by: Lucas Ragusa - 15th January 2011

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 5Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Cheap (20 bucks) Good Conditions, Nonexistent Lift Lines, Great Views, Straightforward, Easy to get to
Variety, Slow lifts (semi-short runs to go with them), Lot of diamonds on summit.

Full review

Went there on a whim today (few days after huge snowstorm hit Berkshires). I usually go to Jiminy Peak which is a great place, but for a college kid it can get expensive. I decided to take a nice drive from the Springfield area to go get a few runs for exercise. For 20 bucks, or even for 40 bucks, you really cant go wrong here. Granted, a 20+ inch snowstorm will make any place look good, the conditions were spectacular. There wasn't a speck of ice to be found. Freshly groomed, and packed powder, so it was pretty fast going. There were no lines to the lift, and the views are great. You can see Jiminy Peak's wind turbine, the town of Pittsfield, and you can even see Greylock quite clearly in the distance. Being a pilot, I thought it was also a nifty surprise to see Pittsfield airport RIGHT NEXT to the mountain, which is something most wont care about, but I thought that was a great aesthetic surprise for me personally. There are a few downsides to the mountain however, but in reality most of them are gripes that you will find at any smaller sized New England Ski "Area". The lifts are slow (a common thing in NE). They're are no hi speed quads here; they don't need them. The trails, specifically from the left lift, are fairly short in comparison to the time spent on the lift. Although this is the case, in a 2 1/2 hour period I got 10-15 runs in consecutively. The variety is also an issue. There aren't a lot of beginner trails, and none that stem from the top of the mountain. However there are quite a few intermediate trails (my area of choice) at the bottom and summit of the mountain, and there are quite a few diamonds (the mountain gets pretty steep up top). DON'T let the diamonds be an issue to you. If you ski blue trails at any average ski resort in MA, VT, or NH, the diamonds are PERFECTLY SKI-ABLE to intermediates. Some steep areas but nothing unmanageable. Its also got a nice terrain park and an area for kids to ski as well (theres a lot of kids everywhere on the mountain so high marks for family friendliness) If you are mid to high intermediate, then pretty much the whole mountain is fair game for you. There's plenty of parking, theres a nice lodge, and both places are mere steps away from the lifts, so its a simple place to park and ski. If you want to make a day trip to the Berkshires CHEAP and want to graduate to a more "bigger mountain feel" in comparison to Ski Butternut or Blandford, the Bousquet is for you. Take that money you saved for a nice lunch or something. Joe's Diner in Lee is along the way and really good. Oh by the way, Sunday lift tickets are like, 25 bucks and weekday night skiing is 10 bucks!
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