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Berkshire East

 

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The Oxbow Resort Motel

 

Basic motel rooms offering complimentary Internet access.  Received $5 off lift ticket when staying at the motel.  15 minute drive to ski resort. 

Extra person charges may apply 

$79 and up 

Red Rose

 

Convenient location offering basic motel rooms. 

 

Extra person charges may apply 

Call for pricing 

Kenburn Orchards Bed and Breakfast 

This B&B offers three guest rooms and rates include a full home made 'candlelight and crystal' breakfast served in the main dining room. 

Extra person charges may apply 

$139 and up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gypsy Apple Bistro located at 65 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370; (413) 625-6345

 

West End Pub located at 16 State Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370; (413) 625-6216

 

Cafe Martin located at 24 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370; (413) 625-2795

  • Additional dining options available in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

 

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Berkshire East
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Berkshire East is nestled in a picturesque mountain valley at 1,840 feet. Skiers from southern New England enjoy this unpretentious ski area in historical Charlemont as an alternative to the flashy and expensive ski resorts in Vermont.

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Posted

Pros: terrain, pricing, night skiing, zipline

Cons: small, can be icy, lift lines

I grew up at Berkshire East. My dad worked there, and we have an old picture of my grandfather skiing there. It’s family oriented, and was a big part of my high school experience (I raced there for years). The terrain is moderately good for a small ski area nestled in the Berkshires of Western Mass. The nickname Berkshire Ice should tell you a little about conditions, but when it snows, it can be a great place! Over the years they’ve really expanded. It was a challenging place to be a beginner in the 80’s and 90’s, but there are new trails that are winding and fun! UMASS will kick anyone in the butt, and Big Chief and Cloud are among my favorites. Of course I LOVED Mohawk as a kid because it took forever to get down to the bottom. You can’t compare the B-EAST to larger resorts in Vermont, but for a small time local ski area, it’s a great place. I’m always surprised by how many people have heard of it, and often people would drive quite a ways from central Mass to ski there. It’s also produced some world class skiers over the years! They recently built a zip-line which I haven’t tried but have heard it pretty fun! The town of Charlemont is small and it doesn’t have a lot of options for eating, but if you are willing to drive a little farther, Shelburne Falls has more (my home town!). If you are in Western Mass, you should definitely check it out. It’s cheaper than the big Eastern resorts and has a small town community feel.

Posted

Pros: Inexpensive, high quality terrain, high quality skiing public, uncrowded

Cons: none

A place to just ski.  Kids want to build a few trail side kickers without getting hassled??  Ski berkshire east.  Hate crowds, hate skiing with greater metro-area gapers??  Ski Berkshire east.  Want to find the ONLY decent glade skiing south of Vermont, ski berklshire east.  Good pitch, fine cruisers and a surprising amount of challenging trails (that is, mid season when the snow is in-we are talking Massachusetts here) define berkshire east.  From the rather nice little lodges, to the general laissez-faire feel Berkshire East is a great low stress, low hassle quality ski destination. 


Posted

Pros: Great terrain - No crowds

Cons: Slow lifts

 Berkshire East in Charlemont Mass is a very challenging and fun mountain.  Kind of a retro feel to it, nothing fancy at all, but a hidden jewel.  On the weekends I'd rather ski there then at a bigger and better resort because I HATE crowded slopes.

 

When there's snow there are glades, bumps and a lot of variety for an 1,100 ft vertical mountain.  The groomers are great and interesting.  A blue trail is not easy at the 'beast and Exhibition, a green, would be a blue at most mountains.

 

The proof is in the pudding - meaning the folks who ski there.  Great skiers everywhere - 5 level 3 PSIA Instructors on the staff, a top notch racing program.

 

During the week it's cheap and totally empty ($30 lift tickets.)  Weekends this year are $52 but even on a crowded holiday the lift lines might be 3 or 4 minutes long.

 

Be sure to check out Wilderness Peak, Blizzard Island and War Dance (some of the less obvious trails.)