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. The Western Massachusetts Cross Country Ski Areas Association is a great resource for that sport, which is great for all ages.
Lots of great cross-country ski areas can be found in Massachusetts. The Western Massachusetts Cross Country Ski Areas Association offers a great Sampler Pass that is in effect for two years, and is good for one visit apiece to six areas that are members of the group. Pass can be shared and it costs $45. See more detail at our cross country skiing page.