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Report on Bousquet 12/26 and 12/27

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Aug 20, 2002

Posts: 158

Albany, NY

Posted: Dec 28, 2006 - 8:47 PM GMT

I had a few days off for the holidays and decided to take a short drive over to Bousquet in Pittsfield MA as it's close (only 40 miles from Albany) , friendly, and cheap. I had a great time and was very pleased that they had good snow cover on the handful of trails that were open (Grand, Yokum, Main Street, and Drifter) and relatively few customers (only a few dozen hardy souls). Two of the three chairs were open (the classic blue center pole double and the unusual yellow summit lift) that strange "new" green chair in the middle was closed - why did they bother buying that anyway???

Many of us know that Bousquet is a small area with only about 700 feet of verticle but they have done a great job in making snow this year. I was easily able to get 30+ runs in each day and had good, reasonably priced lunches (and draft beer is only $2.75 a glass). While we are all anxiously awaiting some cold weather and natural snow - I suggest that anyone in the Albany/Troy/Pittsfield area who is "jonesing" to ski/ride stop by Bousquet and enjoy a few runs. Think snow.....

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Worcester, MA

Posted: Dec 28, 2006 - 10:25 PM GMT

I'll second this one too... the fact that Bousquet's is precisely 10 minutes from my parents' house means I visit them a lot in the winter .

They've greatly improved their snowmaking over the last couple of years. Not the biggest mountain, but *never* crowded and some fun trails off the summit.

Except for the new lift and the snowmaking (ok, and the condos and waterslide) it hasn't changed at all since I learned to ski there over 20 years ago. If you're in western/southern New England and are up for an old-fashioned day of skiing, give it a shot.

Oh, and the day shift bartender's name is Rosie, and they have some good BBC stuff on tap.
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Posted: Dec 29, 2006 - 12:38 AM GMT

Oh, and the day shift bartender's name is Rosie, and they have some good BBC stuff on tap.

One of my favorite ski area bar/pub/lounges!!. Great atmosphere enhanced by the inexpensive pitchers of BCC "shabadoo"!

They've greatly improved their snowmaking over the last couple of years.

The addition of a butt load of HKD's a few years back boosted Bousquet 's snowmaking productivity by leaps and bounds. BTW if I remember correctly, somewhere along the way I heard in a passing conversation that the heart and soul of the Bousquet snowmaking plant was a WWII era submarine engine? Anyone have any additional info??

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Posted: Dec 29, 2006 - 2:10 AM GMT
Edited: Dec 29, 2006 - 2:13 AM GMT

Woodcore, I believe this is true. I forgot the other area rumored to have a similar compressor... Butternut perhaps?

What have they done in the last few years to increase snowmaking?? When I skied there every weekend in the early/mid 90's every trail with snowmaking had the tower guns. I think they were the first real large deployment of guns of this type. I remember them being able to open up most of the mountain given 24 hrs of good temps with those guns... Oftentimes the Stop & Shop parking lot at the base of the access rd. there would have manmade blowover on it.
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Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Posted: Jan 04, 2007 - 2:54 PM GMT

Thanks for the report, T-Bone.

My son and I took advantage of Bousquet's Thursday Night Owl Special--$10 for a 3pm-to-closing ticket -- on December 28. We were surprised to find three routes open off the mountain ridge: down the west (skier's left), middle and east parts of the mountain. Not bad at all!


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