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Skiing Near North Adams, MA

In North Adams, weekends are spent away on the slopes, taking advantage of each new layer of fresh powder. Whether you’re a die hard for that first chair at dawn, or your favorite part of the weekend is aprés ski closer to dusk, there’s a mountain here we know will fit your fancy. To some, winter may be the season of holidays, hot chocolate, and cozying up by fire but to us, the chilly season will always feature snow and Berkshires skiing. If you’re with us, let’s hit the slopes! 

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Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

When it comes to the Berkshires winter attractions, skiing and snowboarding undoubtedly top the list. Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort offers lessons, night skiing, terrain parks, and a family-friendly atmosphere on their 45 trails covering over 167 acres. Perfect for every level athlete, they have a variety of trails ranging from green to double black diamond. The perfect winter day starts at Jiminy Peak. 

Berkshire East Mountain Resort

If you’re in search of places to ski near North Adams, you’ve come to the right place. Berkshire East Mountain Resort has been run by the Schaefer family for nearly 45 years, and it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. This mountain resort features modern facilities, lessons, and a variety of on-site dining options. They also take pride in the fact that they were the first ski area in the world to produce 100% of its electricity from onsite renewable energy. 

Stump Sprouts 

While there are a plethora of things to do in the Berkshires in the winter, skiing in North Adams is a family-friendly activity you won’t want to miss—especially if you switch out classic downhill skiing with cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center is located atop a high meadow, making for a stunning and wild setting perfect for exploring. Visiting this unique ski center is an experience you won’t want to miss.  

Catamount Mountain Resort

Located right on the New York/Massachusetts border is Catamount Mountain Resort. Though it has events and activities during every season, winter is when this mountain thrives. The resort is known for its varied terrain, perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. They also have alpine racing, tubing, and lessons. 

Ski Butternut 

Since 1962, Ski Butternut has been known as a winter destination for New Englanders who seek quality skiing with a focus on leaving a positive impact on the environment. With 100 skiable acres and 10 lifts, this ski resort is fit for every type of winter lover. Here, they encourage all to get outside, play in the snow, and have some fun. 

Stay at Porches Inn

We play hard on the slopes, but we mirror this sentiment when it comes to relaxation at Porches Inn. When the sun sets on the mountains and your body craves comfort and calm after an exciting day of skiing in the Berkshires, this boutique inn is the perfect retreat. With a community fire pit, sauna, four-season pool and hot tub, it’s the ideal place to soak in the coziness of the season. Spend winter in the Berkshires—book your ski trip stay today!

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What to Do in the Berkshires in Winter

In the Berkshires, there’s no off-season. No matter the weather, a visit to our neck of the woods is bound to be filled with excitement, adventure, and discovery—the building blocks of unforgettable memories. Now that the summer is winding down and the chilly season is upon us, it’s time to jump into things to do in the winter in the Berkshires. Grab your jacket, a cup of hot cocoa, and join us in the wonderland that is winter in the Berkshires.

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Norman Rockwell Museum 

Snow activities may come to mind when you first think of the Berkshires. But here, the snowy season is so much more than skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and tubing. Stockbridge’s Norman Rockwell Museum is both inspiring and educational with the mission to use art as a way to shape society and spread the values of kindness, respect, and social equity that founder and namesake Norman Rockwell embodied. 

While you can visit year-round to enjoy the permanent and visiting exhibitions, they host seasonal workshops and events in the winter. This year, during December school break week, don’t miss the family art-making activities inspired by the colorful stories of Leo Lionni. 

The Wizards of Winter Show

When it comes to the Berkshires holiday events, we got you covered! This December, The Wizards of Winter will again light up the stage with holiday cheer. Featuring former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Def Leppard, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, and Blue Oyster Cult, along with Broadway and theater veterans, this 11-member ensemble will grace The Colonial Theatre with soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion, and stunning keyboard work during the most exciting family rock event of the holiday season. 

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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art aims to inspire, enliven, and foster genuine creativity for both artists, visitors, and onlookers alike. As one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art, MASS MoCA features galleries as well as indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, making it easy to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and beyond. This innovative and thriving museum is located just across the street from Porches Inn—there’s no more perfect place to spend the afternoon on a chilly winter day! 

Studio 9 

Known as an intimate recording studio and performance venue, Studio 9 was designed and built from the ground up with music and sustainability in mind. It’s located right within Porches Inn, providing an unparalleled backdrop for live shows and professional recording. As a venue that hosts an abundance of North Adams winter events, you can always find something unique and exciting happening here. 

Where to Stay in the Berkshires 

The best part about these Berkshires winter attractions is that they begin and end with you! Start your winter getaway at Porches Inn, complete with a community fire pit, sauna, four-season pool, and hot tub. Located just across the street from MASS MoCA, our boutique inn has everything you need—from blazing fireplaces and luxurious comforters to warm staff and homemade comfort foods—to embrace the chilly season with open arms. Book now!