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Interested in learning how to ski?

Berkshire East offers a variety of lessons.

Lessons are offered seven days a week. At $30, one-hour group lessons are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day and private lessons are offered every hour at the cost of $70.

At 66 Thunder Mountain Road, Berkshire East offers 45 different trails for skis and riders. The mountain also provides different terrains to challenge skiers at various levels. The mountain has a vertical drop of 1,180 feet.

Thirty percent of the terrain qualifies as easy, while 35 percent classifies as more difficult and another 35 percent falls under most difficult.

For beginners, trails include the Roundabout, the Bobcat and Top Notch. The difficult trails, which are commonly used for competitions, include Grizzly and Beast.

Berkshire East offers many different children’s development programs.

For 2- to 5-year-olds, there is a children’s play and ski area, where kids learn to ski in an environment that emphasizes play.

For 4- to 13-year-olds, the Mountain Adventurers Club teaches kids of all ability levels. The club meets weekends and holiday periods with lessons offered in two-hour blocks in the morning and afternoon.

The Mountain Explorer Club is an eight-week program held on Sundays in January and February for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities for 6- to 17-year-olds. Snowboarders must be 8 years old. It includes an afternoon/half day lift ticket and a two-hour lesson.

This season, Berkshire East is offering a new program called Mountain Masters Camp for adults.

It is a special coaching program designed to allow experienced adult skiers fine tune their skills in a small group setting of four people. The camp is offered four different times in January and February. Skiers can sign up for a one day camp or two day camp. A women’s masters camp is also available.

Berkshire East also has a large school group program, in which 48 schools across western Massachusetts bring students to ski throughout the week.

For more information on the Berkshire East Snowsports School, visit www.berkshireeast.com

— KATHLEEN McKIERNAN

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