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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Ski the Beast today with my son, great snow, great temps and great company. My son, little Kev, had a great lesson. He slept the entire trip home. Best conditions, in the 6 times we've been there.

there were a few ice patches, and a few brown spots, but compared to last year........

Kevin
post #2 of 23
Hey Kevin, it was a great day wasn't it! I was there all day, first hour was absolutely perfect conditions. I wonder who taught your son. We'll have to hook up for some turns someday.
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
Roger, was Kevin's instructor.

we can try to hook up, next time we are there.

kevin
post #4 of 23
Roger is one of the best - nice!

I'm there every Sat. Sun, also thursday this week.
post #5 of 23
Dec 22 was the last of the great days for the early season (pre-rain)-I skied all week and still can't believe our little hill had significant tree skiing available Before the Holiday! Lift Line just held dang perfect snow all week long.

However-I took my youngest (5 year old!) out yesterday ((dec 26) and I must say, in spite of the rain (which put a Kibosh on the off-piste and lift line mogul skiing for a while) the general conditions were still quite good for this time of year. All the groomers are still open (save mohawk), and though skiing fast, the snow was still pleasant granular (nothing hard and blue showing through)-even late day on top of comp was still serving up good turning surfaces-so, I was pleasantly surprised conditions-all things considered-held up pretty well!

I'll be there again on Sunday with some visiting friends if any bears want to meet up.

SMJ-I've skied a bunch with Ian lately (he helped out a ton helping us short staffed patrollers close up the unlit mountain last week!)-meant to ask him about ski instructing (i.e how to join up-part time-as a beast instructor) before he heads out to Alaska. Who else should I speak with? Reed?

Liam
post #6 of 23
John Herrick is the SSD, I'd talk to him first.

Conditions today were pretty nice, but visibility was really bad as the day went on. Light drizzle softened up the snow, then turned to freezing rain, then snowing as we left. I bet tomorrow (Friday) will be great, then it's a crap shoot depending on what happens Friday night.

I'll see you Sunday.
post #7 of 23
Skied the 'beast today, awesome conditions. The groomers were like icing on a cake - perfect groomed natural snow. the ungroomed trails were wonderful, a bit of a scratchiness in the troughs, but really fun!

Get it while we can - record warmth predicted for next week
post #8 of 23
For those who get up over the next two days-best run combo for snow-Left side of the Jug and into Tomahawk Glades--Just amazing today.

Monday was a fantastic POWDER DAY (little over 10 inches)-today was great too.

I'm Patrolling there all day Friday-if any Bears want to catch up for a few runs.

SMJ-I Looked for you today but couldn't find you again-Did you work?

Liam
post #9 of 23
I'm thinking of heading up this Saturday, pre thaw, if that's still in the forecast for nest week.
post #10 of 23
Heading up this weekend too. depending on conditions will be skiing either Okemo or Magic.
post #11 of 23
Liam, I didn't teach at all, skied until about 2, then took off to get some work done. Skied U Mass about 4 times in a row to start getting more comfortable in the bumps. Went over to Wilderness and Hemlock, but alas they were groomed.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
Liam, I didn't teach at all, skied until about 2, then took off to get some work done. Skied U Mass about 4 times in a row to start getting more comfortable in the bumps. Went over to Wilderness and Hemlock, but alas they were groomed.
Ah-the joys of working at a smaller mountain-there's a lot of time for skiing!

The snow on UMASS was fairly challenging-fun, to be sure, but a little grittier and stickier than the rest of the mountain. I sure felt tired coming down it!

I might be up on Saturday-but I will have the kids in tow--any bears with kids who come out (and the Beast is a lot of fun with kids-most small mountains are)-give me a shout.

Liam
post #13 of 23
We'll be there Saturday and Sunday and will look for you.
post #14 of 23
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.
post #15 of 23
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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.

Liam
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by Liam View Post
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)
I too think that Jiminy over grooms. The steeps are nice and steep, but the entire mountain is groomed flat as a pancake.

Things I like about Jiminy:

Steep.

6-pack eats the lines pretty darn fast.

I like the ticket buying options. We can sleep a bit later and get to the hill around 10, buy an 8-our lift ticket and ski until 6.


That said, I'm the one who is driving and I willl make the kid get up early and ski the Beast.
post #17 of 23
Well-I hope you guys who thought about skiing the beast today did-it was a pretty fantastic day-from groomers to bumps to trees-it was about as good as it gets this far south-especially for Early January..

Oh, SMJ-Glad to finally get to take a few runs with you! We'll try to make a habit of it (I like that Patrol and Ski school are both Pretty affable on our little hill!).

Liam
post #18 of 23
Liam it was a good day, I'm glad I skied with you too. I'm really impressed with how well you ski those bumps after skiing for as few years as you have. I need to focus on them more, because frankly I was a bit embarrassed by my performance, particularly on Jug.
post #19 of 23
We should have made arrangements to meet you guys. My son and I had a great day our first time at the BEast! We hit just about everything and then stayed mostly in the glades and woods after lunch. Very good terrain. Lots of good skiers. Cool vibe. And today's conditions were hard to beat!
post #20 of 23
It's a great place - and no crowds, eh?

I just realized after posting in my Journey of a New Ski Instructor thread why I didn't ski well in the bumps this afternoon. Private lesson with a 3 year old totally beat me up - I was whooped!
post #21 of 23
No Crowds? Why we had a long, almost 2-minute line at one point in the day!:
post #22 of 23
Skied Okemo today. Say Max Capacity. Mr Hazmat and a few others. Tomorrow is up in the air.
post #23 of 23
Crank, I'm happy you and your boy liked the beast--It's always good when you talk up a place that folks enjoy it!

SMJ-you're way too hard on yourself-the Jug had gotten pretty rocky in the middle and holding that left side wasn't easy. You were making good turns-looked solid on UMASS (which had some classic BEAST snow on it-that is to say tricky).

Anyway-let's hope after the upcoming warm spell condition permit more days to practice bumps all over the mountain!

I'm away for a week so i'll see you at the hill in two weekends.
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