Butternut is great for weekday riding, but too small to handle the crowds it gets on weekends. It really is fun, though. Jiminy is surprisingly fun, with the steepest stuff you'll find in the Berkshires. They have a couple double-blacks right down the center, perfectly straight and wide...screamers (again, for a small mountain). My only problem with Jiminy is that everything -- blues, blacks, whatever -- feeds into one big wide greenie back to the base, so you can be hauling ass and suddenly you're merging into cross traffic full of grannies and little kids. It is also VERY New Yorky, because it's an easy day trip. They do have a decent lodge and a John Harvard's brew pub, and even a little on-site general store that sell beer and liquor. We got a slope-side apartment there last season, complete with kitchen and separate bedroom, very cheap. Sign up for their e-tickets. They give you the dates online, and you just buy print out the coupon and pay at the gate, usually anywhere from $29 to $49, depending upon the time. They're also open until 10:00, and most of the mountain is lit up.
BTW, Berkshire East is GREAT in the summer -- it's got the longest, highest zip lines on East Coast. The canopy tour consists of six progressively bigger zip lines and takes about three hours as you hike across the top of the mountain from line to line. The last two are insane. Both have tandem "racing" lines, but the final one goes from peak-to-peak, 180' over the valley, and nearly 1/2 mile long. You hit speeds of about 60 mph. Good rush.
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