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Ski areas in Massachusetts welcome skiers and snowboarders

The profile of ski area locations in Massachusetts is very distinct: almost all ski areas are in the central and western region of the beautiful and historic Berkshire Mountains, reaching nearly to the border with upstate New York. An important exception is the small but very dynamic Blue Hills ski area in Canton, just 10 miles from Boston and a great resource for people on a vacation or ski trip in eastern Massachusetts.

In addition of several solid and well-serviced downhill ski mountains in the Berkshires, the areas is also awash in excellent cross-country (Nordic) skiing, much of it at farms that have groomed and prepared fields, trails and woodlands for cross-country skiing.

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Ski Areas in MA

Cross-Country (Nordic) Ski Areas

Lots of great cross-country ski areas can be found in Massachusetts. See more detail at our Massachusetts cross country skiing & snowshoeing page.

  • Canterbury Farm, Becket - A B&B and lodge with a system of 32 km, both wide and narrow, groomed daily for ski skating and for track skiing. Trails available for all skill levels. Rentals and lessons for cross country skiing and ice skating by professional instructors. Lodge with fireplace and food. Group nature tours on Saturday mornings.
  • Hilltop Orchards, Richmond - Working apple orchard operates a farm-based winery and a Nordic Ski Center. Trails in the orchard accommodate track skiing and skating-style skiing and snowshoeing. Good for beginners and intermediates.
  • Maple Corner Farm, Granville - This working farm includes a cross country ski center, lodge, 20 kilometers of marked trails appropriate for beginners to experts, prepared and groomed for track and skate-skiing. Snowshoe trails available with scenic views. Ski and snowshoe rentals, lessons.
  • Northfield Mountain, Northfield - Two dozen miles of trails are groomed for track and skate-skiing Nordic skiing, Beginner-to-intermediate trails includes some that require an 800-foot vertical climb for the most-fit skiers.
  • Notchview, Windsor - Notchview has a high base elevation of 2,000 feet, meaning plenty of snow over a long ski season. There is a safe area for children to ski and 30 to 45 groomed backcountry trails through woods and meadows over an expansse of three thousand acres.
  • Stump Sprouts, Hawley - This little ski area on a mountaintop farm has a long-snowy season because of its high altitude. Twenty-five kilometers of trails are designed for track skiing and snowshoeing. Beautiful wooded glades.
  • Downhill Skiing at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA - Visit North Central Massachusetts
    Visit North Central Massachusetts

    1000 Route 2 West (between Exits 103 & 102) Lancaster, MA, 01523 Phone: 978-534-2302

    Wachusett Mountain’s exhilarating slopes are calling all skiers and snowboarders

    Ready to hit the ski slopes? The 27 trails at exciting Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA are waiting for you! With a state-of-the-art snowmaking system and trail grooming twice a day, the mountain offers first-class skiing and snowboarding. There are three high-speed chairlifts among its eight lifts, two terrain parks, and if you don’t own you can rent skiing and snowboarding equipment. Wachusett also has an expansive base lodge with a variety of restaurants and bars, from pub-style dining in the Black Diamond Restaurant to cider donuts at Bullock Lodge and hot breakfasts at the Cafe Food Court. From children as young as 4 to senior skiers and snowboarders, Wachusett is a perfect place to learn to ski or ride. Enjoy special events throughout the winter, from holiday celebrations to weekly magic shows to college nights to fun spring activities on the slopes, Wachusett always has something fun on the schedule. - Read more about North Central Mass. here!
    Winter Chair Lift Group - Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort - Hancock, MA
    Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

    37 Corey Road -- Route 43 Hancock, MA, 01237 Phone: 413-738-5500 Toll-Free: 800-882-8859

    Come see why Berkshires resort is southern New England’s favorite for skiers of all abilities

    There’s nothing like the feeling of freedom you get when you ski down the perfect mountain trail. You’ll find that experience, and more, at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, in the heart of the Berkshires. The 2,380-foot mountain has a vertical rise of 1,150 feet and is set on 167 acres. Nine lifts, including a six-passenger high-speed lift, will take you up to the summit, where 45 trails await: a good mix of easy, low-intermediate, intermediate, high-intermediate, black diamond and double-black diamond. The resort has top-notch snowmaking capabilities and offers night skiing. All trails funnel back to the base area, so parents can feel comfortable when the kids hit the slopes. Rental equipment is available, and there are plenty of dining and lodging options on-site.
    Nashoba Valley Ski Area - Westford, MA
    Nashoba Valley Ski Area

    79 Powers Road Westford, MA, 01886 Phone: 978-692-3033

    Skiing & Snowboarding: This skiing and snowboarding area is less than one hour's drive from Boston. This is where Olympic downhiller Pam Fletcher learned to ski. Snow tubing park with 15 lanes is open daily and nightly - the tubing park is located at 179 Great Road in Littleton.
    Everything Else: The tubing park also consists of an on-site lodge, with snack bar and TV. Check out The Overlook Restaurant and Sunset Tiki Bar.
    Butternut Ski Area - Great Barrington, MA
    Butternut Ski Area

    380 State Road - MA Route 23 Great Barrington, MA, 01230 Phone: 413-528-2000

    Skiing & Snowboarding: Butternut prides itself on being an affordable and family-friendly ski area an easy drive from New York City and many locations in Connecticut via major highways. The mountain welcomes people new to skiing and snowboarding. Butternut promotes is affordable lift tickets and cheap season passes. Rentals and lessons for skiing and snowboarding are available, with opportunities for discounted packages. There is a seven-lane snow tubing center.
    Everything Else: Ski shop, demonstration demo tent. The nearby town of Great Barrington is a fun place to visit, with restaurants, lodging, and a variety of attractions and entertainment for adult and kids. Also, theaters, shopping, and museums.
    Ski Bradford - Haverhill, MA
    Ski Bradford

    60 South Cross Road Haverhill, MA, 01835 Phone: 978-373-0071

    Nine lifts servicing 14 trails and glades on 60 acres. There is also a terrain park.
    Bousquet Mountain Ski Area - Pittsfield, MA
    Bousquet Mountain Ski Area

    101 Dan Fox Drive Pittsfield, MA, 01201 Phone: 413-442-8985

    This family-friendly ski area offers lots of deals and passes for lift tickets and lessons. 24 trails on 200 skiable acres, terrain park, and snow tubing. Packages and ski & stay deals available.
    Blue Hills Ski Area - Canton, MA
    Blue Hills Ski Area

    4001 Washington Street Canton, MA, 02021 Phone: 781-828-5070

    Skiing & Snowboarding: Just 10 miles from Boston, Blue Hills is the only ski area in eastern Massachusetts. The state of Massachusetts owns the ski area, which has been leased by numerous companies. A big revitalization began in 2007. Nice area for families and relaxed skiing; not expensive.
    Everything Else: Ski school and lessons. A season-long equipment leasing program allows people to lease and keep equipment with them all season (called off site), or to lease equipment, phone ahead, and find equipment ready to go when they reach the mountain. Various season passes and college passes and other discounts. School vacation ski camps.
    Ski Ward Ski Area - Shrewsbury, MA
    Ski Ward Ski Area and TubaSlide

    1000 Main Street Shrewsbury, MA, 01545 Phone: 508-842-6346

    Nine groomed trails; five lifts, including a triple chair and T-bar; five tuba slide lanes with two lifts; instructional terrain garden and learning pipe; race facility with dual TAG Heuer timing gear, including a start shack and finish shack; mogul field; quarter pipe and terrain garden; ski school; rental facility; fireside lodge; snack bar. Tube uses must be age six or older and at least 42 inches tall.
    Otis Ridge - Otis, MA
    Otis Ridge Ski Area

    159 Monterey Road - Route 23 Otis, MA, 01253 Phone: 413-269-4444

    Eleven trails serviced by five lifts at this family ski area with a 400 foot vertical drop. Check website for current trail conditions.