Skiing in the Berkshires began at Bousquet Ski Area in Pittsfield; night skiing was pioneered there and today it offers 24 trails and five lifts with 750 foot vertical drop from lift-top elevation of 1,818 feet.
Skiing is a favorite activity in the Berkshires and has been an important component of the local tourism industry for as long as Tanglewood has been. In 1935, the first of the famous "ski trains" left Grand Central Station in New York bound for Bousquet's in Pittsfield, MA, where the rope tow was perfected and night skiing was introduced on Dec. 24, 1936, by U. S. Ski Hall of Fame honoree Clare Bousquet. By 1945, Bousquets featured 10 rope tows. Olympic skiers Heidi Voelker, Krista and Kim Schmidinger began skiing at Bousquets.
Skiing the Thunderbolt trail Mt. Greylock
Berkshires skiing lore also includes the legendary Thunderbolt Ski Run, a world class downhill trail carved into the east slope of Mt. Greylock in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, under the direction of the Mt. Greylock Ski Club. Today, Berkshire county residents and visitors to the Berkshires have several choices for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as for cross-country skiing.
Catamount Ski Area near Gt. Barrington on the New York border in the Berkshires has 33 downhill skiing trails, zip lines and mountain biking trails.