The way to really enjoy winter living in New England is to find an activity that you can do outdoors to take advantage of the months of snowfall.  If your only snow activity is shoveling, I guarantee you complain every time it snows.  If you own a snowmobile, snowshoes, cross country skies, a snowboard or alpine skis, you cheer every flake hoping for plenty of white stuff anticipating making fresh tracks.

If skiing is your thing, the Berkshires has a number of local ski areas that can satisfy your need to hit the slopes and not drive hours before you can strap-in to your skis or snowboard.

Bousquet Ski Area in Pittsfield has almost 5 miles of slopes with 2 lifts.  The elevation is 1,857 feet.  A number of different daily ski passes are available on a limited basis and range from $21 to $42.  Bousquet has been in operation since 1932.  New ownership took over late last year and have plans for a number of upgrades from chairlifts to a new ski lodge.  Click her for more information

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Jiminy Peak in Hancock is operating with 6.65 miles of trails and 7 lifts.  The elevation is 2,375 feet.   The average mid-week lift ticket will cost between $69 to $89.  Click here for more information

Berkshire East in Charlemont runs 4 lifts with just over 8 miles of trails.  The elevation is 1,082 feet.  There are a number of lift ticket pricing based on age and length of skiing preference.  Click here for more information

Ski Butternut in Great Barrington runs up to 6 lifts with 13.67 miles of trails.  The elevation is 1,771 feet.  Tickets based on age and mid-week or weekend tickets range from $20 to $65.  Hours of operation on weekends is 8:15am to 4pm and 9am to 4pm during the week. Click here for more information

There are a number of other ski areas in the area and within a short drive of the Berkshires.   Lift, trail and pricing may vary from the number listed above.

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