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An hour's drive (or train ride) west of Boston, Wachusett Mountain is the most complete ski area so close to New England's largest city.
 


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The summit of Wachusett Mountain, 52 miles (84 km) west of Boston just south of MA Route 2 in Princeton MA (map), is 2006 feet (611 meters) above sea level, making it the highest summit in eastern Massachusetts.

This is probably why the indigenous people called it Wachusett ("Great Mountain" in Algonquin).

They may as well have called it "good and easy," because it is: a good, fun, ski and snowboard mountain easy to get to from Boston and indeed from most cities in Massachusetts.

The vertical drop of 1000 feet (304 meters) is served by seven lifts: two triples, two quads and three surface lifts.

  Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, MA
  The lights come on at dusk for night skiing.

Over half (60%) of the 21 ski trails are classed as Intermediate, with 25% Beginner and 15% Expert. Some are floodlit for night skiing.

The 105-acre ski area has 100% snowmaking capability, and is located within the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, a state park.

The first ski trails here were laid out in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, but the ski and snowboard facilities have been greatly expanded and modernized since then, with even the addition of night skiing. You can ski until 10 pm!

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area Trail Map
Wachusett Mountain trail map.

Getting There

To get to Wachusett Mountain from Boston (about an hour's drive), follow MA Route 2 West to Exit 25, then MA Route 140 south to Mile Hill Road and follow the signs.

Or, on weekends during ski season, take the MBTA Commuter Rail Ski Train on the Fitchburg Line from Boston's North Station to Fitchburg (1-1/2 hours), where a free shuttle bus will take you on the 20-minute ride directly to Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

Too far to go? These two smaller ski areas are nearer to Boston:

Blue Hills Ski Area in Milton MA is the closest ski area to Boston. More...

Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford MA is west of Boston, but not as far west as Wachusett. More...

Wachusett Mountain
499 Mountain Road (map)
Princeton MA 01541
Tel: 978-464-2300
Toll-free snow info: 800-754-1234
information@wachusett.com


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Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, MA

Above, Wachusett Mountain.





 

 

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