One of the things that makes Boston a great place to live with kids is you don't have to travel far to find family outdoor activities. Whether you head to the ocean or the mountains, many of these destinations are perfect for day tripping. For skiing, Boston families have their choice of three local ski areas: Blue Hills, Nashoba and Wachusett. While a good snowstorm can happen at any time, the mountains are making as much snow as they possibly can. Please be sure to check hours and conditions before heading out. Beginner and intermediate skiers will find that the terrain at these ski areas is manageable, and while advance skiers may find few challenges, the convenience and proximity more than make up for it. All offer numerous lesson, rental and ticketing options. Here's a rundown of the closest family ski centers near Boston.
Had enough already? Unlike the last couple of years, when we were thankful for even a few inches of the fluffy white stuff, the winter of 2014 has shaped up to be one of the more memorable in terms of snow. Which means it's been a memorable winter for cross country skiing, too.
The first time we took our kids cross country skiing was in child carrier sleds that we strapped around our waists and pulled behind us - great fun for them, and a great workout for us. While they’ve since grown too big for those carriers and now prefer the speed of downhill, they are still willing to spend some family time together cross-country skiing. We usually go to a local forest to ski, although we also go to Great Brook, Farm State Park, in Carlisle. Great Brook is dependent on natural snow coverage, but when it’s good, the groomed trails are fun. For near-guaranteed coverage, Weston Ski Track has snowmaking on a 2K, lighted loop as well as additional groomed trails when the weather cooperates.
Read on for the details about these and other places to ski. (Looking for downhill ski areas? You can find details on three close-by mountains here.)
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