SKI

Berkshire East, Mass.

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Run by the Schaefer family for the past 45 years—the same folks who purchased Catamount in 2018 and have been revitalizi­ng that area— Berkshire East is another small but mighty community gem well worth a visit this season. A bit smaller than its sister resort 60-some miles southwest, Berkshire East is known for its friendly service and modern facilities, not to mention surprising­ly efficient snowmaking and grooming systems. The trail map boasts a web of greens, blues, and blacks snaking their way across the 155 acres, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Beginners and those still getting their ski legs under them love Thunder and Roundabout, two long, meandering groomers that hug the ski area like a set of parenthese­s. Intermedia­tes will find no lack of terrain off each of the four lifts, though the pod of blues off the Mountain Top Triple is boosted by the presence of the black-diamond East Glades—highly recommende­d even for confident intermedia­tes. The rest of the slopes are either gladed, bumped up, or legitimate­ly steep—more than enough to sustain hardcore skiers for a couple days of Northeast stoke surrounded by some of the friendlies­t folks in the ski business.

MOUNTAIN STATS

VERTICAL: 1,180’ LIFTS: 6 TRAILS: 45 SKIABLE ACRES: 180 AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 110”

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