Two years ago, when the “big kids” were 4 and 7, we wrote 5 Reasons to Take Your Kids Skiing at Wachusett. Now that those “big kids” are 6 and 9, their little brother is 4, and they’ve got a 1 year old baby brother, we’ve discovered another 5 reasons why Wachusett is a great place for family skiing.
5 Reasons to Ski Wachusett
1. Ollie’s Area and Easy Rider – Magic Carpets
Our kids are definitely still beginners. Wachusett has two dedicated slopes with magic carpet lifts that are perfect for little people to learn even before they’re ready for a chairlift ride.
2. Indian Summer and Sundowner – Monadnock Quad
When the kids were ready for a chairlift, the Monadnock Quad was just right. The two green trails served this lift are wide and gentle, yet long enough for a real chance to learn the skills needed to improve. Aidan (6) spent most of his lesson with Polar Kids doing laps on Indian Summer and even got to hit some of the rollers on Sundowner by the end of the day. Emily (9) went for a couple of runs with me after her lessons.
3. The People
Wachusett is a friendly and unpretentious kind of place. We managed to stake out a table in the lodge next to one of the parents involved with the Wachusett Mountain Race Team. He helpfully explained the ins-and-outs of getting our kids more involved in skiing. He even took a couple of runs with me to show me the best trails to crank out some fast turns and where to get the best views of Wachusett Lake.
4. Grooming and Snowmaking
We skied the day after a heavy rainfall. Although there were some spots that had obviously been saturated and re-frozen, the slopes were in great shape. The mountain ops crew at Wachusett must’ve been working overtime to keep everything in the best shape possible.
5. The Lodge
The base lodge is seriously gigantic with tables and cubbies galore. The lodge is one of the biggest in New England — you and your family will have no trouble finding a place to sit down and enjoy a meal. Whether you’re bringing your own bagged meal from home or sampling some of the many different dining options in the lodge, you’ll be happy at Wachusett. The Coppertop Lounge has a large selection of draft beers and the newly opened wine and tapas bar, T-Bar, promises a cozy option for your apres-ski experience. In one ski season alone, you could have a really fun time sampling food and drink at all the different restaurants. Any non-skiiers will have Starbucks coffee, pastries, hot chocolate, cider donuts, warm apple cider, and wi-fi all at their disposal. Annie loved her apple turnover, cider donut and apple cider. Unfortunately, she also had to share it with the little guy. See the full list of amenities here.
We can’t wait to go back. Wachusett is so close to home and promises tons of fun for the entire family. While at Wachusett you feel like you’re on vacation. But you have the luxury of a short drive home to rest your weary legs in the comfort of your own bed. And then you get to go back again and again.
Let us know when you’re going to be there. We’d love to ski with you!