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The light is returning, spring is in the air, and there is still plenty of snow! If you’re itching to get out of the house and safely be around other people, hit the slopes at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont MA, only a short drive away. 

Worried about COVID? Fear not. Berkshire East has things well in hand. There are new health and safety protocols to follow, but the 45 trails and six lifts are open and waiting for you. This year, you can go onto their website and purchase tickets or reserve rental equipment in advance, since they will be limiting crowd size to ensure good social distancing. Outdoor dining and foodservice spaces will become the new focal point, where you’ll find heaters, fire pits, bbq, and other fun amenities that will make the experience winter carnival-like. And of course, there will be the same great skiing.

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Berkshire East is close enough that you can spend less time driving and more time skiing. It is one of the largest ski resorts in southern New England, and boasts the steepest expert terrain and the longest beginner trails south of Vermont. With fewer people, there will be shorter lines and lots of room on the slopes. And if you’re into night skiing, the area opens 18 fully lit trails every Friday and Saturday during peak season.

There is significant snow making capability in addition to the average 110 inches of natural snow that the mountain gets each winter, so you’re almost guaranteed to find great conditions from early December until the resort closes around the end of March. (By the way, you can keep a close eye on current conditions here.)

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But the fun doesn’t end with the last of spring skiing and snowboarding. Berkshire East also has an impressive array of adventure and recreation activities from spring through fall. There’s the Thunder Mountain Bike Park, with trails created by a renowned design firm. Or sign up for one of the three Berkshire Mountain Canopy Tours, one of the longest zipline courses in North America. Or come ride the Mountain Coaster, taking a scenic ride down the mountain on one of the world’s longest alpine slides. They even offer whitewater rafting tours on the Deerfield River from April to October.

For more info on Berkshire East activities, visit their website www.berkshireeast.com

Find more winter sports activities in Franklin County here.

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