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Catamount Ski Area, South Egremont

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Catamount Ski Area is a ski resort located on Mount Fray of the Taconic Mountains in Hillsdale, New York and South Egremont, Massachusetts. It is one of the few remaining family-owned ski areas in New England. Catamount is also one of the largest ski areas in the Berkshire/Taconic Mountains.HistoryCatamount first opened for business in 1939 with three rope tows. Decades later, Bill Gilbert and Don Edwards took over management, purchasing Catamount in 1974. Since the change in ownership, many trails and lifts have been added. In addition, snowmaking coverage has been increased from 25% to 98%.In 2006, the summit double chairlift was replaced with a fixed grip quad chairlift.Mountain statisticsElevationVertical drop: 1000ftTrailsSkiable area: 119acre36 trails12 novice 13 intermediate 11 advanced and expert 98% of the acrerage of the trails are covered by snowmaking.Trail Map(m) - trail with moguls most of the time when conditions provide(t) - terrain park with various jumps and features including rails and boxes(n) - no snowmakingLifts7 total1 quad chair1 triple chair2 double chairs3 Wonder CarpetsLodgesMain Base Lodge: located at the base of the ski areaTaconic Lodge: temporary lodge located at the bottom of the mountain near the Ridge Quad.Condominum developmentIn the coming years, a 126 condominium complex is planned. In addition to the condominiums, additional retail, dining, and recreational facilities are expected to be constructed.
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  • Crazy fun!! For beginners to the most experienced of any age. Staff very knowledgable, patient and helpful. 3 hours gives enough time to have a thrilling experience even if it is your first time.  more »
  • This is is fantastic family mountain. We went after a big blizzard and they left moguls on some black trails which was so much fun. My kids loved the trails through the woods as well. It has some stee...  more »
  • Hadn't skied in several years, and have only skied in CO. Catamount was great, despite the 5 degree weather we skied in. Staff were friendly and helpful. The process set up for renting all the gear wa...  more »
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  • Great for a brief day trip or something of the sort, conditions are usually not perfect but fair (when they make their own snow). Not a huge selection of harder trails, I'd say a very family friendly mountain. Great for people who are looking for something to do on a free day, but I wouldn't make a big excitement out of going. Jiminy Peak is not too far away from Catamount, and is worth the drive if you want to go somewhere more advanced and with a larger selection of trails. However in the summer Catamount had a wonderful zip line course.
  • Great place to teach your kids or get them lessons. Great staff never too busy. Love it! Good amount of terrain well linked lifts r decent! Race teams fab!
  • Fantastic Place to go skiing! Great staff and fantastic slopes for beginners through advanced skiiers. Night skiing makes the entire experience that much better. Overall one of the greatest mountains to ski!
  • Good place to come for skiing from CT. Better then "Ski Sun Down" and much better then "Mount Southington". $ are same as CT but trails are longer. Gets crowded on the weekends around lunch time. Get in early in the morning, or you might find crowds and ice patches all over the mountain.
  • Skiing is amazing. Missing the 5th star because the food pricing is outrageous.

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