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Best Bargain for Season Pass with 3 year old within 2 hours of Boston?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for a season pass to ski every other Sunday with my 3 year old. 

1) Looking for a place within a 2 hour radius from Boston/Metro West.

2) Resort(s) has reasonably priced kids classes.

3) Price won't require a second mortgage.

 

Past experiences very welcomed -- thanks!

post #2 of 9

Hi Kelly,

I have a 3 year old too, and if you're in anything like me, then keeping driving time to a minimum is at a premium if you want to keep it enjoyable for all. 

 

I think there are only a few good options for you if you want to keep the drive relatively short and costs down (in the order I'd suggest):

 

  • Pat's Peak
  • Crotched Mtn.
  • Mount Wachussett
  • Possible Mt. Sunapee - it's the furthest away and probably the most expensive.

 

My daughter is in the ski program at Pat's Peak, and it's pretty good and relatively well-priced. 

 

None of these are great if you're looking for bigger thrills yourself, but that's the tradeoff for proximity and cost. 

 

You'd have to look them up to see what the actual season pass costs are.

 

Hope that helps and happy hunting! 

post #3 of 9

You should consider my home mountain, Berkshire East.  It is much less crowded on a weekend then any other area within 2 hours of Boston, and has a nice mom and pop (actually pop and sons) feel to it.

 

Very good skiing, some very challenging terrain, as well as beginner and intermediate.  I'm biased obviously, but the Ski School has some very good people, and they have kids programs as well.  Check them out.  It's straight out Route 2, so not entirely a highway drive, but still 2 hours from Alewife. 

 

http://www.berkshireeast.com

post #4 of 9

Oh, there's one other I forgot to mention, and probably the closest of them all.  But I'm sure you're probably already familiar with Nashoba Valley in Westford, MA?  Probably no more than 20 minutes away from you, but quite small.  It's where I first learned to ski :-)

post #5 of 9

I like Yeffer's suggestions, however,  Pat's Peak can get really crowded.  It is very popular with school programs and a lot of kids get dropped off.

 

I have skied at all of the ski areas listed and Crotched in my opinion is the the one I would choose.  It is more cost effective.  If cost is not a real issue - then Sunapee has a great deal that lets you ski there, Okemo and Stratton on a single season pass.  Obvoiusly, the other two are further away, but are great getways!

 

However, there are two others that are around the two hour mark from Boston and are considerably better mountains - Ragged and Gunstock.  

 

Ragged is actually a decent ski area and have great instructors.  One of my favs!

Gunstock is also pretty decent as well - the only issue - it is a hike to the chairlifts from the base lodge and you have to plan how you want to get over to another chair - wrong trail then you are stuck back at the same lift.

 

All in all, I am not a big fan of season passes since we bring our kids to over a dozen ski areas per season and we ski about 20-25 times per season.  Not sure what your plans are, most season passes break even at around 10 - 15 trips - Pats, Crotched, Wachussett, and Nashoba could get old real fast.  No offense to any of the ski areas (I ski them every season), but variety is key - I wouldn't ski a bigger mountain that many times.

 

Good Luck!

post #6 of 9

dskifanatic makes a good point about Pat's Peak... it can get really crowded sometimes, and Crotched is definitely less so. 

 

And Ragged Mtn. is great!  I haven't been there in years, and it used to be that it was only really good in heavy snow years as they didn't have that much snow making coverage, but it looks like they might have more these days. 

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.  I think I'm going to send him to the Kids Club Program (specifically for 3 year old) at Nashoba Valley for 6 weeks.    Too bad Wachusett doesn't have such a program.  Maybe next year, we can shoot for a season pass together.  After more reading and thinking, it seems a little premature at this point.

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Originally Posted by kelly001 View Post

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.  I think I'm going to send him to the Kids Club Program (specifically for 3 year old) at Nashoba Valley for 6 weeks.    Too bad Wachusett doesn't have such a program.  Maybe next year, we can shoot for a season pass together.  After more reading and thinking, it seems a little premature at this point.


Sounds like a good choice... the drive is nice and short, and Nashoba will still be plenty of mountain for a 3 year old!

 

Good luck!!!

post #9 of 9

For next season.... Check out Crotched. My daughter is 8 now, but for a couple of years before she turned 6, CM had a $50 season pass when adult purchases one, and it came w/ a cup of hot cocoa each day.  My memory is that kids under 6 can also ski free on daily basis (so why buy the pass you ask?? IDK).  My daughter did and loved the all day Kids Kamp a number of times and often ended up 1:1 with an instructor for what amounted to a 4 hr private lesson.   The drive may not be as far as you think, depedning on exactly where you're coming from, AND the lines are a fraction of Wachusett's.  Don't tell too many people!

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