Last post, we talked about places to cross country ski near the inn. For this post, we target those that live for the thrill and speed of alpine skiing!

Typically, our area of the Berkshires doesn’t get as much snow as the New England coast, but the snow stays longer. The first flakes fall before Thanksgiving and gets heavier in mid-December. By January the snow is building up as temperatures drop. A thaw at the end of January cleans the palate for the February storms. In March there are often early signs of spring, but the white stuff usually lingers into April.

That adds up to a four month ski season, give or take a few weeks. But that’s just the natural stuff.

Bousquet has runs for skiers of all ages and skill levels.

Bousquet has runs for skiers of all ages and skill levels.

The snowmakers start spraying air and moisture before Thanksgiving – hoping to build up sufficient depth to last through spring break holidays in April! The ski opportunities are worth a winter visit to the Berkshires, where downhill ski areas range from first-class resorts with expert trails to family/cooperative ski clubs.

Downhill Skiing Near the Inn

The closest places to alpine ski from Applegate Inn are Bousquet and Jiminy Peak.

Bousquets ~ 21 Trails (6 Novice, 7 Intermediate, 8 Expert). Peak elevation: 1,875 feet. Vertical drop: 750 feet. Lifts: 2 double chairs, 3 rope tows. 98% mad-made snow. Amenities: Ski & snowboard school, Ski shop, Rentals, Cafeteria, Child care. Night skiing on 13 trails. Snowboarding allowed. 200 Dan Fox Drive (off the Pittsfield-Lenox Road — Route 7) in Pittsfield, less than 10 miles from the Inn.

Jiminy Peak ~ 40 trails (35% Novice, 30% Intermediate, 35% Expert). Peak elevation: 2,380 feet. Vertical drop: 1,140. Lifts: 2 quadruple chair, 3 triple chair, 2 double chairs, 2 handle tows. 95% man-made snow. Amenities: Ski school, Ski shop, Rentals, 3 cafeterias, 2 restaurants, Nursery. Night skiing allowed on 13 trails. Snowboards allowed. 37 Corey Road in Hancock, about a 45 minute drive from the Inn.