Travel with Val: Ski Butternut in the Berkshires
A day of family friendly skiing that won't break the bank can be found this winter on the slopes of the Berkshires. Valarie D'Elia has more.
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Ski Butternut in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts is a draw for New York families who want a convenient ski trip for just a day or a quick overnight getaway.
"This is our first time here. We are just looking for something closer to home. A reasonable drive and this is where it worked out," said Carl Brown, a Brooklyn resident.
With 22 trails and 11 lifts spread out over 110 skiable acres, Butternut is a comfortable mountain for all ages. An extra fun bonus is an eight lane tubing center.
"We've got some challenge to keep everybody in the family happy. But we don't have the steepest runs, we don't have the biggest bumps, we're designed to make it feel good and have families have a lot of fun," said Ski Butternut Marketing Director Matt Sawyer.
Families who buy a season pass can break even after a few visits.
"Butternut was founded on affordability, you can go a whole season, if you buy $275 for an adult, as low as $100 for kids," Sawyer said.
You can also team up a lift ticket with your choice of lodging.
"Forty-five dollars per day, midweek ski and stay package, that's the price point that it starts at and it goes up based on the type of property," Sawyer added.
For a sprinkling of history between the walls, consider the creaky Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge where I recently stayed on a media visit, offering midweek lift tickets and lodging for $190 a night for two.
If a visit to the Stockbridge area resembles a winter scene from a Norman Rockwell painting, it's no coincidence. The New England illustrator lived his later life in the area.