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The Sundance Triple in 2014
Nashoba Valley Ski Area
Westford, Massachusetts
Status: Open
First Season:1964-65
Vertical Drop:230 feet
Standing Lifts:3 triples, 1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The Sundance Triple in 2014
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
6/4/2015: Nashoba Valley Ski Area Named as Venue in Olympic Bid
9/5/2014: Nashoba Valley Improves Snowmaking, Adds New Beginner Slope...
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Located near Route 2 and Interstate 495 on 426 foot Nashoba Hill in Westford, Nashoba Valley Ski Area is one of the most popular ski areas in Southern New England.

Early Surface Lift Years

Nashoba Valley in the 1960s
Nashoba Valley in the 1960s

Nashoba Valley was first opened for the 1964-65 season by Alan Fletcher Sr. as a rope tow served ski area. Due to poor weather, the ski area only operated for 14 days during its freshman season. Nonetheless, the Fletcher and his core crew of Peter Whitcomb, Midge Zaher, David McPhee pushed on through many tough years, gradually growing the business, catering to school groups and local skiers.

The base area during the early years
The base area during the early years

After operating for nearly a decade with only rope tows, its first non-rope tow lift, a T-Bar, as installed in 1972. A new snowmaking system was reportedly installed circa 1975, helping Nashoba to avoid the fate of so many other small ski areas in the eastern side of the state.

Chairlifts

Nashoba entered the chairlift age in 1977 when it installed a used double chairlift. One year later, a triple chairlift was assembled and installed.

Jumping for the latest technology, in 1979-80 Nashoba Valley reportedly became the first ski area in New England to have a power tiller in its grooming fleet. By the start of 1981-82, Nashoba was sporting 33 acres of terrain, often groomed twice daily.

Once ahead getting a jump on a trend, Nashoba was one of the earliest ski areas to permit snowboarding, officially inviting snowboarders for the 1985-86 season.

A third chairlift, a new CTEC triple, was installed for the 1986-87 season. Meanwhile, Fletcher's daughter, Pam, was making international headlines as a member of the US Ski Team throughout the 1980s. In addition to winning a World Cup downhill and 6 national titles, Pam Fletcher was a member of the 1988 United States Olympic team.

Nashoba continued to grow in the 1990s, adding its fourth chairlift in 1994, the Sundance Triple. At this point, the ski area had grown to 51 acres. Four years later, Fletcher's son Alan became General Manager of the ski area.

Nashoba Valley in 2016
Nashoba Valley in 2016

Nashoba opened a massive snowtubing park nearby in 2001, which has grown to reportedly become the largest facility of its type in New England.

In recent years, Alan was promoted to President of the ski area, while Pam took over Events Marketing and Sales.

Nashoba continues to operate as a successful ski area to this day, while also featuring a popular restaurant and summer activities.

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Nashoba Valley Ski Area Named as Venue in Olympic Bid - Jun. 4, 2015
Nashoba Valley Improves Snowmaking, Adds New Beginner Slope and Magic Carpet - Sep. 5, 2014
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Image Gallery
1984 Boston Phoenix1985 Boston Phoenix1986 Boston Phoenix
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Chief Triple in 2005
Chief Triple
Borvig-Leitner
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1986-87
The Snowdance Double in 2005
Snowdance Double
Carlevaro & Savio-CTEC
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1977-78
The Sundance Triple in 2005
Sundance Triple
CTEC
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1994-95
The Wardance Triple in 2005
War Dance Triple
Thiokol
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1978-79

Past Lifts
Seasons
The bottom terminal (1970s)
Tomahawk T-Bar
Borvig
T-Bar
1972-73
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2002-03

Maps
1975-76 Nashoba Valley Trail Map1981-82 Nashoba Valley Trail Map2000-01 Nashoba Valley Trail Map2003-04 Nashoba Valley Trail Map2004-05 Nashoba Valley Trail Map2005-06 Nashoba Valley Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-17$55.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$675.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph12.3 daysDecember 10March 192016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$54.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$675.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph12.5 daysDecember 29March 62015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$52.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$675.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph13.0 daysNovember 29March 292014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$50.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$650.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph13.0 daysNovember 30March 162013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$48.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 13March 242012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$48.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$625.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph13.0 daysDecember 12March 112011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$46.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 9March 132010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$45.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price Graph2009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$44.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$575.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph13.1 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$40.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$550.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph13.8 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$40.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$550.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph13.8 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$37.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph2005-06 Season Pass Price Graph2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$35.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$500.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph14.3 days2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$33.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$500.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph15.2 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$32.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$500.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph15.6 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$30.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$500.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph16.7 days2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$30.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$500.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph16.7 days2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$29.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph100,0001999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1996-97$27.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price Graph1996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1994-95$25.001994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price Graph1994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$25.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$24.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$22.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$20.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$20.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$18.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$12.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1973-74$5.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$4.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$4.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Hi Al sr.Remember I was your weekend season (1966) ticket coordinator. During the week we worked together at 3c. Thanks it was a lot of fun sitting in the unheated shed sorting out prepaid season tickets to school kids. By the way you still owe me a ride on your snow machine. Anyway, well done, and continued success.Dick Trainor"
Dick Trainor, Dec. 7, 2015
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External Links
  • Nashoba Valley Ski Area - official site
  • Last updated: January 23, 2017

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