Please note: This “Know Before You Go” update is as of Jan. 22. Travel restrictions and requirements can change quickly, so be sure and check resort websites prior to travel.

Those of us lucky enough to be skiers and snowboarders living in the Boston metropolitan area have a virtual nor’easter of choices for where we want to indulge our sports. We can simply jump in the car and be at any one of dozens of high-quality ski areas within a few hours. Or, we can head to Logan and zoom off to a wide choice of world class Western destinations.

Still, this season is different. Very different. But we’re still going to ski and ride and we’ll do it safely. We have compiled the latest COVID-19 information for driving and flying so you can decide the safest and most convenient ways to enjoy this ski season. Check back often, as we’ll be updating these pages regularly. invites all of our site visitors to choose their favorite ski resorts in a variety of categories each spring. Resorts listed in this guide are the top choices by Boston site visitors.

OntheSnow Visitor Drive-To Picks:


Pick a state – here at home in Massachusetts. North to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. You’ll find so many superb ski resorts with powerful snowmaking systems, full-service villages and comfortable lodging, assuring a day trip, weekend getaway or full vacation ready to make memories. Just follow the guidelines and stay safe.


Wachusett Mountain: Drive time is 1.15 hours.


Sugarloaf: Drive time is 2 hours.

Sunday River: Drive time is 3 hours.

New Hampshire

Bretton Woods: Drive time is 2.40 hours.

Crotched Mountain:  Drive time is 1.40 hours.

Loon Mountain:  Drive time is 2.5 hours.

Mt. Sunappee:  Drive time is 2 hours.

Waterville Valley:  Drive time is 2.17 hours.

Wildcat:  Drive time is 3 hours.


Killington: Drive time is 3 hours.

Okemo: Drive time is 3 hours.

Stowe: Drive time is 3.5 hours.

Stratton Mountain: Drive time is 3.15 hours.

COVID Fast Facts – Day/Weekend Trips


When and where do I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings are required virtually everywhere at the resort except when eating or drinking and whenever social distancing is not possible.

Where can I find the most up-to-date information or COVID guidelines?

Massachusetts:  Travelers from high risk states (excxept for Hawaii) entering the state must complete a travel form and a 14-day self-quarantine or have a COVID negative test result until Jan. 24. Statewide face covering mandate in all public spaces for those 5+.
County: Worcester (city website)

Note: Maine is requiring a 10-day self-quarantine or show a negative COVID-19 test result for those arriving from out-of-state except from N.H. or Vermont. Statewide face covering mandate in public spaces for those 5+. Bars/restaurants to close by 9 p.m.
County: Franklin County (Sugarloaf)
Oxford County (Sunday River)

New Hampshire:
Note: Travelers, visitors and residents arriving from high risk states must meet self-quarantine restrictions or test out after day 7. Vidsitors from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut are exempt. Statewide mandatory mask order for those 5+.
Coos County: (Bretton Woods, Wildcat)
Hillsborough County: (Crotched Mountain)
Grafton County: (Loon Mt., Waterville Valley)
Sullivan County: (Mt. Sunapee)

Vermont: (all county information is updated here)
Travel restrictions: There is a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival unless you have had a negative COVID test on day 7. Check each state website before traveling. Statewide mask mandatory for those 2+ if social distancing is not possible. Bars closed.

Destination Resort Fly-To Options

OnTheSnow Visitor Picks: These are the most popular resort choices for those coming from the Boston metro area.


Mammoth Mountain

Squaw Valley

California COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and California:  Most of California is under a stay-at-home order. Regional stay-at--home orders go into effect for 3 weeks if region's ICU availability falls below 15%. Some areas (San Francisco and LA County) under 10-day quarantine. Order prohibits staying overnight at ski areas. 


Aspen Snowmass



Colorado COVID threat level: Mask mandate for those 11+.

Travel restrictions between Boston and Colorado:

None. The move to COVID-19 red level in many Colorado counties does not affect ski resort on-mountain operations. Pitkin County (home to Aspen and other ski resorts) requires visitors to complete a health affidavit and provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or face a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Counties are under color-coded risk levels through Feb. 6. Mask mandate for those 11+.

New Mexico

Taos Ski Valley

New Mexico COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and New Mexico:  County restrictions depend on virus risk. All visitors from high risk states must quarantine for 14-days or for duration of stay, whichever is shorter. Mask mandate when in public spaces.



Park City Mountain Resort

Utah COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and Utah: None as of Jan. 19. Mandatory mask order in effect fort thse 2+.


Big Sky

Montana COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and Montana: None. Mandatory mask order for those 5+ in indoor public places.


Jackson Hole

Wyoming COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and Wyoming: None as of Jan. 22. Face coverings mandatoryfor those 12+ in some businesses and on public transportation through Jan. 25.

British Columbia, Canada


Whistler Blackcomb

British Columbia COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and British Columbia: 

Avoid all non-essential travel. Mandatory negative COVID test for those 5+ 72 hours before flying into Canada. International travelers must self quarantine for 14 days and complete ArriveCAN application to enter Canada through Feb. 5.


Airline COVID Precautions


All airlines and airports have instigated stringent disinfectant procedures. Click below for your airline’s COVID page for specifics.
Air Canada

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

Frontier Airlines


Southwest Airlines

United Airlines