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Experts, Don’t Discount This Family-Owned Eastern Ski Area When It Comes to Steeps

Indy Pass resort Berkshire East boasts enough serious terrain to keep skiers busy for a few days.

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Berkshire East
Idyllic Berkshire landscapes and classic New England skiing awaits at Berkshire East. Photo: Courtesy of Berkshire East

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.

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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 Feet: 1,180
Lifts: 6
Trails: 45
Skiable Acres: 180
Average Snowfall: 110”

Trip Planning

Lodging: Warfield House Inn
The Warfield House Inn is minutes from the slopes and has 14 guest rooms spread between two buildings—the nine-room Main House and the five-room Bungalow. The inn is situated on a 180-acre working farm in the rolling Berkshire foothills, and even though the pandemic has shuttered some of the inn’s services, such as the breakfast offerings, the mountaintop location and accompanying views are an acceptable tradeoff. Indy Pass holders get a 10 percent discount.

Insider’s Tip: Snow Tubing at Berkshire East
Berkshire East’s Snow Tubing Park has three 500-foot-long, magic carpet-served lanes and is open weekends and holidays throughout the season for two-hour sessions. It’s also one of the best deals around at only $20 a pop.

COVID-19 Policies
People traveling from outside of Mass. are required to show a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival or quarantine for 10 days. Beyond that, masks are required at all times except while skiing, some facilities may be limited by capacity requirements, and chairlifts can only be shared by members of the same party.

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