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Dec 8

Seasonal Spotlight: Ski Butternut

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Posted by Toby Hill, guest blogger of Hopper.com

Located in the midst of the rolling Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts, Ski Butternut is a family-friendly and affordable skiing destination. Popular lessons and snowmaking facilities combine to make it one of the best choices around for beginner and intermediate skiers.

The grounds are also surrounded by Berkshire County’s vibrant cultural and culinary scenes, which means there is a fantastic range of post-skiing activities. While there is no lodging at the slopes themselves, Butternut is next to the artsy town of Great Barrington, which has several excellent places to stay.

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Photo: Ski Slopes by Ski Butternut Photographer Matt Sawyer

Ski 22 trails winding down Butternut’s slopes

Encompassing 110 acres of beautiful Berkshire mountainside, and 22 trails covered by snowmaking facilities, skiing at Butternut is both reliable and picturesque. It’s also pretty affordable: the season tickets are excellent value and there are cheap mid-week tickets during non-holiday periods. The courses are not extremely challenging, making Butternut an excellent match for beginners, intermediate skiers, and families with diverse skill sets, and not quite as well suited to expert skiers seeking an intense thrill.

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Photo: Skiing at Ski Butternut by Ski Butternut Photographer Matt Sawyer

 Speed down the snow on a reassuringly solid tube

For kids and adults who want an alternative to strapping on skis and speeding down a mountainside, Butternut has a large tubing park. It is open throughout the winter season, and has seven chutes to slip and slide down. Single-use passes and season tickets are available.

Take well-regarded ski and snowboard lessons at Ski Butternut

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Photo: Ski Lesson by Ski Butternut Photographer Matt Sawyer

Ski Butternut is well known for its ski lessons, which are instructive and enjoyable. The lessons cover all abilities and include pay-by-day learning packages for complete skiing and snowboarding beginners. The resort’s ski and snowboard kids’ lessons are particularly popular, while those keen to step up their speed can add to their skill sets with racing lessons.

Stay at the historic Wainwright Inn, or one of the other 40+ nearby accommodation options

While there is no lodging at the slopes themselves, the area around Butternut has more than 40 accommodation options. Many are located in Great Barrington, and of these, The Wainwright Inn is frequently commended by visitors and passersby. An exquisite New England bed & breakfast with fire-warmed communal areas and European-style furnishings, it first opened in 1776 and has been welcoming guests ever since.

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Photo: Wainwright Inn in winter via the Wainwright Inn

For those making a trip into the area, Ski Butternut is easily accessible by car along Routes 7 and 8, while the nearest major airport is Albany International, about an hour’s drive away. The slopes are well positioned for skiers from Hartford, CT (90 minutes’ drive), Boston (two hours) and NYC (two and a half hours).

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