Last Updated on December 30, 2023

Albert Einstein once said, “Anyone who never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

I’ve learned that no matter what your age or athletic abilities, there are many great ways to stay physically active. That includes skiing, snowboarding and other fun-in-the-snow activities.

Though skiers can typically take to the slopes of Western Massachusetts from late December through early March each ski season, the slopes are especially enticing in January for “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” In celebration, Explore Western Mass is offering snow enthusiasts exclusive packages for admission, lessons, accommodations, and après-ski experiences only in Western Mass.

Throughout the region, ski resorts are as common as corner markets, each offering picture postcard views. They span counties in Western Mass including Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin, and the Mohawk Trail. The area is not only filled with a breadth of outdoor adventure, but also family-friendly attractions as well as sought-after luxury retreats.

While navigating the bunny slopes may result in a few minor falls, visitors can also expect fewer crowds along with excellent conditions, pristine powder, enviable terrain, competitive rates, and a relaxing après-ski experience. In addition to downhill skiing, the environs of Western Massachusetts also offer prime conditions for snowboarding, snowshoeing, and tubing as well as old-fashioned fun from snowball fights to making snow angels.

 Known for our outdoor experiences, we wanted to create a campaign that attracts our visitors back during the shoulder season,” Michele Goldberg, Vice President, Explore Western Mass, said. “Our slopes offer the excellence of our competitors at a fraction of the cost and without the crowds. We can’t wait to welcome visitors this snow season.”

Western Massachusetts ski areas include:

  • Berkshire East Mountain Resort offers thrilling skiing and snowboarding opportunities.
  • Bousquet Mountain Resort is The Berkshires’ oldest existing ski area.
  • Catamount Mountain Resort is the newest four-season resort offering some of the most varied terrain suited for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
  • Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is known for its family-friendly atmosphere.
  • Ski Butternut offers a 60-year legacy of an uncompromised winter environment known as “where families go to play in the snow.”

Where to Stay in Western Mass?

And what about places to stay?

We’ve got that covered too.

After a day on the slopes, return to one of these relaxing retreats to rewind and rejuvenate:

Shelburne Springs is a new luxury hideaway in Shelburne and a short 19-minute drive from Berkshire East. Guests can enjoy a 10 percent discount when using the code SNOW.

With views of a beautiful cascading waterfall, the Old Mill Inn is a boutique hotel located in Hatfield. Book online and use the code “WINTER20” to enjoy 20 percent off your two-night stay through March 1st.

Deerfield Inn, situated near Berkshire East is a classic luxury inn known for its cozy ambiance. The inn is offering a 25 percent lodging discount plus 20 percent off dining at the hotel’s dining destination, Champney’s Restaurant.  

Western Mass is an epicenter of discovery, from the excitement of its urban cultural centers to the effervescent spirit of its great outdoors powered by a pioneering spirit that embraces innovation, adventure and creativity.

To book your next Western Mass snow odyssey during January’s “Learn to Ski and Snowboard,” visit


  • Noreen Kompanik

    Noreen Kompanik is a retired registered nurse, legal nurse consultant and military spouse turned travel writer. She launched her travel writing career in 2014 and has over 1,000 published articles in a variety of digital and print publications.