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Staying in Quincy, MA - Nearby Ski places for beginner Green Trail

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I am in Quincy, MA and am planning to go tomorrow and day after for Skiing. I am not planning to go overnight to save money.

So choosing nearby places that have some places for beginners (skied 3 times last year).

We are 5 people looking for following
1) - Close to home (1.5 hour max)
2) - Has green trailS (more than one )
3) Decent Instructors

We plan to leave in the morning and drive back in the evening.

1) Nashoba valley - 45 miles

2) wachusetts ( 76 miles - So a bit far )

3) Blue Hills
Seems to have barely any options


Any other locations: I am leaning towards Nashoba Vallley

What about Ski Rentals - should I take them from Boston or from place close to Nashoba
Any thoughts and comments would be appreciated.
post #2 of 16
There's Ski Bradford. http://www.skibradford.com/ Its a bump, but does a lot of beginner teaching and the terrain is excellent for beginners. Its in Haverhill MA. A lot closer to you than Wachusetts.
post #3 of 16
Of the 3 areas you mentioned, Wachusett has the best options for beginner terrain. The Indian Summer area has nice long runs of pure beginner stuff. Ralph's Run, which runs off the Minute Man lift is a great trail. It's rated as a blue-green on the map and is predominately a beginner level trail with one steeper pitch toward the bottom (steeper, but still negotiable with basic snowplow technique).

Nashoba & Bradford cater mostly to locals and have terrific ski schools, but both of them have relatively limited beginner terrain. Nashoba's beginner area is served by a couple of rope tows with VERY short runs. Similar at Bradford. I've never skied Blue HIlls, so can't really comment there.

You should be able to navigate *some* of the blue terrain at any of these resorts with basic skills, but you should start with an instructor who can better assess your skills against the the conditions of the slopes.

If your primary goal is instruction, I would say that any of these areas would work well. If you're looking for a little more variety or want to ski more on your own I think Wachusett is worth the extra drive time.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by T-Square View Post
There's Ski Bradford. http://www.skibradford.com/ Its a bump, but does a lot of beginner teaching and the terrain is excellent for beginners. Its in Haverhill MA. A lot closer to you than Wachusetts.
Ski Bradford has a decent ski school. I took a friend (has non-verbal learning disabilities) to Bradford last Sunday and he had an excellent instructor. Unfortunately, they haven't upgraded their rental ski boots from rear-entry. The main green circle "bunny slope" is longer than Nashoba's and the blue square next to the rope tows is fairly tame if not the equivalent of a beginner trail at a larger mountain.

I live close to Ski Bradford. Axe me anything about it.
post #5 of 16

WaWa

Wawa is your best bet. Get their early. Opens at 8 on weekends, 9 weekdays. GET THERE EARLY. Best terrain and options for beginners. WAY more terrain than Nashoba. 2x magic carpet lifts. 76 miles is a snap. Straight shot. Should take you no more than 1.5 hrs from Quincy. EASY ride.

Good school. Rentals. Bar. Food.

check out the website.
post #6 of 16
Wherever you choose, please post a trip report and let us know how you all made out.

-l2t
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

To ski or not to ski ??

Hello all,
We went to Wachusett yesterday and it turned out really really GREAT!!!! we had a nice lessons package and the instructor was really great.

We were planning to go today - however bad weather (rain with sleet) stopped us...

Now the only other day feasible is Friday- Question : Crowds ?

Any recommendations ?

We are thinking of reaching there by 8:30 a.m so we can start paperwork etc. get our rentals and practice around till our lesson at 10:30. I have heard a lot about too much crowds after christmas...but the question is would it be so right the next day (Friday this week ?).

Any suggestions etc...
We have already purchased a 2 day pass and therefore prefer to go to Wachusett
post #8 of 16
Please heed racer256 words of wisdom, arrive early....Friday should be an 0800 opening(chk the website) I arrive no later than 7:15.

Trust me on this one..... you will be frustrated and disappointed if you do otherwise.

Arrive late to wa is a sure fire formula for a bad experience...

(this is true of course of most ski areas in the east)

Please post your stoke in your thread!!

I love reading about newbys falling in love with our sport
post #9 of 16
There will be crowds on weekends at Wachusett. Sometimes very big ones. Friday *might* be okay... but it's the start of school holidays, so it could also be a madhouse.

If you're there when they open, you'll have a few hours of (relative) calm. If you're going to ski all day, one helpful piece of advice is to take lunch early or late, and ski during the 12-1 hour when everyone else is trying to pack into the lodge to eat. The night skiing can be a lot of fun, too, and is usually less crowded.

If you come back there next year on the weekends, you might get a lesson from me.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks hrstrat57 and Matthias99,

hm...I am considering Night skiing as we speak..however, my concerns:
I have heard that night conditions are very different from day and are relatively much more difficult...
Since we have just...skied on our first Green Trail (yah!!!!!) I didn't want to take on night and make it a bad experience for everyone in our group .
I am not sure about Wachusett...

Otherwise..7:15 a.m on Friday...it is!!!! and stick with hrstrat's strategy..

Your thoughts and comments on night skiing..specifically at Wachussets...
post #11 of 16
Personally, I don't find skiing under lights any more "difficult". Wachusett has very good lighting on their night skiing trails, and a lot of trails are lit up. Getting clear (untinted) goggles can help with the visibility as well. I would definitely recommend trying it some time -- and if you have a day session ticket at Wachusett, you can ski from 4-10 that same day for only $10.

The only real issue I can think of is that parts of their mountain tend to get very icy by the end of the day, due to thaw/freeze and/or wind and/or lots of inexperienced people skidding their way down the slopes. A lot of times they'll try to regroom some of the trails from 3-5 PM, which helps a lot.

That's normally more of an issue on the upper slopes; the beginner trails aren't as steep and (usually) don't get as much wind exposure.
post #12 of 16
WaWa will be a zoo on Friday, especially if it's not raining. Get there as early as possible.

Maybe not this week, but later in Jan, Night skiing might be crowded as well with after-school groups and the like (not sure how this is at Wach, but at a lot of other places w/ night skiing, it is), but it usually clears out after around 730.

Night skiing isn't much different than "normal" skiing, but it depends on the lighting. If the lighting isn't great, then you have to get used to flat light a bit. On the other hand, skiing in relative dark is a great way to improve your skiing because you have to rely on how the snow feels beneath your feet a lot more.

In any case, the more you ski the more fun you will have, so get out there and have fun.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by ndp125 View Post
Hello all,
We went to Wachusett yesterday and it turned out really really GREAT!!!! we had a nice lessons package and the instructor was really great.

We were planning to go today - however bad weather (rain with sleet) stopped us...

Now the only other day feasible is Friday- Question : Crowds ?

Any recommendations ?

We are thinking of reaching there by 8:30 a.m so we can start paperwork etc. get our rentals and practice around till our lesson at 10:30. I have heard a lot about too much crowds after christmas...but the question is would it be so right the next day (Friday this week ?).

Any suggestions etc...
We have already purchased a 2 day pass and therefore prefer to go to Wachusett
I'm so glad you had a good time. Wa tips--

On weekends and holidays it's still pretty empty from 8:00AM til about 10:00AM. Get as many runs in then and when the lines get long, you'll be ready to slow down.

Skiing evenings is usually not too busy. On weekdays, there's school kids but they bug out around 6:30.

Skiing evenings on holidays is the secret uncrowded time. Xmas week, Feb vacation, MLK day, all the families come during the day and there are no school groups so it's dead at night.

Wa has a new program where beginners can upgrade to a bronze Century pass after paying for three visits. That gets you a lift ticket on evenings and non-holiday weekdays. There's a bunch of details you'll want to look up on the web site.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

- Night skiing and weather

Okay everyone...
You guys have been great..thanks for responding..so quickly and clearly...
Very helpful...all of us are geared up for night skiing at Wachusett tonight!!!

However, one question (yeah...not again!!!) - in terms of weather...considering yesterday's sleet rain...would that be okay for us Green Trails today.....??

Any thoughts and comments. I personal feel it should not be a problem but coming for experienced skiers...would ease our concerns...
post #15 of 16
You don't happen to remember your instructors name do you?


Oh, grooming at Wa is very very good. The green trails will likely be fine.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
The name of the instructor--Jim Roberts. Thanks you all, it was very helpful
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