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Nashoba Valley Ski Area
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The best skiing near Boston

Here’s where to go skiing when you don’t want to travel too far from Boston

By Time Out Boston Staff and Eric Grossman

One of the many delights of living in Boston is how easy it is to enjoy a day out on the slopes, with numerous ski areas within a reasonable drive. While the region’s most in-demand slopes are farther out from the city—in other words, more in line with the best winter day trips from Boston—these ski spots offer well-groomed trails for all skill levels, plus terrain parks, lessons, and good base camp facilities. (Some have great snowboarding and awesome tubing and sledding, too.) When you’re back in the city, do après-ski in style at one of the best bars or best restaurants in Boston. Note: check opening hours as they may vary throughout the season.

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The best skiing near Boston

Blue Hills in winter
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101. Blue Hills Ski Area

Day skiing doesn’t get any easier than this: the Blue Hills Ski Area is the closest skiing area to the city and the only snow sports facility in the metro area. Thus, it’s where many local youngsters learn the challenges of snow sports. Skiing and snowboarding is spread over its sixty skiable acres, 90% of which are equipped for snowmaking. The vertical drop is 309 feet and there are four lifts serving the 12 trails, over half of which are for advanced skiers. There are lessons for kids and adults to help you get there.
Canton, MA: 14 miles from Boston

Nashoba Valley Ski Area
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102. Nashoba Valley Ski Area

This is where Olympic skier Pam Fletcher learned to her notable skills, practically growing up on the slopes after her father opened the resort in 1964. Having been expanded over the years, the facility’s base camp includes rentals, a café, and the Outlook restaurant and lounge, which overlooks the slopes and is particularly fetching during night skiing sessions. There is a regular competition schedule throughout the winter, including night races. Otherwise, the 50-plus acre resort offers a 240-foot vertical drop with 17 trails, nine lifts, and two terrain parks, all of which are fully equipped for snowmaking. Don’t forget New England's largest snow tubing slope is next to the ski area.
Westford, MA: 31 miles from Boston

Boston Skiing
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103. Ski Bradford

Located in historic Haverhill, Ski Bradford offers 12 trails and a terrain park spread across 48 skiable acres, and is serviced by eight lifts. All trails and terrain have snowmaking equipment. The mountain has a 248-foot vertical drop, nine lifts serving 15 trails, glades, and a terrain park, all of which is spread over 60 acres. Many of the resort’s trails are more suitable for advanced skiers, but there’s plenty of room for beginner and intermediate types, and there are skiing and snowboarding lessons for both children and adults. The base camp includes rentals, and a snack bar for lunch breaks and warming cups of coffee.
Haverhill, MA: 31 miles from Boston

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
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104. Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Wachusett is the highest mountain in Massachusetts east of the Connecticut River. It has a 1,000-foot vertical drop and 25 trails, split evenly from beginner to advanced level, all served by eight lifts. For advanced skiers, it’s a thrill to see the Boston skyline from the summit. There are skiing and snowboarding lessons for kids and adults; and a lively restaurant and a café in the base lodge. Perhaps the most unique offering is the weekend “ski train” service that runs during peak season, from early December to the end of March. It involves taking the Fitchburg Commuter Rail from North Station to Fitchburg, where Wachusett Mountain’s shuttle will pick you up at the station and return you there later on.
Princeton, MA: 55 miles from Boston

Pat's Peak Ski Area
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105. Pat's Peak Ski Area

For more than 50 years, the Patenaude family has overseen Pat’s Peak’s 115 acres. Just 20 minutes from Concord, NH, the mountain boasts a vertical drop of 770 feet, 28 trails, nine glades, and three terrain parks, all served by 11 lifts, and all with full snowmaking capability. The three separate beginner areas have their own lifts, including two carpet lifts, and half of the trails are novice level. But the mountain also offers challenging terrain to test skills, including two F.I.S. race trails. The newly renovated lodge added an elevator and ski boot friendly stairs and includes a massive rental shop with self-service digital check-in. And there’s a snow tubing park, too.
Henniker, NH: 80 miles from Boston

Gunstock Mountain Resort
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106. Gunstock Ski Area

Gunstock has a 1,400-foot vertical drop and 227 skiable acres. There are 55 trails and three terrain parks, all served by lifts and 90% snowmaking capability. Most of the trails are intermediate level and only 12% are beginner level. Still, there are skiing and snowboarding lessons for kids and adults. Not into Alpine skiing? There’s Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and Fat Tire biking on 32 miles of cross-country trails. There’s also zip lining and snow tubing on New Hampshire's longest tubing run. The base camp has several options for dining and drinking, or head to the Panorama Pub located at the top of the mountain and soak in views of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in the snow.
Gilford, NH: 102 miles from Boston

Ski Lift
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107. Mount Sunapee

With 66 trails and more than 230 acres, plus a dedicated beginner slope area, it's no wonder this NH ski spot is popular for weekend getaways. Checkout weekday specials that include discounts on lift tickets and lessons. The resort has everything you need for a great weekend ski getaway.
Newbury, NH: 101 miles from Boston

Boston Ski Area
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108. Blandford Ski Area

Originally owned and operated by the Springfield Ski Club, Blandford opened its trails in 1936 and was at one time the oldest, continuously operating club-owned ski area in North America. Now owned by Butternut Ski Area, who upgraded the mountain and facilities, Blandford has a 465-foot vertical drop and 55 skiable acres, and updated snowmaking now serves 80% of the trails. There are 29 trails, a dozen of which are lighted for night skiing, plus two terrain parks, and five lifts including a rope tow. Skiing lessons are available for kids and adults, and two lodges offer rentals and food.
Blandford, MA: 109 miles from Boston

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109. Waterville Valley

New Hampshire's Waterville Valley is a great place for beginners and experts alike. Beginners will find a supportive atmosphere while advanced skiiers will find increasingly challenging runs. Check out the Nordic ski trails too.
Waterville Valley, NH: 128 miles from Boston

Mount Snow
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110. Mount Snow

Mount Snow offers 80 trails spread across four mountain faces in the gorgeous Green Mountain National Forest. In addition to 467 skiable acres of developed terrain, all of the woods within the resort's boundaries are open for tree-skiing. A whopping 40 intermediate runs make it a great choice for confident-but-leisurely shredders. While first-timers will appreciate gentle slopes, like the popular three-mile Long John trail, adrenaline junkies needn't feel left out—there's plenty of ungroomed tree terrain on North Face and, in the consistently top-ranked Carinthia (the only all-terrain-park mountain face in the east), ten parks full of rails, jumps and pipes. If you're still looking for thrills after the lifts stop running at 4pm, consider some evening tubing at Mount Snow's ten-lane park.
West Dover, VT: 130 miles from Boston

okemo mountain resort
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111. Okemo Mountain Resort

Even well-traveled snow snobs can't complain about the top-notch grooming and quality of the white stuff at this south-central Vermont favorite. High-powered snow guns cover 96 percent of the 119 trails and glades that span the resort's five mountains, and with terrain evenly divided among novice, intermediate and advanced levels, there's something for everyone (including stunt-loving boarders, who can perform tricks on six terrain parks and a 500-foot-long superpipe). Those looking for more of a cardio challenge shouldn't miss the extensive network of sweat-inducing trails, manicured especially for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. But the best—and easiest—way to get your heart pumping might be a ride on the resort's Timber Ripper roller-coaster, which zooms along the mountain's snow-covered contours at speeds of up 25 miles per hour and includes a hair-raising 375-foot vertical descent. 
Ludlow, VT: 137 miles from Boston

Stratton, Vermont
Photograph: Hubert Schriebl

112. Stratton Mountain

Stratton might boast the highest peak in Southern Vermont—making for some steep runs—but with 36 of its 92 trails designated green and 41 novice, it's a great choice for neophyte snow bunnies too. Plus, thanks to its four high-speed lifts, everyone spends less time waiting in line (and more time carving down the well-groomed slopes) than at other area resorts. That's especially good news for snowboarders, who have six top-rated terrain parks at their disposal, including the home of the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. If you and your buddies can pull yourself away from the 625 acres of skiable terrain, there's plenty more winter fun to be had nearby: Try the on-mountain tubing park or guided snowshoeing tours or cruise around the shops and restaurants of the picturesque base village.
Stratton, VT: 145 miles from Boston

Killington Mountain Resort
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113. Killington

Sometimes size does matter—at least when we're talking about Killington, the East Coast's largest ski resort with 71 miles of terrain spread over six mountains. A whopping 140 trails and six terrain parks are sure to keep even the most ADD adventurers happy—especially those of the daredevil variety, who will love the 65 black-diamond runs and 500-foot-long superpipe, on which boarders and free-skiers alike can catch major air. While newbies and casual skiers can coast down the array of three- to four-mile-long cruiser trails, thrill-seekers of all skill levels can count on the resort's "snow guarantee" program, allowing you to exchange your lift pass by 10am for a return-visit voucher if the powder isn't up to par—which wouldn't be a bad thing, considering the selection of equally fun nearby activities, including Nordic skiing, guided snowmobiling and the town's lively apres-ski scene.
Killington, VT: 160 miles from Boston

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114. Stowe

If you want a powder-packed experience on the posh end of the spectrum, Stowe Mountain Resort has your number. As many as 116 trails allow you to race down Mount Mansfield (Vermont’s highest peak) and Spruce Peak, known for its graceful slopes. Stowe has some of the longest lifts on the East Coast and gives you the chance to ski above the clouds while knee-deep in soft backcountry snow. Among the various lodging options, the luxe Topnotch Resort impresses with two cozy restaurants lots of romantic, couples-friendly offerings such as spa rooms with private fireplaces.
Stowe, VT: 199 miles from Boston

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