Want to hit the great outdoors this winter? Take advantage of Boston's abundance of snow and hit the slopes or trails this season. The following 15 places are ideal for a ski day trip or weekend ski getaway; most are within a two-hour drive of Boston.
Note that prices reflect weekend/peak rates; you may be able to find better deals for weekday and/or off-peak visits. If you're planning to regularly visit a particular resort over the course of the ski season, consider a season pass.
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The closest downhill ski area to Boston at just 17 miles away via 93 South, the Blue Hills in Canton is great for a quick jaunt down the slopes. You can even take the T here—hop on the commuter rail to Route 128 station, then arrange for Canton Town Taxi ($12 flat rate, plus tip) to pick you up and drop you back off at the end of the day.
Vertical: 309 feet
Weekend Rates: $40 per person
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Located just outside Springfield on the edge of the Berkshires (109 miles from Boston via the Mass Pike), the Blandford Ski Area has been welcoming New England skiiers since 1936. In addition to 22 trails, there are two terrain parks for snowboarders to hone their skills.
Vertical: 465 feet
Weekend Rates: $45 adults, $35 kids ages 7-13 (& college), $20 kids ages 6 and younger and 70+
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Small and accessible, the Bradford Ski Area is just under an hour's drive from Boston (it's 40 miles away via 93 North). In addition to its 13 trails, they also have a cutting-edge terrain park with a miniature half-pipe, rails, and ramps.
Vertical: 272 feet
Weekend Rates: $52 adults, $25 learning area admission
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Situated in beautiful Franconia Notch State Park in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains (141 miles from Boston), Cannon Mountain is for serious skiers ready for a challenge. (For context, this is the home mountain of Olympic medalist Bode Miller). Take a break from the slopes to visit the New England Ski Museum, also on site.
Vertical: 2180 feet
Weekend Rates: $77 adults, $64 teens 13-college, $55 kids ages 6-12Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Night owls, this is the ski resort for you: On weekend nights from late December through February, you can ski until 3 a.m. This means you can leave work on Friday night, arrive at the slopes, and still have plenty of time to ski! Crotched Mountain lies just 49 miles from Boston via 93 North.
Vertical: 875 feet
Weekend Rates: $69 adults, $59 kids ages 7-17, $10 kids 6 and under with a paying adult.
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Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford, NH
A major resort with gorgeous views of Lake Winnipesaukee, Gunstock also has night skiing, winter ziplining, and the longest snow tube run in New Hampshire. The resort is 100 miles from Boston via 93 North.
Vertical: 1400 feet
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Home to Massachusetts's second-tallest vertical, Jiminy Peak is about two-and-a-half hours from Boston in the heart of the Berkshires. For something a little different in between the trails, check out the resort's mountain roller coaster.
Vertical: 1150 feet
Prices Vary: Check Jiminy Peak's calendar
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More than 60 groomed trails await skiers 130 miles from Boston at Loon Mountain, and they stand by their snow. If you're not satisfied with the snow conditions, take advantage of the Loon Snow Guarantee: Return your full-price lift ticket by 11 a.m., and you'll get a voucher to come back another day this season, no charge.
Vertical: 2100 feet
Weekend Rates: Prices vary by dateContinue to 9 of 15 below.
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Pats Peak gets a lot of day trippers from Boston, so they've started a Saturday bus service. A bus ticket and lift ticket combo goes for $75 per person, with scheduled pickups at the South Shore Mall, Commonwealth Ave./Warren Towers, and the Ruggles T station. The return trip to Boston leaves at 9:30 p.m., so you'll get a full day in on the slopes. Or, if you've got a group of 15 or more, the Pats Peak team will accommodate a pickup anywhere in metro Boston (provided you book the bus with at least 48 hours advance notice).
Vertical: 710 feet
Weekend Rates: $70 adults, $60 kids ages 6-17
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Want to maximize your ski time? Just 104 miles from Boston, Ragged Mountain has New Hampshire's only high-speed chair lift, so you can ski two peaks in one day here. Hop on the Spear Mountain Express lift, and you'll be at the top in 4 minutes and 15 seconds (cut down from 14 minutes in previous seasons).
Vertical: 1250 feet
Weekend Rates: Prices vary
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Take the Rails-to-Trails Ski Train from North Station on weekend days through March 31. Fares cost $10 each way and include ticketing on the train's designated ski car, which offers storage for all equipment. The commuter rail train runs to Fitchburg; catch a Wachusett Mountain shuttle from there. The morning train leaves at 8:35 a.m.; you should be at the resort by 10:30 a.m. The return trip leaves the mountain at 4:45 p.m.
Vertical: 1000 feet
Weekend Rates: $71 adults, $58 kids ages 6-12
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A one-stop shop for snowsports enthusiasts just 128 miles from Boston, Waterville Valley Resort has downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, dogsled excursions, snowshoeing, and more. And if you want to try your hand at fat biking (e.g., winter mountain biking), this is your spot: There are more than nine miles of dedicated fat biking trails to explore, plus fat bike full- and half-day rentals.
Vertical: 2020 feet
Weekend Rates: $87 adults, $77 kids ages 13-17, $67 kids ages 6-12 and seniors
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Cross-country skiers and snowshoers, Weston Ski Track is the place for you. Just a short drive from Boston, it offers 15 kilometers (or more than 9 miles) of trails across four tracks/designated ski areas. Just $15 gets you an all-day pass; once there, you can rent skis and snowshoes and take a lesson.
Vertical: N/A – Cross-country and snowshoeing only
Trails: Four tracks with more than 9 miles of trails