My husband and I, with another couple, drove up to Great Barrington, Mass's Butternut Mountain for a day of beginner skiing during a winter in which we've had little to no snow! We didn't know what to expect seeing as there was no snow on the ground, but their website said they had all trails open. We gave it a shot for my husband's and our friend's first time skiing! We opted out of the lesson seeing that mostly children were taking ski lessons, and decided to teach him and our friend myself. We started on the well-groomed bunny hill, where we had space to move and turn and waiting in NO lines for the "magic carpet" to take us back up the hill. After a few runs on GREAT rental skis, ($35 for a skis, boots and poles) we headed to Top Flight, the four-person lift that brought us to the top of the mountain. It wasn't a fast lift, but the views of the trails were decent and it took us just a few minutes to reach the top. The trails were very crowded at the top of the mountain (we went on a holiday though) and maneuvering around the younger children in lessons was a bit difficult until the trails spread out a bit more. The mountain strives hard for mostly powder, but a bunch of icy spots all over the mountain prevailed and made it difficult for the first-timers with us. After a few runs, we headed to the upper lodge for lunch and were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food. It came with typical ski lodge pricing, and we thought the $6.** for the cheeseburger was well worth it. They even offered Red Bull for my beginner husband which was greatly appreciated to get him through the rest of the day! They even had a burrito bar! Wine and beer was served as well.
Overall, it was a great experience and we will go again!