The cold, snowy winters of Massachusetts and mountainous areas in the western part of the state provide exciting skiing opportunities. From Wachusett Mountain Ski Area to Berkshire East Ski Resort, there are an abundance of ski destinations to choose from in this New England state. Book a Massachusetts vacation rental close to the base of the mountain or tucked away in a peaceful wooded area. When you’re ready to pack up your skis and embark on snow-packed adventures, check out the top ski resorts in Massachusetts.

1. Jiminy Peak Ski Resort

Jiminy Peak Ski Resort is home to 45 trails of varying difficulty and nine ski lifts to take visitors up the mountain to whoosh down on the machine groomed snow. This is a family-friendly ski area that hosts a KidsRule Mountain Camps for ages three to 14 years old. The program includes a day full of age-appropriate activities, skiing, a ski lift pass, and lunch so that the parents and older children can ski without worrying. The Discover Zone offers guests of all ages the chance to practice and learn at their own pace with Terrain Based Learning without heading up to the top of the mountain. The ski area has a large and small terrain park for the daredevils in your group who want to try some tricks. The resort is located in Hancock, just 20 minutes north of dining and activities in Pittsfield, the largest city in the Berkshires.

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2. Berkshire East Ski Resort

A medium-sized Alpine ski resort, Berkshire East Ski Resort has more than 45 trails and seven ski lifts. Find machine-groomed trails and ones that are suitable for a variety of skill levels from beginners to experts. It takes pride in the fact that they use 100 percent renewable energy to make snow throughout the winter. On the weekends, families can visit the Berkshire East Snow Tubing Park and sign up for a two-hour block of fun sliding down the mountain. Younger children can ride with parents. Local teens can join the Berkshire East Ski Team, while visitors can check the schedule to see if there are any races during to watch.

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3. Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Located close to the town of Princeton, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area has a foot base of machine groomed snow along more than 20 trails. There are eight lifts for guests. If you purchase a SuperTicket, you can ski beneath lights until 10 pm. On the mountain, there are two places to stop and get a snack, the Bullock Lodge Cider House and the Waffle Cabin. At the base, the Coppertop Lounge has live music starting on Thursday nights and running through the end of the weekend. This resort sponsors many events from snowshoe hikes to family fun days, so check the schedule when planning your trip.

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4. Blue Hills Ski Area

This quaint ski area has 14 and four ski lifts. The snow on this slope varies between natural powder snow and machine-groomed snow, depending on what Mother Nature has to say. This ski area is managed by the state park services, which helps to keep the prices more reasonable than other resorts. Located just outside of Boston and all the amenities of the city, these slopes see a lot of local visitors. Equipment rental is available along with ski lessons for all ages and experience levels, or you can rent gear near your vacation rental in the Boston metro area.

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5. Bousquet Ski Area

Bousquet Ski Area is the place to go if you’re traveling with a family to your vacation rental. The area features 22 runs, four ski lifts, and 200 acres for you to zoom along. Located in Pittsfield, this ski area sits on the northern face of Yokun Ridge. If you’re having problems with your skis, there’s a shop that can handle repairs for you while you ski on rental equipment. Kids love screaming down the 450-foot hill that’s dedicated to tubing. Don’t worry about running up and down the hill because there’s a magic carpet to get to the top without any effort. The ski school offers lessons for people who are visiting for a few days along with programs that run throughout the season on the weekends.

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6. Ski Butternut

Warner Mountain in the Berkshires is home to Ski Butternut, where you can ski on the 22 trails and ride any of 11 ski lifts with a half-day or day pass. The snow is machine groomed so there’s always enough snow to zoom down the mountain. The tubing center offers eight lanes for the kids and kids at heart to ride down the mountain. The Magic Carpet Lift ensures that you don’t tire out before you get your fill of tubing. This ski area offers a variety of discounts for passes from large groups to different professions. Located in Great Barrington, the ski area is also known as Butternut Basin.

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