The south shoulder is one of the more difficult faces of Russell peak, because even though there are more options, there are also a lot more dangers. There are tight couliors, cliffs, and lots of exposure if the snow is not right. Depending upon the conditions, these lines can be completely filled in, or very exposed. They heat up pretty quick due to the sun in the spring, so you want to be careful up there. If you want to ski the south shoulder and you need an escape route, look south to Oatmeal Bowl for other options.[more]
There are some rolling hills, but not a lot of steep lines in massachusetts. There is more touring, and some lower angle stuff. There are a couple of older ski areas in western and central mass. It is generally not very crowded, and you might run into a couple of snowshoers.
How to Get There
Massachusetts is located in New England, surrounded by New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The Mass Pike and Route 2 head East/West, and 95, 395, and 495 run N/South. Some of the approaches are longer than others, depending on where you are going.