Catamount Ski Area
|== Catamount Ski Area ==|
Catamount Trial Map 2013-2014
|Location||Egremont, Massachusetts / Hillsdale, New York, USA|
|Nearest city||Great Barrington, Massachusetts (7.5 Miles), Poughkeepsie, New York (53 Miles), New York, New York (129 Miles), New Haven, Connecticut (83 Miles)|
|Top elevation||2,000 ft (610 m)|
|Skiable area||119 acres (0.48 km2)|
|Longest run||Ridge Run To Upper And Lower Promenade 2.5mil|
|Lift system||6 Lifts, 2 surface lifts, 1 Quad, 1 Triple, 2 Doubles|
|Web site||Catamount Ski Area|
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.
Catamount first opened for business in 1939 with three rope tows. Decades later, Bill Gilbert and Don Edwards took over management, purchasing Catamount in 1974. This year is Catamounts 75 anniversary. 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.
- Vertical drop: 1,000 ft (300 m)
- Skiable area: 119 acres (0.48 km2)
- 34 trails
- 12 novice - 40%
- 11 intermediate - 27%
- 11 advanced and expert - 33%
- Longest trail - 2.5 miles (4.0 km) Ridge Run to Upper and Lower Promenade
98% of the acrerage of the trails are covered by snowmaking.
|Easiest||More Difficult||Most Difficult and Terrain Parks||Expert
(Use Extreme Caution)
|Ali's Alley (n)||Catamount||Lower Alley Cat||Catapult (Steepest Run In The Berkshires)(m)|
|Cat's Meow (n)||Chute||Upper Alley Cat||Lynx (m)(n)|
|Colonel's Caper||Mountain View||Expressway|
|Esplanade||On Stage||Lower Glade (m)|
|Holiday||Race Slope||Sunrise (t)|
|Kelli's Run||Walter's Way||Panther Park (t|
|Kid Cats||Ridge Run||Upper Glade|
|Lower Promenade||Lower Sidewinder||Off Stage (m)|
|Upper Promenade||Upper Sidewinder||Terrain Park (t)|
|SnowSports Learning Area||Turnpike|
- (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 snowmaking
- 6 total
- 1 quad chair
- 1 triple chair
- 2 double chairs
- 2 Wonder Carpets
|Surface Lifts||Fixed Grip Triples||Fixed Grip Quads||Fixed Grip Doubles|
|Wonder Carpet||Meadows Triple||Ridge Quad||Catamount Double|
|Kid Cats Carpet||Glade Double|
- Main Base Lodge: located at the base of the ski area
- Taconic Lodge: temporary lodge located at the bottom of the mountain near the Ridge Quad.
In 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.
- "A History of Catamount". February 9, 2007.