Ski Butternut in Massachusetts is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Ski Butternut, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsSki Magazine calls Ski Butternut "a True Family Mountain." Located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, there are many nearby airports that offer access to the resort including those in Hartford, Connecticut and New York City. With a range of trails and an on-site daycare center, Butternut is a good choice for families with members of all skill levels. The affordable prices are another major draw.
The MountainSki Butternut boasts an elevation of 1,800 feet with a 1,000-foot vertical drop. The longest run is 7,920 feet. Average annual snowfall is 115 inches and the resort has 100 percent snowmaking capabilities, giving skiers good snow conditions throughout the ski season. A typical season runs from November through April.
Trails And LiftsButternut has 22 trails, with 60 percent intermediate level and 20 percent beginner and advanced. Skiers can reach the top of the slopes on one of 10 lifts, including four carpets, one double chair, one triple chair, three quad chairs and one poma. The resort also has one handle tow for tubing trails. Butternut has three terrain parks, giving skiers and snowboarders a place to practice tricks and maneuvers. Skiers will need to take a test before gaining access to Butternut's terrain parks. The resort offers eight tubing lanes as well.
In The NewsSnowEAST magazine rated Great Barrington, home to Ski Butternut, the No. 1 ski town in the East in 2009 and 2010. The resort hosts a variety of special events and competitions, including an annual fundraising bike ride to raise money for chronic kidney disease. Butternut is the staging area for the race. The Ice Coast Open is another Butternut event that takes place at the Twisted Terrain Park. The event is a slopestyle competition that is open to participants in several categories and winners receive cash prizes.
CostA basic weekday lift ticket at Butternut costs $25 for adults, $15 for children and $20 for seniors. Rates increase on weekends and holidays and range from $20 to $60 for day passes. Season passes start at $275 for adults and $100 for both children and seniors. Group sales are available and reservations can be made at the Butternut Group Sales office. Daily equipment rentals at Butternut range from $12 to $35, depending on gear needed and length of rental. Season rentals cost $109 for children ages 13 and younger and $149 for skiers age 14 and older. Lessons are offered at Butternut's Ski and Snowboard School with prices ranging from $40 per person in group sessions to $450 per person in multi-week sessions.
Apres-SkiButternut features two on-site restaurants and two on-site bars where skiers can unwind and have a meal or drink after a day on the slopes. The nearby Berkshires area boasts many dining and shopping choices. Skiers who plan to stay overnight can choose from more than 40 nearby accommodations that include bed-and-breakfasts, condos, private homes and hotels. Ski Butternut doesn't offer overnight accommodations, but the nearby lodging choices provide a variety of amenities, including some indoor pools, fireplaces and kitchens.
WATCH: Ski Butternut
Get a first-hand look at the skiing conditions at Butternut from this skier's helmet camera.