When I was a kid, my parents used to bring me skiing most weekends during the winter. I mean, we did live in Vermont after all. So I became pretty good at skiing at a young age. Fast forward 30 years... now I'm not nearly as good as I was then, but I think I enjoy it more now. There's something about filling your lungs with crisp mountain air in the middle of winter that's just exhilarating. So when I got the opportunity to go to Wachusett Mountain on a Monday, I said yes. Duh.
I've been to Wachusett in Princeton, Massachusetts a couple times before, but they've recently made some major improvements which have allowed them to compete with some of the bigger ski areas in the northeast. They now have ID cards instead of those silly tickets you attach to your jacket, so when you get to the lift, you just ski through a turnstile which scans your card automatically. Which means no more waiting in long lines to buy your ticket, and less time in lines at the lifts.
They've also doubled their snow-making abilities, so despite the warm temperatures that we had last week, the chilly temps this past weekend allowed them to make ample snow so there were very few icy patches on the trails.
They also have a lodge part way up the mountain called Bullock Lodge, which was new to me. It was built in 1930 and served as the original base lodge. It's now serviced by Red Apple Farm, and provides refreshments to skiers and riders who need a hot cup of cider or a snack.
The vibe at Bullock Lodge is all out vintage, and it makes you feel like you stepped back in time. Even the beverages look like they're from a different era!
They also make cider donuts, fudge, maple ice cream, apple dumplings, and lots of other delicious treats which are sold every day during ski season. I had a piece of the chocolate peanut butter fudge and it was incredible. You can also visit them at their farm or at Boston Public Market.
There's still time to head over to Wachusett this season, they'll be open as long as it's cold enough to make snow. Check out their website for current conditions.
This post was sponsored by Wachusett Mountain, but all opinions are my own.
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