If I had to sum up my weekend in one word, I don’t think I could. There’s just not one word to sum up the world of awesomeness. I spent the weekend in the northern Berkshires of western Massachusetts at one of my favorite mountain resorts; Jiminy Peak.
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway up north, but don’t want to spend the high ticket prices of the ski resorts in northern New England, then Jiminy is your destination. When I’m not in Vermont training, this is my hangout, and for good reason. There’s so much to do that just spending a day here isn’t good enough!
I arrived to the mountain on Saturday morning just before noon. The place was packed. Weekends here are very busy and is often the playground for those traveling up to the Berkshires from the city. I had to park my car in the lower lot which was parallel to the vacation club and get bussed over to the base. Not a bad trip, and just under 5 minutes!
As I got to the base I headed over to the ticket window and purchased a two day pass. For about $120, I was in business to ski the weekend away in paradise, and as soon as I got to the lift lines, I realized so was everyone else! The lines were long but moved quickly thanks to the speed of the Berkshire Express lift, which is the main lift to get you to the summit and as soon as you reached the top, you are face to face with some of the most impressive views of the Berkshire mountains, some even snow covered!
Saturday was a gorgeous day for skiing. The sun was shinning. It was warm, and there was a slight touch of winter in the air as flurries passed by. The powder was great and every slope I skied down was like butter. Easy!
Sunday, however, was a whole different story! Not only was it bone chilling cold, but the winds were really kicking making it feel as though temps were well below zero! It was, without a doubt, one of the most challenging days I’ve skied this season. Yes, the powder was fantastic even still, but the winds were harsh. So harsh, I was even getting pushed back up the slopes on the way down them! If you’re a skier, you know that’s a challenge.
I had an 8 hour pass for Sunday, good until about 7PM. I couldn’t survive the last hour. As the sun went down, temperatures began to get even colder, and the wind was becoming even more abusive. I decided it was best to head on down and enjoy dinner at a little place called Powder Hounds, right on the edge of the resort. If you’re looking for good food in a ski lodge atmosphere, this is the place for you. Powder Hounds knows how to deliver fantastic hospitality, but an even better meal! I ordered the blue cheese bacon burger along with one of their famous Powder Hounds root beers. After a day of abusing myself in the bitter cold, this made everything worth while!
I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend in the Berkshires. It was memorable and Jiminy Peak delivered on every expectation I had set for them. In fact, I think they have gone well above and beyond!