Jiminy Peak Ski Getaways
Look up from the base of Jiminy Peak and you may feel you're in the bottom of a deep, dark-colored teacup, with streaks of white running down the inside.
Such is the nature of the steep-sided bowl that makes up Jiminy's terrain. Look a bit left and you'll see the "handle" of the teacup, a separate pod of trails with a little something for everyone (we'll get back to that). The view quite naturally makes you want to see the perspective from the "rim," and Jiminy is happy to oblige, with plenty of uphill capacity. Much of the uphill transport is provided by a six-person detachable chair, which makes the summit climb in five minutes. Two quads, three triples, one double and two surface lifts complete Jiminy's uphill network.
The downhill network - 44 trails, 19 lighted for night skiing - feature long beginner and low intermediate runs, fast cruisers, and more advanced terrain that ranges from the upper intermediate Ace of Spades to the double black diamond Jericho. Moms and Dads with kids in tow (or anyone who wants a leisurely ride down) will appreciate the generous designated "non-speed zones," around the mountain. These include Left Bank, a low intermediate trail that traces the rim of the "teacup". Absolute beginners have a separate area served by two surface lifts, including a magic carpet.
A halfpipe with pipe-dragon grooming and a terrain park have a dedicated surface tow and are open at night.
The Berkshire's history as a vacation destination is reflected in Jiminy's commitment to a resort experience for visitors. You can enjoy the convenience of being near the action with a stay at the Country Inn, an all-suite hotel at the mountain's base. There are also a number of condominiums available. These amenities and the existing base complex have recently been tied together by the ambitious Village Center project, the final phase of the resort's Master Plan. A new 6500 square-foot children's center replaced the existing center, which had become too small. The Paul Major Welcome Center houses a coffee shop, group ticket outlet, guest services, and a ski and snowboard school desk. Included in the Village Center are a large ski, snowboard, and outdoor gear retail store and Jiminy Realty. Sixty-five parking spaces were lost to make way for this project, but don't worry: there are still nearly 2000 more.