Riding the ski train to Wachusett

Skiers and boarders skim a slope at Wachusett Mountain.
Skiers and boarders skim a slope at Wachusett Mountain.DAVID LYON FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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Only 50 miles or so west of Boston, Wachusett Mountain has long been the metro skier’s go-to spot for a quick getaway on the slopes. It doesn’t pretend to stand in for the bigger ski hills farther north, but with a 1,000-foot vertical drop and more than 100 acres of skiable terrain (all with snowmaking), it’s not a bunny hill either. On a December weekend when rising temperatures and a threat of rain were dampening skiers’ enthusiasm for committing to a more serious mountain, we found the ski train from North Station full of folks taking advantage of the convenience. “I’m going skiing next week in Maine,” snowboarder Phil Connaughton said. “I wanted to make sure I still had it.”

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