Vandals tear up Bousquet's slopes - and not in a good way

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PITTSFIELD — A Wednesday night joyride up Bousquet Ski Area's mountain caused $5,000 in damage, a manager reports.

Trespassers not only tore up turf being used for disc golf, he said, but also ripped up a snow-making line.

PJ Roberts, mountain operations manager for Bousquet, called the move costly and inconsiderate. 

"I wouldn't come and do doughnuts on your lawn," he said.

Roberts said the perpetrators appeared to be driving a white or silver Ford Raptor. According to security footage, he said, they spent about 30 minutes riding up and down the trails at about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

He said his staff discovered the damage Thursday and he reported it to police. 

The Pittsfield Police Department confirmed that the incident is under investigation by Officer Brandon Gallagher, who can be reached with any information at 448-9700, ext. 396.

Roberts said he and his staff face an uphill battle with soil erosion as it is — every time it rains, it causes rifts in the mountain — and events like these don't help. He said it's also dangerous to speed up and down soils shifting after a rainstorm. 

"Even in a high-performance truck, they're not safe," he said. 

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter and 413-496-6296.


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