This is one of the largest ski areas in Southern New England and it’s a great ski resort for families and friends to enjoy starting in early-December and lasting until late-March(weather permitting).
Trails for all ability levels are well represented on the more than 40 named runs. The area receives more than 100 inches of snow yearly and has snowmaking abilities on 100 percent of the 400 gorgeous acres. There is also night skiing and riding available most nights during the peak of the season.
Ski and Riding lessons here are some of the best in the country, from group beginner lessons to expert private lessons. The ski instructors are experienced and dedicated to the sport and offer comprehensive lessons. They adapt to different learning styles that are guaranteed to improve skills and techniques. Children are encouraged to sign up with the Mt. Club Learning Program, it combines instruction and enjoyment to help ensure that children are instilled with a love of the mountain and of snow sports in general.
Berkshire Mountain is a true local’s mountain. For 35 years, this family run resort has provided hours of entertainment and enjoyment for thousands of people in and around Western Massachusetts. Now, it’s promoting green initiatives and bolstering the local economy. They have installed a wind tower that is slated to generate 13 percent of their energy needs. They are also incredibly dedicated to the area surrounding the resort and believe that dollars spent at the resort directly help the community.
The lodge has basic slope-side fare to enjoy. However, unlike many resorts the prices are inexpensive and the food is hearty and delicious. The lodge also has extensive seating and makes the perfect place to meet up and kick back after a few amazing runs. People rave that the lodge is cozy and accommodating.
This east coast favorite boasts more than 1,100 feet of vertical and more than 400 acres to explore. They also welcome more than 110 inches of snow each year, as well as 100 percent snowmaking ability. The 45 runs are divided 30 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate, and 35 percent advanced. They also have night skiing and riding on 18 of their best trails.
Here you’ll find three terrain parks. Sidebar is a progressive park with many features and simple lines to race. The Upper Exhibition Park has more advanced features and jumps and is located on the top end of West Quad. Rowen’s Bank is relatively new and feature hybrid terrain that is part park and part bump trail. Whatever the style or ability level, Berkshire East has something to cater to every rider and freestyle skier.
The Berkshires are a winter playground. On the mountain there is tubing and night riding available. Off the mountain guests can find great hikes, cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, sleigh rides, and much more. There is absolutely no shortage of activities in and around the area.
The closest town to the ski area is Charlemont and is by no means a lively ski town. However, there are a few great places to kick back and enjoy après ski drinks. The Mohawk Family Campground and Pub is the hub of nighttime activity in the area, and it’s in a campground which scores some novelty bonus points. Other options include the Charlemont Inn and the Warfield House Inn.