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To start, I love Butternut. It's a fun mountain with plenty of terrain for any kind of skier. The customer service, however, has spoiled this mountain for me. I had purchased a 3-day pass for myself and my father so we could go skiing with the family. Unfortunately, we were unable to make it out as much as we wanted before the end of the year. With dealing with the pandemic and trying to keep your family as safe as possible, you think Butternut would be considerate of these circumstances but they, unfortunately, were not. I had emailed customer service multiple times asking if our passes would still be valid in 2021 without a response. When I called, the advisor said they would speak with the manager, then never got back to me. Finally, after following up for a fourth time, they responded saying they would not extend the passes. Losing around $200 in lift tickets is a disappointment, but being treated so poorly was what hurt the most.... Full Review
I have never been skiing before and the day I set my pass for it was pouring. I asked if I could please change my ticket for another day, as I had payed 250$ for two day pass tickets. I called by 8:15 am to ask to move my date and they told me there was absolutely nothing I could do to get a refund or change the date. I have never skied before and I explained I didn’t want to learn on ice. They told me the policy for cancellations was clear and they wouldn’t do anything for me even though they said people were still calling to book. The park opens at 8:15 and you they wouldn’t cancel to allow someone else to go. Now I am out 250$ and never got to ski. ... Full Review
I remember it as butternut bastin back in the 70s & 80s when eagelton school just down the srreet use to take us all time it was so much fun it how It’s where I learn ski I sure it’s even better now but even back then it was a lot of fun... Full Review
Butternut is an awesome place. Friendly workers as well as guests. The staff knows how to take care of the snow on the trails. The snow making is excellent. This ski season was one of the worst as far as natural snow goes but at Butternut the trails were wonderful white ribbons of man made corduroy. I travel close to two hours each weekend because you can't beat the value. ... Full Review
Get there early on weekends. Other folks will take over your space when you go out to ski. We all should get along!!
Nice snow, good grooming, main lift too slow! A really nice area for its location, next best slopes other than going all the way to Vt. A real value for the bucks.... Full Review
New England Skier
This is a great mountain for weekends and weekdays. NOT HOLIDAYS- a $60 lift ticket but insane crowds are not worth it. THAT BEING SAID- very nice place otherwise, over 900ft vertical is average for Massachusetts, although good size for southern Mass. Staff is very kind. Would go again, but keep in mind that if you ski above an intermediate level in Vermont, you will be entertained for only a few hours-only a few trails are actually steep. Intermediates and beginners will enjoy all their time here. ... Full Review
Butternut is our family's go-to for many years. It's definitely not a 'modern' resort, so if you expect condos and lots of shops/bars, you need to go further north. But it's 1000 feet with a fun mix of trails and a perfect day trip from CT. It's farily easy to avoid the crowds if you stay off the quad lifts. On the weekends, there's a triple chair that gives you access to fun blues once the crowds arrive at 10 a.m. or so. By 2 p.m. the slopes on the main lifts open up again and from 3-4, you'll cover lots of territory.
Ski instruction is some of the best in southern New England and the lift operators on PaddyWagon will actually help young ones learn how to properly ride a lift. Once you head to the top of the mountain, there isn't a lot for the beginner. That's one gap of the mountain, but after a few days slowly cruising the blues, kids become comfortable.
As was mentioned by others, the main area to eat is up on the hill and a bit of a walk without any steps to help. If you bring food to eat, you probably want to drop someone off at the top parking lot to walk it over rather than walking all the way from the main ski area.
So - 1) weekdays are awesome! 2) Get there when it opens and ski the main trails until 10:30 or so. 3) Head over to the triple and take a few runs. 4) Get into the lodge before Noon and be back out at 12:30 when all the families eat. 5) Back to the triple for an hour and then ski enjoy the whole mountain for the rest of the day. 6) Look at you SkiTracks app and realize that it was the best $dollar/vt ft you're likely to get without driving for 3+ hrs or flying. ... Full Review
Butternut was clearly built in the 70s or earlier. Its vintage ski lodges and meandering beginner trail have a charming throwback quality. The downside is the resort was built for about 1/4 of the volume of skiers it actually sees. I went on a weekday during the holiday season and the liftlines stretched out all over the place. Line-cutting was rampant. The narrower trails quickly became packed and unsafe. The trails themselves were decent for a small resort, though snowboarders beware: there are tons of flat spots. Also for a first-timer I could not figure out where to go to change into my boots. The bigger lodge requires a hike uphill, and there are no stairs. There's a smaller lodge with a cafeteria at the base that I believe is labeled "ski shop" or something equally unhelpful. ... Full Review
We've had season passes at Butternut for 5 years, but this will likely be our last season there. The mountain has many charms - old school/throwback kind of place, affordable passes, never very crowded and a nice variety of trails (other than steeps). Also cool that they open up some woods if natural snow falls. And if you have kids, the kids program is outstanding - better than what we have experienced at much bigger, more well-regarded mountains.
The reasons this is our last season though are many - while they have a certain charm, the lodges are ancient, the food is often simply bad (like I mean throwing it out bad), a family soon outgrows the mountain, and, most importantly, there seems to be a lack of commitment to Butternut being a true skiers mountain. Especially as a pass holder, you see how the mountain opens later than others in the region (Mohawk, Jiminy),tends to 'give up' in the spring with snowmaking, and has very few trails open at the seasons' start and finish compared to other local areas. Lift lines are often a mess and poorly run, and there seems to be a general lack of care given to the day to day experience. ... Full Review
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