Local Ski Areas Jiminy Peak: 1,140 vertical feet; 156 skiable acres; 99 average annual inches; lift-ticket, $48 weekends, $36 weekdays; season pass, $699 adults, $459 juniors. Brodie: 1,250 vertical feet; 250 skiable acres; 99 average annual inches; lift-ticket, $29 weekends, $19 midweek; season pass: $319 for all ages.
Best Events The Williams College Winter Carnival held in February features ice sculptures, fireworks, snow games and parties, as well as NCAA ski racing between Williams and traditional rivals like Dartmouth and UVM.
Locals' Favorite Restaurants Taconic Restaurant serves continental cuisine; head to Lickety Split for sandwiches and ice cream; Main Street Café has a city-style atmosphere and serves sophisticated Northern Italian cuisine at dinner and great sandwiches at lunch; Chef's Hat is the best breakfast spot; try Mill on the Floss for French country cuisine in an 18th century farmhouse.
Locals' Favorite Hangouts Irish tradition holds strong at the Purple Pub, home of the $2.95 burger; Water Street Grill & Tavern has a lively bar scene.
Best Places to Stay The Orchards is a 49-room luxury inn ($150-$275; 800-225-1517); Barnside Suites has six suites, each decorated with antiques from a different period ($165-$225; 888-666-1896); Northside Motel, across the street from the college, provides affordable lodging ($52-$93; 413-58-8107). Both Jiminy and Brodie have slopeside lodging (see below for contact information).
Don't Miss The Williamstown Theater Festival in summer.
Information Town Offices 413-458-9351, williamstown.net; Chamber of Commerce, 413-458-9077, williamstownchamber.com; Jiminy Peak 413-738-5500, jiminypeak.com; Brodie 413-443-4752, skibrodie.com.