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Thunderbolt trail in North Adams

post #1 of 14
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Anyone heard of this or skied it? It's supposed to be an old ski trail (and a steep one) on Mt Greylock.

http://www.berkshirehiking.com/hikes/thunderbolt.html
post #2 of 14
From t4t.

http://timefortuckerman.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=9122

I've never even hiked up Greylock and I live 1/2 hour from there. Forturnately there's a road.
post #3 of 14
I skied it after a big dump 3 or 4 years ago. We skinned up, but followed a different trail that started out at an abandoned ski area. There is a road to the top and in the pictures on T4T it looks open, but when I was there it was only open for snowmobiles. The trail itself is fun. I wouldn't call it steep, but it's not flat either. We skinned up starting around 10AM on a powder morning and got 2nd tracks. Some early birds beat us to it.

Sorry, no pics.

There is a write-up on it in Goodman's book.
post #4 of 14
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great thanks for that post ... just came across this and was wondering because someone mentioned BC in the east. nelsap is a good site for finding some of that too ...
post #5 of 14
Try Petersburgh Pass, on the NY MA border, Rt 2. You can park and traverse to a trail called the Drop. Steep and natural snow without too much work. You can also go across the crest to the next mt and ski down the Williams College trail-steep.
post #6 of 14
The Thunderbolt is a fun descent in good conditions. I skied it after a blizzard in early 2003 and had some excellent fresh tracks. There is a shelter at the summit that makes for a nice lunch break or post-skin rest stop.\
post #7 of 14

Current conditions?

Does anyone have any info on current snow conditions on the Thunderbolt trail? I'd like to check it out, and I was thinking of going this weekend (Jan. 26)...but wondering if there's any snow.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by ErikaS View Post
Does anyone have any info on current snow conditions on the Thunderbolt trail? I'd like to check it out, and I was thinking of going this weekend (Jan. 26)...but wondering if there's any snow.
It's tough to figure out exactly how conditions will be without actually seeing them in person, but you might try calling the Mt. Greylock Ski Club snow phone at 413-445-7887 to confirm if they're open. The club runs rope tows on some trails on a flank of Greylock, and if they have enough snow to open it's probably a good sign that conditions from the summit are decent, or at least skiable. Their website is http://www.mtgreylockskiclub.com/. You can also check this snow depth map from NOAA for a general idea of how much is out there: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/nerfc/graphi.../sd1_today.jpg


post #9 of 14
Try calling EMS in the Berkshire Mall, they run some outings all year long and I know that some of the folks there are avid hikers and other users of Greylock. Might be a very good source of information.

try here: http://www.theberkshiremall.com

I drive near by every day and I would not think it has enough snow---but rt 7 is not the best vantage point.

edit:4:30 a woman in my office was hiking on thounderbolt last weekend and said it was schetchy at best. there were some tele tracks but it was crusty old thin snow and the tracks were not recent.
post #10 of 14
Thanks for the suggestions - I'll check out those phone numbers. I did find the snow depth map when I was surfing around, and it looks pretty discouraging; but it's pretty low resolution and I figured not necessarily reflective of the higher elevation spots.
post #11 of 14
One source of beta is the conditions report for Notchview available here:
http://www.stumpsprouts.com/xcskimass/conditions.php
. . . and/or call Notchview at 413-684-0148.
Notchview is located only 11 miles away to the southeast, so the weather is very similar. Its base elevation is 2297 feet (yes, that's right, a nordic area in Mass that high), so that's about the same as the Thunderbolt up above the long approach.
Maybe also try calling this shop:
http://www.themountaingoat.com/
Maybe contact WOC:
http://wso.williams.edu/orgs/woc/index.php?page=home
post #12 of 14
Hi....
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post #13 of 14
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thanks somer - welcome to Epic also!
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Thunderbolt trail in North Adams

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Edited by MarcZimmerman - Wed, 04 Feb 09 07:06:09 GMT
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