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Catamount Ski Area

3290 New York 23
HillsdaleHillsdale, Columbia County 12529
Phone(518) 325-3200

Catamount Ski Area, located on the Massachusetts / New York state line near South Egremont, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest original operating ski areas in the Northeast.

The careers of its owners, the Gilbert and Edwards families, ski area management is extensive – going back more than 60 years.

Catamount first opened in 1939. The mountain was served by three rope tows - two 1,000' long, the third 800' long. A 500-vertical-foot climb was required to reach the summit.

Since acquisition, the team has added lifts - including two chair-lifts and a Wonder Carpet; greatly upgraded facilities for beginner skiers and riders; and nearly doubled the amount of skiable terrain at the mountain. 

Trail expansions and improvements included such popular runs as Sidewinder (originally built in 1990, and re-cut and re-graded in 2001; Catapult, the steepest run in the Berkshires; Upper Promenade, which now gives beginners a mile-long run and affords more experienced skiers a 2 ½ mile route from the summit, and one of the Berkshire's best snow terrain parks.

In 2006 , Catamount replaced the old Ridge Run Double Chair with a new Summit Quad Chair Lift.This increased uphill capacity to the summit tremendously. Also, Boardercross was moved to Sunrise and expanded for double the fun.

Snowmaking has been continually expanded and improved upon over the years. Upon purchase, less than 25 percent of the mountain's terrain was covered by snowmaking. Today, more than 98 percent of terrain is covered - using updated versions of the snow guns Bill invented nearly 40 years ago.

Both Tom and Rich can be found almost anywhere in and around the mountain both winter and summer (as well so spring and fall).  So the legacy continues.