Ski Ward Ski Area, MA, is Making Snow—In August

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Sun’s out, guns out! Credit: Ski Ward

It looks like Ski Ward ski area in Massachusetts wants to get a head start on winter 23/24. The resort shared pictures on social media yesterday of a pile of snow it had created with its new snow gun.

Ski Ward has just installed a new Latitude 90, an all-weather snowmaking machine. No longer limited by the weather to make snow, the resort has been running the gun for 24 hours and plans to test it all week. Please don’t get too excited yet; the ground temperatures mean it has a pretty high melt rate this time of year.

After that, the staff hopes to fire the machine back up on October 1st and hopefully start the season a month early in the first week of November, with early season lesson offerings. Once we’re into fall and the weather is a little cooler, they can create much larger piles of snow.


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Just minutes from Worcester and less than an hour from Boston, Ski Ward is a small area with something for everyone. Ski Ward is open year-round, offering skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in winter and summer, birthday parties, group outings, and corporate functions. Ski Ward also hosts the Slopeside Bar & Grill, serving lunch, dinner, beer, wine, and ice cream indoors and outdoors on a patio with fantastic views.

The winter offers nine trails, four lifts, eight tubing lanes, a rental shop, and a snow school with more than 100 instructors teaching private and group lessons, multi-week lessons, and vacation lesson programs.

The summer hosts three professional volleyball courts and a tubing park, perfect for field trips, day camps, and birthday parties.

Thar she blows! Credit: Ski Ward

Winter at Ski Ward Offers:

  • 220′ vertical drop and 45 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain
  • Nine trails and four lifts, including a triple chair, T-bar, and a 250′ carpet lift
  • Up to 12 Tuba Slide lanes approximately 800′ long with a 75′ vertical drop serviced by two lifts
  • Race facility with dual TAG Heuer timing gear, including a start shack and finish shack
  • Fireside lodge with snack bar
  • Slopeside Bar & Grill: serving beer, wine, and food specials
  • Ski and snowboard school with over 100 instructors
  • Rental shop
  • 100% snowmaking and expert mountain grooming
  • Group and corporate outings and birthday parties
  • Patrolled by certified National Ski Patrol Members

Summer at Ski Ward Offers:

  • A 280′ TubaSlide lane serviced by a carpet lift
  • Slopeside Bar & Grill offers lunch and dinner with such items as grilled food, fried seafood, and ice cream
  • Beach Volleyball leagues
  • Group and corporate outings and birthday parties
  • Rental facilities
Ski Ward trail map
Ski Ward trail map.

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