Gnarly Slopes for Skiing and Snowboarding in New England

Places to ski near Boston include gorgeous ski towns, award-winning resorts, and sky-high trails.

Places to Ski Near Boston
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo Mountain Resort

Boasting some of the top slopes in the country, New England is packed with gorgeous ski towns, award-winning resorts, and sky-high slopes to help get you out of that winter funk. Even better, many of the best mountains are within driving distance of Boston, making it easy to get your ski (or aprés-ski) on. From Great Barrington to Stowe, get your gear and weekender bags ready for the 12 best places to go skiing and snowboarding near Boston.

Places to Ski Near Boston
Jiminy Peak

Places to Ski Near Boston in Massachusetts

Canton, Massachusetts
Located less than 30 minutes from the city and open since 1950, Blue Hills has welcomed local Boston families looking to venture out featuring 60 acres, 16 trails, and four ski lifts. As for snow, there’s no shortage as they’ve more than doubled their snowmaking capacity. Afterwards, fuel up at the appropriately named Hillside Pub right in Canton for some Irish pub-type style, no frills fun.
Distance from Boston: 20 minutes

Princeton, Massachusetts
As one of New England’s most accessible ski resorts, Wachusett Mountain has everything you need for a successful day on the slopes. With a season pass or daily lift ticket, you have full access to the 26 trails and six lifts currently open. Once you’ve gotten your runs in, there are plenty of food and drink options to choose from including Coppertop Lounge, O’Brien’s Deck Bar & Grill, Bullock Lodge Cider House, and Waffle Cabin all located on the base or hilltop.
Distance from Boston: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Charlemont, Massachusetts
When it comes to making quintessential New England plans, there’s the Berkshires. While the mountain range is breathtaking all year round, both the elements and sights set you up for a top-tier ski trip come wintertime. One of the area’s beloved ski resorts, Berkshire East, has the Berkshire Summit Pass for a perfect combination with access not only to Berkshire East but also to Catamount and Bousquet (both less than a two-and-a-half hour drive from the city). There’s also a snow tubing park.
Distance from Boston: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Great Barrington, Massachusetts
In the quaint town of Great Barrington, you’ll find Ski Butternut, a family-focused resort offering affordable rates and rentals. With season passes and lift tickets available online (tickets are only $25 on Fridays), you can also book a variety of lessons from group to private classes if you’re just starting out. And when you’re not on the slopes, check out this winter paradise of a New England town as you’ll find plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you entertained.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours

Hancock, Massachusetts
Jiminy Peak, yet another favorite ski destination located in the Berkshires, is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England. Lift tickets and season passes are available online, and you can also make lodging reservations at the Country Inn and available onsite vacation homes. For activities beyond skiing, enjoy the area’s snowshoe trails, year-round mountain coaster, and plenty more.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 20 minutes

Places to Ski Near Boston
Killington

Places to Ski Near Boston Across New England

Franconia, New Hampshire
Located in Franconia Notch State Park, Cannon Mountain holds the title of the highest ski area in New Hampshire. Grab daily lift tickets online, and on Wednesdays, if you’re a NH resident, it’ll only cost you $45 for a day pass. While you’re there, for no cost, you can pop into the New England Ski Museum, located at the base of the aerial tramway (heads up, the tramway is only open on weekends and holidays during the winter). And for food and drink, you have your pick from onsite spots like Cannonball Pub, Lafayette Cafeteria, Powder Makers at the Notchview Lodge, Cafe 4080, and Tramway Country the Store.
Distance from Boston: 2 hours

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Bretton Woods is an award-winning resort featuring 464 acres of skiing and snowboarding across 63 trails and 35 glades. Talk about a snowy paradise. Not to mention its Rosebrook Lodge, which offers panoramic views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. You can purchase lift tickets or season passes online now, and to add to the outing, book an unforgettable ride on the Bretton Woods Skyway Gondola.
Distance from Boston: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Ludlow, Vermont
As one of the best ski resorts you can find on the East Coast, Okemo is certainly worth the drive. Not to mention they have new and improved chair lifts ready to deliver you to 122 trails for the 2024 season. As for the very important aprés ski component, Okemo has shopping and plenty of restaurants on-site. Take your pick from ramen bowls at the Sugar House Cafe or drafts and snacks at Base Side Biergarten.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Cornwall, Connecticut
Mohawk Mountain has been a longstanding family business for more than 70 years—and also happens to be the birthplace of snowmaking (seriously!). Skiing Hall of Fame member, Walt Schoenknecht, worked with several local engineers to develop the very first snowmaking system ever used at a resort. With 112 skiable acres on 350 scenic acres of state forest, this mountain tucked away in Connecticut does not disappoint. Season passes are sold out for the 2023/2024 season but you can purchase day lift tickets online. There’s also a snow tubing park for even more family fun.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 30 mins

Waitsfield, Vermont
Named number two on Ski Magazine’s 2024 list of the “Best Ski Resorts in the US,” Mad River Glen is America’s only skier-owned mountain, allowing the co-op to remain independent and preserve a brand of skiing unique to only Mad River Glen. So, what can you expect exactly? The co-op sticks to natural snow conditions, offering some of the most challenging and diverse ski terrain in New England. It's also cognizant of overcrowding, with its famous Single Chair to help limit capacity at the top of the mountain. Overall, Mad River Glen doesn’t mess around—this is a place dedicated to the serious skier.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 15 mins

Killington, Vermont
Known as the “Beast of the East,” Killington is the largest ski and snowboard resort in the east and spanning more than 3,000 acres. The amenities include gondola rides, a day spa, snow tubing park, restaurants and bars, and much more. They also have a robust selection of top-notch rental gear so you can spend time on the slopes instead of ordering (and anxiously awaiting) new gear. Head to their website to purchase lift tickets or season passes.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 15 minutes

Stowe, Vermont
A picturesque winter wonderland, Stowe is known as one of the best ski towns in the US—and in the world for that matter. Surrounded by Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, and Spruce Peak, there’s no doubt you’ll fulfill your winter activity dreams by setting foot in Stowe. Since lift tickets are a hot commodity, you can purchase them online in advance if you’re not already a season pass holder. It’s also worth mentioning that Stowe is brimming with nationally recognized breweries including The Alchemist and von Trapp Brewery.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 20 mins

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