Nowhere to go but down(hill) during ski showcase, Eagle Conversation

Jeremy Davis, author of "Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires," will take part in an Eagle Conversation on Wednesday at The Stationery Factory in Dalton.

DALTON — The Berkshire Eagle invites skiers, snowboarders and all other winter sports warriors to kick off the season at the Berkshire Ski Season Showcase on Wednesday at The Stationery Factory in Dalton. The evening also features a talk on the lost ski areas of the Berkshires.

The showcase, which is free and open to the public, is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Giveaways throughout the event include Warren Miller tickets, along with other prizes. A cash bar is being provided by The Stationery Factory and food by Shire Breu-Hous.

Attendees can visit and mingle with more than a dozen ski areas and winter sports retailers, including NeviTREK, Dion Snowshoes, Mount Greylock Ski Club, Berkshire East Mountain Resort, Catamount Mountain Resort, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Ski Butternut, the Garden, Ski Fanatics, Bousquet Mountain, Otis Ridge and the Canterbury Farm Nordic Center.

At 6:15, the event turns to a free Berkshire Eagle Conversation with Jeremy Davis, author of "Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires." Davis is the founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, and he and Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran will discuss the Berkshires' lost ski areas. The Conversation features photos and video from many of the county's ski areas of long ago.

Davis also will have copies of his books for sale.

Davis brings these lost locations back to life, chronicling their rich histories and contributions to the ski industry. The Berkshires long have been known as a winter sports paradise, and Davis counts 46 ski areas that arose here from the 1930s to the 1970s, many of which faded away and are nearly forgotten.

The Stationery Factory is located at 63 Flansburg Ave. in Dalton.