Otis Ridge

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Otis Ridge celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1997 and shows no signs of slowing down. It's a family-friendly day area just a few miles south of the Mass Pike in Otis, with a full range of services, and modern snowmaking and grooming.

The ski and snowboard school is complemented by the Otis Ridge Ski Camp, a unique feature for Otis and unusual anywhere. Boys and girls ages eight to 15, novice to expert, can learn to ski or hone skills already acquired. Like a more familiar summer camp, there's a full slate of activities to occupy off-slope time. Instructors also act as camp counselors, and all campers are lodged in the camp's rustic dormitories. The campus is at the top of Otis Ridge, and features after-ski activities including night hikes, ping-pong tournaments, and more. In recognition of the popularity of snowboarding, a snowboard component was added to the school's curriculum several years ago.

Six lifts include a double chair, and they serve about a dozen trails and open slopes for all abilities. There's skiing and riding at night on about half the terrain. At the base, there's a full-service lodge, a guest services building, and the Grouse House, a country inn and restaurant with a delightful view of the slopes.