This winter in Boston has been brutal, and it’s only January.  Instead of cursing the snow, embrace it with some fun winter activities, right near the city.

You don’t have to travel far to get to the Blue Hills ski area, in Canton, just a few miles from Boston.  This weekend, on Saturday, January 22nd and Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 the Blue Hills ski area is hosting its annual winter carnival.  Saturday’s festivities includes a variety of family-friendly activities, including Radio Disney from 12pm – 2pm and a torchlight parade at 6pm.

The Blue Hills ski area just received an additional 8 inches of snow, and they offer some great activities for families, including a kids’ club, terrain park, and private lessons.  In addition, kids under the age of three ski for free!  Tickets are available online, or at the front entrance.

Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington St. Canton, MA 02021