Bernards in the Notch
North Adams, MA
Late 1930's-At least 1949
Bernard's in the Notch was a small ski area that operated at the foot of Mt. Greylock. It was not the area still operated by the Mt. Greylock ski club and is not related to the Thunderbolt. It had a few rope tows that were installed after WW II, and operated as a hike up and ski down area prior to that. The lower portion of the area was served by a 600' tow and was a beginner slope, while a 500' tow served four upper trails. The last mention in a guidebook was from 1949, so it is unknown when the area closed.
Gillman, Visitor Services Supervisor at the Mount Greylock Reservation,
pointed us in the right direction and I was able to find this area. Its
about 1-2miles up Notch Road as you ascend to the summit of the
Greylock. Its on the right before a huge turn. Its not a very steep
area, and the vertical appears only 50-60', so perhaps the upper portion
of the slope grew in. He believes the old tow shack remained until
I found the area on Oct 08, 2005, and you can see it on the right. Basically just a meadow on a slope. It was raining, and the area appears to be on private property, so I did not explore the area.
||A Terraserver shot shows a few more trails. The above photo was taken near the R in "Notch Road".|
History by the Year
|1939||None||0.3 miles long, 25-100' wide, 25 degree slope, 600' drop, NE exposure, three trails, all classes||Maintained by N. Adams Ski Club, located foot of Notch Road||Skier's Guide to New England|
|1947-1948||500' tow||200-400' wide slope, 120' drop, east exposure, 4" snow to ski, novice||Gentle protected hill, operates weekends and holidays, lighted for night skiing||Skier's Guide to New England|
|1949||600' lower area tow, 500' upper tow||Lower open slope, 200-400', served by lower tow, 120' drop, 0.12 miles long, NE exposure, needs 4" to ski, 20 degree slope, novice. Upper trails served by upper tow, four upper trails, 50-80' wide, 200' drop, 35 degree slopes, 0.15 miles long, NE exposure, 8" snow, intermediate.||Located foot of Mt. Greylock in the Notch. Operates weekends, holiday, some nights, 1 mi west on Rte 2 from North Adams, turn at ski sign, take left at top of hill. 3 miles total from N. Adams||MA Ski Guide|
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