Ski Butternut Ski Getaways

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A fine midsize mountain in the heart of the Berkshires, Ski Butternut specializes in families and intermediate terrain. Families with young children specifically like the ski area because it offers gentle and separate learning areas, the SKIwee & miniRIDER programs, and a children's daycare center, Daycare is open daily from Dec 15 through season's end. Intermediates like it because 60% of the terrain is devoted to them. Ten lifts, including three quads, mean quick access to the slopes. Add in thoroughly modern facilities, proximity to the classic New England town of Great Barrington, and an overwhelming variety of off-slope activities, and it's not hard to see why Ski Butternut considers itself a destination area.

A ride up the Top Flight Quad to the summit highlights Butternut's intermediate strength while it provides a glimpse of its diversity. (After all, there's another 40% of the terrain devoted to beginners or advanced skiers and riders.) Exit left off the lift and a short distance past the top of black diamond Lucifer Leap is Upper Applejack, which in combo with Lower Applejack is one of the Berkshire's more memorable cruising trails. Or, take a right down green circle Pied Piper, which in combination with Crosstown and Cruiser provides beginners with a long and scenic route back to the base. And of course, there's the aforementioned Lucifer Leap, which maintains its pitch nearly to Crosstown halfway down, then mellows into the blue square Hob Nob.

Beginners, as noted, can start out at a separate area. Two double chairlifts, a Sun Kid wonder Carpet and a rope tow serve Paddy's, Scooter, and SKIwee, safely apart from the main mountain. Upon "graduation," Beginners can access the mountains scenic summit and descend Pied Piper to Crosstown, Cruiser, or access the triple and start down Uptown to Crosstown to the classic Nuthatch.

In addition to Lucifer Leap, Downspout, West Way, Whip, and the Chute will keep more advanced skiers and riders busy. For even more challenge, Ski Butternut offers two twisted terrain parks so you can show off your best moves.

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