This centrally located mountain is the state's most popular skiing destination.. The Scene Wachusett boasts more student visits per week than all of Vermont's ski areas get in a season. The central location doesn't hurt; nor does the nearby Wachusett Village Inn complex, which has made the ski area more of a multi-day destination.
The Slopes A 1,000-foot vertical drop packs one of the best punches south of the New Hampshire border with a 360-degree view of the Boston skyline, and the mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont and the Berkshires. State-of-the-art snowmaking blasts powder on even the toughest days. Wachusett also boasts the largest ski school in the state (with 200 instructors) and one of the most popular NASTAR courses in the country. This means crowds, but an improved lift system, with the state's only two high-speed quads, keeps things moving at a reasonable pace.
The Stats Vertical drop: 1,000 feet Base elevation: 1,006 feet Top elevation: 2,006 feet Lifts: 8 Trails: 22 Skiable acres: 105 Snowboarding: Full facilities
Good for stretching the legs on a weekday morning or afternoon. Gets horrible when school buses show up; have seen multiple instances of skiiers getting plowed over by OOC snowboarders. Century Pass great value; nice lodge, but location is what makes this place.
8.6 is too high.
It's a good beginner mountain, but that's it. The diamond trails there are equivalent to average intermediate trails elsewhere. I'm not sure why Wachusett got a higher rating than Jiminy, because it is certainly inferior.
However, it is convenient and can be good for partial-day trips.