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Skiing within an hour of Boston? 2h?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Where's the best skiing within an hour of Boston? Will 2 hours get me to Stowe, Killington, et al? 
post #2 of 17
Ok, finally something I know about...unfortunatley, no, you can't get to Stowe or Killington in 2 hours by car.  Stowe would take you at least 3-4 hours and Killington would be at best 2 1/2.
I have done day trips to Killington and Stowe before, it's alot of driving.  Great mountains but you will be doing more driving than skiing.  I would recommend them as an overnighters.

But, here are some other great choices:

Loon

Best skiing within 2 hours is Loon.  Reason is its the biggest mountain closests to fastest route North, which is I-93.  No driving on back roads as Loon is about 5 minutes off the interstate.  Also means more likely to be crowded but still always a great choice.

Cannon

A bit further North, may break the 2 hour criteria by 15 mins or so but great mountain and very convenient.

Bretton Woods

Going further North and East, prob about 2 1/2 hours but worth that extra half hour if you have kids.

Wildcat

On the other side of the Mt. Washington valley and probably 3 hours but worth it, especially if you would rather be on the more tourist side of the valley (e.g. North Conway).

Smaller mountains closer to Boston that are under 2 hours but less vertical and shorter runs but still better than not skiing at all if time is of the essence:

Ragged, Pat's Peak, Sunapee, Wachusett

Have fun.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
 Hey, thanks!


Are the local mountains typically very crowded with race training from various schools?
Edited by mbp67 - 1/9/10 at 10:51pm
post #4 of 17
No, sorry, no idea where Harvard trains.  Regarding race training, I ski alot around the area and I have not noticed a large presence of race training.  My guess is they are training very early during the week, whereas I am generally skiing on nights and weekends.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
 Thanks. Where do you recommend nearby Boston to go. Nearby, i.e. so I can ski during the day when I don't have class...

Do you think zip car is worth it, or should I just invest in a new car? I hear their rates can be REALLY good for certain instances. Sorry if that's beyond the scope of what you know.
post #6 of 17
Wachusett Mountain - 1 hour drive from Harvard
http://www.wachusett.com/

Mt. Sunapee - 1 hour and 45 minutes / 2 hours from Harvard
http://www.mountsunapee.com/mtsunapeewinter/index.asp
post #7 of 17
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Do you think zip car is worth it, or should I just invest in a new car? I hear their rates can be REALLY good for certain instances. Sorry if that's beyond the scope of what you know.

If you will be going to school in Cambridge, MA you will not be able to park your car anywhere unless you live in a private residence.  Dorm residence cannot get parking stickers.  I don't know if there is any parking for Harvard students, but even if there is I would imagine it's difficult to get and not available to underclassmen.
post #8 of 17

Well there are other ways of getting to the mountains.  Ski Market runs a bus almost every Sat and Sun thru most of the season to a different mountain.  Of course you have to get up wicked early and you come back wicked late but the rates are very reasonable, usually equal to the cost of the lift ticket with the lift ticket included, so a great deal. 

There are other ski buses and ski clubs that offer similar deals which will come out alot cheaper than renting a car every time you want to go skiing.  Unless you need a car for other stuff.
 

See you on the slopes.

post #9 of 17
 Another endorsement of the buses.  I own a car, and I still take the bus sometimes.  I've done ones organized through Ski Market, Ski Haus, and another by a local travel agency.  A quick google search turns up Boston Ski and Sports Clubs -- they even have a day trip to Jay Peak, which is unusual -- $78 for bus and lift ticket.

Having to leave wicked pisser early is a good thing -- I always have trouble getting out the door early when I drive.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
 Well, I actually rent a place in Harvard SQ which comes with a parking spot. 

What if you have a season pass to the mountain? How does that work for the buses?

EDIT: Just found ski market; it goes to the big mountains - nice. :) But what about one of the local mountains during the week? Is zip car the only way to go? Or is buying a car probably a better investment?
post #11 of 17
 They give you a cheaper price.... Lets check...
Ski Market is $79 for bus and lift, $40 for bus only -- a killer deal, I think.  -- That's the equivalent of one tank of gasoline.

Edit -- note that $79 is less than the retail window lift ticket price, at least for some of the trips.
post #12 of 17
 When I was in college (a long time ago) there were ride boards where people with cars posted looking for riders to help share costs. (Mostly long trips going home on break, but sometimes more local).  I think there has to be something like that still, if you can find it.  You ought to be able to find someone else interested in short ski trips.

For local hills, there is also the Blue Hills south of the city.   Its the wrong direction for me, but might be feasible from Cambridge.  I know its in Milton, but don't know exactly where that is.  It's odd, but after 25 years of living in various North Shore communities I know more about Colorado than I do about the South Shore.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
 Hey, thanks! I'll see if we have a listserv on the topic and if not, I'll go to create it.
post #14 of 17
Hey MBP, if you find any really good ride-share/bus lines, could you give me a shout? I go to university in Cambridge and am always looking for a good way to get on the slopes (when I have time....urgh!) I'll PM you if I find anything as well of course

Thanks!
post #15 of 17
Yeah, I also  think of South as the wrong direction as well...wrong direction from good skiing. But there is actually local skiing south of Boston area.  Not familiar with it, never tried it, but its there (Blue Hills, Ski Sundown in CT.)
post #16 of 17
I don;t think anyone has caught on to the Zip car reference.  My sister lives in San Franciso and uses an equivalent service when  having your own car is preferable and it works quite well for those 2 to 5 hour times when having your own transportation is more convenient than using public transport.

Whatever the service is there was NOT a good deal for longer drives or longer time frames---example: normal car rental agencies were better for the weekend trip.

Also, the convenience fro those 3 hour long treks is lost if they are not close enough to walk to or are otherwise inconvienent to get to and return.

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 Well, I actually rent a place in Harvard SQ which comes with a parking spot. 

What if you have a season pass to the mountain? How does that work for the buses?

EDIT: Just found ski market; it goes to the big mountains - nice. :) But what about one of the local mountains during the week? Is zip car the only way to go? Or is buying a car probably a better investment?
 
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Where do you normally ski? On the weekends I could afford the 2.5h trip to Killington, but are there better places to go around there?
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