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Middlefield ski area opens Friday for first time since 2007

This year, the lights at Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort were turned on for the first time since 2007.

The ski area originally opened in 1959. The new owner is Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park, based out of Portland.

The grand opening event featured heated tents, music, raffles, food and beverages. Participants paid a fee to play in a small area where rails and jumps were covered in snow.

“It’s very exciting,” said Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw. “People [had] been anticipating and waiting and counting the days.”

Extensive work needed to be done to get Powder Ridge ready for skiers, said Laura Loffredo, director of sales and marketing at Powder Ridge and Brownstone.

The first floor of the lodge remains a cafeteria with lockers and retail space, while the second floor is being converted into the Fire at the Ridge restaurant.

There will be rooms for patrons to sit by a fireplace or play games.

The Powder Ridge management team plans to keep the ski area open beyond winter. With three lifts and a snow-making machine, Loffredo said Powder Ridge is expected to stay open year-round.

“There’s been a huge amount of support on our website ... This mountain is very loved by the neighborhood and the entire state,” Loffredo said.

Brayshaw said that the reopening of Powder Ridge was a “long time coming” for Middlefield.

“It’s like a piece of our town’s fabric has been put back in place.”

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