Powder Ridge
Powder Ridge
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Submitted on February 1, 2020 by rocket21 (1081 Rating1081)
Session SessionMorning
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeRetail Price
Lift Lines Lift Lines0 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions45% open; Spring Snow, Spring Snow
Glades GladesVirtually no natural snow
Moguls MogulsNone
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)Features set up on Pipe and The Chute.
Run of the Day Run of the DayDragon's Back
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageDid not partake.
Comments CommentsFirst time to Powder Ridge (the last public chairlift-served ski area in New England I hadn't skied). Half the adventure was getting there, as there were no signs on the roads for the ski area.

Three top to bottom runs open with two more lower mountain options. The Middlefield Triple and Mini Field Double were running, as well as a beginner carpet. The Festival Double was ready to go if needed (but there wasn't anything resembling a lift line). The 747 Triple on the other hand doesn't look like it's run in many years. Ironically, the Middlefield Triple runs slower than the beginner lift.

Upper and Lower Middlefield probably had the most snow of the three runs and was close to wall to wall. Dragon's Back looked like it may have opened more recently and was initially only one cat track wide, then closer to wall to wall to the bottom (from there you could return to Middlefield or take Powder Keg). Probably the best snow on this one. The Festival was also open off the top, though sort of bisected for a stretch. Below that, there were two terrain element options (Pipe and Chute), which were decent. Snowpack wasn't super deep, so a prolonged thaw could cause issues.

There is nothing remotely steep here, but it would be a good place for learning to ski, or hitting the park locally. Friendly employees and not too much of a crowd (though the misty weather may have been a factor). Good to have areas like this still in operation.
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