Winter in the Berkshires means cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing and more! Our central location means easy access to all the Berkshires skiing you can handle without sacrificing comfort.
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You don’t have to look far in the Berkshires for good places to ski – they’re everywhere! – but each one is a little different, so here’s a guide to some of the bigger and better Berkshires skiing resorts
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Whether you prefer cross-country skiing, alpine (downhill) skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, the Berkshires have the snow and slopes for you – and Applegate Inn is in the center of the action!
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Now that the holidays have passed and the cold days of winter are stretching before us, it’s time to think about ski getaways in the Berkshires. Our Berkshire B and B is close to several terrific downhill ski areas.
- Ski Butternut, in Great Barrington, is about 12 miles from the inn.
- Catamount Ski Area, in Hillsdale NY, is about 20 miles from here.
- Jiminy Peak, up in Hancock, Massachusetts, is about 30 miles from our inn.
Although we haven’t received a healthy dose of snow since the Great Halloween Blizzard of 2011, all three ski areas are open, and all are making snow.
Ski Butternut is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends 8:15 to 4 p.m. This area also offers snow tubing on holidays and weekends.
Catamount Ski Area is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m (it opens at 8:30 on weekends); night skiing is offered Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m.
Jiminy Peak is open open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (opening at 8:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays). Live music frequently entices skiers to linger after leaving the slopes of Jiminy Peak. A full calendar of events is listed at Jiminy Peak.
Skiers who stay at our Mass Bed and Breakfast Monday through Friday will receive two free lift passes for Butternut Ski Area, or discount passes to Jiminy Peak. If you’d rather ski Catamount, take advantage of our three night, $50 Special Package and put the savings towards your ski tickets. Details about these and other specials are available on our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires Specials page.
Why not stay for several days and try all three ski areas? Folks who are traveling from New York City, Hartford, or Boston may find that stretching out a weekend makes the most sense; instead of driving out here every weekend, come out here every other weekend for three days. Less driving, more skiing. Wonderful.
Blue skies, colorful fall foliage, and a thick base of snow… that’s what we see out the windows of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast these days.
We’re enjoying the view while it’s here. The sun is expected to be with us for most of the week and temperatures are climbing. Already the snow is beginning to recede.
Nonetheless, this little taste of winter has invigorated everyone. Children and adults have been out in force with their sleds. People are lining up at ski areas such as Jiminy Peak, Catamount Ski Area, and Canterbury Farms Nordic Center. None of the ski areas are open yet (in spite of having received 12 to 18 inches of snow over the weekend) because ground temperatures are too warm, but we don’t think skiers will have to wait long.
In the meantime, let’s enjoy the wild mood swings of Mother Nature while we can. We encourage folks to take advantage of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast Spur of the Moment Special. Arrive here within 24 hours of booking your 2 night stay and you’ll receive 15% off your entire stay. If you’re office is still closed due to lack of electricity or your home is cold and dark, hop in your car and find warmth at the Applegate Inn.
Sit by the grand fireplace in our parlor, where in the evening we serve a selection of wine and cheeses. Remember the best part of winter – cozy evenings by the fire after days of brisk outdoor activity. You’ll find yourself looking forward to the next snow fall.
Catamount Ski Area in Great Barrington, MA, is just 30 minutes from our luxury Bed and Breakfast Berkshires. As of this writing there are 24 out of 33 trails open and 4 out of 6 lifts carrying skiers to the top. A couple of the trails are not groomed and moguls are already forming. It looks to be a terrific season.
The blizzard that ushered out 2010 up and down the eastern seaboard certainly whetted appetites for snow sports. While cross country skiers had a heyday in Central Park, downhill skiers and snowboarders could only dream of distant mountains. Well, now the roads are clear and the mountains await.
Catamount is a terrific ski area on the Massachusetts / New York border. Travelers who can be spontaneous may take advantage of $27 daytime lift tickets through Friday this week. In addition, we offer a discount to spur of the moment guests of our luxury Berkshires Bed and Breakfast; call within 24 hours of your arrival and receive 15% off your entire stay. A little spontaneity can go a long way towards making travel more affordable.
If you feel exhausted and worn out after a whirlwind holiday season, time spent at our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires may be just what you need. Ski Catamount and let the fresh air and powder invigorate you. What a wonderful way to begin a new year.
Our Western Massachusetts bed & breakfast is less than 20 miles from one of the oldest ski areas in the Northeast – Catamount Ski Area. The close proximity allows you sleep in, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the inn, and still get in a full day of skiing.
The thirty minute drive is both lovely and relaxing. You’ll pass through Great Barrington, MA, where there are many restaurants to nourish you after a day on the slopes.