Jiminy Peak (ski area)

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This article is about a ski area located in western Massachusetts; for the peak by the same name, see Potter Mountain (Taconic Mountains)
Jiminy Peak
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Location Hancock, Massachusetts, US
Nearest city Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Vertical 1150 ft [1]
Top elevation 2375 ft (724 m)
Base elevation 1245 ft (378 m)
Skiable area 170 acres (0.69 km²)
Runs 45
Longest run 2.0 mi (3.22 km)
Lift system 7 chairs, 2 surface lift
Terrain parks 3
Snowfall 9 ft (3 m)
Website Jiminy Peak

Jiminy Peak is a mid-sized ski resort in Hancock, Massachusetts in the Taconic Mountains. The peak of Jiminy Peak, which includes the Hendricks Summit Lodge, is located in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. The mountain is owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties but the operating company is owned and managed by Brian Fairbank, the longtime former owner of the Resort.[2] During the winter Jiminy Peak offers activities for the whole family, including skiing, snowboarding, outdoor pools, and various restaurants. There are 45 trails and nine lifts, including a six-person, high speed chairlift. In the summer additional activities are offered at Mountain Adventure Park, such as an alpine super slide, mountain coaster, hiking, and mountain biking. The Aerial Adventure Park is a challenge course up in the trees. Five levels provide both physical and mental challenges for all levels. Courses range from 15-50 feet in the air. Jiminy Peak has installed the second mountain coaster in the country, and first on the East Coast. And is the first Alpine Super Slide in the nation (June 2007).

In August 2007, Jiminy became the first private US business to invest in its own megawatt class wind turbine.[3] The turbine generates approximately 35% of the annual energy used at the resort. The winds blow strongest in the winters which is when the resort uses the most energy for things like lifts and snowmaking. This is the largest commitment in Jiminy Peak's ongoing environmental sustainability efforts. In February 2012, the Resort installed a CoGeneration Unit in the Country Inn to provide both heat and hot water to the hotel.

In the past decade the mountain has been increasingly developed for real estate, as the demand for housing and activities has also increased. The mountain has 15,000 square feet of meeting space for meetings, conferences, weddings, parties, and other events.

Lifts[edit]

Lift Name Length Vertical Type Make Year Installed
Berkshire Express 3,922 ft 1,113 ft High Speed Six Pack Garaventa CTEC 2000
Q1/Whitetail Quad 2,855 ft Fixed Quad CTEC 1992
Summit Triple 4,230 ft 1,148 ft Fixed Triple Riblet 1983
Q3/Widow White's Quad 3,005 ft 902 ft Fixed Quad Garaventa CTEC 1998
Grand Slam Chair 2,771 ft 591 ft Fixed Double Riblet 1969
Novice Chair Fixed Triple Riblet 2000
Cricket Triple Chair 650 ft 56 ft Fixed Triple Partek 1996

Past Lifts[edit]

Lift Name Length Vertical Type Make Year Installed Year Removed Notes
Upper T-Bar 2,200 ft T-Bar Constam 1948 1978
Lower T-Bar 900 ft T-Bar Hall 1959 1978
Summit Double Fixed Double Mueller 1964 1983 Replaced by Summit Triple, sold to Highmount, NY
Novice Double 1,148 ft 191 ft Fixed Double Riblet 1978 2000 Modified into triple, shares base terminal with Berkshire Express
Exhibition Double 3,820 ft 1,098 ft Fixed Double Riblet 1978 2000 Replaced by Berkshire Express
J-Bar 329 ft 28 ft J-Bar Borvig 1987 1996 Replaced by Cricket Triple Chair

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cloudy. "Jiminy Peak Ski Reports, Snow Conditions and Weather - SnoCountry Mountain Reports". Snocountry.com. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  2. ^ http://www.cnllifestylereit.com/pdf/CLP-Property-Portfolio.pdf
  3. ^ "Jiminy Peak Installs Wind Turbine · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader". Environmentalleader.com. 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 

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Coordinates: 42°33′03″N 73°17′27″W / 42.55083°N 73.29083°W / 42.55083; -73.29083