LONGSWAMP TWP., Pa. - The fresh powder on the ground in Berks County is a snow-lover's dream.

On Wednesday, many snow-lovers took advantage of the conditions on the slopes at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township.

"This is perfect," said snowboarder Greg Mitchell. "It's perfect conditions."

After this week's snowfall, it was a perfect day on the slopes for skiers and snowboarders at Bear Creek.

"I was excited that I could snowboard on real snow," snowboarder Ava Jonas said.

"It's really fun," skier Lily Hearn added. "I love it!" 

With little snowfall over the past few years, resorts like Bear Creek have relied on machines to produce snow to give guests the adrenaline rush.

"It's usually kind of icy," Marshall said. "Man-made snow is made of pellets. It's icy. Now, it's like beautiful powder."

"Weekdays are way more popular than they were in the past, probably because people might be working from home, taking a short break in the afternoon and coming out," said Ryan Werst, a Bear Creek employee.

COVID-19 restrictions, however, mean fewer people are allowed on the slopes, and while the limit varies each day depending on the number of season passholders and guests at the hotel, it was at full capacity by mid-afternoon.

"There's a lot of adjustments, but everyone seems to be taking it really well," Werst said. "Without the adjustments, there won't be skiing, so if you follow a few simple rules, you can continue the season throughout this year."

Even though face coverings will keep most warm, especially on a cold day, it seems many are still adjusting.

"Sometimes, you have to wear masks in different places," Jonas said, "and sometimes, you have to wear masks on the lifts and stuff like that."

"It's challenging with the masks," Marshall added, "because you get in line, you have to have a mask on, so it's a little challenging with that, but other than that, no big difference."

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