A major point of emphasis in version 2.0 of this blog, is the relationship between the wind turbine, solar field and the skiing at Berkshire East. In 2009 and 2010, when the turbine was being conceived, we received a lot of critical questions, such as “why not focus on efficiency?” Or “why not improve _______?” We built the renewable energy because by creating the physical hedge against the longterm price of power, it allowed Berkshire East to subsequently focus on efficiency and improve many other aspects of the skiing experience, and fueled all of the summer growth.
For this years improvements, we have partnered with National Grid to use their efficiency program to provide rebates on equipment installation. The efficiency improvements we’ve made will save significant electricity consumption, and we, as stewards of a great skiing experience, will plough those savings back into better conditions and facilities for you.
Looking ahead, we have some great weather coming our direction.
In the next 72 hours, we have round the clock snow making. In this period we will see the coldest temps of the season. These temps will give way to snow, which is always a good thing, and I’ve seen 3″-6″ of new accumulation forecasted Sunday night – Tuesday in the form of two small back to back systems, . This snow will be followed by an even colder cold snap that will see our rejuvenated snow making system through the following weekend. We may even be met at the following weekend by an additional snowfall. This pattern should see all of us through the winter solstice, at which point the temps should advance to a more typical December temperature pattern. In the meantime, we will have worked hard and made a lot of snow.
On Friday, December 16, 2016 we will open for the season proper, 7 days a week, which is nice.
I figure I’ve been away from the blog for about 1500 days. Ive just written 903, which means I’m a little over half a word a day for the past half decade. I think I’ll end it here…