The resorts might not be as large but the northern location means you can find some great snow at affordable prices in Massachusetts! Most being family-friendly, they make a perfect destination for a quick getaway from cities including Boston, Albany and Hartford. Here are our top 4 picks!
Due to COVID-19, safety measures were put in place by the State of Massachusetts which impacted the 20/21 ski season. These included a 10-day self-quarantine or negative COVID-19 test for anyone arriving in the state, limited group gatherings and mandatory mask-wearing. In Worcester County which is home to Mount Wachusett, physical distancing restrictions and increased sanitization procedures were in place. Such restrictions are not anticipated to continue into the 21/22 winter season.
With over 60% of intermediate terrain, Wachusett may be small but it's a great family-friendly ski resort. In particular, kids will love events like magician visits and “Science on the Slopes”. Boasting beautiful views over the Wachusett Lake and snow making covering 100% of terrain, you’ll be skiing in a winter wonderland! The resort also has 8 lifts that keep the crowds moving. Check out the fantastic dining and bar options both at the base lodge and on-mountain.The freshly baked Belgian waffles are hard to resist! Nearby towns including Princeton and Westminster offer lodging and dining options. Easily accessible from Boston, you can get here in just over an hours drive.
A fantastic resort for new skiers, over half of Jiminy Peak’s 45 trails are suited for beginners. If you’re wanting to have some skiing time for yourself, the KidsRule program provides an all day ski school inclusive of meals. The fun for kids doesn’t stop there; the Fire and Funzone’s fire pit is a must-visit to enjoy some delicious s’mores or take a ride on the thrilling Mountain Coaster. Jiminy Peak has it all, offering night-skiing on 21 of its trails, three terrain parks and a number of dining options at the base.The Country Inn in the small alpine village offers convenient ski-in/ski-out accommodation and there are more lodging options close by.
Priding itself on its affordability and family-friendly slopes, Butternut is located inland amongst a beautiful forest landscape. It’s a great resort for intermediate skiers with 60% of its 22 trails being cruisey blue runs, however there’s also a separate beginner area serviced by four magic carpets. Freestylers will love the two sizable terrain parks at the resort. The Twisted Terrain park has unique natural features such as log rides and rock jibs. Besides the great skiing, Butternut has one of the largest snow tubing parks in Massachusetts! With 11 lanes and a designated tubing carpet, you’ll want to spend all day there! On site there are some great dining options, but Great Barrington is just a 7 minute drive away for more restaurants and accommodation.