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Massachusetts: Family Skiing in the Berkshires

Massachusetts: Family Skiing in the Berkshires
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Blandford Ski Area, 41 Nye Brook Rd., Blandford, MA. Since 1936, this is where kids from Springfield (a half hour to the east) have put their first miles beneath their skis. Blandford is the oldest club-owned ski area in North America, and though the drop is small, the rewards for families are not. Vertical drop: 465 feet; trails: 22. Night skiing. 413-848-2860.
Catamount Ski Area, 3200 Rte. 23, Hillsdale, NY. Smack on the New York-Massachusetts border (at South Egremont), Catamount is one of the finest places for beginners, whether snowboarding, telemarking, or Alpine skiing. Vertical drop: 1,000 feet; trails: 32. Night skiing. 518-325-3200, 413-528-1262.

Otis Ridge, Rte. 23, Otis, MA. As the oldest operating ski camp in the country, this bump of a mountain has turned out thousands of kids eager to ski or snowboard for the rest of their lives. With an old double chair and three surface lifts, you’ll feel you’ve stepped back about 40 years to when skiing was truly a neighborhood affair. Vertical drop: 400 feet; trails: 11. Night skiing. 413-269-4444.

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