Facts & History

Mountain Facts

  • Summit Elevation - 2,006 Feet
     
  • Vertical Drop - 1,000 Feet
     
  • Trails - 22
    • Skiable Acres - 110
    • 30% Novice, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
    • The longest trail is 1 1/2 miles on "Balance Rock"
    • Wide variety of terrain that exists for skiers of all abilities
       
  • Lifts - 8
    • Uphill capacity of more than 9,200 skiers per hour, including 3 high speed quad chair lifts (the only 3 in Massachusetts)
      • Polar Express: high-speed quad chair > 4,500 Feet
      • Minuteman Express: high-speed quad chair > 3,700 Feet
      • Monadnock Express: high-speed quad chair > 2,500 Feet
      • Vickery Bowl: triple chair >1,500 Feet
      • Ollie's: carpet > 300 Feet
      • Easy Rider: carpet > 500 Feet
      • Beginner: pony lift > 350 Feet
      • Polar Playground: carpet > 200 Feet (open for Polar Kids participants only)
         
  • Season - Traditionally, skiing from the day after Thanksgiving until early April
     
  • Snowmaking
    • 100% coverage on all 108 acres
    • Utlilize innovative HKD tower guns
    • 100 million gallons of water converted into machine made snow each season, equaling an average of 3 feet of snow covering all trails.
    • Lease water from the city of Fitchburg-owned Wachusett Lake
       
  • Grooming - A fleet of 6 snow grooming vehicles manicure the trails two times each day

History Facts

  • Name - "Wachusett" is the Algonquin Indian word for "The Great Hill"
     
  • First Trails - The first skiing trails on Wachusett Mountain were cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930's (Pine Trail 1934; Balance Rock Trail 1937)
     
  • First Lifts
    • Oxbow T-bar - 1960
    • West T-bar - 1962 (the longest T-bar in New England at 3,800)
       
  • Nature/Geology
    • Highest mountain in Massachusetts east of the Connecticut River
    • Largest "Monadnock" (Indian word for mountain that stands alone) east of the Berkshires
    • Home to the only known Old Growth Forest east of the Connecticut River (Some of the trees here are over 350 years old!)
    • Panoramic 360-degree views from the summit; including view of Boston Skyline to the east.
       
  • Tourism - Wachusett Mountain has a long history of tourism on the mountain. The first hotel was constructed on the summit in 1882. A new summit hotel was constructed in 1907 and continued operations until it was destroyed by fire in 1970.  Over 600,000 people visit the mountain year round with at least half of that number visiting the Wachusett State Reservation in the summer and fall.
     
  • Ski Area Operations - Ralph Crowley was awarded  the lease from the state to operate Wachusett Mountain in 1969.  Located within the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area operates in cooperation with the Massachusetts Departmenet of Conservation and Recreation, providing skiing and snowboarding on 100 acres of terrain within a 450-acre lease area. A major expansion was completed in 1982; including the construction of the current base lodge.

Mountain Services

  • Ski & Snowboard School - The school at Wachusett Mountain is dedicated to providing skiers and riders with a fun learning experience in a variety of programs for all abilities - ranging from Special Beginner Packages to Advanced Training Clinics.  The Wachusett Mountain Ski School gives class lessons daily (both private and semi private lessons are also available.)  The mountain boasts the largest ski school (200 instructors) in Massachusetts. Over 10,000 beginner ski school lessons are taught annually.
     
  • Children's Programs - Special features available for the children ages 4 - 12 include Polar Kids, Polar Den Club and Polar Playground.
     
  • Recreational Racing - Wachusett has the #1 NASTAR program in New England and in the top 10 in the United States! (NASTAR is the world's largest recreational ski racing program. Public NASTAR is offered every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wachusett also has one of the largest Night Race League programs in the USA, with approximately 600 racers Monday through Thursday nights for eight weeks during the winter.
     
  • Group Sales - Join our "Greatest Possible Savings" (GPS) Club and receive reduced rates on lifts, lesson and rentals for groups with four or more! We offer discount rates for groups of 10 and over- reservation and deposit required.  Wachusett features the #1 pre-sold ski group program in New England with up to 65 bus loads of skiers a day during the week.
     
  • Rental Equipment - Complete rental shop featuring more than 2000 pairs of Head shaped skis and more than 800 Head Snowboards.
     
  • Demo Center - Visit Wachusett's "Instant Action" Demo Center at MTNside Ski & Ride to sign up for a demo - try the latest in high performance shaped skis, snowboards, helmets and other equipment - and head right out the door onto the slopes.
     
  • Snowboarding - Wachusett Mountain is a snowboard friendly resort with plenty of diverse terrain for all abilities.  The MTNside Ski & Ride shop has the latest snowboard equipment and apparel.  The Wachusett Mountain Ski School also offers a variety of learn-to-snowboard programs.
     
  • Ski Patrol - To assist all skiers and snowboarders, Wachusett Mountain fields an award-winning Ski Patrol with over 100 highly trained, dedicated professional men and women. Wachusett also has an additional 100 Patrol Rangers who assist the ski patrol.  The Ski Patrol and First Aid building are located adjacent to the main lodge.

Base Facilities

  • Wachusett Mountain Base Lodge - The 38,000 square foot lodge, cited for excellence in architectural design, boasts a warm, comfortable atmosphere with exposed beam construction, a huge fireplace and sun decks surrounding the building.  The award winning building's heating system is unique, using a combination of waste heat generated by snowmaking compressors, passive and active solar heat and electrical back-up.  A two-story addition opened in January 2001 featuring added seating, rest rooms, function space and deluxe Mountain Suites offereing private rooms available for groups.
     
  • Food & Beverage Service Outlets
    • Black Diamond Restaurant
    • Coppertop Lounge
    • Mountain Cafe (The cafeterial will serve 500 hamburgers an hour during a  busy winter day and an average of 300 gallons of chili are sold each week)
    • Balance Rock Coffee Shop featureing Starbucks Coffee
    • Waffle Cabin - indulgence at it's best!
    • Bullock Lodge Cider House - serving hot apple cider and donuts
    • The Hub- serving snacks, pretzels, candy and more.
       
  • MTNside Ski & Ride - Features the latest in equipment, clothing and accssories; while you wait ski and board tuning; custom boot fitting; and Instant Action Demo Center. Direct line: (978) 464-2626
     
  • Wachusett Village Inn - owned and operated by Wachusett Mountain this charming 74-room country inn in nearby Westminster is an ideal location to supplement your ski activities.

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