As part of our weekend warrior content series, this week we’re focusing on skiing near Boston. Glade was born in the Mad River Valley of Vermont, and as a result many of these Vermont ski areas are near and dear to our heart. Vermont ski resorts, New Hampshire ski resorts, and Maine ski resorts make up the bulk of high quality skiing and snowboarding around the Boston area. With this content series, we hope to inspire weekend warriors around the country to get out there an explore their backyard.
As the closest ski mountain to any major city in the United States, Blue Hills scratches the itch for Boston skiers looking to go city to slope in just half an hour. While not exactly a destination mountain, Blue Hills can be a fun Saturday getaway with a few friends. Don't expect any advanced terrain here - emphasis on the word 'hill'.
Great place for novice skiers to learn, or for expert skiers to go snow tubing. Many New England skiers can claim they learned to ski at Nashoba Valley, but beyond learning there isn't a great reason to make the trip out here with Wachusett Mountain only an additional 15 minutes away.
Surprisingly fun, albeit mellow terrain. We like Wachusett as the best small hill option within an hour of the city, and the mountain we would choose over Blue Hills and Nashoba Valley. No car? No problem. On the weekends you can take the train from North Station to the mountain for just $10.
Drive from Boston: 1 hour
Skiable acres: 103
Skiing Near Boston: A bit farther (1.5 to 3 hours drive time)
No need to worry about conditions here: The Loon Snow Guarantee allows you to return your full-price lift ticket by 11 a.m., and you'll get a voucher to come back another day during the season, no charge.
The original home of Glade, so please excuse our biased report. With some of the best skiing in Vermont, Sugarbush is home to a ton of fun terrain for the beginner through expert. We recommend the Castle Rock lift where you'll find 'Rumble', the run that we named our flagship ski goggle after way back in 2015. Tip: if you look hard enough you'll probably be able to score the renowned Heady Topper beer at the local après scene.
Ski it if you can. Easily the most unique mountain on this list, Mad River is a MUST ski for any legitimate Boston area skier (sorry snowboarders, Mad River only allows skiing). Yes, there are plenty of areas that are bigger, steeper, and offer more amenities. But with the most challenging and diverse terrain in New England, Mad River is the holy grail for many east coast skiers. Limited uphill access, an abundance of character, and true expert terrain (with no run outs) are the name of the game here.
Boasting North America’s only heated six-person lift, Okemo has the highest vertical drop of any mountain in Southern Vermont. One of our favorite Vermont ski mountains, Okemo is split into five distinct alpine areas and includes copious expert terrain, a superpipe, and 200 inches of annual snowfall.
Nicknamed 'The Beast', the second highest peak in the Green Mountains lives up to its reputation. With terrain for every skill level, a vibrant après scene, and some of the best skiing in Vermont, Killington is considered by many to be one of the best Vermont ski resorts. The Beast is a great long weekend destination with over 1,500 acres of skiable terrain.