Wachusett Mountain's nickname could be “Mount Whim.” The resort, so close to Boston you can see the city skyline, is the perfect place to suck in mountain air when you crave it—after work, on a powder morning, or just because. It ranks tops in accessibility and travel ease accordingly. “For a small mountain in Massachusetts, Wachusett does a bang-up job!” The secret? Great lifts (No. 1) and fun (if limited) trails. Snowmaking and grooming (No. 3) are on par with the very best, with one reader claiming the ski area’s prowess there “puts some of the larger resorts to shame.” The second wave of grooming each afternoon is a big reason why.
Afternoons do get crowded as the place floods with kids (Wachusett cranks out more lessons than most), but on weekday mornings you can get in a solid 15k vertical before lunch and still eke out an afternoon of work. But why cut the day short? Instead, savor the great on-mountain food (No. 2), perfectly poured Guinness (It’s an art!), and wave at your Boston office in the distance. — Moira McCarthy
Wachusett Mountain's 2020 SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey Rank: 19th in the East
- LUNCH SPOT: Try a grilled cheese sandwich that will change your life at O’Brien’s Deck Bar & Grill.
- LOCAL TIP: Lifts begin spinning at 7:30 a.m. Get out then and you’ll bump into the “Ten by Tennies,” who get in 10 runs by 10 a.m. almost every day.
SKI Magazine's Resort Guide 2018 Review of Wachusett Mountain: East #20
“Wachusett is one of the few small training mountains remaining. What the slope lacks in terrain is more than compensated for by the excellent instruction and value, and has a really diverse patronage.” - SKI Magazine Readers
Tucked away in central Massachusetts is a 2006-foot peak that dominates the surrounding country. Wachusett Mountain, as it is known, has been a landmark ever since the central highlands of Massachusetts were first settled. For more than 70 years the ski trails running from its summit have also been a landmark, beckoning skiers and snowboarders from most of the major cities and towns in the region. With night skiing until 10:00 p.m., Wachusett also beckons after dark.
Visitors to Wachusett find a highly polished, full-service, small resort, with lodging at the nearby Wachusett Village Inn and Conference Center, high-speed lifts, a thoroughly modern grooming fleet and snowmaking operation, and a full set of amenities.