The Berkshires Blog

Winter Outdoor Events Highlighted by Snow Golfing Tournament and Thunderbolt Ski Race – Berkshire Mountain Rover

images4Whether you’re a winter lover looking for the next fun and exciting way to enjoy the snow and ice, or find yourself needing to be pulled outside in the winter months, there’s something for everyone on this winter’s calendar.

“Fore!” may not be something you’d expect to hear with a half-foot of snow on the fairway, but for those who can’t wait until the grass is green, Cranwell Resort in Lenox is hosting a their Snow Golfing Tournament Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. to benefit the Lenox Town Library. To tee off on nine snowy holes, you can organize a team of four for a $135 entry fee or play solo for $35 per person. Chilly golfers and spectators can warm up with refreshments at each hole and reception at mansion following the snow golf tournament. For more information visit cranwell.com.

Have you been pining for the fun and camaraderie of the warm-seasons’ 5k and 10k runs? Or are you a nordic skier looking to see how your abilities and stamina stack up? Well, this February 15 and March 15, Hilltop Orchards in Richmond is hosting their #2 and #3 events in the Capital Region Nordic Alliance (CRNA) Hilltop Orchards 5k/10k Sprint. Both days are Saturdays and the events kick off at 10 a.m. with a 9 a.m. registration for those who did not pre-register at Active.com. Pre-registration fees are $15 for the 5k and $20 for the 10k, and day-of registration is $20 and $25, respectively. The courses feature three fun and challenging loops, including Reisling Run, Perry’s Peak and the Olympic skier, John Morton-designed Johnny Mash trail. Prizes from Hilltop Orchard and CRNA will be awarded for the top male and female in each race. Visit HilltopOrchards.com for more information on both races and and up-to-date snow and trail reports.

For a more laid back on-snow adventure to a pristine winter wonderland, check out the Windsor Jambs Snowshoe Trek and Track at the Windsor State Forest on Saturday on Saturday, February 15. This free guided tour of the beautiful, icy gorge known as “the Jambs” will take you through evergreen forests high atop the Berkshire plateau. Along the way you’ll learn to ID evergreen trees and have time to enjoy your packed lunch under the snowy canopy. The tour is three miles roundtrip and does feature moderate and a few steep inclines/declines, so you’ll want to be in moderate shape to enjoy the trek. If you don’t have your own snowshoes, there are discounted snowshoe rentals available through Tamarack Hollow (your hosts for the trek). They get reserved quickly so contact them soon to reserve yours. Visit TamarackHollow.com for more information on the trek to “the Jambs” and snowshoe rentals. Or check out our outfitters in the Berkshires for rental opportunities too.

After two years of difficult weather, the Thunderbolt Race is going “all-in” with their ski and snowboard race on the historic Thunderbolt Trail on Mt. Greylock. This year the race will be held on Saturday, March 1 with no rain date. The event requires skiers and snowboarders to ascend 2,000 vertical feet by hiking or “skinning”, before hurling themselves down the steep and winding ski trail, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The recent string of cold days and small but frequent snowfalls has been helping to build a base of snow on the all-natural ski trail, so you can expect this year’s event to be bigger and better than ever. And if your body’s not ready for the climb and/or downhill, throw on some warm clothes, pack a hot beverage and cheer on the racers speeding across the finish line. For more information on joining the race, watching it, or volunteering, visit ThunderboltSkiRunners.org.