Nashoba Valley Toasts 50 Years With Deals, Giveaways, Events
The New Year started with a party at Nashoba Valley Ski Area and it hasn’t stopped. That’s how New Englanders celebrate birthdays as the resort less than 20 miles from Boston, Mass. is in the midst of noting 50 years in the snow sports business.
“We started with no money and less brains,” quipped owner Al Fletcher, Sr. in an interview with SnoCountry.com. “People ask how I got into this, but skiing has been a passion of mine.”
It began with just a rope tow, trails groomed by shovel, a “base lodge” which had one story and a gravel floor heated by a pot-bellied stove. Nashoba was open 14 days back then. Now state-of-the-art snowmaking has created a five to six month season.
Despite the advances in such technology, Fletcher told us the key to the area’s success was ski school.
“Nashoba Valley was a gamble relying on day trippers,” he told us. “I figured if we could get them interested we could make it. We needed to educate people through ski school. That allowed us to manufacture our own skier base. We started with youngsters in school. Otherwise I’d be broke. The place would be growing peas.”
Birthday giveaways started Jan. 1 and are continuing for 50 consecutive days. Meanwhile Nashoba Valley, which had its humble beginnings Jan. 19, 1964, isn’t being humble about its contest prizes that include Nashoba Valley Gift Cards, Lift Tickets, season passes, iPods, tablets, and more. Enter here.
Iconic freestyle skier Wayne Wong will visit Feb. 13-16, giving skiers a chance to ski the “Wong Way,” in the words of Pam Fletcher, Al’s daughter, 1988 Olympic skier and the mountain’s marketing director.
The date, however, that will get everyone’s attention is Feb. 27 when anyone within driving distance of Al Fletcher’s resort will call in sick. That will be Throw Back Pricing Day when a lift ticket will be offered for just $2.50, same as it was on opening day half a century ago.
Currently there are 17 trails and four chairlifts, three conveyors and four rope tows, 18 lanes of snow tubing, and terrain parks with over 50 features.
Ski and stay packages can be conveniently found just two miles from Nashoba Valley. The Residence Inn Marriott (978-392-1407) has offers beginning at $190 per night, and the Hampton Inn and Suites (978-392-1555) presents packages starting at $170 nightly.
Photo: Nashoba Valley Ski Resort celebrates 50th (Nashoba Valley)