CHARLEMONT, Mass. (WWLP) – Now that Tuesday’s storm has passed and the travel ban’s been lifted, skiers headed to Berkshire East for a “powder day.”
David Watson of Vernon, CT told 22News, “The snow is perfect, just carving right into it is beautiful. There’s no rocks, you know, it’s just all perfectly groomed. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect day of skiing.”
Berkshire East staff told 22News they’re expecting to see a similar crowd size, if not larger, than those who came during Christmas vacation.
Most of the snow on the mountain this winter was man- made, until now.
Ski school director of Berkshire East Gabe Porter-Henry told 22News, “We have 100% of our terrain open with snow making and now we’re opening up now natural terrain now that we have this natural snow so February vacation at this point is certainly gearing up to be a great time.”
Berkshire East got about 6 inches of snow from the storm, but many people were hoping to see a lot more on the slopes.
“I wish the Berkshires got the snow that eastern Mass did because we like it out here,” says Maryellen Diluzio. “That’s why I live in New England, so, I wish we had gotten the snow.”
“The more the merrier. We didn’t get enough. I get to plow out my house, I get to shovel, and now I come ski,” says Allan Douglas of Cummington.
Up until this week, Berkshire East had been grooming man-made snow. Skiers and snowboarders have told the staff the conditions have been a lot better than they’d expected, and now they’re happy to see the natural trails finally open.
Berkshire East has an average annual snowfall of about more than 100 inches.