Ski season is here, but have you skied local Boston Ski Areas lately? Local Boston ski areas have great skiing and have a lot to offer skiers of all abilities. So take the Dan Egan challenge and visit two or more of the following resorts and discover why I?m a fan of them all.
I learned to ski at Blue Hills. Blue Hills is the closest ski area to any major city in the United States. On a clear evening standing on top of ?Big Blue? is a great site of the Boston skyline and the surrounding area. The skiing is challenging, the main run is steep, and if you want to meet expert skiers who ski up north and out west but still love to ski Blue Hills, stop in and say to the Ski Patrol.
Nashoba Valley is not only close to Boston, but offers everything a northern New England Ski Area has to offer. The ski area spreads out and you?ll be surprised at the number of lifts and trails. If you like terrain parks, their rails and jumps are second to none. The Nashoba Valley tubing park is so popular and fun that when Shaq played for the Celtics, this is where he brought his family to hang out.
Wachusett Mountain dominates the landscape just off of route 2 and if you buzz out there for an evening out, you better bring your ski legs. The terrain park rocks so bring the family and enjoy big mountain skiing close to home. On the corporate side, Wachusett Mountain offers corporate suites that mini condo over looking the slopes.
Ski Ward off of 495 is your ticket west and north of the city. My friends who ski here love it because it?s small, close and a blast for young skiers and snowboarders. One of the lesser-known local ski areas, Ward offers an oasis for families when you want to get away and be back home in a flash. With four lifts and 8 tubing lanes, Ski Ward will be a blast.
Ski Bradford is also a blast. This hill has produced some of the best skiers in New England. People have history with this place. I raced there in the State Championship in 1982 and got edged out of second place by the owner?s son, and when you come away from Ski Bradford, you?ll be making plans to return with friends and family and to start your own memories and history.
So get after it this winter and ski one or more of these local ski areas. You?ll have an adventure close to home and may even rediscover a few simple things about why you love to ski and snowboard.
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