Tanglewood has played a large role in promoting and expanding the arts in Pittsfield. The 210 Estate, located in nearby Lenox, has been owned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1936 and the beautiful venue constructed on the land has been the orchestra's summer home for many years. The orchestra plays a wildly popular summer concert series which always sells out so plan ahead. Tanglewood is also a favorite haunt of composer and conductor John Williams, a legend most famous for his iconic movie scores. Employees of the venue invest in the future of classical music by offering lessons and outreach programs for area youth.
The Bousguet Ski Area
Situated on the northern slope of Yokun Ridge in Pittsfield, the Bousquet Ski Area has some of the best downhill skiing in the region. There are also some slopes reserved for tubing, an activity which is very popular for those too young to strap on some skis. There are also ski lessons and a competitive team which participates in area leagues. During the summer when there is no snow, Bousquet offers different kinds of outdoor fun. There are giant water slides and a swimming area as well as zip lines, some of which travel over 700 feet, running through the forest. There is also the Adventure Park, an obstacle course of ropes, balancing beams, and other challenges that delight thrill seekers of all ages.