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The best snowboarding near Boston

Here’s where to go snowboarding within a couple hours from Boston

By Eric Grossman

For Bostonians who love to hit the slopes, a day trip is all you need. Most of the best places near Boston to ski and snowboard are within a two-hour drive. (Several offer awesome sledding and tubing as well.) These snowboarding spots offer options for all skill levels, from beginner to shredder. You'll find lessons and great facilities too. For more adventure in colder temps, check out our list of the best winter day trips from Boston. When you’re back in the city, warm up with a cup or two of the best hot chocolate or best coffee in Boston.

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The best snowboarding near Boston

Blue Hills in winter
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1. Bue Hills

The Blue Hills Ski Area is the closest spot to the city and the only snow sports facility in the metro area. It's great for newbies who want to learn snowboarding or skiing, but the sixty acres offer plenty of room for advanced snowboarders.
Canton, MA: 14 miles from Boston

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2. 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. The family-friendly spot, not more than 45 minutes from the city, is great for beginners but won't disappoint the more experienced boarders. Snowboarding lessons for both children and adults are available. The base camp includes rentals, and a snack bar for lunch breaks and warming cups of coffee.
Haverhill, MA: 31 miles from Boston

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3. Waterville Valley

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

Nashoba Valley Ski Area
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4. Nashoba Valley Ski Area

This 50-plus acre ski area offers a 240-foot vertical drop with 17 trails, nine lifts, and two terrain parks, all of which are fully equipped for snowmaking. It may not be the most thrilling destination for advanced boarders, but it's great for beginners and intermediates. New England's largest snow tubing slope is next to the ski area.
Westford, MA: 31 miles from Boston

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
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5. Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Wachusett's welcoming atmosphere make it a regional favorite. There’s an entire area dedicated to beginners, and a number of advance trails near the top of the mountain. There's a 1,000-foot vertical drop and 25 trails in total. For advanced boarders, it’s a thrill to see the Boston skyline from the summit.
Princeton, MA: 55 miles from Boston

Gunstock Mountain Resort
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6. Gunstock Ski Area

Most of the trails here are intermediate level, but you'll find snowboarding lessons for kids and adults. The trails are thrilling, but you can also enjoy Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and Fat Tire biking on 32 miles of cross-country trails. Want more? There’s also zip lining and snow tubing on New Hampshire's longest tubing run. The Panorama Pub located at the top of the mountain offers views of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in the snow.
Gilford, NH: 102 miles from Boston

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7. Mount Sunapee

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

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