Blue Hills a home away from home for skiers, snowboarders
Whether you’re young or old, skiing or snowboarding, there’s no place like Blue Hills, Mark Dondero said.
Slopes abound in New England, though most of them require trekking three or more hours, then forking over sometimes scores of dollars to ride the lifts.
Dondero, 24, a Medfield resident, is happy to trade that experience for the chance to test Blue Hills’ trails before heading north.
He’s not alone. The South Shore’s own ski “resort” on the Canton-Milton border has been getting busier in recent years.
Manager Jennifer Heinen believes that this season could be the most crowded yet.
“We’ve been packed every day that we’ve been open,” Heinen said.
She attributes this increase to improvements made at Blue Hills. That includes employing new equipment to increase its snow-making capacity, allowing more trails to be open for longer periods of time.
In addition, the main lodge added a dining area with a window that overlooks the slopes.
With only four main trails, Blue Hills is one of New England’s smallest ski areas. Yet instructor Nicole Seaman said it offers something for all ages, including an area for beginners, ski and snowboard rentals and lessons for all ages.
“It’s close, it’s convenient, and it’s a lot cheaper than most mountains way up north, especially with this economy,” Seaman said.
During this week, skiing hours are extended from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. That gives families – like Jenifer Jaeger and her 10-year-old daughter Emma, who live in Sharon – more time to enjoy the wonders of winter, a few miles from home.
“It’s really convenient and great when starting out,” Jaeger said.
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