Games, Good for Groups, Nature, Outside, Seasonal, Sports & Active Life
Winter in Boston gets a lot of flak, but there’s a lot to enjoy about the chilly months here in the Hub. Take advantage of the winter season by skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and more during these winter day trips around Massachusetts.
Distance: 12.8 miles from Downtown
Transit: Accessible by car | MBTA Green Line Riverside stop + a 1.3-mile walk
Info: Get in your cardio in a beautiful setting with cross country skiing and snowshoeing at the Weston Ski Track. The facility offers lessons for new skiers and snowshoers, equipment rentals, and races for the ski aficionados.
Pro Tips: Spice up an ordinary cross-country ski route by visiting the track after sunset for a serene and softly lit evening of night skiing.
Distance: 16.6 miles from Downtown
Transit: 716 MBTA Bus
Info: Blue Hills is often heralded for its great hiking trails close to Boston, but you can also utilize this nature reservation for skiing in the winter. They offer day and season passes, lessons, and an exciting alpine race challenge.
Pro Tips: There isn’t a restaurant at the ski area but if you take the 716 bus a couple stops further you’ll end up at Trillium Brewing Company for an apres-ski brew.
Nashoba Valley Tubing Park (pictured)
Distance: 34.3 miles from Downtown
Transit: Accessible by car
Info: There’s nothing quite like the thrill of hurtling down a hill in an insulated snow tube having the time of your life. Recapture the childhood joy of sledding at the Nashoba Valley Tubing Park packed with slopes primed for your tubing adventure.
Pro Tips: Head to the nearby Kimball Farm in Westford for a cozy lunch at their country store and cafe.
Distance: 36.8 miles from Downtown
Transit: Accessible by car
Info: This ski area offers 9 trails to explore on your skis, 4 lifts, and 8 tubing lanes for all-day winter fun. Equipment rentals and ski lessons are also available and you can grab lunch at the on-site Slopeside Bar & Grille.
Pro Tips: In addition to standard lessons, Ski Ward Ski Area offers a Women’s Clinic where female instructors teach women who are new to skiing or looking to get back into it after a lapse.
Distance: 60 miles from Downtown
Transit: Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line
Info: Get your ski fix by heading to Wachusett Mountain for a day on the slopes. Explore dozens of trails at different skill levels or take lessons to hone your technique. There are seven different restaurants and cafes in the resort to fuel you up on your lunch break.
Pro Tips: On select days Wachusett runs a shuttle between the MBTA train and the mountain. Keep an eye on the schedule here.