State of the Shred: MassachusettsBy Justin Leveille • Jan 5th, 2012 • Category: Features, Latest, States of Shred
With several big names in the shred spotlight coming out of Massachusetts, Itâ€™s no surprise that this state has more to offer than annoying redsox fans and â€œwickedâ€ 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, hereâ€™s the lowdown on spots to check out.
Best Park: Ski Butternut, itâ€™s a small mountain but the park crew sets up over thirty features choc-full-oâ€™ log jibs, sketchy snake runs, rails, and hips.
Best powder: The Thunderbolt Trail. Itâ€™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 mineâ€™s hat fell off and little kids started fighting over it.
Best Shred Store: Eastern Border, theyâ€™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, Itâ€™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, â€œYo Girl, wanna butter my nuts?â€
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, Itâ€™s no wonder this place is breeding pros like horny rabbits, oh wait, its not. Either way, Iâ€™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 â€œtwisted terrain park.â€ 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. Itâ€™s $3 for the day and $10 for the season. Oh ya, call it â€œthe nutâ€ and everyone will think youâ€™re local.
Jiminy Peak Resort
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 youâ€™re in Boston and Blue Hills just isnâ€™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, youâ€™re not supposed to go there. If anyone catches you, say goodbye to your pass!
Blandford Ski Area
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 9-5â€™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 grabâ€™em on the way through. With season passes starting at $169.00 anyone can afford this place.– Tommy Brothers