This winter has been a rough one for most of the United States, with sub-zero temperatures in many cities and a fair share of snow fall all around. However, when this gets you down, just remember that without the snow and the cold, some of the most exhilarating sports in existence wouldn’t be possible. Skiers and snowboarders, rejoice! New England is a haven for skiers, and just about everyone in all five states has made their way down a snow-covered slope at least once in their lives. However, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to go far outside Boston to find some spectacular ski trails. There are many mountains within just two hours of Boston, and some quite a bit closer! This is good news for those carrying a Go Select  Boston pass, as that means you can combine a ski trip with some good old-fashioned Boston sightseeing. Whether you’re a New Englander or an international visitor, Boston boasts an abundance of winter activities to get you through the coldest months.

Top Ski Areas Near Boston

Nashoba Valley, Westford, MA:

Distance from Boston: 29 miles Highlights: Less than a half hour outside of Boston, Nashoba Valley Ski Resort offers 17 trails and 10 lifts for all levels of skiers. Prices are reasonable, with $50 weekend full-day lift tickets for adults. Nashoba is also home to the largest tubing park in New England.

Bradford Ski Area, Bradford, MA:

Distance from Boston: 37 miles Highlights: If you’ve got beginners in tow, Ski Bradford is a good place to go. With very affordable ticket prices, (just $37 for a full-day adult ticket on any weekday). There’s also a great package for beginners that includes a lesson, rental gear, and a lift ticket. More thrill-seeking skiers may opt for tougher terrain.

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Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA:

Distance from Boston: 55 miles Highlights: Massachusetts’ biggest skiing destination also happens to be the most accessible to Bostonians, as the MBTA offers weekend service to the resort from North Station. With 22 trails ranging in difficulty, Wachusett is suitable for both beginners and more experienced skiers seeking a bit of a challenge.

Crotched Mountain, Bennington, NH:

Distance from Boston: 78 miles Highlights: With 25 total trails and 5 high-tech chair lifts, Crotched Mountain is a prime destination for both half-day ski trips and week-long vacations. One really unique thing about Crotched Mountain is that the ski trails are open and fully lit until 3 AM on weekends, which attracts a lot of the younger crowd. A 40,000-foot ski lodge with numerous food and beverage offerings also adds to the fun factor.

Mounta Sunapee, Newbury, NH:

Distance from Boston: 100 miles Highlights: This is the closest you can get to “big mountain skiing” within a two-hour radius of Boston. With 1,510 feet of vertical, it’s also probably the highest vertical drop you’ll find in the area. Beautiful views of Lake Sunapee, 66 trails of various degrees of difficulty, and a number of charming lodges make Mount Sunapee a skier’s paradise. While lift prices are a bit more expensive, you get what you pay for.

Use Your Boston Pass

In addition to skiing, there’s so much to do in Boston and its surrounding areas during the winter months. Use your Go Select Boston pass for a shopping adventure with Wrentham Outlet Day Trip discount tickets or say hello to some seals and penguins with New England Aquarium discount tickets. Check out all the attractions your available with the Boston pass at