Blue Hills Ski Area
is located on the western face of Great Blue Hill
in Canton, Massachusetts
. This land is part of the Blue Hills Reservation
, a state park managed by the DCR
Blue Hills has eight trails covering a vertical drop of . The summit is served by a double chairlift
, while the beginner area has two magic carpet
lifts. There is a lodge with food service, restrooms, ski patrol and a small equipment shop. A separate building serves as a rental outlet with locker storage.
The hill is popular with high school ski teams, and often hosts races on Big Blue.
While the land and many of the improvements are owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the management of the area has historically been leased out to a variety of operators. The 2006–2007 season is the 6th year of a 6-year "lease" to the people (Mr. Al Endriunas) who own and operate Ragged Mountain Resort
in New Hampshire
. In 2007, the management of Campgaw Mountain
, located in Northern, New Jersey started a 5-year lease.
While the lift line ("Beer's Bluff" named for two brothers, Bob and Stuart Beers, who managed the ski area from the late '60s through the mid '80s) is listed on the trail map, it is currently not maintained for skiing. There has been talk that the trail would be cut for the 2008-2009 season, but the trail remains untouched. This reduces the total skiable trails to 7.
In the early 1960s the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC, now the DCR) operated the ski area. There... Read More