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post #181 of 207
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We don't have any President's Day plans and am trying to think of places that won't be a zoo that my family might enjoy.  Are there any nice inns or hotels in the vicinity of BE that a wife and daughter who are not hard core skiers might also enjoy for the long weekend?  

 

I might suggest a PM to Liam.....or SkiMangoJazz both are B/E employees and could likely suggest closer lodging.....tho the Holiday Inn suggested sounds nice!

 

Berkshire East will certainly make your family smile....

post #182 of 207
Thread Starter 

Berkshire East is a great choice for a busy holiday as it just doesn't get too crowded, ever.

 

The Charlemont Inn is nearby, there are other motels as well.

 

 

Berkshire East purchased The Warfield House this year which is directly across the valley from the mountain.  There's a link to it here http://www.berkshireeast.com/plan/lodging/ as well as other options.

post #183 of 207
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Berkshire East is a great choice for a busy holiday as it just doesn't get too crowded, ever.

 

The Charlemont Inn is nearby, there are other motels as well.

 

 

Berkshire East purchased The Warfield House this year which is directly across the valley from the mountain.  There's a link to it here http://www.berkshireeast.com/plan/lodging/ as well as other options.

Hmmm, when I Google Charlemont Inn, I come up with links to paranormal activity....

post #184 of 207
Thread Starter 

Yes it has some history about that.  It's an older place, I've never stayed there, but it's very close to the mountain.  The Warfield house is probably pricier but very nice and has an awesome view of the mountain as well.

post #185 of 207

1. Charlemont Inn has been closed (and in varying states of Decay!) for about 5 years now, with no plans for reopening.  Tax issues and building health issues stymie any chance of reopening this haunted Classic.  Too bad, as I loved the tavern there.

 

2. Warfield House was bought by Berkshire East last summer (recognizing the need to add some lodging options), and has seen some renovations and is open for business.  It is a very pretty place, stunning views of the Valley and the Mountain, with tavern and reception facilities and in the summer, it has about 20 miles of single track  that is part of the CTS mountain bike system.

 

3. Other Lodging Options: Right across rte 2 is Zoar Outdoor, know mostly for rafting/ kayaking operations and Ziplines…BUT, they maintain a  great 'communal style rental lodging facilities for the winter, check them out at: http://www.hawkmountainlodge.com/?_ga=1.64502892.2116449516.1404220084

 

There are a couple of other motels along Rte 2 up from Greenfield, and a host of B&B options in the region.

 

 

OH…was there all day yesterday…they picked up another 6 inches of snow.  It was heaven.  Starting Satrday night into Tuesday morning, another 2 feet of snow is supposed to fall.  Couple this with the incredible snowmaking this season and Conditions have never, never been better.

post #186 of 207
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1. Charlemont Inn has been closed (and in varying states of Decay!) for about 5 years now, with no plans for reopening.  Tax issues and building health issues stymie any chance of reopening this haunted Classic.  Too bad, as I loved the tavern there.

 

2. Warfield House was bought by Berkshire East last summer (recognizing the need to add some lodging options), and has seen some renovations and is open for business.  It is a very pretty place, stunning views of the Valley and the Mountain, with tavern and reception facilities and in the summer, it has about 20 miles of single track  that is part of the CTS mountain bike system.

 

3. Other Lodging Options: Right across rte 2 is Zoar Outdoor, know mostly for rafting/ kayaking operations and Ziplines…BUT, they maintain a  great 'communal style rental lodging facilities for the winter, check them out at: http://www.hawkmountainlodge.com/?_ga=1.64502892.2116449516.1404220084

 

There are a couple of other motels along Rte 2 up from Greenfield, and a host of B&B options in the region.

 

 

OH…was there all day yesterday…they picked up another 6 inches of snow.  It was heaven.  Starting Satrday night into Tuesday morning, another 2 feet of snow is supposed to fall.  Couple this with the incredible snowmaking this season and Conditions have never, never been better.


Any four star hotels in the area? Since you are taking my GC this weekend before my bathroom is finished, I would need to spoil my wife if we head up there for the long weekend coming up.

post #187 of 207


You got my PM...Only four star skiing, BUT the Warfield house has very nice rooms, is right next door, serves breakfast and lovely view and includes a lift ticket with your stay.  You can ask our mutual friend if he thinks you and uyour family would like it.

 

FWIW: 3 inches fresh on the hill this morning, no crowds of any kind (every other chair is empty right now!!!!!).  Talking about another 15-18 inches by Tuesday morning and 3-5 on Thursday.  Going to be crazy cold this weekend, though.  But cold snow is beautiful snow. 

 

Every single glade is skiing better than ever....

post #188 of 207
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+1 on what Liam said.  The Warfield house sounds to me like the best bet, particularly with the 1 free ticket deal.  

 

The mountain is skiing huge right now, so much terrain, so much snow, so little crowds.  Even during the vacation week it will not be overcrowded.  If you're there on the weekend let me know and I'll try to ski a couple of runs with you and show you some of my favorite trails.  If the mountain has a weakness it's the signage.  Heck I've skied there over 300 times and just today was shown a trail I'd never skied before (Broken Arrow) which was FULL of snow.

post #189 of 207

Fine day at Berkeast, it was like the alps with fresh snow, sunny skies, cowbells ringing , crowds cheering , and the smell of grilled meats mixed in with the fragrance of the pines.  8 busloads of highschoolers on Comp running the last race of the year.  All other areas of the mountain covered in nice soft snow with  major moguls up high, cruising down low.  Even the Jug was blessed.

 

Base finish line

 

Grizzly

post #190 of 207

Perfect picture of Grizzly (my favorite run, especially when connect to the glades on either side of it).  Yesterday was a banner day for High School Individual Finals!  Looks like the Thursday storm is losing its luster, oh well, conditions are still stellar on the Little Mountain That Could.

post #191 of 207
Looks like we'll be up at the BEast this weekend, at least for a day or two!

We're coming with friends who need rentals. Is there any place you would recommend (on- or off- mountain), and should they be worried about lack of boot sizes on the holiday weekend, @liam and @SkiMangoJazz? Otherwise they can rent in the city, but I'd be concerned about boot comfort if they can't exchange them.

Also, if you're around Saturday, would love to say hello.
post #192 of 207
Thread Starter 

B-East has a new fleet of Rossi skis and boots, should be fine.

 

Would love to ski with you.  PM me and we'll set up a way.

post #193 of 207

Any worries about crowds or lack of rental availability were unfounded.  We skied Saturday and Sunday, and it was terrific.  Not a lift line either day.  Both days were cold, particularly Sunday (thermometer at summit said -1 F), and there was nobody there on Sunday, despite an overnight snow of a half foot or so.  The main lift is surrounded by trees, so was not getting blasted by wind, so never really got unbearable.  Really wonderful place to ski.  We went up with friends who are occasional skiers and who are more accustomed to the big-name eastern and western resorts, and they were impressed.  Snow was great, nice variety of terrain, big, soft moguls, cruisers, etc.  Since I was with a mixed group most of the time, I didn't have a chance to explore the glades, except for cutting through some short runs on what I think was the lower part of East Glades.  Hope to be back soon.  Although it's farther than Plattekill and other Catskill places from the City, was a pretty easy drive, mainly on interstate.  

 

We stayed at the Warfield, and it was really nice.  Much nicer than I had expected.  Rooms were recently renovated, and it has a clean, modern feel inside.  Still not 100% finished, but very comfortable.  

post #194 of 207
Thread Starter 

Glad you enjoyed and sorry we didn't get to meet.

 

As Liam always says, it's the little mountain that could.

 

Best medium sized mountain in NE.

post #195 of 207

I'm glad to hear the Warfield House was comfortable.

 

Sunday was one of the best days of the year, and with no one there we got to ski almost endless laps (finding fresh snow until closing) in the trees.  I really wish the weather media (and reactionary Governors) would stop reporting every winter condition is 'crippling' or 'dangerous' or 'frightening.' There is nothing scary about cold weather, bundle up and enjoy the best snow of the year.

 

Here's to sane and measured weather reporting and great skiing for the rest of the winter!

 

ADKS if you come this way again drop me a PM.

post #196 of 207
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I'm glad to hear the Warfield House was comfortable.

 

Sunday was one of the best days of the year, and with no one there we got to ski almost endless laps (finding fresh snow until closing) in the trees.  I really wish the weather media (and reactionary Governors) would stop reporting every winter condition is 'crippling' or 'dangerous' or 'frightening.' There is nothing scary about cold weather, bundle up and enjoy the best snow of the year.

 

Here's to sane and measured weather reporting and great skiing for the rest of the winter!

 

ADKS if you come this way again drop me a PM.

I couldn't agree with you more.  It's as if people have lost all ability to judge for themselves, and will repeat what the hysterical weather press says!  It's as if winter is something new.  Granted, the weather was extremely cold and you had to be dressed properly to make it enjoyable, but if you feel like something is getting too cold, go to the lodge and have a hot chocolate or coffee for goodness sake!  

 

Hope to hook up next time.  It's a little far for a day trip, so will go to Catskills most likely this coming weekend, but will be back for sure!

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post #198 of 207
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Thanks for that.  There has been talk about that side of the mountain being expanded and when they put the new quad in there was talk that the old triple may go over there.

 

It's a skiers mountain.

post #199 of 207

http://snowjournal.nplas.com/discussion/488/berkshire-east-expansion

 

Interesting.....

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Thanks for that.  There has been talk about that side of the mountain being expanded and when they put the new quad in there was talk that the old triple may go over there.

 

It's a skiers mountain.

YW

 

Snow Journal survived last years feared demise and remains a great source of NE skiing news and rumours.....

post #200 of 207
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Thanks for that.  There has been talk about that side of the mountain being expanded and when they put the new quad in there was talk that the old triple may go over there.

 

It's a skiers mountain.

It's for real -- only question is when.

 
And that NE Side though holds snow incredibly well.
(Okay, that's obvious, but still...)
We've been holding a skimo/rando race there since 2009, and have never had a cancellation or postponement despite a mid-to late-January date.
Granted, skinning requires far less snow than skiing, and some years have required lots of work, but still, the NW Side ski resort trails have often had nearly zero natural snow.
 
The map here provides a sense of the topography:
... with the Flying Cloud trail in red, and the race ascent in green (i.e., starting off with a traverse, then joining an abandoned snowmobile trail, and finally rejoining the resort via Billy's World bike trail).
 
Some pictures here showing the recent snowpack:
post #201 of 207

+1 on Jonathan's comments.  I have hiked in and skied all along that extended ridge, and we have had mtb biking trails on that side for years.  And, having worked and ridden the Bike Park all summer/ fall I've gotten an even better sense of the lay of the land on that ridge.

 

1. Snow lasts in there better than any other aspect on B'East, and it seems to be the final resting place of all wind deposited snow in greater charlemont-we had to do a rescue in that area for a group of kids who wandered way off the beaten path…the snow was thigh deep (no lie).

 

2. It has some serious pitch, comparable, if not in excess of the steepest stuff in the resort.

 

3.  It'll see a lot of bike trail expansion on that side and I suspect the ski trail layout will blend with the bike trail layout.

 

4. I'm hoping they put in some park oriented trails over there for skiing..yeah, I'm to old to enjoy those, but the kids love 'em and it's the one thing Berkshire is missing.

 

5. Potentially, with the amount of land they own and resources they have, they can become one of the largest ski areas in the east, and certainly in southern New England….kind of cool.

 

Skiing should be pretty good this MLK weekend, with the usual better surface conditions than anywhere south of Sugarbush and way better crowds than any south of..well, anywhere.

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post #204 of 207
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Berkshire East this morning was as good as it gets (considering none of the natural snow trails are open of course.)  Snow was amazing.

 

As the day went on it turned a bit sticky and then to nice spring skiing.

post #205 of 207

Thanks to everyone who posted, and especially to those who posted the photos.  This was a trip down Memory Lane.  I skied B.E. three times per week from 1980 to 1982 and haven't been back there since high school.  Lots of memories of skiing the glades off Grizzly and Flying Cloud.  34 years and the memories are still intense.  I wouldn't say B.E. matched the Vermont snow belt in quality or quantity, but it surely was an amazing value.  I wore the ptex off two pairs of skis there.

post #206 of 207

Come on back, this year we've out matched Vermont's surface conditions all year (as they've done for the last few years as well).  No lie.

post #207 of 207

It surely would be fun bringing my kids to ski at Berkshire East, but high school schedules are tough on parents' ski plans.

 

Best regards from the Upper Midwest!

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