Wish we had gone up. Would have been tough cause we had a pm commitment. The weather predictions kept us from venturing out this weekend but I'm kind of regretting the decision.
Berkshire East skiers discussion - Page 3
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Saturday was funny-I talked to a friend of mine who skied Hunter that day-he said the conditions were firm and then scratchy. The difference is that berkshire east doesn't get the traffic hunter does-and, I've said this before, the average skier at B'east tends to be quite a bit better than the average skier (less skidding and grinding the snow off the slopes) at most resorts (except Mad River which has the best excellent skier ratio of anyplace on the planet).
Also, since it's much lower, it doesn't get the wind scouring some higher southern resorts do (my buddy said the wind was the main factor in keeps surfaces relatively firm at Hunter).
Berkshire East had a nice, smallish crowd of excellent skiers on saturday-and surface conditions were perfect. We'll see what this week brings-I'm there tomorrow....
I skied there all day yesterday...it was a great, sunny day on the slopes. Main trails corned up and there is still ample coverage in the woods (east glades, tomahawk, and west woods all had great snow).
We're supposed to get some over night and morning snow tomorrow before 1.5 days of rain....The main trails will survive this liquid onslaught and probably ski well for a few more weeks-Lift Line and Grizzly will probably go off line-but we'll see.
Season is still good and hopefully a few more weeks of Massachusetts skiing lay ahead.
I'll be there Saturday...taking my Senior Skiing&Toboggan exam. Maybe over the 12 o'clock hour we can get a few runs in together.
I just looked at a Thread deciding between Jiminy Peak and Hunter for Saturday March 12th...but we both know the correct answer is Berkshire east!!
I'm sitting in the Patrol room right now looking out at a sunny but rather empty mountain.
The Trees have offically melted out, but there is still good coverage on the main trails and there will be corn in about an hour. I thought this would be the last weekend, but the rumor is that B'East will make it one more weekend (as we have a chilly week ahead of us with the possibilty of SNOW!).
Honestly, it's been a great ski season at the 'little ski hill that could'. If you are looking at your computer right now and wondering what to do this afternoon-I'd say it's worth it to come up today and buy the afternoon ticket (the sun is magic!)-and next weekend ,if it's open, will be pretty darn good as well.
Let's hope we get one more good weekend here!
Yep, I should be there.....had nothing going on today in particular and a pair of brand new boots I haven't even ski'd in yet.
But I played tennis Thursday and I am heading out in a little bit to the local 9 for a quick walk around the course.
The lure of the nearby flatland sports beats out the long drive to the hill once again. Planning on retiring to north country in a few years that should fix the problem.
Planning on one more day in NH next weekend to try those boots but......(I hit the ball pretty good on Thursday)
Thanks Liam for keeping this very important thread alive!
We skied Mount Snow today preparing for the next two days. It was very covered, totally different then the B-East yesterday. It was however pretty scratchy (I just can't use the three letter "I" word.) Bottom 100 feet were soft, and there was some soft snow on top, but definitely the type of conditions that you drift more then carve on.
Roy did officially announce that the B-East will be open next weekend, Long range forecast calls for cold temps, so if they do some grooming it might be OK. I'd prefer warmth this time of year.
We're both a bit nervous about the next two days, but it is what is is - and whatever happens we'll still have each other.
Last Chance for the Last dance at the B'East.
Yeah, I like Spring skiing more than winter, but even though the weekend looks to be a little more 'mid february' than late March, skiing should be pretty good (on what's open...trees is all gone ).
Sharpen those groomer skis.
I'll be there on Sunday, doing my thing and reflecting on a heck of a season worth of skiing.
THE SEASON IN REVIEW:
Ah, Sunday closed out a fantastic season here at B'east...I know, it's not April but that's the economics game for small ski areas in the North East.
Sunday's condition were great if somewhat atypical-we had late March glorious Sunshine but mid January temps and surface conditions (meaning we closed out the season carving instead of bumping). Here's a quick video of me that I will probably post for MA in the instructor threads as well:
I have had the opportunity to work at B'east as a Patroller for the last 5 years. Honestly, it's the best ski area south of Killington when you take in the factors of terrain, crowds, cost, ease of travel, general good skiing vibe. This year was tremendous-starting late December we had an onslaught of snow storms that lasted until the third week of February producing more true powder days (8 inch to 20"+) than in all proceeding 4 years I've been here (I had 9 powder days myself at this hill). The Glades were open and well-covered--even the hard to cover glades like Upper Tomahawk--from January through mid March. We had non-stop bumps on Grizzly, Liftline and Upper Comp for most of the season. The steeper groomers and the blues skied well just about every day of the season. Yeah, we had some challenging breakable crust days and too much March rain (but that's Massachusetts!) but it was offset by the best snow year with consistent cold temps through mid Dec to mid Feb so skiing was consistently excellent throughout.
Honestly, if you live in Westchester or southern New York/ Hudson valley, LI, RI, CT and MA and you haven't been to Berkshire East or haven't been in many years do yourself a favor and make sure to come up at least once next year to ski what you've been missing.
It was indeed a great season and a great last day. I skied 22,300 vertical feet of groomers yesterday, a record for me since I bought the Altimeter watch.
Ended the season with a first timer lesson and got a 9 year old girl skiing controlled turns on bobcat, last run with her hands in her pockets to impress her watching father.
Now on to closing down some other mountains, it's still Winter!
100% agree on B-east. It is a true jewel and glad I got there this year albeit (unfortunately) only once.
Real nice skiing in the vid too!
If it is too cold for tennis this weekend I may dig out the boards and the new boots and close down wa instead.
Liam (first of all,very nice turns in video) and Hrstrat57, I am a Patroller at Wachusett and we have tons of snow left. I just met SMJ the other day and we skiid some 20,000 vertical at the Wa. On Sunday 4/3 we have a BBQ and pond skimming,etc. If you aren't skiing anywhere else that day I would like to extend an invitation to ski for $10 as Friends and Family of the Crowleys. I do not know if you already have passes or not but it would be cool to finally meet more of the Epic members.I also look forward next year to come and visit the B-east. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks, Dave
Hey Dave, thanks.
Pretty sure my only chance is first chair Saturday......big family party Saturday night and all the preps will probably force me out by 11:00 am.
Have new boots as yet unski'd so I am planning on making every effort to ski Saturday......I'll prob post in the wa thread as the w/e approaches.
I sure do like the $10 part tho!!!
Thanks for the generous offer, but I'm already committed to a Mt. Snow trip on Sunday. You know, I have never skied Wachusetts--but next year as my son moves out of devo team racing to j5 I'm sure I'll hit a race day there. Hopefully we'll ski together.
As a side note-I just want to mention that our Patrol at the B'East has, in recent years been treated pretty shabbily by the Wachusetts patrol when visiting. We let any visiting patroller (especial MA patrollers) come on a ski free-even during weekend races-they can grab a radio, wear a jacket, but can just free ski. But, due to some real lack of reciprocity, we're thinking of stopping extending any courtesies to Wachusetts visiting patrollers. Don't know if you have any influence with patrol or visiting policies from a sister senior mountain, but It'd be good to clear this up or pass along our concerns. We ran into this with Jiminy a few years ago, but after some chatting, they loosened up their policies towards visiting patrollers (especially those with kid's racing at the hill) from B'East, and things are hunky dory again.
Liam, too bad we could not get together and make a few turns together this year, maybe next year. It is too bad about the treatment you guys have received. I will try to bring this issue up with my Hill Captain tomorrow night. No promises but it is a shame. My feeling is that what we do for the respective mountains we work at and the safety of the general public is selfless and should be recognized. Whatever you offer us is what we should offer you,period. Personally I feel that we should be able ti ski anywhere but I guess that would have to be extended to ski instructors,etc. I guess you would have to draw the line somewhere or everyone would be skiing for free or at least at a discount.It would be a shame that two places so close would be on bad terms. I hope that will not be the case, Nice to chat, Dave
oh thanks for asking-yes, I passed. We had a pretty big group for the test-11 candidates, of which 6 passed. IN W-Mass region the S&T guys made a decision two years ago to make sure that bumps and trees were prominently featured on the exam. And not just for sleds (tail rope and handles) but for all skiing skills (wedging, side slipping, transitions, falling leaf, good ole kick turns, free skiing and crud runs). Because of this, they only hold the test at Berkshire East (for the region) and will only do it if suitable terrain is available. We used to split test time with Jiminy (and I believe wachusetts was also a Senior mountain where you could take the exam)-but since Jiminy doesn't have the trees anymore and will not guarantee extensive bump runs, they moved the exam and all senior clinic to the B'East-which worked out pretty well for me.
Anyway, I worked pretty hard on the skills this season, and I don't think with the new standards I was a lock to pass-so I was pretty happy with the results.
Nope, I still have the EMM to go. They used to hold the courses in the fall-but now my region does them on Sundays during the winter....and I do not want to waste ski days taking indoor classes. I might have to find another nearby regional patrol to take the EMM portion at a better time (I don't mind an early january on snow test of course, I just want to do the bulk of thge training before the season gets underway.
My real goal is eventually to go through the certified program...it's been a long time since someone on our Patrol got a national certified number.
Have you gone through the Senior program? Do you think it's still worth doing (that's a big discussion around our region)?
Congrats, You ski very well, I am not surprised you passed and am happy you did.It may not seem to many, but I think it is quite a feat and a great result of hard work. Not only on your part but on the part of your instructors and TE's. The answer is yes, I am a full Senior and will be taking my TE exam first thing next year. After you take your EMM(very important and valuable)it is something you should look into. It is our way to give back to those who have paved their way for us and created the opportunities that we have in front of us.I don't know about you guys, but I am tremendously fortunate to have a supporting staff that is amazing. Awesome skiers and teachers. I am on Wednesday nights, and all of the Senior stuff goes through that night.Both the EMM and S+T.I will see if Western Mass patrollers are allowed to join EMARI classes also for you for the EMM if you want. Talk to you soon and again congrats on your S+T accomplishment. Dave
You beat me to this post, SMJ!
Well, I'll be there on Sunday for sure, now. If we really get 12 it could be fantastic!
What a wild season!
So this really was the last day of the season...and a great day at that! I passed on a Trip to Mount Snow today in order to Patrol at The B'East. It was dynamite-great, brilliant sunshine and warmer temps (50-ish) lead to great corn skiing, some great bumps on top of Comp, and great corn-crud skiing on Cloud, Umass, Minnie, and the Rest of Comp.
They had a great BBQ out on the lodge deck. Tunes playing (for some reason it was Tom Petty all day) and a good vibe among the small crowd. They even sold Schaefer beer--Schaefer! aside from the connection to the owners' name, I didn't know they still made Schaefer beer.
Another great end to a great season--very different from last week-and more to my liking. I love spring snow.
Hopefully I'll get a day or two in at Stowe in the sun before the season closes for good-but Thanks to B'east for anotehr really great season.
Well, I see the wachusett thread is up and running again-so I figure I ought to fire up this one as well!
I am, literally, aching to ski. Last season was such a dynamite snow year (for the first half) and the memories of multiple weeks (!) of skiing a wide open Upper Tomahawk still still course through my brain.
Anyway-the season is closing in on us. If you're from southern New england, do yourself a favor and check out the B'East this year.
SMJ is there on Weekends, I Pro-Patrol on Tuesdays and always make time for some runs with visitors. I also Patrol on the weekends and Friday nights (which is, one of the few very busy times for me). Seriously, pop in at the Patrol house or approach any Patroller with a radio and ask for me (we're a very friendly bunch). My name is Liam.
If you have have an opportunity to bag out of work mid week on a powder day, honestly, you'd be hard pressed to have a better day on the slopes anywhere south of Magic.
Looking forward to another great season at berkshire East.
Ha ha well played Liam, very well played.
Wa is flat.....Beast is not.
Great hill and go midweek it is like have a private ski hill.....just clear out before the bus trips arrive about 2:00.....
I hiked up the Beast with my kids a few weeks ago. Walked right past some Zip Line crews who seemed not to care. I'm guessing the same would apply if you skinned up for early tracks, especially if you're a pass holder. But I could be wrong, don't want to get you in trouble. It is private property after all.
Snow possible Thursday and Saturday. Fire up!
Also getting some more boot work done with Nick Blaylock at Mt. Snow. You contact him yet hirustler?
Liam, I plan on coming out and visiting you with SMJ as soon as he is up and running and there is some good terrain open. I am a patroller over at Wachusett, I spoke to you near the end of last season. Any plans to further your training? Shoot me a PM. Dave
Hello SMJ, those skis sound awesome. Looking for old slalom boards myself. Yes, I'm seeing Nick Blaylock in about 2 weeks. Feet are behaving but better safe than sorry.
6 weeks til opening day.
There is a fairly loyal contingent that climb there in the mornings (including two of the Schaefer boys who own the mountain and some of their crew). Quite a few of the Patrollers skinn up once or twice a day as well. We've also hosted a randonee race once for the last two years-so I'd say skinning is accepted. I think if there was ever a huge uptick in AT skiers on the hill the owners would clampdown on skinning (and since they own not just the lifts but the mountain as well they could do it..but, like I said, the owners are also ripping skiers who engage in AT skiing so you should be good).
Oh, btw Welcome to Epic ski, bro! See you at the Chilli ride? Do you ski as well as you bike? FWIW Harold has blown off wendell...it's riding pretty sweet and relatively dry.