Gravity Logic Designed Thunder Mountain Bike Park Now Open At Berkshire East
Twelve miles of gravity-fed, lift accessed downhill mountain biking are now open at Massachusetts’s Berkshire East. Gravity Logic, the company that built Whistler’s bike park, the largest of its kind in the world, designed the park for Berkshire East.
“We wanted to use the top developer in the world,” Berkshire East's Gabe Porter-Henry told SnoCountry.com. "This is a phase one of a project that will continue over the next three years. Up next is a black diamond jump trail, and we’re excited to continue to expand.”
In addition to trail design, Gravity Logic guided Berkshire East in the purchasing rental bikes, ordering the correct chairlift carriers, establishing a bike patrol for safety, instructor certification procedures and several other business details to insure a successful operation.
The 13 trails now open offer challenges for every experience level. “We wanted to be sure we opened with a variety of trails, accessible to a variety of riders,” Porter-Henry told us.
Guests may choose to rent or demo one the full-service park’s Specialized downhill bikes. Guide service and lessons are available, so if someone is new to the sport and wants to explore downhill biking, we’ve got everything needed to get started,” Porter-Henry told us. The group Discover Your Ride lesson, a two-hour primer, is the easiest way to begin and includes a DH bike, a full face helmet, protective body armor, a lift ticket and a certified instructor.
In addition to the downhill park, the resort is connected to the free Charlemont Trail System, With 30 miles of singletrack, Charlemont is a great destination for the bike enthusiast.
Visitors who like outdoor activities can also enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking, zip lining and a mountain coaster at Berkshire East. “Charlemont really is the adventure capital of New England,” Porter-Henry boasted.
Photos: Berkshire East is southern New England's newest full service mountain bike destination. (Berkshire East); Bottom: Featuring the design and build work of Gravity Logic, trail work began in the fall of 2014 and the park is now open and going well. (Berkshire East)