Thunderbolt Trail Days

On Sat Oct. 17th
One team will start from the summit with bladed weed wackers and work their way down to the bridge.
This team will leave in a truck earlier and I think all club weed wackers are spoken for.
Another team will start up from the bottom. With swing cutters or bladed weed wackers to clear the trail of briars. Another team will will do Dirt Work on Water Bars on the Bellows South Trail and part of the Big Schuss. Please bring safety gear, safety glasses, helmut or bike helmut and gloves and a mask for covid.
Another group will be doing dirt work on the Bellows South Trail before the four corners to clean out water bars and trim back some brush.
Meet at 113 West Road in Adams between 8:00 and 8:30, which is The Thunderbolt Ski Runners Clubhouse to pick up tools and sign a waiver.
We will try to shuttle up to trailhead.(Because the parking in the Glen has been limited these days)
If you come late or need directions call
413-884-4344 or 917-860 4194
If you have any general question about the day call 413-884-4342

Citizens Rando Race at Berkshire East! Feb 14th

A Great Crew showed up last Thursday!

Come join the fun on Thursday nights!

Jan 10 2019 Rando Series at Berkshire East-Results!

Tonight Four people competed in the Rando Race! Mike from Majic Mountain came down and registered folks. Jonathan S set up the course. Six O’Clock and they were off! See how many laps you can do in an hour. You skin up under one of the lesser used slopes, maybe half way up the mountain. There is a turn around point, you transition and then ski down and do it again!
Here are the results!
1. Jonathan Shefftz 49:45. 5 laps
2. David Cramer 51:42 5 laps
3. Michael McCusker 45:11 3 laps
4. Kevin Forbush 52:44 2 laps
An excellent effort by all!
See y’all next week!

Side Note: I talked to Mike tonight and if you would like to rent skis for the night to “try it” he can bring down a set up from is stash. His email is

Next week I will have pictures!

Berkshire East Citizen Rando Race Series.

Every Thursday night until Feb 7th!

10$ race fee for members of TSR or DHASH, 15$ for non-members. One hour of 500 ft vertical laps, (not ideal I know but it’s the first year this could improve, at Bolton they race up and down in the dark, but they’ve built that over several years.)  Proceeds are to go TSR and DHASH. I have attached press release below.  I know it’s last minute something to do on Thursday evenings. If you have any questions please let me know. Think snow.

Backcountry Film Festival January 11th 2019

Williams College, Brooks Rodgers Hall,

54 Chapin Hall Drive, Doors open at 6:30 Show starts at 7:00 FREE!

Bring cash for raffle tickets!

After the recent storms there were about 15 trees down on the Bellows South Trail. Josh Chittenden and I went up and cleared them out last Monday. The Bellows South is clear to the lean-to.

December 30th 2017

Skinned up to the bridge on the Bolt. Above that I think the conditions are too thin to ski. I did run into several people in different modes of travel today. Two people from Paris, hikers,who had just moved to Boston. Two from Hartford CT, on snowshoe but had just bought AT equipment and are excited to get up on the Bolt and ski. Two from Chatham who were boat builders, they had hiked up to the summit. Three more hikers from the shore area of CT.

Snow was ok there was an inch dusting of new. The meadow was nice except that snowmobiles had driven up the middle of the meadow. I found some nice lines on skiers left in the meadow. WE NEED A BIG STORM!!

Dec 14th 2017 on the Mountain first snow 14″

Picture from a couple of days earlier on Mt. Snow
Skinned up the Bellows South trail up to the top of the Big Schuss. Transitioned there and as I was working of folding my skins a skier came zooming down from above. His name was Josh from Great Barrington. Probably the first to ski the bolt this year from top to bottom. There was really not enough base to ski it but he did. When I caught up to him at his car he said he hit a couple of rocks on some steep sections.
When I skied down I was careful to try to ride on top and lean back on my skis and keep my tips up. Went slow and carefully. With no base it can be dangerous but I know the trail pretty well and know where there are stumps and rocks.. skied down Dragons tail, which was tricky at the top…Meadow skied GREAT!! Love that mountain.
Next day skinned up above Bellows Shelter to where the mico burst hit a few years ago. Another careful ski down but was really fun. Noticed some ski tracks coming down from above and talked to Jonathan S. He said they were his. Skied down Bellows Pipe to White tail..was a hoot.. then hit the bucket trail with enough speed to make it to the top of the meadow. Another great ski on the meadow and on down. Dec. 20 and we lost all of that snow.. now maybe we will get a big storm, there is some base left.

Heather Linscott

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