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‘Thunder’ And ‘Bolt’ Add To Berkshire East Trail Count And Views


New trail Thunder cruises under the mountain coaster. (Berkshire East/Facebook)

Now with the most terrain in Massachusetts, Berkshire East cut two new trails last summer that bring sweeping views of the Berkshires, accessible for even the resort’s newest skiers and riders.

Looking up at the mountain from the base, you’ll see the new Thunder trail to the left, on the north face. From the top, it wraps from Outback, behind the wind turbine, all the way back down to the bottom of Chair 1 and Mohawk.

This beginner trail features wide-open slopes, undulating terrain, and north views that haven’t been offered yet at Berkshire East.

An updated trail map with Berkshire East new trails Thunder and Bolt on the left. (Berkshire East)

The new Bolt trail cuts from mid-Mohawk to mid-Thunder. Part of this project included the expansion of long-time favorite trail Mohawk, which was widened from the top of the mountain all the way through the Bear Run intersection.

The north face of the mountain retains a lot more snow, and tree runs in this area open up more options for advanced skiers and riders.

Morning light as the groomers prepare Bolt and Thunder. (Berkshire East/Facebook)

All intermediate trails that intersect with the new Thunder trail have been widened, and with improved snowmaking on those trails, there’s a net benefit for every skiing and riding level at Berkshire East.

This project is part of ongoing enhancements at the resort, including plans for a new lift in the coming years.

Berskshire East boasts 47 trails on over 180 acres, giving them the most terrain in Massachusetts. With 100 percent onsite renewable energy powering 100 percent of their snowmaking, Berkshire East claims to be the only ski area in the world to produce 100 percent of their own electricity from onsite renewables.

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