After The Storm – What to Do on a Snow Day in New England

On March 14, 2017, the northeast was hit by stormageddon – one of the larger snow storms to ever hit the area. Some Connecticut locations had more than two feet of snow and 60 MPH winds. Awesome. The storm left many without power, and thousands of business and schools were closed for two days or more.

So, what do you do when you are snowed in for two days?

Go skiing and riding.

Rather than get cabin fever and sit on my couch for hours on end, my favorite snow day activity is to drag out the skis, strap on the boots, and head to the local ski mountains to find myself some fresh powder.

Living in Connecticut during bad weather, I am too far a drive from the mega mountains in the northeast kingdom. Instead, I filled my car with equipment and friends, and headed to Ski Butternut, a mountain in the Berkshires right on the border of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

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Planning a ski vacation takes time, effort, and money. That is what’s great about Butternut. It requires only the effort to get in the car and go. Being on the border of CT, MA, and NY, Ski Butternut is a quick drive for most AND weekday tickets are only $25! Where can you ski for $25?  There are also dozens of mid-week ski & stay packages available. So, if you know work is closed ahead of time, head north and stay at one of the dozens of hotels, inns, and B & Bs that offer these low-priced, mid-week steals (Berkshire Days Inn ski & stay option starts as low as $55 for tickets and room!).

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Less than an hour after we left my driveway, bad roads included, we were at Butternut’s doorstep. The mountain was relatively quiet, minus the students who threw on their boards and skis in place of school bags, because, hey, what better to do on a snow day than be outside in the snow?

The snow was incredible. After two feet of dumping, tree skiing was open, and several previously-closed trails were filled with enthusiastic skiers and riders. The best part was that some of the trails were untouched, so even though we arrived an hour after the mountain opened, we were still able to make first tracks in the fluffy powder.

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After a day of skiing, we left the mountain for a late lunch. Skiing in fresh snow can be very exerting, so we were starved. Butternut is located right next to the eclectic, gorgeous town of Great Barrington, which offers a variety of awesome après–ski “Pitt Stops”.

We sat down and ate at the Barrington Brewery, a restaurant known for their delicious, freshly brewed beers, and endless food options. From avocado grilled cheese sandwiches to decadent varied sausage platters, there is food to satisfy all tastebuds.

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After food, drinks, and a day of skiing, we trekked back to our snowy abodes. The drive was nothing less than beautiful as we passed by snow-frosted trees, a bluebird sky, and the untouched, snow-covered Berkshires.

I love snow days.

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