Nashoba Valley Ski Area Is Still Open Despite The Blizzard

The snow totals more than doubled last year's entire seasonal amount.

The entire state of Massachusetts is virtually closed, with perhaps one exception here in Westford.

Nashoba Valley Ski Area remains open to anyone who can walk, cross-country ski or snowshoe over, as well as those who stayed at the hill during and prior to the storm that has pummelled Westford and the rest of New England.

According to Nashoba Valley spokesperson Jonathan Damon, the storm so far has dropped 26 inches of natural snow onto the resort, compared with 18 during all of last year (10 of which came during the Halloween storm, which was before the ski area was reopened for the season.)

"People started showing up, hiking in the snow, and we had a patroller on the site, so we figured it was best to have everything open and safe," said Damon. "Right now there are more skiiers here than cars."

Damon went on to say that the storm brings Nashoba Valley's current seasonal natural snow amount to 46 inches, very close to the 55 inch average the ski hill will see during an average year.

More information is available at the Nashoba Valley website, including a live webcam of current conditions.

Currently, the state of Massachusetts is still under a vehicle travel ban until further notice.

Alex Cassie February 09, 2013 at 04:28 PM
This is not "Breaking News". Tempting people to travel during a storm and driving ban is irresponsible.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 04:40 PM
The travel ban is for vehicles only.
Alex Cassie February 09, 2013 at 05:48 PM
True Andrew. Walking, skiing, snowshoeing there along the road is no more safer than driving while the town is out plowing. It's great they are open for folks that have already made their way there, however advertising Nashoba as a destination for the masses does not seem like the best decision for your website considering the weather and road conditions. Most people will be driving there. Not everyone lives within walking distance. There is the possibility of a $500 fine for driving until the ban is lifted. It is certainly no time to give young drivers (or adults for that matter) the idea that venturing out would be a good idea under thise circumstances. What do you think?
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Alex, this isn't advertising, we only stated the facts above. The fact that they're open while almost everything else in the state is closed is newsworthy. Your question is a good one though, and we'll put that out to the readers in a separate piece. Readers are also welcome to comment on it here.
Sam February 09, 2013 at 06:55 PM
The roads are fine. The ban is not currently needed.
Brian February 09, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Thanks Andy for posting.


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