Ski-area operators across the Northeast are dreaming of a white Christmas but seeing red as temperatures hover above optimal snowmaking levels.
With so many choices, it’s important to weigh your needs against the features of the ski resorts you are considering. The following guide might help you in your decision.
Ski Bradford is in Haverhill. It has 15 trails.
Berkshire East is a family-run resort that has been around for 35 years. It is located in Charlemont, 17 miles west of Greenfield, just off Route 2. It has 45 trails.
Ski Ward is in Shrewsbury and has nine trails and five lifts.
Catamount is 145 miles west of Boston in Hillsdale, N.Y. It has 33 trails and park areas with six lifts. 40 percent of the terrain rated easier.
Ski Butternut is in Great Barrington about 15 minutes from the Mass Pike. It has 22 trails and 10 lifts. There is also a seven-lane tubing center.
Otis Ridge started operating in 1946 with two portable rope tows. There are now 13 trails with four lifts.
Nashoba Valley Ski Area is 25 miles from Boston and has been open since 1964.
Blue Hills Ski is in Canton, and the closest ski area to Boston. It’s been around for about 50 years, and is now owned by the state.