There are plenty of ski areas within a two-hour drive of Boston—some are even as close as 30 minutes away. Limit your travel headache and visit one of these nearby areas.
Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton
Blue Hills Ski Area is about 16 miles (or 24 minutes) from Boston. It is part of the Blue Hills Reservation and features nine trails with more than 60 acres of terrain. Located just off I-93, I-95, and Route 128, Blue Hills is the closest skiing to Boston that you can get.
Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington St., Canton. www.bluehillsboston.com.
Nashoba Valley in Westford
Nashoba Valley is about 31 miles (or 41 minutes) from Boston. Boasting New England’s largest snow tubing facility, Nashoba Valley makes for an ideal family destination in the winter. With 17 trails and 11 lifts, Nashoba is one of the larger resorts close to Boston. View the trail map.
Nashoba Valley, 79 Power Road, Westford. www.skinashoba.com.
Bradford Ski Area in Bradford
Bradford Ski Area is about 36 miles (or 47 minutes) from Boston. With 15 trails and nine active lifts, Haverhill’s Bradford Ski Area is perfect for beginners. Bradford also offers affordable skiing, lessons, rentals, and snacks at its base lodge. Its state-of-the-art terrain park features jumps, rails, and boxes, and it hosts events and competitions.
Bradford Ski Area, 60 S. Cross Road, Bradford. www.skibradford.com.
Wachusett Mountain in Princeton
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is about 57 miles (or one hour and four minutes) from Boston, and the MBTA provides service to the area on weekends. It provides skiers and riders with the most terrain in the area. It offers 22 trails on 110 acres and eight lifts, and is open for night skiing. View the trail map.
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. www.wachusett.com.
Pat’s Peak in Henniker, NH
Pat’s Peak is about 80 miles (or one hour and 31 minutes) from Boston. A stone’s throw from Concord, Pat’s has terrain levels for all abilities, reasonable price points, great learning programs, and an old-school feel with a classically appointed lodge. It offers 28 trails, nine gladed areas, and 11 lifts, as well as snowshoeing. View the trail map.
Pat’s Peak, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, N.H. www.patspeak.com.
Crotched Mountain in Bennington, NH
Crotched Mountain is about 80 miles (or one hour and 38 minutes) from Boston. Crotched Mountain has appealed to younger crowds by keeping its lifts spinning past midnight on weekends. It offers 25 trails and four terrain parks. Off the slopes, the resort usually has some sort of entertainment or contest cooking. View the trail map.
Crotched Mountain, 615 Francestown Road, Bennington, N.H. www.crotchedmountain.com.
Mount Sunapee in Newbury, NH
Mount Sunapee is about 101 miles (or one hour and 44 minutes) from Boston. It offers exceptional snowmaking, grooming, and amenities. With its 65 trails, it is one of the largest mountains found within a two-hour drive from the city. View the trail map.
Mount Sunapee, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, N.H. www.mountsunapee.com.
Gunstock in Gilford, NH
Gunstock is about 102 miles (or one hour and 47 minutes) from Boston. Skiers at Gunstock can get a bird’s-eye view of nearby Lake Winnipesaukee. Gunstock has 51 trails spread out over 220 acres. It also offers snow tubing. View the trail map.
Gunstock, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, N.H. www.gunstock.com.
Blandford Ski Area
Blandford Ski Area is about 106 miles (or one hour and 49 minutes) from Boston. Blandford Ski Area, deep in the heart of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, offers 22 trails and a 465-foot vertical drop. Operated by the Springfield Ski Club, Blandford remains the oldest club-owned ski area in North America. View the trail map.
Blandford Ski Area, 41 Nye Brook Road, Blandford. www.skiblandford.org.
Ragged Mountain in Danbury, NH
Ragged Mountain is about 104 miles (one hour and 58 minutes) from Boston. The resort has 53 trails, 11 glades, and 3 terrain parks. It has spent more than 5 million dollars on improvements recently, including replacing the old Spear triple chairlift with a new high-speed quad lift. The Elmwood Lodge has also been refurnished and offers two new dining options upstairs. View the trail map.
Ragged Mountain, 620 Ragged Mountain Road, Danbury, N.H. www.raggedmountainresort.com .