2020/2021 Season Enhanced Precautions

This year might look a little different at “The Nut” but we can assure you we are doing everything we can to make this season a comfortable and safe experience! In addition to normal lift inspections and routine summer maintenance, we are in the process of implementing 20/21 Season Enhanced Precautions. First and foremost, Ski Butternut will be strictly adhering to all MA Department of Health and CDC guidelines. To be proactive, we are procuring PPE, hand-sanitizing stations, plexiglass guards and further materials to ensure a safe and sanitary environment for both our employees and our guests. We are in the process of creating new policies which include enhanced cleaning and sanitization schedules, physical distancing guidelines, and newly created employee procedures and training.




IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY - Common Sense, it's one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code: 1) Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects; 2) People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them; 3) You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above; 4) Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others; 5) Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. Observe all posted signs and warnings; 6) Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas; 7) Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. THIS IS A PARTIAL LIST. BE SAFETY CONSCIOUS.


It is your responsibility to have the knowledge and ability to ride the lifts at any ski area safely.  If you don’t know how to use the lifts safely, Ski Butternut strongly encourages you and your family to: read and understand the instructional the instructional video below and; take a private lesson to learn the proper techniques for using lifts safely and then practice riding the beginner slope chair lift until which time you are proficient at using the lift and before using any of the other lifts on the mountain. Please note: the presence of an instructor in a Lesson does not guarantee the safety of any student who may be riding in the same chair, riding in a completely different chair on the lift, or on the mountain.  It is each person’s responsibility to have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely by their own accord and without the assistance from anyone else, whether participating in a lesson, or skiing/riding alone and/or with friends. For more information, please read Instructions for Riding a Chairlift.


Please take a few minutes to view our videos below about technique and park safety, as well as the graphic below about Rules for Using our Terrain Parks. Education is the most important thing for both beginners and advanced park style / freestyle terrain riders. FOR PARENTS - IT IS ALSO YOUR RESPONSIBILITY - Please teach the Rules and reinforce Park Safety and etiquette to your kids! Both you and your kids should watch the Terrain Park Safety Video to see the rules illustrated and to better learn the importance of safety.  PARENTS: You too, should review all the above materials. If any child under your supervision or control (under 18 years of age) is interested in using Ski Butternut's Terrain Parks - you need to take an active role in monitoring and ensuring their safety. PARENTS: Get involved with them, learn the rules and help them make good decisions. You need to become aware of what they are choosing to enjoy and the risks associated with using the features and jumps that are in today’s Terrain Parks!


Go Fast - Lose Pass! - DESIGNATED SLOW ZONES - Pied Piper, Nuthatch and Cruiser trails are designated as Slow Zones. This is so beginner and newly skilled skiers and riders can practice their turns and enjoy the day without having to worry about faster, more experienced skiers darting past them at high speed. We ask that all guests follow the ski area's rules and that they know and follow the Skier Responsibility Code. Any guest witnessed skiing/riding too fast, or out of control, in these areas by Host, Ski Patrol, a member of the Management Team, could lose their lift ticket.


The Ski Butternut Ski Patrol is here to serve you and there is no cost for their care. The Ski Patrol headquarters is conveniently located just off the front right corner of the main parking lot and there is also a building at the top of the Top Flight Quad chairlift and another at the top of the Overbrook Triple chairlift. In Case of EMERGENCY - Call: 413-528-2000 ext. 151. The Ski Butternut Ski Patrol staff are skilled First Responders and work closely with Fairview Hospital, located only 5 minutes away in downtown Great Barrington, Mass. For NON-EMERGENCIES - Call: 413-528-2000 ext. 115


As a family friendly ski area, Ski Butternut expects guests at the mountain to behave in a pleasant, positive and respectful manner towards all other individuals. As such, Ski Butternut will not tolerate the following behavior and reserves the right to confiscate lift tickets or season passes without refund and without warning, and/or deny services in the following circumstances: Apparent drunkenness or being under the influence of drugs; Open use of alcohol or drugs anywhere in public on the mountain; Serious disorderly conduct including but not limited to fighting, damaging property, apparent theft, interference with and/or endangerment of others; Jumping off a chairlift or actively swinging or bouncing a chair; Throwing any object off a chairlift; Using profanity or vulgar language in the presence of children; Verbally abusing any person or employee at the ski area; or any other appropriate case. In general, Ski Butternut will issue one warning in the following circumstances before lift tickets or season passes will be confiscated without refund: Skiing closed trails or areas not designated for skiing; Cutting in front of other people in a lift line; Interference with or endangering others (and/or self); Skiing too close to others, out of control, or colliding with others; Skiing on terrain beyond one’s ability; Repeated use of offensive or vulgar language; or any other appropriate case. Ski Butternut reserves the right to confiscate lift tickets, season passes for any repeat offenses and/or or deny services at the sole discretion of management.


Massachusetts General Law, Part I, Title XV, Chapter 94G, Section 7 allows adults age 21 and older to possess limited quantities of cannabis (marijuana) for personal use. The law further states that: “no person shall consume marijuana in a public space or smoke marijuana where smoking tobacco is prohibited”. Additionally, Massachusetts regulations (526 CMR 10.08) prohibit riding a chairlift under the influence of drugs. Therefore, in compliance with Massachusetts law, marijuana may not be consumed (by smoking, vaping, and/or eating) at Ski Butternut in any commercial or public space including parking lots, lodges, buildings, surrounding areas, base area, lift lines, chair lifts, or anywhere on the mountain.  In addition, Resort policy prohibits being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when participating in recreational activities at Ski Butternut and prohibits the smoking or vaping of tobacco or drinking alcohol in lift lines or on chairlifts. Guests who violate Massachusetts law or Resort policy are subject to having their lift tickets or season passes revoked without refund, removal from the resort, and enforcement by the Great Barrington Police or Massachusetts State Police.


Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, Ski Butternut prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or aerial drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists. This prohibition on drone use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any equipment. Violators will be liable for any damages, including but not limited to, physical or personal injuries, property damage, damages for violations of privacy, regulatory fines and legal fees.


Skinning Uphill is permitted with a valid Uphill Travel Ticket and is restricted to skier’s right on Cruiser during normal operating hours* and skiers right on Freewheeler on Saturdays & Sundays from 8-11 am.  Uphill Travel is prohibited on every other slope, trail, or area at all times.  Skinners may have downhill access on all trails except Upper Applejack, Lucifer’s Leap, Whip and Pied Piper. Snowshoeing Uphill (and Downhill) is permitted with a valid Uphill Travel Ticket and is restricted to skier’s right on Cruiser during normal operating hours*.  Uphill Travel is prohibited on every other slope, trail, or area at all times.  Downhill travel for snowshoeing is restricted to skiers right on Cruiser due to safety and trail maintenance concerns. Uphill Travel Tickets:  Available at the Main Office (behind Ski Patrol). Day Ticket: $20 (signed waiver required) Season Pass Holders: FREE (signed waiver required) Normal Operating Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Weekday Non-Holidays; 8:15 am – 4:00 pm on Weekends & Holidays


As a family friendly resort, Ski Butternut recognizes that pets may be an important part of your family. Ski Butternut welcomes you to bring your pet to the resort during the ski season if you abide by the following resort rules: All pets must be on a leash (or in a carrier) and must be under control at all times; Pets must be clean, quiet, non-aggressive, and up to date on their shots and vaccinations; Owner must immediately clean up after pet; Pets are NOT ALLOWED in any public indoor facility including either lodge, ski shop, rental shop, main office, or other building; Pets are NOT ALLOWED in any outside seating area or food venue as a courtesy to Ski Butternut guests; Pets are NOT ALLOWED in the base area, on any lift, on the mountain, or any other place where skiing, snowboarding, or tubing occurs due to safety concerns for guests and pets alike; Ski Butternut welcomes service animals for the disabled; Pets are not permitted to swim in snowmaking ponds from November through March; Ski Butternut reserves the right to ask that a pet be removed from the premises for any reason.