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Berkshires and Pioneer Valley ski areas welcome skiers, snowboarders

66 Thunder Mountain Road Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 413-339-6617

Berkshire East is as much a riders mountain as you will find in New England. Whether you are a refugee from the northern resorts, a first timer, or die hard regular, the Beast has got you covered if you want great conditions, great terrain, great people, and an awesome atmosphere that caters to people who are done putting up with corporate b.s. and overpriced tickets.

What’s new? This winter you will see a wind tower. This unit will generate 130% of our annual need. We have some great lifts and a bunch of new snow guns. Berkshire East has always been a locals place, but that's not because we only get people from western Mass. It means that when you buy a pass or a ticket here, that the money stays here and gets reinvested into our awesome mountain.

37 Corey Road -- Route 43 Hancock, MA, 01237 Phone: 413-738-5500 Toll-Free: 800-882-8859

Skiers of all levels will love this Berkshire resort

Whether you’ve never skied or have conquered double black diamonds, you will love Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. Nestled in the northern Berkshires, with a mountain elevation of 2,380 feet, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Southern New England is 167 acres of winter fun, from its 17 easy trails to three double black diamonds. And getting up there has never been easier with nine lifts, including the high-speed six-passenger Berkshire Express. Beginner or need to brush up? The resort offers individual and group lessons and a Discovery Zone area to test new skills. In the bustling alpine village, you’ll find a country inn, day care and dining options from food courts to a tavern and John Harvard’s Restaurant.

Otis Ridge Ski Area

Route 23 Otis, MA, 01253 Phone: 413-269-4444

Eleven trails serviced by five lifts at this family ski area with a 400 foot vertical drop.

Bousquet's Ski Area

101 Dan Fox Drive Pittsfield, MA, 01201 Phone: 413-442-8316

24 trails; 3 terrain parks, 200 skiable acres; 85 percent snow making

Ths family-friendly ski area offers lots of deals and passes for lift tickets and lessons. Racing.

Butternut Ski Area

380 State Road (Route 23) Great Barrington, MA, 01230 Phone: 413-528-2000

22 trails; 2 terrain parks; 110 skiable acres; snow tubing; 100 percent snow making

Skiing & Snowboarding -- Butternut prides itself on being an affordable and family-friendly ski area an easy drive from New York City and many locations in Connecticut via major highways. The mountain welcomes people new to skiing and snowboarding. Butternut promotes is affordable lift tickets and cheap season passes. Rentals and lessons for skiing and snowboarding are available, with opportunities for discounted packages. There is a seven-lane snow tubing center.
Everything Else -- Ski shop, demonstration demo tent. The nearby town of Great Barrington is a fun place to visit, with restaurants, lodging, and a variety of attractions and entertainment for adult and kids. Also, theaters, shopping, and museums.

Blandford Ski Area

41 Second Division Road Blandford, MA, 01008 Phone: 413-848-2860

22 trails; 2 terrain parks; night skiing; 465-foot vertical drop; 80% snow making; 2 lodges; 158 acres of skiable terrain

Skiing & Snowboarding -- Most of the terrain at Blandford is designated for novices and intermediates, but advanced skiers and snowboarders can find enough trails to keep them challenged.
Everything Else -- Two lodges; ski lift and lessons discounted passes and packages; rentals and repairs; racing