CHARLEMONT, Mass. (WWLP) – Berkshire East is officially open for the winter season and there’s plenty of snow.
The ski area in Charlemont received 8 inches of snow from Monday’s snowstorm. They also use water from nearby ponds to help produce the snow.
“At the end of the year, we got some great rain storms that helped re-fill all of our ponds where we were able to pull water out, so it hasn’t been much of an issue which is great,” said Gabriel Porter Henry, Director of Marketing and Snow Sports School at Berkshire East.
Berkshire East has a snow-making system to ensure all of the trails on the mountain get covered with snow. The colder it gets, the better the snow-making.
“If the temperature is 32 degrees, we can’t necessarily make snow so it has to be colder,” said Dominic Capozzi member of the Snow-making Team of Berkshire East. “Sustained colder temps allow us to do it a lot faster, open up more terrain, and you can ski a lot more.”
When its warmer, Berkshire East said they produce heavier, wetter snow. Berkshire East was the first ski resort in the world to produce renewable energy.
Porter Henry said they’re starting to see more tourists come ski there. They’ll be open 8:30am to 4pm this weekend and then 9am to 4pm throughout next week.