Insider’s Guide To Jiminy Peak
Spectacular Berkshire views. (Jiminy Peak/Facebook)
An idyllic trip to the Berkshires should include a stop at Jiminy Peak, a resort known for its renewable-energy initiatives to make skiing and riding a sustainable activity. Without a long drive to more northern areas, Jiminy offers the full resort experience, including a new Winter Mountain Adventrue Park, with a fire pit for evening s’mores, and the mountain Coaster and Soaring Eagle rides.
Eat. Make Peak Sweets a priority stop during your ski day, featuring chocolate by local chocolatier, Chocolate Springs. Other not-to-miss food finds include breakfast at the quieter Christiansen’s Tavern for Paul’s Choice Omelet with bacon, sausage and cheese, or the steamy Baja Chicken Chili at JJ’s Lodge.
Stay. Slopeside Wyndam Bentley Brook, with an indoor/outdoor pool heated to a balmy 85 degrees. Park the car for the weekend, take an easy walk to ski school and restaurants, or cook in at the family-friendly gathering spot with plenty of spaces for kid fun and adult time too.
Trails. Follow the sun by starting on the eastern trails and working your way west as the day progresses. Families hit the Coyote Ridge terrain park and then Ace of Spades for some thrills. Upper Whirlaway is your place for steeps and you’ll enjoy the views of the Berkshires on long cruiser Left Bank.
Play. For a workout that no gym can offer, snowshoe around the perimeter of the resort via John Hancock, West Way, Left Bank and Grouse Run for a 3.5-mile loop with spectacular views. Grab a drink and a snack at Hendrick's Summit Lodge while you soak in the views of the Jericho Valley and Mt. Greylock from the summit.
Travel. Splurge on valet parking ($25) or catch a ride on the frequent parking lot shuttles for an easy arrival.
Deals. Jiminy uses a reloadable RFID ticket system, so once you’ve purchased one, you can reload from home, save $5 on the ticket price, and avoid the line for a day ticket.