10 Best Ski Destinations for Families in Massachusetts

By Kimberly Ripley

10 Best Ski Destinations for Families in Massachusetts

Winter in New England means packing up the family and heading for the slopes. Skiing is a hugely popular winter pastime in Massachusetts, which means no shortage of glorious winter wonderlands to escape to. The following ski destinations in Massachusetts will have something perfect for every member of your family! 

1. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Hancock, MA

Located in the Berkshires, Jiminy Peak is an excellent family-friendly ski resort. Featuring ski instruction for the whole family, Mom and Dad can even leave the kids in the Children’s Learn to Ski and Ride Center and hit the slopes solo or as a couple.

2. Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford, MA

Featuring 17 trails, Nashoba Valley Ski Area has a spot for every member of the family. With various lift options, there’s something everyone can ride. Lessons are available for all levels and the restaurant is perfect for a midday or dinner break. There’s even a snow tubing park for when the whole family would rather sit down to achieve their thrills instead.

3. Washusett Mountain Ski Resort, Princeton, MA

Wachusett Mountain offers ski and snowboarding lessons for all ages, and there’s even a team assembled for fun during Massachusetts’ school’s winter vacations. Stay slope side and dine with several options for food and beverages. There’s even a cabin on the mountain that serves up delicious Belgian sugar waffles.

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4. Berkshire East Mountain Resort, Charlemont, MA

Rent skis for the whole family if you’re not yet sure the sport is for you and yours. After a weekend at Berkshire East Mountain Resort, however, it’s pretty likely you’ll have a fondness for skiing. The resort has a snow tubing trail as well, and a restaurant that feeds the family after a long day on the slopes.

5. Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA

Snowboarders will love the Twisted Terrain Park at Ski Butternut. Twenty-six rail features come and go throughout the season, just to keep visitors on their toes. If skiing or snowboarding aren’t your thing, take to the snow tubing slope instead. Rentals are available and a snowboard shop is open for sales. Lessons are available for the whole family.

6. Ski Bradford, Haverhill, MA

Sixty acres of skiable terrain await you and your family at Ski Bradford. Getting up the slopes is fast and efficient with their uphill capacity of 9,600 people per hour split between their three Triple Chair Lifts and six surface lifts. A terrain park makes snowboarding both fun and challenging. Enjoy some food in the snack bar and warm up in the lodge. Rentals are available.

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7. Bousquet Mountain, Pittsfield, MA

Your family will love skiing at Bousquet Mountain, and they might enjoy taking part in their adult and children’s race teams as well. Development Team teaches kids with an interest in ski racing. There’s even a three-day camp that kicks off the season. If the family goes their separate ways while skiing and boarding, they’ll get back together again on the snowboarding slope. Enjoy dinner in the Tamarack Lounge at the end of your day.

8. Otis Ridge Ski Area, Otis, MA

Featuring Ski Camp, Ski School, Homeschool Programs, and more, Otis Ridge Ski Area promotes family togetherness. Bring your own equipment or rent from the resort. Consider signing up for Interclub Racing. Dine at the Grouse House. They’re open slope side for lunch and dinner, as well as after dinner for cocktails.

9. Ski Blandford, Blandford, MA

Season passes are only $199 at Ski Blandford. Kids programs allow the grownups time to ski their own slopes. Lessons are available for all ages. There’s even a Christmas Race Camp for skiers ages 8-18.

10. Ski Ward Ski Area, Shrewsbury, MA

Programs for all ages abound at Ski Ward. Vacation ski lessons for the kids take place during Massachusetts school’s winter vacations. Snow tubing takes place on one slope. The Slopeside Bar & Grill serves both lunch and dinner.

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