Please note: This “Know Before You Go” update is as of April 2. 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.

OnTheSnow.com 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.

Massachusetts

Wachusett Mountain: Drive time is 1.15 hours.

Maine

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.

Vermont

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:  Visitors must quarantine for 10 days upon entering stater unless fully vaccinated. Statewide face covering mandate in all public indoor and outdoor spaces for those 5+. Bars and nightclubs closed.
County: Worcester (city website)

Maine:
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,.CT, RI, MA, or Vermont. As of May 1, all states will be exempt. Statewide face covering mandate in public spaces for those 5+. Penalties for non-compliance. 
County: Franklin County (Sugarloaf)
Oxford County (Sunday River)

New Hampshire:
No domestic travel restrictions.  International travelers must follow quarantine and testing protocols.Statewide mandatory mask order for those 5+ through April 16.
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 14-day self quarantine upon arrival, or quarantine for 7 days followed by a negative COVID test on day 7. If vaccinated within 14 days of arrival, exempt from quarantine. Statewide mask mandatory for those 2+ if social distancing is not possible. Restaurants must close at 10 p.m.; 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.

California

Mammoth Mountain

Squaw Valley

California COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and California:  Out of state travelers to California advised to self quarantine for 10 days. Los Angeles County travelers 16+ must sign an online travel form including those arriving at airport or Union Station. There is a mandatory mask order for those over 2 (some exceptions apply). 

Colorado

Aspen Snowmass

Breckenridge

Steamboat

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

Travel restrictions between Boston and Colorado:

Masks mandatory in state for those 11+. Pitkin County visitors (home to Aspen and other ski resorts) returning to or staying more than 10 days must complete the county's Traveler Responsibility Code (through April 30). The Code specifies completion and acknowledgement of CDC guidelines and Public Health Orders. Bars closed statewide.

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 advised to self quarantine for 14 days or for duration of stay, whichever is shorter, and take COVID-19 test. Mask mandate when in public spaces. Some bars, casinos have reopened.

Utah

Snowbird

Park City Mountain Resort

Utah COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and Utah: None. Mask mandate through April 10.

Montana

Big Sky

Montana COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and Montana: None. May be some restrictions on Native American reservations. 

 Wyoming

Jackson Hole

Wyoming COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and Wyoming: None. 

British Columbia, Canada

Revelstoke

Whistler Blackcomb: NOTE: Whistler Blackcomb Ski Area is closed for 2020-2021 ski season.

British Columbia COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Boston and British Columbia: 

Non-essential travel banned. All travelers (unless exempt) must present a negative COVID test and self quarantine for 14 days. Air travelers must submit negative test within 72 hours of travel and then quarantine for 3 days at hotel at own expense until test results known. Hotel reservation lines entail lengthy waits,if available at all. Flights can land only at Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto Airports. All travelers required to submit travel and contact information electronically via ArriveCan.  

 
 
 

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

JetBlue

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines