Night owls are not the only ones who enjoy skiing after the sun goes down. Night skiing is a smart choice for anyone whose busy schedule prevents them from hitting the slopes during the day. Many slopes offer discounted night skiing rates, which is a great way to pinch a few pennies. Add to that the fact that you don't have to worry about sun glare and can enjoy a less crowded ski slope, and it's not hard to see why the next time you go skiing in Massachusetts, you might want to do so after dark.
Ski Until 8
With the sun setting by 5 or 6 during the winter, nighttime tends to begin pretty early. As a result some Massachusetts ski slopes extend their opening hours until 8 p.m. Though not as late as some other slopes, it will give you a few hours of after-dark skiing. Blandford Ski Area (skiblandford.org) in Blandford offers discounted nights-only membership packages and nights-only guest passes. Most nights they are open until 9 p.m., but Mondays they are open until 8 p.m. only. Wachusett Mountain (wachusett.com) in Princeton is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends only. During the week, its hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It does not offer any discounted night rate.
Ski Until 9
Ski resorts that stay open until 9 p.m. give you a little bit of extra after dark skiing time. Blandford Ski Area is open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights with discounted guest and membership rates. Bousquet Mountain (bousquets.com) in Pittsfield is open until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. it defines its evening hours as 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ski Ward (skiward.com) in Shrewsbury is open until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. However, the Tuba Slide closes at 8 p.m. On Christmas and New Year's Eve, both the slopes and the slide close at 5 p.m.
Ski Until 10
True night owls will appreciate ski slopes that stay open until 10 p.m. and will be thankful to find that Massachusetts has some. Ski Bradford (220.127.116.11/wordpress) just outside of Haverhill is open until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Its Twilight hours are from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and its night hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It has different discounts available for both the Twilight and Night hours. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort (jiminypeak.com) in Hancock is regularly open until 10 p.m., though it usually discontinues night operations in mid-March to late March. It offers special discounted Twilight lift tickets that are good between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. The slopes and the tubing park at Nashoba Valley Ski Area (skinashoba.com) in Westford are regularly open until 10 p.m. It offers a discounted Twilight ticket good between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., as well as a discounted night ticket good between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Otis Ridge (otisridge.com) in Otis is open until 10 p.m. and offers discounted night lift tickets and discounted nights-only season passes. Pine Ridge Snow Park (teachski.com) in Barre offers night skiing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Ski resorts regularly change their hours and offerings, so it is a good idea to check with the resort before making any plans. Some ski areas that do not presently offer night skiing, may change their policies for next year's ski season. Berkshire East (berkshireeast.com) in Charlemont does offer a discounted night ski lift ticket that is good on weekends and holidays. Its night skiing begins at 6 p.m., but it does not specify a daily closing time.