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Berkshire East Mountain Resort: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Submitted on February 24, 2018 by rocket21 (743 Rating743)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeDiscount from Ski Area
Lift Lines Lift Lines0 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions90% open; Spring Snow, Variable Conditions
Glades GladesToast
Moguls MogulsA few on the side of Big Chief.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)Upper Exhibition
Run of the Day Run of the DayHemlock
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageGood chicken tenders and sweet potato fries.
Comments CommentsSnow report was inaccurate in that it under reported trails (vast majority were actually open) and misreported the surface type (reported as machine groomed, but they did not groom last night, which was ideal with the rain and warmer temps).

The trails looked pretty bad when I turned onto Route 8A. The area was hit really hard by 75 degree weather and rain last week and last night. Today felt like skiing on Easter weekend, not the end of President's Week. Base depths aren't suggest the season won't last much longer unless they either get some natural snow or else some more snowmaking weather (guns are ready to go).

Nevertheless, the skiing was good and the area was not crowded. The Wilderness Peak Quad was closed (waiting for parts), so the only lifts running were the Summit Quad, the carpet, and the little double chair. Even with that, Summit Quad was either ski on or else a 2-3 chair wait.

Roundabout had good base, but wasn't terribly convenient to ski with the Wilderness Peak Quad closed. Hemlock was nice, since it gets little use (the entrance isn't terribly obvious), but is getting thin in places. Little Spruce is open from Exhibition to Hemlock. Exhibition was fine, but not wall to wall (the ridge on skier's right generally sees little snowmaking). War Dance was a bit beat up.

Outback was generally good, but the ledges are getting pretty slushy. Riva Ridge is on its last legs. UMass was open, but is toast without some more snowmaking (top two waterbars are exposed; fine thereafter). Grizzly was surprisingly open (some stick guns were installed), but some ice and bare spots growing. Upper upper Minnie Dole was closed, but the rest was open. A bare spot at the junction with Grizzly, otherwise Minnie Dole generally good with some slush in places.

Upper Comp and Competition are still pretty close to wall to wall coverage, but there are some glaciers and bare spots popping up. Not as much base on this as I've recalled in the past. Lift Line is closed. Flying Cloud was good, the upper part is starting to get narrow and the seep near the crossover has opened up. Lower was good. Jug is closed.

Big Chief had good coverage pretty much top to bottom, apart from the access trail, which is getting thin. Bear Run is closed.

Upper Mohawk had a crevasse on the pitch, but otherwise was okay. Chute is open, but starting to show wear. Lower Mohawk has a waterbar breaking through in the sunny spot. Roy's Way is closed.

Both new trails were open. Thunder was generally good, though there were a few thin spots. Bolt had some sticky snow and was getting thin in places. The very end of Thunder is flat with a few slight uphills, thus a bit annoying. I am told this may get fixed in the off season when work resumes on the new face.

Nice sunny weather this morning, though the afternoon was cloudy. Good to avoid crowds on a February Saturday.
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