The 11 Best Ski Slopes and Resorts in New England
Plus, some cozy accommodations for the ultimate apres-ski experience.
Boasting one of the top destinations for skiing, New England has its fair share of mountains worth scaling and slopes worth conquering. With plenty of resorts not too far from Boston, we’ve rounded up the top spots to check out this winter, from the nearby hills of Canton to Stowe, which is probably one of the most famous ski towns, well, ever. Keep reading to find out how you can secure your spot this ski season along with some cozy spots where you can rest up and have the ultimate apres-ski experience afterward.
Distance from Boston: 20 minutes
Less than half an hour from the city, Blue Hills is easy to get to and doesn’t require a lengthy road trip to get your shred (or wipe out) on. Since 1950, this ski area has welcomed local Boston families looking to venture out, featuring 60 acres, 16 trails, and four ski lifts. You can pick up your season pass online now or check back on their website for more information on daily passes.
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Canton, Massachusetts.
Distance from Boston: 1 hour and 20 minutes
As one of New England’s most accessible ski resorts, Wachusett Mountain has everything you need for a successful day on the slopes, with more than seven trails and four lifts currently open. The resort also has some special events on the calendar like the Polar Express Celebration on Saturday, December 18. The annual party features festive music, decorations, and more. Plus, if you show up in a Santa or elf costume, you can earn yourself a treat. Season passes or daily lift tickets can be purchased online.
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Princeton, Massachusetts.
Franconia, New Hampshire
Distance from Boston: 2 hours
Located in Franconia Notch State Park, Cannon Mountain holds the name for the highest ski area in New Hampshire. That means it’s the perfect spot for some serious skiing or snowboarding. Sadly, registration for season passes has come to a close. but you can still purchase a lift ticket online.
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Distance from Boston: 2 hours and 20 minutes
When it comes to making quintessential New England plans, the Berkshires are a go-to destination. With a mountain range that is exceptionally breathtaking all year round, both the elements and sights set you up for a top-tier ski trip. One of the area’s beloved ski resorts, Berkshire East, has the terrain you’re looking for and the Berkshire Summit Pass provides 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). What more could you ask for?
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Charlemont, Massachusetts.
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Distance from Boston: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Featuring 464 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 63 trails and 35 glades, the award-winning Bretton Woods has plenty of space for skiers to enjoy this snowy paradise. Since opening day has already come and gone, you can purchase lift tickets or season passes online now. Even better, coming soon, you can book a ride on the Bretton Woods Skyway Gondola for views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range.
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Distance from Boston: 3 hours
In the quaint town of Great Barrington, you’ll find Ski Butternut, a family-focused resort offering affordable rates and rentals. With season passes now available online, you can also book a variety of lessons from group to private classes if you’re looking for a solid gift to give this year.
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 10 minutes
With new and improved chair lifts ready for the 2021-22 season, Okemo might just be worth the snowy drive. And with passes currently 20% off, you can spare some cash for gas. As an FYI, guests ages 12 and over will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to dine at their indoor restaurants. Dining reservations are also required ahead of time.
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Ludlow, Vermont.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 15 minutes
As the largest ski and snowboard resort in the East, spanning more than 3,000 acres, Killington is the real deal. 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. To guarantee a spot for the 2021-22 season, go to the website to purchase lift tickets or season passes.
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Killington, Vermont.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 20 minutes
Jiminy Peak, yet another favorite ski destination located in the Berkshires, is also the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England. Lift tickets and season passes are now available online, and you can also make lodging reservations at the Country Inn and available vacation homes.
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Great Hancock, Massachusetts.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 20 mins
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. The mountain also offers an Epic Day Pass that is also worth looking into, so you can ski for only $73 with access to all 29 local resorts.
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Stowe, Vermont.
Distance from Boston: 3 hours and 30 mins
Mohawk Mountain, which has been a longstanding family business for more than 70 years, is ready to welcome skiers for the 2021-22 season. With 12 skiable acres on 350 scenic acres of state forest, this mountain tucked away in Connecticut does not disappoint. You can purchase a season pass online but daily lift tickets aren’t available to purchase just yet. Keep an eye on their website for updates.
Find an Airbnb nearby: Search near Cornwall, Connecticut.