West of Springfield and east of Great Barrington, the Butternut Basin ski area is considered the pride of the Berkshires with 22 runs spread over 110 acres served by 10 lifts accessing a maximum descent of 1,000 feet. It is surrounded by rolling vistas and evergreen and hardwood forests. The levels of difficulty range from 20% beginner to 60% intermediate to 20% difficult.
For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Ski Butternut has two terrain parks to session. The Twisted Terrain Park has a combination of man-made and natural features including rails, tables, step downs, jump-lines, log rides and rock jibs. Access is provided by the Top Flight summit quad or the Highline quad chairlifts. The Cruiser Progression Park is perfect for beginners with smaller features than the Twisted Terrain Park with smaller rails, jumps and boxes. It is accessed from the Cruiser quad chairlift.
To reach the Ski Butternut from NYC, head north on Henry Hudson Parkway to Sawmill River Parkway (or use 287E). Continue north to SR684N. Once on SR684N, continue for 16 miles toward Brewster and Pawling to SR22N. In Amenia, turn right at the traffic light on SR343. Continue on SR343 for 5 miles to Sharon. At the stop sign, turn left on SR41N for 7 miles until road divide, then turn left on SR41N at the White Hart Inn for 9.2 miles. On SR41N, turn right on Berkshire School Road (Large green road sign just before turn says Mt Everett School). Continue on for 3 miles to center of Sheffield. Turn left at stop sign, onto SR7N through Great Barrington. Veer right on SR23 heading east for 2 miles and look for Ski Butternut on the right.
Overall, Ski Butternut Basin is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 8 snowboarding resorts in Massachusetts. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Ski Butternut Basin including Blandford Ski Area, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Berkshire East Ski Resort.
Local Contacts: Ski Butternut Basin (413) 528-2000; Berkshire Tourism (800) 237-5747; Berkshire Central Reservations (888) 248-4760.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Easy
Base Camp: Fairfield Inn And Suites, Great Barrington
Luxury Loding: Canyon Ranch, Lenox (800) 326-7080; Wheatleigh, Lenox (800) 321-0610
Breakfast Restaurant: Martins Restaurant 413-528-5455
Reference Source: click here https://skibutternut.com/
GPS: 42.183436, -73.320195
Date Published: 12/27/2015
Date Updated: 1/11/2019
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