Ski Butternut terrain has something for everyone - some challenging slopes and a lot of intermediate ones. This makes it an ideal place to learn the skill of skiing. Its trails are not intimidating so an excellent match for beginners and intermediate skiers. The large tubing park is open throughout the winter season, with seven chutes to slip and slide down.
This family ski resort has 22 trails with 110 snow-covered acres, ten ski lifts, two terrain parks and a tubing area. The family friendly facility provides affordable skiing due to its snowmaking, ski rentals, and lessons at its PSIA affiliated ski school.
This years skiing season at Ski Butternut started December 7th and is scheduled to remain in operation until April 4th. The resort ranges from 800’ up to 1800’, with trails from 18% to 59%. Lift tickets are $25 to $55.00.
The resort has no lodging but its outlying area has over 40 accommodation options. Nearby Great Barrington has great traditional New England dining and lodging ideal for Ski Butternut guests.
Ski Butternut is located in Western Massachusetts’s Berkshire Mountains, on the northern edge of East Mountain State Forest. Southeast of Ski Butternut resort is The Appalachian Trail. It is nearby the surrounding states of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Ski Butternut is a 90-minute drive from Hartford CT, two hours from Boston and 2 ½ hours from NYC. It’s easily located near route 7 and route 8. The nearest major airport is in Albany NY, an hours drive away. It is 12 miles north of the Connecticut border.
New Haven Railroad initially opened the ski resort as Warner Mountain Ski Area for the 1936-1937 ski season, later it was called the G-Bar S Ranch. In 1963 Channing and Jane Murdock acquired it renamed as Butternut Basin. It was named due to the large groves of butternut trees at the basin of the mountain.
Great Barrington is a town of 7,104 along the western part of the state. Ski Butternut is 3 miles east of Great Barrington on 380 State Road (route 23). It is 20 miles south of Pittsfield, 46 miles west of Springfield and 135 miles west of Boston. In 2012 Great Barrington was rated by Smithsonian Magazine as #1 on its list of “The 20 Best Small Towns in America”.
Mohican Indians named the area Mahaiwe that meant “the place downstream”. Great Barrington was settled in 1726 and later in 1761 incorporated as Great Barrington, named after a village in Gloucestershire, England.
Ski Butternut is 272 miles and a 4 hour drive east of Rochester NY. Drive I-90 Thruway east past Albany into Vermont. Exit onto route 7 south to State Road route 23 east to 380 State Road.
Here is a visitors comment on Ski Butternut.
“I have to say that Butternut is by far one of the best of the smaller ski areas around.”