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Catamount Ski Area. With a 1,000-foot vertical drop, 99% snowmaking capacity, and even grades, Catamount Ski Area is ideal for family skiing. It has the most varied terrain in the Berkshires. There are 33 trails, served by six lifts, plus a snowboard area called Catamount Terrain Park, and a 400-foot half-pipe. The Sidewinder, an intermediate cruising trail, is more than 1 mile from top to bottom. There's also lighted nighttime boarding and skiing. 3290 State Hwy. 23, South Egremont, MA, 01258. 413/528–1262; 413/528–1262 snow conditions. www.catamountski.com.
Ski Butternut. There are good base facilities here, in addition to pleasant skiing, 100% snowmaking capabilities, and the longest quad lift in the Berkshires. For snowboarders there are top-to-bottom terrain parks and a beginner park, and eight lanes are available for snow tubing. For downhill skiing, only a steep chute or two interrupt the mellow terrain on 22 trails. Eleven lifts, including 4 carpet lifts, keep skier traffic spread out. Ski and snowboard lessons are available. In summer Butternut usually hosts a crafts show. 380 State Rd., Route 23, Great Barrington, MA, 01230. 413/528–2000 Ext. 112; 413/528–4433 ski school; 800/438–7669 snow conditions. www.skibutternut.com.
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