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Thunderbolt Ski Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (2) SKI LINE

One of the best CCC ski trails in New England.


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1.8

Miles

3.0

KM

Ski Line

3,479' 1,060 m

High

1,263' 385 m

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0' 0 m

Up

2,216' 675 m

Down

23%

Avg Slope (13°)

32%

Max Slope (18°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

Park at the end of Thiel Road and skin up the trail to the summit, following signs for the Thunderbolt trail. The hut at the summit is a nice sheltered place to take a break before heading down, especially if somebody has already built a fire in the fire place.

The run down consists of some very nice fall link pitches that are 30 to 50 ft wide and are and a few hundred feet long interspersed with narrower sections that wind through the woods. The steepest sections are comparable in difficulty to a blue or easy black run at a resort.

History & Background

The thunderbolt trail is one of the original CCC ski trails cut during the 1930s. Extensive historical information on the trail can be found here: thunderboltskirun.com/

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The Thunderbolt after a good storm
Mar 13, 2015 near Adams, MA

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