are generally the cheapest way to buy a small number of single-day lift tickets.
Seasonal group rates are available for as few as 4 people through the GPS Club Program
For the 2011-2012 season, a new high-speed quad is being installed, replacing the aging (and painfully slow) Monadnock Triple fixed-grip chair on the beginner terrain. The base lodge also received some minor renovations.
Although it's not 'new', the terrain park is generally overhauled and adjusted every season, typically with a few new elements being added.
A new 'Weekender' season pass has been added, offering only
weekend/holiday access. This is priced above the weekday+early/late season pass, but below the all-access 'Gold' pass. If you want to ski every weekend but can't ever visit on weekdays/evenings, this may be the pass for you. See the Season Passes Page (Wachusett Mountain Site)
Wachusett Mountain hosts a number of events and activities year-round. For up-to-date information, visit the Events page on the Wachusett Mountain site.
Typically there are several music events over the summer, AppleFest and BBQFest in the fall, plus extra events from time to time.
Specific to snowsports, there is an annual Ski and Snowboard gear swap/sale
on Columbus Day weekend in October. Sellers receive 100% of the sale price in Wachusett Mountain credit, or 80% of the sale price in cash.
Wachusett also hosts extremely popular Night Race Leagues
, with two championship races at the end of the season. There is also an open NASTAR
course (on certain days; check the website for details).
Since the mountain is located in a state park, in the summer the land is publicly accessible and is a popular hiking destination. The Midstate Trail runs through the area as well. From the summit you can see quite a bit of Massachusetts and New England, including both the skyline of Boston and Mount Washington! The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation site has more details on access, including trail maps. For less-active sightseers, it is possible to take the access road very close to the summit during the summer months (although it was closed for repairs in summer 2011).
Ski and snowboard rentals are available, as well as seasonal rental passes. Information and rates are available on the Wachusett Mountain site
Rentals are purchased at the ticket window. The Rental Center is located in the side building, above the Polar Kids area and next to the Ski and Snowboard School.
Mountainside Ski and Ride offers high-performance ski and snowboard demos throughout the season, including high-performance boots. The Demo Center Page (Wachusett Mountain Site) has more information and current rates.
The Demo Center normally carries a selection of Atomic, Fischer, Volkl, and Rossignol skis. If you are looking to demo a particular model, contact the shop to make sure they have it available.
Note that demo packages are not purchased at the ticket window, and are paid for directly at the demo center.
SKI SHOP / SKI TUNING AND REPAIR
Mountainside Ski and Ride
is an on-site retail shop selling ski and snowboard clothing and equipment. It is located on the main level of the base lodge, near the front entrance. There is also direct access to the shop from the rear side of the building, across from the Minuteman Express quad.
For more hands-on users, there is also service bench outside the shop with basic tools.
SKI AND SNOWBOARD SCHOOL (LESSONS)
The Ski and Snowboard School at Wachusett offers instruction from beginner to expert levels, as well as specialized training for terrain park features and Telemark skiing. The office is normally open from 9AM to 9PM daily. The school is affiliated with PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors).
Wachusett Mountain has a large and very experienced ski school given the size of the ski hill. Many of the senior staff members have been teaching for decades and have PSIA Level 3 certification.
Class and Private Lessons (Wachusett Mountain Site)
Class (group) lessons are available at a number of times throughout the day. Lessons are normally scheduled at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM, and 7:30 PM. Note that children must be at least 6 years old to take class lessons.
Private and semi-private lessons can be booked at any time in 1-hour blocks. Note that on very busy days, instructors may be in short supply from 10:30-4, so booking in advance is recommended.
A number of Beginner Packages are available, which include lift tickets, rentals, and lessons for a discounted price.
While there is no unlimited lesson package available, you can purchase multiple class or private lessons at a discount.
Wachusett offers several multi-week clinic programs throughout the season. The most popular are the Breakthrough Clinics. In this 8-week program, students are broken into groups based on skill development, and work with the same clinician and group each week. Women's Clinics and Race Clinics are also available.
A number of Wachusett Mountain instructors are active here on EpicSki. If you are looking for a recommendation for a private lesson, try posting in the Wachusett Get-Togethers thread.
Wachusett Mountain Webcams (Wachusett Mountain Site)
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