Slip Sliding Away
Posted on January 06, 2016Written by Lindsey Schmid
I think we can all agree that come mid-January, cabin fever is a real thing. As the snow piles up and we need to shovel to go anywhere, we start to feel that itch, that stir-craziness. While we can’t change the weather, we can go outside!
The Berkshires offer up fun, inexpensive, family outings such as sledding and tubing. While we have all discovered our favorite spot or two, there are a lot of hidden sledding spots from Williamstown to Sheffield.
In Williamstown, there are great, free options like the Taconic Golf Club, located on 19 Meacham Street. Closed during the winter this beautiful open space offers lots of smaller hills to sled and is perfect for the younger ones.
Older children and adults with some sledding experience looking for some adventure should consider Sheep Hill. Located at 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. This Williamstown Rural Land Foundation property boasts a large, steep hill that will get your heart racing and your glutes working to get up!
A little further south of Williamstown is the Forest Park Country Club. Located at 41 Forest Park Ave., Adams, at the base of Mount Greylock. This property not only boasts great sledding but gorgeous views of the largest peak in Massachusetts.
Heading towards Central Berkshires, there are hills at Reid Middle School located at 950 North St, Pittsfield and the year-round, family-friendly Clapp Park located on West Housatonic Street. These both have great hills and are always full of other sledders.
The City of Pittsfield installed a tow at Osceola Park in Pittsfield, which means you get more downhill time! Nearby is an old-time favorite, the Wahconah Country Club located 20 Orchard Road, Dalton.
If you’re around Great Barrington you don’t want to miss the wide hill at Monument Mountain Regional High School, at 600 Stockbridge Road. Be sure to call ahead to make sure its ok to sled during school hours (413-528-3346).
Another popular spot in South County is Bartholomew’s Cobble, 117 Cooper Hill Rd, Sheffield (technically the village of Ashley Falls.) This National Natural Landmark and Trustee of the Reservations property boost some steeper and mellow spots to sled. Do note that this property asks that you do not bring your pets.
What if sledding isn’t really your speed? We also have another fun option in every section of the Berkshires, tubing.
At Berkshire East, you can get 450-foot tubing lanes. Known for its great ski rates, just $20 for adults and $15 for those 12 and under, you can get two hours on the mountain, including rental fees and a chairlift back to the top.
If you’re up for a big adventure, you can head to Bousquet Ski Area, located at 101 Dan Fox Dr., Pittsfield. Known for its family-friendly skiing, it also has tubing chutes open Thursday through Sunday. For only $18 you get two hours of whizzing down the mountain and then some warming up in the lodge with hot chocolate.
Catamount, which straddles the MA and NY lines, is another gem here in the Berkshires. Located at 78 Catamount Rd., Hillsdale, NY, it is a great place to go to become the skier you’ve always wanted to be. The beginner area is wide, gentle, and served by two Wonder Carpet lifts. Catamount offers Learn to Ski and Learn to Ride (for ages 7 and older) programs where you’re guaranteed to learn or the next lesson is free!
Don’t let cabin fever get to you and your family. Whether you’re sledding, tubing, or learning how to ski or ride, there are plenty of inexpensive ways to burn energy and have fun right here in the beautiful Berkshires.