Catamount Ski Area

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Catamount-Logo.jpg
Catamount Trial Map 2014-2015
Catamount Trial Map 2014-2015
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)
Runs 35
Longest run Ridge Run To Upper And Lower Promenade 2.5mil
Lift system 6 Lifts, 2 surface lifts, 1 Quad, 1 Triple, 2 Doubles
Snowfall 75"
Website 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.

History[edit]

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. Since the change in ownership, many trails and lifts have been added. In addition, snowmaking coverage has been increased from 25% to 98%.[1]

In 2006, the summit double chairlift was replaced with a fixed grip quad chairlift.

News[edit]

New trail called Fishers Fluke in honor of Catamounts founders Jack & Flukie Fisher.

Mountain statistics[edit]

Elevation[edit]

  • Vertical drop: 1,000 ft (300 m)

Trails[edit]

  • Skiable area: 119 acres (0.48 km2)
  • 35 trails
    • 12 novice
    • 12 intermediate
    • 11 advanced and expert
  • 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.

Trail Map

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 (m)
Lower Promenade Lower Sidewinder Off Stage (m)
Upper Promenade Upper Sidewinder Terrain Park (t)
SnowSports Learning Area Turnpike
Bobcat Upper Turnpike
Birch Cathedral Fishers Fluke (new for 2014-2015)
  • (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

Lifts[edit]

  • 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

Lodges[edit]

  • 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.

Condominum development[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Related links[edit]

Catamount Ski Area

On The Snow - Catamount Ski Area Reviews

Catamount Ski Area on skiresorts-test.com

Catamount at About.com

Catamount at SnowCountry.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A History of Catamount". February 9, 2007. 

Coordinates: 42°10′17″N 73°28′40″W / 42.171457°N 73.477764°W / 42.171457; -73.477764