SKI

Catamount, Mass.

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Under new ownership since 2018, Catamount is a rising star on the southern New England scene thanks to a big snowmaking upgrade—40 of the 42 trails are covered—a sprawling new base lodge, and handful of exciting new trails. One of the larger Berkshire resorts, Catamount is an easy twohour hop from NYC and the Tri-state ’burbs. It also boasts some of the best learning terrain in southern New England, so families looking to break into the sport or teach their littles to ski should put this accessible mountain on their trip list. That’s not to say that intermedia­tes and experts won’t find enough terrain to wet their whistles. The mountain’s 119 skiable acres splay out in a horseshoe from the base area, with the learning area and the majority of the green slopes to looker’s left and the intermedia­te and expert terrain rising to the right. Five chairlifts plus three magic carpets serve the 42 trails, some of which are surprising­ly steep: double-black Christophe­r’s Leap is one of the new runs, and it’s legit, especially considerin­g the “leap” required as the trail practicall­y falls away two-thirds of the way down. And don’t discount Catamount’s signature run, the double-black—and double fall line—catapult. Still a true thigh-burner by any standard. Add in plentiful blue ribbons across the entire horseshoe, and Catamount has the whole package on offer.

MOUNTAIN STATS

VERTICAL: 1,000’ LIFTS: 8 TRAILS: 42 SKIABLE ACRES: 119 AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 100”

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