The first winter snow in the Berkshires sparks dreams of outdoor adventure. Out come the snowboards, downhill and cross-country skis, and snowshoes. The landscape of western Massachusetts becomes a virtual playground for snow bunnies. When the snowflakes start to fly, the Berkshires turn in to a winter wonderland of outdoor fun. From challenging downhill trails to scenic cross-country pathways through the woods, whatever your passion you’ll find it here. So pack up your winter gear and head for the hills. Luckily, dozens of outdoor playgrounds are within an easy drive from the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast in Sheffield, MA.
SkiButternut, Great Barrington, MA: 22 trails, 2 terrain parks, and 14 lane tubing center.
Catamount Mountain Resort, Hillsdale, NY: Diverse network of more than 36 trails from gentle to steep.
Canterbury Farm, Becket, MA: Full-service cross-country ski center, rental equipment, lessons, and a ski tuning shop.
Maple Corner Farm, Granwell, MA: 20 kilometers of marked trails groomed for traditional and skating styles.
Mt. Greylock State Reservation, Lanesborough, MA: Over 70 miles of challenging trails.
Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA: 30 miles of rustic trails.
Kennedy Park, Lenox, MA: 15 miles of trails carved out of a network of old carriage roads.
Hilltop Orchards, Richmond, MA: Miles of groomed moderate and challenging trails.
Notchview, Windsor, MA: 25 miles of trails, with 17 kilometers groomed and track- set for classic cross-country skiing.
Jiminy Peak, Hancock, MA: The preeminent snowboarding resort in the Berkshires with 45 trails and 9 lifts.
Celebrate winter by getting out and enjoying the gorgeous scenery, awe-inspiring vistas, and the comradery of fellow outdoors enthusiasts. Bundle up, for sure. Savor the sensation of skating through the woods on a groomed cross-country trail, or flying down a mountainside with the wind in your face. It truly is one of Old Man Winter’s exceptional gifts.
“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.” – John Burroughs
So get out your mittens and scarfs, wax your snowboards and sharpen your skis. It’s time to book a room at the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast and greet the snow with gladness.