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A friend made this POV video  of skiing the glades, small cliff drops and otherwise surprisingly excellent expert terrain at Berkshire East Ski area-a smaller ski mountain in Western (Charlemont), MA that delivers some great skiing and has a very loyal fanbase of dedicated hardcore skiers (and a lot of racers).

 

Anyway, enjoy the video filmed during last thursday's 15 inch storm.  None of the trails pictured had a single flake of snow on them prior to that snowfall.   This guy does some real tight glade bushwacking that would make Josh Matta proud smile.gif   All of these trails are inbounds, and most are marked and on the trail map.  The Film really picks up at the 4:20 minute mark (and really showcases the off piste at Berkshire East!)-prior to that it is a sequence of runs off a trail called Avalanche- a marked Gladed run that ends with a pretty substantial huck off a rock shelf-sort of a right of passage run for B'East skiers...like a miniature Corbet's Couloirbiggrin.gif.  

 

He's skiing on a new set of 161cm Shamans, which are a pretty excellent ski for these conditions--that's for you gear guys who like to know this kind of stuff

 

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I'm a big fan of this small area so I do enjoy posting these videos--and I thought it might be fun to show the level of off piste skiing available south of Vermont that folks might not believe exists.

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I'm sure you know the nickname of that bump?

 

Berkshire Ice. 

 

Funny to see it with snow on it. 

 

I made it to about 6+ minutes... waaaaay too long. 

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Berkshire Ice is a name from the 70's--and it has no relevance to Berkshire East in the 21st century.

 I've been there for about 8 years, in that time, I've never seen the conditions anything less than on par with everyone else in the region (inlcuding S. VermonT0 and usually way, way better.  They've pumped a lot of money in the snow making (especially this season, all new lines, new up top pond, new compressors and generators) and the surface conditions are usuallly excellent.

 

I've skied plenty of powder days there--lots of days like the one in the video.

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I can't hear that song without seeing this in my head, watched it too many times!!

 

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A friend made this POV video  of skiing the glades, small cliff drops and otherwise surprisingly excellent expert terrain at Berkshire East Ski area-a smaller ski mountain in Western (Charlemont), MA that delivers some great skiing and has a very loyal fanbase of dedicated hardcore skiers (and a lot of racers).

 

Anyway, enjoy the video filmed during last thursday's 15 inch storm.  None of the trails pictured had a single flake of snow on them prior to that snowfall.   This guy does some real tight glade bushwacking that would make Josh Matta proud smile.gif   All of these trails are inbounds, and most are marked and on the trail map.  The Film really picks up at the 4:20 minute mark (and really showcases the off piste at Berkshire East!)-prior to that it is a sequence of runs off a trail called Avalanche- a marked Gladed run that ends with a pretty substantial huck off a rock shelf-sort of a right of passage run for B'East skiers...like a miniature Corbet's Couloirbiggrin.gif.  

 

He's skiing on a new set of 161cm Shamans, which are a pretty excellent ski for these conditions--that's for you gear guys who like to know this kind of stuff

 

.

 

 

I'm a big fan of this small area so I do enjoy posting these videos--and I thought it might be fun to show the level of off piste skiing available south of Vermont that folks might not believe exists.

These woods all skied really differently today.  The softest snow is gone, but the coverage is still surprisingly good!

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