What’s better than hitting the slopes on a beautiful winter day? Hitting the slopes on a beautiful day not too far from home. With these ski getaways close to Boston, alpine skiers and snowboarders alike can get the most out of a day or weekend trip. The less time spent traveling in the car means more time to shred! And you won’t have to compromise on trails or snow quality, so get outdoors and enjoy an invigorating winter workout. These mountains are some of the best in New England.
Gunstock Mountain Resort
Gunstock is only 90 minutes from Boston and has over 55 skiing trails with superb conditions, thanks to high capacity snowmaking. Take in views of Lake Winnipesaukee during the day or stargaze while you night ski. Tired of the slopes? Sled down New Hampshire‘s largest tubing run or try out the new Mountain Coaster.
Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Rd, Gilford, NH, USA, +1 603 293 4341
Bretton Woods is New Hampshire’s largest ski area and is only 2.5 hours from Boston. The mountain has over 464 acres of skiing and 64 trails. Four of the 10 lifts are high-speed quads; therefore, skiers can get in as many alpines runs as desired. Explore the trails during the day or enjoy night skiing on weekends.
Bretton Woods, 99 Ski Area Rd, Bretton Woods, NH, USA, + 1 603 278 3320
Head two hours north to Mount Sunapee and shred over 65 trails and four terrain parks. Be sure to take a break from the slopes and try out the Mount Sunapee Amp Energy Acrobag – a terrain park where you can ski, snowboard or snow tube off a ramp, launch into the air, and land on a giant inflatable airbag.
Mount Sunapee, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, NH, USA, +1 603 763 3500
Killington Ski Area
Killington may be three hours from Boston, but the views are well worth the trip. Ski or snowboard across six peaks with exceptional views above 4,000 feet (1,219 meters), and hold your breath for 3,000 feet (914 meters) of vertical drop. Trails for all levels and five terrain parks guarantee skiers and boarders an unforgettable winter day.
Killington Ski Area, 4763 Killington Rd, Killington, VT, USA, +1 802 422 3333
Wachusett Mountain may appear small after skiing some of the others in New England, but it is a perfect mountain for an afternoon in Massachusetts (it’s the highest mountain in the state!). Just an hour outside of Boston, Wachusett offers 26 trails and eight lifts and is ideal for those learning to ski or snowboard. Take a lesson, practice your skills, and then relax in the lodge.
Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton, MA, USA, +1 978 464 2300
An hour and a half from Boston, Pats Peak is ideal for family outings. Learn to ski and ride on 28 trails and slopes. Pats Peak operates the largest night skiing facility in New Hampshire and is the only mountain in the state to offer a beginner trail during the day and night so that everyone can enjoy the mountain after sunset.
Pats Peak, 686 Flanders Rd, Henniker, NH, USA, +1 888 728 7732