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Jiminy Peak

Jiminy Peak is the only ski resort located in the beautifully unspoiled Berkshire Mountains. Since opening in 1948, Jiminy Peak has evolved to become a stunning four season adventure land that offers something for everyone.

Wind-Powered Resort

Incidentally, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England and one of the few mountain resorts in all of North America to generate a large portion of its energy needs using wind power. Jiminy Peak starts at one of the highest base elevations in Massachusetts and keeps on climbing for a vertical of 1,140 feet. Located in the eastern part of the state, a stone’s throw from New York, this lovely 170-acre winter landscape offers nine ski lifts that will take visitors to more than 45 trails. About half of Jiminy Peak is rated at the intermediate level, giving opportunities to beginner and advanced skiers to try something new or have a leisurely day on the mountain. Close to 100 inches of annual snowfall help set the marvelous winter scene for all of Jiminy Peak’s recreational activities: take a break from skiing to try out snowmobiling and snowshoeing or trade in downhill speed for a traditional cross-country ski tour.

Off the Slopes

Once off the slopes head into the quaint base village for a variety of dining and entertainment options. The locals will be glad to chat about how Jiminy Peak is the largest ski area in southern New England and that it boasts the attribute of being the only North American mountain resort to generate its own energy from wind power. Children and parents will love the mountain coaster at Jiminy, one of only a handful in the entire nation. It’s extremely popular in Europe but relatively unknown in the states, the coaster is 3,600 feet of twisting, turning fun through the woods, and the speed is controlled by the rider so the ride can be either a leisurely cruise or a hair-raising thrill.

Jiminy Peak has a wonderful country inn located at the base of the mountain. It’s exceedingly convenient and each suite contains a master bedroom with a king-size bed, flat screen TV, a living room with a queen-size sleep sofa, and a fully equipped kitchenette. Additionally, there is a swimming pool, whirlpool, spa as well as an exercise and game room. However, there are loads of great accommodation in the Berkshires from cozy cottages and cabins to lavish vacation homes, romantic bed and breakfasts and stunning historic hotels. Deals and discounts on lodging abound in and around Jiminy Peak.

Dining options are also greatly varied on the mountain and guests can choose between quick grab and go items or sit down for a more gourmet experience. The base of the mountain also features a few great little stores, retail and rental shops, a ski school and a pub all of which lend itself to making the base at Jiminy Peak a charming ski village. It’s a beautiful place set in the stunning Berkshire Mountains and definitely worth a visit this winter.

Getting Here

Because of its central and convenient location Jiminy Peak is very easy to get to. From Boston take I-91 North to Mass Pike West (I-90) to Exit B-3 (Berkshire Spur section). Route 22 North to Route 43 East. Drive four miles on Route 43 to Brodie Mountain Road. Turn right, Jiminy Peak will be on the right hand side. From the New York metro area take the Taconic Parkway North to Route 295 East, to Route 22 North to Route 43 East. Turn right on Brodie Mountain Road and the resort will be on the right hand side.

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