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Bousquet in the 1960s
Bousquet Mountain Ski Area
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Status: Open
First Season:1934-35
Vertical Drop:750 feet
Standing Lifts:3 doubles, surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: Bousquet in the 1960s
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
1/5/2016: Paul Bousquet Passes Away
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Located southwest of Pittsfield, Bousquet is amongst the oldest ski areas in the country.

Ski Trains

The roots of Bousquet were planted in the ski trains of the 1930s, when New Yorkers would depart from Grand Central Station on New Haven Railroad trains in the early morning hours for a day of skiing on the Bousquet farm in Pittsfield. As the legend goes, Clarence Bousquet installed a rope tow in the spring of 1935, increasingly the area rate from 25 cents to $1.00

A second tow was added for the 1936-37 season, as Bousquet quickly became a well-known ski area. A third tow was likely added for 1937-38, while a fourth debuted for 1938-39. The Hartford Courant declared the area "one of America's finest ski developments," citing the longest rope tow in the world.

Rope Tow Dynasty

The Bousquet Ski Tow Rope Gripper Patent
The Bousquet Ski Tow Rope Gripper Patent

Meanwhile, Clarence Bousquet was trying his hand as an inventor, designing a rope tow gripper. His 1939 filing was patented on January 28, 1941, publication number US2230024 A. The C.J. Bousquet Ski Tow Rope Gripper resulted in hundreds of thousands of sales, making rope tow riding dramatically easier for skiers all over.

For the 1939-40 season, Bousquet advertised seven trails and 200 acres of open slopes. Two more tows may have been added for the 1940-41 season, as the area recorded up to 4,000 skiers per day. Three tows were open for night skiing. Improvements continued for the 1941-42 season, as a large base lodge was constructed.

Growth continued following World War II, as Bousquet sported 10 rope tows for the 1947-48 season. Growth also continued at competing areas, however, as Catamount expanded to 11 tows in 1949 and areas up north started installing chairlifts, T-Bars, and even a tramway. Meanwhile, sons Paul and Russell started managing the ski area.

New Lifts

Bousquet was sold to Don Soviero circa 1956. Soviero made an immediate splash by installing a foot 2,500 T-Bar, served by snowmaking. A new canteen and ski shop also debuted. Thanks in part to the snowmaking, the area operated for 82 days that season.

Two Poma lifts were installed for the 1957-58 season, further modernizing the operation. Snowmaking was also tripled, as Bousquet would claim to be the world's largest machine-made snow facility for some time. In addition, Soviero brought in legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright to transform Bousquet and adjacent land into a Sun Valley-like four season resort. Unfortunately for Soviero, the financial supporters of the project backed out before it could see the light of day.

Bousquet stepped into the chairlift age in 1962-63 with the installation of a Carlevaro & Savio double.

Soviero likely sold the area prior to the 1967-68 season to a group of local businessmen. Paul Bousquet returned from Killington to purchase the ski area with a group of partners for the 1968-69 season.

A 2,600 square foot base lodge addition was constructed for the 1972-73 season.

A second double chairlift was installed for the 1980-81 season. Unfortunately for ownership, they soon found themselves foreclosed on by First Agricultural Bank.

Night skiing (2004)
Night skiing (2004)

The Jervas Era

In 1981, Four Skiers Enterprises, led by former Butternut employee George Jervas, purchased Bousquet.

Jervas rolled out a summer operation circa the 1990s that included water slides, go carts, and a climbing wall. An aerial adventure park was added in the summer of 2011.

Mt. Greylock as seen from the top of the ski area (2016)
Mt. Greylock as seen from the top of the ski area (2016)

Circa 2002, a Hall double chairlift was purchased from nearby Eastover and gradually installed at Bousquet, eventually being completed for the 2004-05 season.

Around that time, Jervas suffered a stroke. Citing his health, he put Bousquet up for sale, but was unable to find a buyer. At the age of 76, Jervas suffered a fatal heart attack on August 20, 2012 while at work at Bousquet. His long-time partner Sherry Roberts inherited the ski area and was able to rally the troops to open the ski area for the 2012-13 season. Roberts has vowed to keep Bousquet alive.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
March60%    (1 report)60 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Mar. 6, 2016 by rocket21
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Image Gallery
1952-53 Eastern Ski Map1953-54 Eastern Ski Map1954-55 Eastern Ski Map1955-56 Eastern Ski Map1956-57 Eastern Ski Map1957-58 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
Blue Double drive terminal in 2002
Blue Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1980-81
The bottom terminal (2015)
Green Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
2004-05
Summit Double circa the early 1980s
Summit Double
Carlevaro & Savio-SLI
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1962-63

Past Lifts
Seasons
East Slope Poma

Platter
1957-58
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Grand Slalom Poma

Platter
1957-58
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Russell T-Bar

T-Bar
1956-57
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Maps
1962-63 Bousquet Trail Map1967-68 Bousquet Trail Map1968-69 Bousquet Trail Map1970-71 Bousquet Trail Map1973-74 Bousquet Trail Map1983-84 Bousquet 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
2016-17$45.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$399.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph8.9 daysDecember 15March 262016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$45.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$399.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph8.9 daysJanuary 6March 132015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$45.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$389.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph8.6 daysDecember 32014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$45.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$375.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph8.3 daysDecember 12March 292013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$42.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$350.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph8.3 daysDecember 222012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$42.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$350.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph8.3 daysDecember 142011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$37.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$325.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph8.8 daysDecember 9April 32010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2007-08$37.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$325.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph8.8 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$32.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$325.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$32.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$325.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 days2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$30.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph2004-05 Season Pass Price Graph2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$25.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph2003-04 Season Pass Price Graph2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$25.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price Graph2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$25.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$25.001999-00 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
1992-93$15.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$15.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$15.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$24.001989-90 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$24.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$22.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$21.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$18.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$16.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$16.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$16.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$15.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$15.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$12.001979-80 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$11.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$7.501971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$7.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$6.001969-70 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$6.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph$75.001968-69 Season Pass Price Graph12.5 days1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$6.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$5.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$5.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$5.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 17March 291961-62 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1957-58$4.001957-58 Ticket Price Graph1957-58 Season Pass Price Graph1957-58 Skier Visit Graph
1953-54$2.001953-54 Ticket Price Graph1953-54 Season Pass Price Graph1953-54 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I grew up skiing and racing at bousquet, I'm now a back country guide for steamboat Powdercats. Great memories of friends!"
Kyle Pietras, Mar. 8, 2016
"growing up in Pittsfield in the 70's I could see Bousquet from my bedroom window. First place I ever skied and continue to do so to this day. Will always support Sherry and Bousquet."
Bill O'Gara, Mar. 8, 2016
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External Links
  • Bousquet Mountain - official site
  • Last updated: August 17, 2016

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