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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Lola n I are at a Party Sat night in Springfield and might want to get some turns in on Sunday...Any suggestions? Not sure we want to back track to Jiminy.
post #2 of 8
Phil,

If they got some snow you need to check out Berkshire East. See my report from a couple weeks back in the TR forum.

Signed, too lazy to link.
post #3 of 8
Phil,
If'n you do "backtrack" to Jiminy then it is only a shot down NY 22 to the Taconic or the Thruway. Also if you find me I'll buy you a "pickle".
post #4 of 8
I went to college in Springfield; you'll pretty much need to head up to the Berkshires in the northwest corner of the state for the good stuff (Butternut, Jiminy, and Berkshire East are decent, and Bousquet is a charming old-time place but small). From Springfield you'd basically pick up the Mass Pike and head west, then take state highways north. The other nearby areas are kind of small (and/or no longer in business).

If you're headed back to PA that day, there are a couple CT ski areas that would sort of be on the way, or at most a short side-trip: Ski Sundown and Mohawk Mtn. Both are only about 600-700 ft vert and fairly small -- local community type hills. Might not be worth it.

I'd probably bite the bullet and head to the Mass. Berkshires if it was me. Or even backtrack to Mt. Snow, it's not that much farther. If the weather is good or you are comfortable driving on back roads if the weather is not good, this is a great shortcut to Mt. Snow:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...1417&z=10&om=0

That shaves 30-40 minutes off the drive compared to taking 91 all the way to Brattleboro and then cutting over.

Good luck!
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
It is over an hour to any of the Berkshire Mountains inc. Jiminy. At that point, I thought me might as well head to Mt. Snow... then I realized it was MLK weekend....oooof. I think we are jsut going to head home after a long night of drinking.
post #6 of 8
You're right it's about 1:10 to Berkshire from Springfield. IMO a much better mountain than Mt. Snow. Butternut is flatter than a pancake. Sleep in.
post #7 of 8
Catamount - on the NY/MA border in Hillsdale NY - has a little better terrain than Butternut and less crowded -- West from Spfld on MassPike, then south on Rte 22 would get you there in a bit over an hour and basically be on your way back to PA (could cut over to the Taconic and south, or cross over the river at Catskill or Kingston and get on I-87).
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Originally Posted by ts01 View Post
Catamount - on the NY/MA border in Hillsdale NY - has a little better terrain than Butternut and less crowded -- West from Spfld on MassPike, then south on Rte 22 would get you there in a bit over an hour and basically be on your way back to PA (could cut over to the Taconic and south, or cross over the river at Catskill or Kingston and get on I-87).
+1

(grew up skiing there, though that was in the days before grooming destroyed skiing)
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