Berkshires SkiingWinter in the Berkshires is one of our favorite seasons – the beauty of the snow on the mountains, the warmth and joy of the holidays – but perhaps most of all, it’s the winter sports and all the great, Berkshires skiing resorts!

Planning a Berkshires Skiing getaway is easy to do if you know what you’re looking for. Do you prefer cross-country, downhill, or are you a snowboarder? Perhaps you’re looking for something quieter and less crowded than a resort? Do you prefer snowshoeing to skiing? What about rentals and lessons?

Let us help you pick the area that’s right for you with this quick list of some of our favorite Berkshires ski resorts and and areas:

Ski Butternut
380 State Road, Route 23, Great Barrington
Butternut Basin has 22 trails, 10 ski lifts, 2 terrain parks, a tubing area, and offers lessons at their ski school. Butternut Basin is also known for its summer concerts and festivals, including the annual Berkshires Arts Festival!

Bousquet Mountain
101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield
Bousquet Mountain Ski Resort features downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, skiing lessons, and ski rentals. During warmer seasons you can also engage in Segway tours, ziplining, waterslides, go-karts, a disk golf course, and more at their Adventure Park. Did we mention the full service bar on premises?

Jiminy Peak
37 Corey Road, Hancock
Jiminy Peak is the largest ski resort in southern New England with 45 trails, lessons, rentals, snowboarding, and night skiing. In the warmer months, they also have a popular ropes course, ziplines, alpine slides, climbing wall, trails for hiking and mountain biking, you name it. All this plus dining on-site.

Route 23, South Egremont
Catamount Ski Area offers the winter sports enthusiast 33 trails of downhill and cross-country skiing along with a terrain park that includes some gnarly jumps and jibs. Full rentals of gear and lessons are also available.

Canterbury Farm Cross Country Skiing
1986 Fred Snow Road, Becket
Canterbury Farms provides 13+ miles of alpine skiing on groomed trails. Snowshoeing and ice-skating are also available, plus they offer rentals, lessons, and meals on-site.

Kennedy Park
Route 7 and 20 Pittsfield Road, Lenox
Lenox’ Kennedy Park in Lenox is a wonderful place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing – or mountain biking, hiking, and running, when weather permits. Town-owned and maintained, this hardwood forest is riddled with old carriage roads and upwards of 15 miles of groomed trails. If you go, be sure to take a map.

Berkshires Lodging
Federal House Inn’s location provides easy access to all the ski areas listed above and more. Whether your Berkshires vacation is based on skiing, theater, music, or just general rest and relaxation, a stay at Federal House Inn will make your Berkshires getaway that much better. Happy holidays form all of us at Federal House Inn!