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Jan 16

Ski Local: Western MA & The Berkshires

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Posted by the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism

We’ve already had plenty of snow fall from the sky this winter, covering Massachusetts in a powder that’s readymade for skiers, snowboarders, tubers and outdoor explorers of every type.

Like last year, we’ve put together an all-purpose skiing resource to help you find the right place to Ski Local here in Massachusetts on less than a quarter-tank of gas.

On our Ski Local website, you can get updates on the conditions at all 12 Massachusetts ski areas in real time, along with all info you need about the locations and a cool, did-you-know tip, too!

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Given that the Berkshires and western Massachusetts boast some of the Commonwealth’s best scenery, it’s no surprise that they contain some premier ski spots, too.

Here’s a look at where folks can hit the powder in western MA:

Bousqet Mountain in Pittsfield, MA

Located in the heart of the Berkshires, Bousquet Ski Area offers families a great spot for some time together on the slopes. Visitors to this Pittsfield ski spot are awaited by trails fit for a variety of abilities, as well as robust tubing, which is also easy on the wallet. Two hours tubing on the mountain costs only $15, a value that was recently picked out as being among the best in New England. If you’re wondering how to make your way to Bousquet, just click here.

Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont, MA

The world’s first ski area to be entirely powered by on-site wind, Berkshire East is sustainable as well as scenic. The mountain offers options for alpine skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, with lessons available for newbies as well. There are various specials that run during different times of the month, too, so keep an eye out for those before you head out. For directions to Berkshire East, click here, and for a peek at the snow tubing, take a look at this video:

Catamount Ski Area in South Egremont, MA

Catamount Ski Area straddles the border between Massachusetts and New York, allowing visitors to actually move from state to state on the slopes. Catamount also boasts some of the more challenging skiing in the region, with options for skiers and snowboarders alike on the mountain. For those planning a multi-day stay, the ski area website has a handy weekend planner as well, while mid-week packages offer a good way to save.

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA

Jiminy Peak is a full-scale resort, the largest one of its kind in Southern New England, which means that folks won’t run out of new experiences, even if they stay for a long weekend. There are three terrain parks, as well as the six different lifts that supply ample accessibility to the trails. Shopping online for tickets can be a money and time saver for Jiminy Peak, so prospective visitors might want to consider planning ahead before setting out for this Berkshires ski spot. For a leisurely look around the resort, watch this video:

Blandford Ski Area in Blandford, MA

In Blandford, you’ll find 22 trails and two terrain parks, with options for skiers who range from beginner to advanced in skill level. For those with a competitive spirit, Blandford hosts club racing events, where participants can challenge each other in teams of at least four. In early February, for a good time, check out the Cardboard Box Race, which is exactly what it sounds like. You can see the Blandford trail map here. You can find directions here.

Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA

Tucked away in the scenic Berkshires town of Great Barrington, Ski Butternut is one of Massachusetts’ finest and most convenient ski spots. The central location offers easy access to adventurers from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, who will find plenty of space for themselves with 22 ski trails across 110 acres. Outside of the ski trails, there are also two terrain parks and a seven-lane tubing center, which supply non-skiers with plenty of enjoyable ways to spend the day. For a look back at what the 2012-2013 seas was like at Ski Butternut, check out this video:

Otis Ridge in Otis, MA

Otis Ridge has made its name as one of the best places for young and aspiring skiers to learn everything they need to know. The season pass for children 6 and under costs only $89 for the season, a value that’s tough to find elsewhere. The ski school also offers full and half-day programs for young ones, with all different skill levels serviced. Adults and more experienced skiers can also find entertaining pursuits at Otis, with more challenging runs available on the slopes. For directions to Otis, click here.

If western Mass. is a trip too far for your taste, fear not! We’ll be covering the five other Massachusetts ski areas, which are located elsewhere in Massachusetts, quite soon.

If skiing isn’t your thing at all, you can find plenty of other winter activities on massvacation.com.

Where’s your favorite Massachusetts ski spot? Tell us below in the comments!

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