It's okay, I suppose.
I go there for school so I can't tell you about the prices but
-It's a very small mountain
-Very standard lodge (overpriced food, benches)
-Pretty good rentals
-there is literally like 4 main trails
-one double black diamond that's not really that hard
-some trails might not even open all season due to lack of snow
-2 small parks, 1 kicker
never that crowded.
If you're willing to drive east a bit, Wachusett isn't terrible. It's about the same size, but they have some of the best snowmaking. And if you're into the park scene, they hired an all new staff last year who have done a phenomenal job compared to the schmucks they used to have. They've done a lot of work over the summer so it should be a pretty sweet set up this year. When I'm not in Vermont that's usually where I am.
I don't drive up. Bus trips are where it's at. $100 for bus ride, lift ticket and a bagel with water > arguing with friends who turn it is to drive, paying for gas and tolls and people backing out last minute.
Butternut is great for weekday riding, but too small to handle the crowds it gets on weekends. It really is fun, though. Jiminy is surprisingly fun, with the steepest stuff you'll find in the Berkshires. They have a couple double-blacks right down the center, perfectly straight and wide...screamers (again, for a small mountain). My only problem with Jiminy is that everything -- blues, blacks, whatever -- feeds into one big wide greenie back to the base, so you can be hauling ass and suddenly you're merging into cross traffic full of grannies and little kids. It is also VERY New Yorky, because it's an easy day trip. They do have a decent lodge and a John Harvard's brew pub, and even a little on-site general store that sell beer and liquor. We got a slope-side apartment there last season, complete with kitchen and separate bedroom, very cheap. Sign up for their e-tickets. They give you the dates online, and you just buy print out the coupon and pay at the gate, usually anywhere from $29 to $49, depending upon the time. They're also open until 10:00, and most of the mountain is lit up.
BTW, Berkshire East is GREAT in the summer -- it's got the longest, highest zip lines on East Coast. The canopy tour consists of six progressively bigger zip lines and takes about three hours as you hike across the top of the mountain from line to line. The last two are insane. Both have tandem "racing" lines, but the final one goes from peak-to-peak, 180' over the valley, and nearly 1/2 mile long. You hit speeds of about 60 mph. Good rush.
Came across this thread through a jiminy peak search. This is my first legit season and I've been driving 2 and a half hours from souteast CT to berkshire east every time! I didn't even know of wachusett! I will definitely be heading there next day trip, looks legit to me.
I also got a week jiminy peak next week. I like seeing the positive comments about it :thumbsup: