BLANDFORD, Mass. (WWLP) – The first big snow storm of the 2014-2015 winter season brought lots of fresh powder for skiers and snowboarders. It’s what they dream of, yet seldom get on New England slopes.
“We’ve been waiting a long time for this,” said Greg Masciadrelli, snow sports director at Blandford Ski Area. “It’s great. It’s very, very dry. They’ll pack it tonight, but right now it’s great powder skiing, similar to what they have out west. Not as dry, but it’s great, great base underneath your feet, underneath your skis and after they groom it tonight and tomorrow, it will be fantastic skiing,” he added.
The day started out slow at Blandford Ski Area as families debated whether they wanted to drive through heavy morning snow to the slope. However, those who did head out, discovered the reward. Saturday’s snow added about 8 inches of fresh powder to the slopes. As the day progressed, more people went to the mountain to take advantage of what they said were nearly perfect conditions.
Blandford has been making its own snow for most of the season, due to a lack of heavy natural snow, until Saturday.
22News spoke with Chris Maddy on the slope. He directs a local YMCA program for kids to learn how to ski. “It’s incredible compared to the last couple days. No more ice. I think we’re set for the season,” Maddy told 22News.
Families were just as optimistic for the rest of the winter ski season. “We try to go every Saturday…It’s usually flat and sometimes icy snow, but today it’s powdery,” said Norah Bargatti of Westfield. She was skiing with her family.
“I think it was a little bit harder because of all the fresh powder. It stopped my skis,” added Abbie Balser, a new, young skier from Westfield. However, when they did stop on the mountain, skiers and snowboarders got to enjoy the beauty of Western Massachusetts in the winter time.