There are countless benefits to skiing with your children.
Except, that is, when you are denied the ability to explore new terrain.
Such was the case on Thursday when my three kids and I made our first-ever visit to Berkshire East. It was our first time using our Indy Passes this season, utilizing the first of two days at a place I had always admired from afar. It’s probably fair to say that Berkshire East has the most challenging terrain of any other ski area in Massachusetts, boasting nine black diamonds and four double blacks (compare that to Jiminy Peak, which has six and three, respectively, or Wachusett, which has five black diamond runs). I’d always wanted to inspect the top-notch glades and race down the steep pitches that are part of the ski area’s lore.
But, when you’re skiing with an eight-year-old girl, during what was her first day of the season, the Tomahawk and Beast glades, not to mention the upper portion of Minnie Dole, aren’t really on the agenda.