Berkshires and Pioneer Valley ski areas welcome skiers, snowboarders

Chair Lift Group - Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort - Hancock, MA
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

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

Winter is wonderful and the skiing superb at this full-service mountain resort

It’s a winter wonderland at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, where the skiing is incredible, the accommodations convenient and comfy, and the activities super-fun. With its top-notch snowmaking capabilities, the resort offers 45 skiing trails covering 167 acres and ranging from 17 easy trails to two double-black diamond trails. The atmosphere is family friendly, with all trails funneling back to the base area. There are camps for kids, and beginner lessons for kids and adults. The resort has the region’s only six-passenger chairlift, up to the 2,380-foot summit, where the valley view is jaw-dropping. Stay in the resort’s Country Inn or a spacious condo, and dine on site in a tavern, pub or deli. Check the website for a schedule of special activities.
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.
Ski Blandford

41 Nye Brook Road Blandford, MA Phone: 413-848-2860

29 trails; 2 terrain parks; night skiing; 465-foot vertical drop; 80% snow making; 2 lodges; 132 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
Otis Ridge Ski Area

159 Monterey Road - 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.
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Bousquet's Ski Area

101 Dan Fox Drive Pittsfield, MA, 01201 Phone: 413-442-8985

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.