With several big names in the shred spotlight coming out of Massachusetts, It’s no surprise that this state has more to offer than annoying redsox fans and “wicked” shitty drivers. Most of the resorts worth your time are located on the west side of the state, a gnarnia amidst the rest of the concrete jungle surrounding Boston. As a local of the west side and a mass-hole at heart, here’s the lowdown on spots to check out.
Best Park: Ski Butternut, it’s a small mountain but the park crew sets up over thirty features choc-full-o’ log jibs, sketchy snake runs, rails, and hips.
Best powder: The Thunderbolt Trail. It’s an old ski trail cut into Mt. Greylock and maintained by locals. Sorry, no lifts, you gotta hike it!
Best place to spray NYC city slickers: Butternut on any weekend.
Best chance of convincing people you are a pro snowboarder: Bluehills, seriously, a friend of mine’s hat fell off and little kids started fighting over it.
Best Shred Store: Eastern Border, they’re all over the place!
Fastest lift: Jiminy Peak has a high-speed, six person chair.
Best Place to talk shit about the Redsox: Bluehills, It’s only twenty minutes from Boston!
Best Night riding: Wachusett has 18 runs, including its park, lit up.
Easiest resort to think of pick-up lines while on the lift: Butternut, “Yo Girl, wanna butter my nuts?”
Best handrail: Butternut, but you gotta find it yourself!
Located just outside of Boston, try to not get lost at this resort. With seven whole runs and a whopping 309-foot vertical, It’s no wonder this place is breeding pros like horny rabbits, oh wait, its not. Either way, I’ve got love for any mountain that gets you to the top on a slow double-chair that takes three times as long to ride up as it takes to shred down.
Located in Great Barrington, this 1000-foot vertical mountain boasts 22 trails and most importantly, the “twisted terrain park.” Big names that can be spotted taking a day trip to the nut are among the likes of Scott Stevens, Chris Grenier, Scotty Arnold, Lane Knaack and Lucas Magoon. One thing you should know: you have to buy a park pass if you want to shred it. It’s $3 for the day and $10 for the season. Oh ya, call it “the nut” and everyone will think you’re local.
Jiminy Crickets! The biggest mountain on the List, Jiminy Peak has 1150 vertical feet and 44 runs, one of which is 2 miles long. According to them, they are one of the only resorts to generate most of their power from a wind turbine. That means all you environmentalists can shred guilt free! This mountain offers some pretty difficult terrain as far as Massachusetts goes, which is probably why they still have a leash law, no joke.
If you’re in Boston and Blue Hills just isn’t cutting it, you should probably check out Wachusett. This resort has 22 trails, 2 high-speed quads, and a park that will keep you coming back. At about 1,000 vertical feet, and night skiing on 18 trails, you can certainly get some good turns in. Interesting fact about Wachusett: There is an old Growth Forest in the woods off of the trails. Trees that are 350 years old look pretty radical. Bad news is, you’re not supposed to go there. If anyone catches you, say goodbye to your pass!
You cannot mention snowboarding in Mass without mentioning Blandford. Home mountain to a few decent riders — you know, Scott Stevens, Chris Beresford and Austen Granger. With a whopping 22 trails, 2 terrain parks and 11 lit up, you can ride into the night, which makes it perfect for those snowboarders who have to work 9-5’ers. Yeah, there may only be 465 vertical feet and a top elevation of less than 1500ft, but that can be forgiven since it is a club-owned ski area. And that means you can BRING YOUR OWN BEER, stash it in the park and grab’em on the way through. With season passes starting at $169.00 anyone can afford this place.– Tommy Brothers