Ski The Berkshires

With seven resorts and seven cross country ski areas within an hour drive of each other, the Berkshires offer some of the best skiing in the Northeast. Best off all the fun does not stop in the summer.

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Jiminy Peak

The Berkshires’ premier ski and snowboard resort, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest in southern New England and offers year round entertainment for the whole family.

Located in Hancock, Jiminy Peak opened in 1947 and has been a local and regional favorite for decades. With winter and summer activities, a modern ski village and a dedication to a green initiative it is easy to see why.

Installed in 2007 Jiminy Peak’s wind turbine, Zephyr, generates more than 50 percent of the electrical power in the winter and nearly 100 percent during the summer. Once combined with the recently installed 2.4 megawatt solar array the resort will operate on 80 percent renewable energy, putting it on the cutting edge of ski resorts and meaning you can feel good about your visit to the mountain.

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Jiminy Peak offers 43 trails that cover 167 acres with a vertical drop of 1,150 feet. An annual snowfall of more than 100 inches along with 441 snow towers and guns means Jiminy provides skiers with some of the best conditions in all of New England.

To access the pristine powder Jiminy uses a total of nine lifts to pepper skiers across the mountain. Anchored by a bottom to top six-passenger high-speed lift, the system also includes two quad chairs, three triple chairs, a double and two beginner conveyer lifts, meaning more time on the slopes and less time waiting in line.

Beginners and advanced skiers alike will find plenty of terrain to keep them busy. Jiminy features a variety of glades and bump runs along with smooth corduroy surfaces for  cruising around the mountain.

Thrill seekers will enjoy the three terrain parks: Alex’s Ridge, Coyote Ridge and Grommetville. Varying in degrees of difficulty, each park presents its own set of challenges with strategically placed rails, jumps and quarter pipes.

After a day on the slopes relax and unwind in the Village Center where you can find restaurants and bars including the popular John Harvard’s Restaurant & Brewery and JJ’s Lodge. There are also shops and rental equipment available in the village.

Ski season is from mid-November to mid-April, weather pending.

Summer

Boy climbing up on climbing wallJust because the snow has melted does not mean the fun has stopped at Jiminy Peak. During the summer months the mountain has a plethora of entertainment options to choose from.

Start at the Aerial Adventure Park, a self-guided ropes course with six individual courses that all present a new challenge. Rope ladders, cargo nets, rope bridges and zip lines are just a few of the 70 different elements that will come into play as you traverse through the forest canopy.

Descend from the trees and head over to the Mountain Adventure Park for a round of family fun. Children will love burning energy jumping around in the bounce house, or springing through the air on the Euro Bungy Trampoline.

The park is also home to the popular Alpine Super Slide. Two identical tracks dip and turn as they race down the side of Jiminy Peak. Those desiring more speed can try out the mountain coaster, the first of its kind on the East Coast. Reaching speeds up to 23 mph the coaster slivers down more than 2000 feet of track, darting in and out of the trees and around rock boulders.

Jiminy Peak is also home to what many consider the best mountain bike park in New England. The lift-served trails are both single track and downhill cruisers with a variety of obstacles and challenges.

Whether you’re in the Berkshires in the winter or summer Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort has plenty to keep everyone entertained.

More Slopes to Explore

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Ski Butternut

Located in Great Barrington, Ski Butternut is constantly ranked in the top 10 in New England for their snow making abilities, with all 22 trails  covered by machines. The 110 skiable acres are accessed by 11 lifts, meaning more runs for visitors. Ski Butternut is also known for having the region’s best terrain park with a section for beginners and more advanced riders. The little ones will enjoy zooming down the hill in the tubing park.

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Bousquet Mountain

Opened in 1932, Bousquet is the oldest ski resort in the Berkshires and the first in the country to offer night skiing. The 200-acre resort has seen five Olympic downhill skiers evolve from the Bousquet Racing Team. In the summer Bousquet entertains guests with six water slides, a mini golf course, go-kart track and zip line course. Yankee Magazine also named the disc golf course at Bousquet the best in the Berkshires.

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Berkshire East

One of the largest ski areas in the Berkshires, the resort has some of the best glades skiing in New England. Six chair lifts, 162 skiable acres and 52 trails provide enough terrain to keep everyone challenged. Need a break from the slopes? Explore the tubing park or take a ride on the longest mountain coaster in North America. In the summer find adventure on the canopy tour, which includes two of the longest zip lines in the country.

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Otis Ridge

With 11 trails and four lifts, Otis Ridge is known for its small size, making it perfect for beginners and families learning to ski. With more than 50 years of experience the ski camp is one of the oldest in the country. Don’t be fooled by its size, as the mountain offers an array of trails that are perfect for more advanced skiers. After a day of conquering the mountain refuel slope side with food and drinks at the Grouse House.

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Cantebury Farm

Nestled in the quaint community of Becket, Canterbury Farm offers cross country skiers more than 19 miles of groomed trails. Meandering through 320 acres, the trails accommodate all skill levels and travel through forests and open fields and past multiple lakes and rock fences. The farm also includes separate snowshoe trails and a small frozen pond for ice skating. In the summer the trails are open for hiking and mountain biking.

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