Ski the Mount Washington Cog Railway

Marshfield Station Now Open Daily All Winter Long.

7:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday and

7:00am-4:00pm Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

Including school vacation weeks


Located on the western face of Mount Washington at an elevation of 2700′, our Marshfield Base Station is the highest full-service facility with vehicle access on the mountain. It’s a warm and comfortable base camp to start and finish your back country skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or snowshoeing adventure.

Marshfield Station features a food court for snacks, supplies and winter hiking gear, restrooms, the Cog Railway Museum and plenty of safe, well maintained parking.

There are 3 miles of back country ski trails along the Cog right-of-way just waiting for your tracks, but don’t forget your skins– there are no lifts and it will be a steep climb!

There is a parking/land use fee of $10 per person required to access the property.  This can be paid at the Marshfield Base Station parking lot toll box or inside the Base Station during business hours. While inside,  you might want to stock up on snacks and supplies from the Food Court and take advantage of the rest room facilities available for your use.

Once you’re suited up and ready, the mountain is your wonderland! Even if you don’t want to follow our tracks all the way to the summit of Mount Washington (6288’), you can still plow through fresh snow anywhere along our route, from a quick hike up to the Waumbek water tank and shelters (3700’), historic Jacob’s Ladder (4725’), or high above the trees at Skyline (5300’).

Both sides of the track offer skiing opportunities.  The trail on the left side of the tracks (looking up) is fairly easy to negotiate with the proper back-country equipment to an elevation of 4725’ (Jacob’s Ladder); beyond that the conditions and the terrain become more difficult.  Please be mindful that you are skiing next to an operating railroad and therefore there may be obstacles buried under the snow near the tracks. DO NOT SKI ON OR VERY NEAR THE TRACKS, OR ATTEMPT TO SKI ACROSS THE TRACKS.

So join us for a unique North Country adventure– ski the Cog Railway! But remember, The Mount Washington Cog Railway does not maintain trails or provide support for skiers or snowboarders during the winter. DO NOT attempt to ski or ride on our property unless you are an EXPERT skier or snowboarder and are well versed in the unique challenges of any excursion into steep, remote back country locations in winter. Be safe, be fully prepared with proper clothing, equipment and supplies, do not hesitate to turn around if the weather becomes threatening, and make sure you notify friends or family of your plans.  

IMPORTANT: Any person using Cog Railway property (including the land adjacent to our tracks) without paying the parking/land use fee of $10 per person may have their vehicle towed, be charged with trespassing, or theft of services.

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