As you wind along a rural highway, meandering among the trees, what’s better than seeing a snow-capped mountain looming in the distance? Pulling out your ski gear and hitting the slopes, of course. Western Massachusetts isn’t far from big city life, but it provides a rustic retreat and plenty of adventure. Even better, the ski resorts in this area are located close to each other, so you can try out more than one on your next ski vacation. No matter where you’re skiing or snowboarding, check out conditions before you strap on your boots at On the Snow.
If you’re looking for lots of excitement in one place, head to Berkshire East. This family-run resort provides 45 trails for skiers and snowboarders as well as zipline tours, tubing and a mountain coaster that will take you on a roaring ride, twisting and turning around beautiful forests, sheer drops and incredible vistas. The resort is as friendly to the environment as it is to guests; all of its electricity is produced by an on-site wind turbine.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
This four-season resort offers skiing and snowboarding for the whole family. If you’re not into soaring down a mountain on your own two feet, ride Jiminy Peak’s mountain coaster, which reaches speeds of 23mph as gravity pulls you down the winding track, the crisp air whipping around your head. The resort also has multiple loops of snowshoe trails that provide a more serene way to enjoy the winter wonderland. Jiminy Peak offers seven dining options, from donuts and waffles to burritos and gourmet salads, to satisfy your hunger after a long day on the mountain.
Mount Snow Resort
Just a couple of hours from Boston, Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont, is still a popular option for skiing near Western Massachusetts. In addition to the well-groomed skiing and snowboarding trails, Mount Snow offers tubing, snowmobile tours, cross country skiing and sleigh rides. You can even try your hand at mushing as you’re pulled by a team of sled dogs through the frozen countryside. When you’re ready to take a break, Mount Snow offers its very own spa and wellness center, complete with massages, facial treatments and holistic health therapy.
Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation on your next outing, check out the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau for comprehensive information on where your journey can take you.