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Ski - Let it Snow!

Written by Michael, Age 12 of Barnstable, Massachusetts

Michael skiing at Jay Peak

Most people who come to Cape Cod, and leave when the summer is over, think that us locals have nothing to do all winter because we don't get much snow. Little do they know that there are many mountains just a day trip from Cape Cod that skiers and snowboarders can enjoy. Some are close to the Boston area like Nashoba Valley, and the Blue Hills; heading towards central Massachusetts is Ward Ski area, and a little further Mount Wachusett. Also, nearby Rhode Island is home to Yawgoo Valley.

If you enoy these mountains, but think you are not a beginner anymore and want to get a bit more serious, you can drive further to the rest of New England. Bretton Woods, Stowe, Killington, Sunday River and, my favorite, Jay Peak are loads of fun and worth the distance. On an average these mountains take about 3 - 6 hours to drive to, so plan a weekend trip. Riding the slopes on skiis or a snowboard is fun and a good way to excercise. If you get caught in the doldrums on a gloomy Cape Cod winter day try out some of the ski resorts around New England.

*Mileage is approximate, based on starting on Route 6 at Barnstable
Mountain Skiing Snow
Boarding
Snow
Tubing
Location Phone # Approx Miles*
Blue Hills Ski Area X X   4001 Washington St.
Canton, MA
781-828-5070 64
Ward Ski Area X X X 1000 Main St.
Shrewsbury, MA
508-842-6346
508-845-1797
96
Yawgoo Valley X X X Yawgoo Valley Road
Exeter, RI
401-294-3802 98
Nashoba Valley X X X Powers Road
Westford, MA
800-400-SNOW
978-692-3033
111
McIntyre Ski Area X X X 50 Chalet Ct
Manchester, NH
603-622-6159 121
Wachusett Mountain X X X 499 Mountain Road
Princeton, MA
800-SKI-1234
978-464-2300
123
Crotched Mountain X X   615 Francestown Road
Bennington, NH
603-588-3668 146
Pat's Peak X X X 24 Flanders Road
Henniker, NH
888-PATSPEAK
888-728-7732
147
Ragged Mountain Resort X X X 620 Ragged Mountain Road
Danbury, NH
603-768-3971
603-768-3600
182
Whaleback Mountain X X X 160 Whaleback Mountain Rd
Enfield, NH
603-448-1489 183
Dartmouth Skiway X X   39 Grafton Turnpike
Lyme Center, NH
603-795-2143 203
Cranmore X X   One Skimobile Road
North Conway, NH
603-588-3668 205
Bretton Woods X X   Route 302
Bretton Woods, NH
800-232-2972
603-278-5000
225
Magic Mountain X X   Route 11
Londonderry, VT
802-824-5645 235
Sunday River X X  
Bethel, ME
800-543-2SKI
207-824-3000
243
Jay Peak X X   4850 VT Route 242
Jay, VT
800-451-4449
802-988-2611
298





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