Snowventures in the Berkshires!
Posted on December 06, 2022Written by Gretchen M. Michelfeld
“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration!” – Anamika Mishra
Come to the Berkshires this winter and let us thrill your intrepid soul with a variety of downhill, cross-country, and freestyle back country skiing options. Or maybe try a brand-new snow adventure!
Raise your hand if you’ve never been snow tubing!
Snow tubing is a super fun activity for the whole family, and you don’t have to be a snow sports or mountain expert to have a great time. You simply let gravity do its thing as you ride an innertube down the slopes. All you need to do is hold on tight and enjoy whizzing through that crisp, clean Berkshire mountain air! And we know the best places to do it.
Ski Butternut, in gorgeous Great Barrington, offers oodles of special ski packages for everyone from beginners to experts (Hello “Women’s Wednesday”), but their Tubing Center, widely regarded as one of the top places for tubing in the region, has got to be the most popular destination for the 5-and-up set. With 11 tubing lanes and a magic carpet to take you back to the top of the hill, families with kids are in for a great winter adventure!
Another great tubing spot is Pittsfield’s Bousquet Mountain. The oldest existing ski area in the Berkshires offers a cozy family vibe and exciting programming for kids and adults, with affordable group rates for tubing parties of 15 or more. New this year look for a fun tubing option at Catamount ski area.
Snowventures with Charlie!
Notchview is renowned for its commitment to land conservation and its 25 miles of pristine snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails. Looking for a new adventure with your doggie? Notchview also has a separate ski trail set up just for dog lovers to ski with their pups. It’s called “skijoring,” and it’s all the rage with the region’s animal-lovers!
Did you know Richmond’s Hilltop Orchards is a great dog-friendly place to snowshoe? As you’re relaxing après-doggy-snowshoe with your delicious craft cider, maybe give the pup a tiny taste of your cider donut as a reward for being such a good boy or girl.
Take a magical train ride through a Berkshire Winter Wonderland!
A truly unique cultural attraction, the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum offers old-fashioned sight-seeing excursions that are always a treat. But during the holiday season, special events include “Mistletoe and Music” holiday cabaret rides and even “Tinseliner Santa Trains” (caroling included, of course)! Book your tickets on the website and let the fun begin!
Had enough snowventures for the day?
It’s time to relax and enjoy the stunning snowy mountain vistas available from each of the well-appointed guest rooms of the Blue Vista Motor Lodge. Located at the peak of Whitcomb Summit in Florida, on the famous Mohawk Trail between Charlemont and North Adams, Blue Vista’s fire pits, sauna, and hot tub will help thaw out your frozen toes and warm your spirit as well. The friendly staff is also available to partner with local businesses to curate a special winter adventure just for you and your group. Other great options include the Springs Motel, Maple Terrace Motel, and Berkshire Valley Inn.
Whether you’re young or old, just starting to explore cold weather activities or a dedicated ski bunny, there’s a giant sled-full of snowy fun waiting for you in the Berkshire Mountains!
Photo Credits: Bousquet, Ogden Gigli; Notchview, M. Monkman
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