Looking for a fresh and fun destination for a ski holiday this winter? New England has 60 world-class skiing and snowboarding areas, most of which are within a four-hour drive of downtown Boston. Known for their New England charm and distinctly personal touch, these resorts cater for all levels of expertise, with welcoming beginner-oriented slopes for first-timers and challenging back runs for experts.
But it’s not just about skiing and snowboarding! Whizz through the frozen wilderness on a snowmobile, snow tube down the specially groomed slopes, dogsled through snowy forest trails or take a snow safari over the roughest terrain in a 4X4.
When you’ve had an invigorating time on the slopes, retire to the roaring fire of a New England ski lodge or experience the lively warmth and hospitality of the après ski bars and restaurants.
Here’s a taste of what to expect…
Located in the pristine mountains of Maine, two major sister resorts are the draw here: Sugarloaf and Sunday River. Between them they typically offer the longest ski season on the East Coast, with Sunday River opening in October and Sugarloaf closing in May. Visitors can enjoy an incredible range of winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. For the petrolheads, Maine also boasts 6,000km of primary snowmobiling trails!
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New Hampshire’s ski resorts, such as Loon, Waterville Valley and Cannon Mountain, are nestled close to one another and are only a two-hour drive from Boston’s Logan International Airport. Enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. With state-of-the-art equipment, snow is guaranteed throughout the season.
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Love a good cardio workout and beautiful scenery? Head west and try Canterbury Farm Cross Country Ski Area’s 22km of cross-country skiing on groomed and tracked trails. Prefer downhill action? Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Central Massachusetts features the highest mountain in Massachusetts east of the Connecticut River. Avid snowboarder? Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Southern New England and Nashoba Valley Ski Area is just 30 minutes from Boston.
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The hills of Connecticut offer great opportunities for winter sports! Try your hand at skiing under the floodlights during night sessions at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, while Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall offers great fun for all the family.
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If you’re looking to stay on the level, check out snowshoeing in Rhode Island. The state offers a great range of trails that are suitable for different levels of expertise.
Aer Lingus fly Dublin to Boston daily throughout the year.
Norwegian flies from Dublin to TF Green Airport, Providence, Rhode Island year-round.
Aer Lingus flies Dublin to Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut throughout the year.
While You’re There…
While you’re in New England be sure to check out some of the amazing attractions. For ideas, check out the below articles: