Maybe it’s the due-south exposure. Maybe it’s the fact that beer heir Fred Pabst Jr. founded the resort in 1936, so it’s one of the oldest continually running ski hills in the U.S. Or maybe it’s just that, with 45 trails and 1,334 vertical feet, Bromley hits the not-too-big, not-too-small target spot-on. Whatever the reason, few Eastern mountains have cultivated as devoted and passionate a following as this one. Here’s how to ski it like a local.
When north-tracking storms sweep across Bromley’s 3,284-foot peak, head to the often vacant East Side chair and point ’em down the mountain’s trio of steep, swoopy pistes: Pabst Peril, Pabst Panic, and Blue Ribbon. Each flows in the tradition of classic New England ski trails—narrow and twisty. When the sun’s shining, carve fast turns down Twister’s groomed, undulating pitch.
“Every mountain has its characters, and Bromley’s no different. But I think it’s fair to say that Bromley skiers are more laid-back than most. It’s the sort of mountain you can really settle into.”
—Rudi MacKugler, five-day-per-week Bromley skier
$63 ($39 on weekdays)