Ski season silver lining? Smaller classes, more one-on-one time with instructors

Planning ahead key for those hitting the slopes in Vermont Pat Kinney, a snowmaker at Stratton Mountain Resort, in Stratton, Vt., checks the consistency of the snow from the snow machines on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, as they prepare to open for the 2020-2021 season. Photo by Kris Radder By Chris Mays Hitting the slopes… Continue reading Ski season silver lining? Smaller classes, more one-on-one time with instructors

Outdoors, Travel

2021 UpCountry Alpine Ski Guide

In Southern Vermont Skiers enjoy opening day at Bromley Mountain. Photo by Caroline Bonnivier Snyder Bromley Mountain 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, Vt.802-824-5522bromley.com Killington Resort 3861 Killington Road, Killington, Vt.800-734-9435killington.com Magic Mountain 495 Magic Mountain Access, Londonderry, Vt.802-824-5645magicmtn.com Mount Snow 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.800-245-SNOWmountsnow.com Okemo Mountain Resort 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow,… Continue reading 2021 UpCountry Alpine Ski Guide

Business, Outdoors

Big things are happening at Bousquet

Mill Town Capital invests in historic Pittsfield ski area Upgrades at Bousquet range from a new triple chairlift to new trail maps, which feature dedicated uphill paths for skinning. Photo by Mike Walsh By Mike WalshPITTSFIELD, Mass. It’s a small sign, just two words in black on a white backdrop. Yet, the three of us… Continue reading Big things are happening at Bousquet

Outdoors, People

Q&A with Krista Schmidinger

Berkshire native and two-time Olympian returns to Bousquet roots Editor’s note: Michael Walsh recently connected with two-time Olympian and Berkshire native Krista Schmidinger over email. Bousquet recently announced a partnership with Schmidinger, an Alpine skier who competed in the Winter Olympics in 1992 and 1994. As part of the partnership, she will contribute to Bousquet’s… Continue reading Q&A with Krista Schmidinger


You don’t need to sip like a sommelier to enjoy this tasting room

Sunset Meadow of Massachusetts offers table-side tastings, bottles to-go A sampling of wines sold at Sunset Meadow of Massachusetts Winery and Tasting Room in Sheffield, Mass. Photo provided by Sunset Meadow Winery By Jennifer HuberdeauSHEFFIELD, Mass. Red or white? Dry or sweet? Sparkling or rosë? You can try them all (and take home a few)… Continue reading You don’t need to sip like a sommelier to enjoy this tasting room


Legendary Snowstorms to hit the Berkshires

Memorable blizzards, nor’easters from 1888 to the present in the Berkshires From under a snowdrift twice his height, Howard Derby, 7, of Erwin Street, Pittsfield, digs out mailboxes on Feb. 26, 1946. Snowdrifts of 10 to 15 feet in height formed overnight as winds of up to 60 miles per hour persisted for over 12… Continue reading Legendary Snowstorms to hit the Berkshires


A cultural arts center pivots in order to survive

Saint James Place opens doors for socially distanced meetings, events A view of the Sanctuary from the stage. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Jennifer HuberdeauGREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. In a normal year, the Sanctuary of Saint James Place is filled with sounds of jazz, chamber music and opera; of dancers on the stage, of actors mid-soliloquy;… Continue reading A cultural arts center pivots in order to survive

From the Editor

From the Editor

A horse walks through the snow at Wirtes Farm, Lanesborough, Mass. Photo by Ben Garver Happy 2021! We made it! 2020 is finally in our collective rearview mirror, and we’re all ready for a better, brighter new year. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before you throw away that mask in celebration, remember, 2020… Continue reading From the Editor


‘With malice toward none, with charity for all’

No better time than 2021, an inaugural year, to visit Hildene’s ‘American Ideal’ exhibit Conjure up an image of our 16th president and most likely, the visage of Abraham Lincoln includes his stovepipe hat. Although the president owned more than one iconic hat — which he used to carry his paperwork as a young attorney,… Continue reading ‘With malice toward none, with charity for all’

Home, UpCo Homes

Dressed to impress

Home staging for a successful sale By Kimberly Kirchner Getting a home ready for sale is a lot like getting ready for a job interview. You reach into the back of the closet for your nicest shirt and most sensible pair of slacks, washing and pressing until there’s not a wrinkle to be seen. The… Continue reading Dressed to impress