Hawley, MA 01339
Stump Sprouts Guest Lodge & Cross Country Ski Center (413-339-4265; www.stumpsprouts.com) is situated atop a high meadow in rural northwest Massachusetts in a spectacular setting. Stump Sprouts, which was hand-built from scratch is family owned and operated as one of the most sustainable cross country ski resorts in the business. There are 25 km of trails on 450 acres of land ranging from gently rolling and track set loops to challenging backcountry routes. One of the favorite destinations is the summit of Lone Boulder Hill where a big glacial rock stands guard at a scenic vista of three states.
Stump Sprouts operates from Saturday through Tuesday but opens other days by special arrangement or when there are excellent conditions. The facility is also open all week long during school vacation weeks. Daily trail fees are $12 for adults, $8 for those aged 13-18, $5 for those age 6-12, and it's free for under 6 year olds. The high elevation assures the best snow conditions in southern New England. Expect it to be open for skiing from late December to mid-March.
Rental equipment is $15 for skis, boots, and poles for those older than 12 and $8 for those aged 12 and under. Snowshoes are available for rent for $7 or $12 for deluxe snowshoes, while kids snowshoes are $4. Ski lessons are available by appointment and are $12 per person in a group setting; $15 per person for semi-private lessons; and $29 for a private lesson. Skiers must also pay the trail fee and rentals, if applicable. Credit cards are not accepted at Stump Sprouts.
The Guest Lodge has hand-built furnishing and is decorated with antiques and artwork. It has 7 guest rooms, a large living room, complete kitchen and dining room, lofts, cozy nooks, a fireplace and large windows for scenic views. Guests bring their own linens and blankets and share 4 bathrooms. The bedrooms have either a double bed, single beds, or bunk beds. The west end of the Farmhouse has three bedrooms, 2 baths, a living room and screened porch. The Barn is a multipurpose space with a unique movable ceiling, lofts, plenty of natural light, game room and more. Stump Sprouts can accommodate indoor and/or outdoor meeting spaces for weddings, team building retreats, family reunions, etc. Meals can be catered or prepared on your own. Food incorporated in catered meals is home grown or locally produced whenever possible and special needs can be accommodated. Winter weekends are booked as a package with 2 nights of lodging, 6 meals and skiing for $175 per person. Single night rates during vacation periods include one night lodge, 4 meals, and 2 days of skiing fort $105 per person. For longer stays, midweek group packages, and reservation details check www.stumpsprouts.com. During the warmer months, groups have the option of preparing their own meals on weekends. Rates are generally lower then, too.
Lloyd and Suzanne Crawford have run Stump Sprouts since 1977 refining the trail system with a sensitivity to the natural environment. This sustainable business operation is exemplary as the lumber for the buildings and furniture and the firewood is harvested on the property and milled locally. Wood burning provides the heat for the buildings using timber from tree stand improvement projects and trail maintenance. Stump Sprouts produces more electricity from solar panels than it consumers. More than 75% of refuse is either composted, recycled, or reused. Gardens on the property supply the produce and flowers for much of the year and they are supplemented where possible by local dairy, fruits, and vegetables.
Directions to Stump Sprouts Guest Lodge & Cross Country Ski Center: From the east take Route 2 to Charlemont, MA, Then Route 8A south for 6 miles to West Hill Road. take a right up the hill for 1 mile. From the south take I-91 to Route 2 in Greenfield, MA Exit 26. Go west on Route 2 to Charlemont and follow the above directions from that point. Nearby alpine skiing at Berkshire East. See www.stumpsprouts.com for driving directions and local road conditions. CCSAA member