Berkshire East Policies and Tips

Responsibility Code

Common Sense, it’s one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code

  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
KNOW THE CODE: IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

THIS IS A PARTIAL LIST.
BE SAFETY CONSCIOUS.

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On Hill and Off Hill Conduct Policies

Guest Standards

The list of standards below is not exhaustive, but they are the most prevalent behaviors that generate guest complaints, dissatisfaction and injury.  These behaviors may result in the loss of ticket or pass from Berkshire East.

  • Ducking a roped closure
  • Out of control skiing or snowboarding, or the inability to stop or avoid other people or objects.  This constitutes a violation of the Responsibility Code (Please see “Your Responsibility Code” tab on this page.)
  • Reckless and irresponsible skiing or snowboarding including knowing or blatant disregard for the safety of others, and/or showing a lack of concern for the consequences of one’s own actions
  • Malicious, sudden stops that intentionally result in snow spraying other guests
  • Excessive speed in slow zones, congested areas, and at the base of all lifts.   The speed expected is relevant to how many people are on the run, the conditions such as visibility, and/or snow surface quality.  As a general rule, your speed should match that of the flow of traffic.  You should always brake your speed when entering a slow zone, congested area, or a lift base area.
  • Jumping terrain barriers, slow fences and/or ducking of intersection flagging
  • Improper or unsafe trail merging
  • Failure to use a retention device.  Although we don’t require or check to ensure that each skier/snowboarder has a retention device, you are responsible for a run-way ski or snowboard
  • Leaving an accident scene if involved in a collision, except to notify authorities or obtain assistance

Off-Hill Conduct

The list of personal conduct standards below is not exhaustive, but they are the most prevalent behaviors that generate guest complaints and dissatisfaction.

  • Please avoid using profanity around others, in particular around families
  • Please do not smoke in crowded public spaces such as lift lines or anywhere within a distance of 50 feet from building entrances or fueling operations.  Smoking on chairlifts is not prohibited but we ask that you honor other guest requests concerning smoking
  • Please focus on loading procedures when in the maze and loading areas.  Guests who exhibit impairment of motor skills from alcohol or other substances will not be allowed to board lifts.  This is for their safety and the safety of others.  Alcohol consumption by guests is not permitted in lift lines and containers must be disposed of before the gantry or 30 feet from the load board
  • Please respect other guests and do not cut/duck into full lift lines/crowded mazes or in front of others, particularly during peak periods
  • Please refrain from throwing snowballs or other items at individuals or property.  In instances where bodily harm or property damage occurs from malicious throwing of snowballs, the guest may also be referred to law enforcement
  • Please do not litter on MMSA property or Forest Service land
  • Please do not use your cell phone beyond the RFID gates or 30 feet from the load board for your own and others safety.  Please focus on loading procedures.

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Uphill Skiing Policy

Berkshire East Terrain Access and Uphill Travel Policy

Berkshire East Mountain Resort is located on private land, and as such, you must abide by our rules and restrictions, and follow our recommendations.  This Terrain Access and Uphill Travel Policy specifically covers the use of climbing skins (in conjunction with alpine touring, telemark, or splitboard setups) to access the trail system by first “skinning” up, instead of using the lifts.

Terrain Access

Berkshire East is accessible for skinning from dawn to dusk during our winter operating season.  From dawn until opening and from closing until dusk, Berkshire East may have operations in progress including – but not limited to – snowmaking, grooming, vegetation trimming, electrical work, or terrain park feature construction.  Due to snowmaking, grooming activities, and associated vehicle traffic typically occurring on the mountain, guests may not access the Berkshire East trail system for skinning, skiing, riding, hiking, or snowshoeing before the resort is open for the winter operating season.

Uphill Travel

During the winter operating season, guests wishing to access the Berkshire East trail system through skinning may do so after purchasing an “Uphill Travel” pass or be in possession of a valid season’s pass with a complimentary “Uphill Travel” endorsement.  Guests are permitted to skin from dawn to dusk only.  Guests engaging in uphill travel are encouraged to check a snow report before leaving the base area to become informed of closed terrain or trails and to be made aware of any snowmaking, events, or other operations that may be in progress.

  • Access to Berkshire East trails is at your own risk
  • Closed trails and terrain parks may not be marked or signed from the bottom, top, or other access points on the trail.  Information as to which trails and terrain parks are open can be found on our daily snow report, as well as on our website. It is the uphill skiers responsibility to get this information before they access Berkshire East
  • The trails and terrain parks are designed for use by skiers and riders and any form of downhill descent other than skis or snowboard is prohibited
  • Sledding or sliding in any form is prohibited (except during the annual “Cardboard Classic” event)
  • Guests accessing the trail system through uphill travel are asked to stay to the side of the trail, wear visible clothing and choose a route that gives downhill traffic the best view of your location.  Be aware of sharp turns and knolls where you may not be in view of downhill traffic
  • Guests accessing the Berkshire East trail system must adhere to Your Responsibility Code
  • Your “Uphill Travel” pass must be worn at all times
  • For the safety of our guests, dogs are not allowed to accompany our guests while skinning

Uphill Routes

During preoperational hours, uphill travel is permitted on Big Chief.

During operational hours, uphill travel is permitted on the following routes:

  • Backcountry Skintrack
  • Deer Run > Roy’s Way > Mohawk IF & ONLY IF Roy’s Way is Closed!
  • Exhibition > Blue Pulaski (bike trail) > Riva Ridge

See the following pages for details on these routes and trail maps.

Backcountry Skintrack

The backcountry skintrack is marked by black-on-yellow directional indicators nailed to trees.  Aside from the signage, you are in the backcountry (i.e., outside the ski resort boundary) and should be prepared as such.  Cell service is available for roughly the top half of the skintrack, but you should not rely on outside assistance, and instead should be prepared for any backcountry emergency.

The backcountry skintrack mainly follows a wide work road that eventually narrows into a disused snowmobile trail.  Then near the summit the route merges into the Billy’s World mountain bike trail.

At the end of Billy’s World, at the very wide work road you can either take a:

  • Right to deskin and ski down to the shared start of Big Chief and Mohawk
  • Left to continue skinning past the old bull wheel etc. to then take a right onto a fading work road that then leads to the start of The Schist and Sleeping Jake’s mountain bike trails, where you can deskin below the Summit Triple top

You have three options to access the base of the backcountry skintrack:

  1. 1. At the resort base, cut in between (carefully!) the Mountain Coaster building and magic carpet top, then ski down a very short path and across a very short bridge; reskin to cut across a small sledding hill (above the condos cluster) then enter the woods for a sidehill, followed by a long traverse to join the wide work road.
  2. 2. Near the end of Mohawk, exit right onto a narrow work road to ski under the Mountain Coaster; reskin to enter the woods for a sidehill, followed by a long traverse to join the wide work road.  (This option cuts off some vertical but also avoids having to ski on potentially thin cover behind the Mountain Coaster building.)
  3. 3. Near the end of Mohawk, exit right onto a narrow work road to ski under the Mountain Coaster; continue to ski down on the narrow work road until you reach a junction where you can reskin to take a right onto and up a different wide road road; keep a sharp lookout on the right very soon for black-on-yellow directional indicators to skin up very briefly through the woods to join the wide work road.  (This option adds some vertical but also eliminates the flat traverse, yet is dependent on skiable snow for the narrow work road descent down below the ski resort.)

You can view these options in a dynamic topographic map at:  http://tinyurl.com/SkinTheBeast

Deer Run > Roy’s Way > Mohawk

This route is an option during operational hours IF & ONLY IF Roy’s Way is closed:  this trail often has skinnable yet not skiable snow.

  • From the base, start skinning up Mohawk
  • At the first intersection, take a left onto Roy’s Way
  • Exercise caution as you exit Roy’s Way onto a broad slope shared by Chute and Mohawk
  • At the cat track above this board slope, take a left onto Mohawk
  • Around a corner is the one steep pitch on Mohawk
  • Look to your right for yellow-on-black directional indicators that take you into the woods and then back onto Mohawk to bypass this one steep pitch.  (You will be able to see the downhill skiers at all times, and you will still be within the resort boundary, although at times you might not be visible to those skiers:  a whistle is a good idea!)
  • At the top of Mohawk, you can deskin to ski down Mohawk or Big Chief.  Alternatively, you can branch to your left onto a very wide work road, continuing to skin past the old bull wheel etc.  Then take a right onto a fading work road that then leads to the start of The Schist and Sleeping Jake’s mountain bike trails, where you can deskin below the Summit Triple top

Exhibition > Trillium > Blue Pulaski > Lookout

  • Skin up Left side (looking uphill) of Exhibition to the snowmaking building at the top left of the large open slope. Enter the bike trail Trillum look for black-on-yellow directional indicators to find the Trillium, follow it to the top of the Wilderness Peak Quad
  • At the Wilderness Peak Quad top, look for black-on-yellow directional indicators to find the Blue Pulaski bike trail
  • At the top of the bike trail, continue left to skin up Riva Ridge to access UMass, Grizzly, or Minnie Dole (which can also take you to Upper Competition just below its very steepest point)
  • Do NOT continue skinning on upper Minnie Dole (i.e., to the Summit Quad top) or on Lookout (i.e., to Liftline and Flying Cloud) as the terrain is too steep and/or narrow for the downhill traffic to accommodate skinning.

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Drone Policy

Berkshire East Mountain Resort prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or aerial drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists.

This prohibition on drone use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries.

Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking privileges or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any equipment. Violators will be liable for any damages, including but not limited to, physical or personal injuries, property damage, damages for violations of privacy, regulatory fines and legal fees.

In rare cases, drones may be used with written permission from management for special events and promotions.

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Bike Park Waiver

All participants must read and sign the Mountain Activity Waiver before entering Thunder Mountain Bike Park. To view and download the waiver, please click on the below link.

Mountain Activity Waiver

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National Ski Areas Association Safety Facts and Tips

NSAA believes these safety facts and tips will help prepare individuals and familes for a day on the slopes. With the help of the folllowing information, your adventures down the mountain will be that much more enjoyable.

Helpful Facts & Tips

Helmets – Questions & Answers
Facts About Skiing and Snowboarding Safety
Skiing and Snowboarding Tips
Ski Tips for Kids

Links

National Safety Council
National Ski Patrol
The Professional Ski Instructors of America
American Association of Snowboard Instructors

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