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.