Originally Posted by crank
I'll have my son - he's 14. He wants to go to Jiminy, but I have never skied Berksihire east and with the current conditions this seems like an ideal time to give it a try.
Berkshire vs. Jiminy
1. Actual Glade Skiing-Berkshire! (Jiminy clear cut old willie's gulch years ago to make another green-blue groomer)
2. Moguls-Berkshire! (Jiminy has some sort of Phobia about Moguls and grooms almost the whole mountain on Powder Days-however, for the same reasons-if grooming is a high priority, Jiminy has the edge here)
3. Steep Runs-probably a wash-I like Berkshire's Main Black Runs Better-but there's certainly nothing wrong with Jericho and Whitetail at Jiminy either
4. Crowds-No contest here-Berkshire. No Hotels, no 'Vacation Village', and no New Yorkers (just a little to east for them) means no crowds-I've never felt like I was swimming in a mass of skiing humanity at Berkshire-Used to feel that way at Jiminy too-but times have certainly changed.
5. Lifts-Jiminy!-that High-speed six is impressive--but even so, its vastly higher skier density still leads to longer wait times..
6. Parks-Jiminy! Berkshire, at Present has no real Park/ Pipe--this doesn't bother me so much-but it might bother your 14 year old. Caveat-the kids have built kickers and jumps all over the mountain (and we don't knock them down), and several of the on--map runs involve some drops (one-avalanche, involves a near-mandatory 7 footer-and it's open).
7. Feel-Berkshire! Now this is totally subjective, but I like the dressed down, non-modern resort feel of my home mountain, but, I admit, Jiminy does a great job with the whole modern resort thing.
8. Post ski Beer and Burger-Wash, though I personally prefer the Charlemont Inn with it's full line of on-tap Berkshire Brewing Co. beers, but, Powderhound's is good, too.
I learned to ski at Jiminy Peak, and a few years ago I had to choose between working there or at Berkshire (which meant I'd have the majority of my ski days there as well)-I went with Berkshire East and have never regretted it.