Family-Friendly Ski Mountains and Resorts in the Berkshires - 2011 Guide






kids in snowboard gear, in snow

Whether skiing or snowboarding is your style, this is your one-stop shop: We've compiled a comprehensive guide to the family-friendly ski mountains in the Berkshires. Many of these locations feature kids' lesson programs and child care for the littlest ones in your brood. You'll also find up-to-date information on the best way to get there - without breaking the bank.



Berkshire East Ski Resort

66 South River Road, Charlemont


Full- and half-day ski lessons for ages 4-14 (8-14 for snowboarding). Saturday night is Family Night, includes discounted lift tickets, rentals, and group lessons.


little boy skiing in sunglasses

Bousquet Ski Area

101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield


Private and group ski lessons for ages 5 and up; snowboard, ages 8 and up. There is also night skiing and tubing (parents must sign Release from Liability form).


Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

37 Corey Road, Hancock


45 trails, three terrain parks, and night skiing. Offers a SKIwee program for children ages 4-6 and Explorers program for ages 7-12 (buy six sessions, get the seventh free this season) and a program for 3-year-olds (register in advance), in a designated beginners-only learning area. Play room available for children ages 6 months and up. Roundtrip service from Long Island and shuttle service from NYC available via Danril Ski Tours.


Otis Ridge

Route 8 and Route 23, Otis


Group ski lessons for kids as young as 4, and snowboarding lessons for ages 8 and up. Also offers night skiing.


Ski Butternut

380 State Road (Route 23), Great Barrington


Adventurers ski programs for ages 4-13 and miniRIDERS snowboarding programs for ages 7-13. Reservations encouraged. Snow tubing is also available. Day care available for ages 6 months to 8 years.



Also see: Our complete 2011 Guide to Family-Friendly Ski Mountains and Resorts in the Northeast