NoBo’s Guide to Skiing and Sledding the Hills of the Region
By Keith Spencer
MASSACHUSETTS – I could spend every day enjoying winter in New England! Who doesn’t love spending an afternoon or the entire day skiing or sledding the hills of the NoBo region? There’s simply no shortage of great places to in the area, and we’ve searched far and wide to compile this list.
After you shovel out, spread the salt and sand, and check the school cancellations this winter, suit up and get outdoors to visit the bigger resort areas to the smaller hills across your local neighborhoods.
This is our Guide to Skiing and Sledding Across the NoBo Region!
Known for being the steepest, fastest snow tubing hill in New England in the winter, Amesbury Sports Park is one of the best places to visit during the cold winter months. It’s all about big thrills on the big hills of the year-round destination known for its outdoor gravity park which also features the longest summer sledding slopes.
For just $24, spend three hours tubing or spend a few dollars more for an addition two hours in order to stay and enjoy the entire afternoon or evening.
Better yet, kick back in the two-story lodge, and grab some pizza, burgers, or appetizers at the Corner Kick Pub upstairs which also features a large selection of microbrews and kid appropriate beverages like hot chocolate.
There is additional seating downstairs in the Dipple Room, and both areas have bathrooms and feature large windows overlooking the expansive outdoor decks that lead out to all of the action taking place on the hill.
No outside food or beverages are allowed. Thanks for your understanding! Also, please do not bring your pets or any rude people.
Amesbury Sports Park
12 South Hunt Road
Amesbury, MA 01913
Just forty-five minutes north of Boston and easibly accessible from other communities in the NoBo region, the often forgotten Ski Bradford is the perfect spot for skiers of all ages and abilities.
Ski Bradford has an uphill capacity of 9600 skiers per hour on three triple chair lifts, one T-bar, and three rope tows servicing our thirteen trails.
With a complete rental shop, full-service snackbar, large base lodge, ample parking, and over 80 hours of operation every week, skiing at Bradford is convenient, affordable and fun, both day and night!
S Cross Road
Haverhill, MA 01835
Who doesn’t remember the theme song to the Wachusett Mountain television commercial that has been running on local airwaves for the last two decades? This local ski resort is perhaps your best option when looking for a decent size hill just a short driving distance from Boston and the NoBo region north of the city.
The mountain’s elevation at the top is 2,006 feet and 1,006 feet at the base. With 22 trails on 111 acres, the longest run is 2 miles. With two triples, two high-speed quads, two tows, and three carpet lifts,
the mountain’s operation has a lift capacity of 6,000 skiiers per hour, allowing customers a pleasurable experience filled with lots of runs down the mountain.
Perhaps one of the best options at the mountain is the opportunity for a discounted rate from the normal full-day price to take in the beauty of night skiing on the mountain.
As someone who regularly skied the White Mountains of New Hampshire as preschooler, I always found Wachusett to be a great slope for beginners, but will always hold the mountain in a fond place as I spent many daycations with my father, brother, and sister on the slopes of Wachusett.
499 Mountain Road
Princeton, MA 01541
Bringing the finest cross country skiing to eastern Massachusetts, the Great Brook Ski Touring Center is just 25 miles north of Boston in the heart of Great Brook Farm State Park.
With more than 10 miles of machine-groomed trails for cross country skiing through March (snow conditions permitting), skiers of all abilities are able to explore the beautiful landscape of farmland to the solitude of the forests, streams and ponds, the site.
It is certainly the perfect spot to spend a day reflecting on the region’s beauty while staying active during a more sedentary time of year.
Even if you have never cross country skied before, rest assured that Great Brook’s many easy trails are perfect for beginners. If you don’t have cross country ski equipment, the center’s huge rental inventory has every size.
Return to the ski touring center’s rustic lodge, a renovated former cow barn, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while sitting alongside the wood-burning stove.
Even spend an evening skiing by lantern light on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, a unique experience not available in other areas of the region.
Follow the Great Brook Ski Touring Center on Facebook to get trail conditions, news, and updates on a daily basis.
Great Brook Ski Touring Center
1018 Lowell Street
Carlisle, MA 01741
Other Great Hills to Go Sledding in the NoBo Region
Woodsom Farm on in Amesbury
Lynch Park in Beverly
Dane Street Beach in Beverly
Flagstaff Hill on Boston Common (near the baseball diamond)
Cable Hill in Ipswich
Seven Bump Hill in Malden
Tufts University in Medford (the hill in the back of the school)
Mount Hood in Melrose
Hillview Country Club on North Street in North Reading
Wheatlands Hill in Topsfield
Other Great Cross-Country Ski Areas
For more information about others ways enjoy winter fun across the Commonwealth, visit the Mass Vacation website and check their listing of winter happenings on their Winter Fun Calendar of Events.
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