Catamount Expects to Offer Most Learning Terrain in the Berkshires During Holiday Week

By AlpineZone News |
Dec 21 2004 - 09:09 AM

SOUTH EGREMONT, MA ??” Catamount Ski Area, which straddles the Massachusetts/New York state line in the Berkshires, expects to offer the most green-circle or ‘easier’ terrain in the Berkshires during the upcoming holiday week.

“The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is traditionally a time when families bring kids to learn to ski for the first time,” said Bill Gilbert, Catamount’s general manager. “We’ll be ready for them with plenty of gentle terrain for kids and beginners.”

Gilbert said that the resort’s “The Meadows” trail complex, which is the largest complex of green circle terrain in the region, was receiving concentrated attention from the resort’s snowmakers, with the all-new Upper Promenade trail expected to open this weekend. The resort’s Snow Sports Learning Area slope and Wonder Carpet lift opened last weekend.

Experienced skiers should find plenty to choose from, too. The resort has been making snow on a variety of routes from the summit, including the popular Upper and Lower Sidewinder trails. Upper and Lower Sidewinder should open within a few days.

The resort will also begin making snow soon on Ridge Run, which joins Upper Promenade to create a 2 ?? mile run from the summit. Weather permitting, Ridge Run should open early next week.

“We also expect to add features in the Megaplex Terrain Park,” Gilbert said. “We already have a number of rails in place, and expect to offer more elements for the holidays.”

Catamount is making snow round the clock as weather conditions permit. The resort’s snowmaking system can operate more than 100 powerful snow guns at a time.

“It’s shaping up to be a great holiday week,” Gilbert said. “As long as it stays cold, we’ll be opening terrain almost daily.”