Mohawk Mountain Ski Getaways
Long a southern Berkshire favorite, Mohawk Mountain can boast of an impressive pedigree. Skiing visionary Walt Schoenknecht created it, and in 1949 he fired up a rudimentary snowmaking system on its slopes for the first time.
The rest, as they say, is history. Schoenknecht went on to build Mount Snow in Vermont, snowmaking technology improved by leaps and bounds, and Mohawk has now provided more than a half century of winter fun to generations of families. With two dozen trails, a terrain park, extensive lights for night skiing and riding, up-to-date grooming and (of course) snowmaking, five chairlifts and a "wonder carpet" for beginners, Mohawk offers a modern mountain experience close to the metropolitan areas of Connecticut, especially Hartford. The family-run area fosters a family atmosphere with a smoke-and alcohol-free policy.
With a couple of exceptions, terrain increases in difficulty from right to left as one looks up the mountain. Thus beginners can handle anything off the Deer Run Chair plus Ledges to the right of the exit ramp at the top of the Mohawk Chair. Intermediates can enjoy everything else off the Mohawk or Arrow Head Chairs (with the possible exception of black diamond Route 100, the Mohawk Chair liftline). Advanced skiers and riders head to the Boulder Summit Triple, to plunge down Wildwood or Timber. To the left of the base lodge is the Hawk's Nest beginner area with the carpet lift and just above the base the Nutmeg Chair serves lower-end green circle terrain, perfect for novices or the first turns of the season.