The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is promoting dozens of outdoor activities across the Commonwealth for families to enjoy during School Vacation Week, February 16-24, 2019.

“From alpine ski resorts and cross-country skiing to ice skating, snowboarding and hiking, Massachusetts is a winter wonderland each February, and we urge residents and visitors to take advantage of all we have to offer during the upcoming school vacation week,” says Executive Director Francois L. Nivaud of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

Among the winter assets in Massachusetts are 12 alpine ski resorts, with downhill options for skiers and snowboarders at all levels, as well as snow tubing, cross country and snowshoeing facilities.

Four ski resorts are running a Learn to Ski contest, which includes a free day of lessons, rental and a lift pass for two skiers or riders.  Winners are selected on February 22, 2019.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which manages 450,000 acres of open space, has 84 family-friendly activities being offered in state parks across Massachusetts with 12 Visitor Centers open and fully staffed.

The Trustees of the Reservations, which manages 100 properties spanning 27,000+ acres, is offering its Staycation with the Trustees program of outdoor activities, from drop-off and drop-in programs at local farms, to sledding, snowshoe walks and scavenger hunts.

The Mass Audubon Society has a full week of children’s activities, including birdwatching and nature walks, at outdoor facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

In addition, MOTT has compiled a resource of more School Vacation Week Activities, both outdoors and indoors.

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