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New Lifts, Snowtubing Park and Night Skiing Terrain Highlight Substantial Investment in Catamount Mountain Resort for Winter 2022/23


Schaefer Family's Investment in Catamount Tops $20 Million since Acquiring the Resort in 2018 Hillsdale, NY/Egremont, MA – October 11, 2022:  Expanded night skiing, a new resort website, new base area courtyard and a re-configured learning area will join two previously-announced new lifts at Catamount Mountain Resort for winter 2022/23, includ...

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A letter from Jon Schaefer


 Hi all. Jon Schaefer here. I run Berkshire East and Catamount. My family has owned Berkshire East since 1976, and Catamount since 2018. When we bought Catamount in 2018, we committed to revitalizing it and haven't stopped. Admittedly, these improvements haven't been easy, and there have been some real challenges. In June 2020, we discovered s...

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Winter Update from Jon Schaefer


"Three yards and a cloud of dust" Dear Catamount Ski Family, As a Michigan-born ski area owner, it pains me to quote Woody Hayes, the all-time great Ohio State coach who used the term "three yards and a cloud of dust" to describe his offensive strategy. What he meant was that in order to be successful a team would have to commit to a play-calling s...

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Thanksgiving 2021 Mountain Update


Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Catamount Mountain Resort! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Catamount Mountain Resort. As we move towards the start of the 2021/22 ski season, we want to give you an update on the status of many of our improvement projects and tentative completion dates as they relate to our early season and opening day plan...

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Berkshire Eagle Highlighting Catamount's New Features


With ski season approaching, Catamount ready to debut new features... The Berkshire Eagle Highlighting Catamount's New Features! "The Schaefer family has spent more than $15 million upgrading Catamount Mountain Resort since purchasing the ski area three years ago. Some of the most visible improvements will be on display for skiers this year. Catamo...

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Catamount Winter Update for the 2021-2022 Season


New Lifts, Snowtubing Park and Restaurant Options Highlight Substantial Investment in Catamount Mountain Resort for Winter 2021/22  Schaefer Family's Investment in Catamount Tops $15 Million since Acquiring the Resort in 2018 Hillsdale, NY/Egremont, MA – October 4, 2021: Two new lifts will greet Catamount Mountain Resort guests for winter 2021...

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JON SCHAEFER accepting the SAMMY award! Click here to read the full article! Jon Schaefer began working at Berkshire East on June 10, 1980. He was born the day before. Floating in and out of all things ski area operations between the ages of 0 and 19, Jon found his way to Middlebury College by way of ski racing. The sport of ski racing connected hi...

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Berkshire Sessions Podcast with Jon Schaefer and Stuart Winchester


Berkshire Sessions Podcast with Jon Schaefer and Stuart Winchester Check out the first edition of the Berkshire Sessions podcast with Jon Schaefer and Stuart Winchester where they dive into the past, present, and future of Berkshire East, Catamount and the North East ski scene at large.  

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Jon Schaefer Receives Sammy Award


CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE! The 2021 SAMMY Leadership Awards honor four individuals for their positive impact on their resorts, local communities and industry at large. This year's class includes: Katie Brown, an involved mentor, promoter, and champion for female leaders; Robert McClendon, a coach and jack-of-all-trades; Jon Schaefer, an innovator...

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Catamount and Berkshire East update!


A Letter From Jon Schaefer Dear Catamount and Berkshire East Passholders and Guests, Ahh, March in Massachusetts, thou art more lovely and more temperate than… than… than, the arctic? Anyway, I am confident that soon enough we will settle into the business of spring skiing -- at least for a few weeks. Or maybe longer? I'm happy to announce that we ...

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Happy New Year!


A Letter from Jon Shaefer Happy New Year to every one of you who make up our awesome community! 2020 started in an inauspicious way at Catamount and Berkshire East. As 2019 wound down, a severe ice storm shut down the ski resorts on December 30, and on the 31st our crews worked tirelessly to reopen the mountains. For me, I spent New Years Eve in th...

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Opening Weekend and The Holidays


Prepare to Mask Up, Social Distance, Be Patient Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend! The conditions were great and we loved seeing our community enjoying the outdoors! We would like to remind all mountain visitors that you need to purchase your tickets on our website BEFORE you arrive at the mountain. As our holiday...

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What can you expect from Catamount and Berkshire East this year?


A Letter from Jon Shaefer On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Berkshire East and Catamount became the first ski areas to shut down for COVID. Within 100 hours, most ski areas in the country had followed suit. The next 16 days were full of uncertainty, nervousness, and fear. At both mountains, we concluded that we would approach the year dynamically. We wo...

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What to Expect This 2020/2021 Ski Season


Looking ahead to the 2020/21 winter season The ski industry values the health and safety of its employees, guests, and communities. The Berkshire East and Catamount teams demonstrated this commitment in March when we led the ski world into shutting down with several weeks left in the season. This was painful for our business, our staff, and our gue...

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CATAMOUNT MOUNTAIN RESORT Covid-19 Prevention Statement


CATAMOUNT MOUNTAIN RESORT Covid-19 Prevention Statement COVID-19 and the risk of viral contamination have fundamentally changed the recreation industry and we have been planning accordingly to operate in the safest manner possible under our states(NY and MA) and CDC guidelines. We had a 6-month summer and fall season where we followed strict guidel...

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Goggles For Docs Update


26 days ago, on March 28, 2020 at 8am, a single email appeared in my inbox. This simple moment initiated a series of actions that galvanized the ski and action sport worlds into a focused, global effort to bring protective eye wear to health care workers practicing 'battlefield medicine' in the war against the coronavirus. Our organization has work...

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Covid-19 and Catamount


Catamount and Preparation for Opening DayEnter heading here... The safety and well being of our guests, employees as well as the community remains our highest priority. We believe we have a part to play to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our states(NY and MA) continue to order the closing of all physical spaces of non-essential busin...

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Goggles For Docs Hits 29,500 Goggles Donated!!!


THE VIRAL TRAJECTORY OF GOGGLES FOR DOCS As reported by On the night of March 11, Jon Schaefer read an article about the spread of COVID-19. He turned off the lights and went to sleep. "Five minutes later, I woke up and knew what we had to do," he said. Schaefer, who runs Berkshire East (the ski area in northwestern Massachuset...

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Season’s Pass Update From Catamount/Berkshire East


 Dear Seasons Pass Holders and Friends, As I am sure that many of you have seen, on March 12, 2020 we made the decision to close Catamount and Berkshire East Resorts for winter operations due to the Coronavirus. On that day we chose to lead the ski industry into its early close. Believe me when I tell you that decision was one of the hardest d...

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Statement on Covid-19


Closing for the Winter SeasonEnter heading here... To our Berkshire East and Catamount Guests and Employees: Berkshire East will close for the season today, Thursday, March 12 at 4pm and Catamount Ski Area will not reopen this weekend. COVID-19 has been discovered in the surrounding hill towns and multiple people are being quarantined. To be clear,...

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