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Planning Your Berkshires Skiing Vacation

October 18th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Berkshires Skiing VacationAs we enter into autumn and enjoy the beauty it brings, thoughts of winter are not far behind – which means now is the time to book your Berkshires skiing vacation!

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:

Bousquet Mountain Ski Resort
101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield
www.bousquets.com
Bousquet Mountain Ski Resort & Summer Family Fun Center offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing. They can provide lessons, rentals, and have a kid’s program. Bousquet Mountain also offers Segway tours, an Adventure Park, ziplining, waterslides, go-karts, a disk golf course, and more when weather permits. With a full service bar on premises, they have a little something for everyone.

Canterbury Farm Cross Country Skiing
1986 Fred Snow Road, Becket
www.canterbury-farms.com
Canterbury Farms has 13+ miles of groomed cross country ski trails. They also offer lessons, kid’s programs, and rentals of skis, snowshoes, and ice-skates. Food is available on-site as well.

Catamount Ski Area
Route 23, South Egremont
www.catamountski.com
Catamount Ski Area has 33 trails of alpine and downhill skiing as well as a terrain park with jumps and jibs. Lessons for young and older, plus rentals of snowboards and skis round out this popular ski area.

Cranwell Resort
55 Lee Road, Lenox
www.cranwell.com
Cranwell Resort has a ski shop with ski, snowshoe, and ice skate rentals, plus over 6 miles of groomed trails. There’s also a full-service spa onsite and a trail-side tavern!

Hilltop Orchards
508 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond
www.hilltoporchards.com
Hilltop Orchards has cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed trails, lessons, ski and snowshoe rentals. Hilltop Orchards also offers food, and just happens to be the home of Furnace Brook Winery – how about some wine tasting in front of the fire after the slopes?

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
37 Corey Road, Hancock
www.jiminypeak.com
Jiminy Peak boasts the largest skiing and snowboarding resort in southern New England with 45 trails, lessons, rentals, and night skiing. Jiminy Peak also has a ropes course complete with ziplines, alpine slides and coasters, a rock climbing wall, hiking and mountain biking trails, plus lots more (many of these diversions are seasonally dependent, of course) There’s also dining on site.

Maple Corner Farm
794 Beech Hill Road, Granville
www.maplecornerfarm.com
Maple Corner Farm is a real working farm that also happens to have 12+ miles of groomed, cross-country skiing trails and 6+ miles of snowshoe trails, along with rentals, lessons, and a snack bar. Great for those who want to avoid the resort scene and get back to nature.

Notchview
Old Route 9, Windsor
www.thetrustees.org
Notchview is 25 miles of eye-poppingly scenic, backwoods cross-country skiing or snowshoeing trails through hardwood and evergreen forests. Notchview offers lessons, picnic areas, a sense of tranquility, and a some of the finest scenery to be had on two skis.

As you can see, there are lots of different options for your Berkshires skiing vacation – so what are you waiting for? Book your vacation now before the season fills up!

Berkshires Skiing Vacation Lodging
Best of all, Applegate Inn is less than an hour’s drive away from all the locations listed above, meaning you can have all the luxury and tranquility you want to bookend your day on the slopes. Add one of our November to May specials on top of that and realize real savings. Now that’s convenience!

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