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“Excellent snow, few crowds, reasonable pricing”

Berkshire East Ski Resort
Ranked #5 of 15 things to do in Charlemont
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Berkshire East Ski Area, part of Berkshire East Mountain Resort, features great skiing on 42 trails, 4 aerial lifts, 2 surface lifts and about 1000' of vertical. We have a high quality snowmaking system operated with folks who know how to use it. 3 Lodges, a Children's Center, Ski and Snowboard School, a well regarded racing program, which are all powered by onsite renewable energy. We also are home to: 1) Berkshire East Canopy Tours 2) Berkshire Whitewater 3) The Thunderbolt Mountain Coaster 4) Thunder Mountain Bike Park 5) The Crazy Horse Bar and Grill, additional restaurant and meeting space, fully optimized for mountain weddings.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase
Vermont USA
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent snow, few crowds, reasonable pricing”
Reviewed 21 January 2011

What skiing used to be: a resort with great snow, superb grooming, minimal or no wait for a lift (even on weekends), uncrowded runs. Great mix of beginner slopes for our child (including a bunny hill with a magic carpet and one with a nice, low, short chairlift for beginners) and challenging terrain for us. Unloading area right next to base lodge, parking not far away, everything needed for a great and inexpensive ski experience. Good little day care center and no-hassle ski school program. Small enough that you never feel lost in a crowd, and it's easy for a group to stay together and easy to keep an eye on the kids. Large enough that the terrain is varied and the runs feel long enough to be satisfying. Lodge has a surprising variety of food available at really great prices, the Crazy Horse lodge sells cans of beer for $1, also local brews on tap! Night skiing is fun: until 10 pm on Fri-Sat. Finally, the area is beautiful and the huge pines around the base area are so striking; it's just lovely. A great find!

Visited January 2011
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Norfolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lots of fun at this lovely mountain”
Reviewed 20 January 2011

I visited Berkshire East for the first time with my teenaged son over the MLK holiday weekend, expecting the inevitable crowds that I'm used to at other ski resorts on holidays. They had received over a foot of snow earlier in the week so the conditions were excellent, yet there were NO CROWDS. The resort was just beautiful - not glitzy and definitely a bit on the older side - but the setting is spectacular; the trails were many and varied and the conditions were as good as I've seen anywhere. For 2 days of skiing there were basically no lift lines, or at most a 3 minute wait for the most popular lift. Given that I was expecting a relatively smaller resort, I was pleasantly surprised that you can have some decently long runs. This is not an especially challenging mountain for the adrenaline black diamond junkies, but there are enough steep and bumpy slopes and places for jumping to keep my son interested. The easier slopes were very wide so that good skiiers can easily get by the beginners. We had a super 2 days on the slopes. The rental facility was fine; the cafeteria/grill not fancy but very good; and the staff was helpful and friendly. Very good experience overall.

Visited January 2011
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