boston ski areas
Right in Boston's backyard, in fact, is where big city dwellers can
escape to a getaway at Blue Hills Ski Area at nearby Canton, offering 60 skiable acres of white powder that amounts to almost 50 inches a year!
While skiers come by the bus loads each weekend, Blue Hills also caters
to young daredevils with extensive snowboard terrain as well as family- friendly snowtubing runs.
If bigger is better, then an hour's drive from Boston (and also
easily reached from Providence and Hartford) will deposit you at the crossroads of state skiing areas at Wachusett (Wachusett is the Algonquin Indian word for The Great Hill..)
Today one of the best in Eastern Massachusetts, Wachusett Mountain ski area offers 105 skiable areas, 5 lifts, snowboarding terrain, kids-only programs and onsite lodging.
Skiing Jiminy Peak in Hanover.
Photo credit: Berkshires.org.
In central Massachusetts, head for Blandford Ski Area, situated 20
miles west of Springfield, for beginner to intermediate ski trails located among 158 skiable acres with snowfall amounting to 50
inches per year. With two lodges and two sundecks, Blandford is one of the best run ski areas in the state, thanks to expert management
by the Springfield Ski Club.
Moving closer to the western border, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort may be the most famous of the Berkshires ski areas, thanks in part to its great reputation with New York City skiers to the south. Boasting a 2,380-foot summit elevation and a total of 156 skiable areas and snowboard terrain, Jiminy Peak Resort offers affordable rates for groups, special rates on season passes and a full season of special events including a New Year's Eve torchlight parade complete with fireworks.
More about Massachusetts skiing and snowboarding around the Web:
Massachusetts - Ski Areas - The official New England travel site offering information, photos and maps of major ski areas and resorts by region including the Boston area, central Massachusetts and the Berkshires.
Mass Ski Areas - Check out reviews of favorite family-friendly ski resorts around the state including location details, size, vertical drops, and available equipment.