Skiing at Berkshire East on hold for a day due to heavy winds

Franklin County

We had some snow early this winter and that’s helped the success at Berkshire East in Charlemont.

Tuesday’s weather seemed like it would have been great for skiing but Berkshire East was forced to close its trails today because of the wind.

“Due to sustained high winds Berkshire East will be closed today January first for the safety of our clients and our staff,” an automated message for the ski resort said.

Berkshire East is set to reopen January 2 and though they were closed New Years Day, the ski resort told 22News, early season snowfall motivated skiers to get out and hit the slopes.

“We’ve been off to a really good start this year. We had our earliest opening ever and the snowmaking conditions have actually been good, so we’ve made more snow for this time of year than we ever have before. So we’re off to a great start of the season,” said Gabriel Porter-Henry, the marketing director at Berkshire East.

Porter-Henry told 22News they hope to stay open and busy through April but it all depends on the weather.

And because business is booming, neighboring establishments have also benefited. Berkshire Pizzeria told 22News, they’ve had a lot more customers than they usually do in the winter season — especially now — being the only pizza shop in town.

Berkshire Pizzeria Manager Amy Lococo said, “I think, it’s just, they have a lot of races going on up at the mountain so that does increase the amount of customers we get here too.”

Lococo told 22News, they’re even busier during the summer months because Berkshire East has more to offer like whitewater rafting and zip lining.

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