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Powder Ridge in Middlefield opens for summer 

Powder Ridge in Middlefield opens for summer 

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MIDDLEFIELD — As the state begins to reopen, Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort is up and running again. 

After closing in March, Powder Ridge re-opened May 21. The weekend turnout indicated visitors missed the mountain. 

“We had over 100 bikers show up and use the trails throughout the day, a few hikers and families coming in and playing disc golf,” said Laura Loffredo, director of sales and marketing at Powder Ridge. 

Powder Ridge also opened its restaurant, Fire at the Ridge, with deck seating, take out, curbside pick up and a new offering — fire pit dining.

“There’s a large fire pit in the middle with Adirondack chairs around it with little tables and people can reserve those and have dinner service or lunch service right there around the fire pit,” Loffredo said. 

With social distancing guidelines, fire pit dining could seat about 80 guests “at any given time, ” Loffredo said. Over the weekend, fire pit dining reservations were sold out.

Sean Hayes, CEO of Powder Ridge, said they are remaining “very conscious of social distancing and required procedures” and that the changes they have made on the mountain “will allow people to get back out and gather in a safe environment.” 

Looking ahead, Loffredo said they are eager to get zip lining and tubing back at the mountain as soon as possible. 

“Obviously we’re cautious. We’re making sure that our staff and guests feel very comfortable,” she said. “But it’s so good to see people out on the mountain, enjoying themselves in the fresh air. “ 

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