Snowstorm provided a big boost for ski areas

CHARLEMONT, Mass. (WWLP)- Western Massachusetts was hit with the biggest snowstorm of the season Thursday. Skiiers and riders didn’t mind one bit.

“I will take snow six months out of the year I love snow this is the perfect day ever,” said Maureen Taylor of West Hartford, CT.

Some Franklin County towns got hit with over a foot of snow with Thursday’s snowstorm, including Charlemont. Many skiiers and riders came out to Berkshire East Friday to enjoy the packed powder conditions on the slopes.

“I saw the snow and I said I haven’t been out in a couple of years and it was something I really wanted to do so when I woke up this morning I decided not to go into work and hit the mountain,” said Tony Sosa of Ludlow.

When mother nature provides the snow, ski resorts can turn off their snow-guns.

“It’s fantastic skiing on all the groomed trails,” said Dominic Capozzi, Rental Supervisor at Berkshire East. “The whole mountain is basically open, there are glades that we haven’t skied in a couple years now because it was so bad last year. It’s skiiers choice, it’s real good.”

Communicator Director at Berkshire East, Bill Farrell told 22News, snow on the ground pulls people to the mountain.

“The mentality of people is we have to see the snow in there backyards in the Pioneer Valley and once they see that they become believers and right now we have a lot of believers skiing here,” said Farrell.

The ski resorts expects conditions to remain pretty ideal all weekend. They’re expecting more snow Friday night.