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At SKI BUTTERNUT (a Massachusetts Ski Area) It's All About The Snow!

QUALITY SNOW coverage offering miles of crisp corduroy are why you come to Ski Butternut and the beautiful Berkshire mountains. The ski area takes pride in delivering great snow and a quality ski experience day in and day out. Our ski mountain features:
22 DOWNHILL SKI TRAILS on 110 SKIABLE ACRES spread across a Berkshire mountain that encompasses more than 430 acres. 11 SKI LIFTS (3 Quads, 1 Triple, 1 Double, 4 Carpets, 1 Poma and a NEW carpet lift for our TUBING CENTER installed fall 2013), a 350 member ski and snowboard instructional & coaching staff - Many certified PSIA ski or AASI snowboard teaching professionals. The mountain boasts what is arguably one of the most powerful snowmaking systems for a mountain of its size - offering 100% Snowmaking coverage covering all 22 trails. We have our own full service SKI & SNOWBOARD SHOP, plus an expanded 8+Lane TUBING CENTER.
Come experience BIG mountain skiing - Close to your home. We're located in Western Massachusetts, convenient for skiers coming from CT, Albany NY south to New York City, all of Long Island and Northern NJ. We even have guests make the drive from PA! Our home town of Great Barrington was voted #1 Small Town in America by Smithsonian Magazine.
As you can read in the highlights section shown below at Ski Butternut we know it is - ALL ABOUT THE SNOW!



New for Winter 2014-15 It's All about the SNOW! - Making More Snow Faster!

MORE WATER = MORE SNOW so over the summer we installed new & larger snowmaking pipes (air & water) on Upper Applejack, Leap, Twist, Westway and Main Street.
We also added 85 new Snowmaking Nozzles for our HKD Tower Mounted Snowguns.
We purchased a New Pisten Bully 400hp Groomer to add to our fleet. Visualize long ribbons of fresh corduroy created nightly.
The Butternut Ski & Snowboard Shop experienced a complet overhaul with new layout, slatwall, display fixtures and lighting.
Our Top Flight Quad Lift received a new motor controller this will allow us to run the lift a slight bit faster.
Operations installed a new Haul Rope on our Triple Chair.
The Tubing Carpet was extended by 20ft.
Ski Patrol Deck rebuilt. Lower Lodge painted inside & out. Tables Refinished & new picnic tables built for Lower Lodge.
Parking Lot drainage enhanced and a new culvert cut leading into snowmaking.
Rentals added 800 new Rossignol skis & 600 Rossignol boots.

New for Winter 2013-14

New & larger snowmaking pipes (air & water) installed on Paddy's & Scooter Beginner hill and long intermediate trail Freewheeler.
20 New HKD 30ft Tower Mounted Snowguns
New energy efficient windows for the skylights in the Upper Lodge.
New layout for our beginner hill carpets these changes will enhance the learning experience for 1st Time skiers & snowboarders.
Replaced the Drive on the Top Flight Quad Chairlift.
Replaced antique chairs on Paddy's Lift with newer chairs better designed to meet the needs of new and younger riders.
NEW Tubing Center Carpet Lift makes it faster to get to the top and easier to load and unload.

New for Winter 2012-13

Snowmaking capacity boosted to 5200 Gallons Per Minute.  This was achieved by adding 2 new water pumps (which added 1500 GPM) to our updated pump house.
New and larger snowmaking pipes (air & water) installed on Cruiser & Hob Nob.
Another Bombardier Groomer added to our fleet = more and better corduroy.
More Rental Equipment Rossignol Skis, Burton LTR Snowboards and more Dalbello Boot added.

New for Winter 2011-12

Miles of new snowmaking pipes (air & water) installed on Cruiser, Crosstown & Downspout.
Bombardier Groomer added to our fleet = more and better corduroy.
Computerized Rental System that incorporates scanners will make issuing rental ski or snowboard packages faster.
Reserve RENTALS (Ski or Snowboards) online.
NEW energy efficient windows installed in the Lower Lodge / Club House.
NEW Website which strongly integrates our Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels.
NEW Mobile Website
POMA lift rebuilt - will again transport skiers for winter 2011-12.
NEW Carpeting in Upper Lodge
Triple Chair Towers painted.  

New for Winter 2010-11:

30 more TOP GUN 18ft Tower Snowguns. Scooter chair lift removed freeing up needed teaching terrain in the beginner area. The beginner terrain is now better served by 4 carpets. We moved the snowmaking line on Freewheeler to skiers left to better play with the wind. We added more rental equipment: Rossignol skis & Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) snowboards. We added 230 more rental helmets plus some Telemark skis. We're now offering private lessons to teach you how to Telemark ski. A new Women's Wednesday lesson program and a super affordable early season Learn to Ski package is priced at only $25 for beginners. We cut a separate entrance into rentals for guests wanting to enroll their children in our popular Adventurers & miniRIDERS kids programs. Our terrain park staff was busy over the summer building more rails & boxes while also creating a number of natural features. The Cruiser progression park was relocated to skiers left providing a better experience and more room for beginners on the right side of the trail. The Main Street Quad loading ramp was re-engineered and re-graded to make loading easier, especially for families and younger kids.

New For 2009-2010 Season

120 New Top Gun 18ft Tower Snowguns, over a mile of new air & water lines, 1200 sets of new Rossignol Skis and 300 Burton LTR snowboards, 3200 boots, new drying racks in rentals, revamped rental building with a new flow for faster delivery, Reservations now being accepted for SKIwee, Adventurer and miniRIDER programs, new Tubing Park Groomer will expand our tubing operation from 5 to 8 lanes.


New for 2008-2009

3 New Magic Carpets will offer 1st timers and our kids programs an easy way to access the appropriate beginner terrain to enhance their learning experience.
MORE SNOW - the result of miles of new air and water lines installed on the mountain. The new lines increase the volume of water & air we move up the mountain. Plus, 30 more HKD 30ft Tower Snowguns and many more Snowmaking Nozzles offer more firepower, which increases coverage density.

We've added an additional Bombardier BR350 Groomer to our grooming fleet (our corduroy should look and feel that much smarter this season). NEW larger & longer CRUISER Progression Terrain Park will make it fun for beginners interested in experiencing Terrain Park features and catching a little air.


Fall 2007

Over 225% MORE SNOW - Ski Butternut installed a new state-of-the-art pump house that more than doubles our snowmaking ability. The new pumps increase the amount of water we can pump uphill to 3600 gpm (up from 1600 gpm in the past). Simply stated the more water we can push up the hill, the more snow we can make. Now Ski Butternut, already noted for great conditions, can open twice as many trails in the same amount of time as in the past.
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