Logo   Berkshire East Ski Resort, Charlemont
"Ski the Beast," they say, but it's not really beastly, it's fun...and only two hours west of Boston.


"Ski the Beast!" is the motto (that's B...East, actually): the Berkshire East Ski Resort, 100 miles (161 km) west of Boston (map).

Beastly? I dunno. It seems like a pleasant country ski area to me, and it's proud that it produces on-site 100% of its energy needs.

Unlike the mega-ski resorts, Berkshire East is refreshingly rural, without the huge condo and hotel developments.

After all, isn't skiing about getting away from the cities and back to nature?

The mountain's 1180-foot (360-meter) vertical drop has 45 ski trails (36% Beginner, 38% Intermediate, 26% Expert) served by five lifts: one quad, one triple chair, two double chair, and one handle tow.

Snowboarding action is significant here, and there's the Beastly Tubing Park for snowtubers.

Lessons are available for both skiers and snowboarders.

Snowmaking covers 100% of the slopes and trails.

Lodging is in B&Bs and motels in nearby towns.

Berkshire East Ski Trail Map

In summer, Berkshire East Canopy Tours takes you on tours through the mountain's forest canopy on more than four miles (6.5 km) of ziplines. More...

Berkshire East Ski Resort
South River Road (PO Box 727) (map)
Charlemont MA 01339
Tel: 413-339-6617

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Berkshire East Ski Resort, Charlemont MA

Above, Berkshire East: the Beast!

Below, ski trail map.



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