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Berkshire East Reviews


The Beast - best in S New England


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...
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Best small mountain in the East


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. 

The 'beast is a hidden jewel


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...
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