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The Berkshire Express (2005)
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Hancock, Massachusetts
Status: Open
First Season:1948-49
Vertical Drop:1150 feet
Standing Lifts:1 high speed six pack, 2 quads, 3 triples, 1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:3 doubles, surface lifts
Left: The Berkshire Express (2005)
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Located on the north face of Potter Mountain near the Massachusetts-New York border, Jiminy Peak is one of the most popular ski areas in Southern New England.

Building a Ski Area on Potter Mountain

Much of the land in which Jiminy Peak is located was purchased by ski photographer and historian Bart Hendricks in the early 1940s. On July 29, 1947, John Clark, John Drummond, and Catamount's John Fisher formed Jiminy Peak, Inc. The trio leased Hendricks' land that year and planned to have a rope tow and T-Bar in operation. The steel needed for the T-Bar did not arrive in time, however, so the opening was postponed.

Jiminy Peak Opens

The upper T-Bar
The upper T-Bar

Though the first winter was a non-starter, the $80,000 development was able to open for the 1948-49 season. The 750 vertical foot ski area's T-Bar was the first of its type in all of Southern New England. A pair of rope tows served the lower mountain and Jimmy Cricket slope. From the top of the tows, one could then cross over to a small lodge and the T-Bar. From the T-Bar, one could ski Merry-Go-Round, Whirlaway, 360 Slope, and Slingshot.

Another $80,000 investment was made for the 1959-60 season, helping to fix some fundamental issues. The Glasshaus Lodge was constructed at the base of the ski area, adjacent to a new lower T-Bar. In addition, an initial snowmaking system was installed.

Fred Crane Takes Over and Installs a Chairlift

The summit double chairlift
The summit double chairlift

While the 1959-60 improvements helped Jiminy, chairlifts were popping up throughout Western Massachusetts. In 1964, Fred Crane became principal owner and President of Jiminy Peak.

Jiminy Peak was dramatically expanded for the 1964-65 season, as a Mueller double chairlift was installed to the summit. In addition to the expansion of the vertical drop to 1,120 feet, a new base lodge was constructed. 1964-65 was also the season in which rival Brodie Mountain was opened just up the road by Jim Kelly.

Snowmaking was expanded to the top of the upper T-Bar at Jiminy Peak for the 1968-69 season, thus providing 750 vertical feet of coverage.

Brian Fairbank Takes Over and Installs a Chairlift

The Jiminy Peak base area in the 1970s
The Jiminy Peak base area in the 1970s

New York's Kissing Bridge, Inc. took over management of the area in 1969, installing 23 year old Brian Fairbank as Manager on July 7. A $350,000 loan was taken out to install the Grand Slam double chairlift and night skiing.

After back to back rough seasons, Jiminy Peak reorganized its ownership. Stock was sold, the land purchased, Brian Fairbank named President. A new focus was put on developing real estate.

An expert trail was added for the 1975-76 season, named after Jericho Valley (the original name of the town of Hancock). The Jericho trail is now legendary. Later in 1976, plans were made to install a summer attraction.

Tragedy struck on January 31, 1977, when a double chairlift rolled backward for 71 seconds, resulting in 12 injuries. In May of 1977, the fifth alpine side in the United States debuted at Jiminy Peak.

A $600,000 expansion took place in 1978, as the aging T-Bars were replaced. The new lifts were Riblet double chairlifts, one of which was constructed to the summit. A new lodge was also introduced.

A Four Season Resort

The Jiminy Peak base area in the 1990s
The Jiminy Peak base area in the 1990s

The Mueller summit chairlift was replaced for the 1983-84 season a new Riblet triple chairlift. 1984 also resulted in the creation of a 10 year master plan, aimed at making Jiminy Peak a year round destination resort. Joseph O'Donnell of Boston Concessions Group was brought into the ownership group around this time.

The Jiminy Cricket slope was expanded by 50 percent for 1987-88 when a new Borvig J-Bar replaced the novice rope tow. The West Way trail was significant widened for the following season.

While the 10 year plan was focused on real estate development and alternative activities, a major enhancement to the ski area was made near the completion of the campaign. The summit quad from recently closed Crotched Mountain was purchased by Jiminy Peak in 1992 and installed as the Q1 Quad. The first four person chairlift in Massachusetts, the new lift dramatically improved the uphill capacity.

The recently installed Jiminy Cricket J-Bar was replaced for the 1996-97 season with a realigned, longer triple chairlift, providing better access to the slopes for recent real estate developments.

Widow White's, Brodie, and Berkshire Express

Jiminy Peak in 2015
Jiminy Peak in 2015

With the ski area continuing to draw large crowds, additional terrain was opened for the 1998-99 season. The upper mountain area, named Widow White's Peak, was served by a new fixed grip quad chairlift.

A significant amount of additional terrain was briefly introduced to Jiminy Peak starting in 1999, when the ownership purchased nearby Brodie Mountain. Following the sale, Jiminy Peak co-marketed Brodie and considered modernizing it.

Meanwhile, the lower mountain at Jiminy Peak was still served by lower capacity lifts. This was addressed for the 2000-2001 season, when the Exhibition double chairlift was replaced with the Berkshire Express, Southern New England's first high speed detachable six person chairlift. The other half of the former double-double chairlift was upgraded to a triple.

While $5 million had been earmarked for improvements at Brodie, the area was deemed not viable following the 2001-2002 season. Instead, the money was invested in the Village Center at Jiminy Peak.

The three season was further improved in 2006 when the second mountain coaster in the United States was installed at Jiminy Peak. Its success led to similar installations across New England in subsequent years.

In 2007, a 4.6 megawatt wind turbine was installed near the ski area.

On January 27, 2009, co-owners Brian Fairbank and Joseph O'Donnell sold Jiminy Peak to CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc. for $27 million, while obtaining a 40 year operational lease of the ski area. In subsequent years, Brian Fairbank and his son Tyler took over operational control of Cranmore and Bromley.

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Expansion History
Project
Season
Summit
Open
1964-65
Widow White's Peak
Open
1998-99

Image Gallery
1953-54 Eastern Ski Map1954-55 Eastern Ski Map1955-56 Eastern Ski Map1956-57 Eastern Ski Map1957-58 Eastern Ski Map1959-60 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Berkshire Express in 2002
Berkshire Express
Garaventa CTEC
Chairlift - Sixpack - Detachable
2000-01
The Cricket Triple in 2002
Cricket Triple
Partek
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1996-97
The Grand Slam Double in 2002
Grand Slam
Riblet
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1969-70
The bottom terminal (right) (2010s)
Novice Triple
Riblet
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2000-01
The Q1 Quad in 2016
Q1 Quad
CTEC
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1992-93
The Summit Triple in the 1980s
Summit Triple
Riblet
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1983-84
Widow White's Quad in 2005
Widow White's Quad
Garaventa CTEC
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1998-99

Past Lifts
Seasons
Exhibition Double
Riblet
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1978-79
-
1999-00
The J-Bar circa the late 1980s
J-Bar
Borvig
J-Bar
1987-88
-
1995-96
Lower T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1959-60
-
1977-78
Novice Double
Riblet
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1978-79
-
1999-00
The Summit Double in the 1970s
Summit Double
Mueller
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1964-65
-
1982-83
The Upper T-Bar at Jiminy Peak circa the 1950s or 1960s
Upper T-Bar
Constam
T-Bar
1948-49
-
1977-78

Maps
1962-63 Jiminy Peak Trail Map1964-65 Jiminy Peak Trail Map1967-68 Jiminy Peak Trail Map1968-69 Jiminy Peak Trail Map1969-70 Jiminy Peak trail map1970-71 Jiminy Peak Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2017-182017-18 Ticket Price Graph$1013.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph2017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$74.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$1013.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph13.7 daysNovember 25April 92016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$71.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$965.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph13.6 daysNovember 27March 202015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$69.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$935.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph13.6 daysNovember 16April 122014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$67.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$910.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph13.6 daysNovember 16April 62013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$61.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$875.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph14.3 daysNovember 10April 72012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$61.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$875.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph14.3 daysDecember 10March 182011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$59.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$875.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph14.8 daysNovember 27April 10270,8452010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-102009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 12April 32009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$56.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$849.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph15.2 daysApril 5270,9512008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$59.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$799.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph13.5 daysNovember 17April 6255,3872007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$57.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$799.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph14.0 daysNovember 242006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$55.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$759.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph13.8 daysApril 22005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$52.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$759.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph14.6 daysApril 172004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$52.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$699.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph13.4 daysApril 112003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$49.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$699.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph14.3 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$48.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price Graph2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$46.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$44.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$42.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price Graph1998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$38.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price Graph1996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1995-96$38.001995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price Graph1995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$35.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph241,5201992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$34.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$33.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$30.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$30.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$28.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-871986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 28190,0001986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$25.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$21.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$19.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price GraphOctober 241982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$17.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$15.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 151980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$14.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$13.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 231978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-781977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 271977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$11.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$160.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph14.5 daysNovember 61976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$10.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 231975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-751974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 171974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$9.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph50,0001973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$9.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$8.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$7.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$7.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$7.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$6.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$4.001963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$4.001962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$4.001959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph
1940s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1948-49$3.001948-49 Ticket Price Graph1948-49 Season Pass Price Graph1948-49 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Anyone remember Mr. 360? He was in a shack at the top of one of the trails and would ride down the mountain at the end of the day standing on a shovel."
Paul Larsen, Feb. 24, 2016
"On a trip from Delaware to New England a couple of years ago I stopped off on my way home and had a great day. I do not need a big mountain to have a great day. This resort is a great family resort. I will do this Mountain againJon OsbornOSBORN2SKI"
Jon Osborn, Aug. 19, 2014
"I would like to have the original history of the land sold. My Grandfather John Adams was the one who sold the land to the future owner of Jiminy Peak. If you look up original records you will find this true. My uncle continues to own land close to Jiminy Peak. We continue to be loggers in that area."
Shelly Ravenscraft, Apr. 14, 2013
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  • Last updated: November 28, 2016

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