Berkshire East 3/24/2014

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  1. #1

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    Camera Berkshire East 3/24/2014

    Date(s) Skied: March 24, 2014

    Resort or Ski Area: Berkshire East

    Conditions: Packed frozen granular

    Trip Report:

    Today was a great example of why a cold day in March can be a wonderful thing. The skies were clear and blue most of the day and the temperature stayed in the 20s. The cold weather and the fact that it was a Monday late in March meant that the mountain was virtually empty: there were about 15 cars when I pulled in at 10:15, and on most runs I didn't see a single other skier. This is Competition, from the top, around 1 pm:



    The natural snow trails (Jug, Liftline, etc.) were all closed, but all of the trails that they usually groom were open. I was expecting hard pack, but almost everything was packed "powder" (meaning frozen granular). It was dry, hard, and fast, but it didn't get scraped off. There were a couple of icy patches on skier's right on Competition (none that I saw on Flying Cloud), but in general what little ice there was was easy to avoid. (If you wanted it, you could go off to the ungroomed edges of the wider trails, like Exhibition, or skier's right on Flying Cloud, under the lift). Conditions were pretty uniform all over the mountain, with no bare patches (again, except on the edges). I only glanced in the trees, which looked thin and crusty.

    I talked to an employee who said they didn't know how late they would stay open this year. I would say it depends entirely on demand, which will run out before the snow does.

    Wachusett: 12/8, 12/14, 1/13, 1/22, 1/27, 1/31, 3/5, 4/2
    Mount Snow: 12/12, 12/16, 1/9, 2/26, 4/7
    Berkshire East: 1/17, 3/24
    Otis Ridge: 2/6
    Catamount: 2/8
    Butternut: 2/9
    Blandford: 2/10
    Sundown: 3/19
    Killington: 4/14, 4/28

  2. #2
    Oh man, I love days like the one you had! Good call! Looks amazing, hard and ffast just like I like it - cruise city!

    Thanks for the report, jealous!

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by otisshirley View Post
    I only glanced in the trees, which looked thin and crusty.
    Good enough for me. As long as the snow to dirt ratio is equal or higher, I'm do'in the trees! Jiminy Peak tomorrow could be my last day. All skis are rock skis
    2019-2020 0 days and holding...
    "Skiing is the closest you'll get to flying without leaving the ground." -snowmonster

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    They will close on Sunday if not sooner. They are never open in April, end of March is great for the B-East. Even this weekend the trails were thinly populated at most. I'm thinking of heading up on Wednesday if anyone wants to meet to make a few turns.
    Last edited by SkiMangoJazz; Mar 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM.

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    I really wish they would let Umass or Flying Cloud bump up. Could be a signature run for the Berkshires and draw bumpers until April.
    My couch might pull out but I send it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin View Post
    I really wish they would let Umass or Flying Cloud bump up. Could be a signature run for the Berkshires and draw bumpers until April.

    You need to start a write in campaign for moguls on their Facebook page and send it also to the customer service email.

    (Starting one here would help as well).

    They don't think people want moguls at all…really. B'East is wonderful, and one good snow-making based mogul run (after feb 15 to close) would make it even better. But, you need to make that heard. UMass and Upper Minnie could both suffice (UMASS moreso).

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    I understand keeping a trail or two (out of the front 5....hey there is a marketing thing) for racing and cruising but there is no reason to groom them all out. They have beautiful steep terrain. Turning UMASS into a bump run would make it the "Gunbarrel" or "Superstar" of the Berkshires. Have a mogul comp. in late March, place would be wild and bring in lots of cash. If I hit the lottery I'm buying it, bumping it, and replacing the old triple on the left with the old Diamond Express Double lol.
    My couch might pull out but I send it.

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